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RATINGS: 988   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
There label says it all. A beautiful looking beer that is deep black with a medium smooth head. Smells like hoppy, dark cocoa and oats or grains. Taste is a vinous mixture of bitter and chocolately goodness (somehow thatís possible). I also tasted what seemed to be a burnt or charred flavor that actually went well with everything else. Nice beer overall. Innovative and definately enjoyable as a breakfast/ cold weather beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Bottle. Pours a great aggressive black with little head. Great sweet malt taste against the big boozy nature of the beer. Top to bottom a classic imperial stout. I donít get the recent low ratings for this stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2008
This beer is amazing. The sweet smell of chocolate with the soft creaminess of oatmeal stout combined with a hint of chocolate. This beer is like an orgasm in a bottle for stout lovers. Seek this out and drink it. Now! Just quit reading, get offline, and go to the beer store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Very dark pour with a nice medium brown head. This looked and smelled like it was going to be a Great beer. I may not have been ready for the bitter or chocolate taste but I did not really enjoy the taste of this beer. The aftertaste was good but the initial taste a bit harsh for me. --RERATE(July 08 [2.9]): I tried again after tasting several other imperial stouts - I am thinking that the dark fruits are offending this for me - I love the Roast flavor and chocolate. --RERATE (FEb 09) - I had this again and really enjoyed the chocolate and coffee flavors and didnít notice any offending flavors, in fact I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Currently drinking my last bomber of this. As the label would indicate, thereís plenty of bitter chocolate here, but also strong coffee flavors. Good, full mouthfeel. Just a really nice, drinkable stout, which seems to be something Stone specializes in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bread. Flavor is cocoa, coffee, creamy, and malty. Rich finish with a little alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Man, it sure does look just right, colorwise. Totally jet-black, no light can pierce it, liquid. Quite minimal head with minimal retention and minimal lacing, to match. This hurts it, scorewise. Smell of big dark chocolate and big roasted malts. Hints of smoke, leather and vanilla. Big espresso presence. Light dark fruit notes. Huge roasted malts and toasted oatmeal. Dark, dark chocolate, like 80 or 85% dark. Hints of vanilla and dark cherries. Notes of espresso flavor mixed with brown sugar/molasses. Medium to full body. Nice and thick, though I think it could stand to be a little bit thicker. Verging on being oily, though, and thatís good. The 9.2% abv gives a very pleasant warming effect. As much as I love this one, it would probably be abit overwelming to drink on a regular basis. As an anniversary beer, though, it serves itís purpose excellently. Just tasty enough to leave you wanting more, but knowing that you probably couldnít handle too much more, even if it were still around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22 oz. Stone bomber. Beautiful black pour and much darker brown head than the picture there shows. Lovely aroma and flavor of chocolate, coffee, malts, hops. Beautiful and powerful imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Drank in early December í09, thanks Matt! Bomber pours pitch black with minimal brown head into a snifter. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt, plenty earthy-oatmeal goodness, chocolate, vanilla, cherry. Flavor starts with bitter chocolate/mocha, heavy malt carries throughout, nice oaty roastiness finishing with burnt sugar and a slight touch of booziness. Warms well with more of a roasted coffee coming out as I drink. Low/mid carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel, full bodied. Wish this was in its own style. Rating it as an IS just doesnít feel right... damn fine stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours black with brown head. Typical coffee, chocolate, nuts, oatmeal. Gets more bitter and more hot/alcoholy as it warms up. A well crafted brew!

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