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RATINGS: 1073   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Pours black with a very nice moderate brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, some dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is complex with a very smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate with s nice balancing bitterness, slight oat and grain, alcohol appears on the finish, but very slightly. Well done

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruberbox (15) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Re rate: The 12th Anniversary has definitely come into its own with some aging. The alcohol flavor has dissipated substantially and left an amazing beer. This beer has suddenly been vaulted into the upper echelon of my favorites. dark, bitter chocolaty goodness. Very smooth for a high ABV beer. Stone’s 12th trumps the last 2 anniversary beers, granted I am not a hop head.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Pours dark black with a massive chocolate head. The nose is heavy alcohol with a bakers chocolate lean. This one is chewy, with a bitterness that seems to come from the chocolate more than the hops. It has a thickness that satiates the most massive appetites, and only Stone could produce something like this. Just another in a long line of solid beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Deep dark blackness topped with a brown head. chocolate aroma. Flavor is wow...bittersweet chocolate & oats with hints of coffee. Like a chocolate chip oatmeal for breakfast. Alcohol is apparent but not overwelming. Amazing brew. Stone never disappoints!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2008
Very nice imperial stout without the usual sweetness that permeates through almost all "chocolate" stouts. Good alcohol flavoring and not overhopped. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Aromas of dark chocolate, oats, dark fruits, and alcohol. Light roast as well. Pours black with a nice brown head that hung out for a minute. Rich flavors bitter chocolate, roast, earth, softer oats, alcohol. Pretty big body; heavy creamy mouthfeel with a good deal of alcohol. Sticky chocolate ’resins’ coat the mouth. Pretty nice, but a little hot. I bet this would be amazing in a year or two.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
On tap Blind Tiger. Deep dark brown in color with a nice off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Bitter chocolatety malty aroma. Caramel roasty oak notes. Chocolatey creamy malty hoppy flavor. Roasty grainy citrusy notes. Creamy and smooth tasting. Full bodied. Finish is roasty. Nice. Enjoyable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Many a thanks are extended to alexsdad06 for this beer! Pours really dark with a moderate brown head fading to a ring and light foam that lasts a while. Aroma is certainly living up to the label! Definitely dark chocolate, but man there’s a strong roast presence to this, as well as espresso, wood, and sambuca. Tastes chocolatey at first and sweeter than I thought it would. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, licorice, oats and wood. A slight astringency almost seems to add something vinous to it, but it falls short. Finishes with a strong roast flavor and more dark chocolate, yet the flavor has somehow evolved to a new flavor that’s still described the same way. Aftertaste is plenty bitter and woody, and there’s a nice cocoa aftertaste. It’s pretty nice to have the bitterness this does without the weird citrus character mixing it up. Big creamy mouthfeel, but this isn’t overly thick IMO. Far from thin though. I never thought "roasty and chocolatey" could be as involved as they are here, but this beer does a lot with those qualities. If Stone can do this with minimal hops and a make a beer so good, I have little reason to fear any hop shortage.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Bomber. It’s good to see the 10th anniversary demon has been brought back on their newest. Pours a dark brown color with a medium chunky head. Aroma was the definitive bitter chocolate along with roasted dark malt. Taste added creamy oatmeal and just a hint of dark fruit. Pretty warm with alcohol. Medium-full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3501) - 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.


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