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RATINGS: 1083   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - 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 (523) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Aroma is bitter chocolate (holy shit, really?), sweet and malty, yum Taste is bitter chocolate, but not overly bitter. Lots of chocolate. Tastes almost purely malt derived, only a little bit of a fake-plastic taste, some oakiness, maybe I am on some mad crack, but it tastes very similar- maybe that is vanilla and alcohol. Finishes sweet and lingers, but not overly. The bitter-sweet chocolate is great in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Had this on draft-Poured a jet black,very thick with a nice tan head.Aromas were of licorice,malt and chocolate.Very complex,lots of flavors going on with nice bitter chocolate and bitter coffee tastes.Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3866) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Bottled. Pours an opaque dark brown with a medium tan head that settles into a ring. Fairly light aroma of roasted malt, a little chocolate and smoke. Nice slick mouthfeel coats the tongue with chocolate and oatsplus flavours of coffee. Finishes with a little warming alcohol. Good now but hopefully it will age and get better. Extra points for the creativity of bitter chocolate vs. hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Very thick and chocolatey, Almost completely opaque and feels full on the tongue. Light carbonation. There is a little heat from the alcohol but the beer is so dense that it is in the background,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 2, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 Got a 22oz’r all the way up in Alaska. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Medium brown two finger head that lingers for a few minutes and leaves foam lace sticking to the side of the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and some sort of over ripe fruit. Tastes like a bowl of dark chocolate oatmeal w/ a stout floater. At first the creaminess of the beer is the first thing I noticed, not very carbonated and a dry finish. This is a bold beer, anyone who is a fan of Stone will enjoy this special release. Stock up the cellar and see how it ages.

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