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RATINGS: 1137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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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3.5
Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiver29. Pours black and opaque with a light brown head. Rather alcoholic aroma with some burned malt. Medium-bodied, dried fruit and hard roasted malt, raisins, chocolate and a little cardboard. Fairly alcoholic finish. A surprisingly bland impy from Stone. 120609

3.8
Beerhunter111 (23247) - P?Castle, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2018
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing! A black beer with a mid-sized most good lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet mild roasted dark malt, chocolate, bitter hops. Taste of roasted bitter malt, coffee, intense bitterness, nice!

3.9
Leighton (22769) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Cloon. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Good roast in those, milk chocolate, ash. Medium sweet flavour with jammy dark fruits, berries, cocoa, roast. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Nice balance in the finish, more luscious chocolate, moderate roast, raisins. Good stuff.

4.2
Rasmus40 (22127) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and licorice. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 250516

4.2
Koelschtrinker (22056) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
Würzig malziger Antrunk mit gelungenen nussigen Schokoladennoten und hellem Getreide (Hafer), dabei nie alkoholisch. Rund un voll, harmonisch, wenig trocken. Schokoladiger Langer Abgang mit subtilder Getreidenote. Sehr gut! 12/13/12/13//13

3.9
fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2009 2009-06-12, blind tasting at Papsø’s, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Black color; medium head. Light aroma of roasted malt and alcohol, very light wood. Good body strength and round mouthfeel, strong chocolate and roasted malt flavor, inky salty, with strong bitterness and nice alcohol warmth. Very solid, good.

2008-09-09, draught at the Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas, 6-3-7-3-14=33
Black color. Poor aroma, light roasted malt and chocolate. The mouthfeel is quite soft, with mild coffee flavor, chocolate; difficult to detect oatmeal characteristics. Side-to-side with a Drake’s Imperial Stout and Deschutes Imperial Porter, this is by far the least interesting.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (21415) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle split at Level 42, picked up in the US, 20/10/16. Black with a well appointed tan cap. Nose is charr, chocolate biscuit, spice, toffee, light dark fruit rinse. Taste comprises chocolate, spice, charr, toffee, brown bread, milk chocolate. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Easy drinking impy but no Ww.

4
mcberko (19803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of dark sweet cocoa, oatmeal, and slightly bitter coffee. Flavour reveals much espresso than anything, with bitter unsweetened dark cocoa underneath, and a pronounced roastiness, and a slightly burnt finish. The sweetness comes through more as it warms. Soft, uncarbonated palate. Most wonderful.

4.1
saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Nice creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, caramel and hops. Nice oily palate and full bodied.

3.6
harrisoni (19529) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Black, thin tan head. Lots of bitter choc, some nutmeg. Still some American hops on end. It’s quite strong on the alcohol, bit of vanilla, bit too unsubtle. Hot alcohol and some whiskyish nature to it.


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