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RATINGS: 1048   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle drank on 12/13/11.Pours a dark brown almost black, with a dark tan/red head. Smells and tastes of caramel, roasty, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, smoke, soy sauce.light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter. Nice beer kind of like a bitter porter or a coffee stout. Nice flavor over all very bold.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bomber. Pours motor oil black, with small tan head. Smells like chocolate, but doesn’t taste like it. Doesn’t stand out as decidedly chocolate, or distinctly oatmeal stout-ish. balanced beer, nice smooth finish, and quite strong at 9.2% Overall a nice beer, especially when warmed at the last stages.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (462) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours Black! Aroma is slight coffee, not much chocolate slight hop aroma, smokey. The head is light brown and creamy, mostly diminishing with a little lacing. The initial flavor is bitter chocolate lasting on the back of the tongue, a little alcohol burn in the stomach. The body is medium, the texture creamy. I loved the 11th anniversary and this is right up there, I have a few in the cellar but I’ll be getting more of these to drink now.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle ordered via Bottle Trek. Pours an opaque, black body with thin, dark brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma of chocolate, oatmeal, and lightly roasted malt along with a hint of leather and dark fruit. Flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate along with a sweet wood and coffee undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but not overly viscous. Bitter cocoa finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Obfuscate (459) - Minneapolis, - FEB 12, 2016
Tastes like a sweet stout with a bitter chocolate bite. Oats, chocolate, only a hint of booziness. Great beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (454) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22oz bottle. Had many times before but decided to write a review on this beers 2nd anny. Pours a dark body with light tan head, I somehow remember it being darker. Aromas are really nice roasted malts, vanilla chocolate and yeah some bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and the palate is very well balanced. Lots of bitter chocolate with a lighter coffee finish. As far as their anny brews go, I find it tough to beat 11 IMHO, but this is up there with the quality of the 10th for its style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (451) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Classic imperial stout pour. Roasted malt aromas and everything else you’d expect in the nose from a Stone stout. Alcohol is hidden incredibly well. Smooth drinker that reminds of the old Samuel Smith tadcaster oatmeal stout, but if it was put on performance enhancing drugs.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2008 bottle, found this at a local place this year, I was happy to come across it already aged. Pour is dark and thick, no carbonation to speak of or head. Smells like chocolate. Aged pretty well, but for being 2 years old this is still tasting pretty strong to me, must have been hot coming out, nice taste and complexity, great depth. Chocolate taste, abv pretty well hidden, smooth, rich, and pretty bitter as well, hence the name, but I like the bitterness in there, adds another level to it. All in all, well done, very strong, definitely imperial and lives up to the name. Satisfying if you are looking for a very indulgent stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Poured black with brown around the edges, light brown head. Smell some mocha and toasted malts, slight alcohol. Had some coffee and roasted malt, more baker’s chocolate/dark chocolate. The alcohol is not real well hidden, but I don’t really expect that in a RIS. Warm finish of alcohol, coffee, some bitter chocolate lingers. A little astringent. Could have had a little more sweet malt, dark red fruits, but still pretty good.


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