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RATINGS: 1094   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2008
This poured black in color with a moderate brown head of fine bubbles. Aromas were of dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla and oatmeal. In the mouth this is medium-bodied and concentrated with a bunch of chocolate and coffee in the midpalate which fades to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 22 oz bottle. Appearance: Pitch black. The brown head retains well, but eventually settled into a quarter inch cap. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Rich aromas of double chocolate cake. Fudge sauce. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Taste: Tastes of dark bakers cocoa, heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, oats, molasses, coffee, a semi vegital bitterness, hint of brown sugar and a slight nip of alcohol. Palate: full, smooth, creamy feel with fairly soft carbonation. Overall: Very good, but not a surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours thick jet black with very dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice roasted chocolate aroma. An array of flavors- roasted chocolate malts, lactose, vanilla and some alcohol on the finish (not overwhelming as some have posted). Nice sticky and smooth palate, a tasty Imp Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours jet black with a medium head with good retention. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, oats. Really good mouthfeel; tastes like bitter chocolate, malt, oats. Straightforward and pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Opaque brown-black with a fine, medium-dense dark tan head that quickly settles down to a thin skim of fine bubbles. Huge, sweet alcoholic aroma--vaguely suggestive of bourbon--with dark roasted grain, some coffee, and dark cocoa elements following after. Dark roasted bitterness with some earthy hops notes alongside overt chocolate flavors, some grain astringency, a hint of a notion of oatmeal, and quite a bit of alcohol. The body comes up a little bit short here. It’s big with lots of palate-filling flavors that just wash by and leave only alcohol heat in the finish. There’s not much of a crescendo of flavor experiences here despite everything that seeminly present. This is a good beer, but not as complex or well put-together as it could be. Coincidentally, I’m enjoying a freshly-baked oatmeal-raisin-chocolate chip cookie as well and it’s really working out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 Very nice brew. Thick, rich, creamy. Pours an inky black with almost no head. The chocolate and oatmeal arent as strong as the cream. Nice grain profile. Strong ashy taste that actually works in favor of the beer. The is a big big beer in almost every way. Not too sure about the bitter aspect, as it didnt seem that way to me. Boozy in spots, as is normal for Stone beers. Overall, I liked this one a lot and am glad I bought multiple bottles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Great beer that is heavy and full bodied. It tastes exactly as you would expect from the name, of chocolatey grains and burnt roastiness. Very good, I would have to say I almost like this better than the Russian Imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours black with a sizable, moderate tan head. Aroma is chocolate and java while the flavor has a major dark chocolate and coffee quality. Thick mouth feel. Really good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Chocolate malty and high alcohol aroma. Dark color with tan thin head. Flavor is sweet toffee, espresso, and smooth bitterness at end.

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