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RATINGS: 990   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aquilo (598) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
I have a feeling that I’m going to love this. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. I was hoping for a bigger head, but this is very pretty anyway. Smells incredibly chocolaty. Wonderful, rich dark chocolate. Flavor is rich, dry, and bitter chocolate, just as advertised. Some roasty malts in there as well, and just a touch of fresh hops. Very creamy mouthfeel. I’m a sucker for chocolate, and this beer satisfies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3671) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
I had been looking forward to trying this. Poured an inky black with a compact dark tan head that lasted nicely, couldn’t ask for much more in hte way of appearance. Aroma was good, a mix of chocolate and espresso, strong and enticing. The flavor was essentially a match for the nose. A bit one dimensional in its chocolate and coffee focus, but overall a good balance of bitterness and sweetness from the malts and added chocolates. As it warmed, some slightly hot alcohols made their presence felt in a way that subtracted quite a bit from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It is rare that I prefer a beer cold over warm, but this was much better straight out of the fridge than when it hit room temperature. Because of the significant malt body, I am hoping that age will tame the high alcohols a bit. As it is, this was a good beer. But not a masterpiece like the 11th.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bomber shared by tjthresh. Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with zero head. The nose is of smoky, chocolaty, roasted, peaty malt. Medium-bodied and silky slick (almost flat) with a dry, flinty finish. The flavor is of ashy, chocolaty malt with a lightly sour and tannic/dry finish. An interesting stout; thanks for sharing this with us, Tom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1814) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Bottle. So I pick this up after searching for awhile. Why? beacuase some people on ratebeer say it’s good? No, because it’s a Stone beer that I have never had before. Nice aroma of choclate and sweet malt. The flavor was so silky smooth with chocolate, malt and a touch of hops and oatmeal. This beer was so freaking smooth and drinkable. I loved it and see it aging for quite awhiile. I need to pick up some more.....soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6911) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22oz bomber pours a slightly watery, opaque black with a soft, slightly lacing tan head that settled into a nice ring around the glass. Aroma of chocolate, no surprise there, with some tobacco, earth, toffee, coffee, malts and whole grains. Flavor is mild and very well balanced. The sweetness and a bit of silkiness comes through from the oatmeal, milk chocolate, whole grain bread, coffee and a bit of cola. Finish has some lasting coffee bitterness, a silky texture and some residual sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8615) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
On tap at Monk’s Kettle (S.F.). This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head. There is an intense chocolate malt flavor with coffee notes and a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Poured from tap and inky black with medium sized brown head. Aroma of roast coffee, bitter chocolate and alcohol vapor. Flavor was full with roast coffee, bitter coco powder, caramel, a rather pronounced alcohol note, and touch of smoky grain. The flavors were not well blended at this time. Palate was a bit harsh with the alcohol but shows nice flavor tones that should mellow and mesh well with age. I’ll be coming back to it in 6 months to re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, caramel, light smoke, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, some oats, bitter chocolate, coffee latte, and roast. Smooth body with the alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep brown and black opaque color. Coffee, chocolate and some smoke in the aroma. Definitely bitter. Nice amount of chocolate flavor,. Would have liked more smoothness from the oatmeal. I also would like to let this warm up and re-rate it to give it another chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Pours a dark brown/black with nice dark tan head. This stout is very bitter, but not the citrus hop bitterness, instead it has a sour bitterness with notes of bitter dark chocolate. Definite espresso and coffee beens, along with notes of caramel, roasted malt, and some dark fruit. Also creamy mouthfeel from oatmeal, but still fairly light body for the style. A very nice dessert beer.

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