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

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RATINGS: 1130   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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3.4
oobawa (1804) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2017
Seems a bit rough around the edges for a Stone stout, unexpectedly tart in places and with an alcohol presence that belies its year on the shelf. Tons of dark chocolate sweetness to start things off, but a slash of currant gives a brief but unwanted fruitiness in the middle, while the back end grows increasingly dry and somewhat medicinal in its bitterness. Raisin, anise, and espresso pop up, yet the increasingly clingy finish doesn't quite jibe with the overall mellow oatmeal-and-chocolate profile. Pours a thick, bubbly black with a tan head and slight lacing. Nose is chocolate liqueur and a little coffee. Texture is viscous and creamy, but warmer than it should be. I much prefer the oaked edition.

4.9
mviljamaa (197) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2017
Dry and compact stout with the usual stout characteristics, but in a very clear, succint way. Pours noticeably thickly. Coffee color. Elegant, dark beige lacing that diminishes quickly though. Perfect appearance with regards to how the beer tastes and smells. Aroma is solid, not too overwhelming, not too rich, has the usual chocolatey imperial stout aromas: dark malts, cocoa, mämmi, burnt notes, dried plum, maybe a hint of leather, some alcohol, ... But in this case the aromas are "compact". That is, it has all the aromas, but they group together in a very succint way. They're "intact" and perfectly balanced to each other without any part feeling overwhelming. Palate is refreshing and sleek. Very well balanced. Carbonation is small and dense, but fits to the style very nicely. Taste follows the aroma, but is more pronounced presentation of the aroma. Dark malts, dark chocolate (not pure cocoa this time), leaves a slightly oily, but pleasant mouth feel, mildly dry and bitter (lingering on the tongue) after taste that both feel very "coherent" as finishes. Surprisingly clean taste that could have more tastes than merely dark malts and dark chocolate, but these are what I can pick out. Perhaps the beer is just very clear tasting, that it focuses on these few tastes, but in perfect portions and textures. Solid beer that has nothing that tastes like it doesn't belong there.

4
williamlantz (59) - - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Black with tan head. Aroma: chocolate, molasses, liquorice, dried fruit. Taste: bitter roasted malt, dry taste, cacao, some tartness.

3.8
_angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2017
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Black pour with a big frothy pale mocha head. Heavy burnt toast roasty taste with plenty of both coffee & bitter chocolate. Sweet & bitter taste. Soft, round & velvety mouth. Solid.

4.1
sebwaw (79) - POLAND - OCT 15, 2017
Pours pitch black with dark brown head, rather balanced, but quite small. Aroma is full of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee beans, some vanilla and typical dark malts aromas. It could be more intensive. Taste is quite powerful punch of chocolate and cocoa as well as roasted grains, similar to chocolate or coffee liquor. Suprisingly high bitterness, it overwhelms finish, which is long and warming. Full-bodied with oily texture. Very nice beer.

3.8
Idiosynkrasie (8072) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2017
650ml bottle. Jet black colour with slightly late awakening, small to average, thick, creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, tan head. Chocolately, dark malty aroma, notes of dark chocolate, fruity hoppy overtones with hints of physalis and blueberry. Taste is minimally sweet, chocolately dark malty, notes of dark chocolate, hints of liquorice, a touch of rust, blood, blueberry, physalis; minimally sticky palate. Super clean, relatively light and easy drinkable.

3.8
Handypaul (582) - 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.

4.3
alex_leit (5201) - 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.

4.2
dorain (696) - 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.

2.6
adamnowek (3417) - 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.


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