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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

848 Ratings
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
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.

gmcfarre, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A. This is one of the best anniversary ales I have tried by any brewery. It pours dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan crown. Carbonation is slight, as it should be.

S. The smell is of roasted oats, bittwersweet chocolate, and cream. Though faint, the ingredients of this beer are definitely present in the aroma.

T. The taste is coffee and chocolate right from the get-go, and is followed by a sweet toffee presence. It finishes clean with a slight bitterness reminiscent of quality espresso.

M. Full-bodied and rich with flavor, the beer begins big and finishes big. The flavors last for minutes after each sip.

D. Stone has done it again. This is a very unique beer and very easy to drink. One of the most enjoyable stouts I have tasted in some time. I just wish I had more of it.

WYVYRN527, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2 finger frothy chocolate/coffee-colored head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of lacing behind.

Bitter dark chocolate aroma with lots of roasted/toasted malt notes, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and candy sugar. There is a lot going on here and hopefully the flavor lives up to the aroma.

Deep roasted full body with lots of sweet bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and toffee. All of this dark roasty character is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the dark chocolate and a bit of candy sugar. There is also a slight dark fruit presence and a subtle nut character. Very well balanced with well masked alcohol make this complex beer pretty drinkable. Recommended!

corby112, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black color that created a brown head that retained and laced the glass nicely

S - Burnt malts, coffee beans and chocolate

T - Burnt chocolate malts, ground coffee beans, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and warm oatmeal

M - Thick, creamy, full bodied, light carbonation

D - A great oatmeal stout, amazing offering from Stone, and a stable for the dark beer lovers

cvfish, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bomber into a beer stein. Solid black liquid; medium head was nearly as black. Just what I want from a strong beer.

S: strong chocolate. not definably milk or dark; had sweetness and bitterness in equal degree. background of caramel malt and coffee.

T: big chocolate flavor. The bitter side of it definitely wins out here -- I'm not a hop-head by any stretch, often preferring sweeter beers, but the bitterness really won me over.

M: smooth and creamy. A lot of big stouts fail on this point; adding oatmeal to an otherwise chocolate/imperial brew was a master stroke.

D: little sign of the ABV. And even if I could detect it, I wouldn't care. More please.

Richardberg, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of eRoc
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We just got a keg of this on tap where I work and man it is good. I haven't had many stouts but I think this will turn my taste. Strong alcohol and chocolate smell. Very smooth with a great after warming feel. Hints of cherry with the chocolate and a gritty cocoa aftertaste. Goes great with our beef brisket. :)

eRoc, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new Stone offering to savor and appreciate, ahhh, Life is good! This bottle cam straight from Grover himself, thanks G. Pours dark mahogany/near black, dark tan head, initially quite solid then slowly fading to a ringed film and leaves better then average lace.
Nose is the expected chocolate, burnt malt and espresso grains. Full flavor brew (surprise) plenty of coffee grain, dark chocolate, dark grains, yum, stout lovers rejoice...try it mixed with some sort of cherry beer and go nuts...thanks Stone for putting more fine brew on the market and in my hands/belly

Billolick, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of cjacobsen
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Thanks to sweenzander for sharing this one. Awesome.

It poured a opaque, black brew with a brown, chocolate head on it.

Smelled of heavy chocolate, some coffee and toffee notes.

The bitter chocolate hits way up front. Its quite flavorful with the chocolate that gives way to roasted malt and then a coffee aftertaste. It is as if you had a nice robust coffee and a dark chocolate bar all at the same time. It was very nice.

It was easy on the tongue. It aged well and had plenty to dance around in your mouth. Smooth but bold. It was filling and went down great.

This is a beer I would love to have on hand for quite some time. The couple years did magnificently to add to the blending of the flavors and it was just outright awesome. Yet another fantastic brew from my favorite brewery.

cjacobsen, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of dwalters
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours Black! Aroma is slight coffee, not much chocolate slight hop aroma, smokey. The head is light brown and creamy, mostly diminishing with a little lacing. The initial flavor is bitter chocolate lasting on the back of the tongue, a little alcohol burn in the stomach. The body is medium, the texture creamy. I loved the 11th anniversary and this is right up there, I have a few in the cellar but I'll be getting more of these to drink now.

dwalters, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of bum732
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy jet black. Very little head, chocolate color. Smells of wonderful chocolate, real chocolate, not the fake kind in some beers. Also smells sweet, hints of coffee, hops and alcohol. Tastes of chocolate up front, malty roastness throughout. Nice balanced bitterness towards the end where it finishes sweet. Not much carbonation, but great creamy mouthfeel.

A fantastic beer, my favorite "chocolate" beer. Has a real authentic chocolate taste different from other beers which i find have a hershey syrup taste. Great dessert beer and i can't wait to try this again.

bum732, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle into a pint glass.

A--light brown head with a dark chocolate body

S-very light coco smell

T-suprisingly good. Very evident stout flavor, dry grain taste with a nice dark chocolate bitter finish.

m-silky, slick, full body

D--very representative of the the style. Its hard to make a beer like this that would satisfy both beer lovers and choco-holics. This is very well balanced. You know its a beer and not just some alcoholic chocolate milk you are drinking.

jneiswender, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of BeerlyAwake
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this brew at a new sandwich shop in town that features somewhat hard to find microbrews. This is my third Stone experience, and have to say it's made me a huge fan.

Poured deep black, near the same as The Abyss. It was easy to see how thick this stuff will be with the limited carbonation barely making it to the top of this incredibly viscous beer. Being Stone and having "bitter" in the title I expected a lot more bitterness, instead it was very sweet and easy drink. Tasted of dark chocolate with an espresso aftertaste. In the end this brew didn't last long, and I will be heading back to that shop to buy a few more bottles before its too late!

BeerlyAwake, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously brought to a recent tasting by noslenwerd. Poured a 3oz. taste into a Perfect Pint glass. A small but thick tan head formed on top of the dark brown/black body. The head receded down to a thin layer rather quickly, leaving little lace behind.

The nose has lots of roasted malts, freshly ground coffee beans, and cocoa up front. You can detect a nut, almost cookie like aroma in the background.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but with a lot more oomph! Starts off on the sweet side, but fades to the roasted characters toward the finish. Surprisingly complex and flavorful...

Medium bodied, creamy but oily at the finish; moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I had low expectations and this one exceeded them all. Try it if you can find it!

mgbickel, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this up in VA and hauled it back for a friendly tasting... happy to say this beer went over quite well. I love it when that happens!

A. Opaque black. A dirty brown, dense and creamy head caps the midnight-sin brew. Tasty lookin'...

S. Yikes! Let this one warm and you will be most rewarded. Licorice, smoke, grainy and earthy malt, burnt coffee, cocoa, meaty and rather dry. Complex and sweet, this is not to be trifled with. Wonderful and unique.

T. Nearly everything the nose advertises is in here somewhere. A cocoa-dry beast of a brew that boasts tons of malt complexity. Sweet and rich, yet bitter and dirty -- coffee and smoke complement each other nicely. If you crossed an oatmeal stout with a coffee smoked porter and cranked the alcohol up you'd be on the right track. It's odd, but all I can say is you must try it. Went down easy... maybe too easy....

M. Thick, chewy. No real beef here. Oatmeal adds some heft and slickness.

Stone 12 blew me away -- this is one of Stone's better offerings and one you should seek out. What a delight!

kkipple, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of sevopie
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, with only the slightest hint of brown at the very very edges. Brown head.

Smell - Chocolate, alcohol, sugar, a touch of coffee, vanilla, and a bitter fruit of some sort.

Taste - Very roasty malts (on the edge of burnt) take the fore, with a good dose of chocolate. Alcohol makes its presence known without being overbearing. This has a bit of a sweet finish as well, with some caramel and nut flavors.

Mouthfeel - The burnt flavors are deceiving here, as they disguise the fact that this isn't as thick as you might expect. It also has a large amount of carbonation for an imperial stout.

Drinkability - The bitter and sweet meld rather well here, resulting in a pleasurable experience. The taste changes multiple times throughout the experience, revealing all kinds of complexity. If it was a little thicker and lighter carbonated, it would have been even easier to drink.

sevopie, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to enelson (Ed) for this awesome beer! Took care of one of my 'wants.'

22oz bottle consumed on 10/30/10. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dirty, muddy deep brown/black with about a half-inch of dark mocha head. Some lace left behind. The nose is full of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, fresh coffee. Everything is still bold and pronounced. Great smell.

The mouth is perfectly silky and smooth. Decent amount of carbonation backing, even after 2 years. Excellent finish. The flavors meld well with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and a bit of a vinous twang on the back end. The oatmeal really adds a smooth creamy dimension that fits this beer wonderfully. I'm glad I was able to try this. Great beer!

Onenote81, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from rattle n hum. Poured room temp into a small chalice looking glass. Looks as a stout should dark deep brown with a 1 finger tan head for a solid 30 seconds while the head dissipates to nothing. Smell is comprised of dark chocolate, plum, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is much closer to the description oatmeal stout with a definite presence of unsweetened chocolate. Mouthfeel has some definite pluses silky, mild carbonation and a slight alcohol heat. Overall I would buy this again given the oppurtunity.

STEG, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bold deep dark black hue with an nice thick espresso colored head. The retention was good with some lace being noted.

S: Nice strong stout aromas. There is a big blast of roasted oatmeal and charred malt. A nice dose of bitter chocolate plays well with some green hops.

T: Nice malt blast right from the start. Roasty oat and char come forward first. A touch of sweet chocolate and coffee in the middle yield to bitter chocolate in the finish. This is a wonderful brew.

M: Rather medium in body for such a big brew. It is slick and oily though and goes down rather nicely.

D: Drank the entire bomber myself and what a joy it was. Stone had great success with this one. The chocolate was a nice replacement for the hops. I now have to score me another bottle.

tpd975, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2008 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 1/2" dark brown head. It dissipates quickly and leaves a murky surface above the beer. No laving remains.

Smell: Sweet cherry, chocolate liquor, light espresso, coffee, leather, caramel. Awesomely complex.

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate malt, coffee, chocolate syrup. There are a lot of deep, roasted flavors without any cloying sweetness. Lingering bitterness from the hops and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavily bodied with lots of malty bitterness. Alcohol makes a little statement of its own. Smooth and tasty.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. Neither the chocolate or the sweetness is cloying. I could do two bottles for sure. A winner.

Risser09, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautifully opaque, as expected, with an indefatigable and indomitable head, silky as hell, with sheets of lacing that take a while to start sliding down the glass, finally leaving big drops of mocha ringing the top.

Smell: Rich roasted chocolate, bitter coffee, smoke, woodiness, a bit of charcoal, dark berries, a whiff of nice booze, and some sourness and earthiness. It's great but could be rounded off and balanced a bit more. I like the more gritty amalgam of aromas now, but I have a feeling with some age it'll be even better and more rounded.

Taste: Big-bodied with huge burnt and roasted malt flavors at first, hints of bitter chocolate and mild coffee, oats, woodiness, smoke, chocolate cream, dark berries, and major bitterness at the lingering finish (before a flash of sweet maraschino cherries) with some citrus and sourness and woody earthiness that compliments the initial sweetness very well. A wild ride, and one that seems to be awesome fresh to me right now. I'm do wonder what laying it down will do, because the smoothness is very nice and has a visceral edge. Without the bitterness from the hops and chocolate, is there a chance it could become maybe a bit too sweet? Then again, that's probably not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as hell from the oats, with creamy carbonation and an extremely chewy body. It's heavy, but done as great is can be. Be prepared.

Drinkability: Trying to drink this slow is tough, and I should've done what I planned originally by using a snifter, but alas. That said, this is a beautiful brew. I'm glad the bitter chocolate was used; otherwise this thing would be too much of a malt bomb. I wonder how sweet this is going to get as the hops and bitterness dissipates. My advice would be to drink it fresh. Loved it and hope to get some more bottles, because why not lay at least one down and see what happens in a year?

asabreed, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Darkale
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black-hole dark, and so thick in appearance that it seems remarkable that a head can push itself through the body and form; it does, but as if exhausted, settles into a bare half-inch or so, no matter how aggressively I pour. Every few seconds, a large bubble appears and pops on the surface, as if the beer were still fermenting below.

Acrid and smoky, old Hibachi aroma. Others have detected chocolate, but I cannot; all I can smell is the smoke.

And so, the taste is very smoky and - oddly - salty. Makes my mouth salivate after I've swallowed. I have never had a beer that gave me the sense of salt that this one does. Odd, but enchanting.

The mouthfeel is tremendous. The creamiest, fullest mouthfeel I've experienced in many months. Incredible.

Bravo. I am going to pick up a few more of these, and see how they age.

Darkale, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. The beer poured with a thick, oily appearance. Dark, chocolate brown head evaporates quickly but leaves a fine lacing per sip. Aromas are extremely rich and decadent. Cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, biscuity, malt, and alcohol. The taste can be harsh at first sip but once you get used to it, this becomes a creamy, milky, sweet drink. Very thick texture with a silky feel when sipping. Overall, wow Stone does it again. Friggen awesome.

fitzy84, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of mcfisty
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance= Nicely done screen print label with the "anniversary" gargoyle giving you "what of it?"
Pours blacker than batman, with the tight foaming action of a two inch creamy tan head.

Aroma= Instantly pours out breakfasty oatmeal aromas followed by rich dark chocolate and freshly cracked grain. Small alcohol notes with maybe some grassy hop notes lagging behind.

Taste= Mouthfull of semi-sweet chocolate. I really like how the malt still shines through all the chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Small alcohol notes in the end of the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel= This is what really does it for this beer. It is probably the best sensation my tongue has ever gotten from a beer. Like smooth sheets of velvet rolling over your tongue as it sloshes around the mouth. With the dryness and alcohol coming right in to clean up.

Drinkability= For what it is, I believe it to be very high. The booze never overpowers the rich creaminess of this beer. I was longing for another one as soon as I was done with the 22oz. Which with a stout of 9.2% could lead somewhere really good or bad.

mcfisty, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with a brownish head and some nice lacing that hangs to the class.

The smell is dark chocolate like a Mr. Goodbar, has a bit of a nutty flavor with some oat feel.

The taste is bitter, some dark hop flavor with some dark chocolate flavor. This has a nice creamy feel that coats over some nice oat hints. Has a nice mix of flavor together, balancing all of these together with an easy mouthfeel, just nice.

This is just another nice Stone beer. Each beer I try I am floored by how good this beer is and each time I really enjoy each flavorful beer.

The feel of this beer is slightly heavy but really smooth. It has a nice drinkable flavor to it and it only gives off a slight sting to it while mixed in some nice creamy flavor.

Duhast500, May 16, 2009
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.