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RATINGS: 987   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Damn dark...super black. Thin, dark head. Not very sticky though considering the residual sugar that has to be in this. Heavy malty nose, molasses, vanilla, scorched brown sugar, metal, heavy dark chocolate and ETOH. Flavor is strong with bitter chocolate, espresso and very sugary but is softened by the oatmeal. Body is medium. Finishes almost vinous and has a hint of overly sweet molasses. Definitely not bad. Good as a once in awhile kind of thing. Not the best impy I’ve had and not as good as Russian Impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rick_91709 (320) - USA - JAN 31, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Inky black. Short-lived light brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Starts out on the sweet side and ends with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (318) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - MAR 13, 2016
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a nice dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head. Nose is huge roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smokey. Taste is heavy bodied, bitter. Finishes boozy on the palate. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Dark, dark black body with a nice brown, well lacing, super sustaining head. Bitter, almost salty (is that possible?) aroma, with some chocolate and coffee hints. Very strong, astringent notes come out as it warms, as well as the alcohol. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some anise, and a bit of dark fruits in the mouth. Still very Windex-y, with a long, uncomfortable alcoholic burn. The mouthfeel is nice, thanks to the oats. It’s about all they add. Overall - a decent Impy Stout, but I don’t think the chocolate or oat adds a whole lot to the mix. Personally, I’ll take their regular Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a jet black with a medium brown head. Good lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly subtle, but hints of chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts are there. The flavor is excellent. The chocolate really comes through strongly, but there are hints of toasted malts, and a touch of coffee. The alcohol has a nice warming effect. The mouthfeel was smooth, with a very palate coating effect with the beer. Damn fine beer, and makes we want to look forward to more from the anniversary series from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Pours black with a light brown head which settles on the rim with good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt, hint of acetone. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, alcohol is present throughout, espresso bitterness in the finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. I think this one needs to settle for awhile - a bit too abrasive now. Would be greatly improved if bourbon aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet coffee and chocolate. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and has a hint of hoppiness in the background. The flavors are good but not that powerful. Its very nice and smooth, easy to drink for an imperial stout, but there are none of those blow me away flavors that I prefer in and imp. stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2010
A black pour -mocha head.taste sweet upfront and a bitter dry chocolate expresso finish. Wow an awesome beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
yum!! pours deep deep brown/black with a thick brown head. aroma is chocolate and alcohol, bitter. flavor is similar, creamy bitter dark chocolate, mild alcohol bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured from a bottle that has been aged for a year. It pours very thick and dark, almost like unrefined crude oil. The body on this beer has held up well. There is predominate taste of dark chocolate, with a few notes of coffee reminiscent from their imperial russian stout. The bitter chocolate gives way to a few notes of sweetness as the beer warms up. disclaimer: I tend to strongly favor just about any stout Stone has put out so if you like those you’ll definitely enjoy this one.

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