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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Who knew a worldwide hop shortage in 2008 would give rise to such a memorable, delicious beer? When it came time to craft a commemorative offering for our 12th anniversary, we decided to trade in the bitterness of hops for the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate, and paired that with flaked oats. Featuring a thick, rich, roasty mouthfeel and chocolate-heavy flavors and aromas, this onyx-colored, malt-forward beauty became an instant classic that shares space on our liquid trophy case alongside our hop-focused fan favorites. Rebrewed for our 20th Anniversary Encore Series.

Hops: Summit, Willamette, Galena & Ahtanum

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4.9
MikeBeerSmith (1) - , California, USA - AUG 16, 2008 does not count
Poured from a bottle into a large brandy snifter. The head was rather thin and short lived but that doesn’t bother me all that much. The wonderful smell of coffee and chocolate bellowed thickly from the glass. The palate was silky smooth and full bodied. Exactly what I look for in a beer. It had a rather bitter flavor. It wasn’t like the harsh bitterness of overly hoppy beer, but the well-balanced sweet bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. The chocolatey after taste really stays on the tongue long after drinking. This is one of my top 5 favorite beers.

3.2
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with thick light brown ehad. Aroma is bitter chocolate, oatmeal, malt and light hop fragrance. taste is bitter chocolate, earthy malt, light coffee and some milk sugar. It’s mildly carbonated and the aftertaste is really mellow and bitter. The alcohol is well hidden but this impy just doesn’t do it for me. It’s good, but not great.

3.4
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours pitch black with a huge mocha head. aroma is cocoa, some milk chocolate, and some dark roasts. Taste is about the same - some cardboard taste and alcohol brashness. Not too impressed.

3.8
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a syrupy dark brown/black with a nice two finger creamy brown head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is cocoa, milk and dark chocolate, with some slight roast and caramel. Flavor has more bittersweet chocolate, with some coffee, molasses and a roasty finish. Nice stuff!

4
blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours near black with a brown head. Dark chocolate aroma, mostly bitter with some sweetness, as well as roast and hops. Very lasting creamyness. Roasted and bitter chocolate flavor, just a hint of boozee, with a lasting floraly and roasted bitter finish. Very nice.

3.8
Svesse (8599) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2008
(Cask at GBBF, London, 5 Aug 2008) Black colour with brief, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with distinct notes of dark chocolate and cocoa. Roasted, malty tast with dark chocolate, cocoa and liquorice. Long finish with a good cocoa bitterness. Medium to full body, rather dry. Lovely beer!

4
Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
very dark thin brown head, bit of a sweet malt aroma, has a silky body with a strong expresso tast with a hint of dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

4
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Thick oily black. Very tasty looking. Aroma is malty, chocolate, rich fruits. Flavor is very reminicent of rich creamy espresso and dark dark chocolate. This is a good one to be patient with and let evolve as it warms up in your glass. The finish is somewhat like burnt bacon. Yum!

4
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pour is thick black with a foamy brown head. Sweet chocolate and dark fruits are present up front followed by a dry, bitter cocoa finish. Wow, this is really good.

3.8
dogfish120love (1331) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours black with a slight brown hue in the light. the lacing is light brown. smelss of bitter bownies and roasted malt. tasteis initially sweet like hershey kisses with a bitter malty finish. notes of bitter baking chocolate very noticeable


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