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RATINGS: 1024   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1501) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Black with foamy thin brown almost orange head; aroma is mild chocolate; flava is rich hoppy spicy roasty smoky; feels medium to light little fizz; finishes dry roasty bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4387) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2016
A bit tingy and sweet. Black tan head. I could have left this one in the tap.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (432) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1922) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2016
On tap. Poured a deep brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, grain and trace of chocolate. taste of dark fruit roasted malt and some chocolate. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, thick and creamy, the chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms. No hint of the 9.2% ABV. Well crafted beer to relax with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Bottled. Nose of soy sauce, cocoa, coffee. Dark brown with lace. Flavor is cocoa, milk, oats, berries. Stone has trouble moving me lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4186) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Pitch black with a light beige head. Soft chocolate, fruity and lightly bitter aroma. Soft mouthfeel on a medium body. The taste is earthy, chalky and gives you bitter chocolate with smooth oatmeal. Good enough but after the rest of tonight’s beers not terribly exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1853) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark thick black. Quite bitter, like chewing on a handful of unsweetened cocoa nibs. A little overwhelming but Im pretty sure that was their goal....I want banana or strawberries or something else that I typically use to make nibs bearable. At least its nice and creamy at the end. Thx Whereisyourball. Enjoyed in my backyard hammock!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Busterhawk822 (1) - - MAR 26, 2016 does not count
Taste is predominantly roasted malt and nutty, with high cacao chocolate on the forefront and creamy sweet oats on the back end. Pours a nice, slightly ruby brown head, beer is almost black in the glass. Nose is only slightly boozy, with minor notes of dark fruit accompanying the rich roasted malt. Overall a wonderful stout, not leaning towards either the bitter or sweet side, a well-rounded, and well-made ale from a great craft brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (653) - SINGAPORE - MAR 26, 2016
Tapped out black. 40ºSRM. Nose has sweet and phenolic, chemical character...bleach or corn chips, corn tortillas, reminds me a little of when I was doing micro and the odor coming off P. aeruginosa cultures. There is some smoke and dark malt sweet, raw black bee honey is close, maybe a hint of banana and some spice. As the brew comes up to room temperature, the sharp one note aroma of bleach is melting into mellow aromas of dates, raisins and prunes. Has the oatmeal richness and fruitiness of raisins to give the nose of a nice breakfast stout. As this warms up you get the corn aroma back again.. coming back like fresh corn flakes. Asian aroma note, like fresh pork floss. Nose just gets more wine-y and less like warm beer as it comes up to room temperature, a testament to its grain bill going in... Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate is rounded with sour, salty and then malty. There is just enough carbonation to lift this palate out of being cloying. Palate has flavors of sweet ripe dark fruit and stone fruit, caramel, Creme brûlée, burnt sugar and deeply Carmelized coffee. There is a nice prolonged ume-like palate. the tail end of this palate has a very nice rich vegemite-like umami finish. There are definitely some hops in there that give the bitter finish that almost convince your palate that it’s the bitter of the dark chocolate that you are tasting. If indeed this was the intent, then it was very crafty...no pun intended. Finish is bitter, then creamy then sweet, then dry. Very nice...everybody says you’ve "sold out"...but I refuse to believe it because of efforts like this one. Very very nice! I love you, Mr Guardian!! Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle. I was glad to see this again; I was thinking in December how it would be nice to have this one to retry. And lo and behold, what do I see? (Now, if we can get the remake of the 10th Anniversary...) A: Pure black body, huge mocha head, N: Cocoa, roast, coffee, oatmeal, some molasses and licorice, charred malt and burnt brown sugar, hint of vanilla. Touch of lactose. A bit of dirt and pine underneath. T: Very sweet and roasty. Intense lingering spiciness that I don’t enjoy. M: Medium body, creamy then tickling carbonation, noticeable but, for Stone, restrained alcohol. O: A big oatmeal imperial stout with some decent high points but which also lacks something special. Probably the unpleasant aftertaste.

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