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RATINGS: 1015   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (1200) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Pours a jet black with a thin, long-lasting brown head. Aroma is very malt-forward, chocolate and roast, with dark fruits and earthy hops accenting. Flavor is lots of bitter chocolate, earthy hops, and roast. Has a full body. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (909) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2016
It pours black with tightly pack dark brown bubbles in the head. It has a strong bitter coffee aroma with roasted malts and chocolate that is also has a mildly burnt aroma. It has the initial flavors or roasted malts with coffee, some chocolate and a mildly burnt flavor. There is also a citrus flavor that becomes more prominent as the flavor lingers. It has a heavy feel to it that has a long lasting bitter aftertaste that is derived from both the malts and the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (805) - Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2016
The best stout Iíve ever had from Stone. Itís just about perfect, beginning with how it looks. This is only the second beer Iíve ever given a 5 on a 5 scale for appearance at ratebeer.com (the first being Nugget Nectar). This beer pours jet black and almost soupy thick, with a caramel colored, creamy head. The head fades quickly to a rim-ring. From the pour I could not wait to taste this stuff. The aroma is rich and extremely bitter. As bitter as a spinsterís dreams. The dominating character on the aroma is super-strong bakerís chocolate, with not a hint of sweetness. Thereís nothing sweet on the flavor, either. Just more of that bakerís chocolate and coffee atop a very rich, very smooth oatmeal malt. The mouthfeel is chewy and heavy, and the aftertaste is this mouth-coating wall of bitter chocolate. Stone can absolutely do stout. This is proof. This is incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Itís dark and roasty and sweet and bitter and very much not the kind of beer you see often these days. Itís a reminder of simpler times and itís still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2016
On Draught
Pours a black color with a big head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of dark chocolate with a little bit of some and some bit roast character. The bouquet is mildly sweet and nicely inviting.

The flavor is pretty chocolaty but not quite over the top on bitterness, which is cool. Yes itís reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate but itís got the mild sweetness and depth that many of those kinds of chocolate display which is really pretty cool. There is a mild fruity character, some dark fruit, some very light citrus, lots of things playing well together here.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Shared bomber to snifters. Dark and roasted. Thick viscous stout. Quite bitter. Mildly chocolate. Biting carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2682) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2016
On tap at Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Opaque, dark mahogany with a brown head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, coffee and dark fruit. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, licorice, roasted coffee and raisins. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Trader Joeís in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $7.49 Purchased: Feb. 16, 2016 Consumed: Feb. 17, 2016 Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 15, 2016 Not really looking forward to this one for some reason, even though Iíve been told itís good. Even reading about it on the label doesnít make me want to have it. Itís probably going to be fantastic. Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of dark, khaki tan, frothy head, which settled nicely. Average spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled smooth dark chocolate, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, coffee beans, roasted nuts, charred wood and a touch of caramel. A bit of metallic chocolate comes in very late. (Smell - 4.00) Taste initially was not quite as good as the nose. First taste was an off-putting earthy, metallic, muddled chocolate taste. Probably poured it a touch too cold as well. Got dark milk chocolate, bitter cocoa nibs, toast, smoky wood, bitter, roasty coffee malts, hints of molasses, roasted nuts and earthy malts. (Taste - 3.75) Full body. Thick-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00) I went back and forth on this one, but for the style I donít think it is outstanding or even very good. Will not have this again. (Overall - 3.75) 3.87 87 B+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (450) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Classic imperial stout pour. Roasted malt aromas and everything else youíd expect in the nose from a Stone stout. Alcohol is hidden incredibly well. Smooth drinker that reminds of the old Samuel Smith tadcaster oatmeal stout, but if it was put on performance enhancing drugs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1100) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Bomber. Clear dark reddish brown with a thick, foamy, brown head that lasts in a ring and laces some. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, oats, pine, light caramel, raisin, licorice and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, oats, coffee, pine, caramel, licorice, and raisins. Medium plus bodied, smooth and creamy with a roasty, slightly dry and warm end. Lingering roast and chocolate.

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