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RATINGS: 1082   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
22oz Bomber - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Huge dark malts with a chocolate and coffee aromas.
Appearance – Black in Color, Thin head and clear (If you can see through black).
Flavor – A huge beer the flavor was great. Get out the sweet dark chocolate candy and eat them with this beer. Great dark malts added oats and the chocolate was wonderful.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, Nice texture with a Good dry finish.
Overall – This beer will mix well with berries and other fruits and add some Lambics and sour beers this will be a great mix beer also. A wonderful beer to itself and I will hold on to a few for a great night of beer and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle. Black body, stouty nose, good solid dark tan head. Creamy, oily mouthfeel, hides alcohol well, good stout flavors but less than you might expect for a big beer. Very drinkable with no flavor flaws. Not particularly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Cask at GBBF 2008 ... deep deep oily black ... pours like 12 year old oil ... light sweet smooth malt nose .. thick sweet chocolate malts little vanilla 3.6...

Bottle at home ... solid black thick tan head ... roast malts little chocolate little vanilla in nose ... quite bitter up front ... too much for me ... again roast malts ... allmost an motor oil flavour ... 3.5 ...

dark black ... thin tan lacing ... sweet roast chocolate nose ... light bitter chocolate ... little toffee ... soft roast ... light chocolate linger ... little marzipan .... big milky chocolate linger ... 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Subtle roast with smooth chocolate. A little coffee. A bit harsh at times...no head and a bit oily. Smooth with a bit of dark fruit and alcohol. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Smells like an impy stout and looks like one too. great tan colored head on it. flavor is nice with burnt coffee and some semi sweet chocolate notes. the bitter finish is pretty nice, totally overpowers the semi sweet thing going on. alcohol flavor is very apparent, i didn’t mind it at first but it got annoying. this might be one of those "better after some age" beers. also, i’m biased and don’t go crazy for imperial stouts anyway. i’m glad i tried it anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Pours the darkest of browns with an immense tan foam head that sustains, moderate lacing. Smell is deep bittersweet chocolate and lighter coffee malts alongside a stiff alcohol presence, hints of roast malts. Taste is initially full of dark bittersweet chocolate which dominates throughout, opens up to some sweet malts and touches of espresso and roast malts, hints of dark fruits, oatmeal grains, and earthy hops for balance, finishes with a moderate alcohol warming sensation. Palate is full-bodied, smooth velvety texture, ample carbonation. Overall, a moderate, well-balanced semi-sweet stout with a considerable alcohol boost, not in the top tier for this style but a must-have for any dark chocolate lovers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (husks, roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), with notes of varnish, alcohol, plastic, sour apple, hint of nail polish. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. I hate to preface ratings with "I’m honestly not a hater of this brewery, but..." I mean, the more good beers I can get locally, the better for me, yes? Stone is available locally, so I am literally rooting for them to make some tasty beverages. The 11th Anniversary was actually pretty good. This one is...well...kinda embarrassing. Unpleasant off notes in the aroma right from the start, and they don’t go away. Not to mention burnt and husky and oh-so-crude. The saddest part for me is that I was really in the mood for a stout tonight, but I can’t even drink this, much less rave about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Pours black with a light brown head which settles on the rim with good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt, hint of acetone. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, alcohol is present throughout, espresso bitterness in the finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. I think this one needs to settle for awhile - a bit too abrasive now. Would be greatly improved if bourbon aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13316) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Smallish brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, roast, light coffee liqueur. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, burnt coffee, alcohol, some dark chocolate, roast. Smooth medium-full body. Alcohol presence detracts from what otherwise would be a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1253) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Enjoyed this beer on draft at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. A very dark brown-black color with a big, creamy, dark-tan head that had great retention and cling on the edges. A strange sweet-syrupy aroma with roasty chocolate malt easily present, and a touch of hops. A very sweet taste with some syrupy and chocolate qualities and a touch of accompanying bitterness. A super wet and creamy texture, with very low carbonation and a bit on the thinner side.

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