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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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3.8
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bomber during afternoon bbq, share w/ Simon. Hefty nuances of dark chocolate and a bit of espresso. Not necessarily something I find extraordinary, but I think this is what they were going for.

4.1
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours a dark black color with a thick tan head that floated nicely on top of the liquid beer. the nose was extremely robust and full of chocolate malt and roasted barley. You can smell the floral resin hops nicely. As you sip on it there is intense chocolate and coffee that hit your palate and stick to the sides of your mouth. There is some smokey oak flavor but it is very minute. The roasted barley is very overpowering. Overall it has a great appearance, carbonation, and balanced flavor.

4.7
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Had this on stone tap takeover and loved it and recently got myself a vintage bottle of this and it was amazing. Poured into a tulip, dark with a brown head with an aroma full of bitter chocolate, and burnt malt. Taste is bitter and sweet, full of chocolate and nuts, very creamy. Finishes smooth with a long aftertaste, a little bit sticky. Very nice brew one of my fav stouts.

5
Hop_Hedonist (597) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

4.1
LearninBeer (596) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours Black! Aroma is slight coffee, not much chocolate slight hop aroma, smokey. The head is light brown and creamy, mostly diminishing with a little lacing. The initial flavor is bitter chocolate lasting on the back of the tongue, a little alcohol burn in the stomach. The body is medium, the texture creamy. I loved the 11th anniversary and this is right up there, I have a few in the cellar but I’ll be getting more of these to drink now.

3.7
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2009
dark oily pour, brown frothy head. very roasty aroma, tons of chocolate, a little bit of sourness from burnt barley, very sweet. more balanced flavor, bittersweet milk chocolate and bitter but somewhat flat finish. a bit thin for an Imperial Stout actually, but otherwise very silky texture and light carbonation. alcohol is slightly warming but well-hidden

3.9
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2008
This poured black in color with a moderate brown head of fine bubbles. Aromas were of dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla and oatmeal. In the mouth this is medium-bodied and concentrated with a bunch of chocolate and coffee in the midpalate which fades to a bitter finish.

3.8
BierMeHoos (587) - 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.

3.9
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours thick jet black with very dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice roasted chocolate aroma. An array of flavors- roasted chocolate malts, lactose, vanilla and some alcohol on the finish (not overwhelming as some have posted). Nice sticky and smooth palate, a tasty Imp Stout.

3.9
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Opaque brown-black with a fine, medium-dense dark tan head that quickly settles down to a thin skim of fine bubbles. Huge, sweet alcoholic aroma--vaguely suggestive of bourbon--with dark roasted grain, some coffee, and dark cocoa elements following after. Dark roasted bitterness with some earthy hops notes alongside overt chocolate flavors, some grain astringency, a hint of a notion of oatmeal, and quite a bit of alcohol. The body comes up a little bit short here. It’s big with lots of palate-filling flavors that just wash by and leave only alcohol heat in the finish. There’s not much of a crescendo of flavor experiences here despite everything that seeminly present. This is a good beer, but not as complex or well put-together as it could be. Coincidentally, I’m enjoying a freshly-baked oatmeal-raisin-chocolate chip cookie as well and it’s really working out.


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