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

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844 Ratings
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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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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 LittleBreeze

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 03:36:55 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of henskejk


4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-16-2013 02:31:27 | More by henskejk
Photo of ScottyC54

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-17-2012 16:57:46 | More by ScottyC54
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-15-2012 11:59:34 | More by beernut
Photo of Buschyfor3


4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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 technically been cellared (since it was stored dark, cool and dry) for roughly 9 ½, almost 10 months.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:35:32 | More by Buschyfor3
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 15:15:35 | More by Matty1918
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:25:55 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 19:48:40 | More by Trizzle
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 07:30:05 | More by bifrostguard
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:46:45 | More by hobbes2112
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 18:43:05 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of Dirksen


5/5  rDev +21.4%

05-24-2013 18:42:53 | More by Dirksen
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'

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 06:31:20 | More by bitterthebetter
Photo of extra


4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

01-18-2013 01:07:57 | More by extra
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:19:49 | More by joezak5
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:59:22 | More by WillieMoe
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 04:48:45 | More by abecall98
Photo of zerofear13

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 16:37:42 | More by zerofear13
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 04:10:55 | More by johnnieoz
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 16:48:24 | More by ironlung
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

07-04-2012 20:10:42 | More by wmickdds32
Photo of Keith238

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown color and dark head that you would expect from a chocolate stout. Very little popped out at me with the smell, just the oh-so-slight scent of chocolate. Pretty much the same with the taste, slight chocolate flavor. I would have preferred more of the bitter flavor I was expecting from the 'bitter chocolate'. The chocolate flavor does, however, linger long enough to savor. Mouthfeel was very good and just what I expected from an oatmeal stout, silky smooth and very drinkable. At 9.2% ABV I expected a bit more astringency and thankfully, it wasn't there.

All in all, a terrific beer. I'm glad I bought 2 bottles. I may even hit the store and grab 1 or 2 more before they're all gone. I suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 04:50:07 | More by Keith238
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Circle Liquors in Somers Point, NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown/black, opaque body. Tall dark tan head. Some lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt. Dark chocolate and coffee very prevalent. As the beer warmed I picked up subtle hints of molasses and dark fruits.

T: Taste is full of roasted malt, but never got sweet. A pleasant bitter dark chocolate taste throughout. Alcohol is also slightly noticible.

M: Very smoothe. Medium to full bodied.

D: I really liked this beer. It was flavorful without being overbearing as some big stouts can be. No problem finishing this bomber by myself. It went down very smoothe. Never really noticed the 9% alcohol, although I'm sure it will hit any minute now.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 03:57:17 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of TheViolator666


4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second time I've had this beer thus far. This is about a year old now, as their 13th Anniversary has just been released and the bottle says July 2008.

I've been meaning to purchase this one again as I had this beer just before truly appreciating stouts, and the fact that I had just purchased the commemorative 12th anniversary BCOS glass at Rozi's in Lakewood not too long ago, haha.

22 oz. Bomber poured into said 12th Anniversary BCOS stout glass.

A: Pours a deep dark color with a very nice dark tan head that eventually simmers to form a half inch cap. Light lacing lasts down the glass.

S: Smells of dark bitter chocolate. Go figure. Deep roasted malt come through, as well as the alcohol. Even more alcohol comes through in the smell as it warms. Mmmm.

T: Sooo smooth, definitely characteristic of an oatmeal stout. Immediately hit with deep roasted malt as well and the bitter chocolate. Silky smooth, I'm positive this would go genuinely great with a nice chocolate pie or brownie or something similar. That being said, the alcohol surely comes through strong towards the end, but I am a fan, especially when this gets a bit warmer.

M/D: As I've noted, this goes down exceptionally silky smooth. Very low carbonation and a nice full bodied feel. Couldn't see drinking more than a bomber, but I'm sure that's plenty for many.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 21:12:13 | More by TheViolator666
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-28-2013 02:53:58 | More by nrb1
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.