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RATINGS: 1118   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma: Oatmeal, cocoa powder, coffee, light alcohol, smoke. Some spicey and citrus hop notes. Appearance: Black in color and opaque. Dark tan head was large and creamy with fair retention. Small, spotty lacing. Flavor: Lots of roasted malt flavors (Coffee, smoke, light anise). More chocolate in the nose, but a good chocolate note shines through. Some hot alcohol flavor as it warms. Grassy and pine hop notes into the finish. Bitterness plays nicely against all the malt flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Palate: Full bodied and very smooth. Medium carbonation. Significant alcohol warming in mouth and chest. Overall: Nice beer. Mouthfeel was perfect. Rich and smooth with just the right level of carbonation. Alcohol was a little hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haslinger (922) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle from Kegbear aroma is a wonderful chocolate. just overpoweringly awesome,smells like Willy Wonka’s own beer, The pour is engine oil black The aroma is too bitter for my liking, it tastes just like biting into a dark unsweetened piece of chocolate. Not my favorite. Would not buy again but an interesting try. Note: as the beer warms the bitterness mellows and the beer becomes much more palatable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Panzuriel (2125) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a deep black brown with a thick chocolate head. Nose is mellow cocoa scents. Taste is bitter and sweet all at the same time. alcohol not evident. bitter dark chocolate lovelyness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Black body, a tan head is formed, quickly receding to simply a ring of tan lace at the edges of the glass. The aroma comes through on the promise of bitter chocolate and also has a bit of graininess, and some licorice character. The flavor is a mixture of oatmeal stout smoothness and chocolate bitterness, so I guess this is well played. A touch of smokiness remains in the finish. The body is not too thick and sticky, thankfully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 22oz bottle. Black Chocolate Heaven, with a hint of hops flavor. Dry and bitter. A very drinkable Imperial Stout, especially for dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of scraff. Thanks, Scott! Pours a dark chocolate-brown coor; thin medium brown head with patchy lacing. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and nougat; very nice chocolate character in the nose; very soft. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: very bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and nougat upfront; relaxed carbonation; very bitter (although underhopped), and heavy chocolate notes throughout. Difficult to drink a lot of this. Lengthy, dry finish: bitter chocolate and roasted malts / smoked meats at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dense black with a very rich looking dark brown head that sadly disappeared after two or three sips. Pleasant but surprisingly light aroma of chocolate, malt, and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is thankfully less bashful than the aroma with malt, licorice, and plenty of chocolate, particularly in the aftertaste. I’m also glad there is no sign of tobacco in the flavor. More bitter at the finish than I think of with an imperial stout, but then again this is Stone. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2008
Cask (GBBF 2008) - Dark brown,almost black in colour. Smoky aroma with a hint of coffee. Chocolate and coffee in the taste with some smokes notes. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (26386) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2008
[email protected] Black colour, small white head. Aroma is chocolate, malts, hops and spices. Some roasted notes as well as mild vanilla too. Flavour is roastred malts, chocolate, alcohol, mild fruityness and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17981) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Black, thin tan head. Lots of bitter choc, some nutmeg. Still some American hops on end. It’s quite strong on the alcohol, bit of vanilla, bit too unsubtle. Hot alcohol and some whiskyish nature to it.

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