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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2683) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Black oily pour with a nice attractive tan head and lots of lacing .... Aroma of chocolate/cocoa, bitter roasted malts and dark fruity yeast ..... Taste is of bitter dry/dark cocoa, roasted malts and bitter dry hops on the back end .... The finish is very dry and dark with a big abrupt semi sweet chocolate finish .... Solid and dark with bitter chocolate being very true ... Mouthfeel is oily and slick .... Not bad at all

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (321) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pours a jet black color with excellent lacing and a decent bit of head retention. Smells like coffee and bitter chocolate. Tastes like bitter chocolate. The flavor is not too complex here, but it doesn’t have to be. This is reeeaaaalll good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4270) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate brown head on there. Nose is quite roasty with a bit of chocolate and a hint of oats. Taste is sweet and roasty with hints of cocoa. Really tasty and smooth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rick_91709 (304) - USA - JAN 31, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Inky black. Short-lived light brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Starts out on the sweet side and ends with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (809) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Pours a deep, deep black with a head that almost looked purple. Aroma has some nuts, coffee, chocolate, booze, raisins, licorice. Flavor is fairly sweet, with chocolate, creamed coffee, licorice, raisin. Booze is well-hidden in the flavor. Just a touch of bitterness to the finish/aftertaste. Pretty well-done stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (1015) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Really bitter and in a good way. Looks and smells great. Glad they brought it back.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrnoluv (273) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
There is an oat,nutty smell that goes along with the very heavy coca and sweet malty aroma, dark as hell color, light head. The taste is initially bitter, light sweetness then bitter on the swallow with a very heavy sodium taste that lingers. Great ABV, another good Stone beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours black with a thick brown head, aroma is of heavy chocolate with a decent amount of sweetness as well, flavor has a very sweet front end with some chocolate in the finish, not as full flavored as I was hoping for, abv isn’t all that well hidden, meh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1509) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Draft sample. Inky black pour. Sweet, slightly lactic aroma. Taste is sweet, vanilla, spice, smooth. Lightly bitter. Easy drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1090) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2016
22oz bottle - pours an oily black with dark tan head . Aromas of light roast coffee and bakers cocoa . Smooth texture . Medium cocoa flavor , mild bitterness . Very good ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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