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RATINGS: 1130   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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3.7
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.

2.9
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.

3.5
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 sucré et de houblons amères non fruités. C’est agréable à boire, l’alcool est bien intégré, mais c’est quand même assez intense pour un début d’après-midi d’été de congé! Pas un coup de coeur, mais une bière que je boierais à nouveau si l’occasion se présente.

4.4
Aquilo (651) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
I have a feeling that I’m going to love this. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. I was hoping for a bigger head, but this is very pretty anyway. Smells incredibly chocolaty. Wonderful, rich dark chocolate. Flavor is rich, dry, and bitter chocolate, just as advertised. Some roasty malts in there as well, and just a touch of fresh hops. Very creamy mouthfeel. I’m a sucker for chocolate, and this beer satisfies.

3.8
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
Déhusté avec Agaguk et Pyrozoid. Apparence noir pénombre, belle mousse brune collante. Aromes de d’avoine intense, melasse, licorice, choco-noisette, alcohol et un peu de vanille. Bonne equilibre entre le sucré et l’amertume, sensation d’alcool, finition vélouté et crémeuse. Gout de chocolat, vanille bourbon, mout d’avoine et de malt chocolat. Une de bonne imperial stout que j’ai bu dernierement.

3.6
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Nowhere near the quality of Stone’s 11th Ann. offering. They should have just re-released 11th or added that to their regular lineup, because it was marvelous. This is thick, sticky, black, pretty flavorful liquid with no head to speak of. I thought Stone products had no problems generating head? It’s just a flat, thick liquid with general Imperial Stout flavoring. Just not moved by this one. Not going to be paying $7 for another bottle to see if this one was off, sorry. Cut the damn price or something.

5
PugUglyBrewer (646) - - 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.

3.6
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
22 oz. Opaque brown pour with a dense, creamy caramel head. Aroma of... bitter chocolate. Chocolate malt powder, hops, nutty. Roasty. Balanced and creamy flavor. Metallic though. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but I find the chocolate less apparent.

3.9
minihame2 (641) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2016
UPDATED: APR 26, 2017 Oily, black colour with minimal tan lacing. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate, some malts, a bit of raisins and some alcohol. Taste is surprisingly mild but still has plenty aof flavour: lightly roadted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Tingly mouthfeel, medium carbonation, above medium body. Very. nice.

4.1
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours thick black with silky tan head. Smells roasty, chocolatey, smokey. Tastes smooth, creamy, and rich with chocolate, roasted coffee, nutty, with bitter finish. Some taste of cereal grains are present.


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