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RATINGS: 1081   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTron (452) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cobaink2 (449) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Pours a deep dark licorice color.very nice dark Mexican chocolate, bit of biscuit and caramel. Really nice and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2008
22oz bottle. Black body topped with a brown ring of coarse foam. Leaves a coating on the side of the glass of brown film, like whole milk leaves white on a glass. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, oats, and roasted malts with an undertone of vodka. Mouth is full with light carbonation on the finish to dry it out enough. Flavor is molasses, roasted malts, hints of alcohol, and a finish that smacks of oatmeal with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is quite subdued, especially considering that it’s in the name of the beer. A nice oatmeal imperial, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle. My sense is that this one needs to lay down for 2-3 years, and the flavors seem to need to round out a bit and the hops to fade, allowing the complexity to come out. I say this particularly having rated the beer fresh and now after some time to age, with the aged version the better. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate mesh with oatmeal and cocoa nibs. Tar and mild smoke contribute to the dominant note and acidity of an Ethiopian blend coffee. The mouthfeel and texture of the beer is impressive. Perhaps what is lacking right now will be made up for with more time in the cellar. This beer would have made more sense to me as a Vertical release than a part of the Anniversary series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle from the Stone Company Store..Pours black as night with a brown dissipating head.. The only thing I can pick up in the smell is some dark chocolate and a little booze...Taste is mostly dark chocolate that lingers for a while.. Very good beer, Smooth and silky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Fresh 22 oz Bottle. Dark black with a nice creamy dark head. Typical stout flavors with a nice touch of bitterness and dry finish. Alcohol is present and gives a nice warming effect. I liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
pours straight black with a tannish head. Aroma of chocolate, and flavor of chocolate and oats, smooth drinking. Bitterness seems to come from the hops exclusively. Interesting beer.

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