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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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845 Ratings
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Ratings: 845
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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another shared by cbutova. Reviewed on his front porch at 1 a.m. in the pitch blackness. My notes are chicken scratch.

Pours black with a nice brown head. Retained pretty well and left some lacing.

Great smell. Chocolate, dark fruit, hops and roasted malt. Quite aromatic.

Taste matched the smell. A great mixture of chocolate, espresso, raisins/figs, hops and roastiness. There is some booze present but it works as a highlight much like Stone IRS. Flavors are still pretty strong, very nice.

Mouthfeel has a great creaminess, well carbonated.

At 2 years old or so this is drinking great.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 15:59:29 | More by Chico1985
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up my 22 oz. bottle from Yankee Spirits a couple months ago and decided to pop it this weekend.

The bottle features the updated gargoyle logo, some hand-crafted type and royal blue borders screened right on the bottle. A long drown-out explanation of this years anniversary beer being a "bitter Chocolate" instead of a mega hop bomb due to the hop debacle.

The brew pours jet black with a foamy, dark tan head that fades pretty quick, not much lacing.

In the aroma department I get hints of licorice, espresso, and what else? Dark chocolate!

The brew is full-bodied with a creamy texture.

There is the faintest caramel sweetness up front, if you blink you'll miss it. A hint of licorice that fades as the beer warms. The beer tastes of pure unsweetened dark chocolate. Very faint roasted/espresso bean taste.

The brew finishes smooth, the bitterness digs into the palate and camps out exactly like dark chocolate does .

I really enjoyed this beer, it tastes exactly how is is described, Bitter Chocolate Stout!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 13:27:13 | More by SteveO1231
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m1ked

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler after a dusty round of disc golf across the way at Monteal Park. Sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful relaxing SD day.

A- Poured into my 11th anni pint glass. Pours a pitch black with dark brown edges. Fine sticky mocha colored head about an inch thick with sticky, sticky lacing. I love stouts, and I love this one.

S- I can only appreciate a couple things here. The sweetness of dark chocolate is undeniably on the nose. There is some woody smoky notes in there. A little alcohol in there too.

T- Dark chocolate and then some dark chocolate and then some more dark chocolate after that. Some woody coffee flavors. Ends with some alcohol notes.

M- Smooth creamy mingled with some alcohol heat. Light on the carbonation, moderate body.

D- Wow what a curveball from Stone. This is an excellant offering and so different. I could easily drink this whole growler. I love stouts and dark chocolate. I look forward to drinking more of this throughout the year.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2008 04:24:56 | More by m1ked
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engisch

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head that disappears rather quickly. Black beer with a chocolatey brown head (the little amount that is there) Smell of roasted grains with a hint of chocolate. Heavy flavor with the first sip. Bitter chocolate accurately describes the initial impression of the flavors. Mmm-Mmm... Bitter sweet chocolate in a heavy oatmeal stout form.

I'm enjoying this as a sit back and relax. I only wish it had more of a head to improve it's appearance, as after the initial head disipated it looks as if I'm drinking motor oil.

Good job Stone! Another delicious brew in the standard Stone's get-the-job-done-with-one 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 21:15:09 | More by engisch
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black as night and has a large head with almost nice lacing and smaller lacing. Looks very nice

S- sweet chocolate and malt. Smells nice

T- nice bitter chocolate that has a hop presence. Nice combo of flavors that drinks well.

M- feels lighter for a stout but a medium mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn

O- awesome beer ive been looking for for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:56:51 | More by Gushue3
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A pitch black dark color, no rays of light at all coming through. Appears really thick. Gives a decent size, 1 finger, brown foam head.

S: Lots of chocolate, dark fruits and with traces of alcohol. I let the beer warm up a bit, as it warmed, the smells became more potent, especially the alcohol. However, it was very well balanced.

T: Ok, so it is called a bitter chocolate oatmeal stout and that is exactly what you get. Lots of burnt and roasted malts. Very apparent due to the warming affect.

M: Creamy and smooth, leaves lots of chocolate flavors on the palate.

D: This was a great stout, one of the better ones out there. High ABV, which I love, makes this a great dessert beer, enjoyed in smaller quantities.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 15:49:11 | More by IronCitySteve
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stawn

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick BLACK with a dark cocoa cap.
Smells of chocolate, alcohol and slight wood chips. Smooth warming alcohol with an aftertaste of dark chocolate. A small amount of bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. The oatmeal comes through and gives a great thick silky mouthfeel. Alcohol isn't hidden in this, but its very balanced. Lacing sticks nicely down the glass. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 17:47:12 | More by stawn
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skee1080

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark oily brown to almost black; zero head retention (probably affected by the use of oats)
S-roasted malt character; coffee; dark chocolate; no hop aroma
T-they say bitter chocolate and you can definitely taste it! definite coffee and chocolate flavors, with emphasis on the bitter roastiness rather than the sweetness; little to no hop flavor, though hop bitterness is detectable
M-the oats provide a delectable body to this beer; the liquid feels thick and hearty in your mouth; mild carbonation
D-this was a very drinkable beer--i had a split a bomber with my brother while on vacation in vermont, and i was a little irate after i tasted it that i had to share half of it with him (i clearly took the bigger half--he's more of a wine guy). it was great winter beer to warm us up as we're expecting the temps to drop to 5 F tonight!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 00:46:48 | More by skee1080
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black topped with a thin tan head, even a hard pour failed to produce much of a head. The head fades quickly to a ring but leaves some nice wispy lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, oak, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. As it warms the aroma becomes even more complex with a hint of hops making an appearance.

T- Sweet chocolate and roasted malt at first that soon turns to a semi-sweet bitter coffee/chocolate note. There is a hint of hops at the finish and more than enough complexity in the middle to make this a very interesting brew. A little warmth brings out some molasses and oak, as well as some heat from alcohol. The finish is bone dry and with a lingering note of coffee/bitter chocolate.

M- Feels a little thin for the style but not too thin to detract from the enjoyment of this one. A little bit more than medium with almost no carbonation. For all of the bold notes in it the palate is left pretty clean.

O- Great beer, three years in the cellar have only made this one more enjoyable. The heat of the alcohol, 9.2%ABV, has tamed down and even more complex and subtle characters have come out in it. If you can find it buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:26:58 | More by ToddT
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guinness310

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into an oversized wine glass....

A: poured like liquid molases into my glass. A blacker than black opaque body supports a small yellowish-tan head with mild retention,(a sign that this might not be too carbonated)

S:a good swirl agitates the beer and releases a coffee dark caramel and chocolate nose. pretty true to its style.

T: Wow! the alcohol is truly evident in this drink. a black licorice like flavor sits on top of the tounge, while and the bitterness of the chocolate plays at the tip.(no pun intended). definitely "imperial" worthy. mild lacing. after the bitterness has gone, your left with a nice sweet after-taste from the oatmeal.

M: full bodied; a very silky feel(just as the pour). Very light carbonation. Sometimes can be a bit overwheming with the whole mouth taste of ethanol.

D: the strong ethanol alcohol may not give it much drikability in comparison with other imperial stouts, but this beer definitely lives up to its name and style...Beautiful!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 03:43:53 | More by guinness310
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opwog

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had a goblet from a bottle, followed by a goblet from tap.

I am not a fan of big chocolate, so I was nervous of what an extreme brewery like Stone could do with this. But I was very happy with the results.

Common to both bottle and tap:

Syrupy darkness

It is nice to see what Stone can do when hops are not the focus.

Bottle:

Dark head that diminished slowly.

Probably served too cold initially, but this had an unusually sweet smell like bazooka joe bubble gum. After it came down in temperature, chocolate became obvious

Tap:

Almost no head at all, but carbonation in mouth was fine.

Very well balanced start to finish

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 08:30:01 | More by opwog
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rowew

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, nice looking silver and blue label. Date of July 2008, as well as cellaring instructions.

Appearance: Pours completely black, with a thick head that is the color of chocolate milk.

Smell: Coffee and bakers chocolate. Smells like a very strong dark chocolate covered espresso bean. As it warms there is just a bit of a roasted flavor too.

Taste: Silky mouthfeel, definitely has some of the same coffee and chocolate flavors here - but instead of dark it almost comes across as a milk chocolate flavor.

Overall impression: Very complex, highly drinkable. Hides the ABV dangerously well. If this were available year round I would definitely pick one up occasionally. Stone - if you are reading .. put it in six packs!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 04:11:04 | More by rowew
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woemad

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-ass 22oz bomber purchased about 6 weeks ago at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $6.98. According to the silk-screening on the bottle, this was bottled in July. Interesting notes on the bottle where it is claimed Stone was forced to create a low-hopped anniversary beer because of the hop shortage.

Poured a super black color into a UK-style pintglass. How much more black could it be, Nigel? "None more black." Not much of a head, initially, but we'll let it slide since the abv is relatively high. What thin head there was had a dark, mocha look to it. Agitating the glass managed to increase it a bit. Surprising amount of lace on the sides of the glass, given the aforementioned head's minisculity (Yes, I do believe I made this word up).

The nose is first and foremost made up of the scent of bitter, dark chocolate. I happen to dig dark chocolate, so this smelled like it was right up my alley. There's also a caramel-ish sweetness, but it's very restrained when compared with the dark chocolate notes.

For a beer that is low on hops and is essentially described by the brewery as a dark chocolate bomb (albeit with fairly primo dark chocolate), this is a fairly complex tasting beer. Initially, dark, bitter chocolate and sweet caramel hit the tastebud beachhead simultaneoously, but the dark, bitter aspects overwhelm the sweetness after that. There are also some notes that remind me of pipe tobacco flavor. Ass it warms up it gets a little boozy as well. There's a mild dryness at the swallow. Yummy!

Exactly the kind of mouthfeel I was expecting. This is a fairly full-bodied beer with a very coating, thick mouthfeel.

After a hectic and truly bizarre day at work, on a day I wasn't supposed to work at all, this is really hitting the spot. I would buy this again in a heartbeat, but next time I do, I'll wait until after dinner to drink it. Not only would this make a great dessert beer, but it'd also be much easier to make dinner! Stone can feel free to conserve hops and crank this Mutha out anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 02:51:33 | More by woemad
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, lightless black with 2 fingers of tight and creamy foamy mocha head. Good retention leaves a good ring of lacing and an oily residue. Smells of chocolate syrup, roasted malt, raisins, alcohol, smoke, and some light coffee with a hint of pine as it warms. Tastes of baking chocolate up front with some caramel and a nice dose of roasted malt. Rum and raisins follow as well as some oat and bread. Finishes with a nice bitterness of coffee and pine. Medium full in body with low carbonation. Smooth and chocolaty with a nice bitterness. Great flavor with a nice feel. More of a dessert beer, but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 22:12:20 | More by HopDerek
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Goldfish19

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This stout pours black with a dark tan head that vanishes into oblivion. It smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is amazing! It's smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly.

A must try. Highly recommended! ~

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:54:07 | More by Goldfish19
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1759Girl

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A> Black as night. Far too dark to gauge the liveliness... The head was cafe latte colored with big bubbles, and it seemed to shimmer with gold flecks. Good lacing, also.
S>BIG BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE nose, slightly smoky, and slightly alcoholic.
T>Bitter start, full drystout middle, then an interesting transition from bitter to chocolate and back to a bitter&smoky hang. Gotta give it to Stone for being such stars at Complexity.
M> Thick silk, Gorgeous. I remarked on this to a friend before I even started to pay attention to the tasting.
D> I couldn't drink too much of it, but the pint I poured was lovely. It's a darn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 14:45:49 | More by 1759Girl
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dense black (that doesn't look unlike motor oil) with a finger of charred looking burnt mocha colored head. This fizzles down to just the thinnest ring with some thin wisps across the center that leaves behind a small smattering of lace and brown oily residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick with dark bittersweet chocolate and dry oatmeal notes that are followed by some prominent coffee and dark roasted quality. There is also a stiff waft of heat that flows in and out of the other aromas.

The taste is more bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast character that is balanced out by some softer malty notes of caramel and maybe even a bit of dark fruits. There is also a nice smoky aspect that appears to rear its head once in a while as well as dry oatmeal notes that hangs on the palette with some lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick and chewy (even almost viscous as it warms) feel at times but still moves effortlessly across the palette thanks to that oatmeal character. Some heat is definitely present but thanks to the big flavors and overall smooth body of this, it never becomes distracting.

A new beer from Stone that tastes like a burnt chocolate chip cookie and drinks like a champ? Sign me up for more please! I can't wait to see what a little age on this will do, as it really does feel like it will smooth out even more over time.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 13:47:36 | More by Kegatron
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber- finished in a sitting, quite easily actually. What a pleasure this one was.

A- Extremely dark squid ink black. Deep brown tan head, some lacing.

S- Smell was of roasted oatmeal and sweet vanilla ice cream. Some hop and alcohol in there as well.

T- Dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, white chocolate, hops, toasted and roasted oats, cream, fruits, all in one. This bad boy was quite sweet but insanely bitter on the back end. Surprised by the complexity on this one and definitely sweeter than expected.

M- Thick rich and creamy. Sticky all over the lips and coating my throat.

D- Insanely drinkable for 9.2%. Enjoyed this one after dinner and actually wanted another bottle.

Pick this one up if you ever see it. GREATTT beer. I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 23:11:05 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes: Happened upon a bottle during a Vegas trip and couldn't resist.

Thick and dark, appears black in the glass and nearly black while flowing from the bottle. Thin mocha coloured head faded to a ring.

As advertised, it smells of bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and a liquor heat. Roasted coffee beans. The usual suspects for a big stout.

Tastes of creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate right up front. Smoothly moves on to roasted flavour that remains slightly sweet. Alcohol heat at the end isn't over-powering. Slight bitterness lingers. Altogether smooth flavoured and pleasant.

Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, just enough carbonation to be notable. Doesn't get much better than this in the mouthfeel department.

I like my big stouts to be a little sweeter, and despite having "bitter" in the name, this on fits the bill. It reminds me of Expedition quite a bit. I'm glad I checked this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:24:13 | More by elricorico
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kk73

Hawaii

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into my glass. Thanks to iowahawk for this one.

A - Pours black and thick, very little little mocha colored head that almost disappears.

S - Smells mainly of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also a little sweet and creamy from the oats.

T - Taste was right on for me. Not to sweet like other chocolate stouts Ive had. Taste of sweet yet slightly bitter chocolate up front, moving into roasted malts and coffee. The bitterness hangs around throughout.

M - Silky smooth and creamy. Just perfect.

D - Thought the alcohol when I had it was well hidden in the beer, well masked with very little hotness if any at all. Awesome beer and worth seeking out, just trying to fiqure out how I could get more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 07:06:02 | More by kk73
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge and wanted it to warm up. The sappy reflective narrative on the back is a perfect length to read while the beer warms in your hands, assuming you can read print that small.

Pours black and sticky, with a beautiful soft tan head. Clings nicely to the sides of my snifter.

The nose is everything I could have expected, with full roasted maltiness and oatmeal, deepened with rich dusty cocoa. Somewhat clean smelling, a nice balance for a deep dark black-hole of a beer.

Again, the taste is all that I could expect it to be. A very nicely crafted oatmeal stout, with a smooth full oatmeal flavor and toasty dark malts. Chocolate is not sweet at all, but also not anywhere near as offensive as purely unsweetened cocoa. It's well tempered with smooth creamy balance that seems to bring out nice chocolate flavor from within an otherwise true-to-form stout taste.

Smooth and creamy, with just a touch of dryness. Carbonation is filling, but not sharp or interfering.

Not one of the biggest or most outrageous beers I've had in a while, but I think I'm really appreciating the approach to this year's anniversary ale. Detail and balance seem to take precedent over intensity, and perhaps a lack of hops is a good thing. I'm finding it really easy to sip, and today is one of the hottest of the year so far; so here's to January dreaming in the middle of the Summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:52:53 | More by lightindarkness
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip (Stone's website shows pictures of both the 12th Anniversary and the IRS in tulip glasses, so I thought this was the route to go).

A: Pour is fairly thick, somewhat sluggish and produces the deepest brown body with a thin, bubbly, dark khaki head. This beer is completely opaque to light and it looks like its leaving a thin film along the edge of the glass. Patches of khaki lacing cling to the side of the tulip. A thin head is restored with a couple swirls of the tulip.

S: Hints of dark baking chocolate, powdered cocoa, toasted oats and fresh coffee dominate. I also pick up some hoppy notes on the back end and a faint suggestion of a sugary, vanilla sweetness. However, the chocolate and the roasted aromas dominate as I expected.

T: A lot of roasted flavors hit the palate from the start - coffee beans, espresso, oats and an earthy, smoky flavor. But just as soon as these roasted flavors peak, they coolly mellow out as wave of bitter, dark chocolate, dark fruits (cherries, dates), brown sugar and vanilla begin their ascendancy. A tinge of hop bitterness appears in the finish and plays nicely with the lingering roasted coffee and bitter notes from the chocolate. Aftertaste is dominated by a smoother, sweeter milk chocolate note. Very pleasant in its complexity and in the blending and transition between flavors.

M: Fairly thick (like the pour suggests) with a bit of chewiness to the body. Minimal carbonation - just enough there to make its presence known on your tongue, but nothing to get in the way of this beer sliding down the throat, coating it with chocolately, oatmeal and coffee goodness.

D: 9.2% ABV according to the bottle, and I begin to notice a bit of alcohol burn at the end of each sip as this beer warms to room temp; otherwise a good part of the alcohol punch is masked by the huge roasted notes and bitter chocolate profile. Even then, this beer is still a sipper (much like the Espresso OAY) because the alcohol creeps up on you and this is a bigger, thicker and fairly sweet stout.

I am thoroughly impressed with the 12th Anniversary offering from Stone. In my opinion, this beer compares a lot with the Espresso OAY, both in aroma and flavor profiles, although the roasted coffee and oatmeal notes don't overpower the taste buds as much in this beer as they did in the EOAY. I'm glad I had the chance to try this limited release brew, and hopefully I'll be able to pick up another bottle before they're all gone so that I can cellar it and see how the flavors blend with some more age on them.

Note: I bought this beer two weeks ago from my local beer-liquor store, and the employee in the craft aisle informed me that the bottle I had in my hands came from a case which was opened just a week and a half prior to my purchase and was one of the last two cases this store had out of five; before then, the case had been stored in this store's dark, cool "dry room" where it had been since the distributor had delivered it a week after its official release date. Therefore, given that this beer was release July 7th, 2008, and knowing what I do from the distributor, I assume that this beer has technically been cellared (since it was stored dark, cool and dry) for roughly 9 ½, almost 10 months.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:35:32 | More by Buschyfor3
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A - One of the most beautiful pour i've ever seen. This is a rich dark black brown color with a dark tan head.

S - Rich bitter chocolate smell. Malt smells also.

T - Rich and creamy. It has an intense malty chocolate flavor with a hint of bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer, I think I'm in love!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:33:56 | More by jeffmonarch
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/08
Had on-tap at the Chase Taproom. This beer impresses even more from the tap. Creamier, better emphasis on the oat silkiness, and stronger chocolate flavors. Lightly carbonated like most English ales, the beer weighs a little heavier to the mouth, but fuller, rounder, richer and without the carbonic bite found in the bottle.

7/22/08
After reading all the hype about this beer, I couldn't wait to get my paws on a bomber. Finally, the beer arrives in Lexington and I had the pleasure to share it with family and friends. The very thick beer slowly flows into the glass with a velvety appearance and a marshmellow-y head formation that lasted til the last sip, adding a lot of lacing and legging on the glass. Aromas were subdued, but offered a rich milky, chocolate, coffee scent that balanced well, pure, and clean. Low esters, fruits, alcohols, and phenols to the nose makes the beer purely inviting. Flavors favor the chocolates giving a brownie-cocoa rich taste with complimentary notes of near espresso / nutty columbian notes. The oates (and I suspect light milk sugars) gives the beer the needed sweetness and full flavor that tempers the cocoa-coffee aggression. Again the fruits and spices are very moderate allowing the true choco-java-milkshake character to dominate. Even the bitterness of hops balance well with the coffee bitterness and sourness to offset the remarkable malt backbone. Finishes with a round chocolate flavor and coffee bitterness. This is one pheonominal beer and I suspect that 6-9 months of age will bring the flavors together even better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 03:23:10 | More by BEERchitect
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black opaque nothingness with a nice 3/4 inch dark tan head that lasts nicely. Lacing is very nice.

S - Crisp and biting bitter chocolate dominates, but doesn't overpower. Sweet dextrous malt scent contributes to the chocolate flavor. A hint of spicy alcohol.

T - Starts with a chewy chocolate sweetness that quickly shows its bitter teeth. Oatmeal doesn't make this quite as smooth as I might have thought, but I'm sure it tempers the aggressive chocolate bitterness a little. A bit boozy at times. Very bitter and rich at the finish, with some residual sweetness hanging around the palate.

M - Full bodied with a rich, dominant mouthfeel. Smooth and oily with a very bitter (chocolate, not hops) finish.

D - The strong bitterness of the chocolate makes this very different and unique among chocolate stouts. Very interesting and certainly worth buying (several). Alcohol is a bit severe for a 9% beer, but its very forgivable. Flavor is interesting enough to facilitate finishing an entire bomber yourself.

Serving type: bottle

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