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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Been a while since I’ve had a unique Imperial, but I enjoyed this. Aroma and taste matched the title with bitter, dark chocolate, along with some earthy scorched chocolates and coffee. It’s syrupy pour gave it an intimidating appearance, but this brew did not copy the common formula for Imperials which pushed it ahead of many.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 To be fair -- I only had a small sample of this brew at a release tasting in Arizona, but the advertised chocolate and oatmeal in this stout were unfortunately overpowered by a smokey (nearly burnt) roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1087) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2008
From the bottle. poured black with a med. sized brown head. Aroma, coffe with lots of sugar and cream , chocolate and raosted malts with a nice hint of alcohol, molasses, raisins. Flavor, got the bitter chocolate, malts a touch of sweetness and dark fruits, as it warms a little honey comes out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2298) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Aroma gives off a pleasant and delighting chocolate olfaction as well as lightly roast malt. The stout creates a firm layer of beige colored foam while a pitch black fluid is waiting to be consumed. The initial flavor is pure roasted dark malt with only a slight hint to chocolate but it’s clearly obvious cocoa is the strong backbone to this stout. Texture is rich and creamy with a minor tingle sensation from very refined carbonation bubbles. The presence of alcohol is noticeable even when served at a cold temperature. Aftertaste is sweet and leaves behind a taste as if I just ate a chocolate bar. Overall, I’m glad Stone decided to release an anniversary since they announced early this year they wouldn’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (661) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber. Thick and chewy, completely coating my tongue. It has been awhile since I had Stone RIS, and if memory serves me, the RIS is a tad better than this. The chocolate is faint and bitter. I think I anticipated more chocolate flavors. I have 2 more that I will store for awhile and see what changes in the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber from GM Liquors; Nose first had a light bit of piney hops, then the chocolate took over; along with toastiness; black with a medium, glass-lacing, cinnamon tan head; flavor is bitter chocolate with some oaty substance in the creamy body; finish is light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pour from a 22oz bomber. dark black with dark tan head. huge aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. More chocolate in the taste along with a bitter bite. Very creamy mouthfeel. alcohol isnt really noticable until this beer warms up. great brew from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CTSVPhantom (4) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Very roasty, POWERFUL taste of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Didn’t really notice oatmeal. Pours even darker than the IRS, head is very dark brown. Very little sweetness, lots of bitterness and roastiness. Not much hoppiness. Easily my favorite Stone anniversary brew to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. I don’t have to tell you that a Stone stout is going to pour very dark, black. The aroma is roasted malts, oatmeal, and chocolate. The flavor contains the same roasted maltiness with more of a bitter chocolate taste that is followed by a complimenting hint sweetness and some oatmeal. Not in the same ballpark as the original Stone RIS, but a welcomed change nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Strong roastedness and bitter bakers chocolate are prominent, dark cocoa powder surfaces in aroma, rich and pleasing, seems to lose its legs as it warms,taste is certainly dark bitter chocolate,seem to get the impression of dark chocolate frosting sweetness at first ,but that bitterness is just to overwhelming,oatmeal use must be minimal,as it doesn’t have that oatmeal slickness,some alchol definitely noticeable,a very fine chocolate stout,very worthy of being an Anniversary brew. Thanks Kingpin

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