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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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lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99 Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10. Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5. Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10. Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5. Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again - amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.

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luvpnkflyd (10) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
My favorite! Very thick and creamy. You can deffinitely taste the chocolate. I wish I could get more of it!

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Hop_Hedonist (672) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2016
Another Wow stout from Stone - wonderful balance - beautiful - love Stone beers.

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PugUglyBrewer (841) - - OCT 22, 2016
Being a stout fan I am in awe of this one. The unique idea to use bitter cocoa instead of hops create a stout that is big and bold on toast with oatmeal to smooth out all the rough edges. Not too sweet nor too dry. Doesn’t rise to the level of IRS but a damn good Stone stout.


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