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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
92
outstanding

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Semi aggresive pour brings a pitch black color with a bubbly 2 finger cocoa colored head. Plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of chocolate, some dark fruit, malted milk. All somewhat subdued.

Roasted/toasted flavor with some plum/fig character, slightly smoky, coffee flavors, booze, & rich bittersweet chocolate & hops in the finish. Lots going on here.

Full bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated.

One bottle shared with another person was good.

Interesting brew. Seems a little rough around the edges. I'd guess this would do well with some time in the cellar. I'll try this mixed with some lambic as well.

08-07-2008 22:40:30 | More by bbothen
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beertunes

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

Served in 16oz goblet. Poured black, no light shows through, with a thick, medium brown head that dissipated quickly and left lots of sticky lacing.

A pleasant blend of aromas on the nose, coffee, roasted malt and certain earthiness I couldn't quite place being most noticeable. The flavors followed the aromas closely, with the coffee being most upfront, then the rest of tastes rolling across the tongue. No noticeable chocolate flavors remain, and there is just a minimum of hoppiness.

The body and drinkability were average for a big stout. Full body that coats the tongue and lingers. Nicely drinkable for a big beer, I can't see having more than one at a sitting though, worth trying now that it's sat a year. If I remember correctly, I liked this beer better when it was fresh. Certainly worth trying again if you see it.

08-01-2009 20:53:00 | More by beertunes
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Vicious black pour, with a nice dark tan finger of forced head.

Smell is good with fair amount of malts, chocolate and coffee. There is a tart quality, but it's faint.

Good lord. I'm pretty sure they used the highest percent of cocoa that they could find because this thing is uber bitter chocolate. I presumed that it would be hoppy, but it is totally the intense chocolates. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate ones it warms.

Feel is thick and coating.

This is very good, but needs to warm in my opinion.

11-08-2010 02:11:25 | More by EgadBananas
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sfoley333

Brazil

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured from 22oz bomber purchased from Texas Liquor. Poured into a Duvel snifter, pours a jet black with big foamy brown head with nice lacing for such high alcohol content. Smell is roasted malt with plenty of chocolate and coffee aromas a touch of acetone on the finish. Taste was a little messy with such a strong hot alcohol flavor that got even stronger as my beer warmed, the strong bitterness seemed less from the chocolate and more from the burnt roasted malt finish. However the oatmeal did leave a nice creaminess to both the flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is full body with a nice for mentioned creaminess and light carbonation level. The chocolate and oatmeal really addd to the beer but the unability to mask the alcohol really detracts from it. I think that a little aging will do wonders for this beer but still a worthy beer right now.

07-26-2008 08:43:20 | More by sfoley333
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Tolann

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A - Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Ever seen a gargoyle on a bicycle? Dark. Very dark. The pour looked almost thick like oil. Looked like pouring an RIS. Decent head the color of frothy coffee.

S - Can smell it already from here. sweet and roasty chocolates. Its a scent that warms you. More on the sweet side, almost like a cookie. They should make a candle that smells like this.

T - Smooth chocolate, not particularly sweet more bitter. Some coffee characteristic. Again, some of an RIS characteristic. Getting better as it warms

M - Medium mouthfeel and more boozy than I would have guessed a 9.2% to taste. Bit of a warming feel to it.

D - It is what it is. Not one that you'd drink all nite, but not a bad choice to sip after dinner. Now if I only had a nicely lit fireplace and a cozy blanket.

08-07-2008 03:48:48 | More by Tolann
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

A: pour is opaque and dark, brown head, quickly dissipates, not much retention or lacing

S: the front features a smokey and bitter quality, smells to be oxidizing a touch, a little bit of a metallic twang. The chocolate and roast is faint.

T: well what the nose was lacking in roasted qualities, the taste makes up for. So much so that the grains become a little astringent at the end.

MF: big body, mellow carbonation

O: I have a feeling that this beer is not in its optimal state, for what it is- it pretty tasty, but I'm sure the flavors popped a little more when it was a little fresher

09-15-2011 07:14:16 | More by homebrew311
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gford217

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as a nice pitch black in the glass. Head is dense and mocha-colored and fades fairly quickly leaving only a trace of lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malts. There are also some dark fruits and alcohol burn in the nose as well. Taste is big on the sweet malts as well with the significant bitterness of the baker's chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a little carbonation on top of the bitterness of the chocolate. This is a decent, but quite bitter, stout and the flavors are are a little too abrasive for me. This one could use some time to bring the flavors together.

07-31-2008 02:49:11 | More by gford217
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Twenty-two ounce brown bottle dated July 2008.

Opaque black liquid, topped by a thin tan head. Head holds up okay, no lacing on the glass.

I don't really get chocolate in the nose, beyond what you would normally expect from a big stout. Otherwise inviting, with notes of roasted coffee, subtle bits of fruit, and hints of alcohol.

Not too different from what was hinted at in the nose. Notes of coffee, chocolate & roast. Most of the bitterness comes from the roast flavours. Somewhat smooth, medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not bad by any stretch, but I for one was expecting more out of this.

07-19-2008 03:44:44 | More by xgrigorix
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my folks' living room after a nice T-day dinner. From the 22oz bottle to a mug glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a real nice brown foamy head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Oats and sweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, but not overpowering. Bitter and tastes of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick-bodied. Goes down nicely.

Drinkability: Too bitter for my tastes without enough sweet chocolate to balance it out. Would try again, but wouldn't buy again.

11-28-2008 05:14:44 | More by nsmartell
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bitter hops. lots of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and rich roasted malt. Flavor is rather bitter! (as advertised). Sweet, rich oatmeal malt, alcohol, slight slight bitter chocolate. I was really excited about this beer but it proved to be a disappointment. Much too heavy and alcoholic for my liking. This needs a bit of age I think. Not as much chocolate as I'd prefer and the sweetness/alcohol richness does obliterate some of the other flavors. Fun to try, but I don't think I'll purchase again (unless it's aged perhaps).
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

12-21-2008 22:54:45 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

22 oz. bottle tried 24 Oct 2008.

Poured in 0.4 L snifter. Pours like friggin molasses. Small very dark brown head. Color is pitch black. Smells acrid, roasty, coffee and chocolate. Quite bitter and cocoay, espresso. Slightly acrid earthy bitter chocolate. Dry warming finish. Medium body.

Did not get much oatmeal in the mouthfeel.

02-01-2009 21:06:07 | More by htomsirveaux
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BenZ

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Wow, so this was the boosiest tasting three year old, sub ten percent beer ive had. I cant remember if I tried this fresh or not. If i didnt i wish i had. Anyway, the beer was indeed bitter, as well as roasty and somewhat acidic. Much prefer the stone irs.

09-16-2011 02:00:02 | More by BenZ
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a thin layer of tiny bubbles, with slow-falling sticky lace. Aroma is rich dark oatmeal sweetness. Taste is sweet chocolate to start, but quickly overpowered by burnt oats, which give way to bitterness and alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, and drinkability is limited for me by same. Just a little too brash for me, even if it lives up to its name, and is just what the brewers wanted. Guess this time, I'm not as worthy as I could be...

08-26-2008 00:54:33 | More by ppoitras
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r3zim

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Pores black with 1/2 inch of dark tan head.

Smells faintly of chocolate and malt.

Medium body with foam-like texture. Very interesting.

Taste of strong roasted flavors and coffee-like bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Bitterness reminds me of baking chocolate.

Smooth to drink but bitterness stays a bit too long. The heaviness also detracts from it's drinkability. This ale has some interesting characteristics but there are many imperial stouts that I'd pick far before it.

11-02-2008 22:09:28 | More by r3zim
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

22oz bomber poured into tulip, in March 11. Here's hoping this one aged well; picked up at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

A: Standard stout appearance; opaque dark brown with a finger of light brown head. Decent retention, good lacing.

S: Pretty faint aroma; I can definitely tell this is an oatmeal stout though- a hint of that tangy oatmeal flavor is present. Some light chocolate malts as well. Not a bad smell, but its weakness brings the rating down a bit.

T: Oatmeal flavor is pretty prominent once again, especially to start things off, before giving way to a very bitter, dark chocolate flavor. I hate to describe this beer primarily with characteristics included in its name, but the name is extremely appropriate. There's a big hoppy element to the bitterness; I'm picking up a good number of piny/resinous flavors on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with light carbonation; this is smooth, thick, and creamy, just like an imperial stout ought to be to maximize its flavor. Very enjoyable.

O: This beer is better than the sum of its parts; I found my glass running low pretty quickly. I'm happy that I have another bottle of this, especially since it was a limited release.

03-23-2011 14:07:08 | More by AwYeh
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Wow, dark black body from pour, with a woody smoke brown head that sits nicely. This is exactly what an imperial stout should look like. Beautiful complexion.

The smell is rather sweet, with tons of oats and some licorice, sweet and bitter chocolate. I fail to see any more complexity then this, and to be honest, it smells just ok.

The taste...Tons of oats, sweet and bitter chocolate but mostly bitter as one could infer from the name, licorice on the end. Creamy thick. A little bit too much licorice comes through in the middle that could be feasible as an alcohol-like tastes. It has a harsh element not characteristic of an oatmeal stout. Some dry cocoa powder which adds to the after taste, but not exactly with satisfaction.

05-05-2009 03:20:05 | More by CoolJosh
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TonyT

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

I've had this from 22 oz. bombers (one that has met its fate with the ceramic tile of the kitchen floor...yes I'm ashamed)...
But I thought that it would be a better/more fair rating from a tap...

Poured into the glass (both from the tap and bottle), as perfect as a glass of motor oil...(as many other posts have stated)...I would say like New Jersey Lake Sludge (I can't wait for the replies on that one...I've looked for my own snipes (as a kid) thank you very much...)...

The taste mellows out while the pour gets warmer, much like the bottle.

The alcohol taste is more apparent as it warms..., but I would not say that it has such an "oatmeal taste", I was expecting more of a Rogue Chocolate Stout meets/ Sammy Smith's...but for all around it was good.

...It definitely has its own character and holds up on its own...I am interested to see how this brew ages...(like other posts have stated).

Stone Rocks...

08-16-2008 03:48:18 | More by TonyT
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Appearance:

Pulled the cap off this vintage bottle and only had a tiny amount of gas and hiss that leaked out of the bomber. I poured this into my DFH bubbled pint glass straight on trying to entice a nice head. I was left with a one finger thick dark mocha almost chocolate colored head that faded away to almost nothing. This baby is as black as used motor oil with no light passing through and no yeast chunks floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty thick.

Smell:

initial burst of dark bakers chocolate, sweet figs, and other pitfruits. Some black cherries, coffee, roast, and some earthy hop undertones. Complex sweet, and caramel like, raisins and pretzels.

Taste:

Sharp notes of licorice, dark rum, chocolate ice cream, dates and caramel. A slight menthol flavor? Black burnt coffee, lingering heat alcohol, mossy earthy hops and thick molasses. In the finish there is some pipe tobacco and vanilla.

01-29-2011 20:52:16 | More by Bmoyer0301
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Stone black apperance with a thin creamy head that quickly disapates however leaving small ring around glass.

Slight hint of oats and dark chocolate hide behind a roasted grain.

This one will put hair on your chest! Watch out ladies! Stong alcohol presents with dark chocolate tones and slight oat taste.

Excellent creamy mouthfeal. The oats work there magic here.

This one could use some time to mellow out a bit. Much warming going down the throat. Have another bottle, looking forward to re-visiting this offering.

10-05-2008 05:11:46 | More by FishGetter
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flannelman808

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Im not impressed with this years anniversary beer. The 10th is my favorite beer all time maybe. this was a huge let down.

comes in a large bottle with the patented gargoyle on the front of course, but there is no promotion for the beer being an anniversary beer... strange. Maybe even stone doesn't think it to be worthy. In fact I sent the beer back thinking it was a mistake and then was shown the tiny little 12 on the back of the bottle.

that said...

smells like an oatmeal stout which some wood, and dark chocolate

Tastes sort of like their russian imperial but a little more bitter. Sweet and dark chocolate notes overwhelm the palate.

I didn't even finish my bottle... I didn't even finish a glass... I split the bottle with a friend and he didn't finish either. Maybe stone 12th anniversary bitter chocolate oatmeal stout is just not for me. Maybe that title is a mouthful just like the beer.

08-26-2008 17:22:31 | More by flannelman808
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Bottled sample via oakbluff. Jet black in colour with low to moderate carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, dry red wine , dark toffee, and a bit of oatmeal. Very dry in the mouth, with more dark chocolate and vineous notes. Additional elements of minerals (flint and chalk), light molasses, medium roast coffee, and caramel are also present. Heavy in the mouth, in spite of how dry it is. Good, but not great overall.

11-17-2008 20:15:31 | More by fisherman34
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

Body appears pitch black absolutely opaque no light passing through at the edges. Nice sized mocha tan head forms thick and leaves behind fine lacing as it dwindles down, by the way I poured this into my Piraat chalice since I recently broke my Stone Imperial Stout chalice, pretty similar shape. This year's release seems to be keeping with the black beer theme, hoppy black IPA definitely wasn't my favorite new concept beer let's see if bitter dark chocolate infused oatmeal stouts work as well as it sounds.

Aroma upfront with bitter dark cocoa nibs, deep fruity ripened fruit notes including ripe plum and fig notes, touch of metallic mineral character blended with herbal hop blends just barely coming through in the nose.

Flavor is complex starts off with a tart twang seems out of place in something this dark, I was assuming there would be more roasted malt character off the bat. Somewhat lactic creamy notes with oatmeal softness coming into play. Definitely finishes with big luscious dark bitter chocolate notes and welcome hop burps arise after your first few sips even thought not much hop action is going on in the actual flavor or aroma. As it warms alcohol becomes a welcome flavor component that seems to offset some of the sweet and tart fruit notes from the pure bitterness of the dark chocolate added. Oatmeal also plays as a buffer between the chocolate and sweet fruit undertones.

Carbonation level is mellow, dark dry bitterness is definitely left on the palate after each sip. An overall medium to full body with creamy edges to it the entire 22 ounce portion. By the way, I would recommend to split this large portion with friends and let the beer warm up a bit to let all of the flavors and textures come out.

This Stone 12th offering serves up some surprises, keeping it original and unique as usual I would definitely recommend the experience. Is it something that I will be chasing down like the Stone 10th no way but was it tasty and complex...of course. I see what the folks at Stone were trying to pull off and guess I like the blurb on the label about hop shortages and turning to the bitterness of dark chocolate versus hops, so I see the vision but taste for yourself whether or not it works.

07-25-2008 15:22:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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beveritt

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Stone silk-screened label with a flying gargoyle holding up a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of dark brown head. This settles slightly, down to about half its original size. By the end of the beer it is a few wispy islands of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is black. Black as a black hole. No light can escape its pull.

Smell: An almost overwhelming chocolate smell. Almost a chocolate liquor due to the slightly sweet alcohol smell. If you can work past that, you get hints of roasted barley and a little hop greenness.

Taste: Chocolate is definitely more subtle in the taste than the smell. Flavors of roasted barley bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate, and warming alcohol all seem to blend evenly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is decent, with an almost slickness from the oats..

Drinkability: Some really nice flavors in here, The chocolate is great and the oats add a nice smoothness. Right now, however, I think the alcohol is too prevalent. I would love to try thi beer in a few years. Maybe I will see what I can pick up to cellar.

09-05-2008 23:49:45 | More by beveritt
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

A - Nicely dark dark brown, almost black, with a big tan head which stuck around with some moderate lacing Nice looking.

S - Ton of chocolate, not as roasty as I would have thought, with an oat backbone and a touch of hops. Beer seems appropriately named.

T - Almost a chocolate bomb. Not quite along the lines of Chokolat, which I think is overkill, but this is very chocolatey. Oatmeal stout profile is in there, but chocolate dominates.

M - Full bodied, slightly flatish, I think this is how most beers this style tend to be, but it leaves it finishing somewhat empty and simple.

D - Pretty easy to drink, especially with how sweet it is, I'd like something with a little more bite though. Not sure I'd consider this an "Imperial Stout", high alcohol but taste just not big enough for me.

04-06-2010 00:47:39 | More by AgentZero
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Spider889

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

Found this bottle at a local store in Columbus... not sure if they had this kept in the back, if it literally sat on a shelf for two years (which I doubt - no dust on the bottle), or if Stone is still distributing it... several places seem to be selling their 2008 RIS still too. Not really sure what's going on there.

Nevertheless I was excited when I found this for $6 a growler.

Poured thick, thick black. Viscous and oily. Small thick head of dark toffee that receded into intermittent lace. Pitch black, no hope of light, not even around the edges.

I really got no smell at all off this. If I nearly stuck my nose into the beer I could pick up the alcohol. And after warming I MAYBE got some dark fruit, but that is a bit of a strain to be honest. Not sure if it was the age, old hops, the oats/chocolate, or even the recipe, but I was not impressed here.

The flavor was immediately dry and bitter - here's the advertised chocolate. Roasty, boozy for under 10%, lots of burnt toast. As it warmed it got sweeter and I could start to pick up more chocolate flavor and less bitterness. The booze stayed throughout.

Mouthfeel is thick and semi-chewy. The alcohol prickles the tip of the tongue and is very warming, but doesn't burn so I didn't mind too much. The warmer it got the more silky and smooth it drank. Dry and without much carbonation, as I'd expect.

I had no problem drinking most of the bomber (my wife sampled a little of it), but I wouldn't want a second one in a night. Overall a good find, I might buy some more if there's any left next time I'm beer shopping.

09-01-2010 08:46:47 | More by Spider889
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.