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RATINGS: 990   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
WOW! Pours near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, some coffee/espresso, and dark roasted grains. Flavor bursting with chocolate. Like most big stouts there is a coffee presence, but it is a little more subtle here with the forwardness of the cocoa. It is roasty dry with only some residual sweetness, but it has a creamy quality that really adds to the enjoyment. EXCELLENT!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bomber. As it pours out black as midnight on a moonless night, a thin brown head forms which hangs for a while, and I can tell already this is something special. When a beer can be mistaken for motor oil.... good. The first taste, there is the bitterness. Clinging to the tongue like a parka in winter in buffalo. I’ve had some chocolates where the chocolate is overpowering the beer flavor, but not so here. It is there, to be sure, but in the background, hiding the ABV. The label on the back reads of a diary of a world without hops. Oh well... give me this, and I’ll be happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Draught poured black with a finger of chocolate colored head. Aroma was roast barley, dark chocolate, some burnt coffee, undertones of dark fruits, and cream. Finished bitter earthy really dark chocolate and somewhat grainy. The palate was softly resinous but light for an oatmeal stout, and there was definitely too much alcohol in the flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma of cocoa, rast, and oats. Similar taste, with a nice but not overpowering bitter finish. The bitter chocolate and oats play well off each othrt, and there is a strong but not dominating hop presence. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Poured from bomber like used motor oil with a tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor was very smooth roasted malt and dark chocolates a coffee bitterness finished off with an alcohol warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Thick oily black. Very tasty looking. Aroma is malty, chocolate, rich fruits. Flavor is very reminicent of rich creamy espresso and dark dark chocolate. This is a good one to be patient with and let evolve as it warms up in your glass. The finish is somewhat like burnt bacon. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrnoluv (282) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
There is an oat,nutty smell that goes along with the very heavy coca and sweet malty aroma, dark as hell color, light head. The taste is initially bitter, light sweetness then bitter on the swallow with a very heavy sodium taste that lingers. Great ABV, another good Stone beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours a beautiful dark black with a small tan/caramel head. Smells of coffee and chocolate dominate followed by the aroma of roasted malts. Fairly light bodied for a 9.2% ABV. The chocolate is yummy and not as bitter as the name would indicate. This is quite tasty and a real pleasure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours a very dark chocolate fudge brown with a small brown head. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Taste is well balanced, only a small chocolate sweetness at first with a likewise smooth roasted flavor settling in with a sweet coffee finish. Finish lingers nicely with a little dry bitterness as well. A little plain and low keyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle. Black with an impressive head and nice lacing. Chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Kind of a standard Stout flavor. Nice sticky palate but not overwhelming. Good beer. The only thing this has against it is competition from other imperial stouts.

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