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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of k3punk
2.64/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought from a no name liquor store in Ridgecrest, California. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a chilled tulip glass. Before I give my review I have to clarify that this is the second time I have tried this particular craft, the first time I bought it right from the brewery and it was great. This is a review of the second bottle, not nearly as good, please keep that in mind.

A - Black like motor oil. Barely any head, what is there is slightly brown in color. There is vitually no lacing. Looks like a good stout.

S - Coffee. Chocolate. A little bit chemical like.... ethonol or acetone. Very earthy. After it sat for a bit the chemical smell went away and everthing else settled down quite a bit.

T - This should just be called Bitter-Stout, I initially got no chocolate or oatmeal. Again with the coffee. After a few sips the chocolate starts to come through.

M/D - Overall a bit of a let down. Like I said, I remember this being much better the first time, so I may have gotten a bad bottle. But the review is for this bottle and this bottle was sub-par.

I would say, if you are a fan of stouts then try this for yourself, otherwise pass it up and get what you love.

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Photo of Overlord
2.27/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Finally had a chance to sample this.

Pours jet black with a luscious black head. Thick, clingy, and viscuous.

Smells like roasted malt and chocolate. Actually not that strong of an aroma, which was surprising. The taste is, again, roasted malt with chocolate (but, again, it's not THAT strongly flavored) with a hint of oatmeal. It's perhaps a decent beer, but a bit too acrid, and it's way, way, way too hot. In a distracting, choco mixed with ethanol sort of way.

**Age hasn't done as much for the beer as I thought it would. It's still got that astringent, hot choco-alcohol overload. Just ... not that good, unfortunately.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.27/5  rDev -69%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, shared by alfrantzell. Thanks Arne.

A: Pours like an imperial stout: pitch black in the glass, touches of brown, a mocha-colored head. Retention is on the longer side for an imperial stout, with the cap sticking around for a few minutes before lapsing into a thick donut around the brew. Lacing doesn't stick much, but it does leave nice sheets on the glass during a swig.

S: Roasted coffee, grains, bitter dark chocolate, and solvent. Blegh.

T: Dark chocolate with roasted grains -- initially suggests this is going to be a fairly balanced stout. Then the grains fall out and you get a very strong, astringent chocolate bitterness that pulls into the end taste, where ethanol takes over with a gusto. In the finish it feels like I'm drinking pure solvent. What a trainwreck.

M: Medium to full bodied, velvety smooth on the tongue. Carbonation was picked just right for this one. Of course the ABV is really harsh (almost inexplicably so -- 9% is hard to manage?), so points off...

D: Please don't make me drink this again. So bad.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.