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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

836 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 836
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%


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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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - quite the glug glug oily pour. Once again into the Beer & Sweat glass, lots of thick dark mocha foam spring up, planting a thick coating of lace-paint on the glass.

Aroma - very earthy soy-like grains, a bit of cola sweetness, soapy at times. Background roastiness, some more roast would be nice, but it smells good.

Taste - there is no mistaking the bitterness of the chocolate with the deep roast of the grain. The combo is perhaps put together to accomodate a lesser hop bill? It's bitter, that's for sure. A side effect flavor of licorice. The chocolate is not quite as strong as the basic bitter flavor, but it's there. The charred grain is actually a little more visible, at least fresh. Bittersweet chocolate on the swallow is about 75/25 bitter to sweet, but it's tasty. Several years ago, I was sampling chocolates with increasing percentages of cocoa, up to 75 and 80 per cent. They begin to take on a serious chocolate taste that becomes increasingly un-candylike. You get accustomed to that, two things happen: 1) to hell with Hershey's and 2) nobody likes your chocolate so you get more! Bogartski in reverse, sort of. That's what this beer makes me think of, anyway. A good, pure cocoa flavor that Crackle and M&M fans may not care for. It doesn't take long before the warming alcohol adds to the mix. The lack of sweetness makes for a rather intense beer, and while I dig the method, at least a breath of sweetness would really help balance the cocoa. I may try a glass with a shot of Kahlua in it just to see what a touch of sugar does. The long finish is very warm with abv, unsweetened chocolate, and charred grain.

Mouthfeel - dreamy smooth, I'm dreaming of winter in late July. Heavy, thick and coating.

Drinkability - while this will be a most enjoyable study to see how cellaring affects the profile, I'm sure to have one or two more this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 03:57:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fatheads, South Side of Pittsburgh.

Dark, dark brown-to-black with thick, brown head. The goblet in which it was served wasn't the most conducive to lacing but some was there anyway. Surprising carbonation, given the style[s] of this.

Light chocolate hints over basic toasted malt. Some sweetness in nose. Minor alcohol. Pleasant.

Flavor: Perfect balance of bitterness and oat-y malt. Light chocolate again, serving as a bittering agent, apparently, as the bitterness of unsweetened cocoa is much more represented than the traditional "sweet" chocolate flavor you often find in chocostouts. **BTW, I figured that out BEFORE I read the description on the wall stating the bitter chocolate was acting in lieu of hops. I was pretty proud of myself after that.**

Good mouth feel, a bit on the dry side. Not unexpected given the higher level of carbonation noted in the appearance.

Could drink this all day. Or at least until the alcohol poisoning kicks in. Another Stone brew where the high alcohol is masked by the tremendous flavoring. 4.5 instead of a 5 only because of the stealth ethanol.

Bottom line: another Stone Anniversary success. X was great. XI was better. XII is really, really good too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 14:47:12 | More by rabsten
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hobbes2112

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a very deep brown with light brown thin head. Lots of lacing. Smell is roasty with dark cocoa, coffee and alcohol. Taste backs the label up very well...bitter, chocolate and oatmeal in a big way. The beer is slightly astringent and tangy, in a good balance to the sweet notes. Mouth feel is good, but it is a tad too carbonated for the beer in my opinion. This is also a big beer in terms of alcohol, so it probably can't be had all night. If you like oatmeal stouts this should be on your list, very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:46:45 | More by hobbes2112
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jbsmth

California

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for a chocolate stout for years that's bitter. This one doesn't disappoint, but it could use a little more hoppiness to balance out the malt and the chocolate.

It's not overly sticky-sweet however, like some chocolate stouts I have tried.

Being an oatmeal stout gives it the telltale rocky head and velvety mouthfeel that add to it's character.

If you like stouts, and can get ahold of this one, it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 10:28:05 | More by jbsmth
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Wackyfoot

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple 22 oz bombers over its run. Beautiful dark pour with a light brown medium sized head. They don't stint on the bitterness in the chocolate, which could have been a novelty but paid off quite well. Well balanced with a little bit of sweetness in the body so as to not turn off pickier drinkers. I'm going to miss this one when it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:48:45 | More by Wackyfoot
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it out of a bottle for the 1st time

Poured black as night with a small lace around the outside of the glass, when you hold this directly to the light the head and edges nearly look blue.

Smell is bitter chocolate, sweet oatmeal, like a cookie, with very sweet and roasted malts both.

Beer does not taste any better than this it has all that you want from a stout the nice alcohol undertones with the bittersweet chocolate and rich malts but then has an amazing sweetness that makes you feel like you are drinking an oatmeal creame pie.

Mouth is rich and thich very creamy which coats the inside out your mouth, heavy body

This is the kind of beer i wish was available and I could get more of, but on the other hand would feel incrediblly spoiled if I could. High ABVbrings it down a few points here as I cant imagine someone sitting down and having much more than 1.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 13:03:29 | More by SpecialK088
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mzrebiec

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bomber that had been aged for 2 years.
The pour was black as night with a rich tan head. The smell of delicious roasted malt, chocolate, and some oaty notes. Then came the best part....taste. It had a chewy mouthfeel that was followed by mellowed out chocolate flavors, mixed with some hearty roasted notes and finished clean. I wish I could try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 13:23:56 | More by mzrebiec
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle today in the Black Booty BIF from drgonzo, Thanks Paul!

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an inky black with a thin mocha colored head that doesn't last. Barely a wisp of foam left. Some lacing and legs.

Aromas of dark cocoa, licorise, dark roasted coffee and dark roasted grains. No real hop aroma, but wouldn't expect it after almost 3 years.

First sip is vinous, with dark cocoa, roasty bitterness, and anise. No hop flavor either. Some sherry/oxidation flavors, that meld rather nicely with the chocolate. Finish is long with bittersweet chocolate, sherry, and roasty bitterness lingering long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is full and silky. Roasted graininess coats the mouth.

Highly drinkable. Wish I had tried this when it first came out to compare the aged version. But this has aged rather nicely. Wish I could get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:04:44 | More by JamnesCameron
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chefnash51

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this one sit out of the fridge for about 30 minutes. I was going to read the lengthy story on the back.. but by the time I got to it, I was a bit to distracted.

A- Black and think coming out of the bottle, I lick my lips in anticipation as I see the caramel brown head form.

I was going to drink this out of my Chimay chalice, but opted for my Duvel tulip.

S- Smell was great, I picked up on cocoa and I could smell the roasted malt goodness.

T- the taste didn't fail to deliver. It was everything I was hopping it would be. Nothing overpowered in this, complex, rich, yet very smooth. It wasn't too bitter, the chocolate was in perfect check, and the oat was right in line.

M - Thick and savory. The oat was very appreciated in this, gave it a creamy mouth feel

D- This was over 9% abv? Wow, never would have guessed. This beer could make me happy as a sipper, or as a more aggressively consumed drink.

This wasn't a crazy hopped up, out of whack beer. And I love it for that. If the hop shortage leads to more of these, then I would be happy.
I picked up 6 and I am looking to make the 100 mile round trip to find more.

I enjoyed some aged cheddar with this. Went very well. The wife hated the smell of this and kept complaining that she could smell it across the room.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 14:59:23 | More by chefnash51
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Onslow

Texas

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

man!!.. i wish i had cases and cases of this brew, it lives up to the stature of an anniversary beer most definetly ... "i will never love an otter" ... wow, lots of dark chocolate and bitter chocolate in the aroma and taste department ... pours a dark brown .. just plain delicious!! ..nuff said

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 17:01:32 | More by Onslow
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Christmas gift (22 oz bottle), which I served to myself in a Cognac glass.

Pours opaque black with a dark mocha head, thick and creamy in appearance. The beer itself is very still and appears to oscillate like gelatin when agitated, a sure sign of its immense body.

A sweet aroma. Chocolate (cocoa powder to be specific), caramel. Subtle roasted character.

Oh man, this tasted so good. I didn't get punched in the face with alcohol but rather lulled into relaxation by a velvety smooth bitter cocoa flavor. Rich like a moist Devil's Food cake. With caramel topping. The chocolate bitterness really takes the stage in the aftertaste and builds upon the palate as the bottle is emptied. And as much as I keep saying "bitter" there's also plenty of sweetness to speak of here.

Amazingly smooth and drinkable. Oatmeal + chocolate = YES. Would love to see this in regular production.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:25:32 | More by edskirk3
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tittymcj

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipped this one with William Pang (Queens, NY), good friend and fellow beer connoisseur.

This one pours out incredibly thick, taking on a solid black color with a quickly dissipating light brown head. Light traces of lacing are present.

It smells like a fantastic mixture of coffee, dark roasted malts, and chocolate, as well as a nice faint touch of oatmeal creaminess. There is a strong punch of alcohol in there as well.

The taste is very deep. Lots of roasted flavor, with a lot of chocolate and coffee. Very delicious. Definitely can taste the alcohol throughout the tasting, however.

Medium bodied, with a slight acidic alcohol taste near the end of each mouthfeel. There is a definite lingering coating of the roasted chocolate and malt flavor around the mouth.

Despite the fact that this is a fairly thick, rich beer with a ton of flavor, this is very drinkable. It is definitely a sipping beer, but its so pleasant that one can't help but to drink as much as possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 22:27:00 | More by tittymcj
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naterock

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass with an incredibly dark and thick pour. Medium to dark brown head with resilience. a slight ring of burnt orange around the sides where light penetrates.

Smells of rich chocolate malts and burnt currants, a tinge of alcohol in the back but overall well hidden.

Thick chocolate with a heavy cream smoothness currants and some vine fruits are evident in the background. Oat malts, Chocolate, Wow!

Mouth is very viscous and silky with a body like heavy cream. Drinks well but this is definitely a sipper. Such a treat to finally get to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 15:16:15 | More by naterock
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:22:24 | More by Mora2000
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mikejk305

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as any beer I've ever seen. About one finger of brown head that faded with little lacing.

Smells like roasted malt with an amazing chocolate smell. I don't really detect much alcohol.

The chocolate is prevelant throughout without taking over. Has a smoky taste. This is a damn fine stout. Has a warm finish, I have no experience with aging, but from what I've read the bottle I have stashed now should mellow out a bit.

The mouthfeel is about what I expected, perfect for a stout.

22 ounces will be enough for a sitting, and above 9 abv more than the 22oz might take me from sitting to laying down.

I have one extra bottle stashed, I'm giving strong consideration to going back to the stor to pick up a few more. They will make a fantastic gift for the holidays (keep a few for myself as a special gift to myself).

Stone has yet to let me down and this is no exception, they may have raised the bar a bit further.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:49:36 | More by mikejk305
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: Upon having another... Still love the beer, but toning back the score a tad.

Pours thick and pitch black with a dark brown head. Even held up to the light, nothing comes through. No highlights, no brownness, nothing.

Smell is a blend of bitter, but fresh, coffee and dark chocolate.

I know everyone has a bitterness threshold, and a few years ago this would've been too much for me, but now it is perfect. Smooth dark chocolate flavors dominate. They become even smoother and more pronounced as the beer warms. Also flavors of delicious roasted coffee, burnt toast, and a suprisingly heavy dose of hops that blend in well.

Mouthfeel was flawless. Perfect carbonation. Frothy and creamy.

This beer truly gets better as it warms. The bitterness is well balanced, and the 9.2 ABV is well masked, leaving just a warming feeling. I will definitely be buying another before they run out.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 15:29:00 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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SMADMS

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bommer into an imperial pint glass

A-- BLACK!! 1 1/2 finger head of mocha and nice lacing
S-- Chocolate bitterness and espresso/strong coffee
T-- Cocoa bitterness roasted malts and coffee. Wonderful balance of everything here
M-- SILKY SMOOTH dense and chewy
D-- Not so much in the summer but durnig the colder days I can sit with a few of this ...see how it is a room temp

GREAT STOUT

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 11:40:50 | More by SMADMS
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Bukowski's in Cambrige in a 12oz tumbler.

A - Black with a nice foamy cafe con leche colored head that slowly faded.

S - Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and alcohol

T - Tastes like it smells, heavy chocolate and alcohol, but not overwhelming. The alcohol hits you early but fades in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy. mmmm

D - Too heavy to drink very many too smooth to not have another sip. Think about boozy milkshakes.

Serve and savor on cool rainy Sundays

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2008 22:21:34 | More by yossarian14
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a package from Jw37. Thanks!

I gave this beer a perfect in both appearance and smell because I really do think it was perfect in these respects. Enormous four-fingers of fully brown head that has a wonderful cascading effect. Completely opaque from every angle. The aroma was that of sugar oatmeal cookies, very rich dark chocolate, caramel and slight spiciness underneath. Loved it!

Taste is that of espresso and sweet chocolate. Other flavors that came through were caramel and nuts. Very bitter with some hoppy, grassy flavors. Warming alcohol at the end makes for a great finish. Very great beer

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 18:25:08 | More by SirSketch
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body perfectly black. The head a wonderfully dark tan/light brown froth.

Enticing aroma is powerful with roasted coffee, which is a surprise because while this is an imperial/chocolate/oatmeal stout, its not a coffee stout. Smells great though.

The chocolate certainly show up in the taste. Thick and rich from the first sip. Followed by some roast coffee notes. Sneaky hop bite rides out of the coffee at the swallow. Chocolate returns to carry into the aftertaste.

Silky smooth slick mouthfeel. Oatmeal does a good job.

Yes its a BA cliche, but its dangerously drinkable.

One of Stone's best efforts, wich is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 04:23:22 | More by RonfromJersey
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wingman14

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, the darkest I've ever seen, with a dark brown head that fades fast. No highlights, no light passes through even when held against a lightbulb. Smell is malty and sweet with smoky overtones, and some nice chocolate notes. The taste starts smoky and sweet, then moves to a sweet flavor with chocolate notes and finishes with the alcohol tones. The mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, a nice balance of flavor, with intricate notes throughout the beer. This is has a nice drinkability, a nice ABV that doesn't restrict finishing the bomber. A beer that is a must, everyone should give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:29:06 | More by wingman14
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dankbrew21

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/31/09

A- Pours a thick motor oil black body with a chocolaty brown head that gained rising speed as I poured, overflowing the sides of the glass. Fair lacing.

S- Awesome aroma. Dark chocolate, some coffee. Some sour characteristics. I think I can sense a hint of oatmeal...

T- Silky mouthfeel. Not as rich as I expected, and a reoccuring coppery taste that I keep running into recently...hope it's not my taste buds. I taste a lot of cherry and a medium fluffy chocolate taste, not much bitterness though. Complex flavors and lots of them, good carbonation, kind of light. Flovor sticks with you for a while. Great beer besides that weird copper taste.

D- Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 18:13:18 | More by dankbrew21
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sammib528

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep mahogany with a thin cola brown head. Fades fast.

S=Roasted Coffee, Alcohol, Chocolate

T/M=Surprisingly dry with a thin body and lingering finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and port wine. A pleasant, balanced character.

O=I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 12:26:31 | More by sammib528
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drseamus

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and dark with a thin but decent off white head. Looks great and I love when no light can penetrate.

S: Nice rich aroma. Typical of a big stout but with a lot more chocolate and roast in the nose. I know the name is bitter chocolate, but it smells like sweet chocolate.

T: Now there's the bitterness! Damn, they really hit the nail on the head with this one. I get bitter chocolate in the taste and that silky smooth character from the oatmeal. Choklat from Southern Tier was too sweet for me but this is perfect.

M: Nice and smooth with a touch of an edge from the bitterness. Medium bodied in reality but during the blast of flavor it seems even more full bodied than that.

D: Great...one of the best beers Stone has put out in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:33:06 | More by drseamus
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.