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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

836 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%


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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charlzm

California

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE: 2010/01/06

Haven't had any of this in over 15 months. Let's see how it's doing...

Pours thickly at 50 degrees F into the trusty Triple Petrus tulip/snifter. One finger head of very deep tan bubbles settles down to a thin sheet of lacing in a couple of minutes.

Aroma is rich, slightly musty baking chocolate.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick but not syrupy by any means. Creamy.

Flavor is slightly sour and slightly metallic on first blush. Chocolate is mellow and subtle and there's a hint of Kahlua-like burn at the end. Hops are not evident.

As the beer warms, something is off in the flavor and aroma and I can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it's a touch of solvent creeping in, especially in the nose. Alcohol content is very noticeable as temp increases.

Didn't age as well as I had hoped, though I don't know how this beer was cellared - I found it on the shelf at a beer store for $14.99 in late 2009.

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UPDATE: 09/26/08

Beer is drinking much better now; flavor is smoother, more chocolate and alcohol burn is greatly diminished.

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Consumed 07/28/08.

Pours an opaque brown so deep it might as well be black. A good sized dark tan head develops, subsiding to a sticky foam that coats the sides of the glass quite nicely, thank you.

Aromas are oatmeal and alcohol with some chocolate notes.

Texture as the beer enters the mouth is smooth, baby, smooth. Velvety, even.

Flavor is hot, with brash young alcohol pushing to the fore. Chocolate is evident, though not as strong as expected. Dark malts on the verge of burnt and whatever hops Stone added, provide an experience much like drinking a dark, bitter, high-quality chocolate beershake.

This having been said, the beer will almost certainly benefit from aging. Oddly, the draft version of this beer is far superior at this point.

APP - 4.5
SMELL - 4
TASTE - 4
MOUTH - 4.5
DRINK - 4

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 22:02:52 | More by charlzm
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Mora2000

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with a strong bitter chocolate component. The flavor is lots of coffee. Chocolate is present as well with it beginning as a darker almost milk chocolate and ending with a bitter finish. Very creamy thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love stouts that include oatmeal and this is one of the best ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:22:24 | More by Mora2000
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A full, thick two fingers of really dark brown head with excellent retention. Nose was absolute bittersweet, or better, cooking chocolate. Color was a stygian-dark black. Mouthfeel was somewhat hot with a definite chocolate taste in the mouth. By chocolate, I mean melting a bittersweet bar and pouring it down your throat. You just get that slight burn. Finish was really smoky, chocolately, and definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 22:55:08 | More by woodychandler
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is about a 1.5 years old.

pour was motor oil black with very little head

lots of chocolate and molasses with hints of booze

bitterness all around, which you can pin point to the chocolate. this is interesting however there is s booze sting that kills the mood. a bit of a charcoal flavor here and there. overall, too boozy.

the body was far lighter than i had expected or would have liked.

this was too hot, which i found to be a tad odd. i am curious what another year or two can do to this. as for right now, im not that impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:44:36 | More by hooliganlife
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Shared with my brother over Thanksgiving.

A-Black motor-oil-esque beer. Brown, creamy frothy head rose nicely, then dissipated quickly to a smattering of a layre.

S-Chocolate aroma is strong initially, then it allows some fruit, dark berry and dried dark fruits.

T-Bitter chocolate flavor is prominent (NOT a milk chocolate), along with some plum and dark fruit. Bitterness seems to come from the roasty malts, some from the bitter chocolate, but may be some hoppy character, too (though this may not be the case, as the info on the bottle states that this is a low-hopped brew, relying more on the chocolate for bitterness).

M-A fair amount of smooth alcohol warming, maximize the smoothness. Moderate-full body, a bit past moderate. Carbonation is medium-level, feels fine though maybe just a bit high.

D-Surprisingly easy to drink, considering the over 9% ABV. A very enjoyable brew.

Thanks to my girlfriend for stowing this one back to MN from her trip to LA.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 22:20:38 | More by CHSLBrew
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Goldfish19

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This stout pours black with a dark tan head that vanishes into oblivion. It smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is amazing! It's smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly.

A must try. Highly recommended! ~

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:54:07 | More by Goldfish19
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Four days after their Big Wood festival, Stone's 12th Anniversary Oatmeal Stout was still available at Brouwer's Cafe. I sat down to a regal but overpriced 8-oz. draught served in a snifter. The beer was ebony black with an exceptionally dark rim of dirt-brown suds. The aroma and taste were a rich and complex array of chocolate and bourbon with a particularly strong bourbon flavor. The chocolate qualities seemed exotic - not your Hershey's drugstore variety - and lent an air of refinement.

I sensed some heat from the alcohol that was underscored by the edgier bourbon notes. Though this ale is already a year old, I'd still be inclined to cellar it further. Not that it isn't ready for consumption now. The mouthfeel is big and glossy and the beer is a pleasure to consume. But it's still a bit boozy. And while it made me think of The Abyss, it falls far short of that benchmark.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 04:59:17 | More by RedDiamond
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle I was lucky to pick up two weeks ago from a local store's cellar clearance. Served in a tumbler.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque beer - no light comes through at all. Dark brown foam that dissipated over 10 minutes leaving no lacing and only some foam at the edges of the glass. Swirling makes the foam only come back for a few seconds.

Smell: It's chocolate all right, but not overpowering nor too subtle. There is an alcohol smell at the end after the chocolate, almost like a chocolate liquor.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate up front, a hint of malt, then bitter with a subtle alcohol finish. The alcohol is there, you can't miss it, but it's not overpowering. It's an "Ahhhh" type of finish that leaves you licking your lips just a bit. Wait a little bit between sips and the bittersweet chocolate comes back to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and very very smooth. There is a thickness to this beer, but it glides down the throat nicely.

Drinkability: Something with this strength I can't see having more of by itself in an evening, but splitting the bottle with a friend (in this case the Mrs.) over a nice meal is an outstanding use of this beer. It went very well with a pork BBQ in this case. I enjoyed the whole experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:37:48 | More by damndirtyape
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow had one of these in the cellar, found this when was down in Burlington, MA, place had about 5 more. Was willing to review because I could keep the cellared one for a later date.

A - Pours a nice head quickly goes down to a thin head has a thick body which no light is going through.

S - chocolate slight oatmeal, nice not overpowering nice balance.

T - roasted coffee, chocolate, a bit bitter but time has given this one some smoothness.

M - Leaves kind of a light after feel, some chocolate feel no much bittering the in feel, very nice though warming.

D - Well I have 1 more of this so can't wait to let it sit and have it again, hope stone considers making this a regular !!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:05:58 | More by Casey10
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass appears dark black with one finger foam lacing the edge of the glass. The taste is packing a lot of bitter dark malts flavour with a hint of coffee too. Alc% is hidden quite well and this is quite delicious. Thick mouthfeel and goes down quite smooth. Man, so much flavour in this stout. Glad I picked one of these up.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 22:41:27 | More by WeedKing4
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ajayma

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

LOOK. Black opal with a reddish tinged lacing. Head dissipates quickly into a red-tinged ring of lace.

AROMA. Damp wood chips. Dark chocolate and just a bit of alcohol.

BODY & TASE. Roasted coffee bitterness mixed with notes of bitter chocolate and tobacco jump out immediately. A slight woodiness is also noticeable upfront. Booze dominates the mid-palate while leading into an burnt-tasting finish--more like used coffee grounds than coffee. Full-bodied and quite dry.

AFTERMATH. I drank this one at about one-year old. Smooth and luscious, but too much booze and little else to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 03:19:29 | More by ajayma
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mentor

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2008 bottling, aged ~18 months in my cellar. Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smell is mild overall. Bitter and dry cocoa powder. Clean alcohol and mild dark fruits. Anise is very low, as is a nutty and wet chocolate.

Tastes dry from carbonation, baker's chocolate powder, and edgy alcohol. Malt is chocolate and almond. Dark fruits of prune and raisin. Hops are grassy drying with a bit of blackberry flavor. Hard to tell about hop bitterness as the other drying and rough flavors are rather strong and could cover it up. Honestly, the alcohol is rather piercing and unpleasant. After a while it really dominates the experience.

Light in the mouth and too strong of carbonation. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:03:32 | More by mentor
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k3punk

California

2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought from a no name liquor store in Ridgecrest, California. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a chilled tulip glass. Before I give my review I have to clarify that this is the second time I have tried this particular craft, the first time I bought it right from the brewery and it was great. This is a review of the second bottle, not nearly as good, please keep that in mind.

A - Black like motor oil. Barely any head, what is there is slightly brown in color. There is vitually no lacing. Looks like a good stout.

S - Coffee. Chocolate. A little bit chemical like.... ethonol or acetone. Very earthy. After it sat for a bit the chemical smell went away and everthing else settled down quite a bit.

T - This should just be called Bitter-Stout, I initially got no chocolate or oatmeal. Again with the coffee. After a few sips the chocolate starts to come through.

M/D - Overall a bit of a let down. Like I said, I remember this being much better the first time, so I may have gotten a bad bottle. But the review is for this bottle and this bottle was sub-par.

I would say, if you are a fan of stouts then try this for yourself, otherwise pass it up and get what you love.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 05:29:29 | More by k3punk
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle as en extra in a trade with iconoklaztor. Thanks a bunch Don!

Poured into a tulip glass. This brew is as black as motor oil, and about as thick. About a half finger of dark brown head is produced on the pour, but it doesn't stay long. Only small spots of lacing appear here and there. The lack of head and lacing are ok though, because this brew doesn't need it to look good. A good swirl leaves a visable brown film on the glass.

The nose is sweet and lightly toasted malts. There is also a semi-sweet chocolate smell, which threw me off because the bottle says "bitter chocolate" not "milk chocolate" but alas, I write what I sense. Maybe the year and a half has done away with the bitterness leaving an evolved sweet character. All I know is that it's good. Slight warming alcohol right in the finish.

The taste is spectacular. Chocolate and roasted malts, molasses and coffee. Creamy smooth, this is some really tasty stuff. Everything I said in the nose hold true here.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, thick and heavy bodied. This stuff coats the inside of your mouth much like it coats the glass.

Drinkability is amazing. I wonder what this was like fresh, but I can only assume that the year and half has made this even better. This is extremly tasty and easy drinking, I'll easily finish the bomber myself.

Overall, a very good offering from Stone. I haven't had a big stout this drinkable in a long time. So much flavor and complexity, all jam packed into a small bottle. It's a shame this was a one time thing, as I would definitely buy more of this if I could. Thanks Don for the chance!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:16:11 | More by Mistofminn
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Bajasith

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this bad boy during a family gathering this weekend.
Apperance: Wow, very dark as it should as name says it all, bitter chocolate. Poured in a snifter glass and right away you get the chocolate brown head. Very nice.
Smell/Taste: Smell was very appealing to me because my love for cocoa, that thick creamy aroma. This brew comes the closest to a real flavor of roasted cocoa/caramel flavor at the end.
Mouthfeel: Just what I expected, rich creamy feel as the choco roasted flavor hits the palate along with that smooth malt/caramel tinge while the 9.2%abv balances it all as it goes down.
Definitely a special brew for special occasions for all to enjoy over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 03:00:58 | More by Bajasith
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone IRS stem. Purchased somewhere in Nashvegas last year. Really black pour with espresso colored finger of froth. Aroma of bitter chocolate, Kit Kats.

Pretty bitter...dark chocolate meets cocoa nibs. Easy drinking, but all bitter chocolate. Well, bitter hops too, but a big roasty chocolate stout with a mostly chocolate taste.

Drinkability is good and I certainly appreciate Stone's efforts here.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 22:59:12 | More by RustyDiamond
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2 finger frothy chocolate/coffee-colored head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of lacing behind.

Bitter dark chocolate aroma with lots of roasted/toasted malt notes, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and candy sugar. There is a lot going on here and hopefully the flavor lives up to the aroma.

Deep roasted full body with lots of sweet bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and toffee. All of this dark roasty character is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the dark chocolate and a bit of candy sugar. There is also a slight dark fruit presence and a subtle nut character. Very well balanced with well masked alcohol make this complex beer pretty drinkable. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 07:12:28 | More by corby112
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ink black with a very thick dark brown head. Head reduces down to about a 1/4 inch thick foam cap and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate laced with pure alcohol. Surprisingly strong alcohol aroma. Little bits of roasted malt mixed in. Takes on a fiant aroma of rubbing alcohol as it warms.

T - Bitter roasted malts up front with hints of unsweetened chocolate. A big mouth full of roasted grain. Very simple taste profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Alcohol burn is very noticeable which is a little surprising given the age. Not very complex tastes make it a little on the dull side.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:12:53 | More by ckeegan04
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r0nyn

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Spitting this with fellow BA infi. Pours a crazy jet black color with a super fat caramel brown head that takes its sweet damn time in receding. Not a lot of lacing. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle, viscosity and everything. Cannot see through it at all. Ridiculous. Bitter chocolate is readily apparent in the smell, with some sweetness too. I almost want to say a mocha smell. Smells very nice, I quite like it.

Taste has the chocolate up front. Not the milky chocolate of some other choco-flavored stouts, but the dark, dark bittersweet stuff. Definitely lives up to the name on the bottle in that department. Has a very nice roasted quality that couples well with the chocolate. Hops are only slightly present, there isn't too much bitterness from them. The finish has a bit of a sour kick, which I'm assuming is from the barley. It's crisp, and brings along with it the alcohol, which is by no means overpowering despite the relatively high ABV. Mouthfeel is not as thick as I was expecting, especially given the appearance and smell. Still has a nice medium feel with minimal carbonation, giving the brew a pleasing smoothness.

Drinkability is fairly good. It's a stout, so you're not going to be chugging it anyway, but the flavor and crispness lends itself to sipping. Overall, a very nice stout, something I definitely enjoyed drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 06:13:27 | More by r0nyn
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vacax

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with a charred oak head which starts at about half a finger in height. Good retention, as the head slowly dwindles it forms swirls and a ring of microbubbles on the glass, which coat the sides as I drink and sparkle.

Smells of raisin, sugar, dark chocolate, light floral notes. Tastes of raisins, dark fruits, sugars, little hints of chocolate. Increasing amount of roast on the finish. Some alcohol, but gentle and inviting.

Totally full bodied, and no fooling around. Low, but perfectly present and smooth carbonation. Creamy, excellent feel.

This beer has matured wonderfully since bottling. Definitely recommended to drink now. Twice the beer it was back when it was released.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 00:40:12 | More by vacax
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cbros

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass.

A- Pours black in color with enough subtle head to tell that it is tan in color. The head disipates rather quickly. There is no cling to the glass after pour.

S- There are subtle chocolate and alcohol notes in the smell. I am also getting a roasted malt smell as well. Overall nothing to prominent or particularly appealing.

T- There are flavor combinations of roasted malt, chocolate, cocco and an alcohol finish. I am not really getting any tastes of the oatmeal portion but I have been hanging on to tihs for awhile so that might be a reason.

This has been sitting in my cellar for 8-9 months and I finally decided to pull it out and give it a try. I must say I am not overly impressed with this beer, especially since all the other beers that I have had from Stone have been top notch. Probably won't get this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:40:02 | More by cbros
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infi

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Appearance is jet black in color and very much opaque. No light shining through whatsoever. A steady overhead pour towards the middle of the glass creates an incredibly fat and thick brown head that becomes stationary for about 2-4 minutes, before slowly dying down. Looks like the top of a milkshake with all the frothiness and could seriously be eaten with a spoon. Multiple tiny spots of lacing can be found in and around the glass once the head starts to dissipate. Not as much as I thought it would have been, given the substantial size of its initial head. On the nose, there's a sort of sourness that hits at first.. definitely from the barley. Reminiscent of the Southern Tier Jahva to me. But under all the barley, the chocolate is next to be known along with a slight malt undertone. Deep whiffs help find the alcohol.

Taste is full of roasted qualities from the barley and oatmeal; also has a subtle sweet characteristic from the chocolate and malt. Towards the end in the aftertaste, there are more barley tones with a sort of astringency and bitterness from the bittersweet chocolate and ultimately ends on the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied - not as thick or chewy as I thought it would be. The tongue can't detect much of a carbonated feel, as it goes down quite smooth and semi-creamily. Drinkability is decently moderate. Not a guzzler for sure as it exudes a bit of complexity, but more of a slow drinker. Still very good in its own respect and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 23:35:35 | More by infi
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:41:08 | More by spartanfan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

On-tap into a 12oz pint-style glass at Prime 16s CT kickoff for Stone.

A: Blakc body with ruby highlights topped by a quarter-inch of dense, fine, dark brown head. Spectacular retention and decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate; overall, one-dimensional but inviting.

T: Breathtaking: Dark chocolate, sweet fruit, and just a hint of spice on the finish. Complex, balanced, and simply delicious.

M: Smooth and full-bodied.

D: For such a dark, strong beer, this goes down quite easily.

Notes: This is a great-tasting beer, plain and simple. I feel lucky to have gotten a chance to have this on tap.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 03:44:04 | More by woosterbill
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far333

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black black motor oil with a dark brown but low head that doesn't rise up much and settles out quickly.

Low aroma of roasted malt and licorice.

Rich flavor of milk/dark chocolate and espresso upfront, moves to molasses and licorice, some smokey notes. Good bitterness, chocolate becomes more sharp in the finish. No hop flavors. Finishes very roasty and bitter. Bitter chocolate lingers.

Moderate mouthfeel, tending toward thin, finishes tannic and dry.

Very drinkable, good sipper. ABV remains undercover.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 11:59:04 | More by far333
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.