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RATINGS: 1063   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


4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4525) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to fata2683: Poured a thick oil black with a chocolate colored head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and strong coffee bean. The taste is rich with chocolate, coffee, and offseting hops. Very pleased with this beer from start to finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Poured jet black with a small clean head. Lacing littered the sides of the glass. Aroma is strong of roasted oats, coffee, and deliciousness. My god this Stone brew. Itís smooth, the oats are playing the sidekick roll to the bitter chocolate and roasted coffee, but the oats come through and the body is just perfect. Alcohol is hidden very well, but is there and pleasant.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle: YES YES YES YES YES! Iíve SO wanted to try this one, and living in Canada itís hard to find them. Thankfully my party host pulled one out to surprise me and Iím forever in debt. Pours thick and jet black, thick brown head atop. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and black licorice; very complex, very elaborate. Flavour is bitter as promised from a blend of chocolate, roasted malts, and anise with a great balancing caramel malt. Well disguised but present alcohol - I so want an entire one for myself. Absolutely loved it.

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 (15764) - Dublin, 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 (9392) - 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 (1708) - 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 (9946) - 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"

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5684) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Aroma is dark fruit, medium sweetness and creeping chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit/funk, dryish chocolate, dark malts, very complex fruit and a mix of sweetness and earthy/slightly Brett acidity


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