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RATINGS: 1083   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Creamy earthy sweet oat aroma. Pear, molasses and currant. Dark chocolate, espresso, burnt barley. Big bitter chocolate and espresso flavor. Licorice, molasses, charcoal, hazel and walnuts. Minor cherry and plum fruitiness. Hops gives a perfumey spicy character. Some alchohol burn but in a good way, like acidic coffee. Some smoke in the finish. Killer silk texture (from oats) on the Uber-smooth palate. Astringency puckers mouth at first, then mellows to a rich semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Bottle from Bev Mo in San Francisco, Aug 2008. This was a favourite of my San Francisco trip. Too bad it will eventually be retired. Aroma is full of chocolate, coffee beans, also vanilla and black licorice. This has all the wonderful smoothness of oatmeal stout, but the complexities of imperial stouts. I taste full out dark chocolate with many subtleties, coffee, espresso, bitterness...wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2614) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2008
22 ounce bottle split in Duvel glass. Black with lasting flat brown head. Chocolate coffee port earth aroma. Chocolate covered fig sweetness, earthy, with underlying hop flavor and bitterness. Full body, low carb, amazing soft mouthfeel, maybe because it’s pretty warm. Well-disguised alcohol. Complex and wholesome. Definitely excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle from Discount in Milwaukee. First off, pour is black and thick, dark brown head that eventually goes away. Nose is strongly chocolate and Nutella, a little bit of fusel alcohol as well. This, to me, blows Stone RIS out of the water. Taste is much roastier and rich, very dry and distinct bitterness. If this had another 6mths on it, it would be perfect. As it stands, a bit alcoholic and boozy. There is some burnt cherries in the finish. Very damn fine beer, wish I had more to lay down...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Thick, black oily pour with a dense thin dark brown head. Beefy smoke aroma, with underlying vegemite and dark chocolate. Wow. Heavy, full-bodied, chewy, with flavours of rich dark roast coffee beans, chocolate, smoke. Bitter, bitter finish. Loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle tasted as part of a RIS blind tasting(finished 3rd of 4) Pours flat black with no head. Aroma is hard to find. Some light coffee hints. Taste is nice and bitter. Some bakers chocolate and expresso. Light mouthfeel with some cream in the finish. Finish is bitter with some light sourness. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is an opaque black-brown ale with a soft, muscovado-colored head. There is a purplish red overtone to it. The head exhibits excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate with roastiness and some alcohol in the nose. The is a hint of licorice or salmiakki. It is full bodied, smooth and very soft. It has a dry, almost silty finish, like chocolate milk. Dark chocolate dominates the taste. It is quite bitter and boozy. There is an herbal or medicinal kick at the finish. It has a long aftertaste of dark chocolate. It’s bold, chocolaty and bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (5092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2008
Pitch black color. Very dark brown head. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, burnt raisins and treacles in the nose. Amazing. Very strong treacles, dark fruit, rich mocca mouth with a surprsingly amount of bitterness. Perfectly bitter light mocca finish. WOW. this is an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 Bomber shared with Timfoolery and Wessidemc. Poured a dark brown almost black with a tan head. Strong smell of cocoa. Tasted of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Excellant on the palate. A great beer on a cold winter night. Cant wait to try my second bottle.

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