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88
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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1118   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
22 oz. Opaque brown pour with a dense, creamy caramel head. Aroma of... bitter chocolate. Chocolate malt powder, hops, nutty. Roasty. Balanced and creamy flavor. Metallic though. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but I find the chocolate less apparent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aquilo (641) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
I have a feeling that I’m going to love this. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. I was hoping for a bigger head, but this is very pretty anyway. Smells incredibly chocolaty. Wonderful, rich dark chocolate. Flavor is rich, dry, and bitter chocolate, just as advertised. Some roasty malts in there as well, and just a touch of fresh hops. Very creamy mouthfeel. I’m a sucker for chocolate, and this beer satisfies.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours thick black with silky tan head. Smells roasty, chocolatey, smokey. Tastes smooth, creamy, and rich with chocolate, roasted coffee, nutty, with bitter finish. Some taste of cereal grains are present.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
bottle- nicely done impy stout with a great creamy mouthfeel, and high drinkability. Chocolate is by no means sweet, but is there along with some alcohol notes. Would try again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Black body, a tan head is formed, quickly receding to simply a ring of tan lace at the edges of the glass. The aroma comes through on the promise of bitter chocolate and also has a bit of graininess, and some licorice character. The flavor is a mixture of oatmeal stout smoothness and chocolate bitterness, so I guess this is well played. A touch of smokiness remains in the finish. The body is not too thick and sticky, thankfully.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma: Oatmeal, cocoa powder, coffee, light alcohol, smoke. Some spicey and citrus hop notes. Appearance: Black in color and opaque. Dark tan head was large and creamy with fair retention. Small, spotty lacing. Flavor: Lots of roasted malt flavors (Coffee, smoke, light anise). More chocolate in the nose, but a good chocolate note shines through. Some hot alcohol flavor as it warms. Grassy and pine hop notes into the finish. Bitterness plays nicely against all the malt flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Palate: Full bodied and very smooth. Medium carbonation. Significant alcohol warming in mouth and chest. Overall: Nice beer. Mouthfeel was perfect. Rich and smooth with just the right level of carbonation. Alcohol was a little hot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (630) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Pours an almost black with a fair tan head......aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet maltiness.....taste is dark chocolate, booze, toffee, quick sweetness, ends with a coffee grounds type bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, well built.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (623) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2009
Aroma: Straw, bitter chocolate, slight hoppy resin, BBQ notes Flavor: Initially burnt( Black Patent?) Malt dominated. Once it warmed a bit it showed moderately sweet, mildly roasted coffee and chocolate flavors leading to a bitter coffee finish. Comment: Tasted when newly released (summer 2008). Good once it warmed a bit but no match for the Imperial Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2008
pretty thick, wish there was more carbonation. Black with a great dark brown head. Thin mouthfeel with a long lasting palate, chocolate, light mocha. Buttery.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle: YES YES YES YES YES! Ive SO wanted to try this one, and living in Canada its hard to find them. Thankfully my party host pulled one out to surprise me and Im forever in debt. Pours thick and jet black, thick brown head atop. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and black licorice; very complex, very elaborate. Flavour is bitter as promised from a blend of chocolate, roasted malts, and anise with a great balancing caramel malt. Well disguised but present alcohol - I so want an entire one for myself. Absolutely loved it.


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