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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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4.4
daknole (11402) - 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.

3.6
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Bottle… Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Simple, straight-forward aroma and flavor… dark, bitter chocolate nibs and cocoa powder. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Chocolaty, bitter finish. Thanks to growler for sharing the bottle!

4.1
77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2011
[email protected] vs. Moeder: pitch-black with a dark mocha head, smells like bitter roasted malts followed by coffee & bitter chocolate, taste wise this is indeed firstly a bitter & then a chocolate stout, taste is very bitter chocolate, light oatmeal & creamy oatmeal body, roasted coffee, cocoa mixed with some hops, dry, certainly not bad

4.4
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours onyx with 2-fingers of dark brown head. Great look on this. Nose is roasty dark malt, oats, dark choc, molasses, hops, and mild rauchy peaty notes. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasty rauchy dark malt, and hops. Palate is rich, creamy, velvety, staying a tad dry throughout, with a great complexity. Yet another winner form Stone.

3.7
allmyvinyl (11021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2017
UPDATED: APR 27, 2017 Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop. Pours black with a thick tan head. Lots of chocolate as promised. Bitter, rich.

3.2
gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2017 First rating
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Black color, dense brown head. Sweet, malty, licorice scent. Sweet, bitter, alcohol taste. Huge bitter aftertaste, also very dry. Smooth mouthfeel, huge bitterness.
7/4/7/4/14=3.6

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Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, on August 18, 2017.
Black color, brown head with lacing. Malty, nutty, alcohol taste. Roasted, malty, nutty aftertaste. Medium full mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Malty, grainy, alcohol scent.
6/4/6/4/12=3.2

3.4
Fin (10917) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle that I got in a mixed case from Beers of Europe, consumed 20-02-09 Pours black with a brown head and is quite busy on the fizziness front. The aroma was initially quite creamy and had some vanilla and then all I got was rusty nail. Taste is undeniably dark, bitter chocolate, its an oily mouth clinger and so bitter. Some cold coffee dregs show but the chocolate and roasty flavours dominate. Strange that the rusty nail aroma is really taking over now. A6 A4 F7 P4 OV13 3.4

3.6
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
2009-02-28. Pitch black with a modest khaki head. (4+) Sweet aroma, sweet malt, rich cocoa and mild dry roast malt, light alcohol notes. (7+) Flavour is similar, fairly dry overall impression, dry roasty malt, and dry cocoa has a dusty character somehow, sweet underlying malt base. Very light bitterness in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate is a touch under carbonated. (3+) Pretty decent. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy sudsy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a touch of sweetness, just a hint of fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, creamy milky sweetness balances the bitterness from the roasted and dark chocolate to bring out a milky chocolate

Date: June 13, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Appearance: black, huge brown head, layers of lace
Aroma: black chocolate aroma, touch of licorice and sweet caramel, hint of fruityness and sherry
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness balances the bitterness from the dark chocolate, touch of fruityness is emerging and enhanced by the sweet sherry character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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alexsdad06 (10812) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color with garnet highlights and a medium dark tan head with good retention. The aroma is dark chocolate, molasses, oatmeal, a hint of dark fruits, and cocoa powder. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate. Hey, the title warned us all. Roasted malts, molasses, oatmeal, and alcohol are also present. This is at times a little hot, but I enjoy it very much. Medium-full bodied and one that I hope tastes as good with a little age on it.


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