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

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

847 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 847
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 Jerzdevil1116
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Jerzdevil1116, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of TheViolator666
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

TheViolator666, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of nrb1
4/5  rDev -2.9%

nrb1, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of spartanfan
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with a nice brown head that is sticking around nicely

S: Smell is a mix of bitter chocolate, smokiness, and a touch of alcohol

T: Taste is a slap in the face of bitter chocolate, there are roasty flavors, and the after taste is of coffee.
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M: The mouthfeel of this beer is not quite as thick as I was expecting, With the oatmeal it has a nice velvety smooth mouthfeel which I enjoy.

D: This beer is quite smooth and drinkable, but the alcohol, which is only slightly apparent in scent and taste, will catch up with you.

spartanfan, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of kylehayworth
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Thank you Jason for the treat.

A: Pours rich black, forms a nice dark tan head.

S: Chocolate and Vanilla, you get alittle of the boozy tingling smell, you'd expect that though.

T: Bitter chocolate, mild oat, the finish has hints of vanilla and mild alcohol.

M/D: Creamy and thick. Although I didn't try a fresh one, I'm not dissappointed having got to try this instead.

kylehayworth, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of surfer4life
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into my tulip from a 22oz bomber

A - Dark as tar with a dark brown head about a quarter inch thick which quickly recedes into a small film.

S - Chocolate obviously, Alchohol stands out in the smell. Raisins, Molasses and a few other spices assault the nose. Smells like delicious.

T - Chocolate obviously, coffee, oaky, hoppy bitterness, sweet molasses on the finish. Tastes like delicious.

M - Heavy cream coats the mouth entirely. Low carbonation, but doesn't detract. Leaves the palate wanting much much more.

D - Far to heavy to session with, but what a treat when you can pull this out. I have another sitting in the fridge that I will open in a year or so.

surfer4life, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Liana
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Liana, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of imagineiii
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%

A stout over 9%, do I get run out of BA if I give this beer anything less than an A? Poured in my trusty dfh snifter.

A: I dont remember where this saying came from but its black as hell at night. The head quickly diminishes again, Im doing something wrong Im sure of it.

S: The most prominent smell is the bitter chocolate. there must be a ton of unsweetened chocolate per barrel in this beer. Hops are there, booze is there.

T: This beer changes more in the mouth than most Ive had. Its hops immediately slap the front of the palate, followed by oatmeal smooth sweetness over the middle and chocolate bitterness is all over the back corners of the palate. The chocolate bitterness sticks around to dominate the aftertaste but it keeps changing: it takes on more acidity, combined with the fact that its a stone beer, has to be attributed to hops. Can a beer with this much booze be too dry? i think it is.

M: Great at first, dryness and bitterness at the end is too much. Typical for a stone beer tho, and I usually sit on it for 6 months and its awesome (see double bastard and 11th anniv.) until then, im detracting some points.

D: No. Im half way done with a bomber and Im almost done with this beer for right now. Its smooth but bitter aftertaste doesnt leave me wanting more.

Ill sit on this guy and review it again later. If its anything like most stone beers itll be an A in 6 months or a year but its not for me right now.

imagineiii, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of McNuts
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

McNuts, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of 1whiskey
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

22 oz bomber served at cellar temp.

This is black as ink...very impressive. Even when I hold it up to the light, nothing gets through. An aggressive pour into my Stone pint glass yields a thick, muddy head that dies down quickly.

Smells like...cocoa. No surprise at that. Toffee is trying to work it's way into the mix as well.

First taste is quite simple actually...chocolate and oatmeal, as advertised. Subsequently sips reveal a greater depth of sweetness. Ripe plums, toffee, even brandy-like notes. This is very rich. In fact, I'm really taken aback by the sweetness of this...this is definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol heat is discernable...but it does nothing to detract from the pleasure upon my palate.

The body is not so viscous as I would have imagined...I would describe is as slightly north of medium with just enough carbonation. The oatmeal in the mash really makes for a silky-smooth mouth feel. At 9.2% ABV, "drink-ability", I suppose, is in the eye of the individual beer holder. But while it's not difficult for me to finish the bottle, it's rich enough that I likely wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout turns out to be a pleasantly sweet surprise, though you wouldn't normally associate such a rich and warming beer with summertime. Pair it with chilled Eskimo cookies and crank up the AC for a sweet treat. Better yet, reserve some of the bottle and make a float with vanilla ice cream. Or you could simply just lay it down and cellar it until the the first frosty fall evening.

Whatever you do...just make sure not to pass up on a chance to try it. Highly recommended.

1whiskey, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

22 oz. bomber, into a nonic pint

The usual roasty malt flavor and aroma. Chocolate takes a while to present itself. A touch watery for a stout, which I appreciate. Alcohol hides itself well, but is present after about a pint or so.

Surprisingly solid head, with warmth gets much more complex and smooth and creamy.

Not a world beater, but solid and different, worth a try or two.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of blaje
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%

Pored out of a bomber too cold @ fridge temperature. Black liquid, easily compared too used motor oil! Almost no head. The foam that was present was a beautiful mocha, but faint way to quickly. dated july 2008. Drank in april 2009, so it's a 9 months old brew.... i wonder if that's responsible for the "no head" beer.

Nose is a bit disappointing for a brew that claim using artisanal chocolate. Cold, nothing very special comes up. Let it warm a bit and then chocolate and roasted coffee comes up. Alcohol is definitely involved in here.

Mouth is revealing a full bodied beer. You cannot miss the bitter chocolate flavour in here. Roasted coffee comes up as it warms up. Would risk myself to say burn chocolate too ! As bitterness comes more from the chocolate then the hops, bitterness is "twisted" and unusual for those like hoppy beer.Medium-low carbonation

after taste is long and bitter, traces of coffee and brown sugar.

Finally, This brew would have been better if it was a bit more creamier. I would have expected something more refined since it is an anniversary brew.

blaje, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of mbunje
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

22 oz bomber..about 10 mos old. Tulip glass

A - Very dark brown. Minimal head, minimal carbonation. This thing is black in the center with some coffee tones on the edges. Looks deep.

S - Dark boozy fruit. Maybe a deep cocoa in there. Not distinctively chocolate, but nice, none the less.

T - More dark fruit, but now the bitter chocolate (as the name suggests) comes out. Definitely in the aftertaste. Nice, tart chocolate on top of the fruit.

MF - Very much full bodied. The oatmeal lends a slick, soapy feel. This is thick and juicy. Similar to Stone IRS

D - How do you drink more than one of these. So full bodied and overwhelming in flavor. end your night with this one.

Overall...hard to find now, but very good. I am aging a few. Can't say it is my fav, but it is up there. It is like a bit into a 100% cacao bar and it instantly melted and I drank it down.

mbunje, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Roeters
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at HopCat:
A: pours thick black with a tight dark brown head

S: smells of grain, dark chocolate, and a mild sweetness

T: rich chocolate flavor, dark roasted malt finish, Has a slightly harsh roasted note.

M: smooth and velvety with good carbonation

D: the texture makes this beer amazing, and a joy to drink

Roeters, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a thick, viscous, motor oil black into my Guinness pint glass, tinges of red around the edges when held up to light like a glass of cola. A thin brown head dissipates quickly. Aroma is blueberries, roasted malt, chocolate, with a hint of wood. Mouthfeel is slick, thick, and smooth, with subdued carbonation. Taste is chocolate, burnt wood, roasted malt, roasted coffee with a warming alcohol finish and slight bitter hop finish. Started drinking straight out of the fridge, but this vastly improves as it warms. Overall this is a great beer, one of my favorite so far. I may pick up another one on my next beer run.

ljbrisson, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.78/5  rDev +16%

A: This is one of the blackest, thickest beers I've seen. Like pouring oil into a pint glass. Black/dark espresso brown with a thin mocha brown head with little retention.

S: Toasty malt smell, with a strong sense of milk chocolate. Hint of oatmeal. A very nice smell.

T: Wow, simply delicious. Smooth, love the chocolate and oatmeal flavors together. Like drinking gorp. There is a slight hop flavor in the finish which is a nice compliment. Not overpowering, just enough to show you it is there. Very similar to Young's Double Chocolate, just with a small kick of hops. Really, really good. After a while, you get a strong alcohol flavor on the tongue.

M: Thick, chewy - just like a stout should be.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. ABV is 9.2% so it will take care of you for a while. It's smooth and the flavors are amazing together. A little strong on the hops for a stout, but it is a welcome change. Wow, just a great beer.

Beefeater57, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of gregc
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Picked up a 22oz bottle from New Beer.

Poured into a snifter...pours motor oil black, a vigorous pour gives a small amout of mocha head, that quickly fades away.

The smell is great, it smells like fudge brownies, oatmeal, some vanilla and roasted malts.

The taste is also interesting...tastes like a 70% cacao bar, but not the crappy one you buy at you local food store. The cacao flavor is on par with a Michel Cluize chocolate. There are also flavors of toasted oats, vanilla and the finish and aftertaste are similiar to chewing on a pure cacao nib.

Great offering from Stone, this one will age nicely.

gregc, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of AnPiobaire
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet at about 54 degrees.

The Stone Chocolate Oatmeal Stout poured a very dark and rich black/brown with thin caramel colored head and very little retension

The nose is very nice with chocolate, coffee, cherries and dark fruits.

The taste is nice but less then anticipated with such a nice nose. It is roasted malt, chocolate, and a bitter coffe-like finish.

The mouthfeel again was a little thinner then anticipated but still very nice. More carbonated then I prefer in an Imperial Stout.

Although this isn't one of my favorite Imperial Stouts it certainly is a very nice example of one, and one I will surely partake in again when I get the chance. If you see one, get one, then drink one. You won't regret it. Enjoy!!!

AnPiobaire, May 11, 2011
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

One of the better beers I've had recently. Recommended. It pours dark, but actually doesn't taste or feel as dark as it looks. Taste is very good, easy to drink. Definitely lots of chocolate - and I like that. This beer is quite good, but not like some other Stones. I also prefer a Samuel Smith or an Old Rasputin - a little more interesting to me, but this is very good.

Purchased at Kokoman in New Mexico.

prsguitarsr4me, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of johnbjaeger
4/5  rDev -2.9%

johnbjaeger, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of engisch
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours with little head that disappears rather quickly. Black beer with a chocolatey brown head (the little amount that is there) Smell of roasted grains with a hint of chocolate. Heavy flavor with the first sip. Bitter chocolate accurately describes the initial impression of the flavors. Mmm-Mmm... Bitter sweet chocolate in a heavy oatmeal stout form.

I'm enjoying this as a sit back and relax. I only wish it had more of a head to improve it's appearance, as after the initial head disipated it looks as if I'm drinking motor oil.

Good job Stone! Another delicious brew in the standard Stone's get-the-job-done-with-one 22oz bottle.

engisch, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of sunshinethewolf
5/5  rDev +21.4%

sunshinethewolf, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Cakanator
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Bomber from cellar. Looking to see how this guy was doing at the 10 month mark, and it was exceptional. Pours black with a nice brown mocha head. Aromas of powder dark chocolate with a sweeter edge, but maintaining a hop balance. This did lead on to be a richer beer, but the palate showed it needed more time to smooth out. The hops were still well integrated however and the smoothness was fantastic. Flavors of bitter chocolate and a little of the oat still kicking left me thinking how dangerous this still is at 9.2%. I'm gonna let this one continue to age, should have much more time.

Cakanator, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

Sipped this one with William Pang (Queens, NY), good friend and fellow beer connoisseur.

This one pours out incredibly thick, taking on a solid black color with a quickly dissipating light brown head. Light traces of lacing are present.

It smells like a fantastic mixture of coffee, dark roasted malts, and chocolate, as well as a nice faint touch of oatmeal creaminess. There is a strong punch of alcohol in there as well.

The taste is very deep. Lots of roasted flavor, with a lot of chocolate and coffee. Very delicious. Definitely can taste the alcohol throughout the tasting, however.

Medium bodied, with a slight acidic alcohol taste near the end of each mouthfeel. There is a definite lingering coating of the roasted chocolate and malt flavor around the mouth.

Despite the fact that this is a fairly thick, rich beer with a ton of flavor, this is very drinkable. It is definitely a sipping beer, but its so pleasant that one can't help but to drink as much as possible.

tittymcj, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance: This pours a deep black, as others have described, with no light getting through. The head was weak though and was gone almost immediately.

Smell: The smell was delicious, sweet, chocolatey, but it weakened when the head disappeared.

Taste: The taste was very reminiscent of the rogue chocolate stout, but perhaps a little sweeter from the oatmeal. Bitter? yes the hops play their role but things seem to be well balanced, a solid stout, very tasty but not mind blowing. I paired this with a hot link with Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce, what do you boys know about that. Southside Chicago!!! It was damn good.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and delish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, only reason I wouldn't give this a five is the alcohol.

Stonebreaker, Jul 15, 2008
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.