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RATINGS: 1039   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (443) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2008
22oz bottle. Black body topped with a brown ring of coarse foam. Leaves a coating on the side of the glass of brown film, like whole milk leaves white on a glass. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, oats, and roasted malts with an undertone of vodka. Mouth is full with light carbonation on the finish to dry it out enough. Flavor is molasses, roasted malts, hints of alcohol, and a finish that smacks of oatmeal with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is quite subdued, especially considering that it’s in the name of the beer. A nice oatmeal imperial, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle. My sense is that this one needs to lay down for 2-3 years, and the flavors seem to need to round out a bit and the hops to fade, allowing the complexity to come out. I say this particularly having rated the beer fresh and now after some time to age, with the aged version the better. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate mesh with oatmeal and cocoa nibs. Tar and mild smoke contribute to the dominant note and acidity of an Ethiopian blend coffee. The mouthfeel and texture of the beer is impressive. Perhaps what is lacking right now will be made up for with more time in the cellar. This beer would have made more sense to me as a Vertical release than a part of the Anniversary series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle from the Stone Company Store..Pours black as night with a brown dissipating head.. The only thing I can pick up in the smell is some dark chocolate and a little booze...Taste is mostly dark chocolate that lingers for a while.. Very good beer, Smooth and silky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Fresh 22 oz Bottle. Dark black with a nice creamy dark head. Typical stout flavors with a nice touch of bitterness and dry finish. Alcohol is present and gives a nice warming effect. I liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
pours straight black with a tannish head. Aroma of chocolate, and flavor of chocolate and oats, smooth drinking. Bitterness seems to come from the hops exclusively. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
22oz. Had this one for dinner tonight. Poured black with a tan head that I had to conjure up with the pour. The subdued nose is obviously the flaw of this brew, if there is one. I smelled and smelled at this one over a period of time and the most I got was a bit of roasted malt and sweetness, I wonder if something about the chocolate or oatmeal killed the aromatics. Body is much more exciting with loads of cocoa dryness, espresso, coffee, raisins, and a finish that lasts for at least a minute or two. Mouthfeel is perfect, slightly bitter but moderately carbonated and creamy for days. A solid brew but this is a genre that has many, many absolutely fantastic offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (431) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2016
APPEARANCE- Super dark pour. Huge head s the top of the tulip poured on draft. NOSE- Chocolaty goodness emanates from the luxiourios head that smells as good as the best chocolate I’ve had. Some carmel/roasty notes as well. FLAVOR- roasty carmel flavor. A bit of alcohol sting gives away the alcohol content on this one. Excellent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bomber: had this in old ratings. Nice complex taste with chocolate and malt. Creamy texture and low carbination. Alcohol was not that noticble to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours like any other quality stout. Nose is subdued, with alcohol, chocolate and coffee prevailing.Taste is of fruit and bitter chocolate (surprise!). Again, the alcohol made it’s presence known, and not very pleasantly. Mouthfeel was oily and the finish was very metallic and unpleasantly bitter. And this is coming from an IPA drinker. Did not finish the bottle. I have been very pleased with Stone products. This one, not so much.

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