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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, - JUN 5, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black with a small to medium brown head. Quite malty with notes of chocolate, hops, grain, hops and a hint of ashtray - also a bit vinous. Quite nice and well balanced.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gephross100 (795) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2017
Bottle thanks to Bill pours dark brown with a brown head. mole, coca cola peanuts. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (10285) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2017
UPDATED: APR 27, 2017 Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop. Pours black with a thick tan head. Lots of chocolate as promised. Bitter, rich.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3638) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2017
Draught at Stone's Liberty Station. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, espresso, hops, nuts, oat, licorice, a bit of chocolate and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, oat, espresso, licorice, chocolate and a bit of dark fruits. Excellent imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1793) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2017
Roasty, heavy chocolate, coffee and licorice, spicy. Roasty, but balanced, chocolate and coffe.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenL8 (150) - SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2017
Pours night black with a nice head which is the darkest coloured foam Ive ever seen. Dissipates partially. Aroma is indeed dark chocolate, bitter, dark malts, plums, lactose, caramel, sugar, molasses, hints of smoke. Medium body, complex, rich mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, but really in a chocolatey, coffee-like way. Really intense and rich, Sweetness covered by the chocolate. Bittersweet medium long finish, hints of smoke, espresso, bitter. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simontomlinson (228) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2017
Creamy dark brown head stayed well on a really dark brown opaque body. Bitter chocolate aroma. Full bodied, creamy, clean. The taste is on the label! This is just like liquid dark chocolate. Smoked notes, coffee, yeasty, sweetish to the fore & so bitter on the back, this is like Bournevlle on draught.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rusos (746) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle, thanks to Gurthnar. Black colour with beige head. Aroma is roasted, cacao, chocolate. Taste is mostly roasted and chocolate Too. A bit alkoholic Taste decreasing drinkability. Full body. Good one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (5650) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle. Light warming alcohol. Pitch black colour, dark brown head. Relatively high attenuated and thin bodied. Would be easy drinking if not for the alcohol. Rich in flavour, mostly chocolate. Good one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (11374) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2017
22 oz bottle. Bottled 01/16/16. At the Konttori, Tampere, Finland. The beer looks dark... dark brown color with a small tan head. Alcohol, farmyard, licorice, roasted malt and booze... alcohol... booze in the aroma. The flavor is booze, bitterness, roasted malt, darkness and strength. Boozy and dominating. Some chocolate pops out when the bottle warms up. Not really a classic from Stone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9941) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2017
65 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori. Bottled on 16.01.2016.
Pours black color with a large beige head. Aroma is bitter malty, alcohol notes, chocolate and cocoa, tar notes and roasted malts. Flavor is dry malty, cocoa, caramel, bitterness and some wooden tingly notes, alcohol comes through a bit. Dry and bitter, carbonation is quite strong, not really my thing.
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