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RATINGS: 1081   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6686) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
22oz bottle shared in CW. Thanks to Colin. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasty and lightly bitter with notes of bitter chicolate and wood. Taste is also roasty and astringent with notes of cocoa and coffee. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty number

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Cloon. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Good roast in those, milk chocolate, ash. Medium sweet flavour with jammy dark fruits, berries, cocoa, roast. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Nice balance in the finish, more luscious chocolate, moderate roast, raisins. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12677) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2016 Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours black with a thick tan head. The taste is rich roasted malt, bitter - sweet, blueberry muffin, juicy, candy, Eccles cake and tangy fruits. The taste is smooth, bitter - sweet, toasty, earthy roast, cacao nibs, wood, blackcurrant, fruit cake, muffin, wood, earthy and some spice with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17214) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle split at Level 42, picked up in the US, 20/10/16. Black with a well appointed tan cap. Nose is charr, chocolate biscuit, spice, toffee, light dark fruit rinse. Taste comprises chocolate, spice, charr, toffee, brown bread, milk chocolate. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Easy drinking impy but no Ww.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1705) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy, mashed-potato, lacy, tan head. Nose is smoke, licorice, baking chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and marshmallow (?!?). Very, very rich and bitter on the tongue; an immense dark chocolate punch wreathed with a custardy texture, as well as notes of dried plum, date, coffee, and vanilla. Intense without being overwhelming. Finish is superlative, as is the mouthfeel. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steven_B (146) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2016
Pours black with a small slightly off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and a little chocolate. Flavour is full of chocolate and malts. Slightly sweet and bitter. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (1306) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2016
Aroma is slight burnt with chocolate coming through together with slight hints of coffee. Taste is as you would expect, roasted malts, dark chocolates and a small faint note of darker autumn fruits that sends some sweetness. Mid bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10967) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 650ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, nutty, licorice, coffee and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (774) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Extrem schokofett und trocken Röstbitter. Grosses Kino. Klassisch öliges Outfit und ausgeprägt formvollendet. 0,15/3,30€ vom Hahn in der STONE BREWERY BERLIN. VINTAGE.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Redux draft at Bittercreek. The pour was beautiful with a pretty reverse cascade thing going on.. 2 finger head is very dark brown.. even for a big stout... brew is very very dark... no light escapes... nice lacing.. dries leaving crusty bubbles. Aroma is deep.. coffee and chocolate... smell improves immensely as it warms.. melted dark chocolate and cocoa nibs... yummy... even smells smooth and creamy... somewhat more stout characteristics appear than the expected chocolate. Flavor is huge... I honestly was not expecting something this rich... The bitterness is also huge.. but it’s not a hop bitterness.. more of an astringent (not in a bad way) cocoa presence... like a strong espresso with a couple squares of Hershey’s dark melted and mixed in.

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