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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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847 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 80
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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mj71

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +8%

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.

10-24-2008 21:35:36 | More by mj71
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Boto

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +8%

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.

12-18-2008 21:18:39 | More by Boto
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +8%

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

01-03-2009 21:00:44 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Mazeraski

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8%

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.

11-14-2008 03:33:06 | More by Mazeraski
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OStrungT

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

This beer pours a jet black color wih no light shining through. It boasts a think, fluffy brown head that fades a bit faster than I expected, leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma of this beer assults the nose as soon as the cap is popped. During the pour, it keeps up its nasal assult, utilizing a bitter cocoa aroma. Behind the chocolate, I detect a mild coffee aroma. Some burnt malty sweetness makes its way into the assult as well.

This beer tastes much like ti smells. Very chocolatey up front, with some coffee mixing in. Malty sweet also. Some hop flavor fights to make its presence known in the mix with the chocolate.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down very smooth, leaving a bitter cocoa aftertaste. This beer has a thick mouthfeel from the oatmeal. Very nice.

This beer might make a great session beer except for the 9.2% ABV. The flavor is aggressive, yet easy to drink.

Overall: Great beer, but I never had any doubts. Stone, you are still one of the greatest breweries on this planet. Keep up the great work.

10-12-2008 20:04:13 | More by OStrungT
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beertooth

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

The 3rd and last West coast beer for the night. This is part of the 2nd week of West coast vs. Midwest beers.

Provided by madorb, heck yes!

A screen printed bomber split between my girlfriend, madorb, and myself.

A hearty pour into each of our pint glasses doesn't give us much head. This beer is a pitch, glossy black. The small amount of head we had is now gone. There is no lacing, the sides of my glass are clean.

The nose is full of dark roasted malts, dried fruits, and red wine barrels.

The taste is great. It's complex without being too complex. It's bitter enough to make your brain run wild. I could've sworn this was barrel aged. It's very bitter and dry and leaves me wanting more. I'm not really picking up on any chocolate, but my taste could be off from tasting beers for most of the night.

This is one of the few beers I've had from Stone and I would really like to try more beers like this if they wanted to brew them.

Cheers!

09-25-2008 05:58:48 | More by beertooth
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MarsMoose

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

I poured this brew into my tulip glass (my favorite for trying new beers) but was somewhat sad to find it produced little head, even when poured not-so-gently. The beer itself was opaque and shined like black leather through my glass. The color of the head interested me: it was a chocolate brown. The smell was somewhat subtle, but the taste was far from it. Immediately I was hit with the characteristic Stone bitterness, but it was surprisingly quenched by the full body of the beer, which was itself subsequently replaced by a lingering, put pleasant, bitterness. I'll admit that the oatmeal didn't seem to come through for me, but the balance between the full body of a stout and the bitterness characteristic of this brew made this a spectacular beer.

07-25-2008 15:02:27 | More by MarsMoose
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Farrell

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

I picked up a few of these at my local liquor store... not bad if you ask me! I poured a 22oz bomber into a 16oz pint glass, and gave the remainder to my brother to try.

A: The beer pours pitch black with the most delicious looking chocolate colored head. One look at this beer and you know it has hardy written all over it.

S: A few aromas permeate from this brew such as coffee and dark chocolate, a closer sniff will reveal some hops well. As you drink the beer, a slight alcohol smell develops as the beer warms, but eventually goes away.

T: When poured, the beer starts off with an awesome combination of flavors, to me it is like the oatmeal stout creates the base and is layered with the chocolate flavors of a porter. The use of real dark chocolate really brings out a different type of bitterness for those used to hop bitterness. In my opinion, this is a huge plus because it really gives the beer a nice balanced taste without swinging into extremes. The only fault is as I reached the middle of my beer, the taste of alcohol became a little more noticeable.

M: the only word to describe this is hardy. A nice thickness enhanced by a perfect carbonation gives this stout a great feel.

D. This was hard to score because stouts in general can never really have the drinkability of a lighter bodied beer. It is not wise to pound this beer after beer, it should be enjoyed slowly. However, as stouts go, this is pretty easy to drink. As before it loses a point do to its odd alcohol taste in the middle (considering it is hidden very well at the beginning and the end). Thankfully, it finished very clean with a sweet chocolate taste and a hint of coffee.

Stone did a great job with this one, only a few flaws.

08-11-2008 03:52:35 | More by Farrell
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Thanks to atsprings for sharing a 22 oz. bottle

Pours an opaque black body under a creamy tan head that reduces to a film and leaves some lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate predominate the nose with some charred bread notes as well.

The flavor is what you would expect: bitter chocolate from the malt and use of actual chocolate in the beer. With warmth the bitter aspect dies down a bit and it mellows to a nice full stout with some more sweetness.
A slightly shy of full mouthfeel with ample carbonation is also a plus. I found myself enjoying this one from first sip to last. The bitter chocolate thing I like, so this stout was right up my alley.

03-08-2010 14:02:57 | More by rtratzlaff
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

08-04-2008 04:31:47 | More by SurlyDuff
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Even in the widemouth glass, a 3-finger dense tan head emerges atop the oily body. Great retention and a ton of sticky lacing.

Huge chocolate aromas, bittersweet and cocoa. Exceedingly chocolatey without being exceedingly sweet-smelling. Tons of roasted and toasted malts as well. I'm seriously digging this already and haven't even taken a sip yet.

This is the chocolate beer I've been looking for. Thick and creamy body with a insanely robust roasted malt body and a just-right amount of modest chocolate sweetness. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate run wild. Hops are a memory at this point, but burnt malts fill in nicely in the bitterness department. A touch of dark fruit, a touch of warming alcohol joins a nice dry roast in the finish.

Overall impression: Excellent example of a chocolate-infused stout that doesn't make your teeth ache with sweetness. Stone, please make this again.

12-15-2010 00:46:18 | More by PDXHops
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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!!!

07-16-2008 02:35:17 | More by iconoklaztor
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

01-16-2010 22:52:52 | More by rootbeerman
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

01-23-2009 01:56:35 | More by SykDoc
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roadhouse

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

01-27-2009 23:14:10 | More by roadhouse
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dwilson01

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

poured from a 22oz bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass (half at a time of course). Right off the bat I was impressed, the pour is thick as hell, looks like molasses and is the definition of blackness. The head is barely there to start, just a thin layer on top but it too is as dark as they come, a rich deep brown color like cured oak.

The initial smell is bitter, not the bittering from hops like ipa's get but a whole new kind that is much more relaxed, a smooth bitterness that pleases my nose, almost reminds me of tart berries. I also get a little alcohol smell, not much though and it's paired with a vanilla bean (so basically vanilla extract, and not the cheap knockoff either).

After tasting this brew, it really just names itself. Each flavor in its title is represented in the stone fashion in perfect succession. The bitterness in the nose hits you first and adds an enticing spiciness which prepares you for the chocolate sweetness coming your way. Chocolate next, but with that spice there it's tones down from the extremely bittersweet kinds I like. Oppositely, the choc is a great way to tone down the spice and cleanse the palate for the smooth oatmeal finish, no spice in the end but the oats are definitely prominent with a bit of dryness in the last.

It's a stout! Actually, it's not even as thick as it looks because of that spicy addition to the body of the brew but the added oatmeal does give it a solid feel. Just an all around balance between that uber thick sweet stout and a spicy ipa in the body count.

9.2%...what?? You have to like bitter to like this beer, but seriously it's that exact flavor that completely cancels out any alcohol esters that would lay in the flavor to hinder the drinkability (or aid it depending on who you are). When I think about it, it's very revolutionary how they did that b/c the stout style usually uses a huge body and an ultra sweet choc and coffee combo to shoo away the estery alcohol flavors but this utilizes a whole new quality of chocolate. Seriously its good, I dig it.

Bottom line this brew is a great new take on bitterness, I mean hops are awesome, I love em to death, but I also like the boldness of style in this brew and it definitely paid off. This is probably something you haven't experienced before and they aren't brewin em again so get em while they're around!

04-22-2010 06:10:02 | More by dwilson01
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gamwich

Hawaii

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

05-12-2011 03:02:27 | More by gamwich
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benito

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

08-22-2008 02:25:49 | More by benito
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Lepley

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

A: Pours thick black with dark brown head. I drank this beer outside in the mid-day sun and no light was able to penetrate it.

S: Its aroma is not very strong. Smelled of alcohol and slightly of chocolate.

T: Very complex taste. Alcohol, smokiness, deep chocolate with bitterness that lingered. It was very bitter but not hoppy. It was different. I've never had unsweetened chocolate, but the back of the bottle tells that this is what its bitterness comes from.

M: Heavy and thick.

D: This beer is delicious and an interesting style.

07-22-2008 00:37:10 | More by Lepley
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d0ggnate

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

07-16-2008 03:15:22 | More by d0ggnate
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rkuhnel

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

09-03-2008 01:48:14 | More by rkuhnel
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

09-23-2009 03:44:04 | More by woosterbill
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TheViolator666

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

07-12-2009 21:12:13 | More by TheViolator666
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottled in July, 2008

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass

Price - $6.99/bomber

WoW, This beer just keeps getting better looking with time. Pours thick and midnight black with a fluffy fudge brownie colored head. Retention is short lived but leaves behind a creamy covering that lasts. Laces well after three years of aging. Impressive!

A strong scent of bakers chocolate permeates through the nose and blends well with the faint aroma of booze reminding you this isn't a dessert but a beer. Molasses and burnt malt become more noticeable as it comes up to room temperature.

The flavor follows the nose with rich bitter chocolate, molasses and booze. It's definitely taking on a port like flavor as I finish the bottle.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little heat for the octane level. The body is thick and syrupy and finishes dry.

Overall I can't get enough of this beer. I've gone through six bombers over the last three years, this being my last one. I'm not sure how much longer it can age and improve but if given the opportunity to buy it again I would without hesitation. One of the best beers I've ever had for the price.

07-05-2011 21:20:42 | More by 05Harley
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leschkie

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-21-2012 02:47:10 | More by leschkie
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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