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RATINGS: 1124   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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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2594) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Draft at Aces. Kicked the keg. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is deep dark chocolate, coffee. Very smooth and easy to drink for the abv. Flavors of semi sweet chocolate, dark coffee. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2972) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 16, 2017
Draught @ Teds Corner Tavern. Inky black with small creamy tan head, mocha aroma with roasted malt, medium carbonation, medium bitter roasted malt and bitter chocolate taste, smooth but thin body, long bitter roasted malt finish. Very tasty but disappointingly thin for a stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (719) - ITALY - MAY 13, 2017
Imbottigliata il 15 gennaio 2016, aperta il 13 maggio 2017. Marrone molto scura, praticamente nera, schiuma marrone scura di media persistenza. Aroma di caffè tostato e caffè zuccherato, cacao, note di liquirizia, frutti rossi, prugna e zucchero di canna, lieve nota di acetone e di anice. In bocca attacca con cioccolato fondente, anice e liquirizia, finale sempre con cioccolato fondente, cacao, caffè tostato, caffè zuccherato, prugna e una nota di ribes rosso. Corpo pieno, non troppo carbonata, texture setosa.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (5650) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2017
03.05.2017, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sour-ish roasted, dark malts, sour-ish roasted grain, minerals, alcohol, grass, dark chocolate, sour coffee, hops, bark, licorice. Taste is slightly dry sour-ish mineraly, weeds, minerals, alcohol, sour-ish roasted grain, sour coffee, licorice, bark, harsh hops, bitter chocolate, dark sugar, grass. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry and harsh boozy mouthfeel. Fair enough, not really my cup of tea.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gephross100 (926) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2017
Bottle thanks to Bill pours dark brown with a brown head. mole, coca cola peanuts. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (10396) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2017
UPDATED: APR 27, 2017 Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop. Pours black with a thick tan head. Lots of chocolate as promised. Bitter, rich.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2017
Draught at Stone's Liberty Station. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, espresso, hops, nuts, oat, licorice, a bit of chocolate and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, oat, espresso, licorice, chocolate and a bit of dark fruits. Excellent imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1807) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2017
Roasty, heavy chocolate, coffee and licorice, spicy. Roasty, but balanced, chocolate and coffe.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenL8 (167) - SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2017
Pours night black with a nice head which is the darkest coloured foam Ive ever seen. Dissipates partially. Aroma is indeed dark chocolate, bitter, dark malts, plums, lactose, caramel, sugar, molasses, hints of smoke. Medium body, complex, rich mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, but really in a chocolatey, coffee-like way. Really intense and rich, Sweetness covered by the chocolate. Bittersweet medium long finish, hints of smoke, espresso, bitter. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simontomlinson (298) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2017
Creamy dark brown head stayed well on a really dark brown opaque body. Bitter chocolate aroma. Full bodied, creamy, clean. The taste is on the label! This is just like liquid dark chocolate. Smoked notes, coffee, yeasty, sweetish to the fore & so bitter on the back, this is like Bournevlle on draught.


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