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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
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 Tdizzle


4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer appears jet black with a large brown head that dissipates quickly, settling to a thin layer that leaves a few sheets of lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- The aroma is full of robust dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and hearty oats. The alcohol becomes fairly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- Rich dark chocolate hits the palate first, giving way to an earthy flavor of toasted oats, which is then overtaken by a delicious, but rather hard, bitterness from the unsweetened dark chocolate. The bitter, chocolaty finish is accompanied by a kick in the mouth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is good for this beer. It's smooth, silky, and slightly syrupy with very mild carbonation.

D- The 9.2% ABV is not exactly well-hidden in both the smell and the flavor profile of this beer. However, the taste left me wanting more after every sip, which allowed me to finish an entire bottle of this over the course of about two hours. Still, this might be one to split with a friend. This beer could greatly benefit from a few years in the cellar.

I know it's been said by others reviewers, but I too am glad to see Stone brew a beer like this. It's a nice change of pace from their usual highly-hopped offerings. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 03:28:39 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of WeeObese


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice Chocolate Oatmeal RIS.
Appearance: The beer poured dark brown-black with a small dark brown head.
Smell: dark chocolate, roasted malt and slight alcohol at the end.
Taste: warm alcohol, roasted malts and finishes like a 70% Cacao chocolate bar.
Mouthfeel: full bodied and silky from the oatmeal.
Drinkability: I would recommend this beer to chocolate lovers and RIS drinkers, Very enjoyable, not a beer I will stock up on but I will cellar at least one for later enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:56:42 | More by WeeObese
Photo of Stonebreaker


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:24:54 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of PhxHorn


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

This one pours a dark dark brown with a chocolatey tan head. Smells of chocolate and a bit of oatmeal. Tastes of bitter chocolate and a hint of oatmeal, no sweet molasses flavors in there like Abyss or Dark Lord. A more intriguing flavor than their regular RIS. Hard to say anything negative about this, the name says it all. Not one you'll want more than one of, but that's not a bad thing in this case.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:37:58 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

A: A pitch black dark color, no rays of light at all coming through. Appears really thick. Gives a decent size, 1 finger, brown foam head.

S: Lots of chocolate, dark fruits and with traces of alcohol. I let the beer warm up a bit, as it warmed, the smells became more potent, especially the alcohol. However, it was very well balanced.

T: Ok, so it is called a bitter chocolate oatmeal stout and that is exactly what you get. Lots of burnt and roasted malts. Very apparent due to the warming affect.

M: Creamy and smooth, leaves lots of chocolate flavors on the palate.

D: This was a great stout, one of the better ones out there. High ABV, which I love, makes this a great dessert beer, enjoyed in smaller quantities.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 15:49:11 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of DrDogbeer


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

Thanks to Tom at the union for this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Pours Jet black. Not a touch of light can even get through when held up to the window. Minimal tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted, smokey malts. Tastes wonderful- lots of chocolate and it is pretty creamy, but then you get the bitter chocolate kick. Great way to give this beer some bite! Great take on a chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 13:26:09 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of bobhits


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Pitch black, thin brown head. Pretty much what you'd expect.

S. Chocolate, some roasted smell. A hit of oats.

T. First off server this at around 60. The flavor is almost non existent until it is fairly warm. Anyway bitter chocolate is the dominate flavor here. It is pretty much what you'd expect from a big stout beyond that. I couldn't taste any oat flavor. That said the bitterness was impressive and unlike some big stouts that hit me as being hoppy this was bitter from the chocolate

M. Way too thin for a beer with this much flavor and abv. For the most part this beer reminded me of their RIS only a bit more tame. This is where they really are different. This one is watery where as their RIS has a much better thick and creamy mouth feel. I guess this could just be looked at as a style difference, but I want my big beers to be thicker.

D. The alcohol even as fresh as this is goes down without much bite. It's smooth and tasty. No problems here.

I this this beer has much more aging potential than most. I think with time this might be better than the RIS (then again I don't think the RIS improves with age.)

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 05:39:34 | More by bobhits
Photo of m1ked


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

Picked up a growler after a dusty round of disc golf across the way at Monteal Park. Sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful relaxing SD day.

A- Poured into my 11th anni pint glass. Pours a pitch black with dark brown edges. Fine sticky mocha colored head about an inch thick with sticky, sticky lacing. I love stouts, and I love this one.

S- I can only appreciate a couple things here. The sweetness of dark chocolate is undeniably on the nose. There is some woody smoky notes in there. A little alcohol in there too.

T- Dark chocolate and then some dark chocolate and then some more dark chocolate after that. Some woody coffee flavors. Ends with some alcohol notes.

M- Smooth creamy mingled with some alcohol heat. Light on the carbonation, moderate body.

D- Wow what a curveball from Stone. This is an excellant offering and so different. I could easily drink this whole growler. I love stouts and dark chocolate. I look forward to drinking more of this throughout the year.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2008 04:24:56 | More by m1ked
Photo of ArrogantB


3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another anniversary offering from Stone which I expected to be good and it was. Obviously black, minimum brown head. It smelled like chocolate, tasted like dark bitter chocolate, fruit, and a strong alcohol component which was a little strong (and the reason I didn;t give a higher score for taste). It seems like most oatmeal stouts feel silky and this one does as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:52:32 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rye726


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

This poured a near black color with a creamy espresso head.

The nose had some nice roasted malts, chocolate, sweet oats and bitter molasses.

The taste also had a nice bitter chocolate presence with faint oats, light hops and a solid malt structure.

Thought the body was a little thin, but this drank very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:41:56 | More by rye726
Photo of TheodorHerzl


3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my imperial pint glass.

This stout pours absolutely jet black with no light penetration. A small dirty brown head sits on top of the beer. This is a gorgeous looking stout. I served just below cellar temp to give this a chance to warm up a bit. The nose is really nice on this offering with plenty of roasted grain, bitter and rich chocolate notes, coffee, and black licorice. Once the beer warmed past cellar temp though plenty of hot alcohol notes quickly came on and overtook everything smelling like fingernail polish. The flavor profile starts out with plenty of bitter chocolate notes, light espresso, dark fruit, oats, and roasted grain. The alcohol I smelled in the nose comes across in flavor profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth from the oat addition with very low carbonation. It isn't nearly as viscous as some other stouts, but I like that actually. I do start feeling the warming alcohol though as I get near the bottom of this bomber. The drinkability is quite nice with how easy to drink this was both in the flavor profile and on the mouthfeel.

Bottom line I think in six months this is a huge winner, but it tasted a bit hot to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:14:16 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of GilGarp


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

I really wanted to save this one for a cold autumn night but temptation took over and I've enjoying it at the end of a hot July day.

Poured from a beatifully painted 22oz. bottle - one of the nicest I've seen - truly black with thick brown head. It doesn't stick around for long but leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is immediately recognizable as chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate with just a touch of sweetness.

Taste, at least at first, is that of an imperial stout. It's heavy on roasted malt, creamy and bitter. Then, rather subtle at first, the flavor of dark chocolate comes foward, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy from the oatmeal. Nice viscosity and a feeling of coating the throat.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this ABV but it should be taken slowly and appreciated for its complexity.

It's really well done and one I plan to age so I can break it out in the Winter months.

Additional note: This is really a slow burner. It can, and deserves to be, enjoyed over time. As the beer warms, particular nuances come out that make this a special treat. I broke out some chocolate and pretzels and savored it even more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:00:10 | More by GilGarp
Photo of mikejk305


4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as any beer I've ever seen. About one finger of brown head that faded with little lacing.

Smells like roasted malt with an amazing chocolate smell. I don't really detect much alcohol.

The chocolate is prevelant throughout without taking over. Has a smoky taste. This is a damn fine stout. Has a warm finish, I have no experience with aging, but from what I've read the bottle I have stashed now should mellow out a bit.

The mouthfeel is about what I expected, perfect for a stout.

22 ounces will be enough for a sitting, and above 9 abv more than the 22oz might take me from sitting to laying down.

I have one extra bottle stashed, I'm giving strong consideration to going back to the stor to pick up a few more. They will make a fantastic gift for the holidays (keep a few for myself as a special gift to myself).

Stone has yet to let me down and this is no exception, they may have raised the bar a bit further.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:49:36 | More by mikejk305
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark jet black beer, very thin tan head. Looks very thick and chewy.

S- The smell is almost like a burnt brownie. I can smell the bitter chocolate, along with some coffee smells. The alcohol is also very apparent.

T- Roasted/burnt malts are very overpowering. There is a huge smoky taste that goes with this beer as well. The chocolate isn't quite as heavy as I would have thought. It is very subtle and faint. This beer is very young, and I bet the flavors will mellow with some age on it.

M- Feels good, the alcohol stings the tongue a bit, but is expected of a bigger beer.

D- I think the beer would be better with age.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:31:36 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of Pauly2X


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

A- One finger brown head, one finger brown head

S- Loys of roasted malt character with some underlying sweetness.

T- Quite sweet up front, but this fades fast to a roasted bitterness in the middle. Chocolate is noticeable throughout, but it isn't overpowering at all. The finish is very smooth and kinda serves to recap all the aforementioned flavors.

M- Rich and smooth, but not too heavy.

D- This will be hard to cellar.

Damn good stout... just... damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 21:44:37 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of CoalCellar


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

Based on the reviews thus far I expected a really harsh alcohol/bitter taste with this beer. I must say I was pleasantly disappointed.

A: Jet black motor oil/engine sludge with a nice brown head like all big stouts should have.

S: Roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, fruit.

T: Very nice. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, roasted grains, a hint of bitter chocolate on the back of the tongue. The alcohol is evident, but not harsh. This should age VERY nicely.

M.: The mouthfeel of this beer is a beautiful thing. This is where Stone really put those oats to work. Creamy and thick, this stout doesn't disappoint.

D: Big stouts in general are not very drinkeable, usually one bottle will do ya. This is a delicious beer, and drinking a bomber could easily take the place of dinner...(a lucous chocolate/oatmeal dinner that is....)

Good job Stone, keep up the great work! Glad I've got some of these to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 15:53:07 | More by CoalCellar
Photo of peabody


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

Pours out really dark and malty looking with one finger of brown suds. Some big bubbles but more smaller ones line the tulip glass.
Smell is coffee and bitter dark chocolate with some fruityness like a date or raisin. Can't smell the alcohol here.
Taste is very malty and bitter. The chocolate and coffee come through but rather mild compared to the smell. The alcohol is detectable though in the back of the throat.
Great mix of flavors make this one something special from our friends at Stone.
Mouthfeel is really nice and clean with just a tad of coffee bitterness left on the back of the tounge.
This one is good now but will prolly get better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 14:12:52 | More by peabody
Photo of PhiloPsych


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This might be the darkest beer I've ever had. It lets no light through whatever--not even any highlights around the edges of the glass! Just a little head and the head is super dark brown. The smell is roasted malt and alcohol. Not much alcohol in the taste, though (none at first, more as the beer warms). I also had Oak Aged Yeti this week and it was much "hotter" with alcohol. I only get chocolate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very nicely dry, the way I like my stouts. Not quite as creamy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely in the creamy direction. The oatmeal flavor comes out more as the beer warms.

I'm also nibbling on a dry, sharp cheddar cheese, some potato chips, a bit of chicken that I grilled earlier in the day, and a couple of squares of dark chocolate. I'm a bit surprised at how the beer gets overpowered by each of these things--none of them are super strongly flavored. This isn't really a knock on the beer; rather it's a recommendation that you might want to enjoy the beer on its own. The flipside of this, is that the beer is very drinkable. Normally a big, bold stout would drain away more slowly for me, but this one is going too quickly!

Overall this is nearly, but maybe not quite, on par with some of my favorite stouts--AleSmith Speedway and Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 07:10:21 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of Overlord


2.23/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Finally had a chance to sample this.

Pours jet black with a luscious black head. Thick, clingy, and viscuous.

Smells like roasted malt and chocolate. Actually not that strong of an aroma, which was surprising. The taste is, again, roasted malt with chocolate (but, again, it's not THAT strongly flavored) with a hint of oatmeal. It's perhaps a decent beer, but a bit too acrid, and it's way, way, way too hot. In a distracting, choco mixed with ethanol sort of way.

**Age hasn't done as much for the beer as I thought it would. It's still got that astringent, hot choco-alcohol overload. Just ... not that good, unfortunately.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2008 07:09:17 | More by Overlord
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A healthy pour produces a cresting, initially four-finger thick, richly browned, frothy head. As the head slowly collapses it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite simply black and remains opaque no matter how close I hold it up to the light. Bitter burnt grain aroma and substantially toasted malt aromas are easily noticeable. At times a rich chocolate note is noticed, but at others it is drowned out by the roast character. The burnt malt notes at times can be overwhelmingly sharp, acrid and acidic and that once noticed chocolate note seems to be a faint memory. Hot alcohol notes are noticeable as the beer gets near room temperature.

Thick and creamy feeling up front and not any where near as sweet as the body would suggest. Lots of bitter burnt malt notes linger from beginning to end and in fact really lingers on in the palate after the beer has gone down my throat. Some thin, bitter, dark chocolate notes are found in the middle of this beer and the finish has a lingering note of dusty, dark cocoa powder. Even as the beer gets substantially warmer it does not lose its aggressive, acrid burnt flavors. They become perhaps a touch more tempered, but still overly influence the finish and make this excessively bitter. On the plus side, while it is quite burnt in character, the flavor does note get overly acidic from the burnt notes.

This beer is going to need some time before I can really get into it. The question remains though if it will mellow before it becomes overly oxidized. A great beer for those who like aggressively roasted flavors, I can't quite get into this though as it makes me think I am chewing on charcoal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 04:44:22 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The big 12 from Stone, couldnt wait to try! First of all, like all Stone bottles, I love this bottle. This one stand out against their others, I dont know why, but for me it stands out and is a work of art...now on to the beer. As I could have told you before even opening the beer, it pours thick and black, a slightly thick tan head forms. Lacing and retention are a little poor I thought. Smell is strong of chocolate, almost a syrup-like chocolate. There is a strong alcohol presence in the smell that I didnt care for. Taste is good, not as complex as I thought though. Strong taste of the bitter chocolate, as expected. A small trace of caramel, some burnt grain, and perhaps some dark fruit. A bit of alochol on the back of the tounge. Low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel.

Something just didnt impress me TOO much about this beer. I dont know if I had higher expectations or if its the fact that its 115F ourt and I'm drinking a thick stout. Overall I did enjoy it, loved the bottle and liked the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 03:30:54 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of taez555


4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black body with a small yellowish tan head.

Nose is a mix of dark roasted malts, light milky chocolate, a nice licorice or even dark fruit character, some wet ocean or beach wood(not to be confused with budweiser beechwood). There's defiantly a mild oatmeal

Taste is medium/full to full bodied with a syrupy sweet dark roasted malt bitterness almost immediately. Dark over-roasted burnt espresso beans, old stale coffee, dark dark bakers chocolate, and a very mild black licorice. Bitterness from hops is present but really kept to a minimum in this brew. There's more of a burnt roasted malt taste and bitterness than anything else. Strong bitter, dark chocolate roasted flavors start to peak through more towards the back-end and really start to linger the finish. As the chocolate flavor floats in the finish, there's also a lot of warmth and licorice overtones lingering as well.

This is a strong beer. More of an imperial oatmeal stout than a strong chocolate type stout. Some of strong bitter flavors from the malt could use some aging that might round out the flavors a bit. I think I'll sit on a couple of these for a while and see how it does. Right now... it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 23:55:43 | More by taez555
Photo of k3n


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

A: Pours pitch black with a rich brown head of tiny bubbles.

S: Roasty. hm. Can't get much else on the nose here...

T: Roasted black-coffee bitterness. Dry, bitter cocoa. Finish feels like chocolate milk.

M: The best part, imo. Lush, creamy, mouth-filling, without being overly heavy. I've read other reviews that stated this was too thin, but to me, this strikes the perfect balance for mouthfeel.

D: Easily drinkable. 9.2% abv is nowhere to be found. Bitterness is present, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 22:49:48 | More by k3n
Photo of bigbelcher


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. The chocolate must counteract the oatmeal in reducing the head. Definite smoky charecter to the beer, not to the point of rauchbier strength but there nonetheless. Taste if full bodie, strong bitter chocolate. Very warm alcohol burn going down. A little too overpowering. Even so, I do say I did enjoy the beer very much. Goes great with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 17:37:22 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of Trueant1


4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This looks as thick and stout as any beer I have ever put into a glass. Thick and oily looking. Black, and black again! Thin tan head similar to thier russian imperial stout.

Smells flat. Nothing really stands out. Some coffie, raisons, old oil smells, maybe even artificial smoke? Not too impressed with the smell....no hops.

Tastes incredible. I HAVE to compare this with their russian imperial stout. Just add more bitterness, more dark chocolates, take out the hops, more booze, and more smoke/burnt roastiness, and you have this wonderfull origianl concoxion. Bitter is the word. Not many will like this one.

Moutfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. The bitterness has a great effect on the mouthfeel. The creamyness comes from the oatmeal, I would assume. But the bitterness is in your face all the way through. Wonderfull chocolate and booze bitterness and "burn" make this beer one orginal masterpiece!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:23:58 | More by Trueant1
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.