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RATINGS: 1047   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PabloZab (1061) - Wroclaw, POLAND - APR 3, 2016
Tap (Targowa, Wrocław). Black colour, beige head with nice lacing. Roasty in aroma with small hint of chocolate and alcohol like liquor. Taste related to aroma with very nice sweetness and chocolate in aftertatse. Bitterness medium with roast character. After few sips you feel nice warm starts in the throat and ends in the stomach. Beer is smooth with oil consistency, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (111) - - APR 2, 2016
From a bomber. Very dark pour with a thick dark tan head. Nose of chocolate and roastiness. Somewhat light bodied with the expected chocolate forward roasty goodness, less sweet as promised with some hoppy spice mixed in. The off-sweet taste seems intentional and works well. Excellent, well balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5968) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of cocoa. Flavors of chocolate. Mellow, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1555) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Black with foamy thin brown almost orange head; aroma is mild chocolate; flava is rich hoppy spicy roasty smoky; feels medium to light little fizz; finishes dry roasty bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4570) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2016
A bit tingy and sweet. Black tan head. I could have left this one in the tap.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (453) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1983) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2016
On tap. Poured a deep brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, grain and trace of chocolate. taste of dark fruit roasted malt and some chocolate. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, thick and creamy, the chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms. No hint of the 9.2% ABV. Well crafted beer to relax with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9030) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Bottled. Nose of soy sauce, cocoa, coffee. Dark brown with lace. Flavor is cocoa, milk, oats, berries. Stone has trouble moving me lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4327) - 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 (1938) - 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!

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