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RATINGS: 1073   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate and roasted malts. Taste jumps out with dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
romankosecki (14) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 19, 2016
[tap in Jabeerwockie, Warsaw]
Appearance: deep black, with very small ruby/brown clearences. Head brownish, small bubles, long lasted, nice.
Aroma: Good... Intensive roasted notes: ash, chocolate, coffee, with some smoked hints. A little sweet caramel (raisins, bread, biscuits, burnt sugar). rich malty flavour without strange elements.
Taste: Compatible with aroma. On first plan roasty notes: coffee, milk chocolate, a little bit ashy. On back: sweet malts, grain, biscuit, a little bit of nut, vanillia and muscavido. Taste wasn’t very intensive, rather bottom of style...
mouthfeel and bitterness As Imperial Stout - body was rather light, thin, watery, creamy. I missed oily and rich texture... Bitterness was medium-high, balanced, a little bit of taninns, but acceptable.
Overall
Pretty good, but not intensive. I expected a little more taste, but I can’t say I was dissapointed. Drink and forget, nothing fancy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1684) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2016
A dark, viscous pour with a thick reddish-caramelized colored head. The head retains well. Dark roasted mildly sweet malt nose. A bit smoky. Thick texture. Drinks boldly with a lot of dark roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Finishes mostly chocolaty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (2248) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 17, 2016
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with beige head. Chocolate and roasted aroma. Chocolate, sweet, roasted taste. Medium to full body.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (4101) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2016
0,1l on tap @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2016. Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and some hops. Awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2016
(Keg at Kitty’s, 20160415) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had dark chocolate and burnt malts. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were dark chocolate, burnt malts, ash, liquorice, saltiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. A pleasant heavy imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6438) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 15, 2016
Draught @ Kitty’s, Helsinki (Stone Tap Takeover). Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, loads of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, hints of vanilla. Taste is sweetish, smooth and slightly roasty with some licorice, coffee, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla. Finish is smooth, sweetish and slightly syrupy with some roastiness, coffee and cocoa. A bit too sweet but pretty balanced otherwise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linkiewitz (98) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2016
Aromat: czekolada, paloność, słodycz, alkohol Wygląd: czarne z lekką pianą Smak: Bardzo przyjemne nuty czekoladowe, słodycz i paloność, do tego wyraźna pełnia (lecz bez przesady). Dalej jeszcze więcej akcentów z kakao w roli głównej - goryczka oraz cudny posmak czekolady (który zachwyca najbardziej)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1900) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 12, 2016
Przeklejka: Rami Rami is drinking a 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout by Stone Brewing at Jabeerwocky Megaibtensywne, kawa, czekolada, wedzonka (kurde, to przeciez nie jest wedzone piwo!), alkohol tez mocny ale ten akceptowalny, goryczka tez

PS: pseudo-wedzonka byla tylko na zimno

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manslow (1088) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 10, 2016
Butelka ,,jedna pinta" nabyta na Warszawskim Festiwalu Piwa 2016. Kolor mocny, brązowy, piana dość mocna, brązowa zostawia krążek. Aromat mocno czekoladowy w smaku wyczuwalny alkohol i nuty zbożowe, dobre nasycenie i goryczka mija się jednak z legendą , która ciągnie się za tym piwem a do Samca Alfa daleko, oj daleko choć zdecydowanie lepsze od przeciętniaka Go To IPA.


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