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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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 82
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by fisherman34:
Photo of fisherman34
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sample via oakbluff. Jet black in colour with low to moderate carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, dry red wine , dark toffee, and a bit of oatmeal. Very dry in the mouth, with more dark chocolate and vineous notes. Additional elements of minerals (flint and chalk), light molasses, medium roast coffee, and caramel are also present. Heavy in the mouth, in spite of how dry it is. Good, but not great overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head with the consistency of cocoa.

Aroma: Creamy with the aromas of cocoa powder, mild coffee and dark fruits. Not too bitter.

Taste: Creamy and bitter upfront with a decent helping of cocoa, dark fruit, decent hop bitterness and very mild roastiness. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy due to the oatmeal. The perfect amount of roastiness. Very nice cocoa flavor lingers.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and feels more like a regular stout than an imperial stout due to the ABV. With some aging, the cocoa will show through once the bitterness subsides. Try to get at least two bottles if you pick this up. I can't wait to see how well it mellows over time. A very worthy purchase.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night with a mocha head that kept
pace with my sippin'.

S: Smells like a chocolate shop with a hint of some guy drinking a cup of coffee in the back.

M: Thick and rich, just like I like my ... I'm an idiot.

D: Very drinkable for such a heavy beer, I could have definately drank the 22 myself but I had made a committment to share with a guy much larger than me.

Great beer with a lot more character than many chocolates stouts that I've had.

Photo of JasonA
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been aging for about a year.

Pours a deep dark, very little head brew. Thick lacing present for the little carb there. Did I mnetion it was dark.

Sugar sweet malt. Quite strange, like unmalted light malt. Very nice as long as it doesnt taste like unfermented beer! ;). All kidding aside, very orignal smell, I like the direction.

Wow, what a representation of chocolate. I have nothing to compare it to. Not sure I would call it bitter sweet, but if that was the ingredient, I need to buy stock for my homebrewing process. I dont taste dark malt, but there is roasted med malt. Not sure where the color comes from, no biscuit or bitter present.

Sits extremely well considering the ABV. Typically this ABV and sweet will be headache-ville, population 1. The sweetness, come before the malt, and ends with the chocolate. Awesome.

I want more. I only have 1 more from last season. I obviously need to get some more. There isnt 1 thing I can really find wrong with this brew.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an inky black with a smallish fine brown head that quickly diminishes to a collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic fudgy chocolate, some oats and a little anise.

The flavor is lots of sweet chocolate and some tangy dark fruits, and some harsh anise and bitter roast balances it out. The mouthfeel is pretty full, velvety and sticky with low carbonation.

Overall, the bitter roast and anise tended to dominate too much for my taste initially, but it mellowed out nicely as I drank it.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black, used motor oil, with a gigantic, dark caramel colored, frothy head. Tons of lacing left along the glass. Smells very roasty, very malty, some cocoa. Taste is more extreme roastiness, some rolled oats, dark unsweetened baking cocoa/chocolate which tends to be pretty bitter is highly distinguishable. Im noticing most of the bitterness coming from the raw chocoalte taste than any type of hops used. Very tasty but their is a certain off flavor in the finish. Kind of metallic, which makes the beer a lot less enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very heavy and oily, good carbonation, dry finish. One of these bombers is definitely enough for me. I would prefer a single 12oz'er actually.

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours black. Very black. Opaque and syrupy looking in the glass, with a tall, dark khaki head that retains well and leaves abundant patchy lacing.

Aroma has lots of chocolate. Bars of chocolate and some powdered cocoa, as well. Hints of raisins and booze underneath.

Excellent mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation leads into a caressing velveteen smoothness. Nice!

Taste has a bitter chocolate dominance. Hops and dark roast add additional dimensions of bitterness. Dried dark fruits add some sweetness. Silky oatmeal fits right in.

Still a bit young given the alcohol punch. Just fine to drink now but should be better in a few months, or longer.

Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new Stone offering to savor and appreciate, ahhh, Life is good! This bottle cam straight from Grover himself, thanks G. Pours dark mahogany/near black, dark tan head, initially quite solid then slowly fading to a ringed film and leaves better then average lace.
Nose is the expected chocolate, burnt malt and espresso grains. Full flavor brew (surprise) plenty of coffee grain, dark chocolate, dark grains, yum, stout lovers rejoice...try it mixed with some sort of cherry beer and go nuts...thanks Stone for putting more fine brew on the market and in my hands/belly

Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with a strong bitter chocolate component. The flavor is lots of coffee. Chocolate is present as well with it beginning as a darker almost milk chocolate and ending with a bitter finish. Very creamy thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love stouts that include oatmeal and this is one of the best ones I have had.

Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This pours a deep black, as others have described, with no light getting through. The head was weak though and was gone almost immediately.

Smell: The smell was delicious, sweet, chocolatey, but it weakened when the head disappeared.

Taste: The taste was very reminiscent of the rogue chocolate stout, but perhaps a little sweeter from the oatmeal. Bitter? yes the hops play their role but things seem to be well balanced, a solid stout, very tasty but not mind blowing. I paired this with a hot link with Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce, what do you boys know about that. Southside Chicago!!! It was damn good.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and delish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, only reason I wouldn't give this a five is the alcohol.

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a ring of tan bubbles. Bitter espresso nose with cocoa, anise, granola, and molasses. Lives up to its bitter chocolate oatmeal name. Nice blend with roasted malt and brown sugar/oatmeal cookie flavors. Big, earthy flavor that is very, very bitter for a beer without many hops. Loved it.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber silk screened label brown bottle served into a tulip glass.Opaque black with a deep brownish hue,creamy tan/mocha head with fair retention and some spotted lacing.

Roasty with bittersweet chocolate,vanallia with oatmeal sweetness just a slight sweet booziness and a touch of licorace and woody bourbon comes through latter. Some spicy/woodiness. Good complex aroma not overpowering at all.

Bitter chocolate with oatmeal upfront with a woody booziness of bourbon closely behind has some rough edges to it would seem to benifit nicely with some aging. Undertones of dark fruitiness throughout with very sharp crisp bitterness with boozy heat comming through. Leaves a rich roasted coffee/chocolate bitterness lingering with tounge swelling bitter effects. Has a creamy,velveety feel even with the boozy heat. Surprizingly drinkable even with the rough edge. I'd love to cellar this beer a bit, seems like a good beer to age. Worth a try now and even worth more of a try later.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice dark oily black color with a very small black head with light lacing. Nose is mellow, chocolate and oatmeal come out very well.

Taste is sweet and creamy, mellow and rich. Dark bitter chocolate really comes through. The Mouthfeel is crisp and full with quite a bs thing to do alcohol coming through.

Photo of ironlung
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like 30 weight motor oil. Thick,Dark and nasty! No Head. Nice lacing.

S: Choclate&Booze. Some hints of fig?

T: Really smooth! I was expecting something gnarley and bitter. ( I was also heated they diden't do an IPA again)

M: Bitter Chocolate on the tounge. Finishes clean. Alcohol comes through heavy after you swollow.

D: A 2 bomber beer for me. I was pleasntly suprised with this one. Wonder how it'll age?

Photo of jamesm7485
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For something called bitter chocolate ... i was expecting alot more chocolate bitterness i mean rogues chocolate stout has more upfront chocolate than this.

It pours damn near like Hershey syrup and is pitch black

To be honest i dont really smell alot at all

the taste is good the chocolate isnt nearly as upfront as the rogue but its still there

mouthfeel is good not as smooth or creamy as id expect from a oatmeal stout

drinkability is good despite the abv

Photo of Kraken
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard issue 22oz bomber into a a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes a quarter inch head with dramatic staying power, and an picturesque coco hued head. Color is black as night, absolute motor-oil black.

Nose- Not much, coco, peat, slightly smoky, hints of booze.

Palate- Bakers chocolate, peat, some smoke. Mild bitterness but no where near as much as I was expecting from the reviews of others. Guiness-esque on some levels. Very smooth and creamy mildy hot.

Mouthfeel- slightly cloying, creamy smooth.

Drinkability- A bit strong at 9.2% and slightly cloying. A nice stout, but I think more then one is too many.

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing this retired gem!

JULY 2008 Vintage- 22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a boulevard tulip.

pours out opaque black with about one fingers worth of tan, light mocha colored head that eventually faded to a paper thin retentive layer. some spotty lace and a little bit of legs apparent from a swirl of the glass.

sweet toasted malts, bitter roasted malts are at the forefront. some hints of smokiness and some light cocoa as well.

slightly fruity toasted, roasted malts, a little bit of sweetness and a hint of smoke. some bitter dark cocoa towards the finish.

the lighter side of heavy bodied, carbonation is about right on for the style. maybe expected a little more oiliness from the oatmeal?

although i have had this fresh, i only vaguely remember what it tasted like. it was right when i was starting to get serious with craft beer and right before i began taking notes on what i was drinking. although this stood up to the age very well, a part of me wants to say this was better fresh.

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

A: Beer is a very dark brown almost black. Head is a dark tan color. Head is gone very quickly I notice.

S: I get smells of coffee, roasted malt and a little hint of chocolate. Very pleasant smell.

T: Very bitter taste like the name implies. A bit of Chocolate and expresso taste to me. Roated malt comes out.

M: Bitter to me but a good bitter. Its a nice change to drink a choclate that is not sweet.

D: Very strong bitter beer, a 22oz bottle is plenty good for me. Not a beer to rush just sit back and enjoy it. Take your time.

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged 2 years at the brewery)

A menacingly thick and black pour with a thin brown, persistent head. Thick and oily in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing. Looks mean and menacing but beautiful.

Roasted malts, caramel malts, and plenty of dark chocolate in the nose. Unlike most stouts that smell of melted, bittersweet chocolate, this chocolate seems roasted or burnt. It's a bit sharp and not easily accessible nor obviously pleasant, but it contributes to this beer's menacing profile. It's certainly unique.

This beer tastes better than it smells. The dark chocolate works better on the palette than it does in the nose, as it loses some of that burnt and astringent profile. No alcohol presence at all, little hop presence, but mainly just a thick, menacing, chocolatey, big stout...which is never a bad thing!

Creamy, thick, chewy in the mouth, which is appropriate and expected for this style, but not quite as velvety and full as the standard Stone RIS.

I think this beer has aged particularly well. There's no obvious presence of alcohol, the chocolate may have mellowed a bit; an enjoyable sipper I'm glad I got the opportunity to experience at the brewery/bistro.

Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black black motor oil with a dark brown but low head that doesn't rise up much and settles out quickly.

Low aroma of roasted malt and licorice.

Rich flavor of milk/dark chocolate and espresso upfront, moves to molasses and licorice, some smokey notes. Good bitterness, chocolate becomes more sharp in the finish. No hop flavors. Finishes very roasty and bitter. Bitter chocolate lingers.

Moderate mouthfeel, tending toward thin, finishes tannic and dry.

Very drinkable, good sipper. ABV remains undercover.

Photo of mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a Stone IRS Tulip.

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Looks a little like a chocolate chip cookie sitting atop a glass of black coffee.

Nose is lightly roasted chocolate. Not slot going on here. Nice aroma, just a little... weak?

Taste is big bitter chocolate. Two years in the bottle and the cocoa is right up front. Love it.

Mouth is silky smooth. Love it!

Drinks very well, even if it is a little one dimensional. This is an excellent stout. Let it warm and sip on it all evening. Would love for Stone to revisit this one some day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body appears pitch black absolutely opaque no light passing through at the edges. Nice sized mocha tan head forms thick and leaves behind fine lacing as it dwindles down, by the way I poured this into my Piraat chalice since I recently broke my Stone Imperial Stout chalice, pretty similar shape. This year's release seems to be keeping with the black beer theme, hoppy black IPA definitely wasn't my favorite new concept beer let's see if bitter dark chocolate infused oatmeal stouts work as well as it sounds.

Aroma upfront with bitter dark cocoa nibs, deep fruity ripened fruit notes including ripe plum and fig notes, touch of metallic mineral character blended with herbal hop blends just barely coming through in the nose.

Flavor is complex starts off with a tart twang seems out of place in something this dark, I was assuming there would be more roasted malt character off the bat. Somewhat lactic creamy notes with oatmeal softness coming into play. Definitely finishes with big luscious dark bitter chocolate notes and welcome hop burps arise after your first few sips even thought not much hop action is going on in the actual flavor or aroma. As it warms alcohol becomes a welcome flavor component that seems to offset some of the sweet and tart fruit notes from the pure bitterness of the dark chocolate added. Oatmeal also plays as a buffer between the chocolate and sweet fruit undertones.

Carbonation level is mellow, dark dry bitterness is definitely left on the palate after each sip. An overall medium to full body with creamy edges to it the entire 22 ounce portion. By the way, I would recommend to split this large portion with friends and let the beer warm up a bit to let all of the flavors and textures come out.

This Stone 12th offering serves up some surprises, keeping it original and unique as usual I would definitely recommend the experience. Is it something that I will be chasing down like the Stone 10th no way but was it tasty and complex...of course. I see what the folks at Stone were trying to pull off and guess I like the blurb on the label about hop shortages and turning to the bitterness of dark chocolate versus hops, so I see the vision but taste for yourself whether or not it works.

Photo of OStrungT
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color wih no light shining through. It boasts a think, fluffy brown head that fades a bit faster than I expected, leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma of this beer assults the nose as soon as the cap is popped. During the pour, it keeps up its nasal assult, utilizing a bitter cocoa aroma. Behind the chocolate, I detect a mild coffee aroma. Some burnt malty sweetness makes its way into the assult as well.

This beer tastes much like ti smells. Very chocolatey up front, with some coffee mixing in. Malty sweet also. Some hop flavor fights to make its presence known in the mix with the chocolate.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down very smooth, leaving a bitter cocoa aftertaste. This beer has a thick mouthfeel from the oatmeal. Very nice.

This beer might make a great session beer except for the 9.2% ABV. The flavor is aggressive, yet easy to drink.

Overall: Great beer, but I never had any doubts. Stone, you are still one of the greatest breweries on this planet. Keep up the great work.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.