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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
Objectively speaking: Intensely roasty imperial stout.
I like: Alcohol levels kept under control. Rich mouthfeel.
I dislike: I would prefer less intensity in the chocolate bitterness, it grows harsh and lasts with a burning impression despite the relatively well-hidden alcohol. Inky and tar-like aroma feels fairly brash. Not much fruity complexity at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
bottle thanks to bhops. black with a huge 3 finger tan almost chocolate head. huge chocolate notes with roasted malts on the nose. at first the roastiness comes through and overpowers everything until the end when the chocolate works it’s magic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14292) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium to heavy roasted bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex standout brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Big thanks to jlozier for trading this to me. Decided to break this one out with a possible tropical storm brewing. Pours very heavy, opaque black color, very thin dark brown head and a spot of lacing here and there. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, oats, and a little bit of alcohol which blends nicely together. This is full-bodied, rich and chewy but with excellent drinkability. Bitter unsweetened dark chocolate flavor up front with some bold coffee beans then roasted malts and a generous dose of molasses following. Finishes bitter and a bit dry. Aftertaste is bitter coffee. A well-rounded Imperial Stout. Nicely done Stone and thanks again jlozier!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MikeBeerSmith (1) - , California, USA - AUG 16, 2008 does not count
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with thick light brown ehad. Aroma is bitter chocolate, oatmeal, malt and light hop fragrance. taste is bitter chocolate, earthy malt, light coffee and some milk sugar. It’s mildly carbonated and the aftertaste is really mellow and bitter. The alcohol is well hidden but this impy just doesn’t do it for me. It’s good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours pitch black with a huge mocha head. aroma is cocoa, some milk chocolate, and some dark roasts. Taste is about the same - some cardboard taste and alcohol brashness. Not too impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a syrupy dark brown/black with a nice two finger creamy brown head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is cocoa, milk and dark chocolate, with some slight roast and caramel. Flavor has more bittersweet chocolate, with some coffee, molasses and a roasty finish. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (9033) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours near black with a brown head. Dark chocolate aroma, mostly bitter with some sweetness, as well as roast and hops. Very lasting creamyness. Roasted and bitter chocolate flavor, just a hint of boozee, with a lasting floraly and roasted bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8484) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2008
(Cask at GBBF, London, 5 Aug 2008) Black colour with brief, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with distinct notes of dark chocolate and cocoa. Roasted, malty tast with dark chocolate, cocoa and liquorice. Long finish with a good cocoa bitterness. Medium to full body, rather dry. Lovely beer!

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