Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 12th Anniv. Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 1124   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

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Handypaul (575) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a pinkey finger, brown, creamy mostly lasting to a ring head that leaves no lacing. Creamy texture, medium body, medium bitter owing to the oatmeal, lightly sweet, soft carbonation, big nose of molasses, flavor of chocolate and a lingering medium bitter finish.

alex_leit (4809) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 24, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color, coffee foam. Aroma: caramel and sweet chocolate, coffee, cognac, cream, dried fruits. Taste: caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted, brandy, bright, mighty.

dorain (483) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-04 getrunken. Auch ein perfektes Imperial Stout allerdings ohne Schörkel. Doch die Haferflocken machen die Stout ganz cremig weich am Gaumen und machen es zu was besonderen. Lecker! Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-10 getrunken (Special Rating 1-4-8-5-8) . Dies hatte ich besser in Erinnerung. Ok hier dominiert die leckere, bittere Schokolade am Gaumen. Doch in der Nase beginnt es wenn es wärmer wird nach einem Urinal einer Autobahntoilette zu stinken. Holla so was hatte ich noch nicht! Wenn man es nicht beim Trinken einatmet oder dran riecht dann geht es, alles andere kostet irgendwie Überwindung. Am Gaumen ist es aber immer noch verdammt gut. Daher immer noch 2 Daumen hoch.

adamnowek (3072) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
Black with an uneven, brown, bubbly head. Aroma is oatmeal, cocoa, and firewater. Taste is mostly booze with some close-to-pure chocolate at the back end.

Hopverdju (1383) - BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2017
Zwart bier met wand klevende bruine schuimkraag. Geur: melkchocolade, groene kruidige hop, wat koffie. Smaak: geroosterde moutbitterheid, redelijk zoet, alcoholisch, noterig. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: lang, bitter-zoet.

andrepintado (3555) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 4, 2017
66cl bottle. Dark color. Taste is medium bitter. Quite dry body. Aroma and flavour is chocolate, liquorice, nutty, coffee.

androman (2635) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2017
1pt 6fl oz bottle at home from De Caigny, Belgium. Nose is cocoa, roasted malt, light smoke, vanilla. Body is black, head is small, brownish, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dried fruits, old wood, dust, attic, dark chocolate. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty and hoppy medium bitter, alcohol is not noticeable. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Relative easy dessert beer, tasty, well balanced, nice one.

neongolden (1721) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2017
(650ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours black with with a big latte-coloured head that fades to a solid cap with lace. Aroma of unsweetened chocolate, umami, burnt grains, molasses, some brewed coffee, sweet but with some balancing bitterness. Semisweet chocolate, torrified sugar, sweet black coffee, rapidly shifting towards bitter notes of roasted, somewhat burnt grains, baker’s chocolate and cacao nibs, a little hint of a liqueur to it, and then finishing bone dry with no real hint of the sugary sweetness from the start, long lingering burnt grain and unsweetened chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is moderately thick but fairly silky, oats showing a bit, with soft carbonation. Feels like a foreign stout more than an impy, given the relatively lighter body and ABV for contemporary examples of the style. It drinks really really easily for that ABV though.

svandyke (257) - USA - JUN 21, 2017
22oz (Educators on Tap)- Dark, dark pour with caramel head. Slight coffee and chocolate scent. Sweet promise and then the bitterness and burnt caramel.

SG111 (1936) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottled 01/16. Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruit, plum, licorice. Flavor is smokey, dark chocolate, dark fruit, bitter coffee and chocolate. Solid.

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