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RATINGS: 1128   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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fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 Cask (gravity) @ Great British Beer Festival, GBBF 2008, Earls Court, London, England SW5.
Dark black color with a small, virtualle none head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, vanila notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and some salty notes with a average to long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. (050808)
Bottle 65cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #7. ]
Clear dark black brown color with a small to average, frothy to creamy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, coffee - mocca, licorice notes ? Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20090612]

yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours a black brown and creamy chocolate brown head. Roasted malty and slight spiced chocolate aroma. Light smoked in the initial flavour impression with a smooth chocolate base and a malty roasted flavour added in. Lingering chocolate finish.8-5-8-4-17=4.2>br>
From bottle, blind #7. Pours black with a small tan head. Mild smoked, metallic and roasted malt aroma. Light sweet, roasted, light smoked and dark chocolate to coffee flavoured. Light alcohol note. Smooth roasted malt flavoured finish.8-4-8-4-15=3.8

Ungstrup (38383) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Draft at Stone Bistro. A black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt and medium notes of sweet malt, oatmeal, and coffee. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and oatmeal, as well as lighter notes of alcohol, that is felt on the tongue, leading to a dry and roasted finish.

joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma dominated by dark chocolate. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, coffee and liquorice with notes of hops and alcohol. Roasted and hoppy finish.

anders37 (26999) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty bitter dark chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee. smooth roasted malty bitter chocolate flavor. Has a warming roasted malty bitter chocolate finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2008
[email protected] Black colour, small white head. Aroma is chocolate, malts, hops and spices. Some roasted notes as well as mild vanilla too. Flavour is roastred malts, chocolate, alcohol, mild fruityness and spices.

Travlr (26069) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Like eating a very bitter Hershey bar. Over the top. Not subtle. Full bodied, creamy. Use earplugs.

cgarvieuk (25984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Cask at GBBF 2008 ... deep deep oily black ... pours like 12 year old oil ... light sweet smooth malt nose .. thick sweet chocolate malts little vanilla 3.6...

Bottle at home ... solid black thick tan head ... roast malts little chocolate little vanilla in nose ... quite bitter up front ... too much for me ... again roast malts ... allmost an motor oil flavour ... 3.5 ...

dark black ... thin tan lacing ... sweet roast chocolate nose ... light bitter chocolate ... little toffee ... soft roast ... light chocolate linger ... little marzipan .... big milky chocolate linger ... 3.7

omhper (25723) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2008
Bottled at tasting with Greg Koch at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Near opaque black, brown head. Burnt choclatey nose. Dryish with medium-full body, lesser than what you’d expect from a 9.2% stout. The mouthfeel is clean and rounded. Dark chocolate dominates all the way. It’s intensely roasty with the slightest hint of prunes to add fruitiess. FInishes with mid-intensity salty bitterness. A good straightforward beer, much less complicated than the long name makes you think it is.

madmitch76 (25537) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
6th August 2008. On tap at GBBF. Sweet woody beer. Sticky chocolate coffee malt that is never bitter and then a porty warm finish.

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