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RATINGS: 1137   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Black pour (duh), decent tan head. Aroma has some cocoa, roasted malt, some smoked notes and alcohol aromatics. Flavor follows but is lower on chocolate than expected - it should be more up front. The smoke aspect almost gets me to smoked porter. Some fruity esters come in, a bit of dry cocoa. Mouthfeel is dry but a bit of silky smooth, lower body than expected. This beer opens up and gets more complex as it warms. A nice beer, although the end result is not quite meeting the name/description.


3.8
Beerhunter111 (23281) - Beerland, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2018
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing! A black beer with a mid-sized most good lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet mild roasted dark malt, chocolate, bitter hops. Taste of roasted bitter malt, coffee, intense bitterness, nice!

4.2
Erzengel (9779) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2018
Many thanks to Werckmeister for organising this bottle! Deep caramel and dark chocolate. Moderate bitter, quite dry, great with lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Fantastic depth, bitter milk-chocolate, round, deep, fantastic. Long milk-chocolate and slightly roasted bitter aftertaste. Great brew!!

4.2
Barea (124) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 1, 2018
Bottle from pivny raj. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slightly alcohol. Dark brown color, medium brown head, medium body, medium carbonation. Taste: coffee, roasted notes, chocolate, fruit tartness, red fruit, long lasting light hoppy bitterness.

3.8
MarcoDL (5478) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma of bitter cacao, oat, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste of soft smooth bitter pure chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, mocha coffee and a bitter hoppy finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice one.

3.5
mzaar (3747) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2017
Flaska. Svart med ett beigt skum. Dofter av mörk choklad och rostad malt. Smakinslag av mörk choklad, mörka bär, rostad malt och säd. Om än högst drickbart så lite oslipat i smaken, eller hårt i kanterna om man så vill.

4.6
Psytron (2564) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2017
Smell of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, tar. Black colour, very dark brown, high head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, oak, tar, alcohol, roasted malt, some vanilla. A myriad of flavours. Sweet, also rather bitter. Viscous texture, extremely heavy body. Excellent.

3.3
Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2017
From Sept 2008 I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ! This pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Head retention is so-so and there's very little lacing. The smell has a good bitter chocolate nose...surprise! Oh, I also get some notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a slight citrus hop smell and quite a bit of alcohol. The taste has a big dark chocolate bitterness up front followed by some roasted malt, coffee, good dark fruit, and some hop bitterness. Some alcohol peeks its way through as well giving me some warming. It has a fullish mouthfeel making it silky smooth, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes with a nice oatmeal taste that brings some dryness...pretty drinkable and tasty but...I don't think I'd seek it out again. Like they said in the "old" days, it just doesn't turn my crank. Try some and see what you think,

3.4
oobawa (1865) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2017
Seems a bit rough around the edges for a Stone stout, unexpectedly tart in places and with an alcohol presence that belies its year on the shelf. Tons of dark chocolate sweetness to start things off, but a slash of currant gives a brief but unwanted fruitiness in the middle, while the back end grows increasingly dry and somewhat medicinal in its bitterness. Raisin, anise, and espresso pop up, yet the increasingly clingy finish doesn't quite jibe with the overall mellow oatmeal-and-chocolate profile. Pours a thick, bubbly black with a tan head and slight lacing. Nose is chocolate liqueur and a little coffee. Texture is viscous and creamy, but warmer than it should be. I much prefer the oaked edition.

4.9
mviljamaa (206) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2017
Dry and compact stout with the usual stout characteristics, but in a very clear, succint way. Pours noticeably thickly. Coffee color. Elegant, dark beige lacing that diminishes quickly though. Perfect appearance with regards to how the beer tastes and smells. Aroma is solid, not too overwhelming, not too rich, has the usual chocolatey imperial stout aromas: dark malts, cocoa, mämmi, burnt notes, dried plum, maybe a hint of leather, some alcohol, ... But in this case the aromas are "compact". That is, it has all the aromas, but they group together in a very succint way. They're "intact" and perfectly balanced to each other without any part feeling overwhelming. Palate is refreshing and sleek. Very well balanced. Carbonation is small and dense, but fits to the style very nicely. Taste follows the aroma, but is more pronounced presentation of the aroma. Dark malts, dark chocolate (not pure cocoa this time), leaves a slightly oily, but pleasant mouth feel, mildly dry and bitter (lingering on the tongue) after taste that both feel very "coherent" as finishes. Surprisingly clean taste that could have more tastes than merely dark malts and dark chocolate, but these are what I can pick out. Perhaps the beer is just very clear tasting, that it focuses on these few tastes, but in perfect portions and textures. Solid beer that has nothing that tastes like it doesn't belong there.

4
williamlantz (81) - - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Black with tan head. Aroma: chocolate, molasses, liquorice, dried fruit. Taste: bitter roasted malt, dry taste, cacao, some tartness.


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