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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 MurphyMacManus
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of bowersdm
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black, no light shines through. It had a weak mocha colored head that dissipated quickly.

S - dark chocolate, roasted barley, and fruit. maybe some oats

T - nice bittersweet/dark chocolate flavor followed by some bitterness from the hops

M - very, very thin. I was expecting more for a heavy beer.

D - eh, a 12 oz bottle would have been better. The first 12 oz of this brew went down like normal, but I was pretty full after that. The next 10 took another 40 minutes to get down.

It was fair. A small bottle and thicker texture would have made this an excellent brew.

Photo of rpaul2012
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Hokies
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with deep red outlines on the exterior, with a nice one inch brown head and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

At first you can smell the coffee followed by the malt and then the bitter dark chocolate smell makes its way through. Their is also a light smokiness to it.

The taste is like the bitterness from dark chocolate with an alcohol kick to it. As this one warms up the oatmeal smoothness comes through with hop bitterness at the end.

This is one smooth beer with low carbonation and goes down quite easily. It is a sipper but I could drink this one like a session beer.

Photo of Jparkanzky
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into stemless wine glass:

A) poured the deepest black with a fairly thick mocha head.

S) The one glaring flaw with this beer for me was the smell. I could smell what I can only describe as "Vodka" it was distinct, despite the age on the bottle. I have a few more of these I'll give more time on to try to rectify this, but none of that mattered once I got to the taste.

T) Wonderful chocolate and caramel notes, and not sweet at all... just perfect harmony of chocolate and beer.

M) Velvety and smooth, wonderful light carbonation.

O) This is a fantastic beer! Again, the smell was "off" but all was forgotten when tasting. This is yet another example of a "flavored" stout that doesn't go overboard with sweetness, making it a very enjoyable beer without making you feel like you should have a straw.

Highly recommended.

Photo of bigbubba
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The chocolate brown head itself is darker than most beers are, the beer is black and opaque. It smells sweet with chocolate and a whiff of alcohol, almost like some kind of coffee drink. The taste is great! It is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. Drinkability is great for the first glass, but it will kick your ass in the long run.

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

Appearance: Just about pitch black, I can't get any light to pass through my tulip glass. Cocoa colored foam leaves a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Unsweetened chocolate, a little espresso like acidity and a tight piney hoppiness.

Taste: Much more prominent taste than aroma, bitter chocolate, a vicious espresso acidity on the tongue, molasses, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: This full-bodied and heavy, very light carbonation, I will only drink one of these.

Drinkability: Tasty cold weather beer, a subtle, yet huge chocolate stout. Reminds me of The Abyss in mouthfeel and overall character.

Photo of slayer3604
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Photo of extra
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.07/5  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.

Photo of wknight167
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of henskejk
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ScottyC54
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of beernut
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Matty1918
3.97/5  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.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
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).

Photo of Trizzle
3.29/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of bifrostguard
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of hobbes2112
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Dirksen
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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'

Photo of joezak5
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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