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

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 855 | Reviews: 699
Photo of edskirk3
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Christmas gift (22 oz bottle), which I served to myself in a Cognac glass.

Pours opaque black with a dark mocha head, thick and creamy in appearance. The beer itself is very still and appears to oscillate like gelatin when agitated, a sure sign of its immense body.

A sweet aroma. Chocolate (cocoa powder to be specific), caramel. Subtle roasted character.

Oh man, this tasted so good. I didn't get punched in the face with alcohol but rather lulled into relaxation by a velvety smooth bitter cocoa flavor. Rich like a moist Devil's Food cake. With caramel topping. The chocolate bitterness really takes the stage in the aftertaste and builds upon the palate as the bottle is emptied. And as much as I keep saying "bitter" there's also plenty of sweetness to speak of here.

Amazingly smooth and drinkable. Oatmeal + chocolate = YES. Would love to see this in regular production.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Well this beer certainly looks like a oatmeal chocolate stout! Dark black and oily looking as I pour it, and the head shoots up from underneath to a faint coco tan looking head. Head is not enough to cover the entire top of the beer, but it fades into a thin tan ring that settles on top. This beer is dark and really is hard to find fault with.

Smell - They sure dumped a lot of chocolate into this, or so the smell would have you believe. Not much oatmeal to smell, and maybe a faint bit of coffee after it's swirled and coaxed out. If anything this tastes like it might be overly sweet. Smells very deep and very rich.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Well it isn't as balls to the wall sweet as I was first dreading. It does fall more into a chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee balance. It still has a very rich taste to it, and the alcohol is very present. Feel is on par and is medium bodied with a smooth delivery. Just a bit too burnt and not enough oatmeal flavor.

Drinkability - Stone could have done better with this one, but it is one that is worth trying. If you like chocolate go Southern Tier, and if you like oatmeal go St. Ambroise. You'll thank me later.

Photo of daythree16
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review!

Pours completely black with a dark brown, 2.5 finger head. Leaves tons of lace all the way down the glass even after the head fades.

Smell is bitter chocolate, with some lighter milk chocolate, a little fruity sourness, and smoky notes in there as well. Taste is like the label says: bitter. Lots of bitterness from both the dark chocolate and the hops. Some coffee is present also. There is a residual dark chocolate aftertaste. The beer feels pretty boozy.

Smooth and full-bodied with that oatmeal stout silky creaminess. Drinkability is hindered somewhat by the bitterness, but still enjoyable. Overall, it's a complex and different beer that I'm glad I got to try, but I think the bitterness is just a little too much for my personal taste.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a strong black with a dark brown head that quickly fades and turns a light brown!!!

The smell is that of booze and bitter chocolate, duh. The taste is a mix of booze, chocolate, and coffee. Yes, it has a bitter taste too. This is a good beer, but a little thin. I was hoping for a richer, thicker stout.

The mouth is thin and bitter. Its lasts on the tongue for a while then a metal, "bitter" taste prevails.

Overall, another great stone product, a little thin, but still great! Wonder what a little age would do to this?

Get it!!!

Photo of Tolann
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Trueant1
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This looks as thick and stout as any beer I have ever put into a glass. Thick and oily looking. Black, and black again! Thin tan head similar to thier russian imperial stout.

Smells flat. Nothing really stands out. Some coffie, raisons, old oil smells, maybe even artificial smoke? Not too impressed with the smell....no hops.

Tastes incredible. I HAVE to compare this with their russian imperial stout. Just add more bitterness, more dark chocolates, take out the hops, more booze, and more smoke/burnt roastiness, and you have this wonderfull origianl concoxion. Bitter is the word. Not many will like this one.

Moutfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. The bitterness has a great effect on the mouthfeel. The creamyness comes from the oatmeal, I would assume. But the bitterness is in your face all the way through. Wonderfull chocolate and booze bitterness and "burn" make this beer one orginal masterpiece!

Photo of JasonA
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been aging for about a year.

Pours a deep dark, very little head brew. Thick lacing present for the little carb there. Did I mnetion it was dark.

Sugar sweet malt. Quite strange, like unmalted light malt. Very nice as long as it doesnt taste like unfermented beer! ;). All kidding aside, very orignal smell, I like the direction.

Wow, what a representation of chocolate. I have nothing to compare it to. Not sure I would call it bitter sweet, but if that was the ingredient, I need to buy stock for my homebrewing process. I dont taste dark malt, but there is roasted med malt. Not sure where the color comes from, no biscuit or bitter present.

Sits extremely well considering the ABV. Typically this ABV and sweet will be headache-ville, population 1. The sweetness, come before the malt, and ends with the chocolate. Awesome.

I want more. I only have 1 more from last season. I obviously need to get some more. There isnt 1 thing I can really find wrong with this brew.

Photo of Donnie2112
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really tired of describing the appearance of stouts... this one is black, has a coffee colored head and has some nice sporadic lace

notes of oats and chocolate, the aroma is EXACTLY what I would expect from the label

again, dark complicated fruity flavors of dark chocolate sitting on top of the smooth oatmeal malts. Snappy there is everything that is supposed to be in a stout except the usual bit of coffee that this beer doesn't even begin to advertise. Smooth malts, smooth bitterness, good stuff.

its heavy in body, it's creamy and smooth the right ammount of carbonation

very drinkable, lots of flavor, keep wanting another sip.

Photo of mcgwire756
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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

Pours as black as an beer I have ever seen. A big head up front dissipates to a fluffy 1/2 finger head. The smell is bakers chocolate and really no hops to speak of. The taste is rather bitter with chocolate and a bit of oatmeal, the hop presence is almost no existent but its not unbalanced. This is defintalty a sipper, but its and interesting take on the style. Always interesting with the stone anniversary brews.

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

Almost completely black in color (there is just a hint of color holding the beer right against a bright light). Minimal carbonation, so a big head never builds up. A moderate head is dark (I almost want to say "light chocolate" in color, but that's probably just because of the name).

Aroma is chocolate and roasted, slightly burned malt. Beautiful smooth mouthfeel. And smoothness makes it highly drinkable. There is a slight burn of alcohol, but despite of high ABV this beer is quite lightto drink. There is chocolate bitterness, but it's not overly pronounced. I think this beer exhibits nice balance between sweetness and dryness. It's quite sweet as you drink it, but dryness lingers in the aftertaste.

I am not blown away by this stourt. I wanted to open a full-flavor stout, and I am NOT disappointed. Writing the review, I keep coming back over and over for a sip. For some reason, I also have an urge to buy another bottle and age it.

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July, 2008

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass

Price - $6.99/bomber

WoW, This beer just keeps getting better looking with time. Pours thick and midnight black with a fluffy fudge brownie colored head. Retention is short lived but leaves behind a creamy covering that lasts. Laces well after three years of aging. Impressive!

A strong scent of bakers chocolate permeates through the nose and blends well with the faint aroma of booze reminding you this isn't a dessert but a beer. Molasses and burnt malt become more noticeable as it comes up to room temperature.

The flavor follows the nose with rich bitter chocolate, molasses and booze. It's definitely taking on a port like flavor as I finish the bottle.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little heat for the octane level. The body is thick and syrupy and finishes dry.

Overall I can't get enough of this beer. I've gone through six bombers over the last three years, this being my last one. I'm not sure how much longer it can age and improve but if given the opportunity to buy it again I would without hesitation. One of the best beers I've ever had for the price.

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

A: pours jet black and looks thick, with a brown head that fell quickly.

S: smells sweet. almost like a milk stout, maybe from the oatmeal? it has a nice roastiness as well. it smells of chocolate and vanilla as well.

T: taste is quite complex. it starts off sweet and finishes bitter. you can taste dark chocolate, some toffee, some dark fruits, alcohol and roastiness.

M: it has a medium body with decent carbonation. a nice mouth feel.

D: very drinkable. i wish i had more than just this one bottle!

drank with philerup.

drank on: 04.30.09
bottled: 07.08

Photo of dancinwillie
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a chalice. Pours a dark black, with a very dark brown head that cascades lovely down the inside of my chalice. Big 3 finger head that drops quickly to 2 finger head, then takes its time deflating to the level of the beer itself. This has got to be the darkest head I've seen on a beer in some time! I love the looks of this brew.

I detect chocolate and coffee aroma, burnt and roasted grains, and I also notice a little fruit poking through. Alcohol is evident here as well.

First sip reveals chocolate bitterness, with a lot of alcohol coming through. Subsequent drinks reveal raison sweetness, but not ever breaking away from the chocolate. Some coffee drifts in and out of the picture, as well as a timidly noticeable hop bitterness, but overall, bittersweet chocolate is the star here, with all other flavors playing supporting roles. I think a year minimum would do this brew proud. I will be picking up another bottle to cellar it for at least a year.

This is a thin to medium bodied brew, with a medium dry finish. I would have liked a bit more body. Appropriate level of carbonation though, as I like it a bit lower in dark beer.

Overall, a drinkable beer, but ultimately, one that I would (and will) cellar for a year at least. That being said, I wouldn't drink more than 1 of these at a time currently, this being reflected in my scoring for drinkability. I will revisit after cellaring, and edit review at that time, if necessary. Cheers.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the stone's 12th anniversary batch I think the btl. reads? Just came out today. This badd boy pours a big thick creamy looking head with very good lacing for a stout. The nose has mocha and some burnt coffee smell or real strong expresso. The taste is more of what the nose reveals and also some spicy hops with a earthiness and I get some some back licorice and some sandalwood. The mouthfeel is creamy just a little thin for such a big beer. The drinkabilty is very good for being 9.2% I like the fact they used two recipes combined to get this brew!!

Photo of ChanChan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2+ year old bomber poured into my favorite snifter glass

A: Beer pours a very dark used motor oil like black that does not yield much head. A slight off white sheen of head quickly dissolves in my snifter glass. Limited lacing but very sticky

S: Very boozy, malty, chocolate aroma to this beer. A complex theme of flavors that seems to center around a dark malt chocolate flavor.

T: Nice dark chocolate, liquorice, roasted malt taste with a hint of bitter hops. There is a distinct bitter chocolate malt finish to this beer which also revels a very strong alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with a very light carbonation to this beer. There is a medium thickness to this beer but the taste is quite smooth.

D: - Very drinkable beer given the thickness and high ABV content. This is a delicious beer that has aged quite well over the last several years. The interplay between dark chocolate, hops and malt backbone is most excellent!

Photo of Douglas88
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to footbalm, bought at Lee's Liquors. Pours a pure black color with a medium tan, almost light brown-reddish head. The aroma is tons of oatmeal, roasted notes, and a strong bourbon aspect. The taste is excellent; lots of roasted malt flavors, some bitter and milk chocolates, a large oat presence, and a lesser dark fruit aspect. Very good and a bit different than I'm used to, in a good way. A lot of alcohol warmth, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Quite milky and full flavored. Just damn good.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black w/ a thin tan head that disappeared in less than a minute. Man this is black. Lots of lacing left on the glass (Tulip) as well. Leaves that dark syrup on the glass after you tilt it - schwing.

S: Some alcohol, coco/coacoa. Also heavy malts.

T: Very tasty. Bitterly delicious. Starts w/ the malts, and finishes w/ the coco/chocolate. Very similar to dark bitter-sweet Godiva Chocolates. The flavors last for a looong time after you drink it (10-15 min's loooong).

M: Pretty thin for an oatmeal stout, but it really fits.

D: Another exceptional beer by Stone. God I wish I lived in Cali.

Photo of merryjoulton
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of despond
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night with a mocha head that kept
pace with my sippin'.

S: Smells like a chocolate shop with a hint of some guy drinking a cup of coffee in the back.

M: Thick and rich, just like I like my ... I'm an idiot.

D: Very drinkable for such a heavy beer, I could have definately drank the 22 myself but I had made a committment to share with a guy much larger than me.

Great beer with a lot more character than many chocolates stouts that I've had.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip (Stone's website shows pictures of both the 12th Anniversary and the IRS in tulip glasses, so I thought this was the route to go).

A: Pour is fairly thick, somewhat sluggish and produces the deepest brown body with a thin, bubbly, dark khaki head. This beer is completely opaque to light and it looks like its leaving a thin film along the edge of the glass. Patches of khaki lacing cling to the side of the tulip. A thin head is restored with a couple swirls of the tulip.

S: Hints of dark baking chocolate, powdered cocoa, toasted oats and fresh coffee dominate. I also pick up some hoppy notes on the back end and a faint suggestion of a sugary, vanilla sweetness. However, the chocolate and the roasted aromas dominate as I expected.

T: A lot of roasted flavors hit the palate from the start - coffee beans, espresso, oats and an earthy, smoky flavor. But just as soon as these roasted flavors peak, they coolly mellow out as wave of bitter, dark chocolate, dark fruits (cherries, dates), brown sugar and vanilla begin their ascendancy. A tinge of hop bitterness appears in the finish and plays nicely with the lingering roasted coffee and bitter notes from the chocolate. Aftertaste is dominated by a smoother, sweeter milk chocolate note. Very pleasant in its complexity and in the blending and transition between flavors.

M: Fairly thick (like the pour suggests) with a bit of chewiness to the body. Minimal carbonation - just enough there to make its presence known on your tongue, but nothing to get in the way of this beer sliding down the throat, coating it with chocolately, oatmeal and coffee goodness.

D: 9.2% ABV according to the bottle, and I begin to notice a bit of alcohol burn at the end of each sip as this beer warms to room temp; otherwise a good part of the alcohol punch is masked by the huge roasted notes and bitter chocolate profile. Even then, this beer is still a sipper (much like the Espresso OAY) because the alcohol creeps up on you and this is a bigger, thicker and fairly sweet stout.

I am thoroughly impressed with the 12th Anniversary offering from Stone. In my opinion, this beer compares a lot with the Espresso OAY, both in aroma and flavor profiles, although the roasted coffee and oatmeal notes don't overpower the taste buds as much in this beer as they did in the EOAY. I'm glad I had the chance to try this limited release brew, and hopefully I'll be able to pick up another bottle before they're all gone so that I can cellar it and see how the flavors blend with some more age on them.

Note: I bought this beer two weeks ago from my local beer-liquor store, and the employee in the craft aisle informed me that the bottle I had in my hands came from a case which was opened just a week and a half prior to my purchase and was one of the last two cases this store had out of five; before then, the case had been stored in this store's dark, cool "dry room" where it had been since the distributor had delivered it a week after its official release date. Therefore, given that this beer was release July 7th, 2008, and knowing what I do from the distributor, I assume that this beer has effectively been cellared (since it was stored dark, cool and dry) for roughly 9 ½, almost 10 months.

Photo of STEG
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from rattle n hum. Poured room temp into a small chalice looking glass. Looks as a stout should dark deep brown with a 1 finger tan head for a solid 30 seconds while the head dissipates to nothing. Smell is comprised of dark chocolate, plum, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is much closer to the description oatmeal stout with a definite presence of unsweetened chocolate. Mouthfeel has some definite pluses silky, mild carbonation and a slight alcohol heat. Overall I would buy this again given the oppurtunity.

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