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RATINGS: 1073   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99 Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10. Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10. Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again - amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
luvpnkflyd (10) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
My favorite! Very thick and creamy. You can deffinitely taste the chocolate. I wish I could get more of it!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MikeBeerSmith (1) - , California, USA - AUG 16, 2008 does not count
Poured from a bottle into a large brandy snifter. The head was rather thin and short lived but that doesn’t bother me all that much. The wonderful smell of coffee and chocolate bellowed thickly from the glass. The palate was silky smooth and full bodied. Exactly what I look for in a beer. It had a rather bitter flavor. It wasn’t like the harsh bitterness of overly hoppy beer, but the well-balanced sweet bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. The chocolatey after taste really stays on the tongue long after drinking. This is one of my top 5 favorite beers.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Very dark pour with a thin head, great aroma, taste and mouth feel. It is everything you would want in a stout, add bitter chocolate what a treat.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pours a jet black motor oil with a dark brown head.The aroma is dark chocolate with a little alcohol.The flavor is a great sweet chocolate.The body is full and the finnish is smooth.Overall the best Stone brew ever.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CTSVPhantom (4) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Very roasty, POWERFUL taste of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Didn’t really notice oatmeal. Pours even darker than the IRS, head is very dark brown. Very little sweetness, lots of bitterness and roastiness. Not much hoppiness. Easily my favorite Stone anniversary brew to date.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
this beer is probably my favorite beer of all time. dark and rich with pure chocolate aroma. taste is chocolate alcohol bitter roasted malts and oatmeal. the most pure bitter chocolate taste of any beer. no chocolate syrup taste like many chocolate stouts tend to have. this taste like a nice bite of bitter chocolate. so good

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JamesD (244) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
this beer is stupid good. there’s no way around it. blacker than life before Jesus, with a cleveland browns ballcap to boot on a head. this thing smells like whoa. then it tastes like whoa. and then, when you go in again, more whoa. huge chocolate aroma and flavors. very dark, nearly burnt chocolate. my first impression was charred liquid fudge, but in a good way. the alcohol burn hit the back of the throat fairly hard in the first few sips, mellowed in the middle, then rears its hothead in any serious pause. yes, the alcohol bites here. but that’s okay. coffee and bleeding heart juice round out the edges making this as much of an afternoon treat as a midnight sleeping pill. i like it. my buddy here, in the flannel shirt, he likes it. we agree that, at times, the flavor is almost overpowering. while punching where it should punch and smoothing where it should smooth, sometimes it throws in a kick and belts me just below the tongue-belt. whoa. and wow. i said to my buddy josh here, just now and meaning it, "this is one of the more intense drinking experiences i’ve had." and it was. and it is. for about two more sips.


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