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RATINGS: 1130   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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craftbeersweden (676) - 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.

Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Really surpised me; kicked my butt. Darkest pour I think I’ve ever seen. Thick brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, bitter notes, cereal. Taste is very much dark chocolate, also nutty, solvent. Big stout. Tough for me to finish the whole bottle but pleased to say that I did.

rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Poured from tap and inky black with medium sized brown head. Aroma of roast coffee, bitter chocolate and alcohol vapor. Flavor was full with roast coffee, bitter coco powder, caramel, a rather pronounced alcohol note, and touch of smoky grain. The flavors were not well blended at this time. Palate was a bit harsh with the alcohol but shows nice flavor tones that should mellow and mesh well with age. I’ll be coming back to it in 6 months to re-rate.

OminouSC2 (674) - Mora, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, oats, roasted malt, cacao and chocolate milk. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, slight hop and a light bitter and alcoholic finish. Good, but a bit boring.

ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber. Thick and chewy, completely coating my tongue. It has been awhile since I had Stone RIS, and if memory serves me, the RIS is a tad better than this. The chocolate is faint and bitter. I think I anticipated more chocolate flavors. I have 2 more that I will store for awhile and see what changes in the beer.

Delirium (669) - 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.

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!

Voodoo (668) - 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.

PugUglyBrewer (662) - - OCT 22, 2016
Being a stout fan I am in awe of this one. The unique idea to use bitter cocoa instead of hops create a stout that is big and bold on toast with oatmeal to smooth out all the rough edges. Not too sweet nor too dry. Doesn’t rise to the level of IRS but a damn good Stone stout.

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.

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