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RATINGS: 1039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Very impressive. Good bitter chocolate flavor with some definate booze notes and a little hops to remember it by. Damn good, not that I would expect anything less from Stone... Thank God it is finally in WI

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Smells like an impy stout and looks like one too. great tan colored head on it. flavor is nice with burnt coffee and some semi sweet chocolate notes. the bitter finish is pretty nice, totally overpowers the semi sweet thing going on. alcohol flavor is very apparent, i didn’t mind it at first but it got annoying. this might be one of those "better after some age" beers. also, i’m biased and don’t go crazy for imperial stouts anyway. i’m glad i tried it anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
22oz Bomber. Pours Like you would expect a stout from Stone to pour. Aromas of chocolate and some alcohol. Finishes dry, which I personally enjoyed. I think this is a great oatmeal stout, and would only get better in a year or so.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Smells thick and sweet, heavy with sweet malts and chocolate. Pours an opaque black with a deep brown color when pouring. A thick brown head that fades fast. Tastes rich and chocolaty, some coffee notes with a sharp alcohol presence. Very nice stout

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Dark black-brown warm and milky hue. Sweet malty aroma beckons and reveals a super-smooth, silken and sweet body. Really nice and smooth throughout, neither too roasty nor too sweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pours a jet black color with excellent lacing and a decent bit of head retention. Smells like coffee and bitter chocolate. Tastes like bitter chocolate. The flavor is not too complex here, but it doesnít have to be. This is reeeaaaalll good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours a dark black with just an outstanding tan head. This beer looks great. It has a very strong chocolate and roasted malt aroma. It is hard to pick up anything else in the aroma because that is so overwhelming. It tastes of chocolate and cream. It certainly has some bittering hops in there as well. A friend pointed out that he picked up an espresso like taste and by the second bottle I was picking that up. This was a pretty thick and full-bodied beer but I wasn’t chewing on it. There was a moment when I picked up some of the alcohol but that faded quickly - the 9.2% is hidden well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
A black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt and medium notes of sweet malt, oatmeal, and coffee. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and oatmeal, as well as lighter notes of alcohol, that is felt on the tongue, leading to a dry and roasted finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bomber->snifter: Pours a rocky, light brown head that exhibits spare lacing atop a muddy amber body. Aroma is of toasted and/or burnt toffee, light hops, and of course a wonderful chocolate aroma. The body is medium, the texture oily, and the finish bitter. Long duration on the flavor and moderately sweet and bitter as well. A great beer for sure!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Pours nice and thick with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is certainly chocolate that I would go ahead and call burnt chocolate if that actually means anything. And not much else, but it is quite nice. Flavor is really weird and interesting. Iím not sure whatís going on. Itís like the oatmeal cures the bitterness of the chocolate because there certainly is the smoothness I associate with an oatmeal stout going on, and it consequently just goes down really smooth. I enjoy it. The palate is nice and full bodied. Itís definitely interesting to say the least.


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