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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 78 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Capone's

A - Rich, dark as night and oily in appearance. Thin brown head disapears quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Dark chcocolate, dark roasted malts and hops. A little astringent alcohol note. Maybe some dark fruits.

T - Bitter unsweetened cocoa. A little astringent alcohol bite at the end. The bitterness and the astringent taste get in the way of a very good initial sip. A little dark fruit perhaps.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy.

D - Between the bitterness and the booziness, this beer is a special occasion sipper. Maybe sitting a year didnt help this one, but the amazing initial taste keeps this still a beer worth trying.

Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy light-capturing-liquid, Batman! This beer is black. Pure darkness. It is a spectacle to look at because the head contrasts so mightily with the beer. The head, by the way is menacing and thick. The scent is not as appealing as I would have thought, much like a mix between walnut cookies and paint varnish. Oh wait, I can't smell anything but the alcohol. Whoa. On the taste, obviously there is a load of bitter chololate. The bitterness resonates long after the drink is swallowed, but it is such a nutty bitterness that it actually tastes fine. This is not like chewing almonds or walnuts...more like chewing on unprocessed cocoa beans. And my oh my, there is a whallop of malt and alcohol. Thick, deep malty notes drown out everything else BUT the alcohol. What an intense beer. It taps into the primal, without making you an animal. You really trade alcohol for taste here.

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

Large capped bottle, poured into a pint.

Pitch black, dark brown head, little to no retention, some lacing.
Aroma includes a noticeable chocolate, some burnt (not roasted) malts, and it is all quite faint.
Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I would have liked, it has a quite plesant taste, if not overly complex. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted (not burnt) malts, coffee, and maybe some oatmeal, but I could be just looking too hard for the oatmeal.
A pleasant brew, quite good actually, but below the very high standards I look for in a Stone stout.

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

A jet black opaque brew. One quarter of an inch of dark brown foam sat atop for a few minutes. Too dark to see any carbonation rising. Lacing is stick patches.

A very bitter aroma on the nose up front. A definite blend of oatmeal and barley malt with a bit of chocolate showing through. A minor presence of alcohol.

Strong bitterness up front of the first sip. A very strong oat flavor that is overtaken at the end by alcohol. Just a bit hot still needs some time. Only a hint of chocolate taste.

A nice coating on the tongue. Carbonation hits just a bit before subsiding.

A nice brew. Would work well with a chocolate dessert. Still a bit hot as of review date. With another year this one will be a great choice.

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

Pours a lovely opaque black, like it is so dense it sucks in the light from neighboring stars. Low carbonation, little head or lacing.

Chocolate and alcohol on the nose.

The bittersweet part of the title rings true - unlike most chocolate stouts it isn't particularly creamy. Lovely chewiness.

My only complaint is that the alcohol seems to dominate the aftertaste. This is aged over 20 months, so we're a little surprised that the alcohol isn't well masked. Still really enjoyable though.

Warming on a chilly night.

Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Flat dark black, with a minimal dark tan head that barely forms a ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly baking chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla and a little alcohol in the background.

T: More baking chocolate with an appreciable bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate and a light sweetness. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation.

O: A nice beer. Lots of chocolate flavor, but not much else.

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

Poured from a bottle dated July 2008. Pours black in color, with a 1/2 inch creamy brown head which dissipates quickly leaving a small sudsy layer that eventually disappears completely.

Lots of dark chocolate and sweet roasted malts on the nose. A hint of grainy oatmeal smell as well.

The flavor is full of dark bitter chocolate, immediately followed by a typical oatmeal stout flavor, and finished with a hint of dark chocolate-covered lemon wedge bitterness. Leaves a decidedly bitter dark chocolate flavor in the mouth.

Heavy body, moderate carbonation. Very nice alcohol warming effect without much on the tongue. I think this is a pretty unique and tasty concoction, albeit not very drinkable. I might drink this again, however I don't think I'd want more than one or two at any given time. I also found this to improve quite a bit as it warmed.

Photo of jamesm7485
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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 ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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 ffejherb
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA on 7/25/08.

A - Dark chocolate brown body with more than a finger's width of frothy mocha-colored head that left decent lacing around the glass. This puppy reminded me of a milkshake!

S - Surprisingly muted nose with faint notes of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Some roasted malt as well, but overall the aroma is quite subdued.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt up front that quickly seques into more of a bitter coffee aspect with a dash of earthy hops for good measure.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes moderately bitter on the palate.

D - Not as chocolately as, say, Suthern Tier Choklat, but still highly drinkable for such a big beer (9.2% ABV). Nice bitterness all around with this one.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a chalice. Pours a dark black, with a very dark brown head that cascades lovely down the inside of my chalice. Big 3 finger head that drops quickly to 2 finger head, then takes its time deflating to the level of the beer itself. This has got to be the darkest head I've seen on a beer in some time! I love the looks of this brew.

I detect chocolate and coffee aroma, burnt and roasted grains, and I also notice a little fruit poking through. Alcohol is evident here as well.

First sip reveals chocolate bitterness, with a lot of alcohol coming through. Subsequent drinks reveal raison sweetness, but not ever breaking away from the chocolate. Some coffee drifts in and out of the picture, as well as a timidly noticeable hop bitterness, but overall, bittersweet chocolate is the star here, with all other flavors playing supporting roles. I think a year minimum would do this brew proud. I will be picking up another bottle to cellar it for at least a year.

This is a thin to medium bodied brew, with a medium dry finish. I would have liked a bit more body. Appropriate level of carbonation though, as I like it a bit lower in dark beer.

Overall, a drinkable beer, but ultimately, one that I would (and will) cellar for a year at least. That being said, I wouldn't drink more than 1 of these at a time currently, this being reflected in my scoring for drinkability. I will revisit after cellaring, and edit review at that time, if necessary. Cheers.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, into a nonic pint

The usual roasty malt flavor and aroma. Chocolate takes a while to present itself. A touch watery for a stout, which I appreciate. Alcohol hides itself well, but is present after about a pint or so.

Surprisingly solid head, with warmth gets much more complex and smooth and creamy.

Not a world beater, but solid and different, worth a try or two.

Photo of nasty15108
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured pitch black with foamy tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Very astringent aroma. Malty aroma of dark chocolate with lots of alcohol mixed in. Slight hint of smoke.

T - Bitter and slightly medicinal. Hints of dark chocolate and smoke.

MF&D - I was actually a little let down with this one at first, but after it warmed it got a lot better. The warmth really brought out the flavors. Still, not as good as the RIP, but definitely worth checking out.

Photo of ksullnh
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 1/6/09, big wine glass.

Pours black as pitch, with a cordovan head that BA jnobler points out, "is darker than most beers." Holding it to the light almost causes an eclipse in the living room.

Chocolate and some not-too-sweet dark fruit smells stand out. Smells vaguely Belgian, but not as sweet. Some leather also stands out - like a baseball mitt just taken out for the spring.

Tastes surprisingly sweet at first with some alcohol. A late dryness creeps in with some bitter dark chocolate and cherry flavors. There's a bit of licorice taste with a bit of grape-y brandy like taste, somewhat reminiscent of SA Triple Bock.

Oatmeal lends some smoothness to the beer's mouthfeel.

Very nice... I'm interested to try one in a year or so.

Photo of output01x
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottled On July 2008) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that slowly recedes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly perfect black with no traces of color when held to light. Light lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Dark bittersweet chocolate and creamy milk chocolate aromas blend nicely with dark, roasted malts. Notes of burnt coffee beans and dark fruits can also be detected.

Smooth and creamy milk chocolate and dark fruit notes begin each sip but are quickly overtaken by dark, bitter chocolate flavors. A dry coffee bean and sweet dark fruit aftertaste finishes each sip.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer has a nearly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation allows the beer to coat your mouth fully without being too sticky.

While the appearance and nose are great, the flavor and mouthfeel are not as spectacular. The flavor is too sweet in my opinion which detracts from the coffee and chocolate flavors that should be center stage. The mouthfeel, which allows for great drinkability, is too carbonated in my opinion, as it does not allow the darker flavors to develop properly on your tongue.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Stone bomber, $6.99 in OH. The beer is black with an unreal head, chocolate milk colored and thick, loads of lacing. The aroma is strong with chocolate, more than any chocolate-style beer I've had to date. The taste, however, is not as good as I'd hoped. While the chocolate flavor is nice, this is way more bitter than I'd expected. A little acrid perhaps. The body is smooth but not as silky smooth as I'd hope for an oatmeal stout. Overall a disappointment for me, I'd hoped for more. Grade A on appearance and smell though...

Photo of pinotboy007
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque/black with a beautiful deep copper/espresso colored head that leaves moderate lace.

S - Not too much there... a touch of chocolate and hops.

T/M - Splendid espresso, cocoa powder, green olive, leather, and hops all coming together in a silky, creamy stout that's firing on all cylinders. The alcohol is there but it's very supportive in this sophisticated brew.

D - More than drinkable and would be great with BBQ, cigars, on its own - you name it. Wonderful stuff I intend to buy again and even let a couple of them age.

Photo of beernut
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of joewsorenson
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep solid black with two fingers of rich, creamy tan head.

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, and a freshly baked oatmeal cookie.

Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of bitter hops, and some booze. Some dark fruits appear in the finish.

Lighter bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

A pretty easy-drinking stout from Stone.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone IRS stem. Purchased somewhere in Nashvegas last year. Really black pour with espresso colored finger of froth. Aroma of bitter chocolate, Kit Kats.

Pretty bitter...dark chocolate meets cocoa nibs. Easy drinking, but all bitter chocolate. Well, bitter hops too, but a big roasty chocolate stout with a mostly chocolate taste.

Drinkability is good and I certainly appreciate Stone's efforts here.

Photo of Kevin72
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember fartingdog bringing this over but can't remember if it was from him or not. Thanks! Also had a glass at the brewpub a couple days before.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a flimsy ring, some lace spots. Smell is licorice and chocolate, some roast, caramel, oats, biscuit, alcohol, bit of fruitiness, kind of interesting. Taste is quite sweet, licorice, chocolate milk, toffee, some roast, oatmeal, biscuits, very malty beast, dark fruits and cherries, yeast, alcohol, decent balance in the finish, touch of roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Smooth for its strength, just didn't do much for me. Found it a bit too sweet and was expecting more of an intense chocolate rather than so much fruit.

Photo of cbros
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass.

A- Pours black in color with enough subtle head to tell that it is tan in color. The head disipates rather quickly. There is no cling to the glass after pour.

S- There are subtle chocolate and alcohol notes in the smell. I am also getting a roasted malt smell as well. Overall nothing to prominent or particularly appealing.

T- There are flavor combinations of roasted malt, chocolate, cocco and an alcohol finish. I am not really getting any tastes of the oatmeal portion but I have been hanging on to tihs for awhile so that might be a reason.

This has been sitting in my cellar for 8-9 months and I finally decided to pull it out and give it a try. I must say I am not overly impressed with this beer, especially since all the other beers that I have had from Stone have been top notch. Probably won't get this again.

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