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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

855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade. Gorgeous graphics! Looked forward to opening it.

A - Jet black and inky. Thick and opaque. Thin brown head fades quickly. Beer clings to the glass like a thin syrup.

S - Oats and roasted grain dominate with a hint of chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Reminds me of bourbon.

T - There's a metallic tang along the edges of my tongue, but not bad. Leaves a slight roast bitterness with some astringency. Alcohol rises from my throat just like a bourbon.

M - Silky smooth, with slightly low carbonation. Very creamy.

D - Not bad, but I don't think I want another one. It might be good cellared and aged. It would rock with some vanilla ice cream, like a float.

Photo of dedrinker
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly opaque black color with a richly colored, though thin, deep tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, though not any more special than a decent Imperial Stout should be. Flavors of bitter chocolate and figs, coffee and almost a bourbon-barrel aged character, but not quite. Medium full body with a sharp attack of acidity and bitterness on the finish - like black coffee. This has some aging potential, but I wouldn't go crazy over it. I've tasted better that cost less, and one of these days all these young beer geeks will grow up and realize that Stone makes really good beer - not really great beer.

Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of DaveHS in a summertime trade. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Brewed in July 2008

APPEARANCE: A very dark black pour, and relatively thick as well. A one finger, medium-thin, noisy, tan head with lousy retention forms and quickly crackles down to a slight wisp and ring. Jet black body, opaque, with no carbonation evident. Only a slight ring remains leaving no lacing down the sides, and it looks a little flat by the end. Thick, dark pour and body, but lousy head.

SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate and light caramel notes. Faint oats in there as well, but the chocolate is still the more dominating part of the nose. Nice, but needs to be a little bigger.

TASTE: Milder flavors up front again. Some roasted and light caramel perhaps, but the flavors come out much more after the swallow. Roasted and burnt malts, oats are there, and some definite and obvious dark, pure chocolate. Chocolate is very nice and goes really well with the base beer. Perhaps the age has helped the flavors come together so nicely. A touch of alcohol is still there at the swallow. Aftertaste is medium but lingers nicely with notes of roasted and caramel malts, bitter chocolate and some nice sweet molasses. Good balanced finish.

PALATE: Very nice here. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. Good weight for sure, and no bite. Very smooth stuff.

OVERALL: This was really good; definitely better than their normal Imperial Stout. The chocolate flavors worked really well in this, meshing really nicely with the roasted base beer. Though I’d never had the beer fresh, it seems like the three years in the bottle have done this beer well. The taste profile was well integrated and mellow, and the feel very creamy and smooth for the style. Good stuff and I’m glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks again DaveHS.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, dark black with a very small tan head. Smell is roasty with lots of chocolate. There is also a malt sweetness to the nose that makes this aroma quite pleasant. The taste is immediately chocolatey with great roasted malt flavors. I never had this beer fresh, but 2 years later, it's tasting mighty fine. The mouthfeel is nice and thick (which I was hoping for). Drinkability is pretty high.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Super thick and viscous ale that appears to flow sluggishly into the glass, opening up a one inch head that's much closer to brown than tan. Sticky, this lace lasts in a velvety film on top and in extensive legs down the side of the glass. Oh, and it's black. Very black.

Strong aromas of burnt grain, heavy on the roast and lighter on the richness of the chocolate. Alcoholic fumes do appear later on. Other flavors readily apparent from a deep sniff include dark, sweet fruits, sour apple, molasses, esters, and a slightly clove-like phenolic edge.

Smooth and full mouthfeel is wonderful, pretty creamy for such a strong beverage. Up front it's mainly burnt bitter malt, with pleasantly strong doses of chocolate middle and late. Finish leaves a trail of cacao beans down the throat, made noticeable by a mild prick of alcohol. The flavor and finish are indeed bitter, somewhat mitigated by the noticeable effect of the oatmeal, which adds its distinctive smooth and easy character.

The bitter and burnt far outweighs the sweet, and in this unusual instance - especially for Stone - we're not talking hops bitter. This is a strong, acrid brew, with overtones of extreme roasting bordering on acrid elan. Highly recommended. I would also advise putting a couple away for a few months, see what emerges.

Photo of ikantspel
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass

pours a hellish black with a reddish tan head.. bubbles are staying put

slight alcohol in the nose. chocolate,malty toastyness, belgian yeast in the nose

heavy chocolate, espresso hits right away, toasted malts soon follow it up, finished up clean

kinda acidic in the mouthfeel but pretty heavy.

i was kinda scared at first pouring this, got it at a pretty seedy liquor store for about 6 bucks. well worth it. broke my oatmeal stout cherry

Photo of pfelon
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Pure Luck this week. I was surprised to see it there.

It looks very dark and, honestly, a bit imposing for someone who may shy away from darker beers. Smell is distinctly alcoholic and gives a resin-y sensation, which nicely sets you up for a beer that isn't saturated by a searing alcholic taste, but rather a roasty, dark chocolate sort of flavor. I found it difficult to drink this at first- the burst of cocoa was a bit overpowering. But as my mouth adjusted, the subtle underlying elements came to surface. I think this is a fine effort by Stone, though their last two Anniversary ales were more my preference.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The stout is rather viscous, thick and oily as it pours into my snifter. A coffee-and-cream colored head, darkened a bit by milk chocolate brown, rises up on pour and quickly dissapates.

S: The nose is very chocolatey, thick with a strong burnt presence. A deep nutty aroma mixes with alcohol and syrupy chocolate to create a rich complexity.

T: At room temperature, the stout is a mouthfull. Dark roasted notes go head-to-head with dark chocolate. Cocoa powder and fuller baker's chocolate round out the flavor. Dark espresso, think Starbucks-level bitterness, coats the back of the mouth, full, dark and delicious. The oatmeal creates a smoothness just before the espresso turns bitter. Coffee and baker's chocolate are the finish.

M: The ale is complex, hot and boozy with a coffee/chocolate punch. The beer is a mouthfull, a challenge to get through.

D: One bomber at a time, the strength and intrigue of the beer won't allow any more.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

125 reviews as of this writting. I'll skip the usual review and free form this one. On the plus side I thought this was the dullest darkest brown heads I've seen on a black beer in some time. I liked the oat smoothness and chocolate aspects. On the ok but a bit much side, the heavy roast and battle between bitter bakers chocolate and hops left me thinking one was nice.

My hats off for their adventure.

Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2008-Opened 02-09-11

Pours pitch black with brown hues and a bit of tan head.

Good amount of bitter chocolate and roast in the nose with a nice coffee character overall.

Really nice oily oatmeal feel. Silky smooth with a great roasted bitter character. Bitter chocolate blends well with a good amount of bitterness from hops. The roasted character shines through everything though and gives this beer a dryness without taking anything away from the overall character of the beer.

Alcohol is hidden and subdued in general. Bitter cocoa with plenty of roasted character. This turns out to be a good blend of roasted character and oatmeal along with hops to give an overall pleasant double stout.

Photo of wknight167
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours black with a one finger brown head that slowly fades and leaves intricate lacing..

Nose- Tobacco, chocolate and roast coffee predominate.

Palate- Roasty coffee mixed with chocolate milk, so... mocha I guess?

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another anniversary offering from Stone which I expected to be good and it was. Obviously black, minimum brown head. It smelled like chocolate, tasted like dark bitter chocolate, fruit, and a strong alcohol component which was a little strong (and the reason I didn;t give a higher score for taste). It seems like most oatmeal stouts feel silky and this one does as well.

Photo of johnnieoz
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just picked up a couple at Wally's Wine in Westwood. Bottled, and now consumed, in July 2008. The 12th was brewed as a non-hoppy beer due to current hops shortages. Instead we have a bitter chocolate malt bomb on our hands.

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. A jet black motor oil of a stream cascades into the wine goblet. A large coffee-colored head that recedes ever so slowly. No light gets through this one.

S: Licorice and dark chocolate aromas. A touch of alcohol as it warms up.

T: This is rather uniquely bitter stout, i.e. you can tell that the bitterness is not necessarily from the hops. So it must be from...the Oaxacan chocolate? A bit rough on the palate - a little cellaring is in order here to achieve the desired balance. But there are nice tones of licorice, some sweeter malts and a chocolate taste as well. As it warms up, it's quite tasty.

M: For a beer of this power, this is a bit of a lightweight. Again, I assume some cellaring will help. It has a dry, crisp aftertaste.

D: One bomber will do for the evening, but with the help of others, I'm sure I could manage at least one and half in a session. Other than the roughness on the palate, this goes down smoothly. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste, it is creeping up on me....

The first Stone Anniversary beer I've had and it's a great one. Hit the jackpot since I'm more of dark beer/malt lover than a Hophead. There's craft in this one, and I look forward to trying this in some six month to a year.This is an A-class brew in the making...

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany to black with much effervescence & 4+ fingers of dark brown head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Roasted malt, coffee grinds & a touch of iron

T: Baker's chocolate, iron, & dryness up front. Dryness & boozeyness comes through as this warms, plus cocoa & roasted malt. Finishes with charred grain & chocolate

MF: Smooth, oily with minimal carbonation, some booze heat detracts a bit

Drinks good for the ABV, but this was semi-letdown. Good, not great effort from Stone, but worthy of a few pints before moving on, ABV was semi-detractor for the style & ABV, pretty good bang for the buck at $7 a bomber IMO. Sit on this a few months to a year & maybe much better???

Photo of Packforever1976
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours jet black, leaving a thick and creamy dark tan head. Head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a small layer on top. Decent lacing.

S: A nice blend of sweet/bitter dark chocolate in the nose. Some sweet malts and oats. A slight hint of bourbon as well. There is some alcohol smell in there as well.

T: Big punch of bitter dark chocolate in the front. Some dark roast coffee in the back. There is a faint citrus taste in the back as well.

M: Proper carbonation level. This is a little on the thin side, I wish it was more viscous/chewy. Even with the heat from the alcohol, it is still fairly smooth.

D: The heat makes it tough to give this one high drinkability marks. It's good, but not great. I'm glad I have a couple more in the cellar. I'm hoping that this one improves with age. I'll have to give another one a shot in a year or so.

Photo of dickieb
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as black as an beer I have ever seen. A big head up front dissipates to a fluffy 1/2 finger head. The smell is bakers chocolate and really no hops to speak of. The taste is rather bitter with chocolate and a bit of oatmeal, the hop presence is almost no existent but its not unbalanced. This is defintalty a sipper, but its and interesting take on the style. Always interesting with the stone anniversary brews.

Photo of Aenema
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep black with a slight, foamy brown head. Nice lacing, though it disappears quickly. No visible carbonation.

Smell - Sweet, chocolate aroma.

Taste - Syrupy chocolate and coffee notes with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, coating mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability - One 22oz'er of this was plenty for me. It was too sweet for me, some more bitterness/pure chocolate flavor instead of a sugary sweet taste would have been great.

Overall quite enjoyable, though I would definitely split any future bottles of this.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a creamy head that falls down without leaving too much lacing. Strong smell of bittersweet chocolate along with some dark fruits. Taste is composed mostly of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a tad bit of fruit. A bit alcoholic, but other than that it's fairly smooth and drinks well, although not in large quantities.

Photo of Mitchster
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$7.59 for a 22oz bottle. 9.2% ABV, OG=23.5P. Brewed with Pale Malt, Carmel Malts, Oats, Black Malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt and 100% Pure Cocoa. Hopped with Ahtanum, Summit, Willamette and Galena. Released 7/7/08.

Pours out to a clear very deep black, forming a large very dark brown head with good retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma hits me with big burnt malts, vanilla, black walnut, faint chocolate, espresso, and a pleasant smokiness akin to an Islay Scotch. When swirled, peanuts become evident. Alcohol is imperceptable in the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a big oily dense body. The taste begins with dark fruits, followed by some unpleasant fruity fusels and odd esters. Stone?! Fusels?! What?! Thankfully, this is quickly surmounted by deep roasted grains, anise, walnut, and espresso. The chocolate really doesn't stand out compared to the huge malt bill. Graininess and added minerals linger in the aftertaste with burnt grains in the finish. Herbaceous hops give it a moderate bitterness, although they are a big much.

This is a good beer, but not quite up to standard Stone quality. I've never gotten fusels in a Stone brew, and it makes this brew a disappointment. The herbaceous character of the hops is a bit too pungent for my liking, and I'd like to taste more chocolate for something in this style. Just because it's a big beer, does not a great beer make.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An essay on the back of the bottle...just talks about how the hop shortage affected the 12th anniversary beer in that they were somewhat forced to brew a more malt forward beer and utilize something else for "bitterness."

Poured into a large tulip glass. A very long and viscous pour developed a dense, creamy, tight brown head on top of an extremely dark brown body, verging on black.

This serious looking beer has a bold aroma. Many of the usual suspects: dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, Bailey's Irish cream and some sweet booze.

A dynamic beer to say the least. When it was chilled, I got more of the roast barley malt and a wonderful, rich chocolate aftertaste. As it has warmed, more aromas and flavors start to pop, and as the beer approaches room temperature, the booziness becomes enhanced, though never becomes "hot." Just does end up with an almost solvent character. Bitter chocolate, coffee, creamy...

Flavors were similar to aroma. Now at room temperature (just below) it actually becomes slightly unpleasant, though I wonder if that was because I poured in the "chunks" at the bottom of the bottle...should have left that out.

The body of the beer is medium heavy with a very smooth texture and plenty of carbonation for the style.

This was an enjoyable beer. I am glad I aged it for four years, because apparently it used to be "hot" and that's never good. I think the age mellowed the beer's alcohol burn, added a layer of complexity with maybe a touch of oxidation, and allowed the chocolate to come through better. Definitely though it needs to be chilled before consumption.

I would suggest this with any dense, rich, chocolate dessert, like lava cake or flourless chocolate torte.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: pours like viscous motor oil from the bottle, dark oily black, no highlights, opaque, with a brown head. The head dissipates but leaves lacing, and a brown oily sheen is visible on the glass when I tip it for a taste.

S: chocolate, caramel, coffee, bread pudding. alcohol also present in the aroma.

T: starts with lots of chocolate, followed by roast, coffee, toffee, caramel, and finishes with alcohol that also contributes bitterness. the roast and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M: thick, chewy, viscous but oily, slightly gritty to go along with the roast. heavy on the tongue.

D: while high in alcohol this beer is fairly drinkable. Lots of flavor and character; pair with a bold dessert that complements it (I chose pumpkin roll and vanilla ice cream, which worked well).

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours a black color with a nice creamy, light-brown head, good lacing. Very good looking pour. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is similar, maybe plum, chocolate, a bit boozy as it warms. Bitter chocolaty finish. Decent body, a bit watery. Pretty rich, and a little too alcoholic as it warms. Very good beer nonetheless.

Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2+ year old bomber poured into my favorite snifter glass

A: Beer pours a very dark used motor oil like black that does not yield much head. A slight off white sheen of head quickly dissolves in my snifter glass. Limited lacing but very sticky

S: Very boozy, malty, chocolate aroma to this beer. A complex theme of flavors that seems to center around a dark malt chocolate flavor.

T: Nice dark chocolate, liquorice, roasted malt taste with a hint of bitter hops. There is a distinct bitter chocolate malt finish to this beer which also revels a very strong alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with a very light carbonation to this beer. There is a medium thickness to this beer but the taste is quite smooth.

D: - Very drinkable beer given the thickness and high ABV content. This is a delicious beer that has aged quite well over the last several years. The interplay between dark chocolate, hops and malt backbone is most excellent!

Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pitch black with a brown one finger head that slowly settles to a thin rim.

Very light bitter malt aromas, which is very surprising. The alcohol comes through a bit as the beer warms. Some light molasses aromas emerge as the beer warms.

The bitter malts are repeated along with a little bit of dark fruit and caramel. Some hop bitterness is in there toward the end. Only a little chocolate is in there. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering bitter malts and a bit of molasses.

An okay American Stout, it seems to lack the smoothness of your typical Oatmeal Stout. That's where the bitter comes in though. Slight complexity, although I feel like the flavor wasn't as full as I would have liked. Decent, try it for yourself.

Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Pours a deep jet black color with a small and thin brown colored head that sticks around for a bit.
S: Smells of alcohol, deep chocolate malts, and some roasted coffee aroma at the end.
T: Tastes alot like it smells. Deep chocolate malts, roasted malts, some coffee flavoring perhaps from the roastyness of it, then a big alcohol finish and then a nice really really bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.
M: Very thick, smooth, and very warming.
D: OK drinkability. Possibly too much alcohol in this one, but a very good beer nonetheless.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.