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RATINGS: 1138   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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3.8
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

3.8
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing! Poured black with a light brown head. Nose is full of dark chocolate and hard roasted malts. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is dominated by dark chocolate also present are some roasted malt notes and raisin. Finishes with lasting chocolate and a slight bitterness. Very tasty.

4.1
SkillsFactory (738) - ITALY - MAY 13, 2017
Imbottigliata il 15 gennaio 2016, aperta il 13 maggio 2017. Marrone molto scura, praticamente nera, schiuma marrone scura di media persistenza. Aroma di caffè tostato e caffè zuccherato, cacao, note di liquirizia, frutti rossi, prugna e zucchero di canna, lieve nota di acetone e di anice. In bocca attacca con cioccolato fondente, anice e liquirizia, finale sempre con cioccolato fondente, cacao, caffè tostato, caffè zuccherato, prugna e una nota di ribes rosso. Corpo pieno, non troppo carbonata, texture setosa.

3.3
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 A beer that could’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t trying so hard. This seems to be a pattern from Stone that incorrectly insists that boldness and complexity are exactly the same thing. Again, this one is too bullish...and I’m usually the one complaining about lack of flavor. As advertised, chocolate, roast nuts, and coffee are present, as well as a nasty vinegar/tasbaco flavor in the background and finish. Still good on many levels, but you’d expect more from a brewery whose leg gets humped so much and often...unjustifiably.

4.2
dorain (724) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-04 getrunken. Auch ein perfektes Imperial Stout allerdings ohne Schörkel. Doch die Haferflocken machen die Stout ganz cremig weich am Gaumen und machen es zu was besonderen. Lecker! Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-10 getrunken (Special Rating 1-4-8-5-8) . Dies hatte ich besser in Erinnerung. Ok hier dominiert die leckere, bittere Schokolade am Gaumen. Doch in der Nase beginnt es wenn es wärmer wird nach einem Urinal einer Autobahntoilette zu stinken. Holla so was hatte ich noch nicht! Wenn man es nicht beim Trinken einatmet oder dran riecht dann geht es, alles andere kostet irgendwie Überwindung. Am Gaumen ist es aber immer noch verdammt gut. Daher immer noch 2 Daumen hoch.

3.4
brigg (722) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2008
(bottle) Dark brown, almost black, opaque body and wispy brown head with some lacing. Burnt coffee and chocolate aroma. Full-bodied, very bitter, burnt flavor of chocolate and coffee, some fruit.

4.1
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours a midnight black with a huge thick milk chocolate colored head. Sticks around for a little while leaving a small amount of lacing behind. The aroma is a dark roasted coffee with chocolate and sweet raspberries and just a touch of molasses. Surprisingly fruity flavor. Dark bitter chocolate with burnt coffee, sweet raspberries, black cherries, caramel, and a strong carbon-y bitterness. Not overly thick, but a very rich and silky body. Leaves a deep bitter on the tongue.

3.8
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep deep ruby red brownish color, just a hint of light coming through. Flavor is cocoa powder, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, nuttiness, oatmeal. Body is typical oatmeal stout, thick and creamy but still light bodied. Sweet, but not overly so. Finish is black coffee. Well done, nice beer.

4.2
Voodoo (716) - 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.

3.9
craftbeersweden (716) - 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.


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