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

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
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855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 78 | 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 Farrell
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber to a pint glass the liquid is close to black with good carbonation. The head is dark ta, 2 fingers of fluffy foam and leave very nice lace.

The smell is good, chocolate and coffee notes.

The taste is very good, lots of dark roasted close to chared coffee beans and semi sweet chocolate. Really a great tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability of this brew is great really a must try.

Prosit, MK

Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours and looks like used 10-40W motor oil, promising.

Light proof black beer with a small brown head, oh yeah it's not a porter.

Bittersweet scent that you can smell from a distance. Getting up close this is a boozy bittersweet chocolate beer with a hint of vanilla, berries and wood. Strongly scented with chocolate almost a dark chocolate bar in beer form.

Taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a silky mouth feel a lot like melted chocolate. A little sweet and a little bitter with a trace of coffee and malt char in the flavor. Big vanilla flavor so I suspect white oak or Bourbon was involved somehow. British Ale fruity flavors show as the beer warms up quite a bit. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is silk.

Don't give many 5s but this beer deserves it for drinkability. At room temperature and this just keeps getting tastier! Smooth as sin, really close to drinking expensive chocolate instead of eating it. Think best chocolate beer ever.

Photo of PDXHops
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dwilson01
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of OStrungT
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertooth
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of naterock
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass with an incredibly dark and thick pour. Medium to dark brown head with resilience. a slight ring of burnt orange around the sides where light penetrates.

Smells of rich chocolate malts and burnt currants, a tinge of alcohol in the back but overall well hidden.

Thick chocolate with a heavy cream smoothness currants and some vine fruits are evident in the background. Oat malts, Chocolate, Wow!

Mouth is very viscous and silky with a body like heavy cream. Drinks well but this is definitely a sipper. Such a treat to finally get to try this one.

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of leschkie
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of StephRai
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is excellent. The aroma is impressive, it smells like roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, oats, caramel and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, oats, caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, a bit oily and very, very smooth. Drinkability is very good too, it goes down very easy and the alcohol isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a very good beer. I'll definitely have to pick up some more of this!

Photo of Dijeriduster
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Stone as part of Stone Winter Storm. Just promise you won't eat the food here, good god!

A - Dark, dark beer with a wonderfully coloured head. Douche next to me was shocked as he drank his IPA - its a stout after all! Still, exceptional looking very opaque with creamy head - doesn't last that long but its 2 years old after all

S - Dark chocolaty bitterness comes thru first with an ample helping of the specialty grains too. Smells thick and dark

T - Wow, unlike anything I've had before. Stout flavour is bolstered by the chocolate and amped up by the oatmeal. This is 2 years old by now so a little more boozy then at first (I imagine) But very drinkable. The g/f kept screaming to let it warm - it was 45 mins in the glass and still changing. Incredible taste.

M - Thick but not crazy thick. Nitro would be an interesting option here. I thought it was very nice, smooth and chewy hadn't thinned much during aging.

D - This is great. Some folks have complained its gross - I disagree. Wonderful paring beer and a welcome respite from the SD hop head beers. Well done Stone!

Photo of TeamUgly
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an evil, "darker than the pits of hell" black. Covering this is a pillowy, two-finger, dark tan colored head that features a beautiful looking cascade. The head sports excellent retention and leaves globs, sheets, and ropes of lace in the glass.

S: Heavenly aromas of bitter dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, blackened malt, toasted oats, carmelized dark fruit, cherry, caramel reduction, rum raisin bread pudding, maple sugar candy, and a kiss of piney hops.

T: Starts off with a big bitter whack of espresso and dark chocolate, followed by pan seared caramel, raisin, blackened malt, black cherry, pine tar hops, milk chocolate, plum, toasty oats, dates, rum, and a touch of tart citrus.

M: Very oily and viscous. When swirled, this sticks to the glass like whisky or scotch. Alternates between bitter and silky, and sweet and dry. Fantastic!

D: The alcohol is there primarily in flavor alone. We didn't think it was boozy or hot. This drinks like a stout with half the abv. Dangerous.!

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of CanisMajor
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of quinlin
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black, thin brown head with good retention.

S - bitter chocolate, roasty, toasty, a bit nutty

T - much the same as the nose, cocoa powder, hints of oat nuttiness, alcohol on the finish.

M - nice mouthfeel. heavy and full bodied. Also creamy and smooth

D - this beer was surprisingly easy to drink. Great job by Stone, i wish i had another bottle.

Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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