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RATINGS: 1048   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 black shade of mahogany brown topped by a brick red/brown head. some webby lacing is left behind as it recedes. aroma is definitely dark chocolate mixed with musty oats, earth, ashy/astringent/bitter grain, faint dark fruit and a sweetness similar to molasses but without the richness or depth. the flavor comes through as promised on the bottle... astringent grain, bitter chocolate, sweet, musty, earthy and an acetone-like boozy burn. bitter finish riddled with alcohol. medium body. the texture is certainly helped out by astringency and the alcohol gives it a bit of spice. the carbonation gets really creamy when sloshed around... meh. gets rather boring by the end of the first glass...7/4/7/3/15/3.6

end of august 2009. big coffee aroma and flavor, it’s lost the ashy edge, dust is faint, a bit woody and smoky yet it still has a touch of the cocoa sourness on the finish. it is far more balanced than fresh and the alcohol sting is gone. it is coming along...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle shared by robert at stateline. Dark in color, decent head. Taste is chocolate and dark fruits. Medium texture, easy to drink, the alcohol was not present. Good brew from stone! Thanks robert for sharing some awesome brews!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Tap at blind tiger. Pours as dark as dark can be with a thin brown head. The nose said chocolate milkshake that will make you feel good. Nice hop flavor tor a stout a bit fizzy, with a delicious bitter finish. Glad I got to have it on tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bomber. Pours a pitch black with ½ finger tan head, even with an aggressive pour. Nose is cocoa, roasted coffee and chocolate muffins. Taste is dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, salty licorice and dark fruits with a bitter finish. Medium creamy mouth feel. Alcohol is hidden in the taste but you can certainly feel it as you drink it. A little bit off-kilter, but me likey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coca and molasses. Poured dark black in color with a small, creamy, dark brown head. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Flavor of alcohol, burnt malts, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and some oats. Medium to full body. Smooth, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Alcohol, and roasted malts in the finish. A little too much alcohol is discernible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2008
22 oz. pours pitch with nice brown head. aroma is roasted malt with a touch of bitter cocoa. mouthful is smooth and creamy with a gentle bitterness that feels like a bar of dark chocolate melting in my mouth. crisp finnish. very nice... can always look forward to a stone anniversary...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Beautiful, nearly black pour with creamy beige head. First aroma was mild roast, followed by subtle chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of sweetness. Roasted grain bitterness with toasted flavors. Nice alcohol warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2424) - USA - JUL 28, 2008
Sweet, fruity start, with hints of cherry, shifting to smoke and sharp, bitter hops. Rich, smooth, and black. Another mighty brew from Stone, and better than their Russian Imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7023) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2008
Bouteille de 22 oz, partagée avec des amis, chez American Flatbread (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de café avec une pointe de vanille. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #1849)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Near opaque with a creamy but fading head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, oats, rye, charred and toasty malt, some fig and pear esters, coffee and flowery vapours. The taste starts chocolaty with a nice counter of hop/coffee bitterness. Some dark fruit and lactic twang adds depth of palate. A bit ashy and tannic on the finish. The mouth feel has a rich oily character balanced out by some alcohol. A very nicely done beer, Cheerio Stone.

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