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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

852 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 82
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This might one of the darkest and thickest beers I've poured. It looks almost like hershey syrup mixed with top soil as the body settles into the glass. Head is a full two fingers of carmel brown that lasts a couple of minutes. Leaves a bit of crown like lace. Nose is more of roasted coffee, dark malts and a hint of rich coco. First sip is a mix bold alcohol, burnt malt, zesty dry spices and bakers chocolate. The chocolate feel develops more as you drink and starts to include black vanilla, pie crust and toffee on the back of the palate. Alchol really stays dominate on the tongue. The bitter dry thickness left long after the swallow hurts the drinkability a bit.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black-sizeable tan head. Ok aroma. I get a heavy bourbon smell. Bitterness upfront-cant necessarily say it is chocolate. Roasted sort of burnt coffee flavors. Somewhat of the silkiness you would expect from an oatmeal stout. Lingering dark cocoa flavor. Mild alcohol tinge. Good body. I am a bit dissapointed overall more of a stout then anything. None of the chocolate character I was expecting. Nothing really stands out and says "hey". The bourbon aroma was a bit unexpected. Won't dis this entirely but will try my other bottle and review again.

lackenhauser, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. July 2008 vintage date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Pitch black with 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Unfortunately, the nose is not complex and basically bitter cocoa powder with some slighltys weet toasted dark malts.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates with a substantial dark malt contribution. There isn't a lot more here, but it is bold and pretty intense.

M: Medium-full body with low carbonation and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

D: A sweeter chocolate stout would have been more enjoyable but this is high-quality Stone brewing nonetheless.

argock, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Head retention is so-so and there's very little lacing.

The smell has a good bitter chocolate nose...surprise! Oh, I also get some notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a slight citrus hop smell and quite a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a big dark chocolate bitterness up front followed by some roasted malt, coffee, good dark fruit, and some hop bitterness. Some alcohol peeks its way through as well giving me some warming.

It has a fullish mouthfeel making it silky smooth, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes with a nice oatmeal taste that brings some dryness...pretty drinkable and tasty but...I don't think I'd seek it out again. Like they said in the "old" days, it just doesn't turn my crank. Try some and see what you think,

Bitterbill, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at JJ Brewskys along with my Old Viscosity, Saucerful of Merkin.
I previusly rated the bottle and now the tap. It came to me in a pint glass, ddep brown in the light as I sat outside, very small tan head to this brew. Nose was hot, cocoa and oats. Taste was a bit smoother than the bottle but this beer is still to hot and it masks the great flavor hiding in it. Mouthfeel was chocolatey and too boozy for me. Almost a pain more than a pleasure to drink.

barleywinefiend, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of chaz410
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome label, like usual. This pours jet black with a thick, but not really tall, deep caramel colored head. Beautiful color and head retention.
It should be noted that the smell and taste are much better if this beer warms a little. When cold the smell is subtle and so is the taste. Once it has warmed up a little you get some nice sweet and roasted smells. There's a little bitter chocolate hint in the nose too.
The taste is not very sweet as you would probably expect from the title. It is bitter, roasty and a little malty sweet.
I liked this beer and it's definately a different take at a stout. Worth the try

chaz410, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into two glasses. Extremely dark black color. Had a rich look to it. Big brown head. Not a lot of carbonation. Smelled like a heavy duty stout. Roasted barley with a jacked up alcohol presence. Taste was pretty good, but not what I expected. There was a lot of the bitter chocolate present, but not much else. What about all the other flavors you'd expect from an oatmeal stout? Plus, I found this beer to be a bit on the thin side for a stout. Didn't seem to have a lot of heartiness to it. Didn't blow me away, as I was thought I might be from a special release beer. I would be interested, though, as to what this beer would taste like if it were cellared for 12-16 months. Should have bought two, I guess.

morebeergood, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard issue 22oz bomber into a a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes a quarter inch head with dramatic staying power, and an picturesque coco hued head. Color is black as night, absolute motor-oil black.

Nose- Not much, coco, peat, slightly smoky, hints of booze.

Palate- Bakers chocolate, peat, some smoke. Mild bitterness but no where near as much as I was expecting from the reviews of others. Guiness-esque on some levels. Very smooth and creamy mildy hot.

Mouthfeel- slightly cloying, creamy smooth.

Drinkability- A bit strong at 9.2% and slightly cloying. A nice stout, but I think more then one is too many.

Kraken, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15%

acurtis, May 05, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15%

drewone, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of AndresR
3.5/5  rDev -15%

AndresR, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of rpaul2012
3.5/5  rDev -15%

rpaul2012, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of pmoney
3.5/5  rDev -15%

pmoney, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.5/5  rDev -15%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ink black with a very thick dark brown head. Head reduces down to about a 1/4 inch thick foam cap and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate laced with pure alcohol. Surprisingly strong alcohol aroma. Little bits of roasted malt mixed in. Takes on a fiant aroma of rubbing alcohol as it warms.

T - Bitter roasted malts up front with hints of unsweetened chocolate. A big mouth full of roasted grain. Very simple taste profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Alcohol burn is very noticeable which is a little surprising given the age. Not very complex tastes make it a little on the dull side.

ckeegan04, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -15%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Kaisermatt
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Kaisermatt, May 28, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.5/5  rDev -15%

3Hops, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black color, though doesn't appear too viscous. Nice head of dark tan foam, settling into a frothy ring. Notes of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in the nose initially, but after a few smells the alcohol fume gets more dominant, masking the other aromas.

There is a sharp alcohol presence in the taste also. The flavor is very dry and roasty, with a good, coffee-like, tannin bitterness (although not as bitter as the label might suggest). Nice toasted malt finish, but it all ends with a bit of astringence. Decent thickness, its a bit chewy at times, but smooth enough. Fine, sharp carbonation.

This chocolate beer is not overtly sweet like the Rogue Chocolate Stout or the Souther Tier Choklat, and for that I was glad. Unfortunately it was bit alcoholic and lacked enough balance for a high drinkablity. I am hoping that all it needs is some aging, and I do believe it will improve. I will try it again in at least 6 months...

bennetj17, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of brushtachio
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on two separate occasions. Once I drank it a little colder than I would normally drink a stout. The second time I had it closer to 50-55 deg. and surprisingly I found that I liked it better very cold.

Pours nice and black and produces a nice chocolate head with a little coaxing

Cold, it's smell was subdued but enjoyable with chocolate, roasted malt and a little smoke. Warmer, all these smells were pushed out by a really dominant booziness.

With the taste, again, unless extremely cold, the rubbing alcohol burn is overpowering and detracts from the chocolate and malt. When the booze taste subsides, you still get the lingering hops and chocolate bitterness

Mouthfeel is silky but thinner than expected.

The heavy booze presence keeps the drinkability low unless you like ice cold stouts

brushtachio, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of hooliganlife
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is about a 1.5 years old.

pour was motor oil black with very little head

lots of chocolate and molasses with hints of booze

bitterness all around, which you can pin point to the chocolate. this is interesting however there is s booze sting that kills the mood. a bit of a charcoal flavor here and there. overall, too boozy.

the body was far lighter than i had expected or would have liked.

this was too hot, which i found to be a tad odd. i am curious what another year or two can do to this. as for right now, im not that impressed.

hooliganlife, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 9/29/08 on another beer rating website.

Pours jet black with small, dark tan head. There's not a lot of carbonation, but the mouthfeel is still decent. The aroma wasn't what I expected: some chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and slight coffee, but nothing spectacular. Taste was similar. Black coffee finish.

gameface23, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of lifebeer
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. poured dark brown/black with a finger of mocha head that hung around as a thin wispy film on the surface

s. the usual: licorice, chocolate, hoppy sweetness, coffee

t. roasted coffee beans and dark malts, bitterness more from hops than chocolate, finishes with a noticeable alcohol punch

m. medium for the style, not thick and velvety as is the case for many (the best) oatmeal stouts.

d. its not so thick, so its fairly drinkable, although the alcohol punch will take you out if you dont take it easy

overall, i'm somewhat disappointed here. no thick mouthfeel, no strong bitter chocolate flavor, just roasted coffee and alcohol. its possible that this wasnt stored in the best conditions (new beer distributors in NYC--a non-conditioned warehouse).

lifebeer, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Ryan. Poured from 22 into stemless chardonnay glass.

A- Pours deep black, very vert dark. Doesn't really produce much head- about a cm of nice khaki colored foam, no lacing or stability.

S- Definitely get a soy component and milk chocolate. A little oxidized, but overall a slightly sweet and moderately roasty aroma- nothing stands out.

T/M- Nice, it's not oxidized in taste. Has a rubbery, roasted malt component with some slight heat. Dark chocolate as well and a slight smokiness. Age has really melded the flavors, because not one aspect of it pops or overshadows the others. Very slick feel with moderate, almost low carbonation.

O- Pretty good, not amazing, but would definitely drink again. Its 4 years old and it has held up well. Not complex, but balanced and smooth, even with a touch of heat on the palate.

TheGordianKnot, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Gordon's in Waltham. I was VERY excited to try it! The beer poured a very deep brown/black, relatively no light passes through, with a large brown creamy, yet rocky head. The scent is of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal and maybe even some espresso. The ABV is 9.20 and you can smell the alcohol clearly. I undestand it is imperial but most imperials that I have had lately still mask the taste of the alcohol a bit better. Taste was subtle at first but then the chocolate and oatmeal kicks in halfway down. The ABV was overpowering in my opinion...because of that, I found it to be not well balanced. I thought it masked a lot of great flavor. The mouthfeel was decent. Overall, I think less alcohol would have made this a great beer.

Jayli, Oct 03, 2008
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.