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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
This is from a while ago... Pours nearly opaque with a bright, light tan head. The aroma is filled with chocolate and caramel. On the palate, the chocolate and toffee also show the characteristic slickness of an oatmeal stout. The abv is extremely well hidden. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Humlehode (663) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2016
Tap at CBC. Pours black with brown head. Roasted aroma. Banana, dark chocolate. Medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (663) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2008
Bomber. Pours slightly viscous black with a very small dark tan head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roast malt (coffee and bitter chocolate) and sweet dark malt (dark fruits, molasses). Flavor is sweet dark malts up front, with the promised bittersweet chocolate throughout (but not overdone), and a lingering finish with some earthy hops. The oats make the mouthfeel nice and velvety and are noticeable in the long finish. Despite all those words it’s a fairly straightforward combination of a sweeter dark-fruit-heavy imperial stout, the bitter chocolate, and the oatmeal stout character. If you like those styles, this is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brigg (662) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2008
(bottle) Dark brown, almost black, opaque body and wispy brown head with some lacing. Burnt coffee and chocolate aroma. Full-bodied, very bitter, burnt flavor of chocolate and coffee, some fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours out of the bomber indigo black beneath a thick and creamy dark tan head. Admirable retention with some thin curtains of lacing adhering to the snifter. Rich aromas of dark chocolate, charred wood, caramel, espresso beans and vanilla greet the nose. Palate is quite full and slick (where the oatmeal additions contribute) making this Impy Stout even more enjoyable and authentic. Restrained carbonation adds to the mouthfeels creaminess. Flavor profile was also assertive with upfront notes of semi-sweet dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses and charred oak. Starts out bittersweet and as with most Stone brews shows off a touch of hop bitterness in the finish along with the warming sensation from the 9.2% abv. A slight Belgian-like yeasty sourness sneaks in and is slightly distracting in the end. Overall however a superb anniversary beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle: Viscous, black pour with no head. Nose is complete with notes of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits and alcohol...this definitely needs to sit for at least a year IMO. The mouth feel on this is what I wish their RIS was, thick and chewy...very nice. Ashy flavors hit immediately followed by some dark chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. The most disappointing part about this was the lack of oat. I was initially pretty geeked about this coming out and I was a bit disappointed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2008
This was sort of a let down to be honest. The appearance was very attractive though. Nice deep dark color with carbination clinging to the pint glass like a plague of flies. The head bubbled up to a tan and purple hue that had the cossistancey of the head on an ice cream soda. The smell was fair with a lot fo raison, dried fruit and dates but a definate alcohol note. The taste was a little surpriseing with a bit to sweet malt and alcohol which left me wondering, "where is the chocolate". Only later did i see that it was all in the finnish and gave a decent dose of bitter sweetness. I guess what kept this from a high rateing was to much alcohol lingering taste and it just became tiresome as a beer after about 8 ounches of it. I stopped being able to even notice the chocolate after taste. nearly became a chore to finnish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle pours jet black and opaque. Dark khaki head rises tall and laces well. Aroma is lots of chocolate, a hint of booze, and some dark fruits. Really nice feel on the palate, with prickly carbonation leading into a silky velveteen. The oatmeal at work here. Taste has a dominant bitterness, from dark chocolate, hops, and some dark roasty malts. Dried dark fruits add some sweetness. Oatmeal adds a really fine texture. Still a little boozy, but just fine to drink now. A few months on this one should improve it nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
electrotype (655) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2016
Un stout assez rapeux et aux notes de bois. Il y a trace de noix, de chocolat noir non sucr et de houblons amres non fruits. Cest agrable boire, lalcool est bien intgr, mais cest quand mme assez intense pour un dbut daprs-midi dt de cong! Pas un coup de coeur, mais une bire que je boierais nouveau si loccasion se prsente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (654) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
Solid black beer with a thin, brown, head that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Glassware: Orrefors

Nose: Dark chocolate, cardboard, nuts, fudge, cocoa powder, licorice, cold brew coffee, a sour/bitter nose, a hint of vanilla, whipped cream and red berries.
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted malt, honey, vanilla, brownies, grain and some smoke.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Smooth and complex.

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