Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
In preperation for my pilgrimage to the brewery next week, I broke out my last one from a case of the 12th anniversary beer. Not sure why I never reviewed it early, I guess I was too busy enjoying.
Pitch black color with the slightest ruby notes when held up to the light. Tan fine bubbled head with a dissipointing lack of lace. Smell is no surprise with a big hit of bitter chocolate. This has seemed to mellow a little with age from what i remember early on, and the grains actually peak through. Some dark fruit plum notes also. Bitter chocolate hits your taste buds first but just like in the smell the more complex notes come close behind. Dark fruits, hint of alcohol burn and finishing bitterness. Mouth is only medium bodied when i was expecting something pretty chewy. As expected this beer is a real pleaser. It isn't for the meek of heart though, packing a significant punch of both alcohol and taste. Can't wait to get to the brewery and see what interesting things I can get my hands on.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2009 01:37:21 | More by beermanbrian
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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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