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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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Ratings: 855 | Reviews: 699
Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Mazeraski
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber printed with "July 2008" into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pitch black with thick and foamy half inch dark tan head reminiscent of chocolate milk that dissipates early into the tasting. Nice sticky lacing coats the imperial pint.

S - A wash of chocolate and malty goodness swirling with caramel and sweet oatmeal. Hints of roasted coffee and bourbon mixed with the slightest aroma of alcohol follow.

T - The oatmeal brings it all together here. The chocolate and sticky caramel with the malt hit the palate first creating more of a chewy character. Followed by a barely noticeable alcohol presence awash with a small twinge of bourbon, leaving a hit of bitterness caused by the chocolate which is quickly replaced with a lingering sweetness. The oatmeal is ever present in the background giving the entire sip a smooth and rich creaminess unlike almost any stout (oatmeal included or not) I've ever tasted, which only gets better as it warms.

MF - Full-bodied with a creamy medium amount of carbonation accompanied with a warming feeling from the alcohol.

D - This has to be one of the smoothest and richest brews I've had in a while, which I attribute to the oatmeal character. Watch out if you have a small stomach because it will fill up quickly (like mine). The bitterness of the chocolate factors into it only during part of the tasting. Things holding back the drinkability for this are the higher ABV and just how damn rich it is. Otherwise, I would definitely have another one.

Notes: This was one of the brews of this season I've been anxiously awaiting (along with Anchor Our Special Ale) and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I'm going to have to pick up a few more before they're all gone. I suggest you do the same.

Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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?

Photo of Darkale
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of mcfisty
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of BeerlyAwake
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of SykDoc
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a thick, deep, dark and heavy. It is opaque when held to the light. A minimal brown head is formed that quickly reduces to a light lacing.

The nose gives off heavy notes of oatmeal, coffee, and earthiness with a mild alcohol scent and mild level of malty sweetness.

The taste is a good combination of oatmeal and a very bitter chocolate. Some of the alcohol comes through but actually highlights the oatmeal and chocolate, as well as some coffee notes. The sweetness lingers nicely on the tongue with some bitter notes.

The mouthfeel is quite dry and medium/full bodied. There is a very good level of carbonation and it sits on the palate quite well leaving a creamy sensation.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable beer. I will keep my eyes open for it, although I know my time is limited.

Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky, very opaque dark brown. There was just a wisp of a brown head on it, and that was gone almost immediately. Complex aroma. Chocolate stands out, but not overpowering. Some roastiness and woodiness in there. Hint of some fruits, possibly cherries. Somewhat heavy, slick feel on your tongue. A complex taste also. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bitterness. This is very nice.

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a 12oz pint-style glass at Prime 16s CT kickoff for Stone.

A: Blakc body with ruby highlights topped by a quarter-inch of dense, fine, dark brown head. Spectacular retention and decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate; overall, one-dimensional but inviting.

T: Breathtaking: Dark chocolate, sweet fruit, and just a hint of spice on the finish. Complex, balanced, and simply delicious.

M: Smooth and full-bodied.

D: For such a dark, strong beer, this goes down quite easily.

Notes: This is a great-tasting beer, plain and simple. I feel lucky to have gotten a chance to have this on tap.

Cheers!

Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a strong black with a dark brown head that quickly fades and turns a light brown!!!

The smell is that of booze and bitter chocolate, duh. The taste is a mix of booze, chocolate, and coffee. Yes, it has a bitter taste too. This is a good beer, but a little thin. I was hoping for a richer, thicker stout.

The mouth is thin and bitter. Its lasts on the tongue for a while then a metal, "bitter" taste prevails.

Overall, another great stone product, a little thin, but still great! Wonder what a little age would do to this?

Get it!!!

Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of mj71
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm-up a bit from the fridge hoping to tame some of the heavy alcohol presence others have commented about.

Pours jet-black with a sparse chocolate head that disappears quickly. The nose is excellent with a nice toasty, maybe a little sweet, chocolate aroma.

Taste starts off with a bit of carbonation zing that quickly turns to a strong malty alcohol followed by the bitter chocolate. It's a lot happening in a single sip. Mouthfeel starts aggressive then quickly smooths-out nicely. The bitterness is really held in check to the end of the sip.

Drinkability is very good and gets better as the beer warms. Be careful. The ABV will sneak-up on you.

Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour into goblet. Minimal dark caramel and almond head with subtle crimson hues that were left sitting on top of this devilishly dark chocolate liquid. Enough retention to keep this looking nice all the way to the end. Light and particles have about as much of a chance getting through this one as they do a black hole.

S: Delicate balance between chocolate, barley, and oatmeal. Roasted malt nose sprinkled with cocoa and clove. There is a slight alcohol tinge but it adds to the warm and inviting aromas of the nose.

T: Lives up to the bitter and chocolate monikers. Oat, mocha, and licorice tastes add to the complexity. Thick rich malt taste with a slight hoppy pine tar tang. The finish is dark cherry candies, spiced raisin, and fresh plum. Cocoa and alcohol are both tongue and mind altering. My fridge is probably a little too cold so once this one warms up a bit all these fantastic tastes are even more defined and noticeable.

M: This one is thick, rich, and creamy.

D: This is a beast of a beer. Plus Stone always reminds me how I need to take ten minutes and read through the back of their bottle. I want to say this is one to be savored but then again once you taste it you'll find it hard not to drink away.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this stout pours a motor oil black, with a thick rocky, dark chocolate milk colored head

S - ummmm... chocolate, and lots of it, and nice chocolate too, you can definitely pick out the oatmeal sweetness and roasted malts that nicely compliment the chocolate

T - choco-lot, the chocolate is very well introduced and while primary, not overpowering, there is a mocha-java coffee-ness background pairing well with the chocolate

M&D - well blended and nice balance, a great brew, one of the better brews i have ever had from Stone, well done, easily drinkable for even a BMC drinker

Photo of fitzy84
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BLack with no light coming through. Even by tipping my glass a bit it's really hard to see any light on the other side. Thin flat tan head.

Bitter cocoa, tobacco, and roasty burnt wood in the aroma. Smooth compared to other stouts ive had recently.

A really great complexity in this one. Mellow carbonation provides for a smooth even mouthfeel. A good bitter smack at first, then a lingering smooth richness of chocolate. Not getting any coffee, which is usually the case in the bitterness-emphasized stouts. Finish is earthy and a bit creamy. A slight charcoal burntness in the aftertaste.

I am really enjoying the complexity in this one! Damn! At over 9%, its hidden exceedingly well. Downed the bomber over qa course of 2 hours, and at about $6, a really really good buy.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. dated July 2008

A: pours deep black, no light transmission when held up directly to the bulb. little to no head, what is there is dark brown.
S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, oats, cookie like. light alcohol as well.
T: dark roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and oats, alcohol is noticeable but not powerful.
M: it poured like thick syrup, mouth feel is similar but not as thick
D: complex yet easy to drink.

Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance is jet black, completely opaque, with a one inch dark tan head. It sinks down to a skim, one that is quite marginal actually, and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is heavy with chocolate of course, with a bit of oakiness, some vanilla, and a slight alcohol tinge.

Taste is a delicious mouthful of chocolate to start, balanced by some bitterness, like the name suggests. There's a bit of coffee in the finish alongside the lingering chocolate and some charred wood. In the finish it's joined by a significant amount of hops that are quite citrusy.

Mouthfeel is very soft, medium-full in body, and quite creamy.

I can't believe it took me this long to buy this one. I don't really like hoppy stouts, but they seem to have faded (assuming they were there in the first place, it's Stone after all). If you're on the border line of picking this up, just do it.

Photo of gamwich
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 2-14-11 at the Brew Kettle.

The pour yields a thick brownish-black head that sticks around. The nose is strong with chocolate, coffee, and roasty goodness. The flavors are sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, and raisins. The finish is a tad bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Velvety smooth on the tongue. The moderate boozyness keeps me from chugging it. Nummy.

Photo of benito
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I've had from Stone--a perfectly balanced (imperial) oatmeal stout. And it makes for a hell of a pairing with a Mississippi mud cake!

A: Visually stunning; it's as dark as their imperial stout with a lasting ring of tan foam and low carbonation.

S: Coffee, tobacco, bourbon, chocolate (of course), toffee, and alcohol in a nicely melded hodgepodge of aroma. Even the bouquet has the heft and complexity of a great RIS.

T: Lots of sweetness up front and across the middle of the tongue with a long, warming finish. The chocolate is present without being overwhelming, and the hops are restrained enough to allow the sweetness to really pull through and shine toward the end of each swig. There's also a delicious fruitness throughout, probably from black patent malt. The balance of flavors is spot on.

M: Nice smoothness imparted from the oats. Boozy and warming at the end of each sip, but this is also done in moderation. The strength is well hidden.

D: "Sneaky sneaky. This beer will get me lit up." Or so they said.

Overall, this is an excellent strong stout with almost no flaws. IMO, it's one of Stone's best beers, probably because of the restraint in hopping. Help them celebrate and buy one ASAP: Happy 12th Anniversary Stone!

Photo of d0ggnate
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my hands on a growler of 12th anniversary brew this weekend and can't wait to drink my fair share of this rich brew treat this summer.

A: Pours black with a dense brown-foamed head. This froth is very bubbly and laces my glass heavily.
S: Immediate bitter dark chocolate aroma. Very strong with notes of coffee beans.
T: Continued bitter chocolate with flavors of strongly-brewed black coffee. A bit of sweet malt is apparent, as well.
M: Coates the palate with a warm alcohol characteristic. Long lasting flavors don't give way to high(er) ABV.
D: A nice transition from more recent anniversary brews. Conversational. Intriguing. Tastefully chuggable. This beer would go great in my coffee mug at work. Deliciously brewed.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle, this poured poured like old motor oil into my Duvel Glass and was a very dark brown (almost black) with very thick tan head and very sticky lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate,and ripe figs. Mouthfeel is very full bodied. Flavor is very rich with chocolate and ripe fruit and some alcohol.In the finish you detect for the first time a tiny bit of hops in the slight bitterness. This is simply a great beer.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second time I've had this beer thus far. This is about a year old now, as their 13th Anniversary has just been released and the bottle says July 2008.

I've been meaning to purchase this one again as I had this beer just before truly appreciating stouts, and the fact that I had just purchased the commemorative 12th anniversary BCOS glass at Rozi's in Lakewood not too long ago, haha.

22 oz. Bomber poured into said 12th Anniversary BCOS stout glass.

A: Pours a deep dark color with a very nice dark tan head that eventually simmers to form a half inch cap. Light lacing lasts down the glass.

S: Smells of dark bitter chocolate. Go figure. Deep roasted malt come through, as well as the alcohol. Even more alcohol comes through in the smell as it warms. Mmmm.

T: Sooo smooth, definitely characteristic of an oatmeal stout. Immediately hit with deep roasted malt as well and the bitter chocolate. Silky smooth, I'm positive this would go genuinely great with a nice chocolate pie or brownie or something similar. That being said, the alcohol surely comes through strong towards the end, but I am a fan, especially when this gets a bit warmer.

M/D: As I've noted, this goes down exceptionally silky smooth. Very low carbonation and a nice full bodied feel. Couldn't see drinking more than a bomber, but I'm sure that's plenty for many.

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