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RATINGS: 1046   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


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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CTSVPhantom (4) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Very roasty, POWERFUL taste of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Didn’t really notice oatmeal. Pours even darker than the IRS, head is very dark brown. Very little sweetness, lots of bitterness and roastiness. Not much hoppiness. Easily my favorite Stone anniversary brew to date.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1559) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle. A- Smokey, meaty, umami, slightly bitter, cocoa. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Bitter chocolate, smokey, dry, cocoa, umami. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, O- A unique smoke and umami flavor and aroma that I wasnít expecting. Definitely some bitter cocoa in there but I didnít that smoked porter feel to it. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
Bomber. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oatmeal. Flavor is chocolate, oat. Finish is strong bitterness, roasted hazelnut, burnt caramel. Lingering strong chocolate bitterness. Medium to full body, velvety and oily mouthfeel, weak carbonation. So very solid!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3001) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Helluva beer. On the dry, bitter side. Chocolate comessage through nicely, but canít discern the oatmeal. Great finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1421) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Black pour with tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Taste brings out bitter and malt. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1737) - - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some biscuit.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1558) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
A smoked malt aroma pours a dark black color with a thin tan head. An oily mouth feel with a bitter chocolate taste. A bitter smoked malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1565) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium off white head. Medium roared malt aroma. Medium body with a sweet malt flavor and q medium salt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2210) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
Tap at Stone in Asagaya (5th year anniversary event). Pitch black with a half finger of tan head that lingers. 80 percent cacao nose, roasted cacao nib and prune dominate. Creamy on the palate with more lots of roasty bitterness and light dark fruit sourness. Bold and roasty finish that has a long lingering bitterness. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (3022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2016
650 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of black coffee, sweet dark fruit almost raisiny, dry dark malts and a bit of alcohol. Flavors of dark acidic chocolate, vanilla, light licorice, and lots of roasted malts. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1488) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2016
From a bottle. Damn, this is a nice beer, pours thick with a tan head, delicious chocolate flavours and the body of the oatmeal make this a great beer.


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