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RATINGS: 1093   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
22 oz bottle purchased at Beverages for less in Santee. A very nice imperial stout with bitter chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at Stone Bistro for RBSG. Pours black with thin beige head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium- full bodied with a nice velvety texture and perfect carbonation. Flavor of dark chocolate, mild coffee, and oats. Not overly sweet. I did not find this very bitter at all, and alcohol was well hidden. Great beer.

Bottle review coming soon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (10130) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Cask, GBBF 08. Near black with no head.n Aromas are sweet molasses with lots of herbal notes. Coffee and chocolate with woody notes. Flavours are dark chocolate with coffee. Sweet molasses with smoky tobacco. Vinous, fruity and dry on the finish. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10434) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and woody notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours pitch black with a large dark brown head....aroma is cofee, smoke and dk malt...flavour is very similar to the Stone IRS, with the main difference being that subtle bitterness present on the back end...people are calling it bitter chocolate, but I thought it was slightly antiseptic...as it warms the flavours develop, more chocolate the longer you wait...nice alcohol thoroughout...will be a fun new experience in a few years...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bomber poured a nearly opaque dark brown almost black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and hints of licorice and smoke. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with slightly warm finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of pepper with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle shared by MiguelMandingo, I believe. Thanks man!
Pours a dark black with a light, short lived beige head. Smell is slightly sweet and roasty with some oats and subtle alcohol. Taste is dark and roasty with some ashiness, along with a slightly sweet rich dark chocolately malty flavor. Medium bodied and not very rich for an imperial stout, but not too thin either. Appropriate carbonation, and a nice bitter chocolate taste as the name would suggest. I look forward to trying this again for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 3, 2008
22 oz bottle: poured dark as a night in the country. Full sized brown, lasting head. Lots of lacing on my glass. Fresh roasted coffee aroma with some chocolate. Lots of coffee in the taste. Initially I thought this was sweet but as I drink it, it seems to become dryer, especially in the finish. Full bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours a near perfect black with an aroma of raw chocolate and plastic oatmeal. Flavor is a smoky campfire chocolate blend, with hints of cocoa and fudge. Thick, full mouthfeel. Awesome brew! Hope this is on the horizon for Texas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
An impenetrable black body is crowned by a frothy, chocolate-milk colored head. Patchy, spotty lacing leaves its mark all the way down the glass. The aroma is mouth watering, causing the nostrils to flare at the first waft of bittersweet chocolate, dry cocoa, and mocha cream. Some espresso roastiness creeps in on the back end, but the aroma is all about chocolate here. Flavors follow suit, overflowing with dark, semi-sweet chocolate and lactic creaminess. Earthy hop notes lend further bitterness, while star anise adds in its signature spice. The finish lingers semi-sweet and roasty for quite some time. Medium-full bodied, with balanced carbonation, this goes down quite easy and shows very little alcoholic heat. One of the best chocolate stouts I’ve tried to date, this one falls just short of classics like Brooklyn BCS and Foothills Sexual Chocolate. Great beer.

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