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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6146) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle: The aroma is a very nice combination of dark chocolate, oatmeal, roastiness, light cocoa powder, faint fruit (cherry?), and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate brown head that fades to a thin film after a minute or so and leaves minimal lacing...really the only thing keeping it from a 5 in appearance. The flavor starts with a nice dose of dark chocolate that only gets stronger in the finish along with some light roasted coffee. The finish has some bitter chocolate, burnt notes, black licorice, some light plummy sweetness, and alcohol. The alcohol isn’t overbearing or hot by any means, but it’s definitely there. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. Pretty damn good in my opinion. I will be stocking up on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Pours black with a smooth brown head. Rich roasted chocolate nose, dark chocolate and vanilla notes. This is one of the best anniversary beers I remember when it is fresh, many of the others have been very hot, this just feels blended very well. Long drawn out smooth chocolate flavor, beautifully balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Aroma is of baker’s chocolate. Definitely tastes like it’s on the dry side for an IS. Dark roasted coffee flavor with hints of charcoal. Light whisper of red fruits from the chocolate on the aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Thanks to Dave @ By the Bottle for sharing this beer with me--Poured an abysmally dark black body with a one-finger grey-brown head. Mildly metallic nose with a lot of chocolate and oatmeal notes. The alcohol became more evident at the beer warmed up. Creamy, smooth, and big chocolate. Lush like I like my stouts. Sharp bitter, dry yet still creamy finish. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
OK, so this was Stone 12. Ima give it to y’all straight no chaser. Black with small ring type head. Aroma of Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, ash, oats, and alcohol. The taste was the same but very smooth on the palate. Alcohol was very apparent at the end. Much better as it warms up. Soild brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1886) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Groovy. Dark, roasty, burnt business with a touch of dark 70%+ chocolate. Sour oats (in a good way!) and bittttttter hops kick towards the end of the palate. Definitely tastes like it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2008
bottle pours super dark black. brown head. Definitly get a little bitterness out of this beer. Nice Chocolate taste with roasted malt. very nice job once again by Stone brewing company.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keithwebb (4) - USA - JUL 11, 2008 does not count
22 oz bottle in July 2008. Pours black, thick, with a chocolate brown head that nearly disipates after a couple of minutes. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and cherry. Rich, sweet (from malt), bitter chocolate taste. The 9.2% alcohol doesn’t show up in the taste. Nice rich, smooth, with a chocolate and slight coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Bottle from Bevmo. Black with a brown fizzy head. Sweet roasty chocolate and grain aroma. Sweet mildly bitter dark chocolate taste, good roasty taste with a bitter malty finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bomber pours pitch black with a tan head. Has an interesting aroma. I get a hint of alcohol, ash, and some slight sweet roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very heavy with a heavy creamy feel to it as well. Several little bubbles flow into my mouth and attack my tongue and tastebuds. Taste is strong coffee, alcohol, some chocolate, ash flavors, and has a bitterness that must come from the chocolate I suppose. Overall this is a bad ass brew. It reminds me of a brewdog paradox brew. It has the same kinds of qualities. I want to revisit this one after it ages a little while . Its still a little hot right now.

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