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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

843 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 843
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my roommate. It's his birthday and I'll be nice

A: Jet black with a dark brown head that recedes slowly to a disk and over 30 minutes, a ring. Almost black highlights

S: Bitter chocolate, mild sweetness that's creamy in nature, mild plum/raisin-like fruitiness. Not a whole lot but still very appealing

T: If there was a truth in advertising award for beer, this would be a definite contender. Bitter chocolate oatmeal stout, you say? Well, that's what you get. Starts off with a plenty of bitter chocolate and ton of oatmeal smoothness. I know that's a description of feel but when feel makes its presence felt this much, it's almost an apt flavor descriptor. Unfortunately, there's a good deal of alcohol heat in this, especially as it warms up. Fizzles out on the finish with a mildly bitter finish

M: Ridiculously smooth and the rather low carbonation enhances that but the alcohol heat is waaaay too noticeable.

D: No trouble drinking this but in a year, I won't be sharing this

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:22:23 | More by DefenCorps
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Domingo

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oatmeal and chocolate you say? I'm in.
Pours an expected deep black with a rocky brown head. Lacing? Yup - all the way down.
Smells of espresso, baker's cocoa, bitter hops, and a little bit of burnt bread.
Tastes bitter from the cocoa and hops, but the texture is silky smooth from the oatmeal. I'm picking up more coffee flavors than chocolate. Lots of roasted flavors, and even a grapefruit-like hop finish that leaves a clean, but bitter finish. As this one warms, the flavors do become more pronounced. I'd definitely recommend keeping this brew only very lightly chilled.
The texture is smooth at first, although as it warms it loses a bit of it's integrity.
The texture does well when chilled, but the flavor's muted...but when it warms, it becomes a little watery.
The thing is, after drinking a sip, you tend to want to try it again, but there's something there that's a little harsh and keeps the drinkability lower than I'd like. Compared to other similar brews, the drinkability on this is lower as a result.
Stone never really fails at anything, but I'd have to say that this is probably my least favorite item from them thus far...which still scored a "B"

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 14:32:15 | More by Domingo
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Well this beer certainly looks like a oatmeal chocolate stout! Dark black and oily looking as I pour it, and the head shoots up from underneath to a faint coco tan looking head. Head is not enough to cover the entire top of the beer, but it fades into a thin tan ring that settles on top. This beer is dark and really is hard to find fault with.

Smell - They sure dumped a lot of chocolate into this, or so the smell would have you believe. Not much oatmeal to smell, and maybe a faint bit of coffee after it's swirled and coaxed out. If anything this tastes like it might be overly sweet. Smells very deep and very rich.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Well it isn't as balls to the wall sweet as I was first dreading. It does fall more into a chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee balance. It still has a very rich taste to it, and the alcohol is very present. Feel is on par and is medium bodied with a smooth delivery. Just a bit too burnt and not enough oatmeal flavor.

Drinkability - Stone could have done better with this one, but it is one that is worth trying. If you like chocolate go Southern Tier, and if you like oatmeal go St. Ambroise. You'll thank me later.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 06:25:14 | More by ryrust5301
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a tall, though collapsing, dark tan head.

Smell: Malty aroma smelling of freshly pulled espresso and dark chocolate sauce, with accompanying notes of prune skins, soot, and rubbing alcohol.

Taste: Thick, luscious maltiness with a sharp taste of espresso and burnt cocoa nibs. Light trace of fruitiness midway. Coarse, roasty tar component, maybe a touch of creosote. Very minor yeastiness. A bit hot on the roasty, creme da cacao finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rather chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Paired well enough with the movie "Ben-Hur". An epic brew for an epic film. A little harsh and rough around the edges at this present stage, but hopefully some time spent mellowing in the cellar will do wonders for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 23:13:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 27, 2008
22 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.
Oily black with a small head of tight bubbles. When agitated, alcohol coats the glass in a thin sheet.
Molasses and prunes dominate the aroma, with some subtle notes of chocolate and creamy oats in the background.
Flavor is light bitter/sweet chocolate, esspreso beans, with a hint of grapefruit on the finish.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth, and alcohol -though noticable in the aroma- is barely perceptible in the mouth.
Solid offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 07:34:02 | More by Padron4KM
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Stoneman78

California

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is the darkest of browns with an immense tan foam head that sustains, moderate lacing

Smell is deep bittersweet chocolate and lighter coffee malts alongside a stiff alcohol presence, hints of roast

Taste is initially full of dark bittersweet chocolate which dominates throughout, opens up to some sweet malts and touches of espresso and roast malts, hints of dark fruits, oatmeal grains, and earthy hops for balance, finishes with a moderate alcohol warming sensation

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth velvety texture, ample carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, well-balanced semi-sweet stout with a considerable alcohol boost, not in the top tier for this style but a must-have for any dark chocolate lovers

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 08:28:19 | More by Stoneman78
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jletts

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone IRS glass with a quickly fading mocha tan head floating over peat black. Smelled of boozy sweet chocolate with a touch of black pepper and oak. The alcohol burns the nostrils slightly. Tasted of dark cocoa powder, burnt oak, and peppery alcohol, with some sour notes come through at the back end. A pleasant aftertaste of bakers chocolate permeates every taste bud. The mouthfeel was silky, but powdery on the back end, and slightly viscous. A great concept for a stout. The alcohol was a little strong in the flavor profile and nose. Give this one some time and it will mellow out and improve greatly.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:33:15 | More by jletts
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kaseydad

California

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

I must say the bottle had me intrigued. I love the gargoyle theme though Stone has much better beers.

It pours a dark chocolate color with a finger sized brown foamy head.

It smells of bitter dark chocolate, raisins, coffee beans and dark roasted malts.

A major bitterness hits the tongue on initial sip but has a hint of black coffee as well. I was hoping for a more bitter chocolate taste as the label states, but I can't taste much of it.

A nice creamy mouthfeel on each sip.

I was really hoping for more from this brew, as I love Stone beers, but it just wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 00:20:54 | More by kaseydad
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone has a great product here with the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Pours black as night, just a great looking stout. It does, however, has that bitter aftertaste that didn't impress me as other stouts. This would be one brew to add to the drinkable stouts, if you didn't mind the bitterness of the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 04:07:00 | More by thequeen711
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my imperial pint glass.

This stout pours absolutely jet black with no light penetration. A small dirty brown head sits on top of the beer. This is a gorgeous looking stout. I served just below cellar temp to give this a chance to warm up a bit. The nose is really nice on this offering with plenty of roasted grain, bitter and rich chocolate notes, coffee, and black licorice. Once the beer warmed past cellar temp though plenty of hot alcohol notes quickly came on and overtook everything smelling like fingernail polish. The flavor profile starts out with plenty of bitter chocolate notes, light espresso, dark fruit, oats, and roasted grain. The alcohol I smelled in the nose comes across in flavor profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth from the oat addition with very low carbonation. It isn't nearly as viscous as some other stouts, but I like that actually. I do start feeling the warming alcohol though as I get near the bottom of this bomber. The drinkability is quite nice with how easy to drink this was both in the flavor profile and on the mouthfeel.

Bottom line I think in six months this is a huge winner, but it tasted a bit hot to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:14:16 | More by TheodorHerzl
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks thick off the pour. Very dark brown foam that settled to a thin cap with some chunky bubbles forming a collar. Spotty lacing clung to the glass. The beer was pretty much black with very thin reddish edges. Big roasty coffee aroma initially, which gave way to notes of dried fruit, dry cocoa, burnt malt, slight licorice and booze. Balanced bitterness with a nice chocolate and roast flavour. Sweet malts filled out the middle. Fruit character appeared towards the end with alcohol rounding out the finish. Full bodied, but not heavy, with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Alcohol warmth. This one's tasty as it is, but it's still a bit young and hot. Some time in the cellar should smooth things out a bit. As it is, drink it a little on the warm side or let it warm up as you're drinking. It takes the edge off the alcohol and makes for a more pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 01:28:16 | More by DrJay
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klewis

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a dark, bubbly head that settles to a thick halo. Moderate lacing.

S: Not much smell with just a light mocha aroma.

T: Lots of bitter, not much flavor. Taste is an earthy bitterness and flavors of chicory and coffee. A bit boozy.

M: Thick and heavy with a super smooth texture. Very light carbonation - just how I like my stouts.

D: Decent, but there just not much going on in the taste or smell for me to love this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 21:04:45 | More by klewis
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark motor oil that a bystander described as "disgusting." But us beer wisemen knew to be a defining and awesome quality. Not much head here, but the little head that does permeate is a dark brown. It looks gorgeous.

Smell: Unique smell, downright badass. Chocolate mixed with oatmeal. The chocolate presents itself as a dark smokey bitter smell. The oatmeal mixes and overwhelms the chocolate smell. One wisemen describes it as 'oatbread' or 'oatflour'.

Taste: Peculiar, the mixture of chocolate, oatmeal, and hops doesn't mesh as well as you would think. A definite taste of alcohol, with an ashy finish. Smokey aftertaste that hangs around. A real heavy malt presence. Not the most delicious beer but a challenge for your taste buds. One wiseman gave this a 4; the other a 3. We did a little algebra and came up with a 3.5.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick, but lighter than it looks. The taste lingers around in the mouth. Not dancing on the tastebuds, but stomping a good stomp.

Drinkability: I dunno if I'd sit around drinking these over better beers. Reminds the wisemen of old rasputin with oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 04:43:10 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 19:10:09 | More by TurdFurgison
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output01x

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 06:21:33 | More by output01x
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:02:28 | More by Monkeyknife
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 22:59:12 | More by RustyDiamond
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kbeals

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JohnGalt1 sent me this one a while back in a fantastic trade!

A- Inky black, very viscous on the pour. A finger of mocha colored head rises and disappears down to a thin crown of head. Thin veils of lacing throughout the session.

S- Chocolate and dark, roasted malts. A touch sweet with a slight amount of bitter aroma. Somewhat complex, but it doesn't seem to have that extra dimension like other RIS's have.

T- Relatively sweet and bitter. A good mix between the two, flavor reminds me of chocolate and coffee. No real amount of detectable hops, but the bitterness gives the illusion of hops.

M- Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. Pretty much what I expect for this style. Very good.

D- Sweetness gets to me after a while. It also has a detectable amount of booziness to it. Still a good beer though.

Many thanks go out to Toby, a truly epic trader!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:12:36 | More by kbeals
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 20:30:38 | More by Viggo
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored stout with a light brown foamy head that fades in about two minutes.Aroma is chocolate and alcohol.Taste is chocolate,alcohol and a touch of sweet coffee.This stout leaves a nice warm feeling from mouth to stomach.I recommend and will buy again!!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 04:01:50 | More by matty
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Jmamay22

New York

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I considered aging this one based upon what I've heard from others, but I couldn't help myself. Also, I've only one bottle.

The beer pours a serious inky black. It looks as if it would permanently stain my skin if I were to touch it. Not much of anything in the way of a head as there's only a thin collar of tan.

Smells of rich dark chocolates, but doesn't have the immense bitterness I had anticipated. There is a presence of brown sugar and a faint scent of plums.

Taste is somewhat muted in comparison to the smell. There's a roasted bitter chocolate. The bitterness balances out any residual sweetness. There's a slightly grainy cocoa, but beyond this there isn't much.

Mouthfeel is creepily smooth, but not as thick and viscous as it looked when pouring. The feel comes off as a bit of paradox in my mind. There's an interesting rich fullness that builds on the palate. Pretty damn drinkable as the alcohol doesn't come off as intrusive even during the later days of August.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:25:19 | More by Jmamay22
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours inky black, cream coloured decent head. Nose- dark chocolate, slight roast. Taste- no question there's some good bitterness from the chocolate here, but moreso a ton of chalk which causes drinkability to suffer somewhat. Chocolate flavour is at forefront, but not cloying at all. Body is thinner than expected, oatmeal didn't add as much body as I thought it might. A tad hot. Interesting effort, wouldn't want a whole bomber by myself though.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:17:49 | More by oakbluff
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imagineiii

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A stout over 9%, do I get run out of BA if I give this beer anything less than an A? Poured in my trusty dfh snifter.

A: I dont remember where this saying came from but its black as hell at night. The head quickly diminishes again, Im doing something wrong Im sure of it.

S: The most prominent smell is the bitter chocolate. there must be a ton of unsweetened chocolate per barrel in this beer. Hops are there, booze is there.

T: This beer changes more in the mouth than most Ive had. Its hops immediately slap the front of the palate, followed by oatmeal smooth sweetness over the middle and chocolate bitterness is all over the back corners of the palate. The chocolate bitterness sticks around to dominate the aftertaste but it keeps changing: it takes on more acidity, combined with the fact that its a stone beer, has to be attributed to hops. Can a beer with this much booze be too dry? i think it is.

M: Great at first, dryness and bitterness at the end is too much. Typical for a stone beer tho, and I usually sit on it for 6 months and its awesome (see double bastard and 11th anniv.) until then, im detracting some points.

D: No. Im half way done with a bomber and Im almost done with this beer for right now. Its smooth but bitter aftertaste doesnt leave me wanting more.

Ill sit on this guy and review it again later. If its anything like most stone beers itll be an A in 6 months or a year but its not for me right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:02:59 | More by imagineiii
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Treebs

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks stxSS07 for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Some oxidation as you would expect, but in a sherry kind of way. No real paper or cardboard notes, but slightly dark and pretty fruity. Dark chocolate bitterness with some dried oats.

T: Much like the nose. Bitter dark chocolate, steel cut oats, light dark fruit with minimal oxidation. The booze is well hidden behind a touch a char.

M: Medium thick bodied with a lower carbonation level. Smooth and creamy finish.

O: This held up very nicely and the slight oxidation gave it a dark fruit character that complimented the bitter dark chocolate nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:40:06 | More by Treebs
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HalfFull

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, pours a silky black with a standing mocha head. Head diminishes over a few minutes yet offers a frothy trail of lace.

Notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose and sweet 'yum just don't tell anybody' goodness.

A bit sweet and rich on the tongue, nice. Touch of alcohol on the nose, otherwise quite endearing.

Sweetness may encompass and confuse....check please....

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 07:27:07 | More by HalfFull
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.