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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

844 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 844
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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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)

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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Floydster

California

2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased for $6 at Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo, drank yesterday, reviewed from notes, poured into New Belgium snifter

A-Almost fully black, thin frothy head, some retention, nice lacing
S-Dark chocolate, mild hops, roasted malt, grains, butter, burned toffee, and faint coffee
T-Dark chocolate dominates everything, can barely taste the oatmeal even, lacks complexity, overwhelmingly rich, weird dry finish, aftertaste got repulsive after a while
M-Bitter and dry, full bodied, too much carbonation, very long lingering taste
D-Could not even drink ten ounces, made me so full, hot alcohol not hidden, high ABV

One of my least favorite Stone anniversary brews yet, just did not do it for me and very hard to get down, wish they would have kept up with the IPA trend but do not blame them with the current hop situation, would not drink again, still worth trying for yourself

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 03:57:59 | More by Floydster
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julian

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours jet black. no light getting through this one. minimal frothy chocolate brown head that disappears quickly. sticky brown lacing.

S: roasty and burnt notes prevalent, followed by hints of coffee, bitter chocolate. noticeable boozy aroma follows.

T: As the name implies, there is a very prevalent bitterness to this beer mixed with a warm alcoholic feel. As it warms there are more noticeable burnt and roasted tastes along with coffee flavors. It's hard to put my finger on it, but there's an unusual aftertaste that lingers. It's kind of clingy and phenolic, like the smell of wood varnish caught in your throat...that's the best way I can describe it. As the beer warms, more flavors are released.

M: bitter, and medium carbonation mixed with a warming alcoholic presence. I think the bitterness overwhelms most everything else.

D: relatively high ABV and pervasive bitterness make this hard to keep drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 21:24:29 | More by julian
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker glass. The body was opaque and seriously black with a muddy frothy head. The head seemed to be ever generating and looked like a double dark chocolate milkshake.

The smell was nearly absent. Alcohol and peeper were the primary properties.

Taste was of roasted grain bitterness. Coffee. Raw cocoa. Lingering bright bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth but not as viscous as I had anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 19:14:41 | More by Cresant
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a friend after dinner. Pour pitch black with a tan head.

I'm not feeling this beer. It reminds me of Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S., another big oatmeal stout I wasn't crazy about. At first the aroma smells like pure vodka, but eventually roasted grains come out. The flavor isn't much better for me as it tastes like a mess. I can tell there are black malt, chocolate, and oats, but the flavors tend to clash instead of working together. I should add that it's not like this beer tastes bad, it's just that for all that's going on, it could be better. I seem to be out of the norm here, but I'd still say this beer is worth a try for something different.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 13:11:25 | More by tempest
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mentor

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2008 bottling, aged ~18 months in my cellar. Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smell is mild overall. Bitter and dry cocoa powder. Clean alcohol and mild dark fruits. Anise is very low, as is a nutty and wet chocolate.

Tastes dry from carbonation, baker's chocolate powder, and edgy alcohol. Malt is chocolate and almond. Dark fruits of prune and raisin. Hops are grassy drying with a bit of blackberry flavor. Hard to tell about hop bitterness as the other drying and rough flavors are rather strong and could cover it up. Honestly, the alcohol is rather piercing and unpleasant. After a while it really dominates the experience.

Light in the mouth and too strong of carbonation. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:03:32 | More by mentor
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -27.2%

12-24-2011 00:22:18 | More by jophish17
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Crosling

Colorado

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, nearly opaque and appear inky black in the glass. Light tan heads fades into a collar around the glass. Very light aromas of dark fruits, roast and chocolate. Lots of taste, but not the greatest balance. Very heavily roasty and burnt, some dark fruit notes, with a light hint of chocolate. Hops as well, especially towards the finish. A bit brash and overly bitter for my taste, but I suppose it has decent aging potential. Towards the end of the bottle, I was liking it less and less.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 21:15:24 | More by Crosling
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

I love my oatmeal stouts, but imperializing the style seems to defeat the purpose. Let's see what Stone can do with this one.

Pours a complete midnight black with a full two finger dark brown head that reamains for quite some time. A thick layer of webbing is left on the sides covering just about everything. Smell consists of wet cardboard, charred wood, and smokey malts. Not much chocolate or oatmeal in the nose, hmmm. Taste starts off with bitter hops and cocoa powder with dry wood. Spent coffee grinds midway with a cough syrup burn and dark fruits. Where's the oatmeal? Aftertaste is dry and smokey and lasts much too long. Body is full and chewy with a subtle but stinging carbonation. Way too much going on with this beer, it seems to be all over the place. The burning alcohol and powerful bitterness really kill the drinkability. I'm hoping some age will smooth this out and bring about some sweetness, I guess we'll have to wait and see. Oatmeal stouts are supposed to be smooth and drinkable, not harsh and boozy. I'll pass...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 22:55:19 | More by BeerTruth
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-10-2012 18:11:01 | More by djrn2
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david18

New York

3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not crazy about this beer which i think is collateral damage from the hop shortage. I applaud breweries finding innovative ways to work around hops but what about just making beers that aren't as bitter. Using other bittering agents just doesn't work. I like the chocolate smell but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:41:59 | More by david18
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cool from 22 oz silkscreened brown bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost jet black, with crystal clear dark brown at the edges, forms a nice meringue like 1/8" head of very fine dark tan bubbles.

Aroma is very subtle, meaty and boozy. Didn't pick up any chocolate note until it was warmed to room temperature.

Flavor is mostly dry cocoa, with burnt flavors, not much in the way of clean roastiness. Woody, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick and flat, notably low carbonation and low bitterness, and with a bit of alcohol burn.

Drinkability is really disappointing. This is the least enjoyable Stone beer I've ever tried. After two amazing beers for their 10th and 11th Anniversaries, this one is a big let down. Oatmeal stouts don't lend themselves well to being amped up, I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 12:03:51 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

well...it's dark. and so is the head above it.

and well...it smells bitter and chocolate. smoky, almost grilled,

bitter malts and smoky flavor. the brew itself is fairly smooth but malt and hop bitterness offer a bit of texture. truth is, i'm not sure how flavorful this beer is

boozy and hot, with plenty of roasting astringency. i must say sufficient sweetness establishes some balance though i can't decide if it's adequate. truth be told the bitterness is on the precipice of too robust and i'm not sure it can be warranted simply because it says so on the bottle (cyanide oatmeal stout would be accurate advertising but would most likely not score well).

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 05:30:48 | More by bruachan
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jdaelhousen

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black colored body, small amount of head that disapates quickly, however the brown colored head just looks like chocolate milk suds.

Aroma contains strong hints of cocoa combined with roasted espresso, oats and a hop bitterness of earth & pine. Alcohol percentage is also very noticeable from the initial smells.

Taste contains an up front mark of roasted espresso/coffee notes and chocolate. The high ABV is immediately noticeable and produces a very smokey flavor at the center. At that point, the flavor of hop kicks in to give off a counter kick of bitterness.

Aftertaste leaves a roasty, malty, coffee and chocolate flavor on the palate, as the alcohol warms the back of the throat. The bitterness is too much however, and does not blend well whatsoever with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Overall, a disappointment after quality anniversary ales the last couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:00:31 | More by jdaelhousen
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charlzm

California

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE: 2010/01/06

Haven't had any of this in over 15 months. Let's see how it's doing...

Pours thickly at 50 degrees F into the trusty Triple Petrus tulip/snifter. One finger head of very deep tan bubbles settles down to a thin sheet of lacing in a couple of minutes.

Aroma is rich, slightly musty baking chocolate.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick but not syrupy by any means. Creamy.

Flavor is slightly sour and slightly metallic on first blush. Chocolate is mellow and subtle and there's a hint of Kahlua-like burn at the end. Hops are not evident.

As the beer warms, something is off in the flavor and aroma and I can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it's a touch of solvent creeping in, especially in the nose. Alcohol content is very noticeable as temp increases.

Didn't age as well as I had hoped, though I don't know how this beer was cellared - I found it on the shelf at a beer store for $14.99 in late 2009.

___

UPDATE: 09/26/08

Beer is drinking much better now; flavor is smoother, more chocolate and alcohol burn is greatly diminished.

___

Consumed 07/28/08.

Pours an opaque brown so deep it might as well be black. A good sized dark tan head develops, subsiding to a sticky foam that coats the sides of the glass quite nicely, thank you.

Aromas are oatmeal and alcohol with some chocolate notes.

Texture as the beer enters the mouth is smooth, baby, smooth. Velvety, even.

Flavor is hot, with brash young alcohol pushing to the fore. Chocolate is evident, though not as strong as expected. Dark malts on the verge of burnt and whatever hops Stone added, provide an experience much like drinking a dark, bitter, high-quality chocolate beershake.

This having been said, the beer will almost certainly benefit from aging. Oddly, the draft version of this beer is far superior at this point.

APP - 4.5
SMELL - 4
TASTE - 4
MOUTH - 4.5
DRINK - 4

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 22:02:52 | More by charlzm
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malty

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one's (bomber) been in the cellar for at least 6 months.

Pours pretty thick and black as night. A loose 2" head quickly dissipates to a mere 1/4". The still dark khaki head looks very ominous. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smells very similar to a Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout - which is a very good thing. Sweet oat malts and a big blossoming aroma of freshly shaved 70% chocolate (cocoa). A few swirls of my Whitbread Extra Stout stemmed tulip chalice (LOVE this glass) evoke an even deeper yet softer dimension of the chocolaty goodness.

Man, the label tells the truth...'Bitter' is the initial flavor when tied to the generous dark chocolate notes that really engulf the entire pallet at first. There is a strong hit of fusel alcohol right out of the gate as well. I'm trying to get more flavor components out of this beer, but the rigid fusel alcohol is all up in my grill. I'm trying to detect more redeeming qualities from the flavor, aside from the generous and heavy bitter dark chocolate, but I really cannot. I'm getting a little iodine/salty flavor way at the back.

Mouthfeel is great. Fine gentle carbonation is well placed making the soft oatmeal body glide. Just a tad shy of heavy bodied for me.

Drinkability for me is really low, due to the fusel alcohol. Just can't shake this.

Overall a great execution of using chocolate as a main ingredient in a big beer. I sure hope this bottle isn't infected as the carbonation is fine and there were no signs of funk around the cap, etc... It's a shame I don't have someone here to share this bomber as I'm going to move on to something else quickly. The first less-than-great beer I've had from Stone to date. I feel sad this beer didn't keep the excellent Stone streak alive. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 21:23:06 | More by malty
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ccrida

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Hommel snifter, the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is a pitch brownish black with a large cocoa colored head that is pretty quick to settle to but leaves decent foamy lace.

Smell is dusty chocolate and nougat, a bit like a Three Musketeers bar. As it warms, the rubbing alcohol aroma is so strong that it literally singes my nostrils if I bury them to deep in the snifter!

Taste is sweeter then I was expecting, caramel and chocolate, with lots of alcohol on the very bitter, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is very silky, thank you oatmeal, with a heavier body that is thinned by the booze. The best part of this brew by far.

Drinkability is ok, this is an intense beer that is made for slow sipping. The astringency of the bitter chocolate (think baker's, not candy bar) is pretty harsh and quickly tires the palate. Not sure how the flavors will round out with time, but right now it's really boozy. I assume the bitterness from the chocolate will only amplify. I'll probably buy 2 more to see, but that's it!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 06:56:45 | More by ccrida
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap -> 12 oz goblet

Arrived a dark black with a nice dirty brown head.

Nose: Malty, some cocoa, alcohol

Here's where it went wrong for me. The chocolate flavors were present, and the bitterness was medium and lasting, but i just couldn't get past the smokey meat flavor. Made me think rauchbier, over the top rauchbier. I let some friends sip and they had the same feeling, taste like bad meat.

I love stone and will give this a try next time a see it, to see if i was mistaken, but my advice is to avoid on tap and grab a bottle to age.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 18:02:31 | More by beerphan
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black, used motor oil, with a gigantic, dark caramel colored, frothy head. Tons of lacing left along the glass. Smells very roasty, very malty, some cocoa. Taste is more extreme roastiness, some rolled oats, dark unsweetened baking cocoa/chocolate which tends to be pretty bitter is highly distinguishable. Im noticing most of the bitterness coming from the raw chocoalte taste than any type of hops used. Very tasty but their is a certain off flavor in the finish. Kind of metallic, which makes the beer a lot less enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very heavy and oily, good carbonation, dry finish. One of these bombers is definitely enough for me. I would prefer a single 12oz'er actually.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 15:10:14 | More by Doomcifer
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dragonWhale

New York

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost made a grave mistake with this bottle. After transporting it entirely across the country for the sole purpose of sharing with my lady, accidentally took this to the disc golfing, having pulled it from my box of homemade cider. Blindly, and in a rage at my double bogey on hole 5, I pulled the bottle from my bag and popped it, neglecting to notice that, for once, a cap and bottle matched breweries. No there was no time. The brown foam showed, I knew my error. Quickly, I sipped once and sealed the bottle back up with the creasing of my knife.
Confident in my seal, I continued upon the course and upon my poor performance. Some days are not for kings.
Upon the return to Brooklyn, the bottle was opened to great fanfare and celebration. Still sporting healthy carbonation due to my advanced reflexes (beyond catlike), this sexy deep purple brown black with its sex head was right on for an imperial stout. Huge, surprisingly huge, alcohol nose blasting off with the bitter chocolate. Really not much else, very little roast or big malt and fuck the oatmeal, where is that?
It's tasty, but the alcohol is amazingly still violent in this beer after a couple years. Really amazing. The chocolate in it is good, but the violence of the alcohol is reminiscent of Huck Finn's father.
Very surprised, since I remembered liking it quite a bit the first time I had it. Still liked it, just would've thought it'd be in a much more contemplative stage of life by now. Or am I just getting older?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 05:43:54 | More by dragonWhale
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Motor oil black with no accents at the edges... not even with bright sunshine behind the glass. An outstanding looking cap of coffee-with-cream colored foam sits atop the beer. The foam looks milkshake creamy and is beginning to leave tattered sheets of lace that look great as well. Easy call.

For a double stout to which 'artisanal chocolate' has been added, the nose is disappointing. There's almost no chocolatiness and there isn't much roastiness either. Since the idea was to brew a beer with few hops... ditto on that score too. BCOS does smell 'black' malty, and there's a bit of alcohol, but that's about it.

12th Anniversary Ale might have sounded good on paper. Too bad it doesn't work very well in liquid. I'm not sure why Stone didn't brew a big, sweetish, chocolate stout in the manner of Southern Tier Choklat. They might not have been able to top that legendary brew, but the result would almost certainly have been preferable to this. Dark chocolate works. Burnt chocolate doesn't.

The problem, I think, was in trying to replace hop bitterness with chocolate bitterness. It gives the beer a sharp, astringent, almost medicinal flavor, that isn't helped by too much unmasked alcohol. For whatever reason, the malts don't provide much flavor or complexity and whole thing sinks under its own weight. Too harsh? Maybe, but Stone set the bar high by virtue of the rest of their deliciously drinkable lineup.

The mouthfeel came through unscathed, as I knew it would. Brewers this talented don't suddenly forget how to design beer that is a joy to drink from a sensory standpoint, no matter what questionable decisions they make with respect to ingredients. Cliff Notes version: medium-full and velvety smooth.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is not a beer for beginners and it isn't even a beer for connoisseurs (yes, in my humble opinion). It's too unforgiving and it isn't that easy to drink as a result. I'm confident that 13th Anniversary Ale (whatever it is) will get this train back on the tracks... where it belongs.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 15:07:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

That's a lot of words for just one bottle. Pours a black hue with lighter darker brown hues. Mostly hazy when held to the light. Some lighter tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose has a nice malty aroma with some lacto/milky notes. The malt to start has a rich smell with noticeable chocolate and coffee notes. Some milky notes are there but some what subtle. Noticeable solvent and fusel note but not over whelming. A earthiness that isn't all hops on the back end as well.

The taste has more of a malty backing and less of the chocolate and lacto. To start there is some astringency from the malt. There is more of a roast characteristic than chocolate. Some minor coffee notes as well. There are some hints of oats on the back end but very limited overall. Would like more chocolate and milky flavors. There are some yeast notes but nothing over the top. Noticeable fusel notes. Some minor mint and rose esters as well. There is a noticeable hop flavor on the back end which is odd for style.

The body is moderate to full. Some astringency from malt and hops. Would have liked more of a milky/silky feel. Overall a interesting beer. I think it will age nicely but for now, eh.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 15:23:30 | More by Oxymoron
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip

opaque black. brown head fades to wisps and thin ring. minimal lacing.

VERY weak nose. forceful inhales will give only a hint of coffee or chocolate. almost came to room temperature, and still very little.

relatively standard, almost bland, stout flavors. hint of roasted and charred malts, trace of coffee and cocoa. some sweetness with alcoholic backend. mild bitterness that really isn't reminiscent of chocolate.

thick, almost syrupy. gentle carbonation.

certainly drinkable, but very unimpressive, especially coming out of one of my favorite breweries. might get a bottle to age, since it's not that expensive, but only out of "loyalty" to stone. and even then, probably not... seriously, what happened here?!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 22:35:49 | More by tai4ji2x
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a beautifully viscous stout as it pours from the bottle and forms a pitch black body with a large mocha head. Sheets of lace adorn the glass as the foam slowly dies down to a wispy film. Certainly a looker, regardless of the style.

An oddly subdued aroma reveals little more than dark roast. I'm really getting my nose in there to try an pick up other flavours, and perhaps there are ghosts of chocolate, fruit and oatmeal but they're very faint. Stone decided not to make this one as highly hopped as their other offerings, and they seem a bit lost without it in this instance.

The taste is undeniably bitter, and while I applaud the brewer's attempt to find a good alternative to hops, I'm not sure chocolate is the answer. The bitterness is astringent, acrid, and occasionally inky, seemingly lacking everything I love about hops. Its too bad, really, because it detracts from an otherwise attractive beer. There's a strong roastiness, verging on burnt, which is tames somewhat by a prominent and rich dark fruitiness. Mild notes of oat add some depth and do wonders for the body, which is full and chewy. There's no getting away from the bitterness, though, and its lingering presence in the aftertaste isn't doing anything for this lover of uber-hopped brews.

Even with 18 months on it, this beer is still too unbalanced for my liking, and while some flavours have obviously rounded out, the bitter nature of the chocolate remains overpowering. Thankfully business reverted to normal with Stone 13th, but I'll have to chalk this one up as a rare Stone miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 15:39:51 | More by bobsy
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madvermin

California

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another shared beer courtesy of AwYeh, thanks Luke.

Poured a deep brown/black with a nice two-finger tan head that lingers for a while. This doesn't seem as black as other beers, but maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Fine bubbling leaves excellent sheets of lace until swirling removes them.

Smell is a nice blend of roasted grains and deep roasted coffee to go with a good earthy, oatmeal character. Chocolate is baking chocolate quality in terms of bitterness, but lacks punch as the coffee and oatmeal cover it up.

Taste is a good blend of charred malt and dark coffee with a decent amount of booze at the back. I'm surprised that that's present after a couple years on this, but it isn't too much of a factor anyhow. Chocolate is a good bitter chocolate, but combined with the malts a strange sweetness comes about that I don't like too much. There isn't nearly enough oatmeal goodness in here either, something I was looking forward to. Solid, but disappointing.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and and creamy, with plenty of stickiness all around. I want more smoothness though. Drinkability is decent, but not really even above average due to the weird booze and coffee combo. Oatmeal helps out a bit, but it needs to be amplified. I was looking forward to this brew, and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 14:28:57 | More by madvermin
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

05-12-2012 19:49:37 | More by Skye1024
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.