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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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (9429) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"didn’t realize this beer was so strong (or classified as an imperial, as it says Oatmeal & Chocolate on the bottle)...oh well. Definitely bitter, but that plays well with the sweetness from the chocolate, and covers up the fact that’s it’s 9%. I’d compare it to Rogue’s Chocolate Stout, slightly more bitter, and apparently stronger. Quite good. 1/09 - tried on tap for the first time...incredibly smooth...better than the bottle. tap-4.5, bottle-4.3"

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9309) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle that I got in a mixed case from Beers of Europe, consumed 20-02-09 Pours black with a brown head and is quite busy on the fizziness front. The aroma was initially quite creamy and had some vanilla and then all I got was rusty nail. Taste is undeniably dark, bitter chocolate, its an oily mouth clinger and so bitter. Some cold coffee dregs show but the chocolate and roasty flavours dominate. Strange that the rusty nail aroma is really taking over now. A6 A4 F7 P4 OV13 3.4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9259) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep dark black beer with a thick oily pour and a thin dark brown head. The aroma is quite nice, loaded with cocoa, espresso, bitter chocolate and a touch of rich molasses and soy character. Lightly charry aroma on the back. Flavour is decent with a strong charry roastiness and lots of bitter chocolate. There is a lot of soy, toasted malt and roast. It’s chewy and lightly peppery. Okay brew, but it’s got a lot more roasted barley flavour than chocolate, and to me it comes across as lightly astringent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2010
Probably more than a bit aged, I presume? Medium, thight, greige head over virtually black beer. Unprecedented nose of packed, intense Ersatz-coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, dry (NOT fatty) peanuts, Brazil nuts, roast, hot waffles, and vanilla beans. Incredibly complex and equally balanced. Dry, smokey, roasted taste with chocolate, moccha, mild vegetable bitterness. Totally different from the nose, but as balanced. Very rich, thick, nearly sleazy texture, viscous and full-bodied, warming. Extremely long-lasting aftertaste. Easily one of Stone’s best products ever tasted. I’m honestly impressed. Abject thanks to whomever bestowed this upon me...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Poured into a goblet, thick black with a dark brown head. Tastes of thick chocolate and coffee and bitters well with the alcohol. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008 Roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a crisp and bitter lasting chocolate roast finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and roastiness form succulently sweet curves before they team up with leafy hops and alcohol heat to build a potent bitter dryness in this original and very likeable Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the opaque black.
-Oatmeal contributes some crunchy cereal character.
-Upon release, alcohol was well hidden (by all the roastiness?) for a beer this size; but at 2 years of age, it comes through readily in both aroma and flavor profile.
-The flavor profile is straightforward, but it is highly enjoyable when you enjoy such dark malt-driven discourses.

Bottles.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9027) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Thick, black oily pour with a dense thin dark brown head. Beefy smoke aroma, with underlying vegemite and dark chocolate. Wow. Heavy, full-bodied, chewy, with flavours of rich dark roast coffee beans, chocolate, smoke. Bitter, bitter finish. Loved it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9025) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
22oz bottle at Zeno’s pours deep, rich black in color with a small film of a dark tan head. Thick and vinous when cold, the alcohol is a little too apparent, and it has a twangy dark fruit note, but that part tends to disappear when warmer. Oatmeal is quite apparent, tastes a bit flabby and mushy, but overall the total effect of semi-bitter chocolate and oatmeal is nice enough. A bit of dark plum and cherry and wood thrown in, but it never really goes anywhere. When warmer the oatmeal is far too apparent, and the chocolate presence is very muted. Okay stuff, but I’m not much of an oatmeal stout fan. Reminds me of Troegs Scratch 5.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle that I got in a trade, but I can’t remember who sent it. Sorry about that. Pours a deep, deep opaque brown color, black in the middle and browner around the sides, with a small brown head that settles into a ring. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, oats, mocha, dark fruits (raisins, dates), roasted malts, brown sugar, and toasted nuts. The flavor is just a little different, with dark fruits and dark chocolate, oats, roasted malts, mocha, sweet bread, and berry fruits. Full-bodied, with a gritty, chocolaty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Just a hint of oxidation is setting in, so I’d drink this soon if you still have it. Really nice, rich, chocolaty beer.


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