overall
99
88
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle: YES YES YES YES YES! Ive SO wanted to try this one, and living in Canada its hard to find them. Thankfully my party host pulled one out to surprise me and Im forever in debt. Pours thick and jet black, thick brown head atop. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and black licorice; very complex, very elaborate. Flavour is bitter as promised from a blend of chocolate, roasted malts, and anise with a great balancing caramel malt. Well disguised but present alcohol - I so want an entire one for myself. Absolutely loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Poured a nice thick black into the snifter. Smell was rich chocolate, roasty and bitey. I think the name really fits well with this beer. Lots of chocolate, but not as sweet as some chocolate stouts. You definitely get some of that classic oatmeal stout flavor. Still just a bit hot, but I bet that will fade. Well made oatmeal stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft in Boston at the sunset grill with Clark and the gang. Poured deep black with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted chocolate and mild coffee notes. Tastes of a almost burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mild oats, finishes a little creamy and dry (I didn’t think that was possible). I enjoyed this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Pours a very dark brown in color with a frothy, brown head sitting atop.
Straight by the description, it has a very chocolate nose on it. A little alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is much the same, but it’s not a very bitter chocolate. This is a very GOOD chocolate. This beer is pillowy soft and velvety smooth. It’s really a little too easy to drink this. Leaves a little roasted chocolate in the aftertaste. This is a good beer now, and will be great in due time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. I don’t have to tell you that a Stone stout is going to pour very dark, black. The aroma is roasted malts, oatmeal, and chocolate. The flavor contains the same roasted maltiness with more of a bitter chocolate taste that is followed by a complimenting hint sweetness and some oatmeal. Not in the same ballpark as the original Stone RIS, but a welcomed change nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bomber during afternoon bbq, share w/ Simon. Hefty nuances of dark chocolate and a bit of espresso. Not necessarily something I find extraordinary, but I think this is what they were going for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours a dark black color with a thick tan head that floated nicely on top of the liquid beer. the nose was extremely robust and full of chocolate malt and roasted barley. You can smell the floral resin hops nicely. As you sip on it there is intense chocolate and coffee that hit your palate and stick to the sides of your mouth. There is some smokey oak flavor but it is very minute. The roasted barley is very overpowering. Overall it has a great appearance, carbonation, and balanced flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Had this on stone tap takeover and loved it and recently got myself a vintage bottle of this and it was amazing. Poured into a tulip, dark with a brown head with an aroma full of bitter chocolate, and burnt malt. Taste is bitter and sweet, full of chocolate and nuts, very creamy. Finishes smooth with a long aftertaste, a little bit sticky. Very nice brew one of my fav stouts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (596) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Pours an almost black with a fair tan head......aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet maltiness.....taste is dark chocolate, booze, toffee, quick sweetness, ends with a coffee grounds type bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, well built.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2009
dark oily pour, brown frothy head. very roasty aroma, tons of chocolate, a little bit of sourness from burnt barley, very sweet. more balanced flavor, bittersweet milk chocolate and bitter but somewhat flat finish. a bit thin for an Imperial Stout actually, but otherwise very silky texture and light carbonation. alcohol is slightly warming but well-hidden


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