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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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4.6
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Great beer. This one was a little over five years aged and great tasting. Very smooth beer and so balanced. Great looking, smelling, and tasting.

4.6
tsd08460 (1221) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, roasty, Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, chocolate Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4.5
keithwebb (4) - USA - JUL 11, 2008 does not count
22 oz bottle in July 2008. Pours black, thick, with a chocolate brown head that nearly disipates after a couple of minutes. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and cherry. Rich, sweet (from malt), bitter chocolate taste. The 9.2% alcohol doesn’t show up in the taste. Nice rich, smooth, with a chocolate and slight coffee finish.

4.5
BlackMail (55) - Evergreen, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours dark black with a brown head. The aroma is malty. Taste like dark chocolate with a roasted malt after taste.

4.5
ruberbox (15) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Re rate: The 12th Anniversary has definitely come into its own with some aging. The alcohol flavor has dissipated substantially and left an amazing beer. This beer has suddenly been vaulted into the upper echelon of my favorites. dark, bitter chocolaty goodness. Very smooth for a high ABV beer. Stone’s 12th trumps the last 2 anniversary beers, granted I am not a hop head.

4.5
Panzuriel (2333) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a deep black brown with a thick chocolate head. Nose is mellow cocoa scents. Taste is bitter and sweet all at the same time. alcohol not evident. bitter dark chocolate lovelyness on the finish.

4.5
mmmbeer (1427) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22 oz. bottle in trade from Snojerk321- if you don’t know who, you need to know. Served in tumbler- poured like motor oil out of a ’81 Chevy Citation, low-medium carbonation of tiny bubbles, whisps of thin tan wafers for a head. Aroma of a heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hatred. Hits the mouth with a wide and heavy body, malt kicks you right in the nards and continues to pummel you, dark molasses and hard 24 hour old on a burner coffee comes in the middle, finish has a selection of fine hops that puts a tag on your toe and declares you clinically dead. It reminds me of drinking SA Triple Bock, the whining of narcissistic Obama supporters, and nipple twisting TINKER Bell fans that haven’t step foot in MI, let alone da you pee, eh! MUST... GET... MORE!!!!

4.5
BallyLoser (136) - Redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 Bottle: Pours very black. Aroma seemed a little light, that was the worst part about it. Rich tan head. Strong expresso taste with a sweet finish. lightly carbonated. after a few sips (or the temp rose) the alcohol was more noticable. Drank at about 55 F, as stated on the bottle. Perfect temp.

4.5
SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2008
man!!.. i wish i had cases and cases of this brew, it lives up to the stature of an anniversary beer most definetly ... "i will never love an otter" ... wow, lots of dark chocolate and bitter chocolate in the aroma and taste department ... pours a dark brown .. just plain delicious!! ..nuff said

4.5
blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 bottle, black viscous pour, milkshake head, nose of oatmeal, chocolate and roasted coffee, flavor is sublime chocolate and smooth , finish is well done cocoa, malty like marshmallows


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