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RATINGS: 1039   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4237) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Pitch black with a light beige head. Soft chocolate, fruity and lightly bitter aroma. Soft mouthfeel on a medium body. The taste is earthy, chalky and gives you bitter chocolate with smooth oatmeal. Good enough but after the rest of tonight’s beers not terribly exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1896) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark thick black. Quite bitter, like chewing on a handful of unsweetened cocoa nibs. A little overwhelming but Im pretty sure that was their goal....I want banana or strawberries or something else that I typically use to make nibs bearable. At least its nice and creamy at the end. Thx Whereisyourball. Enjoyed in my backyard hammock!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Busterhawk822 (1) - - MAR 26, 2016 does not count
Taste is predominantly roasted malt and nutty, with high cacao chocolate on the forefront and creamy sweet oats on the back end. Pours a nice, slightly ruby brown head, beer is almost black in the glass. Nose is only slightly boozy, with minor notes of dark fruit accompanying the rich roasted malt. Overall a wonderful stout, not leaning towards either the bitter or sweet side, a well-rounded, and well-made ale from a great craft brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (696) - SINGAPORE - MAR 26, 2016
Tapped out black. 40ºSRM. Nose has sweet and phenolic, chemical character...bleach or corn chips, corn tortillas, reminds me a little of when I was doing micro and the odor coming off P. aeruginosa cultures. There is some smoke and dark malt sweet, raw black bee honey is close, maybe a hint of banana and some spice. As the brew comes up to room temperature, the sharp one note aroma of bleach is melting into mellow aromas of dates, raisins and prunes. Has the oatmeal richness and fruitiness of raisins to give the nose of a nice breakfast stout. As this warms up you get the corn aroma back again.. coming back like fresh corn flakes. Asian aroma note, like fresh pork floss. Nose just gets more wine-y and less like warm beer as it comes up to room temperature, a testament to its grain bill going in... Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate is rounded with sour, salty and then malty. There is just enough carbonation to lift this palate out of being cloying. Palate has flavors of sweet ripe dark fruit and stone fruit, caramel, Creme brûlée, burnt sugar and deeply Carmelized coffee. There is a nice prolonged ume-like palate. the tail end of this palate has a very nice rich vegemite-like umami finish. There are definitely some hops in there that give the bitter finish that almost convince your palate that it’s the bitter of the dark chocolate that you are tasting. If indeed this was the intent, then it was very crafty...no pun intended. Finish is bitter, then creamy then sweet, then dry. Very nice...everybody says you’ve "sold out"...but I refuse to believe it because of efforts like this one. Very very nice! I love you, Mr Guardian!! Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (1769) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle. I was glad to see this again; I was thinking in December how it would be nice to have this one to retry. And lo and behold, what do I see? (Now, if we can get the remake of the 10th Anniversary...) A: Pure black body, huge mocha head, N: Cocoa, roast, coffee, oatmeal, some molasses and licorice, charred malt and burnt brown sugar, hint of vanilla. Touch of lactose. A bit of dirt and pine underneath. T: Very sweet and roasty. Intense lingering spiciness that I don’t enjoy. M: Medium body, creamy then tickling carbonation, noticeable but, for Stone, restrained alcohol. O: A big oatmeal imperial stout with some decent high points but which also lacks something special. Probably the unpleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (3123) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
On tap at Bier Station, Kansas City. Dark body off white head. Some lacing. Roasty Cocoa powder aroma. Taste is similar with a touch of hops, anise, and booze. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2000) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2016
Off hand-pull (wristy) @ The Park Hotel, Werribee Thick black looking brew, holds a small but firm deep tan head throughout. Aroma is intensely roasty - lots of cocoa, charred toast (and meat!?), dark dried fruit and cereals. Big thick warming body, low smooth carbonation is very much welcomed as I swirl this oversized goblet. It certainly meets the brief of bitter chocolate & oatmeal - has a well defined toasty cereal note amongst lashings of raw cocoa and 75% dark chocolate, lending a additional drying bitterness of its own to an otherwise rich beer. Very good indeed, fantastic night cap, great choice for a hand-pump brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (276) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Poured from a 22oz bottle. It looks quite impressive, thick, black and oily looking, two fingered head the color of dark brown sugar, lotsa lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Flavors match the aromas and has a nice bitter finish. Alcohol seems well hidden by the flavors, but quickly apparent. Hope I can find another bottle or two. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (274) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bomber bottle. Nice bitter chocolate aroma. Jet black color with dark tan head of tightly packed bubbles that linger for quite a while. Pretty good lacing for a beer of this much alcohol. Nice flavor of chocolate and bitterness from the hops. A little alcohol flavor evident. Full bodied. Overall a very good oatmeal stout. I would drink more of these!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1267) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2016
22 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours inky brownish black, thin slightly oily mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malt, medium chocolate up front, big coffee undertones. Taste is rich, super dark roasted malt; lots of dark chocolate, some coffee flavors. Heavy, slightly bitter note from either the malt or chocolate lingers well through the finish. Rich, roasty beer... while the bitterness doesn’t bother me, honestly could use more chocolate to balance it out. Still, tasty all around. ab big creamy

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