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

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RATINGS: 1093   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonGregorio (115) - POLAND - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black beer, average beige head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate (milk, bitter), cocoa, dark fruits, some smoke. Taste is light to medium sweet and more than medium bitter, cocoa, chocolate, light notes of dark fruits, some roasted malts. Intense bitter chocolate in the finish. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Velvety, oily oatmeal feel. Not the most complex and intense, but very tasty stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2017
As Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Medium thick, creamy, deep brownish beige, coffee cream-like head, gradually thinning in the middle but generally well-retaining; opaque jet black robe. Enticing, rich bouquet of fondant chocolate bars, mocha ice cream, pastry, hazelnut oil, toasted brown bread, caramel sauce, coffee grounds, toasted peanuts, candied fig, ripe elderberries, whisky, more subtle hints of sweet pipe tobacco, haemoglobin iron, black radish, cinnamon, old ginger root, liquorish, grapefruit juice, Baileys, green beans, charred wood, varnish or fresh paint (stronger as it warms up), nutmeg, beef stock. Rounded, soft onset nicely mixing restrained candied fig or date sweetness with equally restrained dried berry sourishness and a thin rim of cured meat-like umami, softly carbonated, creamy, oily and moelleux (likely the effect of the oats), immediately filling the mouth. Rich, thickly layered dark maltiness makes up the middle, toffeeish and nutty with the promised bitter chocolate flavor coming to full grandeur just before the finish and evolving further into a pungent, peppery bitter tail of strong roasted bitterness (black coffee, burnt toast, charred meat even) and a spicy, lingering, well-positioned hop bitterness, before a warming glow of whisky-like alcohol sets in ties it all together, even showing a certain wryness at the root of the tongue, yet quickly receding again and thus not disturbing the overall profile of indeed very bitter, black chocolate. This beer was apparently first made for Stones 12th anniversary and repeated for their 20th anniversary; it bears unmistakable similarities with their famed imperial stout, but in perhaps a slightly lighter and more sweetish, clearly more explicitly chocolatey way, the rotundity of which is accentuated by the velvety effect established by the oatmeal. Rich, decadent and opulent stout, but not over the top like some other American stouts these days, this is a truly delicious beer worthy of celebrating any anniversary of a brewery with such a record of achievements and influence in the American craft beer revolution.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (1919) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Tap at brewery. Dark with minimal tan head. Boozy chocolate cerries. Flavor is dryer than the aroma suggests. Light roastiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElDesmadre (3625) - Mikołw, POLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle. Oatmeal, lots of dark chocolate. Not too intense aroma-wise and definitely not complex, yet very pleasant, especially in the flavour. Quite full bodied, soft, oatmeal-laden mouthfeel, lots of dark chocolate with biscuity undertones, with a subtle roasted note in the finish. Really well made, with an extremely high drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Black pour, decent tan head. Nose is coco and alcohol. Bittersweet. Middle is semi sweet chocolate cherries, plums, soft oats, and blacked malt. Finish is bittersweet with a medium length.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Speko (245) - DENMARK - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle 0,65. Pours black with large foamy beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a bit dusty. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, fudge. Full body, oily texture soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (3161) - DENMARK - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Bob. Black with a medium sized tan head. Dark chocolate, dust, roasted malt, chalk. Full body, fine carbonation, some sweetness with solid bitterness and stingy alcohol. Roasted malt and chocolate in a warming finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matzou (125) - SPAIN - NOV 25, 2016
Black body with a small tan head Smell of light coffee bitter chocolate light alcohol. Texture is perfect good amount of creaminess from the oatmeal medium body. Good bueno

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7126) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2016
October 2016 - Bottle share at One Canada Square. Thanks Cloin! As Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, 9.2%. Black, opaque with a foamy dark brown head, leaving dotted lacing. Aroma is booze, dark chocolate, red berry and bourbon biscuit. Body is quite smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is dark chocolate, drying dusty booziness, spicy and bitter into the finish. I like the bitter dark chocolate vibes but its quite harsh and boozy given the moderate ABV for style. (3.7)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (7404) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Encore series Bottle. Pours inky black, medium brown head, creamy with great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, anise, a bit of oak, coffee, tobacco, leather. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium plus bitter. Full body, creamy, lingering bitterness. Good and all, but time has taken its toll on this recipe.


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