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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

844 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 844
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
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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Beefeater57

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This is one of the blackest, thickest beers I've seen. Like pouring oil into a pint glass. Black/dark espresso brown with a thin mocha brown head with little retention.

S: Toasty malt smell, with a strong sense of milk chocolate. Hint of oatmeal. A very nice smell.

T: Wow, simply delicious. Smooth, love the chocolate and oatmeal flavors together. Like drinking gorp. There is a slight hop flavor in the finish which is a nice compliment. Not overpowering, just enough to show you it is there. Very similar to Young's Double Chocolate, just with a small kick of hops. Really, really good. After a while, you get a strong alcohol flavor on the tongue.

M: Thick, chewy - just like a stout should be.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. ABV is 9.2% so it will take care of you for a while. It's smooth and the flavors are amazing together. A little strong on the hops for a stout, but it is a welcome change. Wow, just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 04:52:12 | More by Beefeater57
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LittleBreeze

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bwyker.

This this a rather nice stout.
Poured into a tulip. Mocha colored two finger head. Aroma is sweet, a bit of roast and rich chocolate.
The complexity makes for an interesting sipper. Smooth. Sweet. A little dark/bitterness in the finish. Chocolate and coffee flavors enhance as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 03:36:55 | More by LittleBreeze
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep dark black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, this thing looked thick, there was almost no carbonation visable. The smell was chocolate, with roasted malt, a little coffee and some alcohol. The taste started a little bitter, chocolate bitterness, and then a little cream/milk sweetness, then more bitterness, from the roasted malt, almost like a burnt malt. The body is creamy smooth, very low carbonation, it is a very slow sipper, there is a little chalky residue being left behind on my teeth. It is better after it warms up, the flavors stand out more as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:27:32 | More by orsulacp
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Domingo

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oatmeal and chocolate you say? I'm in.
Pours an expected deep black with a rocky brown head. Lacing? Yup - all the way down.
Smells of espresso, baker's cocoa, bitter hops, and a little bit of burnt bread.
Tastes bitter from the cocoa and hops, but the texture is silky smooth from the oatmeal. I'm picking up more coffee flavors than chocolate. Lots of roasted flavors, and even a grapefruit-like hop finish that leaves a clean, but bitter finish. As this one warms, the flavors do become more pronounced. I'd definitely recommend keeping this brew only very lightly chilled.
The texture is smooth at first, although as it warms it loses a bit of it's integrity.
The texture does well when chilled, but the flavor's muted...but when it warms, it becomes a little watery.
The thing is, after drinking a sip, you tend to want to try it again, but there's something there that's a little harsh and keeps the drinkability lower than I'd like. Compared to other similar brews, the drinkability on this is lower as a result.
Stone never really fails at anything, but I'd have to say that this is probably my least favorite item from them thus far...which still scored a "B"

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 14:32:15 | More by Domingo
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another incredible beer by Stone. Love the chocolate aroma and taste. I consider this on par with Stone's Imperial Russian Stout. Pours the same black consistency. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and amazing. Very sweet beer. 9 ABV is a welcome component for me as it packs quite the punch.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 07:32:42 | More by merryjoulton
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Used oil black, but when backlit a reddish hue will show through. One and a half fingers of pure brown head lingers and leaves some lace.

A: Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and nuts. Some grassy hops present themselves, but not many.

T: Rich chocolate and nuts dominate the palate. The roastiness of this brew is very pleasant and unexpected. The oatmeal makes for a very smooth finish, but slightly bitter finish.

M&D: Heavy body, creamy, not much carbonation. Drinkability is limited at 9.2% ABV, but paired with some chocolate after dinner, it hit the spot. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:47:37 | More by Gtreid
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:37:53 | More by fitzy84
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice opaque black with a thin lasting tan head. Aroma is nice roasted barley and bitter cocoa, hints of espresso linger in the back. The taste is rich bitter chocolate, just as promised, the beer is smooth and easy drinking, even in summer. I will be saving by other bottle for the winter, but I'm truly enjoying this one now. This is a truly wonderful stout, clearly worthy of an anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:27:12 | More by atsprings
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BrewerB

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Aroma included chocolate and roasted malts. Alcohol was rather heavy and solvent-like and detracted from the malt characters. This restrained itself over time but was still unwelcome. Little to no hops were noticed.

Appearance was a deep, dark black color. Opaque. Formed a thin dark tan head which didn't last. Nice legs formed when swirled in the glass.

There was a rich chocolate flavor, dark and bittersweet. Roasted grain character. Bitterness was moderate and lingered on into a dry finish. Hop character very restrained and hard to detect. Coffee and smoky notes also present. This beer might benefit from additional sweetness that simply wasn't there.

Medium-full to full-bodied with a light creamy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth. Mouthfeel was my favorite part of the beer.

Overall I'm fairly disappointed I picked up 4 bottles of this. Anyone up for a trade : ) The solventy alcohol aroma really hurt my impressions at first. Chocolate character is nice and the oatmeal seemed to lend a little creamy/oily mouthfeel. Some hop character and sweetness would have increased drinkability in my opinion. A bomber was simply too much for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 19:18:20 | More by BrewerB
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black, used motor oil, with a gigantic, dark caramel colored, frothy head. Tons of lacing left along the glass. Smells very roasty, very malty, some cocoa. Taste is more extreme roastiness, some rolled oats, dark unsweetened baking cocoa/chocolate which tends to be pretty bitter is highly distinguishable. Im noticing most of the bitterness coming from the raw chocoalte taste than any type of hops used. Very tasty but their is a certain off flavor in the finish. Kind of metallic, which makes the beer a lot less enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very heavy and oily, good carbonation, dry finish. One of these bombers is definitely enough for me. I would prefer a single 12oz'er actually.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 15:10:14 | More by Doomcifer
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fatheads, South Side of Pittsburgh.

Dark, dark brown-to-black with thick, brown head. The goblet in which it was served wasn't the most conducive to lacing but some was there anyway. Surprising carbonation, given the style[s] of this.

Light chocolate hints over basic toasted malt. Some sweetness in nose. Minor alcohol. Pleasant.

Flavor: Perfect balance of bitterness and oat-y malt. Light chocolate again, serving as a bittering agent, apparently, as the bitterness of unsweetened cocoa is much more represented than the traditional "sweet" chocolate flavor you often find in chocostouts. **BTW, I figured that out BEFORE I read the description on the wall stating the bitter chocolate was acting in lieu of hops. I was pretty proud of myself after that.**

Good mouth feel, a bit on the dry side. Not unexpected given the higher level of carbonation noted in the appearance.

Could drink this all day. Or at least until the alcohol poisoning kicks in. Another Stone brew where the high alcohol is masked by the tremendous flavoring. 4.5 instead of a 5 only because of the stealth ethanol.

Bottom line: another Stone Anniversary success. X was great. XI was better. XII is really, really good too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 14:47:12 | More by rabsten
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour into a Duvel is the same as I would see in Stone RIS. Blacker than black with a short and short lived moca head. I do actually get some oatmeal nose from this baby, no hops bitterness whatsoever. Taste is sweet but not cloying, and the bitterness of the chocolate does little to assert itself. Very mild taste with roasted malts predominant. Very little hop presence, and very little chocolate presence. I would not even use that as a descriptor. Maybe a strong oatmeal porter. Regardless, a tastey beverage made even more so by the smooth mouthfeel and total lack of alcohol burn. Maybe you don't like the bitterness and SLAP delivered by most RIS's. Maybe you've wondered, "When's I gonna get mine?" You got it. Smooth and mellow, this is a keeper that may surpass their RIS when I crave that dark buzz. Worthy of continued production to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 06:29:42 | More by Onibubba
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $6.80... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

The pour was beautiful with a pretty reverse cascade thing going on.. 2 finger head is very dark brown.. even for a big stout... brew is very very dark... no light escapes... nice lacing.. dries leaving crusty bubbles.

Aroma is deep.. coffee and chocolate... smell improves immensely as it warms.. melted dark chocolate and cocoa nibs... yummy... even smells smooth and creamy... somewhat more stout characteristics appear than the expected chocolate.

Flavor is huge... I honestly was not expecting something this rich... The bitterness is also huge.. but it's not a hop bitterness.. more of an astringent (not in a bad way) cocoa presence... like a strong espresso with a couple squares of Hershey's dark melted and mixed in. Yeasty fruitiness raises its head slightly above water as it warms up a bit.. a little bit of dried cherry but still subdued and buried by the roasty/chocolate characteristics... a little bit black licorice note is barely distinguishable... mouthfeel is fairly thick but not chewy.. I like it.. very very smooth and coating... Despite reservations, I am leaving the drinkability fairly high not because I want another glass, but because I want another sip and I want "this" glass to last.

I don't know how this will age.. but I am going to pick up my share for the cellar and then drink these often until they're gone... really a very very good brew.. that said, I really hope the hop shortage is gone by next spring/summer.... I hope Stone comes out swinging with a massive triple IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 04:28:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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cnally

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy light-capturing-liquid, Batman! This beer is black. Pure darkness. It is a spectacle to look at because the head contrasts so mightily with the beer. The head, by the way is menacing and thick. The scent is not as appealing as I would have thought, much like a mix between walnut cookies and paint varnish. Oh wait, I can't smell anything but the alcohol. Whoa. On the taste, obviously there is a load of bitter chololate. The bitterness resonates long after the drink is swallowed, but it is such a nutty bitterness that it actually tastes fine. This is not like chewing almonds or walnuts...more like chewing on unprocessed cocoa beans. And my oh my, there is a whallop of malt and alcohol. Thick, deep malty notes drown out everything else BUT the alcohol. What an intense beer. It taps into the primal, without making you an animal. You really trade alcohol for taste here.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 01:56:25 | More by cnally
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark, used oil brown body. Thick. Solid finger of dense, creamy, chocolate-milk brown head. Nose of dark chocolate (as advertised), with some bitter notes. Roasted mocha coffee mixes with chocolate syrup. Very nice, very chocolaty.

Starts off with charred, roasted bitterness. Thick, creamy, velvety, oaty-smooth mouthfeel leads to semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, and more charred roasted bitterness. Gets a little more fruity and alcoholic toward the finish. A tad hot. Dark chocolate syrup and roasted bitterness in the finish proper. Lives up to its name, but a little too hot.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 01:47:10 | More by alexgash
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TheEremite

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of an extreme beer done well. It's thick, flavorful, roasty, and chocolaty, but it's not over the top. I could easily have a few pints. It is, however, a cold weather beer. The oatmeal thickens it up quite a bit without sweetening it. There are some phenols on the nose, but they get lost in everything else. I'm looking forward to this in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 14:05:35 | More by TheEremite
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thank you stone you did it agan, this is the bitteerist oatmeal stout i have had, this is thick and dark and hides the alcohol, the oat meal is rosted to absolute perfection, i let this one sit out for 40 minits befor drinking and was rewarded by a party for my mouth, i cant wate to see what some age does for this one

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 12:22:53 | More by orcasteve
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Dogfishipas

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried two of these now. Both in 22 oz bottle. 1 cold and 1 after it sat out for an hour.

I prefer this beer after sitting out versus straight out of the fridge. The flavor seems to come out more and also I find it a lot better to drink as if it's a dessert. Because it's so rich I don't think more then 1 in a sitting is doable.

I've stashed a 3rd bottle away to save for a future date.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 04:54:16 | More by Dogfishipas
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boralyl

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Had this on draft. It is pitch black with no light coming through it all. It has roughly 1/2 finger of creamy tan head that didn't really leave any lacing.

S - A roasted aroma, chocolate, and a small alcohol smell is emitted from this brew.

M - A full bodied beer that has a nice smoothness to it and a good amount of carbonation.

T - It tastes similar to how it smells. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a slight bitterness create a fairly complex flavor. There is also an alcohol taste present, but it is hidden pretty well.

A very good brew, I'd like to try it later after it ages. I could probably only have one of these in a sitting because of the abv and thickness of it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 00:03:34 | More by boralyl
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numerik2012

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer poured an intense dark brown and settled a pitch black with an inch of frothy tan head.

S: Rich chocolate aroma with alcohol, coffee and roasted oats in the background.

T: Tastes of alcohol, chocolate and sweet malts. The chocolate was not masking or too sweet which was nice. Coming from Stone I usually don't expect a saccharine beer anyway.

M: Smooth seas DO make skillful sailors

D: A bit hot for my taste, but not bad. Will mellow with age. I'll be trying this on tap today and will follow up on this overall very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 18:38:11 | More by numerik2012
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured black and opaque into a tulip...not a lot of head here. Aroma is medium-intensity, with some nice burned-pizza crust roastiness, chocolate, and with an oatmeal quality. Flavor was a nice blend of chocolate, which wasn't overpowering, and a good degree of dark malt roasty. Hides its ABV dangerously well; felt like I could've drank two bombers of the stuff. Very drinkable for the ImpStout style.

Very good - I would recommend. I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma Ave in Milwaukee.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 17:46:33 | More by BeerBelcher
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black color, though doesn't appear too viscous. Nice head of dark tan foam, settling into a frothy ring. Notes of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in the nose initially, but after a few smells the alcohol fume gets more dominant, masking the other aromas.

There is a sharp alcohol presence in the taste also. The flavor is very dry and roasty, with a good, coffee-like, tannin bitterness (although not as bitter as the label might suggest). Nice toasted malt finish, but it all ends with a bit of astringence. Decent thickness, its a bit chewy at times, but smooth enough. Fine, sharp carbonation.

This chocolate beer is not overtly sweet like the Rogue Chocolate Stout or the Souther Tier Choklat, and for that I was glad. Unfortunately it was bit alcoholic and lacked enough balance for a high drinkablity. I am hoping that all it needs is some aging, and I do believe it will improve. I will try it again in at least 6 months...

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 06:10:30 | More by bennetj17
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gford217

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies is right, damn! This beer is great!

A nice lonslaught of, errr, doughy (dark) chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Couple that with carob, a hint of smoke (the slightly burnt edges around the cookie?) . . . at least initially. Then the alcohol comes and adds a strong numbing presence. Fig and chloraseptic are the big tastes in the middle, followed by a nice raw cookie dough and burnt pastry finish.

A very nice brew. I like what Stone does when deprived of hops. Great stuff. I gotta say, I like their dark beers better than their hoppy beers. This is like their RIS (one of the best beers ever, IMHO) but a lot drier and a touch more bitter, but in a chocolate way. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 02:04:19 | More by shbobdb
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.