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RATINGS: 1086   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom! It is pitch black with a nougat colored, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, ash, chocolate, light smoke, wood and it is funny, but I can smell the bitterness. The flavour has a roasted and hoppy bitterness, notes of roasted malt, wood, bitter chocolate, light sweetness and coffee and a hint of ashes. It is at the same time both very bitter and yet smooth, complex and yet straight forward, and interesting mix.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10094) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (10054) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Cask, GBBF 08. Near black with no head.n Aromas are sweet molasses with lots of herbal notes. Coffee and chocolate with woody notes. Flavours are dark chocolate with coffee. Sweet molasses with smoky tobacco. Vinous, fruity and dry on the finish. Great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10019) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
22oz courtesy of dpjuart. Pours jet black with a three finger brown head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is a bit salty, some green olives, Kalamata olives, light tobacco, cocoa powder, chocolate cupcake, rich caramel as it warms. Taste is a bit salty, some olives, unsweetened dark chocolate, a little bit tart. Pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9972) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9811) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2016 22oz bottle, shared by brew3crew. Dark brown more clear color. Thin lighter brown head, couple dots of lace. Big, chewy texture. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Very interesting herbal raw mint leaf aroma. Dark chocolate, light oatmeal. Good bitterness, light bitter sweet. Very light alcohol in the finish. Very light coffee note. Still drinking good. Very happy for the opportunity to try this. 8/4/7/4/16

Re-rate, 2/1/16: 22oz bottle, 20th Encore series. Bottled 1/15/16. Enjoyed from my Sahm Hamburg goblet, partially with my sandwich. Nice earthy bitterness up front. Dark chocolate, oatmeal. Nice roast malt, hint of coffee. Impressively dark color. Damn near pitch black. Good thin brown head. Nice ridges of lace. Bigger bitter taste, lighter to moderate sweet, some alcohol heat. Sort of a bigger hoppy heat in the aftertaste. Mild sweet bite. Bigger body, nice chewiness. Lighter carbonation. Im not convinced that the bitterness here is coming from a "shortage of hop". And I like the big hop character here, kind of drinks like a very dark black IPA. More my style of black IPA than Enjoy By Black, honestly. Very hoppy, but still with excellent dark roasty malt character. Enjoyable hoppy oatmeal stout. Kind of reminds me of Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9651) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9647) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Thick, black oily pour with a dense thin dark brown head. Beefy smoke aroma, with underlying vegemite and dark chocolate. Wow. Heavy, full-bodied, chewy, with flavours of rich dark roast coffee beans, chocolate, smoke. Bitter, bitter finish. Loved it.


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