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RATINGS: 1130   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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3.7
kermis (13478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2016
Tap at CBC ’16. Black with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13322) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a small, frothy, dark brown head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, toffee), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (leather) with notes of raisin, plum, smoke, tar, and vanilla. Full bodied, oily texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity.

3.5
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, burnt grain, roasted malt, and coffee with a dry, bitter finish.

4.2
Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
This beer pours blacker than black with a thick brown and foamy head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Milk chocolate, grainy malt and oatmeal aroma. Rich smooth body with flavors of dark chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla and roasted malts. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and sweet malt. Overall this beer is not at the top of the charts as far as Imperial Stouts go, however it is well-crafted and enjoyable which is the norm for Stone.

3.6
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Draft. Dark brown pour, its nice stuff, dark cocoa and some roasted malt notes, good.

4.3
Rune (12777) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2008
Shining, black body under a small, tan head. Inviting aroma of sweet, lightly roasted malts. Very rich flavoured ale with cocoa, vanilla and chocolate up front successfully mixed by late and dried fruits. Lingering smooth bitterness to the aftertaste. Very well bodied with tingling alcohol on the tongue. Wonderful and superb. This ale has got almost everything - maybe except for the oatmeal (my best drink at this year’s GBBF, 06.08.2008).

3.7
thewolf (12597) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, boutip!]
Pours completely black with a fair, medium, chocolate-coloured head. Okay duration. Vinious aroma with roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate and a note of fresh ground coffee. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel, though not as fat as I’d expected. Rather sweet at first, lots of maltiness and a sugary touch. Then along comes lots of fabolous, dry cocoa and grainy dark chocolate notes. Some clear alcohol as well, but a fine, lingering aftertaste like when I eat 70% + chocolate. Very good, but there are definately better imperial stouts.

4.1
hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, caramel, light smoke, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, some oats, bitter chocolate, coffee latte, and roast. Smooth body with the alcohol content well hidden.

3.6
Camons (12450) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle @ Timbers, Denver. Thanks to Aaron for holding on to this one for me. Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, hints of caramel, oat, light smoke. Taste is malty, rich dark chocolate,sweet slightly dark fruit, bitter orange, port, oat. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter sweet chocolaty finish. 280212

2.5
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout-22oz bottle-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate, rubber, bug spray, some dark fruit. Taste is bitter chocolate-dark malt, boozy, alcohol, tar, vinegar/acidic, woody. Not close to Stone IS. Thanks to jwc215 for sharing.


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