Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by 1whiskey:
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber served at cellar temp.
This is black as ink...very impressive. Even when I hold it up to the light, nothing gets through. An aggressive pour into my Stone pint glass yields a thick, muddy head that dies down quickly.
Smells like...cocoa. No surprise at that. Toffee is trying to work it's way into the mix as well.
First taste is quite simple actually...chocolate and oatmeal, as advertised. Subsequently sips reveal a greater depth of sweetness. Ripe plums, toffee, even brandy-like notes. This is very rich. In fact, I'm really taken aback by the sweetness of this...this is definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol heat is discernable...but it does nothing to detract from the pleasure upon my palate.
The body is not so viscous as I would have imagined...I would describe is as slightly north of medium with just enough carbonation. The oatmeal in the mash really makes for a silky-smooth mouth feel. At 9.2% ABV, "drink-ability", I suppose, is in the eye of the individual beer holder. But while it's not difficult for me to finish the bottle, it's rich enough that I likely wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.
Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout turns out to be a pleasantly sweet surprise, though you wouldn't normally associate such a rich and warming beer with summertime. Pair it with chilled Eskimo cookies and crank up the AC for a sweet treat. Better yet, reserve some of the bottle and make a float with vanilla ice cream. Or you could simply just lay it down and cellar it until the the first frosty fall evening.
Whatever you do...just make sure not to pass up on a chance to try it. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2008 08:11:21 | More by 1whiskey
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4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a July 2008-dated bottle into a large snifter. Served at cellar temp. Cap came off with a nice pop—thank goodness! Even pouring carefully, a few chunks plop into the glass.
Appearance: Very very dark. No light passes through, even held directly up to the light. Very minimal head, but what there is sticks around.
Smell: Some grape notes, chocolate, molasses, port, lots of wood, a little vinegary tartness. More like a RIS than an American Stout.
Taste: Honestly, pretty anxious about drinking this—it's almost 6 years old, and I have no idea how it's been treated during that time. But, the first sip doesn't kill me, and doesn't contain any off notes! Lots of roasty chocolate, with a fair amount of fruity sweetness—maybe brandied figs or something. I'd believe this had been aged in red wine or port bottles. There's also a strong component of smoke. The aftertaste is really phenomenal. I don't know if the taste is actually perfect, but it's really delicious, and seems unique.
Feel: It's a 6-year-old oatmeal stout, and feels like it: smoooth. And still a bit prickly!
Overall: This review feels a bit like a pointless exercise, as I doubt there are more than a few dozen bottles of this left out there, but if you have one, drink it now—I can't imagine it'll get better with more age. And if you see one, buy it!
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 23:39:48 | More by neurobot01
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
July 2008 bottling date. Approaching six years old.
A: Pours pitch, pitch black. Very large and dense medium brown head. Head fade slowly with great retention. Decent lacing still.
S: Aroma is quite mellow. Baker's chocolate. Grainy oatmeal. Light dark fruit, might be a hint of sherry-like oxidation.
T: Super smooth bittersweet chocolate. Lots of grainy oatmeal in the middle and in the finish. Oatmeal really calms down the bitterness I think. Some mild fruitiness that might be the start of oxidation in the aftertaste but it's not bad at all. No sign of alcohol but it does warm the belly. Lingering light sherry and chocolate between sips.
M: Surprisingly thin but given the age it makes sense.
O: Interestingly enough I just found this beer on the shelves today so I had to pick it up. It has fared quite well. Flavors are very well integrated and mellowed out. It might say "bitter chocolate" but it's not bad at all. Perhaps age has smoothed it out or the oatmeal has calmed it down. Body is surprisingly light so the drinkability is off the charts for a 9.2% stout.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 04:31:49 | More by Dope
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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