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

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848 Ratings
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008)
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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber into a big whiskey glass (not all at once) because the shape seemed appropriate.

Appearance: color and viscosity of dirty motor oil, with a dark coffee-colored head. Head didn't have much stick, but that could have been my choice of glassware.

Smell: high-quality bitter chocolate, alcohol as it warms, and coffee? (roasted barley?)

Taste: unsweetened chocolate...actually, more like unrefined cacao nibs. Slight sweetness, but not much typical stout astringency. Faint spicy note. Alcohol present in aroma is not overtly present in taste.

Mouthfeel: halfway between whole milk and cream, probably from the oatmeal.

Drinkability: not really a session beer simply because of thickness and alcohol content. Also, the aggressive bitterness from the chocolate makes it tough to down a lot quickly. It took me almost 3 hours to finish a bomber.

MurphyMacManus, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of slayer3604
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A medium strength pour turned my glass into a fury of chocolate rain and a beer body that sucked the light out of the room. The head eventually settled down to create one inch of solid muffin texture.

S- I cheated a little on this one, I went on stone's website hours before the release and read up on what the nose was like for the brewmaster that created this demon so my nose is bias towards the authentic oaxican cocoa used in the mix...I could definitely smell a tad of ovaltine, and wisps of coffee and a tad of smoked grain.

T- Lots of body on this fella. So very complicated and extravagant! i should be complimenting on how MANLY this beer made me feel but i know deep down inside its just the fat amounts of oatmeal thrown into the mix. Whatever, this beer warms you up at 9.2% and keeps you guessing with an array of dimensions to unwrap and classify.

M- Very chunky, and did anyone mention to you that this has bitter chocolate thrown in it? Man! this is by far the best chocolate stout out there. Such an impressive profile that you have to sift through in order to get it all. Two bottles into this and the complexity is still boggling my mind.

D- I would definitely use this beer as a pairing tool for deserts and as an example of how beer can be as/more complex as wine and will keep coming back to BCOS in the future to turn friends and family towards dark beer!

slayer3604, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Mostly dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T = Very nice flavors with dark chocolate dominating. A small amount of coffee bitterness near the end and through the finish. Alcohol hidden very well.

MF = Thick and rich. Silky smooth. Carbonation was low.

Overall, this was very easy to drink and I preferred this over their 2008 RIS.

Riverwarrior, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of wknight167
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours black with a one finger brown head that slowly fades and leaves intricate lacing..

Nose- Tobacco, chocolate and roast coffee predominate.

Palate- Roasty coffee mixed with chocolate milk, so... mocha I guess?

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy.

wknight167, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

This beer pours black with a nice sized tan colored head.

The aroma brings alcohol, doughnuts, chocolate, cherries and dark fruits.

Wow this beer is hot. I've had 12%ers with less heat. Behind that, this beer is very interesting. Each sip brings something new. Obviously chocolate, but there's also something resembling saltwater, a bit of cough drop, dark fruits such as prunes and dates, and a bit of coffee presence.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Light on the tongue. Airy, but low carbonation bite.

Overall, this beer was very enjoyable, but I think it'll be much better in a year or two.

jakon, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bwyker.

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

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

LittleBreeze, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of henskejk
4/5  rDev -2.9%

henskejk, May 16, 2013
Photo of ScottyC54
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of beernut
3.75/5  rDev -9%

beernut, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Matty1918
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pure black color with a minimal brown head. Not much lacing. Looks like watery molases after the head dissapears.

Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, mocha and sweet malts. Very nice.

Taste is bitter up front then the coffee and chocolate follow up. Deep roasted malts and the alcohol is always present. A sipper for sure but very nice.

nice mouthfeel. Very solid and wish I bought more than one of these.

Matty1918, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: pours like viscous motor oil from the bottle, dark oily black, no highlights, opaque, with a brown head. The head dissipates but leaves lacing, and a brown oily sheen is visible on the glass when I tip it for a taste.

S: chocolate, caramel, coffee, bread pudding. alcohol also present in the aroma.

T: starts with lots of chocolate, followed by roast, coffee, toffee, caramel, and finishes with alcohol that also contributes bitterness. the roast and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M: thick, chewy, viscous but oily, slightly gritty to go along with the roast. heavy on the tongue.

D: while high in alcohol this beer is fairly drinkable. Lots of flavor and character; pair with a bold dessert that complements it (I chose pumpkin roll and vanilla ice cream, which worked well).

joeysmokedporter, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Trizzle
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A sexy, sexy beer. An Exotic and impenetrably opaque obsidian. Aggresive pour rewards a fading finger of firm foam with only moderate lacing.

What aroma there is smells mostly of very toasted malt. A hint of something sweet, hiding in there as well. No hops to speak of.

It is quite bitter, almost solely from the dark malt. I do detect some minor hopping, a touch more wouldn't go astray. A pleasant sweetness is evident in the middle, quickly followed by more coffee bean espresso. As my girlfiend pointed out, some miso soup in the mix as well. The alcohol is a touch prickly. There's not a lot really going on. A dark chocolate coated arabica bean.

Body is robust enough with good carbonation encouraged by a good sloosh between the teeth.

One was fun.

Trizzle, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of bifrostguard
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pure black, thick looking beer with a small deep tan head that diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Surprisingly it's not chocolate or oatmeal that hit me first, it's char and smoke. Chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malts are there, just on the after whiff.

T - Smoke and char which are very welcome and pleasant surprises. Oatmeal and bitter chocolate do make their presence known and even a bit of heat comes through when you are least suspecting it.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - I much prefer this beer over their standard RIS. It is a bit heavy on the palate but strong enough to make an evening out of.

bifrostguard, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of hobbes2112
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a very deep brown with light brown thin head. Lots of lacing. Smell is roasty with dark cocoa, coffee and alcohol. Taste backs the label up very well...bitter, chocolate and oatmeal in a big way. The beer is slightly astringent and tangy, in a good balance to the sweet notes. Mouth feel is good, but it is a tad too carbonated for the beer in my opinion. This is also a big beer in terms of alcohol, so it probably can't be had all night. If you like oatmeal stouts this should be on your list, very good.

hobbes2112, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark Black liquid. Thick tan 2 finger head. Laces well.

S - Very good roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Deep dark malty sweetness. Slight Alcohol smell to the finish.

T - The Bitter chocolate come through up from with astringent roasted malts rounding out the rest of the character. Again the Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate comes through at the end with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

M - Medium full body. Fills the palette but finishes clean with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Awesome Chocolate stout. The most recent tasting at a year or so is quite nice the alcohol warmth has become more subdued. I'll try to keep a few around a bit longer. But its drinking quite nicely.

DwnTwnBwn, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Dirksen
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an absolute opaque black with tan head with slight off-whitish/off-brownish color in the middle of the head

aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, slight dried fruits, a touch of licorice perhaps, and maybe some molasses, slight tones of alcohol

upfront dry roasted malt followed by creamy chocolate, bitter chocolate and dry hops in the finish, and slight spice on back. the bitter chocolate endures subtly on the finish for a long long time

medium bodied, slightly dry upfront leading to a rich creaminess and a nicely crisp bitterness on the lenghtly finish

really smooth, chocolate is subtle until the finish where it just lingers and lingers. very smooth, good body, not too alcoholic and just refuses to go away. a great beer for the summer, especially if you are tired of all of those light lame 'summer ales'

bitterthebetter, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of extra
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

extra, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of joezak5
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; black as night, thick dark cocao two finger head, excellent retention and glistening lacing.

Smell: Bone dry roasted cocao powder with almost a burnt bitterness, a little creaminess comming in from that oatmeal pillow adverstised.

Mouthfeel: Stone has done it again... smoothest mouthfeel I've enojoyed... it feels like I'm fluffing that oatmeal pillow in my mouth; no carbonation or alcohol feel... just silk

Taste: Nice smooth bitter cocao and coffes notes with the rich dark malt and smooth oats... dark, dark cocoa dust on the finishing exhale... pure and straight forward but oh so nice... can't wait to see how the 5 remaining bottles age.

Drinkability: While I was drinking this there was a four hour blackout... coincidence?... I'm not willing to risk the curse of the gargoyle... 5... another beauty from the good folks at Stone... seek this one out.

joezak5, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of johnnieoz
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just picked up a couple at Wally's Wine in Westwood. Bottled, and now consumed, in July 2008. The 12th was brewed as a non-hoppy beer due to current hops shortages. Instead we have a bitter chocolate malt bomb on our hands.

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. A jet black motor oil of a stream cascades into the wine goblet. A large coffee-colored head that recedes ever so slowly. No light gets through this one.

S: Licorice and dark chocolate aromas. A touch of alcohol as it warms up.

T: This is rather uniquely bitter stout, i.e. you can tell that the bitterness is not necessarily from the hops. So it must be from...the Oaxacan chocolate? A bit rough on the palate - a little cellaring is in order here to achieve the desired balance. But there are nice tones of licorice, some sweeter malts and a chocolate taste as well. As it warms up, it's quite tasty.

M: For a beer of this power, this is a bit of a lightweight. Again, I assume some cellaring will help. It has a dry, crisp aftertaste.

D: One bomber will do for the evening, but with the help of others, I'm sure I could manage at least one and half in a session. Other than the roughness on the palate, this goes down smoothly. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste, it is creeping up on me....

The first Stone Anniversary beer I've had and it's a great one. Hit the jackpot since I'm more of dark beer/malt lover than a Hophead. There's craft in this one, and I look forward to trying this in some six month to a year.This is an A-class brew in the making...

johnnieoz, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a rich, black, black, black! It has a nice frothy, dark mocha colored head.

Smells of chocolate balance with some caramel like malt undertones.

Has a big chocolatey flavor, balanced with some nice roasted malt that is quite delightful. Has a mild sweetness sweet up front that creates a nice balance, enhancing the deliciosuness. Is a think and creamy brew, with a solid body. The ABV doesn't seem to hit you in the face as you might expect.

Another top notch offering from the gang at Stone.

WillieMoe, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of abecall98
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle yesterday.

A - This beer pours a very dark malty black. A nice tan head laces the bottle well.

S - Very bitter, sweet, sour type of smell, not the most pleasant smell for a stout.

T - This beer is one hoppy stout. Its starts off with the bitter hops, and ends with a nice malty chocolate goodness.

M - wow, this beer is very creamy. The carbonation fits it well, and it goes down very smoothly.

D - this beer, with its hoppiness, strong smell, and creaminess, brings it to an above average drinkabilty, but no really perfect.

abecall98, May 25, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this bomber in various locations and I finally picked one up.

Poured out a deep dark color. Not much of a head with a good pour, but the thin frothy foam is a nice caramel color. Great lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and that smokey undertone. Taste is wonderful. Great chocolate notes, but still quite bitter. The smoke and roast flavors are strong, but it mixes well with the sweet malts and chocolate aftertaste. Surprisingly, I thought it would be a bit creamier (from the oatmeal), but I didn't really get that feeling. Finally, for 9.2%, that alcohol doesn't kick your face on its way down.

Great beer. And just another solid winner from Stone Brewing. A few more of these delicious brews and I'm moving to Escondido.

zerofear13, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of ironlung
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like 30 weight motor oil. Thick,Dark and nasty! No Head. Nice lacing.

S: Choclate&Booze. Some hints of fig?

T: Really smooth! I was expecting something gnarley and bitter. ( I was also heated they diden't do an IPA again)

M: Bitter Chocolate on the tounge. Finishes clean. Alcohol comes through heavy after you swollow.

D: A 2 bomber beer for me. I was pleasntly suprised with this one. Wonder how it'll age?

ironlung, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of wmickdds32
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

wmickdds32, Jul 04, 2012
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.