Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +21.4%
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out extremely dark brown with deep amber to brown highlights on the side. Head is a bit smaller than one finger thick, lots of different sized bubbles, slight glass retention from the head. The color of the head is sort of a mahogany/black cherry color to dark brown. The liquid itself provides some glass retention.
Smell is a huge malt bomb. Provides a dark, bitter chocolate smell, but not completely bitter. Some milk chocolate as well, even smells creamy, if that makes sense. Sort of a decadent chocolate sauce. Some dark coffee to espresso aromas as well, but sort of a back lash of it. The blend of all the aromas is absolutely great.
Taste is just as good, as perfect as it gets. Like the bottle says, plenty of dark bitter chocolate. Super dark fudge and some dark grains somewhere in the mix. There is some sweetness as well, sort of like espresso with hints of sugar. Milk chocolate as well. I can't quite figure it out, but there's almost a bourbon flavor and I don't think this is barrel aged.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Strong, full bodied. Great carbonation level, that's held up great since the aging. Smooth, creamy, thick to almost chewy mouthfeel, it's great. Hop presence detected in the mouthfeel. Great drinkability too, nice sipper, but way to easy to drink if you don't want to. On top of that, the value is perfect. I think this was like $7 when it was out as a seasonal. So bummed this beer is retired. I could drink it year round. Just a perfect beer to have around. I miss you Stone 12th! Huge props to everyone who traded with me for this beer over the last 3 years!
04-10-2012 01:57:12 | More by AndyAvalanche
5/5 rDev +21.4%
Appearance: It's dark, black and down right evil and sinister looking. Complete with a beige mocha color creamy frothy head. Oh yeah it's beautiful and I love it.
Aromas: Massive aroma from the roasted malts which was incredibly dark and deep like the Marianas Trench. Big hop aroma big chocolate big everything that a beast like this could have.
Taste: The bitterness from the hops of this evil soul from this beer to say massive is an understatement. Big and I do mean big chocolate notes and huge coffee notes make this an Emperor.
It will only hurt you upon first taste then in comes the nuke along with a mouhtfeel smoother than silk.
Notes: Warning if you have a heart condition stay a long way from this evil beast maybe in another solar system. But to many stout lovers it's heaven. I abosolutely adore this artwork and or masterpiece. To quote one of the host's of the tv show Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson describing the Ferrari Enzo. "It's the division bell between the ordinary and the absolutely astonishing." Cheers to all.
01-18-2009 04:54:13 | More by horshack7
4.97/5 rDev +20.6%
Serving 22oz Bottle
Appearance - dark as pitch! I had it out of the bottle (I was thirsty - sue me!) so I cannot comment on head, but I would not anticipate a lot of head with this beer.
Smell - dark chocolate, roasted malts with a hit of dark roasted coffee and nuts.
Taste - amazing! Dark and heavy at first with the chocolate smacking you in the face. After a few sips the flavor profile mellows and and becomes more complex with notes of oatmeal and roasted coffee. No perceptible alcohol taste for such a big beer.
Mouthfeel - thin for an oatmeal stout, but still has some substance to it.
Drinkablility - exceptional for a big beer. I could really get in trouble with more than one of these around.
07-18-2008 23:58:45 | More by cxg231
4.93/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
09-12-2009 20:44:07 | More by JasonA
4.9/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
07-11-2008 23:35:35 | More by Brad007
4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
Pours extremely dark with a very minimal, yet thick brown head.
Smells very sweet, definite chocolate notes with a hint of caramel and brown sugar.
Tastes amazing. It has a great sweet foretaste of chocolate, with a slight bitter and roasted aftertaste. The chocolate is not overwhelming, like Young's Double Chocolate can be.
Mouthfeel - It feels like a full bodied oatmeal stout - comparable to Sam Smith's Oatmeal or Southern Tier's "Oat" - both A/A+ beers, in my opinion. (Again, the chocolate is not overwhelming at all)
Drinkability - I'm impartial to oatmeal stouts and chocolate stouts, so for me, this is heaven. You'll probably get full pretty quick, however.
Overall, I like this beer a lot - I'm going to look into putting it on tap at home later this winter. Maybe a holiday present to myself.
10-15-2008 23:15:48 | More by msolar
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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