Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.99/5 rDev -3.2%
Found this little guy at my local liquor store. Dated 2008. On sale for 7.99. Let's see if it's still there.
A: Black. Very aggressive pour leads to a half finger of head. Rapid, almost instantaneous dissipation. Impossible to discern carbonation.
S: Oh yeah. There's still some life left. This one is a big smack of dark chocolate. Dark raisined fruit, big roasted malt, a touch roasted. Oatmeal contributes to the richness of the scent. Smells very pleasent. Very fragrant.
T: Unfortunately, most of that is still in the nose. Prickle of alcohol heat up front. Some roastiness, darkened coffee, touch of dark fruit and cacao on the end. Not nearly as velvety as the nose suggests. Finishes bone dry, with an ashy/herbal astringency.
M: Probably the most surprising aspect of this. Feels fairly thin in the mouth, especially considering the oatmeal. A bit hot on the finish an definitely warming in the chest. Alcohol presence is still very much there.
O: I'm happy I got to try this. I get the feeling this was "cellared" in less than great condition. Still, it's an enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout.
07-31-2014 05:36:41 | More by McStagger
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured from a July 2008-dated bottle into a large snifter. Served at cellar temp. Cap came off with a nice pop—thank goodness! Even pouring carefully, a few chunks plop into the glass.
Appearance: Very very dark. No light passes through, even held directly up to the light. Very minimal head, but what there is sticks around.
Smell: Some grape notes, chocolate, molasses, port, lots of wood, a little vinegary tartness. More like a RIS than an American Stout.
Taste: Honestly, pretty anxious about drinking this—it's almost 6 years old, and I have no idea how it's been treated during that time. But, the first sip doesn't kill me, and doesn't contain any off notes! Lots of roasty chocolate, with a fair amount of fruity sweetness—maybe brandied figs or something. I'd believe this had been aged in red wine or port bottles. There's also a strong component of smoke. The aftertaste is really phenomenal. I don't know if the taste is actually perfect, but it's really delicious, and seems unique.
Feel: It's a 6-year-old oatmeal stout, and feels like it: smoooth. And still a bit prickly!
Overall: This review feels a bit like a pointless exercise, as I doubt there are more than a few dozen bottles of this left out there, but if you have one, drink it now—I can't imagine it'll get better with more age. And if you see one, buy it!
03-29-2014 23:39:48 | More by neurobot01
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
July 2008 bottling date. Approaching six years old.
A: Pours pitch, pitch black. Very large and dense medium brown head. Head fade slowly with great retention. Decent lacing still.
S: Aroma is quite mellow. Baker's chocolate. Grainy oatmeal. Light dark fruit, might be a hint of sherry-like oxidation.
T: Super smooth bittersweet chocolate. Lots of grainy oatmeal in the middle and in the finish. Oatmeal really calms down the bitterness I think. Some mild fruitiness that might be the start of oxidation in the aftertaste but it's not bad at all. No sign of alcohol but it does warm the belly. Lingering light sherry and chocolate between sips.
M: Surprisingly thin but given the age it makes sense.
O: Interestingly enough I just found this beer on the shelves today so I had to pick it up. It has fared quite well. Flavors are very well integrated and mellowed out. It might say "bitter chocolate" but it's not bad at all. Perhaps age has smoothed it out or the oatmeal has calmed it down. Body is surprisingly light so the drinkability is off the charts for a 9.2% stout.
03-27-2014 04:31:49 | More by Dope
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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