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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2387) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a high viscosity opaque black with an ample tan head that soon faded. The aroma was moderate in strength with mocha, chocolate, roasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor featured well burnt malts that had a chocolaty character, dark fruits and good bitterness. Also, in taste there was a bit of hot alcohol. The mouthfeel was creamy, full and smooth. The finish was long with lingering bitter dark chocolate. Overall: The alcohol showing thru was a bit distracting at first, but soon became unnoticeable as I finished the bottle. Other than that, great concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
22oz bottle. Opaque black with a medium sized dark brown head. Heavy acrid roasted malt aroma, tinges of bittersweet chocolate. Sharp, acidic roast flavor up front. Roastiness gives away somewhat to a dark chocolate character. Some ruddy, earthen ashy components appear intermittently. Some alcohol presence in the finish, with heavy lingering chocolate and burnt toast. Mouthfeel is heavy, unctuous, slightly drying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23726) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2008
Bottled at tasting with Greg Koch at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Near opaque black, brown head. Burnt choclatey nose. Dryish with medium-full body, lesser than what you’d expect from a 9.2% stout. The mouthfeel is clean and rounded. Dark chocolate dominates all the way. It’s intensely roasty with the slightest hint of prunes to add fruitiess. FInishes with mid-intensity salty bitterness. A good straightforward beer, much less complicated than the long name makes you think it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pours dark black with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild. Very nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. . Flavor is not as full as I expected, and the alcohol comes through too much. There is a chocolate bitterness that lasts though. I’ll stick a few away for the winter, as I expect these will get better with time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours black with a dark brown head that fades into bubbles around the rim. Aroma is wheat bread, biscuity, watery chocolate. Graham crackers. The oats are noticeable but a chocolate component doesn’t jump out at me, at least not a real chocolate aroma, more just the normal chocolate character from roasted barley. Overall the aroma seems Porter-like. The taste is more chocolatey. Rich, semi-sweet and full bodied. Flavor is mouth-coating. Nice mouthfeel. The aroma is not that good, the flavor is pretty good, the mouthfeel is great. Not a consistent enough beer to be great but it has its moments. Alcohol hidden well. I’ve heard some complaints that people thought this was hot or boozy and I’m not getting that at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a slick oily looking black color with a nice dark brown head. Rich roasted malty aroma. Fairly bitter with quite a bit of coffee. Strong roasted malty flavors. Some bitter coffee in the finish. Kind of hot at the moment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2008
bottle pours super dark black. brown head. Definitly get a little bitterness out of this beer. Nice Chocolate taste with roasted malt. very nice job once again by Stone brewing company.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Bottle. Black with an impressive head and nice lacing. Chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Kind of a standard Stout flavor. Nice sticky palate but not overwhelming. Good beer. The only thing this has against it is competition from other imperial stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Well... this starts with a touch of alcohol in the aroma and just hints of chocolate. Pours a wonderful thick, opaque, black with a thin, creamy, dark tan head. Nice full mouthfeel. Hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, a touch of sweet dark fruits, and some alcohol. Nice long dark chocolate finish. This is fairly strong now... but I think some time letting it settle down in the cellar will help it quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle: The chocolate aroma is not to be denied. It pours like motor oil with a minimal brownish grey head. I was aprehensive about the taste of bitter chocolate oats and malt but it works well. To me the bitter was not too bitter... Not your everyday beer but very good.

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