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RATINGS: 1137   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
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Pours an opaque, dense chocolate brown with tan colored head. Aroma is malt with anise seed and grain/earthy notes. Flavor has a lot of coffee/espresso notes and the bitterness of unsweetened cacao. Dark roasted malts and vanilla extract. Body is light yet very creamy with mild carbonation. Very well down. Beautiful chocolate notes as they are far from over done but present in the flavor.

4.3
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Tap @ Stone Brewing Co, Escondido, CA. Pours a jet black with a quickly-dissipating tan head (in my case, it was already gone when the waitress got back to our table). Aroma is oats, roasted malt, and chocolate, with slightly-detectable coffee notes as well. Taste is dark (bitter) chocolate up front, dissolving into an oatmeal/malt sweetness at the end. Even with the high alcohol content, the beer seemed rather smooth and mellow throughout. This was a total home run and yet another wonderful offering from Stone.

4.2
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2008
aroma is lovely with roastiness, coffee, and a vinous presense, almost like a red wine. poured like used moter oil, with an abundane of tan head. Flavor was really great, lots of dark chocholat, espresso, bitter, with touches of alcohol. very full bodied. A great impy.

4
jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Pours black with frothy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Silky smooth going down. Very good brew.

3.7
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours black with a dark brown head that fades into bubbles around the rim. Aroma is wheat bread, biscuity, watery chocolate. Graham crackers. The oats are noticeable but a chocolate component doesn’t jump out at me, at least not a real chocolate aroma, more just the normal chocolate character from roasted barley. Overall the aroma seems Porter-like. The taste is more chocolatey. Rich, semi-sweet and full bodied. Flavor is mouth-coating. Nice mouthfeel. The aroma is not that good, the flavor is pretty good, the mouthfeel is great. Not a consistent enough beer to be great but it has its moments. Alcohol hidden well. I’ve heard some complaints that people thought this was hot or boozy and I’m not getting that at all.

3.9
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 I gotta say, I was pretty stoked to try this beer, stone is one of my favorite breweries and they never disappoint. I expected this beer to be a little better than it was, but it was still pretty damn good. Pours as black as a beer can be with a decent chocolate brown head that melts to nothing. The aroma is the standard coffee and chocolate, with notes of vanilla, black licorice, and alcohol. The flavour is a pretty good reflection of the aroma, starts off with a a bit of dark coffee, some black licorice in the middle, a subtle note of vanilla bean, and finishes with a strong dark chocolate finish that lasts until you take the next sip. A very satisfying beer, with a nice velvety mouth feel that does the beer justice. Just wish it was a touch more complex. Still a top notch beer from a top notch brewery!

4.3
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2008
bottle from Odeed: pours black with a dark tan head. aroma is a awesome chcolate with a hint of hops and a little roast, decent malt also. nice nuttiness from the oatmeal very pleasing. flavour is great very smooth and creamy plenty of nuttiness from the oats adn a great chcolate flavour to go with it, very slight roast. finishes very well with a touv\ch of bitterness and some more chocolate, great palate adn a fantastic beer.

3.8
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Black, small brown head, some lace. Aroma was tough, had too cold but picked up some chocolate, roast, etc. Meduim-full body, stacks of fat malts, tons ’o roast, chocolate, bitter...straight to the point, maybe soar dark fruit nut no alot. Good stout! Will need to [email protected]

3.9
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Pitch black pour from a bomber at home. Thin tan head. Roasty smell. Nice and smooth on the palate. Flavors are of up front hoppy bitterness with dark chocolate. roasty coffee also.Full body with a good finish. Not super complex but a good solid brew. Will be interesting to see what a few years in the cellar might do.

3.8
Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours opaque black...rich brown head, like cocoa....very dark sweet malt aroma + the chocolate smells rich and dark...silky in the mouth, the bitter chocolate is quite apparent...front, middle, and especially the finish....alcohol shows up in the finish with a shot of espresso (extra bitter)....lots of heavy malt & sweet throughout the entirety of this solid beer, the lacing decided to hang around as well....bitterness seems to increase as my glass empties--as it warms up that bitterness seems to disappear, or I’ve just gotten used to it...this baby needs to mellow out a bit


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