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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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Reviews: 700
Hads: 862
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 85
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 700 | Hads: 862
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of getting to try this one on tap at Barleys the other day. I didnt make it to the release, but was thrilled when I saw it was still around the next day. Served in a Duvel glass straight from the tap, this one was consumed on 09/19/2008.

The pour was straight up friggin nice. Rich dark brown, competlely opaque. There was a gorgeous looking head on top, maybe two and a half inches in height that just literally would not fade away. Huge sticky and gooey side glass lace just would not quit and really gave this one of the better looking stouts I have seen recently.

The aroma was just as I would have expected. Lots of chocolate here, tons of it, with a good amount of bitter hoppiness coming through as well. Some notes of a bourbon like alcohol and a bit of a sweet molasses touch to it as well. Really very well done. The flavor almost made me fall out of my seat, as it was just that damn good. Intense notes of sweet chocolate folded over themselves and dived into a rich molasses filled bourbon like alcohol. Super sweet in the front before turning intenesly bitter and hoppy on the finish. I had the mouth dry out soo bad when i was done I almost reached for some water. This was almost remiscent of Darkness in the hoppiness of the finish. Super creamy and smooth, this was definitly a full bodied stout with an excellent amount of carbonation that gave it a velvet like smoothness. I could not believe the alcohol was as high as it was, as I was just sipping away on this one with no regard, really well masked and very welll hidden.

Overall I was very, very impressed with this one. One of the best chocolate stouts i have ever had, nevermind for an anniversary ale. They really hit a homerun with this one and I would love to try it again.

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a ring of tan head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit and bitter chocolate with a hint of port.

Taste: Very smooth and very bitter from the roast. Some sweetness along with some warm alcohol with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. Mild carbonation with a slick finish. This beer completely coats your mouth.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. The age didn't hurt it at all as far as I could tell. The bitterness and sweetness complimented each other very well.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking these for the past year, but I finally decided to review it...

A: Pours black as night with great viscosity. A nice tan head about a finger and a half tall.

S: Smells like...dark chocolate (crazy, I know). The roasted malt really comes through on this as well as the booze (especially as it comes up to temperature).

T: I find this to be really boozy at first, but with each sip, it calms down and the other flavors come out. When I say other flavors I mean the roasted malt, the bitter taste that I perceive to be the chocolate, and some sweetness from the oatmeal.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation which lends the beer a wonderful creamy smoothness.

D: This is still a bit "hot", but keeps on getting better. I'm glad I have several more to hold on to.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a tall, though collapsing, dark tan head.

Smell: Malty aroma smelling of freshly pulled espresso and dark chocolate sauce, with accompanying notes of prune skins, soot, and rubbing alcohol.

Taste: Thick, luscious maltiness with a sharp taste of espresso and burnt cocoa nibs. Light trace of fruitiness midway. Coarse, roasty tar component, maybe a touch of creosote. Very minor yeastiness. A bit hot on the roasty, creme da cacao finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rather chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Paired well enough with the movie "Ben-Hur". An epic brew for an epic film. A little harsh and rough around the edges at this present stage, but hopefully some time spent mellowing in the cellar will do wonders for it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dense black (that doesn't look unlike motor oil) with a finger of charred looking burnt mocha colored head. This fizzles down to just the thinnest ring with some thin wisps across the center that leaves behind a small smattering of lace and brown oily residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick with dark bittersweet chocolate and dry oatmeal notes that are followed by some prominent coffee and dark roasted quality. There is also a stiff waft of heat that flows in and out of the other aromas.

The taste is more bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast character that is balanced out by some softer malty notes of caramel and maybe even a bit of dark fruits. There is also a nice smoky aspect that appears to rear its head once in a while as well as dry oatmeal notes that hangs on the palette with some lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick and chewy (even almost viscous as it warms) feel at times but still moves effortlessly across the palette thanks to that oatmeal character. Some heat is definitely present but thanks to the big flavors and overall smooth body of this, it never becomes distracting.

A new beer from Stone that tastes like a burnt chocolate chip cookie and drinks like a champ? Sign me up for more please! I can't wait to see what a little age on this will do, as it really does feel like it will smooth out even more over time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Loved this stuff following my last days at Purdue, so I was excited to have another shot at it in this BIF. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of relatively short-lived brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and blackened pretzels. The taste brings in more of the same, with more roasted malts and chocolate thrown in, along with a bit of coffee. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, this stuff hasn't gone downhill at all yet. Still as tasty and enjoyable as I remember it being (for once my nostalgic memory didn't let me down).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How odd that I'm tasting a 12th Anniversary beer and the "8" Vertical Epic just a week or so before I take my first trip to San Diego...

The S.12.A.B.C.O.S. pours a pitch black body beneath a finger-thick head of brown froth. Well, it's not actually brown, but it's close. It's kind of the color of wet sand right after a wave has receeded. Let's just say 'very dark tan'. Head retention and lacing, however, could be better even given a 9.2% abv.

The nose is sweeter than might be expected given the color, but I guess that's the oatmeal at work (along with lots of malt). And the chocolate. It definitely has a cocoa note, and then some soft caramel. It's even sweetly bready - and the dark, very acidic coffee notes that the black body suggested to me are nowhere to be found. It is roasty, but it's a very soft roastiness. Supple. Surprisingly pleasant. And that carries over into the flavor...

... this dark beer is actually more of a teddy bear than a giant with sharp gnashing teeth. Oh - don't forget the strength, it's there for sure, but the alcohol never really shows itself, and the rich but somehow lower-key malts leave it remarkably smooth. I find distinct notes of caramel malt, a hint of cocoa, and and almost honey-glazed grainy/bready character. It's rich but it doesn't really appear rich. Or maybe I mean that it's not as 'hit you over the head' rich as you might expect. It's very drinkable.

The chocolate makes it's presence known mainly in the finish, followed by a bit of raspy bitterness, not surprisingly unlike bittersweet chocolate! Very well done! There's also a bit of hops that appear just after first sip, and carry through, making their biggest hit in the end. A touch of swirling dark licorice then appears and lingers for seemingly forever.

As for the mouthfeel, well a silky mouthfeel is commonly attributed to the use of oats, and it certainly has a silky mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied and SMOOTH.

Overall, I found it to be surprisingly drinkable despite its strenght, with a balance of softly sweet flavors and smoothness. Certainly worth checking out!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large dark brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty but not overly thick as many other big stouts with flavors of oats & dark chocolate. As the name implies there's a significant bitterness but it's a pleasant one created by the dark chocolate and decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stout to relax with, it definitely hit the spot as I relaxed and watched movie.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Thirsty's in York. Poured above cellar temp into my Boddington's tulip, shared w/ octopus 87.

A - A viscous looking ebony which cascades for minutes to make a medium brown head of approximately an inch. The head is comprised of very minute bubbles and a spotty film collects as lace and sticks well.

S - Rich roasted, mocha w/ extra chocolate syrup coffee aroma. Fruity, earthy ale aromas w/ mildly piney hops. The odor of baking cocoa and chocolate malts are strong

M - Viscous-again, slick and slightly bitter malt feel. The full rich roasted effect doesn't stop w/ a warming alcohol texture all the way down. slightly spice with a smooth malt complextity

T - A great thick stout w/ cocoa flavor. The edges have a piney astringency and a slight malt/cocoa bite w/ a slightly smokey flavor. The malt accents the very dark chocolate taste and the oatmeal smoothes out the bitterness of the hops and bitter chocolate, while still leaving it interesting w/ a pepper-like afterburn.

D - The drinkability is very good w/ bothe the bitter chocolate and oatmeal qualities playing off each other well. It is a 10% stout, though so I think splitting the bomber was the best option. It is intensely flavored as you would expect from Stone, this is interesting enough to make me want more.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany to black with much effervescence & 4+ fingers of dark brown head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Roasted malt, coffee grinds & a touch of iron

T: Baker's chocolate, iron, & dryness up front. Dryness & boozeyness comes through as this warms, plus cocoa & roasted malt. Finishes with charred grain & chocolate

MF: Smooth, oily with minimal carbonation, some booze heat detracts a bit

Drinks good for the ABV, but this was semi-letdown. Good, not great effort from Stone, but worthy of a few pints before moving on, ABV was semi-detractor for the style & ABV, pretty good bang for the buck at $7 a bomber IMO. Sit on this a few months to a year & maybe much better???

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, drinking all these anniversary brews is becoming a part time job it seems.

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is thick malts and some chocolate and a wee bit of molasses. Flavor is thick. Minor molasses with real dark chocolate tones. Sweet almost berry thing is there too. Feel is smooth and thicker on liquid. Carbonation is low, but that seems appropriate. Overall pretty nice to drink. Nothing real crazy or outlandish, but still a nice brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice initial head that sticks around and leaves wonderful ring lace. Technically black where light cannot penetrate even the edge.

Peppery and smoky aroma. Reminiscent of chocolate ice cream.

Smoky flavor behind the thick coffee notes. The finish is a nice combination of hop and black patent malt. It's creamy with a little bit of the alcohol warmth that one would expect.
Nearly perfect in the body--rich with enough cutting carbonation from making it oily.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Discount Liquor a while back. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Definitely lots of bitter chocolate. Lightly roasted grains, caramel, and perhaps a faint bit of oxidation creeping in. Needs to warm up a bit, but otherwise fairly enjoyable.

T - Taste is also heavy on the mildly bitter baker's chocolate, with some notes of vanilla, anise, and caramel. Unfortunately it seems a bit hollow mid-palate and perhaps is showing its age here.

M - Medium body, velvety melted chocolate bar texture, lower carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. None of the listed 9.2% shows up after 3+ years of aging.

D - While this is was still pretty decent I feeling this one is on the decline, although mileage may vary based on cellar conditions. Still, an enjoyable tick.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thin brown head that immediately disappears.

The smell is of baker's chocolate, something rubbery and slightly burnt. Aroma improves a bit with progress.

The taste is of bitter chocolate with boozy alcohol. Bitter with restrained sweetness, though some chocolate chip oatmeal cookie does come to mind in the aftertaste, at first. As it progresses, it takes on more of a burnt coffee taste. Then, oddly switches back and forth. Acidity pretty high on a whole.

Almost full bodied, with a bit of thinness showing through at times.

Despite booziness/high abv, and some characteristics that seem to pop through throwing it off, it does have a certain "sipping" drinkability. I do have mixed feelings about this one, with some smells and sips better than others. As a whole, though, the burnt edges and small other "detractors" (i.e. some aroma that is rubbery/overly tar-like) make this stand in the way of what it could be.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter, this is a really nice beer. Beer is black with a one finger dark brown head of small bubbles, good retention, nice lacing, looks great.

Aroma is strong and chocolaty, with a mild roast.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice late bitterness from the roast of the grains, the finish is clean and the midpalate is sweet with a nice chocolate flavor and a medium body. I really like it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber marked July 2008 poured into a stone pint glass. It's overdue that I finally take the time to dust a bottle of this off and give it a review.

As this brew sits in my pint glass, it appears a pitch black color with hardly any light showing through even the edges. When held to the light, it displays some decent clarity around the outer most edges which gives way to some lighter brown hues and redness. The cap appears a dark tan to brown color, a finger strong that quickly recedes to a thin film across the top of the brew. A light swirl hardly revives the cap's strength, it just pushes the bubble formation closer to the edges of the glassware. Faint spotty lacework clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is all over the place. For a label that reads bitter chocolate stout, the first things I pick up on are that of dark fruits, raisin, plum, figs that give way to licorice, chocolate, fresh grains and a slight indication of oxidation. There is a light burnt to charcoal aroma that leads into a scent that is minorly reminiscent of soy sauce. The soy in this case is not dominating or overpowering, it provides a pleasant depth to the aroma of this brew without going over the top and being distracting. The backend of this brew's scent finishes with the chocolate notes that are edging towards smelling burnt.

The taste of this brew is dark and roasty, it leaves a taste of heavily kilned grains inside the mouth that last with every sip which taste like semi-sweet chocolate. Fruity flavors of raisins and prunes accent the fruity aspect of the bold alcohol that is still evident in this brew. There is a sweet grainy flavor that meshes well with the fruity alcohol flavors of this brew before turning burnt on the tongue with a light musty character. More sips of this brew reveal a light amount of oxidation in the form of soy.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that seemingly coats the inside of the mouth with a silky smoothness. The carbonation is moderate which is peculiar because it appears visually as being inadequate but as the brew rests inside the mouth it is prickly and lively. At 3 years old I would say this brew is holding up pretty well. The alcohol is still readily evident with both flavor and warming factor down the throat. However, the soy notes elude to possible packaging fatigue at this point. I would love to be able to sit here and taste this brew fresh verse what it is now but that obviously isnt possible with a one-time brew. If you haven't had this yet, get out there and get it before it's too late.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt scent along with a slight chocolate aroma. It's warming with a dry oatmeal presence. The taste is quite bitter. It goes down smooth with a bittersweet chocolate finish. It's got a stiff black malt feel with just enough chocolate malt and real chocolate to balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is another great brew from Stone. It's well brewed and full of great flavor. I'm glad chocolate is being used more in brewing. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/26/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 12th Annv release. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

Appearance- Larger one inch plus forming head on the pour. Deep brown colored head with some small patches of lace and a few streaks left in the wake.

Smell- Textbook Stone with the pungent pine and grapefruit hops mixed in with a malt ball chocolate powder scent.

Taste- Malt is very dark here...almost cigarette ash-like. Not really smokey...just burnt ash flavor malt...which is a pretty good thing with this beer. Hops are here and pretty hefty. But, it doesn't overpower the semi sweet and lightly bitter chocolate flavor...mixes well together.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a mid to lower carbonation level. Somewhat silky, but wouldn't go as far as saying creamy...it is very nice though.

Drinkability- Quite a nice brew...finally got to try this one with almost a year in the fridge. Worth a buy if you can still find any.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with a strong bitter chocolate component. The flavor is lots of coffee. Chocolate is present as well with it beginning as a darker almost milk chocolate and ending with a bitter finish. Very creamy thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love stouts that include oatmeal and this is one of the best ones I have had.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A full, thick two fingers of really dark brown head with excellent retention. Nose was absolute bittersweet, or better, cooking chocolate. Color was a stygian-dark black. Mouthfeel was somewhat hot with a definite chocolate taste in the mouth. By chocolate, I mean melting a bittersweet bar and pouring it down your throat. You just get that slight burn. Finish was really smoky, chocolately, and definitely tasty.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new Stone offering to savor and appreciate, ahhh, Life is good! This bottle cam straight from Grover himself, thanks G. Pours dark mahogany/near black, dark tan head, initially quite solid then slowly fading to a ringed film and leaves better then average lace.
Nose is the expected chocolate, burnt malt and espresso grains. Full flavor brew (surprise) plenty of coffee grain, dark chocolate, dark grains, yum, stout lovers rejoice...try it mixed with some sort of cherry beer and go nuts...thanks Stone for putting more fine brew on the market and in my hands/belly

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Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: bitter chocolate, light alcohol, and roasted malts are bold and provides an enjoyable aroma.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolates, alcohol, prunes, molasses, and oats. Bitterness is hearty and creates a balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth and silky throughout. Very long roasted malt and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: very tasty brew but alcohol levels leave this as a slow sipper and no more than one bottle per session. Nice tasty beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A healthy pour produces a cresting, initially four-finger thick, richly browned, frothy head. As the head slowly collapses it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite simply black and remains opaque no matter how close I hold it up to the light. Bitter burnt grain aroma and substantially toasted malt aromas are easily noticeable. At times a rich chocolate note is noticed, but at others it is drowned out by the roast character. The burnt malt notes at times can be overwhelmingly sharp, acrid and acidic and that once noticed chocolate note seems to be a faint memory. Hot alcohol notes are noticeable as the beer gets near room temperature.

Thick and creamy feeling up front and not any where near as sweet as the body would suggest. Lots of bitter burnt malt notes linger from beginning to end and in fact really lingers on in the palate after the beer has gone down my throat. Some thin, bitter, dark chocolate notes are found in the middle of this beer and the finish has a lingering note of dusty, dark cocoa powder. Even as the beer gets substantially warmer it does not lose its aggressive, acrid burnt flavors. They become perhaps a touch more tempered, but still overly influence the finish and make this excessively bitter. On the plus side, while it is quite burnt in character, the flavor does note get overly acidic from the burnt notes.

This beer is going to need some time before I can really get into it. The question remains though if it will mellow before it becomes overly oxidized. A great beer for those who like aggressively roasted flavors, I can't quite get into this though as it makes me think I am chewing on charcoal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.