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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle/22 - Pours a very dark, oily black in color with a small dark tan head that quickly faded to a very thin covering over the beer. Aroma is very heavy with dark roasted malts, smoky malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol. Flavor is quite bitter, very strong of dark chocolate and espresso. Very thick and chewy... few beers have this palate! Some alcohol in the profile, but not overwhelming. Awesome Brew!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: Pours black as night with great viscosity. A nice tan head about a finger and a half tall. S: Smells like...dark chocolate (crazy, I know). The roasted malt really comes through on this as well as the booze (especially as it comes up to temperature). T: I find this to be really boozy at first, but with each sip, it calms down and the other flavors come out. When I say other flavors I mean the roasted malt, the bitter taste that I perceive to be the chocolate, and some sweetness from the oatmeal. M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation which lends the beer a wonderful creamy smoothness. D: This is still a bit "hot", but keeps on getting better. Iím glad I have several more to hold on to.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8916) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2010
Probably more than a bit aged, I presume? Medium, thight, greige head over virtually black beer. Unprecedented nose of packed, intense Ersatz-coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, dry (NOT fatty) peanuts, Brazil nuts, roast, hot waffles, and vanilla beans. Incredibly complex and equally balanced. Dry, smokey, roasted taste with chocolate, moccha, mild vegetable bitterness. Totally different from the nose, but as balanced. Very rich, thick, nearly sleazy texture, viscous and full-bodied, warming. Extremely long-lasting aftertaste. Easily one of Stoneís best products ever tasted. Iím honestly impressed. Abject thanks to whomever bestowed this upon me...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1700) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from trade with Hop20, cheers buddy! Pitch black with a dark brown head. Aroma: chocolate mousse, coffee, dark fruit, licorice. Taste: loads of licorice, cocoa, dark wine gums, coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal cookies with raisins, creamy. Full-bodied, smooth. Man, this is so delicious! If this was bitter from the chocolate when it was released, then instead time has made it very smooth and well-balanced. Thanks again for suggesting this!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (8397) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"didnít realize this beer was so strong (or classified as an imperial, as it says Oatmeal & Chocolate on the bottle)...oh well. Definitely bitter, but that plays well with the sweetness from the chocolate, and covers up the fact thatís itís 9%. Iíd compare it to Rogueís Chocolate Stout, slightly more bitter, and apparently stronger. Quite good. 1/09 - tried on tap for the first time...incredibly smooth...better than the bottle. tap-4.5, bottle-4.3"

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2644) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2009
650ml bottle from Utobeer market stall. Pours jet black with a tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, oats, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts. Flavours of smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, dark roast coffee. Extremely well balanced. Finishes malty, dry and bitter-sweet. Yum.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2009
~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This stout pours black with a dark tan head that vanishes into oblivion. It smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is amazing! Itís smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly. A must try. Highly recommended! ~

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 July 2008 Bottle. Pours jet black with creamy light brown head. Aroma is a strong blend of dark chocolate, coffee and rum. Flavor starts off with sweet dark roasted malts followed by vanilla and bittersweet chocolate. It has a dry, boozy finish. The aftertaste is bitter and smoky with hints of espresso. This Imperial has an excellent balance of sweet and smoky flavors without overwhelming the palate. Impressive.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3292) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head that impales itself to the inside of the glass as I drink in its chocolaty goodness. Smells of roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Hints of citrus hops hide in the background. Taste is bitter roast and chocolate, a little bit of alcohol, more as it warms. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy. Thick body with light carbonation. Another fantastic brew from Stone, Iím going to try to put a bottle away to see how this one ages.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
750ml bottle. Dark syrupy pour, jet black and thick. Oily lacing with a thin brown head. Tons of chocolate in the aroma with roasted malts. The flavor has a good chocolate base with a good malt backing. Though the ABV isnít super high itís a thick drink, so share it and spread the love around.


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