Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 12th Anniv. Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 1105   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emelie (50) - rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2017
Svart, mrkbrunt skum. Doft: Choklad, syrligt, kaffe, torkade fikon, brnt socker, malt, alkohol. Smak: Kaffe, beska, choklad i eftersmaken, lite rk, muscovado.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (631) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
Solid black beer with a thin, brown, head that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Glassware: Orrefors

Nose: Dark chocolate, cardboard, nuts, fudge, cocoa powder, licorice, cold brew coffee, a sour/bitter nose, a hint of vanilla, whipped cream and red berries.
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted malt, honey, vanilla, brownies, grain and some smoke.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Smooth and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6710) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2017
22 oz bottle shared for Allagashs Drink It Now Day. Thanks radagast83! Dark brown color. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (544) - Mora, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, oats, roasted malt, cacao and chocolate milk. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, slight hop and a light bitter and alcoholic finish. Good, but a bit boring.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (1065) - rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2017
Flaska frn SB. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Doft av choklad och kaffe. Mrkt lite beska choklad och kaffe i smaken.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (2050) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Really good. Beautifully dark with a good tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Same with the flavor with a bitterness and complexity. Weighty and smooth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2883) - Finspng, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2017
Bottled:
Pours black with redish brown edges. Large head. Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Taste is roasted malt and dark, dry, bitter chocolate.
A little bit too dry and bitter I think.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (1464) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Smell is very light roast but almost no smell...Taste is dark malt with cherry...Medium light Bitterness, light complexity. At random tap for first time with john

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1693) - CANADA - JAN 30, 2017
Appearance: opaque black with one fat finger of fluffy beige head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, cocoa nibs, roasty malt, dark fruit. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body tending slightly watery, moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly astringent finish. (3/5) Meh. Not up to Stones usual standards, in my opinion. Starts off looking rich and decadent, but the body, medium-full at best, drops off to watery fairly quickly, making this another oatmeal stout supporting my theory that oatmeal makes for a thinnish Imperial Stout. And yes, the label is correct in calling it bitter, but thats only part of the story: theres a significant nearly-acidic astringency, especially in the finish, that lingers and builds. On the other hand, the high ABV is well-integrated to the point that its pretty much completely absent. Good, but hardly memorable. (14/20)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (1706) - LATVIA - JAN 24, 2017
Another gift for degustation from other Delirium visitor. Almost black with small brown head. Sweet bit roasted aroma with coffee notes. Roasted grain bitterness with vanilla sweetness, coffee notes and some whisky barrel notes on the background.


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