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RATINGS: 1039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11039) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
This beer pours blacker than black with a thick brown and foamy head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Milk chocolate, grainy malt and oatmeal aroma. Rich smooth body with flavors of dark chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla and roasted malts. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and sweet malt. Overall this beer is not at the top of the charts as far as Imperial Stouts go, however it is well-crafted and enjoyable which is the norm for Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, caramel, light smoke, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, some oats, bitter chocolate, coffee latte, and roast. Smooth body with the alcohol content well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10893) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Draft. Dark brown pour, its nice stuff, dark cocoa and some roasted malt notes, good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy sudsy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a touch of sweetness, just a hint of fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, creamy milky sweetness balances the bitterness from the roasted and dark chocolate to bring out a milky chocolate

Date: June 13, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Appearance: black, huge brown head, layers of lace
Aroma: black chocolate aroma, touch of licorice and sweet caramel, hint of fruityness and sherry
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness balances the bitterness from the dark chocolate, touch of fruityness is emerging and enhanced by the sweet sherry character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rune (10838) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2008
Shining, black body under a small, tan head. Inviting aroma of sweet, lightly roasted malts. Very rich flavoured ale with cocoa, vanilla and chocolate up front successfully mixed by late and dried fruits. Lingering smooth bitterness to the aftertaste. Very well bodied with tingling alcohol on the tongue. Wonderful and superb. This ale has got almost everything - maybe except for the oatmeal (my best drink at this year’s GBBF, 06.08.2008).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Well I had to go to Vermont to find this in the bottle at a local shop in Stowe. Rating #600. This is a kick ass beer. Pours a jet black with a nice foamy brown head. Aroma is(shocking)all chocolate. I also smell a hint of coffee and maybe some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, coffee and some molasses hints on the nose too. I truly enjoyed this from start to finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2008
A great stout, thanks Radek Kliber. Good looks and lacey. Good aroma, a little ourness and hops. Balance in the taste, a sipper, a good bitterness. I will try this with friends again soon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Bottle… Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Simple, straight-forward aroma and flavor… dark, bitter chocolate nibs and cocoa powder. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Chocolaty, bitter finish. Thanks to growler for sharing the bottle!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and woody notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10243) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Bitter chocolate malt and herbal grass aroma. Black with small head. Dry bitter chocolate malt and wood ash flavor. Light grapefruit peel flavor. Medium body. Interesting - nice dry beer.


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