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RATINGS: 1058   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bomber poured a nearly opaque dark brown almost black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and hints of licorice and smoke. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with slightly warm finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of pepper with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle shared by MiguelMandingo, I believe. Thanks man!
Pours a dark black with a light, short lived beige head. Smell is slightly sweet and roasty with some oats and subtle alcohol. Taste is dark and roasty with some ashiness, along with a slightly sweet rich dark chocolately malty flavor. Medium bodied and not very rich for an imperial stout, but not too thin either. Appropriate carbonation, and a nice bitter chocolate taste as the name would suggest. I look forward to trying this again for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 3, 2008
22 oz bottle: poured dark as a night in the country. Full sized brown, lasting head. Lots of lacing on my glass. Fresh roasted coffee aroma with some chocolate. Lots of coffee in the taste. Initially I thought this was sweet but as I drink it, it seems to become dryer, especially in the finish. Full bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours a near perfect black with an aroma of raw chocolate and plastic oatmeal. Flavor is a smoky campfire chocolate blend, with hints of cocoa and fudge. Thick, full mouthfeel. Awesome brew! Hope this is on the horizon for Texas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
An impenetrable black body is crowned by a frothy, chocolate-milk colored head. Patchy, spotty lacing leaves its mark all the way down the glass. The aroma is mouth watering, causing the nostrils to flare at the first waft of bittersweet chocolate, dry cocoa, and mocha cream. Some espresso roastiness creeps in on the back end, but the aroma is all about chocolate here. Flavors follow suit, overflowing with dark, semi-sweet chocolate and lactic creaminess. Earthy hop notes lend further bitterness, while star anise adds in its signature spice. The finish lingers semi-sweet and roasty for quite some time. Medium-full bodied, with balanced carbonation, this goes down quite easy and shows very little alcoholic heat. One of the best chocolate stouts I’ve tried to date, this one falls just short of classics like Brooklyn BCS and Foothills Sexual Chocolate. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (652) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bomber. Pours slightly viscous black with a very small dark tan head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roast malt (coffee and bitter chocolate) and sweet dark malt (dark fruits, molasses). Flavor is sweet dark malts up front, with the promised bittersweet chocolate throughout (but not overdone), and a lingering finish with some earthy hops. The oats make the mouthfeel nice and velvety and are noticeable in the long finish. Despite all those words it’s a fairly straightforward combination of a sweeter dark-fruit-heavy imperial stout, the bitter chocolate, and the oatmeal stout character. If you like those styles, this is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
eburrell (7) - Spring Valley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008 does not count
It’s really hard to decypher this one because it is too bitter for words. Which isn’t bad by any means of the equation. I think if aged in a bottle for a tad but this one would rock your socks off, if it hasn’t already. Amazing aroma, dark as a tire, and extremely tasty. Valiant effort again by Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a snifter. This stout poured an opaque black with a thin head of dark tan foam. Decent lacing. The aroma of the beer was made up of bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and a bit of fresh coffee. The flavor included charred malts, bittersweet chocolate, oats, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit. The alcohol was well hidden. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and smooth. Light carbonation. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (517) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Impressive. Had on draft at Peach’s in Yellow Springs. Big, black bold this stout had a big roasty taste with hints of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Certainly not an Imperial stout, but a smooth, creamy big oatmeal stout, one to be proud of. I can’t believe this stout is over 9 percent. It does not taste this big. I love oatmeal stouts, and this one is as flavorful as any one you’ll ever have.

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