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RATINGS: 1126   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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3.5
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.

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.

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.

3.8
BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 22 oz bottle. Appearance: Pitch black. The brown head retains well, but eventually settled into a quarter inch cap. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Rich aromas of double chocolate cake. Fudge sauce. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Taste: Tastes of dark bakers cocoa, heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, oats, molasses, coffee, a semi vegital bitterness, hint of brown sugar and a slight nip of alcohol. Palate: full, smooth, creamy feel with fairly soft carbonation. Overall: Very good, but not a surprise.

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.

3.7
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
bottle- nicely done impy stout with a great creamy mouthfeel, and high drinkability. Chocolate is by no means sweet, but is there along with some alcohol notes. Would try again.

3.5
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Black body, a tan head is formed, quickly receding to simply a ring of tan lace at the edges of the glass. The aroma comes through on the promise of bitter chocolate and also has a bit of graininess, and some licorice character. The flavor is a mixture of oatmeal stout smoothness and chocolate bitterness, so I guess this is well played. A touch of smokiness remains in the finish. The body is not too thick and sticky, thankfully.

4.1
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
22oz bottle. Aroma: Oatmeal, cocoa powder, coffee, light alcohol, smoke. Some spicey and citrus hop notes. Appearance: Black in color and opaque. Dark tan head was large and creamy with fair retention. Small, spotty lacing. Flavor: Lots of roasted malt flavors (Coffee, smoke, light anise). More chocolate in the nose, but a good chocolate note shines through. Some hot alcohol flavor as it warms. Grassy and pine hop notes into the finish. Bitterness plays nicely against all the malt flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Palate: Full bodied and very smooth. Medium carbonation. Significant alcohol warming in mouth and chest. Overall: Nice beer. Mouthfeel was perfect. Rich and smooth with just the right level of carbonation. Alcohol was a little hot.

5
Hop_Hedonist (628) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.


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