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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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LiquidAmber on 01-23-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
530
pDev:
7.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 135
Reviews by LostHighway:
Photo of LostHighway
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black with a creamy, mocha-brown head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell: Tons of dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, and a savory umami/soy sauce note. So inviting.

Taste: Deeply dark chocolaty. Blackened cacao bitterness, roastiness of espresso, burnt sugar, and burnt toast. Nicely balanced between roasty bitterness and some milk chocolate sweetness. Hints of soy sauce, vanilla, and smoke add complexity and savoriness. The finish is long and the aftertaste lingers of dark chocolate and black coffee. Superb.

Feel: This is the only area where this disappointed me a little bit. This drinks medium, but I would prefer a bit fuller mouthfeel. Drinks very easily, though.

Overall: This is a real treat, like a gourmet dessert in a glass. Recommended for any fan of dark beer or quality chocolate.

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Photo of SawDog505
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite long stim tulip glass bottled on 1/15/16. Poured slowly down the center of the glass and got a massive 3 finger mocha head with excellent retention taking 5 minutes to settle into a thick film of brown bubbles and covering the sides of the glass with lace. As attractive as a stout gets.

Smell is roasty dark chocolate and expresso, toffee, oats, vanilla beans, oak, Bailey's Irish Cream, and a little hint of booze.

Taste follows a wallop of roasted dark chocolate expresso, vanilla beans, toffee, oak, oats, and a Bailey's Irish Cream flavor that gives it the hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the large side, yet creamy, moderate carbonation which works perfectly I am not complaining, as expected a little dry, and insane drinkability! Wow special.

Overall I can't think of anything I would change, the only Stout that I have had the reminds me of this is Great Divide ExpressO Yeti. Perfect for my tastes.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/10/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, molasses, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light pepper/pine, light licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, molasses, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light pepper/pine, light licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/pine/spicy and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, molasses, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lives up to its name. Very bitter chocolate but with a creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal. Nice body and perfect carbonation. I will pick up another for sure.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bomber poured into a Chimay Goblet.Smell is chocolate,touch of Cinnamon with light vanilla.Taste is a wonderful Chocolate with Cinnamon maybe a touch of coffee.Overall I have to say I love it. It has everything you would look for in a Stout with a nice 9.2 ABV plus outstanding taste.And Stone just seems to always put out quality beer.Give it a try.

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Photo of HuskyBoi
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a half inch of creamy brown head resting on top. I smell rolled oats, a touch of smoke, and dark chocolate. I'm tasting rolled oats, smoked malt, and chocolate. The mouth is creamy and a touch oily and dry.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A pretty roasty and bitter smelling dark malt forward aroma with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, smoke, oatmeal, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Hints of tobacco, wood, leather, and black licorice. Some hints of molasses and vanilla sweetness. Also some hints of earthy hops. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and bitter dark malt driven taste with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, oatmeal, biscuit, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Some notes of wood, leather, tobacco, and black licorice. Subtle sweet notes of molasses and vanilla. Some earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very drying. Alcohol presence is moderate.

Overall: A pretty good big roasty Stout. Big bitter and smokey dark malt flavors.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle consumed ~9 months from 15 Jan. 2016 bottling date using a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Pours essentially black color; clear but sits opaque in the glass; aggressive pour produced a light brown head < 1 cm thick. Spots and streaks of lacing. Soon reduces to a partial coat and ring.

Aroma: Dark and milk chocolates, chocolate liqueur, dark roasted grains, toffee, brown sugar and hints of vanilla.

Flavor: Rich with a mix of flavors dominated by dark roasted grains and chocolates. Mild-medium pronounced bitterness; traces of burnt grain and smoke. Subtle toffee and faint dark dried fruits.

Feel: Thick and full bodied; some alcohol heat and harshness but smooth underneath this. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Bitter-sweet dark chocolates and dark roasted malts in good balance. A well chosen encore!

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Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: BLACK with a reddish khaki head. A decent enough lacing.
A: Smoke. Chocolate, really, overpowering in a good way, coffee.
T: Sweet bitter chocolate, mild coffee, berry, hints of vanilla, smoke.Apparent Oatmeal.
M: Strangled enough, lighter bodied than expected. Real nice balance of sweet and bitter chocolate, oameal. Pleasing bitterness.
O: I first had a Stones IPA in a bar in San Diego in 2002. It was my first introduction to craft beer. This is an excellent Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout worthy of being a 20th Anniversary brew. Congratulations Stone's. 200 years more!

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Photo of JMS1512
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the docket: 22 oz. Stone Brewing Co.’s 20th Anniversary Encore Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Bottled: 1/10/16.

Poured into: Stone Brewing Co. branded pint glass

S: An ebony body fills out the glass. On top sits an espresso-foam tan head, thick and sustaining. Lacing is thick and regular. Bubbles may be present, but the body is so dark, I cannot see them.

A: Great aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and cut oats. The hops are lost under the amazing, midnight black medley. As the beer warms, the alcohol is a bit more pronounced.

T: The nose carries over into the taste. Added to the fold is an initial sweetness. It quickly fades, and the dark, bittersweet baker’s chocolate comes through. Roasted coffee and a liberal dose of bitter hops carry on through to the finish. Hops provide a piney punch on the end. Alcohol is present as a pleasant tingle as the beer approaches room temperature.

F: Fluffy, smooth, creamy. For such a high abv beer, this one is easy to drink, mostly due to the oats, lightening the body. It is titled Bitter Chocolate, and they’re not fooling around at Stone. Between the hop bill and the treatment of the malt, there is a significant drying effect on the end of this beer. Long finish, with a bracing bitterness.

O: Luxurious, sweet but mostly savory. For those looking for a “grows on you” type of beer, this is for you. Dark chocolate fans should grab this one.

S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Suggested food pairing: Tiramisu, sweet cheesecake, nutty/creamy English cheese, barbecue with sweet sauce

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Photo of PatrickG
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of En29356
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - seems like I may have had this one before, or at least a combination of the ingredients here, in a Stone offering. Ah, whatever.

This beer pours a rather solid black abyss, with the barest of basal red cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet fizzy dark brown head, which leaves a few instances of rearing sea beast lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of roasted, and mildly gamey caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, an uncertain cereal graininess, muddled dark fruit, an estery banana-fronted yeastiness, ethereal black licorice, a touch of free-range ashiness, and understated earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a sort of separate roasted flesh thing, fruit-specked medium-dark chocolate, cooking sherry-soaked oatmeal porridge, singed anise candies, and a further 'where the hell did that come from' generic bitterness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their barely-there frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, I suppose, once you accept your lord and saviour here, it of the bitter and boozy affectations. It finishes trending quite dry, even with that toasty caramel malt straining to be seen and heard (and tasted, natch), among the bitter cocoa and lingering guest graininess.

Wow, Stone does it again, messing with convention (can that really still be done in the brewing world?), by making an (Imperial) oatmeal stout, one that isn't nearly as sweet as the norm. Add in a well-elevated (duh) and well-integrated ABV, and what we have here, is a reason to communicate, in the sense of encouraging more of this sort of chicanery.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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