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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 jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger head with some good lacing. There is a nice dark brown color as well.

The smell is a tiny bit faint at first, but I smell bitter chocolate and dark malts. As the beer warms, the smell becomes a bit more pronounced and an undertone of mint is detectable. Caramel malts seem to come out as well as the beer warms.

Wow. Bitter dark chocolate was definetly in abundance with this brew. As the beer wamrs the complexities come out a bit more. Some caramel malts come out and provide a nice sweetness. Then dark malts and bittersweet chocolate come out. Dark chocolate comes out in abundance as well. There is a bit of mint undertone and the booziness is just noticeable. It's not too bad at all.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it is a little thin. The chocolateyness clings decently to the palate like melted chocolate. However, I think some thicker malting could benefit the palate.

This a solid offering from stone. I didn't expect a hop monster this year with the hop shortage and I'm happy that they still delivered.

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a slight dark, tan head; very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Molasses, hints of fruity esters, dark caramel, soy sauce.

T: Black strap molasses, pumpernickel rye bread, slight burnt caramel and a nice fruitiness. Alcohol is warming.

M: Full body, not the least bit cloying. Awesome.

D: Great for it's weight.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a thin cocoa brown colored head that settles fairly quickly. Smell has a unique bready aroma to it, maybe even some figs or plums. Chocolate and oak as well. Taste has a nice smoky flavor to it, and a bit of bakers chocolate flavor that comes out more in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry finish, low effervescence, maybe even a bit of powdery texture. Hmm. A nice tasty brew, different than what i expected. Solid.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark black with a small tan/caramel head. Smells of coffee and chocolate dominate followed by the aroma of roasted malts. Fairly light bodied for a 9.2% ABV. The chocolate is yummy and not as bitter as the name would indicate. This is quite tasty and a real pleasure.

Photo of aforbes10
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, with a dense brown head. Smells like cold chocolate syrup. Flavor is a bold dark chocolate, not sweet, with mild a cherry and nutty essence. Slight rummy quality. Nice roasted malt in the mix too that grows considerably and dominates the finish, along with some residual fruity alcohol. Oatmeal gives it a great soft body that cushions the chocolate nicely. Drinks a bit heavy for these summer months, and the chocolate is a bit too rich to really enjoy a 22oz bottle of.

Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle refrigerated for about 6 months, I'll serve this in an oversize snifter at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- Just when I thought that Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout took the award for brownest head, this comes along and sweeps it away. The beer itself is black as night, viscous and rich looking. The thin, wispy head disappears in seconds, revealing the blackest lake of mystery.

Smell- As I might have expected, the nose is dark chocolate and some latent, stinging hops.

Taste- Rich, bitter unsweetened cocoa dominates the flavor profile, finishing with a residual hop bitterness that goes on and on.

Mouthfeel- How much more *perfect* can you get... sublime and slick, rich and creamy with the longest presence of smooth, eternal body. Stunning... the benchmark mouthfeel for any beer I've ever sampled.

Drinkability- The alcohol presence here is huge... this is a sipping beer, to be enjoyed slowly with due appreciation.

Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.)

Photo of scbrew
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original tasting date: August 2008 (From old notes). Beautiful, nearly black pour with creamy beige head. First aroma was mild roast, followed by subtle chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of sweetness. Roasted grain bitterness with toasted flavors. Nice alcohol warming. Wish I had another.

Photo of k3n
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the stone's 12th anniversary batch I think the btl. reads? Just came out today. This badd boy pours a big thick creamy looking head with very good lacing for a stout. The nose has mocha and some burnt coffee smell or real strong expresso. The taste is more of what the nose reveals and also some spicy hops with a earthiness and I get some some back licorice and some sandalwood. The mouthfeel is creamy just a little thin for such a big beer. The drinkabilty is very good for being 9.2% I like the fact they used two recipes combined to get this brew!!

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 version.

This beer pours a dense black, with a thin meniscus of soapy beige head, which leaves no lace in its wake. It smells of light roasted malt, licorice, dry chocolate, and a boozy edginess. The taste is caramel malt, more dry powdery chocolate and licorice, bitter toffee, treacle, mild pine hops, and an overarching alcohol warmth. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, silky, and full, and it finishes sweet, the grainy oatmeal predominating, but the drying of the hops and booze can be detected after a short time.

A tasty, smooth concoction.

Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black with a reddish/brown head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of roasted malt and red wine grapes, perhaps a touch of chocolate. The taste is of big roasted malt and big bakers chocolate, a slight metallic twang, and a wine like characteristic. The oatmeal doesn't really stand out with the other big flavors but adds to a smoother stout. The feel is thick and chewy, enough carbonation to have a tingly feel; finishes with a roasted bitterness and alcohol belly burn. A big stout for sure. Big roasted and bitter chocolate flavors.

Photo of jkendrick
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I don't usually note the bottle in my reviews, but I thought the description on this one was interesting. Stone says they were forced to create this particular Anniversary beer due to the hop shortage. The beer itself is pure black as you would expect. There is a bit of carbonation streaming up, but nothing on the order of a Guinness, for example. There is a nice tan head that recedes quickly leaving just a touch of lacing.

Aroma: Definitely smells of bitter chocolate! There is a bit of alcohol present in the nose, but it's not overwhelming. But it makes me think perhaps I've cracked this one a bit too soon.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is prickly, but full-bodied beer coats the mouth nicely.

Taste: Well there's that dark, bitter chocolate. This is one definitely appropriately named. I tend to like the bitter chocolate stouts more than the sweeter versions, so this is right up my alley. There is some sweetness that provides balance, but it isn't cloying. It is definitely a bit boozy and warms the belly. It's not TOO much though a bit longer in the cellar might have done it some good. There is more bitterness in the finish.

Overall impression: Well, as I said, it may have done me good to wait a bit longer before cracking this, but it is still a fine, complex and well-balanced stout. If you like your chocolate of the bitter variety, you owe it to yourself to seek this out. I am a hophead, but I kind of wish the hops shortage had lasted longer to force Stone to produce other "hop alternative" brews. Well done, Stone! I'll definitely grab another bottle of this and keep it cellared a bit longer in hopes that the alcohol mellows a bit. In my opinion, that could make this an A or an A+ beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rocky mocha head; a fair amount of lace, too

Smell: Bitter chocolate and lots of roasted malt

Taste: Opens with a black bread and chocolate flavor that gets increasingly fruity and bitter by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter hops kick it up a notch and provide a lingering, burnt charcoal finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with creamy oatmeal character; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The flavor profile is interesting but a bit of a battle on the palate

Photo of Bitzy
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this 22oz bomber at Gaslight brewery and restaurant. Since it's 9.2% ABV and the fact that I was in the mood for a good stout I drank the whole bottle on my own (was the only beer I drank that night). I enjoyed this brews drinkability, bitter chocolate, coffee flavors, and roasted malts. However, I couldn't really taste much oatmeal. In the end I settled with thinking that the oatmeal was hidden by the alcohol and revealed by adding creaminess and some sweetness.

Photo of Goliath
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with a large inch and a half mocha colored head. Good retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice. A good bit of dark chocolate in the nose with a bit of coffee to round it out. The malting is slightly roasty as well.

The taste is fine. A good bit of dark chocolate with a slight roasty coffee tone as well. Malts give a bit of a burnt feel and the beer finishes slightly bitter. They've certainly accomplished what they had hoped to.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and really creamy. This one is lightly carbonated and pretty smooth.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a solid beer all around and I think aging would actually do it wonders. I had it a few months back and was unimpressed but am really enjoying revisiting it at the moment.

Photo of PartyBear
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavy, black and oily in the glass with a creamy light/medium brown head, and vyer light carbonation. Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a slightly winey alcohol aroma. It is powerfully bitter from the start with the bitterest dark chocolate, over-roast charred coffee beans, and a slight raisin sweetness. The feel is smooth and silky, with a massively full body. Really good beer with a superb feel. I'd love to taste what happens with aging, to see whether the bitterness mellows at all.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pour is deep, dark, opaque black. No highlights, no nothing. Mocha colored foam reaches two fingers and retains pretty well. It eventually drops to a thin line, but never completely disappears. Initially, it looks like there will be some fantastic lacing stuck to the glass. By the end, just a little remains. Still, an impressive looking beer.

The nose isn't especially powerful, which surprised me a bit. I had to dig a little bit, but I found equal parts bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. There also seems to be a sweetness that I want to say is cream or vanilla or something like that, but it's very, very faint.

As I take my first few sips, I think, "Oh, yeah...oatmeal." Not sure how I missed that in the nose. There's a lot of bitterness in this beer, from the bittersweet chocolate, from the roasted malts, possibly from the oats, but it's not overly bitter. It comes close, though. I feel like this beer is some coffee flavor (instead of just roast) away from being really, really tasty.

If the body isn't full, it's close. The beer has a nice texture, a little slick and oily, with some inconsistently noticeable alcohol. Some sips brought hot alcohol, but less often than they didn't. Low carbonation. I can certainly see how this beer would be off-putting to some, but I'm enjoying it, likely more so than Stone IRS. While it would have been nice for the sake of comparison to have drank this fresh when it was released, I'm glad I got to try it at all.

Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, a very thin rusted dark brown head dissipated very very fast. Leaving a rim of the dark brown ring around top of the beer.

Some roared sweet oats on the nose, barley. A bit of smokey camp fire, there was a small amount of bitter chocolate in the nose but on the back end.

There was more chocolate on the pallet along with a hint of coffee. The oats are still present. The sweetness certainly takes over the alc.

Very light carbonation, and surprisingly thin in texture for how dark the beer poured. Great finish which lingered for a decent amount of time. Started sweet but leans to a dryer bitter cocoa finish.

I'm really liking the beer, and wish the stone aniversary ales would head back this direction.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a tulip glass at the Map Room.

The beer pours black with a medium tan head. There is about once inch of dark tan head. The first half inch fades quickly, but the second half actually stays for ahilw. Good lacing.

The aroma is medium, and full of lots of sweet chocoalte. At the end there is light hint of hops.

The taste ia also super sweet, bordering on too sweet, but doesn't cross it. There is TONS of sweet chocolate, but that's about all I get. A little to simple.

The feel is on the lighter side without much of a finish.

Overall, it was decent for a chocolate beer, but nothing special.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

July 2008 vintage. Almost 3 years old at this point.

Pours a pitch black color with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Random tiny spots of lacing dot the glass here and there on the drink down. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and dark roasted malts. There is a hint of soy sauce in the smell. Taste is of some smoky malt, toasted oats, with a dark cocoa powder finish. There is a bit of fruitiness that comes out as the beer warms. Very little bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation which makes for a medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer after approximately 3 years but I bet it was better when it first came out. I am glad I found a bottle to try but I wouldn't get another one at this point.

Photo of Keith238
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown color and dark head that you would expect from a chocolate stout. Very little popped out at me with the smell, just the oh-so-slight scent of chocolate. Pretty much the same with the taste, slight chocolate flavor. I would have preferred more of the bitter flavor I was expecting from the 'bitter chocolate'. The chocolate flavor does, however, linger long enough to savor. Mouthfeel was very good and just what I expected from an oatmeal stout, silky smooth and very drinkable. At 9.2% ABV I expected a bit more astringency and thankfully, it wasn't there.

All in all, a terrific beer. I'm glad I bought 2 bottles. I may even hit the store and grab 1 or 2 more before they're all gone. I suggest you do the same.

Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavor might have been damaged from sitting on a shelf for 1 year but here we go. Glad I could find this one over a year after its release. Poured pitch black into my pint glass with a 3 finger head after a pretty vigorous pour. Head is coffee colored and reduces to a thin layer on the beer after a few minutes, leaves good medium lacing on the glass. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate, maybe some smoke/burnt notes too. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, a tiny bit of alcohol(expected in imperials), and a bit of hops. Has a slight metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy, which is nice for an imperial, good carbonation and pretty smooth, coats the tongue pretty well. This beer is definitely drinkable, didn't feel too heavy on the stomach, good spin off of imperial stout. Didn't really get the oatmeal.

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