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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

845 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 845
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008)
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle I was lucky to pick up two weeks ago from a local store's cellar clearance. Served in a tumbler.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque beer - no light comes through at all. Dark brown foam that dissipated over 10 minutes leaving no lacing and only some foam at the edges of the glass. Swirling makes the foam only come back for a few seconds.

Smell: It's chocolate all right, but not overpowering nor too subtle. There is an alcohol smell at the end after the chocolate, almost like a chocolate liquor.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate up front, a hint of malt, then bitter with a subtle alcohol finish. The alcohol is there, you can't miss it, but it's not overpowering. It's an "Ahhhh" type of finish that leaves you licking your lips just a bit. Wait a little bit between sips and the bittersweet chocolate comes back to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and very very smooth. There is a thickness to this beer, but it glides down the throat nicely.

Drinkability: Something with this strength I can't see having more of by itself in an evening, but splitting the bottle with a friend (in this case the Mrs.) over a nice meal is an outstanding use of this beer. It went very well with a pork BBQ in this case. I enjoyed the whole experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:37:48 | More by damndirtyape
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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.

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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.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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