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RATINGS: 889   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


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (610) - - FEB 6, 2016
Dark copper, some lace. Medium body, thin texture for an oats stout, moderate flavor, longish finish. Moderate bitterness, sharp acidity, almost dry. Strong roast flavor, chocolate, instant coffee, smoky note. Good, not great for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
A healthy pour produces a cresting, initially four-finger thick, richly browned, frothy head. As the head slowly collapses it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite simply black and remains opaque no matter how close I hold it up to the light. Bitter burnt grain aroma and substantially toasted malt aromas are easily noticeable. At times a rich chocolate note is noticed, but at others it is drowned out by the roast character. The burnt malt notes at times can be overwhelmingly sharp, acrid and acidic and that once noticed chocolate note seems to be a faint memory. Hot alcohol notes are noticeable as the beer gets near room temperature.

Thick and creamy feeling up front and not any where near as sweet as the body would suggest. Lots of bitter burnt malt notes linger from beginning to end and in fact really lingers on in the palate after the beer has gone down my throat. Some thin, bitter, dark chocolate notes are found in the middle of this beer and the finish has a lingering note of dusty, dark cocoa powder. Even as the beer gets substantially warmer it does not lose its aggressive, acrid burnt flavors. They become perhaps a touch more tempered, but still overly influence the finish and make this excessively bitter. On the plus side, while it is quite burnt in character, the flavor does note get overly acidic from the burnt notes.

This beer is going to need some time before I can really get into it. The question remains though if it will mellow before it becomes overly oxidized. A great beer for those who like aggressively roasted flavors, I can’t quite get into this though as it makes me think I am chewing on charcoal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep brown and black opaque color. Coffee, chocolate and some smoke in the aroma. Definitely bitter. Nice amount of chocolate flavor,. Would have liked more smoothness from the oatmeal. I also would like to let this warm up and re-rate it to give it another chance.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle from secret santa, summer of 08. Thanks! Pours black with a tan lace. Nose is sugar, alcohol ,chocolate, light roast, raisins and coffee. Flavor is similar with a light smokey character and a very astringent and bitter finish. This beer was hard to drink at times and I poured out the last 1/3 of the bottle. It was very sad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3764) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2008
really nice pour, super black with a huge coffee colored head. Aroma is boozy,with some roasted malt, and a touch of bitter chocolate. Flavour is again very boozy with a touch of coffee, and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little thin, i’m not getting any of the oatmeal benefits. This is really quite boozy, and maybe with some time to age it would mellow out a bit.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 Bottle at The Penguin. Huge collapsing chocolate mousse head over tar, lacing thickly at the strength. Burnt toast and oak chip charcoal aroma completely drowning out the chocolate. Spiritous whiskey burn from the off, lightning struck oak, toast fished out of the bin...just a mouthful of smouldering carbon really. Oily but not slick or luxurious. What a disappointment. All roast and no hops, certainly no chocolate or oatmeal. Crumb of incinerated nut, dab of yeast extract. One of the rawest, most ethanol-drenched efforts I’ve had in a while. Bit more choc lurking in the bottom of the bottle, but such a thin and one-dimensional flavour profile. Saw it all off in the end. Not a bad beer but a bad chocolate oatmeal stout.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5321) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Deep pitch black coloured body with a strong brown head. Aroma of molasses, malt, coffee, whiskey, oak and a bunch of vanilla and a bit of tobacco. Medium-bocdied; Strong assertive roasted malt and chocolate coupled with some sour pungent lactic flavours and sweet sugars. Aftertaste strong and potent - not complex at all and fairly one-dimensional. Overall, a decent beer - better than most of Stone’s sub-par offerings. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 03-August-2008, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 02-July-2009.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3775) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
Bomber de 650ml. Bouteille peinte brassée en 2008 et bue en 2011. Merci Patrick. Bière ténébreuse noire comme la nuit avec une belle couche de mousse brune. Le nez est tout en chocolat, il ne fait pas dans la dentelle. L’alcool est trop présent à mon goût. Le chocolat se déploie en bouche laissant une forte amertume. Elle est mince (malheureusement), les effets de l’âge se font sentir. Une fois avalée les effluves d’alcool nous montent au nez provocant un effet de chaleur peu agréable. 6/10

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
Objectively speaking: Intensely roasty imperial stout.
I like: Alcohol levels kept under control. Rich mouthfeel.
I dislike: I would prefer less intensity in the chocolate bitterness, it grows harsh and lasts with a burning impression despite the relatively well-hidden alcohol. Inky and tar-like aroma feels fairly brash. Not much fruity complexity at all.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rick_91709 (304) - USA - JAN 31, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Inky black. Short-lived light brown head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Starts out on the sweet side and ends with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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