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RATINGS: 1130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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sallad (115) - USA - AUG 14, 2008
Black. No hints of orange or red or brown, not even when held to a 100w light bulb. Head like a chocolate milkshake. Burnt sugar and cocoa with a touch of berries. Coating like chocolate milk, hints of nutty coffee, lightly bitter from hops and roasted grain in the finish. A bit of perfumed alcohol flavor and noticeable warmth on the way down.

NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Smells like chocolate covered cherries and hot alcohol. Pours a thich oily black with small brown head that diminishes completely. Taste is mostly chocolate covered cherries again plus alcohol, a touch of sourness, and bitter roasted malts in the finish. Light carbonation and a bit thinner than expected. A flavorful beer, but a 22oz. bottle is a bit much for me, difficult to finish near the end.

Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber at Riley’s World of Wines in downtown Madison, WI. Pours an opaque very dark brown brew with a thick tan head that has a nice retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, touch of coffee and plenty of toasted dark malt. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of thick toasted dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, toffee and some citrus zest. Finish is thick texture with a bitter chocolate and molasses aftertaste that lingers after the finish.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Cask conditioned - gravity dospense - GBBF 2008. A dark, dark brown beer with some chocolate and alcohol in the thinner than expected aroma. The taste is full bodied boozy alcohol, chocolate and hops. Very tasty, and very American.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and roastiness form succulently sweet curves before they team up with leafy hops and alcohol heat to build a potent bitter dryness in this original and very likeable Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the opaque black.
-Oatmeal contributes some crunchy cereal character.
-Upon release, alcohol was well hidden (by all the roastiness?) for a beer this size; but at 2 years of age, it comes through readily in both aroma and flavor profile.
-The flavor profile is straightforward, but it is highly enjoyable when you enjoy such dark malt-driven discourses.


doublebock (558) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Chocolate malty and high alcohol aroma. Dark color with tan thin head. Flavor is sweet toffee, espresso, and smooth bitterness at end.

vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Pours dark and smooth. Aroma non-descript. Intial flavor is semi sweet chocalate. The finish is bitter as promised. Still very good.

rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Jet black, low white head and low but fine condition. Pleasant mix of roast coffee and chocolate in the nose, full bodied sweet chocolate notes in the mouth with a balance of roasted bitter coffee and a hint of liquorice that lingers sweetly in the finish again to be balanced with a delicate coffee bitterness

BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
22oz Bomber - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Huge dark malts with a chocolate and coffee aromas.
Appearance – Black in Color, Thin head and clear (If you can see through black).
Flavor – A huge beer the flavor was great. Get out the sweet dark chocolate candy and eat them with this beer. Great dark malts added oats and the chocolate was wonderful.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, Nice texture with a Good dry finish.
Overall – This beer will mix well with berries and other fruits and add some Lambics and sour beers this will be a great mix beer also. A wonderful beer to itself and I will hold on to a few for a great night of beer and chocolate.

estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle. Black body, stouty nose, good solid dark tan head. Creamy, oily mouthfeel, hides alcohol well, good stout flavors but less than you might expect for a big beer. Very drinkable with no flavor flaws. Not particularly bitter.

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