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RATINGS: 1064   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2008
It’s rare that I get to see a Stone beer that I haven’t had, not because I’ve had so many, but because the parts of the world I frequent typically don’t have them or carry a very limited range. The beer is a very dark brown, appearing black in the tulip glass in which it was poured. The head is a creamy tan that doesn’t get very big, but lasts. The aroma is dark chocolate, husky grains, and roast. The flavor is a little harsh in the finish, but there’s a marshmallow like undercurrent cutting through it. Enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2008
The name nails it. Tons of chocolate and roast malt aroma with some woodiness and alchohol. Dead black with small fine tan head. Woody roasty chocolate flavor with some grain astringency and pronounced hop bitterness. Full creamy mouthfeel but fairly light body with a bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Black pour with a foamy, 1 finger, brown head. Aroma of bakers chocolate, espresso, burnt hops, rolled oats, and a touch of alcohol. Very bitter unsweetened cocoa powder flavor with a roast hop, oat, and alcohol finish. Medium-full hot alcohol mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Great beer that is heavy and full bodied. It tastes exactly as you would expect from the name, of chocolatey grains and burnt roastiness. Very good, I would have to say I almost like this better than the Russian Imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Beer poured black and opaque into a tulip...not a lot of head here. Aroma is medium-intensity, with some nice burned-pizza crust roastiness, chocolate, and with an oatmeal quality. Flavor was a nice blend of chocolate, which wasn’t overpowering, and a good degree of dark malt roasty. Hides its ABV dangerously well; felt like I could’ve drank two bombers of the stuff. Very drinkable for the ImpStout style. Very good - I would recommend. I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma Ave in Milwaukee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
There label says it all. A beautiful looking beer that is deep black with a medium smooth head. Smells like hoppy, dark cocoa and oats or grains. Taste is a vinous mixture of bitter and chocolately goodness (somehow thatís possible). I also tasted what seemed to be a burnt or charred flavor that actually went well with everything else. Nice beer overall. Innovative and definately enjoyable as a breakfast/ cold weather beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Black colored, moderate to large head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is chocolately with lesser roast, coffee and caramel. Medium to full bodied, alcohol is present but not overbearing. Somewhat silky but still not extremely drinkable. About what I expected I guess. This and the smoked porter are my favorite dark beers from them, with 11 and RIS left in the dust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wu1000k (18) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Opaque, viscous motor oil in color. Pours with thin head. Moderate carbonation. Traditional dry imperial stout aroma, slight hint of cocoa / bitter chocolate. For an imperial stout, its aroma belies the 9%+ alcohol content. Initial flavor with of classic imperial stout with very slight oatmeal and cocoa undertones, with medium thickness mouthfeel, followed by lingering bitter chocolate finish with a bit of carbonation at the finish. Definitely a great stout, but somehow doesn’t stand up against its champion imperial stout brethren.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as a nice pitch black in the glass. Head is dense and mocha-colored and fades fairly quickly leaving only a trace of lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malts. There are also some dark fruits and alcohol burn in the nose as well. Taste is big on the sweet malts as well with the significant bitterness of the baker’s chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a little carbonation on top of the bitterness of the chocolate. This is a decent, but quite bitter, stout and the flavors are are a little too abrasive for me. This one could use some time to bring the flavors together.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Joe Canalís, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99 Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10. Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10. Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again - amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.

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