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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled. Inky black pour, with a nice brown head that faded quickly, leaving a bit of lace on the glass. The nose was roasty and chocolatey. Flavor was bitter chocolate, roasted, smoky malt, and a nice touch of alcohol underlying it all. The finish was soft, perhaps due to the oatmeal. Dry finish. I really enjoyed this one, and the use of bitter chocolate to replace the extra hops was genius.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minihame2 (536) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2016
Pitch black, thick tan head. Aroma is faint, some roasted malts. Taste is very easy for the style, aftertaste is quite overwhelming though. Roasted malts, bitterness. Easy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Ok for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours an opaque black with a medium sized chocolate head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some notes of dark fruit. Taste is of roasted malts well blended with grassy hops. Heavy bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is nicely bitter (like dark chocolate) with coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (530) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2016
Pours pitch black with small head. Aroma: tons of cocoa and chocolate. Taste: dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, dark malt. Nice palate of dark chocolate and hops. Smooth and ABV well hidden. Could be more intense in the aroma but overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cobaink2 (526) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Pours a deep dark licorice color.very nice dark Mexican chocolate, bit of biscuit and caramel. Really nice and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (524) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Impressive. Had on draft at Peachs in Yellow Springs. Big, black bold this stout had a big roasty taste with hints of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Certainly not an Imperial stout, but a smooth, creamy big oatmeal stout, one to be proud of. I cant believe this stout is over 9 percent. It does not taste this big. I love oatmeal stouts, and this one is as flavorful as any one youll ever have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2008
22 oz. pours pitch with nice brown head. aroma is roasted malt with a touch of bitter cocoa. mouthful is smooth and creamy with a gentle bitterness that feels like a bar of dark chocolate melting in my mouth. crisp finnish. very nice... can always look forward to a stone anniversary...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
650mL Bottle. Pours pure black with lasting tan lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Body is thick, sweetness balances the bitter chocolate, and cherry notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Obfuscate (521) - Minneapolis, - FEB 12, 2016
Tastes like a sweet stout with a bitter chocolate bite. Oats, chocolate, only a hint of booziness. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sample from a bottle at the Stone tasting in Tallahassee. This one has a striking aroma of deep roasted chocolate that really stands out. Rich and smooth with more chocolate in the flavor. I really enjoyed this one, outstanding beer.

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