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RATINGS: 1083   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of scraff. Thanks, Scott! Pours a dark chocolate-brown coor; thin medium brown head with patchy lacing. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and nougat; very nice chocolate character in the nose; very soft. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: very bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and nougat upfront; relaxed carbonation; very bitter (although underhopped), and heavy chocolate notes throughout. Difficult to drink a lot of this. Lengthy, dry finish: bitter chocolate and roasted malts / smoked meats at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dense black with a very rich looking dark brown head that sadly disappeared after two or three sips. Pleasant but surprisingly light aroma of chocolate, malt, and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is thankfully less bashful than the aroma with malt, licorice, and plenty of chocolate, particularly in the aftertaste. I’m also glad there is no sign of tobacco in the flavor. More bitter at the finish than I think of with an imperial stout, but then again this is Stone. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6846) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2008
Cask (GBBF 2008) - Dark brown,almost black in colour. Smoky aroma with a hint of coffee. Chocolate and coffee in the taste with some smokes notes. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask@GBBF2008. Black colour, small white head. Aroma is chocolate, malts, hops and spices. Some roasted notes as well as mild vanilla too. Flavour is roastred malts, chocolate, alcohol, mild fruityness and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Black, thin tan head. Lots of bitter choc, some nutmeg. Still some American hops on end. It’s quite strong on the alcohol, bit of vanilla, bit too unsubtle. Hot alcohol and some whiskyish nature to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours black with a creamy milk chocolate head. Tons of chocolate, coffee and toasted malt on the nose. Flavor and finish carried bitter chocolate and licorice. Not my favorite Stone Anniversary, but a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice thick brown head and ample lacing. The nose is robust with some chocolate and chewy malt notes, oats are apparent along with a healthy stone-level of hops. The flavor is creamy and roasty with a moderate amount of licorice, astringency and a lactose-like sweet mouthfeel. Brash bitterness and astringency in the finish with a lingering coffee note in the tail. A bit more bitter and astringent than I’m used to in an oatmeal stout and not enough complexity to be called an imperial. The cons of both styles are conspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
On tap at City Beer, drank with the NorCal sales rep for Stone, Davecooks. Beautiful deep brown pour with a thin pancake colored head. Nose is a bit faint, with roasted malt notes and subtle chocolate. The flavor is the same with a bit more bitterness present, which Dave told me is actually the bitter chocolate, not hops. A bit harsh and dry, but hoping it ages better for a re rate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2008
A complex and roasty dark drink. Some vague chocolate notes; but many vague notes because of its richness and complexity. Beer gains considerable alcohol presence as it is held in the mouth. Overall, I didn’t find this beer too impressive, although I was expecting a lot. It did not seem balanced and smooth, just a complex and dark mish-mash of hops, malts and their accompanying characters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Black, small brown head, some lace. Aroma was tough, had too cold but picked up some chocolate, roast, etc. Meduim-full body, stacks of fat malts, tons ’o roast, chocolate, bitter...straight to the point, maybe soar dark fruit nut no alot. Good stout! Will need to revisit@

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