Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -2.9%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown color head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by some bitter chocolate note (not at all surprising when you consider the label) with not much discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by bitter roasted malt with some distinctive chocolate notes. I was expecting more hops considering the brewer reputation but this one is really dominated by chocolate. Full body with a creamy texture and good carbonation and also nom discernable alcohol were noted. I think I preferred the Southern Tier Choklat a bit more then this one but this is still a winner.
10-03-2008 19:51:44 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Had on-tap at the Chase Taproom. This beer impresses even more from the tap. Creamier, better emphasis on the oat silkiness, and stronger chocolate flavors. Lightly carbonated like most English ales, the beer weighs a little heavier to the mouth, but fuller, rounder, richer and without the carbonic bite found in the bottle.
After reading all the hype about this beer, I couldn't wait to get my paws on a bomber. Finally, the beer arrives in Lexington and I had the pleasure to share it with family and friends. The very thick beer slowly flows into the glass with a velvety appearance and a marshmellow-y head formation that lasted til the last sip, adding a lot of lacing and legging on the glass. Aromas were subdued, but offered a rich milky, chocolate, coffee scent that balanced well, pure, and clean. Low esters, fruits, alcohols, and phenols to the nose makes the beer purely inviting. Flavors favor the chocolates giving a brownie-cocoa rich taste with complimentary notes of near espresso / nutty columbian notes. The oates (and I suspect light milk sugars) gives the beer the needed sweetness and full flavor that tempers the cocoa-coffee aggression. Again the fruits and spices are very moderate allowing the true choco-java-milkshake character to dominate. Even the bitterness of hops balance well with the coffee bitterness and sourness to offset the remarkable malt backbone. Finishes with a round chocolate flavor and coffee bitterness. This is one pheonominal beer and I suspect that 6-9 months of age will bring the flavors together even better.
07-22-2008 03:23:10 | More by BEERchitect
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
09-21-2008 22:56:43 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
07-15-2009 23:59:20 | More by womencantsail
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
08-28-2008 23:13:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Damn good brew, The color of this one pours out as a thick black oil like goop. The head slowly lifts to the top of the glass where it forms a dark brown thick foamy head. The smell of the beer had a lot of the dark chocolate aromas along with plenty of roasted malts. The taste of the beer was dry, rich, and chocolaty. There was a good bitterness in there too, could be the dark chocolate or the hops, not really sure. The mouthfeel of this beer was great, super thick and coats the mouth really well. Overall a stunning brew and very glad I got to try it.
09-18-2011 03:13:29 | More by Knapp85
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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).
07-25-2011 06:06:40 | More by TMoney2591
3.33/5 rDev -19.2%
Appearance: Pours a ridiculously dark black; even the pour is black and opaque. Possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. Not much carbonation here, and the head suffers a bit for it, receding to a ring quickly and leaving no lace.
Smell: Loaded with dark chocolate goodness, molasses, charred grains and a hint of dark fruit.
Taste & mouthfeel: Dark chocolate, like a 100% cacao chocolate bar; as the name implies, there isn't much sweetness here. Instead, it's all about the charred grain, cacao and burnt whole grain bread. The body is medium-full, not quite as full as I was hoping for an imperial oatmeal stout however. There's some heat in the finish, more than I was expecting from a beer of 9%, along with a slightly acrid bitterness. Hopefully this mellows in time, because with a bit more smoothness this would be a great beer.
08-23-2008 00:37:58 | More by largadeer
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
This beer pours a dense black, with a thin meniscus of soapy beige head, which leaves no lace in its wake. It smells of light roasted malt, licorice, dry chocolate, and a boozy edginess. The taste is caramel malt, more dry powdery chocolate and licorice, bitter toffee, treacle, mild pine hops, and an overarching alcohol warmth. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, silky, and full, and it finishes sweet, the grainy oatmeal predominating, but the drying of the hops and booze can be detected after a short time.
A tasty, smooth concoction.
02-09-2010 23:44:43 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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!
08-26-2008 02:41:50 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-08-2008 16:17:00 | More by RblWthACoz
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-04-2009 05:15:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
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???
07-15-2008 05:29:36 | More by russpowell
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
09-04-2008 13:47:36 | More by Kegatron
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-22-2012 00:36:26 | More by MasterSki
4.08/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-23-2012 15:24:25 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-12-2008 17:02:16 | More by Slatetank
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
08-21-2008 22:40:03 | More by WesWes
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-26-2011 17:15:02 | More by oline73
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.