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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Oily black pour with nice tan head. The head dies quickly, but leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is boozy, with some chocolate, dark fruits and burnt malts. The flavor is kind of bizarre. First bitter burnt malt, then a strange cherry/plum fruit flavor, then the chocolate hits making for an excellent bitter finish. The palate is the standout aspect of this beer. Awesome, thick, chewy. Almost like drinking a bowl of oatmeal prepared with an imperial stout instead of water. Interesting, complex, but a little disappointing. The palate alone however makes this beer worth the price of admission.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
pours a rich deep brown/black with a lot of dark chocolate on the nose. nice roasted malt charicter with a bitter sweet chocolate finish. really decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2008
22ozbomber. Pour is black with a lacy off white head. Aromas of hops, coco, and roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, malt, and some alcohol with a bitter finish. This one is way too thin to be called a stout. Good but not too impressed. Sounds better than it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bitter is absolutely right. The chocolate lends it a substantially different bitter quality than normal hops-bittered beers, but it’s very interesting and still very drinkable, a little chalky, but all in all good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 25, 2008
Bomber from Whole Foods, Portland, OR. Poured a healthy blacker-than-midnight black into the glass. Chocolate, cherries, rum on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation and a slightly oily slick presence. Flavour was wheaty, milky, creamy, hoppy, dry and bitter. Was hoping for a little bit more of a "bang!" in the finish. I dug this beer, although l liked Stone’s 11th Ann. IBA a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Pours 6,000 mile plus used motor oil black (always a good sign) and tastes of bitter chocolate with grainy oatmeal texture. No overbearing bitter-/ burntness (which is a good thing). Full mouthfeel, great flavor, amazing dark tan head on a truly opaque black beer. Stone always raises and then blasts through my expectations. A-plus beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours black, beautiful espresso head, sparse lacing. Alcohol and dark chocolate on the nose. Lots of alcohol and dark chocolate on the tongue. Very roasty and bitter. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkable but lots of alcohol present here. Surprising, especially for a 2 year old beer. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
Bouteille de 600 ml. dégusté avec french tickler et Agaguk. Bière de couleur noir avec un mince collet brun très collant. Odeur de chocolat, alcool, nutella, crème, cendré, cerises noires, café et un peu le caramel. Saveur d’alcool, malt brulé, un peu cendré.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoesefat (359) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Cocoa aroma. Pours thick black with a tan head. Good bitter chocolate and oat flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Poured from the bottle a pitch black into a snifter with a nice dark brown head. Had a bready aroma, along with coffee, chocolate and smoke. Bitterness really stood out with this beer. Also in the taste was cofee, chocolate and some smokey oak flavor.

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