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

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mkabull
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark black with a light brown foamy head that is minimal
S= Good roasted malt smell with burnt and roasted odors predominating
T= lovely velvety stout flavor tastes very young ( I wish I bought a second bottle to age ) roasted malt and dark caramel flavors has a guiness like soured tate to it .
M= thick velvet milkshake-like pour with a cream like body when you drink it
D= I love this beer great taste and sipping drinkability can't enjoy to many of these in one night and maybe that's a good thing so if you buy alot they will last longer .

Photo of Goregazm
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: Wow, this beer looks exactly like oil! Rich, thick, and black as night. Has an awesome, frothy black head which lasts for a good minute and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: This beer smells like rich, dark chocolate. Has the scents of coffee, black licorice, molasses, cocoa, and some toasty malts. Very, very nice.

Taste: The coffee and chocolate flavors hit you right off the bat. After that, it transitions into a creamier taste, where the oatmeal and cocoa strike the taste buds. Has a toasty, almost burnt taste as it goes down. The alcohol taste is strong, but not overly done.

Mouthfeel: Malty and creamy, like the feeling of a melted chocolate bar. Not too tingly or acidic on the tongue. Aftertaste is more bitter then sweet, with the flavor of burnt coffee beans and cocoa on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is strong and heavy, with a great mixture of both bitterness and sweetness. It's stronger then a lot of other stouts, but for me, that's just fine. If your into stouts with a strong taste and a sweet undertone, get a hold of this. It might fill you up a little, but trust me, it's worth it.

Photo of becktone
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-5-08

Eye: Black in color, no light passes through this brew. Head formation is adequate, though something a bit larger would've been nice. Retention is steady at a thick blanket over the body, color of the head is mudslide brown. Lacing is excellent.

Nose: Nice dark roasted malts in here. Chocolate and some burnt aromas along with some roasted grain bitterness. The unique oatmeal aroma is also prevalent...sweet notes from that. Malts also come through as full, rich, and dark. Dark fruits there in the background as well.

Tongue: Chocolate tones, roasted grain, burnt flavors and definite roasted grain bitterness make up much of the profile of this stout. Also some earthy tones in this beer. There is also a smoothness to it, from the oatmeal perhaps...its kinda like the smoothness from lactose, but without that flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Definitely dry on the palate. Leaves the mouth with a bitter cocoa flavor as well as a dry almost astringent feeling. Full bodied with appropriate levels of carbonation. This is one to be trying and buying again. Would be quite nice in the cold winter months.

Photo of skee1080
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of blakesell
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into my favourite Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a solid obsidian with no traces of light escaping through the beer. There is a finger of creamy coffee coloured tan head that gradually dies down to a darker brown over the top of the grog. Lacing clings and sticks to the sides of the glass fairly thickly.

Smell- Smells like it is, chocolate and oatmeal with nice roasty dark malts, light hops, the oatmeal really comes through as does the chocolate making this ale smell extra exceptional. There is a bit of alcohol present that gets to the nose hairs as well.

Taste- This is one fine tasting stout and will be getting quite a high rating from me. Roast malts are balanced with the oatmeal and chocolate, there may be a bit more chocolate than the other flavours, but it is very welcome and I would love to give this a try with some ice cream. There is a light boozy flavor, but it doesn't detract from the beer overall.

Mouthfeel- Warming, creamy, roasty, full bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- This is one beer that I will be putting more back for cellaring. I have one for the cave, but I'll be grabbing some more if possible.

Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and thick as oil. Minimal dark brown head. Aroma is thick with alcohol, literally like a shot of bourbon. Dark chocolate is there, too. Very smooth in the mouth and not nearly as thick as expected. Finishes smooth as well, with the alcohol not kicking in until well into the finish. Get the bitters from the chocolate in the finish as well.

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Goldfish19
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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! ~

Photo of gregc
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle from New Beer.

Poured into a snifter...pours motor oil black, a vigorous pour gives a small amout of mocha head, that quickly fades away.

The smell is great, it smells like fudge brownies, oatmeal, some vanilla and roasted malts.

The taste is also interesting...tastes like a 70% cacao bar, but not the crappy one you buy at you local food store. The cacao flavor is on par with a Michel Cluize chocolate. There are also flavors of toasted oats, vanilla and the finish and aftertaste are similiar to chewing on a pure cacao nib.

Great offering from Stone, this one will age nicely.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for sending this want extra my way :)

Pours a dark black color with a great sized dark tan head, fades slowly to leave some patchy lacing.

Smell is a good mix of chocolate and coffee, coffee being the more controlling aroma.

Taste is a rush of chocolate and coffee with a surprisingly strong dark fruit presence, viscosity is a bit thinner than I thought it would be, nice warming sensation which hints at the alcohol content but is still decently hidden.

Photo of david131
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Absolutely pitch black, with an orange head that settles to some splotches. This looks mean.

S- This has taken on quite a nice aged quality over the year it has sat. I get some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but it is not distracting.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the chocolate. There is a definite alcohol edge to it, but it is only warming. I also pick up a distinct nuttiness that is different, but not bad. There is a bit of a coffee breath effect at the end.

M- Pretty thick for a beer from Stone and the alcohol makes this a tad numbing. This is a beast.

D- A tasty beer that has aged nicely and will likely do so for quite some time. It is a bit of a sipper, but every bit of it is enjoyable.

Photo of m1ked
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of stawn
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of 1759Girl
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of elricorico
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark black color with a thin tan ring around the edge. Slight lacing on the sides.

Nose: A nice roasted malt scent with some chocolate and creamy oat scent. It has a slight vanilla sweetness too.

Taste: A deep rich toasted malt flavor. Not as much chocolate as the nose but its very present. Bitter chocolate gives way to the roasted oat and smooth toffee and espresso flavor. Definitely some dark fruits, maybe some prunes as well. A slight alcohol burn at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy beer with low carbonation. This beer is very creamy and almost chewy in your mouth. There is a slight alcohol twinge at the end.

Drinkability: Stone made a great beer in this one. Sometimes you get tired of a plain old Oatmaeal Stout. This was a nice twist and its exactly as advertised. I wish they would make this year round.

Photo of Chico1985
4.37/5  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.

Photo of engisch
4.37/5  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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.37/5  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.

Photo of ToddT
4.37/5  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.

Photo of guinness310
4.37/5  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!

Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.