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RATINGS: 1128   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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3.8
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2008
A great stout, thanks Radek Kliber. Good looks and lacey. Good aroma, a little ourness and hops. Balance in the taste, a sipper, a good bitterness. I will try this with friends again soon.

4.4
slowrunner77 (11911) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"didnt realize this beer was so strong (or classified as an imperial, as it says Oatmeal & Chocolate on the bottle)...oh well. Definitely bitter, but that plays well with the sweetness from the chocolate, and covers up the fact thats its 9%. Id compare it to Rogues Chocolate Stout, slightly more bitter, and apparently stronger. Quite good. 1/09 - tried on tap for the first time...incredibly smooth...better than the bottle. tap-4.5, bottle-4.3"

3.9
mR_fr0g (11894) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle shared at the level 42. Canary wharf tasting 20/10/2016. Many thanks to Colin for this one. A jet black brown coloured pour with a a dark tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate malts, nutty, jammy fruits, nutty, hazelnut. Flavour is composed of earthy, big dark choc, nutty, hazelnut, coco nibs, blackberry fruits. Lingering ashy roast. Palate is semi sweet. Creamy, rounded, moderate carbonation. Lingering dark choc. Good stuff.

3.9
madsberg (11762) - Sborg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2016
Draught. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma. Herbs smoke coffee, flavour coffee, spice. Medium to full. Ends roasted and chocolaty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2017
22 oz bottle. Bottled 01/16/16. At the Konttori, Tampere, Finland. The beer looks dark... dark brown color with a small tan head. Alcohol, farmyard, licorice, roasted malt and booze... alcohol... booze in the aroma. The flavor is booze, bitterness, roasted malt, darkness and strength. Boozy and dominating. Some chocolate pops out when the bottle warms up. Not really a classic from Stone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
deyholla (11481) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to womencantsail. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark grains and a hint of coffee and alcohol. Flavor has a strong dark chocolate note with underlying coffee and a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish.

3.7
Meilby (11366) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 650ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, nutty, licorice, coffee and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
shrubber85 (11322) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Bitter chocolate malt and herbal grass aroma. Black with small head. Dry bitter chocolate malt and wood ash flavor. Light grapefruit peel flavor. Medium body. Interesting - nice dry beer.

3.9
Desverger (11091) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen - pours black with a tan head. Roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste, with high chocolate prominence, some coffee, caramel, oaty, vanilla, light vanilla caress into the close. Lovely.

4.4
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Well I had to go to Vermont to find this in the bottle at a local shop in Stowe. Rating #600. This is a kick ass beer. Pours a jet black with a nice foamy brown head. Aroma is(shocking)all chocolate. I also smell a hint of coffee and maybe some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, coffee and some molasses hints on the nose too. I truly enjoyed this from start to finish.


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