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RATINGS: 1073   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sample from a bottle at the Stone tasting in Tallahassee. This one has a striking aroma of deep roasted chocolate that really stands out. Rich and smooth with more chocolate in the flavor. I really enjoyed this one, outstanding beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2008
22 oz bottle. bif wiff of alcohol. burnt nut and chocolate taste. body is medium despite the oatmeal. sweet but somewhat hidden in all the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Bottle: Pours a very deep brown with a ring of wispy white head. Smells hot right off the bat. Aroma is alcohol, sweet chocolate malt, tobacco. Flavor is very, very dry reminiscent of cocoa, loaded with chocolate malts, and scalded milk. Has a nice velvety texture to it, however, finishing a little too warm. A bitter element is present in the finish as well, but not exceedingly so. Some age on this would be a beautiful thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2008
What a beer. First off, its hard to believe this thing is a 9.2% ABV. If I didnt know better, I would think Arrogant Bastard had more alcohol. Anyway, its got a strong chocolate flavor, but without being overly sweet or gimmicky. Its got the complexity and the roasted malt flavor of an imperial stout, but without the harshness that usually comes with the style. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle. Jessup Plaza. Nice dark pour with a small head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, nice rich flavor, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep brown and black opaque color. Coffee, chocolate and some smoke in the aroma. Definitely bitter. Nice amount of chocolate flavor,. Would have liked more smoothness from the oatmeal. I also would like to let this warm up and re-rate it to give it another chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpekar (493) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Poured a dark thick black color with a dark brown thin head that slowly disappeared to a film. There was a deep chocolate aroma. The texture of the beer was thick and creamy with an obvious dark chocolate flavor and a little dark chocolate bitterness. There was a bit of an espresso taste too. The bitterness rolled on the palate for just a touch of a dry finish. This was an excellent beer. Dessert in a bottle!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2009
22 oz. bottle - Poured black as night with thin tan head. Aroma - oatmeal, sweet chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor - dark chocolate mixed with sweet oatmeal and coffee. Palate - medium mouthfeel with below average carbonation. Finish is mild with lingering coffee flavor. Overall - I liked this beer, sweet expresso taste and alcohol is well hidden. Stone Brewing kicks ass!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (480) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 12, 2008
This beer pours dark. Very dark. The head is a nice coffee color and is relatively fluffy. This beer smells of roasty malts, chocolate, and coffee. There might be a hint of a fruity scent somewhere in the back. The first taste is relatively sweet and chocolaty, but that is followed very quickly by a bitter taste that has a fruity nature to it. You can really feel the bitterness on the back sides of the tongue. This beer is thick but not heavy. The flavor is very strong, but it is pretty easy to drink. A good beer to drink on a cold day in front of the fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (480) - 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.

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