20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LiquidAmber on 01-23-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
542
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
117
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Bottled January of 2016

L: Inky black pour with 1.5 fingers of foamy brown head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Bitter... dark chocolate, roast, and espresso.

T/F: Follows the nose. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet sugars and bitter roast character melds nicely with the dark chocolate. Coffee and chicory in the background adding some depth. Dark fruit... burned raisin and prune. Fairly balanced, but the bitter overshadows the sweet. Well carbonated.

O: An awesome bitter chocolate stout. Flavorful and drinkable... really solid beer and worth of Stone's 20th Anniversary celebration.

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of light tan head which retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of coffee
T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts with some nice coffee notes. Good roasty quality with a lot of chocolate going on. Swallow is more bitter chocolate, roasted malts, slight smoke and charred wood along with some slight lingering coffee.
M: This beer is very thick and slightly silky on the palate. Carbonation is adequate for the style and just below prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really awesome beer. I'm happy they brought it back for an encore as it drinks well and has great flavors for the ABV. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stegmakk
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 2016...so 2 years aging...couldn't wait any longer.

Poured dark brown/black. Thick fluffy dark brown head. Looks good.
Smell...Pretty normal chocolate stout smell.
Taste. DELICIOUS. Well balanced. Initial sweet, followed by bitter end and after. Bakers chocolate/roasty malt. Alcohol was not over the top (could be the age).
Feel = Bitter chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel little slick. Not heavy like oatmeal stouts. Not sure if it is what it is supposed to be but it suits it for me.
Overall I wish I had purchased more bottles. This one is definitely a great beer. Wish it was not retired.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mike22ne
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016, cellared for a year or more.

Look is a nice dark black brown with a thick brown head.
Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol sweetness.
Tastes great, lots of bitter black chocolate and roast barley, cocoa and dark caramel.
Feels full and thick, smooth with a firm bitterness. Well rounded, all the roasty flavors blending well together.

Overall excellent, glad I could drink this one! I didn't get to try it fresh but I think the extra year aging made it even more smooth and mellow.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a large, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted oats, chocolate and pine. Nice bitter dark chocolate flavor with strong roasty notes and hints of coffee.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony with sticky tan legs. 4
Chocolate-covered figs with smoke. 4
Black bread, prune, licorice, meat juice, black currant, dark Baker’s chocolate and tightening bitter finish. 4
Full, sticky, some heat. 4

Not much head. Umami - not getting the chocolate. It sure is bitter, though.
Middle of the road. 4

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Photo of robebo44
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one is Jan-16 release and consumed Jun-17, so, 1.6 year in aging.

Crude black in color with no light shall pass, the pour builds up thick dark brown head that well retains itself with good retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting bubble film atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Very rich malty in a nose, it extends and provides the aromas of rich cocoa, bitter chocolate, slight coffee, some caramel, toffee, roasted and toasted, dark bread, burnt sugar, smooth and sweet oats as well as intense licorice. There is also a hint of fruity ester from yeast inside the several malty layers.

It is heavily roasted and toasted malt dominated and covered throughout the palate sensation. Then it is oat that lends its smoothness and sweetness as the backbone together with cocoa, bitter chocolate, slight coffee, some caramel, toffee, dark bread, burnt sugar, and rich herbal yet spice licorice as well as some fruity ester. The end is bitter that is wrapped up and lasting well by cocoa, chocolate, and roasted flavors.

Full body with smooth mouthfeel and slight sticky touch through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded with moderate carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well with a pleasantly dry finish.

Truly bitter from chocolate and cocoa to hold its name, it is also very rich roasted and toasted malt with a glimpse of licorice and fruity ester to increase the depth, good sipping brew.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rex_4539
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Jet black color, one finger, brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, oats, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Nice!

T: Raisins, strong alcohol, sweet, dark chocolate, oats, coffee. Bitter on the back end.

F: Full bodied, thick, dense. Full flavored.

O: Good beer but the alcohol is too much for me. I would also prefer less raisins and more oats in the taste. Basically, if it tasted like it smelled, would be perfect :)

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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