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RATINGS: 1073   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Great beer that is heavy and full bodied. It tastes exactly as you would expect from the name, of chocolatey grains and burnt roastiness. Very good, I would have to say I almost like this better than the Russian Imperial.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours black with a sizable, moderate tan head. Aroma is chocolate and java while the flavor has a major dark chocolate and coffee quality. Thick mouth feel. Really good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (558) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Pours an almost black with a fair tan head......aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet maltiness.....taste is dark chocolate, booze, toffee, quick sweetness, ends with a coffee grounds type bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, well built.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled. Inky black pour, with a nice brown head that faded quickly, leaving a bit of lace on the glass. The nose was roasty and chocolatey. Flavor was bitter chocolate, roasted, smoky malt, and a nice touch of alcohol underlying it all. The finish was soft, perhaps due to the oatmeal. Dry finish. I really enjoyed this one, and the use of bitter chocolate to replace the extra hops was genius.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (554) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Chocolate malty and high alcohol aroma. Dark color with tan thin head. Flavor is sweet toffee, espresso, and smooth bitterness at end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours an opaque black with a medium sized chocolate head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some notes of dark fruit. Taste is of roasted malts well blended with grassy hops. Heavy bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is nicely bitter (like dark chocolate) with coffee notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
650mL Bottle. Pours pure black with lasting tan lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Body is thick, sweetness balances the bitter chocolate, and cherry notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2008
22 oz. pours pitch with nice brown head. aroma is roasted malt with a touch of bitter cocoa. mouthful is smooth and creamy with a gentle bitterness that feels like a bar of dark chocolate melting in my mouth. crisp finnish. very nice... can always look forward to a stone anniversary...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (521) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Impressive. Had on draft at Peach’s in Yellow Springs. Big, black bold this stout had a big roasty taste with hints of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Certainly not an Imperial stout, but a smooth, creamy big oatmeal stout, one to be proud of. I can’t believe this stout is over 9 percent. It does not taste this big. I love oatmeal stouts, and this one is as flavorful as any one you’ll ever have.


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