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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

836 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%


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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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

39th review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint

App- It's black, dense and undeniably a stone stout. Has a one finger tan head that laced quite nicely.

Smell- It's chocolate and coffee and roast. Like smelling a dark heavy coffee. I picked up raisins for some reason but after an 08.08.08 and a Redemption from RR, my nose is probably shot for smelling.

Taste- Wow, way smoother than I thought it would be. This has aged quite nicely and isn't too rough or overpowering to the palate. A touch bitter due to the chocolate but I find it to be quite nice.

Mouth- It's balanced and easy to take down. This beer has some legs to it and annouces your having a stout but doesnt overload the taste buds.

Drink- After the first two beers of the night one is enough for me, but I think if it was two years ago when this was 1st released and I was camping, this would be better than Jack out of the bottle in front of the fire.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:55:03 | More by FosterJM
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to enelson (Ed) for this awesome beer! Took care of one of my 'wants.'

22oz bottle consumed on 10/30/10. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dirty, muddy deep brown/black with about a half-inch of dark mocha head. Some lace left behind. The nose is full of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, fresh coffee. Everything is still bold and pronounced. Great smell.

The mouth is perfectly silky and smooth. Decent amount of carbonation backing, even after 2 years. Excellent finish. The flavors meld well with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and a bit of a vinous twang on the back end. The oatmeal really adds a smooth creamy dimension that fits this beer wonderfully. I'm glad I was able to try this. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 12:06:26 | More by Onenote81
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Thanks to sweenzander for sharing this one. Awesome.

It poured a opaque, black brew with a brown, chocolate head on it.

Smelled of heavy chocolate, some coffee and toffee notes.

The bitter chocolate hits way up front. Its quite flavorful with the chocolate that gives way to roasted malt and then a coffee aftertaste. It is as if you had a nice robust coffee and a dark chocolate bar all at the same time. It was very nice.

It was easy on the tongue. It aged well and had plenty to dance around in your mouth. Smooth but bold. It was filling and went down great.

This is a beer I would love to have on hand for quite some time. The couple years did magnificently to add to the blending of the flavors and it was just outright awesome. Yet another fantastic brew from my favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:27:40 | More by cjacobsen
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It had a very nice aroma and well-balanced flavor. Glad I got to try this one on tap. Now I just need to find a bottle to compare...

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 20:42:00 | More by thagr81us
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good day for a breakfast beer...

Poured from a bomber into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a half of finger brown head. The little head that does pour dissipates really quick. No lacing to be had. Not to impressed with the appearance...

S - Fairly mild smell. What I do get is chocolate with lots of dark fruits...

T - Sweet chocolate taste hits you up front, which is followed by dark roasted malts. Ends on a slightly roasty bitter note. Abv is very well hidden. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied...

D - Another solid beer from Stone. Probably not my favorite from the style, but something I would definitely recommend if you can get your hands on one. Only have one more left aging. Looking foward to popping it soon...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 19:15:50 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The manger at the store where I purchased this assured me that it was cellaring well. It would be interesting to know what this was like fresh, as the chocolate had a muted character. The chocolate note married well with the oatmeal (I'm surprised more brewers don't take on this combination). Moderate bittering ran behind, and this, too, was pleasantly mellowed.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 17:52:07 | More by Brent
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samie85

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours oil slick black with a really dark mocha, one and a half finger, dense head.

S-Smells interestingly of pineapple, some roasted notes and some chocolate notes.... kind of a weak nose

T-I'm still getting a bit of that pineapple in the taste with chocolate and some very light roasted notes.

M-Thick, luscious velvety mouth with a heavy body and pretty low, but prickly carbonation.

D-The pineapple notes I was getting seem to be out of place with other reviews, so I'm wondering if this was handled poorly. Despite the odd pineapple notes, they kind of work with the rest of the aspects of the beer. The mouthfeel is out of this world and if the nose was a little better, I think this would be an amazing beer. Here's hoping they eventually put this back into production like SSR before it, so I can try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:00:28 | More by samie85
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A - This beer poured a midnight, pitch black body...there was a small, mocha colored head that faded to a thin ring...little lacing

S - Dark, bitter chocolate dominates the aroma but there are also notes roasted malts...as the beer warms up oatmeal and dark fruits start coming through

T - There is a touch of sweetness up front but I can't tell what's making it...the roasted malts are present towards the middle...they play well with that bitter chocolate (which is pronounced through and through)...it provides a nice, bitter finish which make it seems like there are hops, but I can't detect any hops...as the aroma, when the beer warms oatmeal and dark fruits standing out

M - Full bodied...this one is thick and has a great bitterness from the chocolate...slight alcohol presence

D - I can't say what a fresh bottle of this tasted like but I'm glad that I finally got to try this (two years later)...the bitter chocolate was a great addition as it paired well with the roasted malts and oatmeal

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 13:12:41 | More by thain709
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crusian

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend...

pours perfectly. appearance is a 5... easily. black viscous, small head... perfect. exactly what I wanted and expected.

smell... not so much... pretty poor to be honest. small notes of chocolate and roasty..., but thats about it.

tastes pretty good. I was expecting more, and to be honest, I tried a 2009 brooklyn black chocolate next to it, as this is VERY similar... and I think the brooklyn is better. This has a LOT of bitterness from the chocolate, and i think the brooklyn is balanced better... it offsets the chocolate bitterness. Dont get me wrong, if stone made this, at their price points, I would buy the hell out of it. but as something that is 2 years old, i expect a bit more out of it.

edit: this is getting much better as it warms... passing the brooklyn black chocolate now. Dont drink this cold... this is MUCH better warm... which is expected, but wow, this has really changed. Chocolate on the front, not overwhelmingly so, but just in a nice balance. Great mouthfeel. nice. I wish they made this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 23:45:09 | More by crusian
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Spider889

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 08:46:47 | More by Spider889
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JayQue

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a favorite style of mine and this one got to sit in the rotation for a long time...Turned out to be one of the better chocolate stouts out there. Poured a dense dark color with no light getting through. Medium size lite chocolate head with average retention for high abv. Good lacing.

Smell is very pronounced bitter chocolate and some malts. Very nice. Tastes very good. Too much chocolate is a problem, especially when you are drinking the whole bomber by yourself. The fact that this is bitter chocolate and there is some oatmeal smoothness and a noticable alcohol presence to cut what might have been an overpowering taste - keeps this a drinkable beer from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich. The bitter chocolate is just right and the presence of alcohol is a plus not a minus.

Drinkability for a big beer, featuring chocolate is good. This would be a nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:17:06 | More by JayQue
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mzrebiec

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bomber that had been aged for 2 years.
The pour was black as night with a rich tan head. The smell of delicious roasted malt, chocolate, and some oaty notes. Then came the best part....taste. It had a chewy mouthfeel that was followed by mellowed out chocolate flavors, mixed with some hearty roasted notes and finished clean. I wish I could try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 13:23:56 | More by mzrebiec
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a jet black color. One finger mocha colored head that shows good retention. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass seem to just cling there and freeze in time.

S- Nice big bittersweet chocolate aroma in the front of the nose. Roasted malts come in with a light burnt coffee note that linger on and on. Some oats are in this one as well but nothing that is overdominating. Well balanced in the aroma. Some light soy aroma in there as well.

T- Nice big sweet chocolate flavor in the upfront. Roasted malts in the middle of this with coffee beans in the ending middle. Oats come through in the ending as well and helps it linger throughout the entire beer itself. Alcohol in the ending is mellow and came down in with the aging on it.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the beer. Sweet chocolate malts left on the palate with roasted malts and light alcohol on the aftertaste. Flavors were pretty well balanced with chocolate pulling out a little more here and there. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer has aged well and I'm glad I have a couple bottles still laying down in the cellar. The ABV isn't really all that noticable which makes this a good beer and dangerous at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 06:31:25 | More by alleykatking
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DovaliHops

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, dark black with a very small tan head. Smell is roasty with lots of chocolate. There is also a malt sweetness to the nose that makes this aroma quite pleasant. The taste is immediately chocolatey with great roasted malt flavors. I never had this beer fresh, but 2 years later, it's tasting mighty fine. The mouthfeel is nice and thick (which I was hoping for). Drinkability is pretty high.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 09:00:45 | More by DovaliHops
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billab914

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured thick and black in color with a full, dense, mocha head to it. The head faded down to a very thin ring around the edges of the glass after a minute or so and left minimal lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of bitter-sweet chocolate to it with the oats lending a smoothness. It has some hints of roasty and coffee flavors but they take a backseat to the oats and chocolate.

The taste starts with a more of sweet chocolate and cocoa flavor but quickly starts to show more of the bitter chocolate, coffee and roasty flavors. A strong bitter chocolate, burnt, roasty flavor really starts to come through even stronger well into the finish and lingers on the palate. The oats smooth it out and give it a some nice flavor as well. Very tasty beer overall.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation a little below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was a pleasure to sip on this evening. The oats and the bitter chocolate came together very nicely to create a very good tasting and smooth beer. Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 23:55:34 | More by billab914
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kk73

Hawaii

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into my glass. Thanks to iowahawk for this one.

A - Pours black and thick, very little little mocha colored head that almost disappears.

S - Smells mainly of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also a little sweet and creamy from the oats.

T - Taste was right on for me. Not to sweet like other chocolate stouts Ive had. Taste of sweet yet slightly bitter chocolate up front, moving into roasted malts and coffee. The bitterness hangs around throughout.

M - Silky smooth and creamy. Just perfect.

D - Thought the alcohol when I had it was well hidden in the beer, well masked with very little hotness if any at all. Awesome beer and worth seeking out, just trying to fiqure out how I could get more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 07:06:02 | More by kk73
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kbeals

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JohnGalt1 sent me this one a while back in a fantastic trade!

A- Inky black, very viscous on the pour. A finger of mocha colored head rises and disappears down to a thin crown of head. Thin veils of lacing throughout the session.

S- Chocolate and dark, roasted malts. A touch sweet with a slight amount of bitter aroma. Somewhat complex, but it doesn't seem to have that extra dimension like other RIS's have.

T- Relatively sweet and bitter. A good mix between the two, flavor reminds me of chocolate and coffee. No real amount of detectable hops, but the bitterness gives the illusion of hops.

M- Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. Pretty much what I expect for this style. Very good.

D- Sweetness gets to me after a while. It also has a detectable amount of booziness to it. Still a good beer though.

Many thanks go out to Toby, a truly epic trader!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:12:36 | More by kbeals
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously brought to a recent tasting by noslenwerd. Poured a 3oz. taste into a Perfect Pint glass. A small but thick tan head formed on top of the dark brown/black body. The head receded down to a thin layer rather quickly, leaving little lace behind.

The nose has lots of roasted malts, freshly ground coffee beans, and cocoa up front. You can detect a nut, almost cookie like aroma in the background.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but with a lot more oomph! Starts off on the sweet side, but fades to the roasted characters toward the finish. Surprisingly complex and flavorful...

Medium bodied, creamy but oily at the finish; moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I had low expectations and this one exceeded them all. Try it if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:03:57 | More by mgbickel
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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

Another shared by cbutova. Reviewed on his front porch at 1 a.m. in the pitch blackness. My notes are chicken scratch.

Pours black with a nice brown head. Retained pretty well and left some lacing.

Great smell. Chocolate, dark fruit, hops and roasted malt. Quite aromatic.

Taste matched the smell. A great mixture of chocolate, espresso, raisins/figs, hops and roastiness. There is some booze present but it works as a highlight much like Stone IRS. Flavors are still pretty strong, very nice.

Mouthfeel has a great creaminess, well carbonated.

At 2 years old or so this is drinking great.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 15:59:29 | More by Chico1985
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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gorefiendus for this extra! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Trois Pistoles chalice.

A: Dark brown, basically black with a copper head. The head dissipates into nothing.

S: Nice blend of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate (surprisingly enough), and a stale/musty smell?

T: No dust in the beer, phew. I get some muted coffee, chocolate, and some booze still present.

M: Very smooth from the oats. The beer actually leaves a film that looks like bits of oatmeal. Perfect amount of carbonation - this held up with age so far.

D: A little hot still and very filling. Makes for a great dessert beer.

Overall, I'm never bashful to try anything by Stone, but I think I liked their 13th Anniversary beer better.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:33:02 | More by hoppymcgee
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Phelps

Arizona

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

Looks: like a coffee. Impenetrable black with one of the darkest heads I've ever seen -- a super-dark cinnamon color that seems tightly packed, tough and resilient, but quickly runs away. Still, it's sticky and leaves some nice spatters of lace.

Smells: like sweet cocoa powder. There's some bitter dark chocolate, sugar cookies and steel-cut oatmeal in there as well. Sweet.

Tastes: while there are four descriptors in the name bitter chocolate oatmeal stout, it's obvious toward which this beer leans: bitter. Super dark and tangy chocolate mingle with acrid charred grains and sweet oatmeal. As it warms, notes of espresso and very subtle dark fruit flavors emerge. Still, the drink finishes dry and bitter.

Feels: exquisite. The oatmeal adds so much fullness to this beer. Creamy, lightly effervescent and tongue-numbing.

Drinks: While I'm sure the years this beer has spent on the shelf have done some damage to it, Stone 12th Anniversary is a quality stout. Would've loved to have tried it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 23:18:12 | More by Phelps
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FliryVorru

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NOTE: This bottle was purchased in January 2009 and cellared until June 2010

Appearance - The beer pours jet black. Even during the pour there's very little light able to penetrate it. Very little carbonation and barely any head develops.

Smell - The smell is not smooth, but occasionally leaves me wanting more. Chocolate dominates the nose with hints of coffee, vanilla, and hazelnut.

Taste - Dark chocolate and espresso are ever present, but allow for a touch of clove and chai to emerge every once in a while

Mouthfeel - The beer has very low carbonation but the level it has is very appropriate and proportional. It almost seems to warm slower than other beers since the taste changes very little as the temperature rises.

Drinkability - I wish I hadn't cellared the 2nd bottle I bought for only 9 months! The beer is great when purchased and great after 9 months, but 18 months later it has blossomed into a complex and immensely drinkable beer.

Other comments
I'm so pleased with how this beer cellared. I'd rate this as one of my greatest successes in cellaring and my favorite Stone beer overall. I know some feel it has it's shortcomings in certain areas, but the beer isn't overpowering, drinks very easily, and only gets better with age. Well done Stone!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 18:44:46 | More by FliryVorru
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes: Happened upon a bottle during a Vegas trip and couldn't resist.

Thick and dark, appears black in the glass and nearly black while flowing from the bottle. Thin mocha coloured head faded to a ring.

As advertised, it smells of bitter chocolate. Roasted malt and a liquor heat. Roasted coffee beans. The usual suspects for a big stout.

Tastes of creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate right up front. Smoothly moves on to roasted flavour that remains slightly sweet. Alcohol heat at the end isn't over-powering. Slight bitterness lingers. Altogether smooth flavoured and pleasant.

Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, just enough carbonation to be notable. Doesn't get much better than this in the mouthfeel department.

I like my big stouts to be a little sweeter, and despite having "bitter" in the name, this on fits the bill. It reminds me of Expedition quite a bit. I'm glad I checked this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:24:13 | More by elricorico
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

Poured into my DFH signature glass. This beer pours pitch black, with a nice 1 finger crown that's halfway between caramel and chocolate. A little more lacing would really have elevated the presentation though. The nose is almost entirely made up of rich dark chocolate, with a faint presence of oatmeal lurking in the background.. The taste mirrors the nose, and thus is fairly one dimensional. A quick blast of bitterness is followed by a big dark chocolaty finish. I know the purpose of this beer was to brew something bitter without relying on hops, but I find myself wishing there was some more hop flavor interacting with the chocolate. On the plus side, any roasted or shy notes from all the dark malts has faded away. I really do love stouts that incorporate oatmeal, and this is just another example of why. The beer is impossibly creamy and smooth, and the carbonation is pretty much exactly where it should be. In addition, whatever booziness might have been present fresh (and I imagine there was some) has basically vanished, leaving behind almost a a not altogether unpleasant ghost of its former self. The well hidden alcohol and superb mouthfeel make this beer eminently drinkable, I'm glad I have a few more bottles on hand and look forward to seeing what this turns into over the next couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 04:01:05 | More by axeman9182
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billshmeinke

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Pitch black with a big bubbly finger and a half dark khaki head which resides to a nice layer of foam on top that has good staying power. Some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

In the nose I get anise, black licorice, dark chocolate, some oatmeal. Also, a hint of soy sauce, which is a bit off putting, but that dies down a bit as it warms. Caramel and vanilla bean become apparent as this warms as well.

Dark chocolate gives way to creamy oatmeal flavors then anise and black licorice come in with some roasted coffee notes and a hint of buttery toffee. Bitter and roasted finish with a slight herbal hop presence.

Mouthfeel is heavy, slightly viscous, pretty low carbonation, and super smooth.

Kind of a sipper, but nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 07:51:42 | More by billshmeinke
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.