Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.03/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
07-22-2008 12:03:51 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -26%
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).
09-13-2009 05:30:48 | More by bruachan
3.1/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
07-20-2008 23:00:31 | More by jdaelhousen
3.13/5 rDev -24%
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.
Beer is drinking much better now; flavor is smoother, more chocolate and alcohol burn is greatly diminished.
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
01-06-2010 22:02:52 | More by charlzm
3.13/5 rDev -24%
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.
12-07-2008 21:23:06 | More by malty
3.15/5 rDev -23.5%
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!
08-24-2008 06:56:45 | More by ccrida
3.15/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
09-05-2008 18:02:31 | More by beerphan
3.18/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
08-02-2008 15:10:14 | More by Doomcifer
3.18/5 rDev -22.8%
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?
04-04-2011 05:43:54 | More by dragonWhale
3.18/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
03-27-2009 15:07:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.2/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
08-29-2008 15:23:30 | More by Oxymoron
3.2/5 rDev -22.3%
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?!
07-17-2008 22:35:49 | More by tai4ji2x
3.2/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
01-22-2010 15:39:51 | More by bobsy
3.2/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
03-23-2011 14:28:57 | More by madvermin
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
A sexy, sexy beer. An Exotic and impenetrably opaque obsidian. Aggresive pour rewards a fading finger of firm foam with only moderate lacing.
What aroma there is smells mostly of very toasted malt. A hint of something sweet, hiding in there as well. No hops to speak of.
It is quite bitter, almost solely from the dark malt. I do detect some minor hopping, a touch more wouldn't go astray. A pleasant sweetness is evident in the middle, quickly followed by more coffee bean espresso. As my girlfiend pointed out, some miso soup in the mix as well. The alcohol is a touch prickly. There's not a lot really going on. A dark chocolate coated arabica bean.
Body is robust enough with good carbonation encouraged by a good sloosh between the teeth.
One was fun.
01-26-2010 19:48:40 | More by Trizzle
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
I received this bomber in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks again Russ! Stone's 12th Anniversary glugs out of its bomber and fills my snifter with an inky black liquid. The head is dark brown, so dark in fact it seems to be laced in purple. The head leaves behind some sticky lace and never falls below one finger. The body lets zero light come through.
The alcohol is big upfront along with bittersweet baker's chocolate. The alcohol gets more and more solvent like as this beer warms and it gets to the point it's hard to pull anything else out. Darks berries and roastiness flash through but only make short appearances before the baker's chocolate and booze take over again.
The flavor is a little smoother then the nose but still somewhat harsh from all the noticeable booze. Although the chocolate is still bitter there seems to be a nice helping of deep dark chocolate thrown into the mix as well. Roastiness kind of shoots all over the place and never really straightens itself out. I can see this beer being better after some time but the alcohol is too big right now.
I was hoping to get more body out of this big oatmeal stout but was let down in the mouthfeel department. The body is on the heavier side of medium and works through quickly. I would have liked to see the silky smoothness that I expect from oatmeal stouts, especially of this size. The booze gets in the way here with fumes rising through the mouth and nose after each drink and before the somewhat drying finish.
The drinkability just isn't here. The alcohol is way too noticeable and the bitterness is too sharp for the style. This bomber will be more then enough for me.
I like all of Stone's lineup but this one falls short by a long ways. There's too much booze, too much baker's chocolate bitterness, too many big flavors that don't come close to meshing. This is a big overdone mess that aims for every direction. I have another bottle of this that I'll give a couple years which I think will help this beer immensely. I think over time the flavors will mellow and come together much better.
10-04-2008 04:31:47 | More by joe1510
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
Inky black body. Thin coating of brown cream on top. Moderate amounts of lace are left behind. Aroma is chalk full of bittersweet chocolate, anise, rum soaked raisins and cherry. Flavor is some of the same, but also some fusel alcohol contributions that bring it down. A little too much heat for my liking. Didn't expect this much from a 9.2 beer. But other than that, there is the bitter chocolate notes and anise oil and coffee. Body is medium at best and carbonation fairly low, which doesn't detract from the experience. Not one that'd I'd need more of anytime soon.
10-10-2008 04:52:18 | More by Bighuge
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
750 bomber picked up at steves awhile back when it first came out
A-Gives a good fluffy tan/chocolate colored head on top after a medium pour. sticky to the glass, and slow falling.
S- pretty bitter smelling, chocolate and roasted scents all over. other than the strong bitterness seems pretty standard for a stout.
T- thick malty characteristics, the chocolate is less intense then i was expecting, pretty tasty. theres a solid hop presence to it, which im not really pro or con on it, however this one gives me a wierd aftertaste and i feel like the hops are part of the mis-match. ohh well, still ok, just a little annoying
M- full body, smooth light carbonation
D- its alright, the aftertaste hurts it, but its still a decent beer, but a 1 and done for me.
09-29-2008 01:23:09 | More by Atron67
3.33/5 rDev -19.2%
Pored out of a bomber too cold @ fridge temperature. Black liquid, easily compared too used motor oil! Almost no head. The foam that was present was a beautiful mocha, but faint way to quickly. dated july 2008. Drank in april 2009, so it's a 9 months old brew.... i wonder if that's responsible for the "no head" beer.
Nose is a bit disappointing for a brew that claim using artisanal chocolate. Cold, nothing very special comes up. Let it warm a bit and then chocolate and roasted coffee comes up. Alcohol is definitely involved in here.
Mouth is revealing a full bodied beer. You cannot miss the bitter chocolate flavour in here. Roasted coffee comes up as it warms up. Would risk myself to say burn chocolate too ! As bitterness comes more from the chocolate then the hops, bitterness is "twisted" and unusual for those like hoppy beer.Medium-low carbonation
after taste is long and bitter, traces of coffee and brown sugar.
Finally, This brew would have been better if it was a bit more creamier. I would have expected something more refined since it is an anniversary brew.
04-19-2009 02:04:27 | More by blaje
3.33/5 rDev -19.2%
Poured into a snifter.
A- Ok, it's a dark beer with almost not head forming and I was pouring it straight down the middle. Upon swirling a very transient cap of foamy bubbles forms.
S- I get alcohol, anise and dark chocolate. It actually smells like it might be roasty sweet.
T- Starts out hitting you with bitter roasted malt. There seems to always be a bit of dark unsweetened chocolate behind there (surprise huh?). It is very stout like.
M- good, thick I guess you could say, not the thickest beer ever which is good. carbonation is really fine.
D- Just not the kind of beer I like I guess. Not feeling it much.
08-14-2008 04:51:37 | More by MiScusi
3.33/5 rDev -19.2%
Appearance: Pours a ridiculously dark black; even the pour is black and opaque. Possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. Not much carbonation here, and the head suffers a bit for it, receding to a ring quickly and leaving no lace.
Smell: Loaded with dark chocolate goodness, molasses, charred grains and a hint of dark fruit.
Taste & mouthfeel: Dark chocolate, like a 100% cacao chocolate bar; as the name implies, there isn't much sweetness here. Instead, it's all about the charred grain, cacao and burnt whole grain bread. The body is medium-full, not quite as full as I was hoping for an imperial oatmeal stout however. There's some heat in the finish, more than I was expecting from a beer of 9%, along with a slightly acrid bitterness. Hopefully this mellows in time, because with a bit more smoothness this would be a great beer.
08-23-2008 00:37:58 | More by largadeer
3.35/5 rDev -18.7%
Like Night time pouring from a bottle into a glass this is a midnight black. Put that baby up to the light and saw some wooly mammoths in there.
Smells of alcohol, some cocoa, roasteyness, bakers chocolate. Not great though. Very faint, mostly alcohol.
Quaker oates, bitter, chocolate, mocha, too hot for the hottub says the quaker oats man. You can feel the alcohol warming you up like hot chocolate on a winter day.
Mouthfeel is sweet which gives me new hope, like Star Wars episode IV, when Lucas didnt suck.
If this beer was meant to be aged it will rock, right now its all thumbs. This is the beer equivalent of ADD, but I think in 6 months or so it will be fantastic. Here's to hoping!
07-20-2008 05:55:10 | More by Murchmac
3.38/5 rDev -18%
Pours black with a thin brown head that immediately disappears.
The smell is of baker's chocolate, something rubbery and slightly burnt. Aroma improves a bit with progress.
The taste is of bitter chocolate with boozy alcohol. Bitter with restrained sweetness, though some chocolate chip oatmeal cookie does come to mind in the aftertaste, at first. As it progresses, it takes on more of a burnt coffee taste. Then, oddly switches back and forth. Acidity pretty high on a whole.
Almost full bodied, with a bit of thinness showing through at times.
Despite booziness/high abv, and some characteristics that seem to pop through throwing it off, it does have a certain "sipping" drinkability. I do have mixed feelings about this one, with some smells and sips better than others. As a whole, though, the burnt edges and small other "detractors" (i.e. some aroma that is rubbery/overly tar-like) make this stand in the way of what it could be.
08-13-2008 02:28:52 | More by jwc215
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.