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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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3.9
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
This was a good chocolate and slighty bitter IPS with a dark brown head, it poured a dark black with hints of roasted malts and some fruity overtones,i was surprised to see it was a IPS but it was enjoyable.CHEERS!

4.2
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours thick black with a nice tan head. Aroma is malty and slighty chocolatey. Taste is coffe like and chocolatey as well with some bitterness from the oatmeal. Really good.

4.4
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
very good stout, thin head...black like muck. chocolatey, nutty, and a bit of alchohl bite too it. liked it enough to go get another .

3.9
dambor (688) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2016
Pours pitch black with small head. Aroma: tons of cocoa and chocolate. Taste: dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, dark malt. Nice palate of dark chocolate and hops. Smooth and ABV well hidden. Could be more intense in the aroma but overall very good.

3.4
cobaink2 (688) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Pours a deep dark licorice color.very nice dark Mexican chocolate, bit of biscuit and caramel. Really nice and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
poured like black syrup with a thin brown head. smelled of dark chocolate. very sweet start ending with a bitter finish.

4.4
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.

4
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours black with frothy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Silky smooth going down. Very good brew.

3.4
brigg (678) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2008
(bottle) Dark brown, almost black, opaque body and wispy brown head with some lacing. Burnt coffee and chocolate aroma. Full-bodied, very bitter, burnt flavor of chocolate and coffee, some fruit.

4
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Pours out like used motor oil with a dense mocha head that has moderate retention. The nose emanates an arms length from the glass. No lacing sticks at all. The nose is robust, with heavily roasted malt, espresso, anise and booze. They weren’t kidding when they said bitter! chocolate. The oatmeal is present in that sweetness I can only identify as oatmeal from other oatmeal stouts. It is definitely intense. The aftertaste is coffee-like with some citric hops, bitter dark chocolate (almost like baking cocoa) and a fair amount of booze. The palate up front is incredibly full and silky with perfectly matched soft carbonation. Surprisingly, the finish cuts out quick, though not in flavor, but in body. Towards the end, the palate seems to evaporate and turn watery. At the same time, it is drying and warming. A good brew for sure.


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