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

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 854
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 84
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 854
Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with a brownish head and some nice lacing that hangs to the class.

The smell is dark chocolate like a Mr. Goodbar, has a bit of a nutty flavor with some oat feel.

The taste is bitter, some dark hop flavor with some dark chocolate flavor. This has a nice creamy feel that coats over some nice oat hints. Has a nice mix of flavor together, balancing all of these together with an easy mouthfeel, just nice.

This is just another nice Stone beer. Each beer I try I am floored by how good this beer is and each time I really enjoy each flavorful beer.

The feel of this beer is slightly heavy but really smooth. It has a nice drinkable flavor to it and it only gives off a slight sting to it while mixed in some nice creamy flavor. (802 characters)

Photo of mj71
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm-up a bit from the fridge hoping to tame some of the heavy alcohol presence others have commented about.

Pours jet-black with a sparse chocolate head that disappears quickly. The nose is excellent with a nice toasty, maybe a little sweet, chocolate aroma.

Taste starts off with a bit of carbonation zing that quickly turns to a strong malty alcohol followed by the bitter chocolate. It's a lot happening in a single sip. Mouthfeel starts aggressive then quickly smooths-out nicely. The bitterness is really held in check to the end of the sip.

Drinkability is very good and gets better as the beer warms. Be careful. The ABV will sneak-up on you. (664 characters)

Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour into goblet. Minimal dark caramel and almond head with subtle crimson hues that were left sitting on top of this devilishly dark chocolate liquid. Enough retention to keep this looking nice all the way to the end. Light and particles have about as much of a chance getting through this one as they do a black hole.

S: Delicate balance between chocolate, barley, and oatmeal. Roasted malt nose sprinkled with cocoa and clove. There is a slight alcohol tinge but it adds to the warm and inviting aromas of the nose.

T: Lives up to the bitter and chocolate monikers. Oat, mocha, and licorice tastes add to the complexity. Thick rich malt taste with a slight hoppy pine tar tang. The finish is dark cherry candies, spiced raisin, and fresh plum. Cocoa and alcohol are both tongue and mind altering. My fridge is probably a little too cold so once this one warms up a bit all these fantastic tastes are even more defined and noticeable.

M: This one is thick, rich, and creamy.

D: This is a beast of a beer. Plus Stone always reminds me how I need to take ten minutes and read through the back of their bottle. I want to say this is one to be savored but then again once you taste it you'll find it hard not to drink away. (1,240 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this stout pours a motor oil black, with a thick rocky, dark chocolate milk colored head

S - ummmm... chocolate, and lots of it, and nice chocolate too, you can definitely pick out the oatmeal sweetness and roasted malts that nicely compliment the chocolate

T - choco-lot, the chocolate is very well introduced and while primary, not overpowering, there is a mocha-java coffee-ness background pairing well with the chocolate

M&D - well blended and nice balance, a great brew, one of the better brews i have ever had from Stone, well done, easily drinkable for even a BMC drinker (585 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this up in VA and hauled it back for a friendly tasting... happy to say this beer went over quite well. I love it when that happens!

A. Opaque black. A dirty brown, dense and creamy head caps the midnight-sin brew. Tasty lookin'...

S. Yikes! Let this one warm and you will be most rewarded. Licorice, smoke, grainy and earthy malt, burnt coffee, cocoa, meaty and rather dry. Complex and sweet, this is not to be trifled with. Wonderful and unique.

T. Nearly everything the nose advertises is in here somewhere. A cocoa-dry beast of a brew that boasts tons of malt complexity. Sweet and rich, yet bitter and dirty -- coffee and smoke complement each other nicely. If you crossed an oatmeal stout with a coffee smoked porter and cranked the alcohol up you'd be on the right track. It's odd, but all I can say is you must try it. Went down easy... maybe too easy....

M. Thick, chewy. No real beef here. Oatmeal adds some heft and slickness.

Stone 12 blew me away -- this is one of Stone's better offerings and one you should seek out. What a delight! (1,056 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautifully opaque, as expected, with an indefatigable and indomitable head, silky as hell, with sheets of lacing that take a while to start sliding down the glass, finally leaving big drops of mocha ringing the top.

Smell: Rich roasted chocolate, bitter coffee, smoke, woodiness, a bit of charcoal, dark berries, a whiff of nice booze, and some sourness and earthiness. It's great but could be rounded off and balanced a bit more. I like the more gritty amalgam of aromas now, but I have a feeling with some age it'll be even better and more rounded.

Taste: Big-bodied with huge burnt and roasted malt flavors at first, hints of bitter chocolate and mild coffee, oats, woodiness, smoke, chocolate cream, dark berries, and major bitterness at the lingering finish (before a flash of sweet maraschino cherries) with some citrus and sourness and woody earthiness that compliments the initial sweetness very well. A wild ride, and one that seems to be awesome fresh to me right now. I'm do wonder what laying it down will do, because the smoothness is very nice and has a visceral edge. Without the bitterness from the hops and chocolate, is there a chance it could become maybe a bit too sweet? Then again, that's probably not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as hell from the oats, with creamy carbonation and an extremely chewy body. It's heavy, but done as great is can be. Be prepared.

Drinkability: Trying to drink this slow is tough, and I should've done what I planned originally by using a snifter, but alas. That said, this is a beautiful brew. I'm glad the bitter chocolate was used; otherwise this thing would be too much of a malt bomb. I wonder how sweet this is going to get as the hops and bitterness dissipates. My advice would be to drink it fresh. Loved it and hope to get some more bottles, because why not lay at least one down and see what happens in a year? (1,923 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black-hole dark, and so thick in appearance that it seems remarkable that a head can push itself through the body and form; it does, but as if exhausted, settles into a bare half-inch or so, no matter how aggressively I pour. Every few seconds, a large bubble appears and pops on the surface, as if the beer were still fermenting below.

Acrid and smoky, old Hibachi aroma. Others have detected chocolate, but I cannot; all I can smell is the smoke.

And so, the taste is very smoky and - oddly - salty. Makes my mouth salivate after I've swallowed. I have never had a beer that gave me the sense of salt that this one does. Odd, but enchanting.

The mouthfeel is tremendous. The creamiest, fullest mouthfeel I've experienced in many months. Incredible.

Bravo. I am going to pick up a few more of these, and see how they age. (826 characters)

Photo of mcfisty
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance= Nicely done screen print label with the "anniversary" gargoyle giving you "what of it?"
Pours blacker than batman, with the tight foaming action of a two inch creamy tan head.

Aroma= Instantly pours out breakfasty oatmeal aromas followed by rich dark chocolate and freshly cracked grain. Small alcohol notes with maybe some grassy hop notes lagging behind.

Taste= Mouthfull of semi-sweet chocolate. I really like how the malt still shines through all the chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Small alcohol notes in the end of the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel= This is what really does it for this beer. It is probably the best sensation my tongue has ever gotten from a beer. Like smooth sheets of velvet rolling over your tongue as it sloshes around the mouth. With the dryness and alcohol coming right in to clean up.

Drinkability= For what it is, I believe it to be very high. The booze never overpowers the rich creaminess of this beer. I was longing for another one as soon as I was done with the 22oz. Which with a stout of 9.2% could lead somewhere really good or bad. (1,082 characters)

Photo of BeerlyAwake
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this brew at a new sandwich shop in town that features somewhat hard to find microbrews. This is my third Stone experience, and have to say it's made me a huge fan.

Poured deep black, near the same as The Abyss. It was easy to see how thick this stuff will be with the limited carbonation barely making it to the top of this incredibly viscous beer. Being Stone and having "bitter" in the title I expected a lot more bitterness, instead it was very sweet and easy drink. Tasted of dark chocolate with an espresso aftertaste. In the end this brew didn't last long, and I will be heading back to that shop to buy a few more bottles before its too late! (658 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a thick, deep, dark and heavy. It is opaque when held to the light. A minimal brown head is formed that quickly reduces to a light lacing.

The nose gives off heavy notes of oatmeal, coffee, and earthiness with a mild alcohol scent and mild level of malty sweetness.

The taste is a good combination of oatmeal and a very bitter chocolate. Some of the alcohol comes through but actually highlights the oatmeal and chocolate, as well as some coffee notes. The sweetness lingers nicely on the tongue with some bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is quite dry and medium/full bodied. There is a very good level of carbonation and it sits on the palate quite well leaving a creamy sensation.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable beer. I will keep my eyes open for it, although I know my time is limited. (844 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky, very opaque dark brown. There was just a wisp of a brown head on it, and that was gone almost immediately. Complex aroma. Chocolate stands out, but not overpowering. Some roastiness and woodiness in there. Hint of some fruits, possibly cherries. Somewhat heavy, slick feel on your tongue. A complex taste also. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bitterness. This is very nice. (412 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a 12oz pint-style glass at Prime 16s CT kickoff for Stone.

A: Blakc body with ruby highlights topped by a quarter-inch of dense, fine, dark brown head. Spectacular retention and decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate; overall, one-dimensional but inviting.

T: Breathtaking: Dark chocolate, sweet fruit, and just a hint of spice on the finish. Complex, balanced, and simply delicious.

M: Smooth and full-bodied.

D: For such a dark, strong beer, this goes down quite easily.

Notes: This is a great-tasting beer, plain and simple. I feel lucky to have gotten a chance to have this on tap.

Cheers! (642 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2008 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 1/2" dark brown head. It dissipates quickly and leaves a murky surface above the beer. No laving remains.

Smell: Sweet cherry, chocolate liquor, light espresso, coffee, leather, caramel. Awesomely complex.

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate malt, coffee, chocolate syrup. There are a lot of deep, roasted flavors without any cloying sweetness. Lingering bitterness from the hops and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavily bodied with lots of malty bitterness. Alcohol makes a little statement of its own. Smooth and tasty.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. Neither the chocolate or the sweetness is cloying. I could do two bottles for sure. A winner. (761 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (569 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Thanks to sweenzander for sharing this one. Awesome.

It poured a opaque, black brew with a brown, chocolate head on it.

Smelled of heavy chocolate, some coffee and toffee notes.

The bitter chocolate hits way up front. Its quite flavorful with the chocolate that gives way to roasted malt and then a coffee aftertaste. It is as if you had a nice robust coffee and a dark chocolate bar all at the same time. It was very nice.

It was easy on the tongue. It aged well and had plenty to dance around in your mouth. Smooth but bold. It was filling and went down great.

This is a beer I would love to have on hand for quite some time. The couple years did magnificently to add to the blending of the flavors and it was just outright awesome. Yet another fantastic brew from my favorite brewery. (842 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy jet black. Very little head, chocolate color. Smells of wonderful chocolate, real chocolate, not the fake kind in some beers. Also smells sweet, hints of coffee, hops and alcohol. Tastes of chocolate up front, malty roastness throughout. Nice balanced bitterness towards the end where it finishes sweet. Not much carbonation, but great creamy mouthfeel.

A fantastic beer, my favorite "chocolate" beer. Has a real authentic chocolate taste different from other beers which i find have a hershey syrup taste. Great dessert beer and i can't wait to try this again. (577 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously brought to a recent tasting by noslenwerd. Poured a 3oz. taste into a Perfect Pint glass. A small but thick tan head formed on top of the dark brown/black body. The head receded down to a thin layer rather quickly, leaving little lace behind.

The nose has lots of roasted malts, freshly ground coffee beans, and cocoa up front. You can detect a nut, almost cookie like aroma in the background.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but with a lot more oomph! Starts off on the sweet side, but fades to the roasted characters toward the finish. Surprisingly complex and flavorful...

Medium bodied, creamy but oily at the finish; moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I had low expectations and this one exceeded them all. Try it if you can find it! (775 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to enelson (Ed) for this awesome beer! Took care of one of my 'wants.'

22oz bottle consumed on 10/30/10. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dirty, muddy deep brown/black with about a half-inch of dark mocha head. Some lace left behind. The nose is full of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, fresh coffee. Everything is still bold and pronounced. Great smell.

The mouth is perfectly silky and smooth. Decent amount of carbonation backing, even after 2 years. Excellent finish. The flavors meld well with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and a bit of a vinous twang on the back end. The oatmeal really adds a smooth creamy dimension that fits this beer wonderfully. I'm glad I was able to try this. Great beer! (755 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bold deep dark black hue with an nice thick espresso colored head. The retention was good with some lace being noted.

S: Nice strong stout aromas. There is a big blast of roasted oatmeal and charred malt. A nice dose of bitter chocolate plays well with some green hops.

T: Nice malt blast right from the start. Roasty oat and char come forward first. A touch of sweet chocolate and coffee in the middle yield to bitter chocolate in the finish. This is a wonderful brew.

M: Rather medium in body for such a big brew. It is slick and oily though and goes down rather nicely.

D: Drank the entire bomber myself and what a joy it was. Stone had great success with this one. The chocolate was a nice replacement for the hops. I now have to score me another bottle. (778 characters)

Photo of Mazeraski
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber printed with "July 2008" into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pitch black with thick and foamy half inch dark tan head reminiscent of chocolate milk that dissipates early into the tasting. Nice sticky lacing coats the imperial pint.

S - A wash of chocolate and malty goodness swirling with caramel and sweet oatmeal. Hints of roasted coffee and bourbon mixed with the slightest aroma of alcohol follow.

T - The oatmeal brings it all together here. The chocolate and sticky caramel with the malt hit the palate first creating more of a chewy character. Followed by a barely noticeable alcohol presence awash with a small twinge of bourbon, leaving a hit of bitterness caused by the chocolate which is quickly replaced with a lingering sweetness. The oatmeal is ever present in the background giving the entire sip a smooth and rich creaminess unlike almost any stout (oatmeal included or not) I've ever tasted, which only gets better as it warms.

MF - Full-bodied with a creamy medium amount of carbonation accompanied with a warming feeling from the alcohol.

D - This has to be one of the smoothest and richest brews I've had in a while, which I attribute to the oatmeal character. Watch out if you have a small stomach because it will fill up quickly (like mine). The bitterness of the chocolate factors into it only during part of the tasting. Things holding back the drinkability for this are the higher ABV and just how damn rich it is. Otherwise, I would definitely have another one.

Notes: This was one of the brews of this season I've been anxiously awaiting (along with Anchor Our Special Ale) and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I'm going to have to pick up a few more before they're all gone. I suggest you do the same. (1,780 characters)

Photo of MarsMoose
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew into my tulip glass (my favorite for trying new beers) but was somewhat sad to find it produced little head, even when poured not-so-gently. The beer itself was opaque and shined like black leather through my glass. The color of the head interested me: it was a chocolate brown. The smell was somewhat subtle, but the taste was far from it. Immediately I was hit with the characteristic Stone bitterness, but it was surprisingly quenched by the full body of the beer, which was itself subsequently replaced by a lingering, put pleasant, bitterness. I'll admit that the oatmeal didn't seem to come through for me, but the balance between the full body of a stout and the bitterness characteristic of this brew made this a spectacular beer. (757 characters)

Photo of sevopie
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, with only the slightest hint of brown at the very very edges. Brown head.

Smell - Chocolate, alcohol, sugar, a touch of coffee, vanilla, and a bitter fruit of some sort.

Taste - Very roasty malts (on the edge of burnt) take the fore, with a good dose of chocolate. Alcohol makes its presence known without being overbearing. This has a bit of a sweet finish as well, with some caramel and nut flavors.

Mouthfeel - The burnt flavors are deceiving here, as they disguise the fact that this isn't as thick as you might expect. It also has a large amount of carbonation for an imperial stout.

Drinkability - The bitter and sweet meld rather well here, resulting in a pleasurable experience. The taste changes multiple times throughout the experience, revealing all kinds of complexity. If it was a little thicker and lighter carbonated, it would have been even easier to drink. (897 characters)

Photo of FliryVorru
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NOTE: This bottle was purchased in January 2009 and cellared until June 2010

Appearance - The beer pours jet black. Even during the pour there's very little light able to penetrate it. Very little carbonation and barely any head develops.

Smell - The smell is not smooth, but occasionally leaves me wanting more. Chocolate dominates the nose with hints of coffee, vanilla, and hazelnut.

Taste - Dark chocolate and espresso are ever present, but allow for a touch of clove and chai to emerge every once in a while

Mouthfeel - The beer has very low carbonation but the level it has is very appropriate and proportional. It almost seems to warm slower than other beers since the taste changes very little as the temperature rises.

Drinkability - I wish I hadn't cellared the 2nd bottle I bought for only 9 months! The beer is great when purchased and great after 9 months, but 18 months later it has blossomed into a complex and immensely drinkable beer.

Other comments
I'm so pleased with how this beer cellared. I'd rate this as one of my greatest successes in cellaring and my favorite Stone beer overall. I know some feel it has it's shortcomings in certain areas, but the beer isn't overpowering, drinks very easily, and only gets better with age. Well done Stone!

Serving type: bottle (1,295 characters)

Photo of Lepley
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick black with dark brown head. I drank this beer outside in the mid-day sun and no light was able to penetrate it.

S: Its aroma is not very strong. Smelled of alcohol and slightly of chocolate.

T: Very complex taste. Alcohol, smokiness, deep chocolate with bitterness that lingered. It was very bitter but not hoppy. It was different. I've never had unsweetened chocolate, but the back of the bottle tells that this is what its bitterness comes from.

M: Heavy and thick.

D: This beer is delicious and an interesting style. (538 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber- finished in a sitting, quite easily actually. What a pleasure this one was.

A- Extremely dark squid ink black. Deep brown tan head, some lacing.

S- Smell was of roasted oatmeal and sweet vanilla ice cream. Some hop and alcohol in there as well.

T- Dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, white chocolate, hops, toasted and roasted oats, cream, fruits, all in one. This bad boy was quite sweet but insanely bitter on the back end. Surprised by the complexity on this one and definitely sweeter than expected.

M- Thick rich and creamy. Sticky all over the lips and coating my throat.

D- Insanely drinkable for 9.2%. Enjoyed this one after dinner and actually wanted another bottle.

Pick this one up if you ever see it. GREATTT beer. I loved it. (758 characters)

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.