Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.58/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
660ml bomber, served at very chilly room temperature from a Delerium Tremens goblet
Pours with a deep dark caramel tinged brown, more or less opaque less the fringes of the glass. Its topped off with a dense, tight espresso frothed head, only a few millimetres thick. Some tiny dots of dark stained leather hued bubbles around the edges of the glass. Soon settles to a think whisp on the top
Smell, thick rich toffee and caramel exude from the glass along with dark rum tinged boozy notes, however slight they are. Some marzipan and rose water along with treacle and rich tobacco notes hinged on fruity bubblegum esters. Dark rich chocolate along with tonnes of rich espresso with esscence of old leather and bitter cocoa.
Taste, smooth and silky oiliness all over the palette, reminisant of a cohiba soaked in butter and cognac. Silky initially followed by a whack of spicy, bitter rich chocolate. Rich slick melted dark chocolate, almost fizzy sherbet mouthfeel at times, followed on the finish by slick, opulent roasted malt bitterness with a touch of dark soy, not the saltiness however. No noticable off flavours, some hops to punctuate the rich chocolate character however are not excessive in their addition. The beer culminates with a strong kick of bitter, dark rum or rich bourbon booze.
A superbly flavourful and rich chocolate imperial stout. Very prominent bitter coffee and chocolate adorn the palette and balanced with some hop presence help to balance the beer. Not the most balanced beer I've had the pleasure of drinking however huge on flavour and overall depth this is definatly one to pick up
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2009 21:59:29 | More by cypressbob
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