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RATINGS: 1137   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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3.9
Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
Very dark brown. Roasty and burnt dark fruits on the nose - even more so than in the Zywiec I just had. There is a nice nuttiness to this nose as well, from the oatmeal. Very oaty body. Rich chocolate taste with a hint of roast, slight burnt fruit. This really cuts between your typical low-grav oatmeal stout and a top-fermented Baltic porter.

4.2
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
Draught at The Rake. Had spent three years in the pubcellar before being served. Black beer, brown head. Malty vinous aroma, chocolate, cocoa, milky, creamy, cocoa, some licorice. Hoppy chocolate flavor, milky, vinous, nuts, cocoa, creamy, licorice. Alcohol is very well hidden.

4
chrisv10 (18735) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Black with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, hop and a little bread. Flavour is roasted malts. chocolate, coffee, caramel, medium sweet, little liquorice hop and medium bitter.

3.6
jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of sherry, roast chocolate, toasted oats. medium body.

3.9
FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 21, 2011
Tap (Rake, post-RBESG2011 Monday)
Lovely rich cakey aroma. Very smooth roasty palate, much like a US porter. A touch buttery in the finish. Very rich and roasty, but no burnt astringency. A lovely bitter bite and tingle, but not really hoppy. The immediate finish the instant you swallow is just gorgeous - it feels great, and the vapours moving around the back of the nose make you go "goddam!".

4
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, 22oz. A next to black beer looking clear, with a small tan head on top. Hoppy dustyness, chocolate, cocoa and bitter chocolate in the aroma. The flavor followes the same pattern, with chocolate bitterness and some alcohol added. Full-bodied and warm on the palate. The finish is lasting, with chocolate the most evident flavor, but there’s also a little coffee touch. Yet another nice Stone. Would be interesting with more evident hops. Maybe. (080811)

3.9
Benzai (16931) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, medium to dark brown head. Smell richely coffee, chocolate, caramel, bitter, burned and roasted malts. Taste very rich as well, lots of flavours, mainly coffee, chocolate and roastyness. Nice bitter finish. Nice carbo, full body.

4.4
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: Pours black as night with great viscosity. A nice tan head about a finger and a half tall. S: Smells like...dark chocolate (crazy, I know). The roasted malt really comes through on this as well as the booze (especially as it comes up to temperature). T: I find this to be really boozy at first, but with each sip, it calms down and the other flavors come out. When I say other flavors I mean the roasted malt, the bitter taste that I perceive to be the chocolate, and some sweetness from the oatmeal. M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation which lends the beer a wonderful creamy smoothness. D: This is still a bit "hot", but keeps on getting better. I’m glad I have several more to hold on to.

4
Dedollewaitor (16545) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Cask @ The Rake, London. During RBESG 11. 2008 Vintage. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Oat, ashes, roast, port, chocolate and dark fruit. Complex and tasty. Smooth and soft. Lovely.

4
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Thin mouthfeel with a syrupy chocolate and light roast. Easy to drink a very impressive Imperial stout.


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