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RATINGS: 1048   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

MikeBeerSmith's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MikeBeerSmith (1) - , California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Poured from a bottle into a large brandy snifter. The head was rather thin and short lived but that doesn’t bother me all that much. The wonderful smell of coffee and chocolate bellowed thickly from the glass. The palate was silky smooth and full bodied. Exactly what I look for in a beer. It had a rather bitter flavor. It wasn’t like the harsh bitterness of overly hoppy beer, but the well-balanced sweet bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. The chocolatey after taste really stays on the tongue long after drinking. This is one of my top 5 favorite beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (755) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2016
Stone pours black with a thin white head. Aroma is a little coffee and roasted malts but itís dulled cause the beer is cold. Taste is lovely chocolate and itís velvet smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1299) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Well, Stone promises bitter chocolate and you really canít be disappointed with what Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout delivers. Dark, thick pour. It does indeed smell and taste like unsweetened cocoa. It blends nicely with the rich, full body. There are some interesting smoke and umami flavors that come through. Overall, itís really intriguing. Oatmeal Stouts, especially boozy ones, tend to go a bit sweet. The bitter chocolate adds some sharpness, and even near-fruitiness, to the profile. A great anniversary release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1566) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3020) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1423) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Black pour with tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Taste brings out bitter and malt. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1778) - - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some biscuit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1559) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2216) - 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.

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