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RATINGS: 1046   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


3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
So it looks like the trick to enjoying stone beers is to sit on them for a few years. This one is a couple years old an is the most enjoyable stone I have had. Pitch black beer with mocha colored foam. Tastes subdued with creamy flavors. Chocolate for sure. The bitterness has dissipated. Very fun!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (345) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2016
Pours black with nice pillow of clingy cocoa foam. Looks like its gonna be super chocolaty, but... aroma has only the faintest note of dark chocolate, more dominated by rolled oats and fantastic roast. Smells great but subdued. Flavor likewise is absolutely delicious, with some sweetness at the front. While the dark baker’s chocolate is detectable in the mix, it’s not prominent, with again some very tasty roasted malt and classic oat. Extra smooth mouthfeel and a semi-bitter finish make fast work of this bomber.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Bomber. Pours much darker black than I expected with a small, but thick brown head. The head on my beer is much darker than the picture on this page. Aroma is baker’s chocolate, coffee, and burnt oats. The flavor is really more potent than the aroma lets on. Lots of heart oats, rich chocolate, and very roasty malts come through. The flavor stays really sharp throughout, and has some qualities that make me think dry stout, only bigger. The alcohol becomes more apparent as the glass warms.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (340) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - MAR 13, 2016
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a nice dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head. Nose is huge roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, smokey. Taste is heavy bodied, bitter. Finishes boozy on the palate. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2008
bottle. thick like oil but not too sweet. no head. full body but dry. smooth licorice flavors. alcohol is present but not unpleasant. low level carbonation, prickles through the huge malt profile. slightly bitter. pleasant i.s.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 19, 2008
A great dark pour. Aroma is dominated by the dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts. The oatmeal seems to hold it all together as well. Bitterness seems to be a more alcohol bitterness, than from the hops. Maybe this was what they were going for? Either way, some ageing would do some good to tame it. I likey, and you should to.

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.


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