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

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 854
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 84
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an evil, "darker than the pits of hell" black. Covering this is a pillowy, two-finger, dark tan colored head that features a beautiful looking cascade. The head sports excellent retention and leaves globs, sheets, and ropes of lace in the glass.

S: Heavenly aromas of bitter dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, blackened malt, toasted oats, carmelized dark fruit, cherry, caramel reduction, rum raisin bread pudding, maple sugar candy, and a kiss of piney hops.

T: Starts off with a big bitter whack of espresso and dark chocolate, followed by pan seared caramel, raisin, blackened malt, black cherry, pine tar hops, milk chocolate, plum, toasty oats, dates, rum, and a touch of tart citrus.

M: Very oily and viscous. When swirled, this sticks to the glass like whisky or scotch. Alternates between bitter and silky, and sweet and dry. Fantastic!

D: The alcohol is there primarily in flavor alone. We didn't think it was boozy or hot. This drinks like a stout with half the abv. Dangerous.! (1,096 characters)

Photo of quinlin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black, thin brown head with good retention.

S - bitter chocolate, roasty, toasty, a bit nutty

T - much the same as the nose, cocoa powder, hints of oat nuttiness, alcohol on the finish.

M - nice mouthfeel. heavy and full bodied. Also creamy and smooth

D - this beer was surprisingly easy to drink. Great job by Stone, i wish i had another bottle. (354 characters)

Photo of chefnash51
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this one sit out of the fridge for about 30 minutes. I was going to read the lengthy story on the back.. but by the time I got to it, I was a bit to distracted.

A- Black and think coming out of the bottle, I lick my lips in anticipation as I see the caramel brown head form.

I was going to drink this out of my Chimay chalice, but opted for my Duvel tulip.

S- Smell was great, I picked up on cocoa and I could smell the roasted malt goodness.

T- the taste didn't fail to deliver. It was everything I was hopping it would be. Nothing overpowered in this, complex, rich, yet very smooth. It wasn't too bitter, the chocolate was in perfect check, and the oat was right in line.

M - Thick and savory. The oat was very appreciated in this, gave it a creamy mouth feel

D- This was over 9% abv? Wow, never would have guessed. This beer could make me happy as a sipper, or as a more aggressively consumed drink.

This wasn't a crazy hopped up, out of whack beer. And I love it for that. If the hop shortage leads to more of these, then I would be happy.
I picked up 6 and I am looking to make the 100 mile round trip to find more.

I enjoyed some aged cheddar with this. Went very well. The wife hated the smell of this and kept complaining that she could smell it across the room. (1,288 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
12th Anniversary
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a tulip 20 oz glass

Pours an opaque black with a wonderful head on top. The head is a light brown with a fluffy quality. Excellent retention, leaving trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of roasted coffee, sweetness and hops.

Strong espresso flavors mixed bitter dark chocolate. The chocolate flavors are super intense with hints of cocoa drenched in a caramel drizzle. Hints of dark fruit - maybe cherries. I also get a touch of a cream and sugar sweetness, perhaps a little whip cream too. This brew is like a Milk Stout on steroids. The finish is hoppy with a significant bite.

The mouthfeel is excellent and very smooth with a nice softness. Deceptively smooth at 9.2% ABV.

Man, I haven't had an imperial stout this good in quite some time. A great beer in all aspects. I wish I had another bomber of this to enjoy tonight. Yet another well crafted offering from Stone. (1,002 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and dark with a thin but decent off white head. Looks great and I love when no light can penetrate.

S: Nice rich aroma. Typical of a big stout but with a lot more chocolate and roast in the nose. I know the name is bitter chocolate, but it smells like sweet chocolate.

T: Now there's the bitterness! Damn, they really hit the nail on the head with this one. I get bitter chocolate in the taste and that silky smooth character from the oatmeal. Choklat from Southern Tier was too sweet for me but this is perfect.

M: Nice and smooth with a touch of an edge from the bitterness. Medium bodied in reality but during the blast of flavor it seems even more full bodied than that.

D: Great...one of the best beers Stone has put out in a while. (749 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near opaque black. Dark brown head. Sexy beer.

Nose is dark roasted coffee-ish with dark chocolate, chocolate cakebox.

Palate is deceived when it comes to alcohol - this ale delivers nougat-chocolate up front, rather dark chocolatey in fact, and a slight hop tang to round it out at the finish.

This is a very "sweet" flavored beer, dark chocolatey, and deceptively easy to drink. An amazing offering from Stone! (421 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color wih no light shining through. It boasts a think, fluffy brown head that fades a bit faster than I expected, leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma of this beer assults the nose as soon as the cap is popped. During the pour, it keeps up its nasal assult, utilizing a bitter cocoa aroma. Behind the chocolate, I detect a mild coffee aroma. Some burnt malty sweetness makes its way into the assult as well.

This beer tastes much like ti smells. Very chocolatey up front, with some coffee mixing in. Malty sweet also. Some hop flavor fights to make its presence known in the mix with the chocolate.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down very smooth, leaving a bitter cocoa aftertaste. This beer has a thick mouthfeel from the oatmeal. Very nice.

This beer might make a great session beer except for the 9.2% ABV. The flavor is aggressive, yet easy to drink.

Overall: Great beer, but I never had any doubts. Stone, you are still one of the greatest breweries on this planet. Keep up the great work. (1,030 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 3rd and last West coast beer for the night. This is part of the 2nd week of West coast vs. Midwest beers.

Provided by madorb, heck yes!

A screen printed bomber split between my girlfriend, madorb, and myself.

A hearty pour into each of our pint glasses doesn't give us much head. This beer is a pitch, glossy black. The small amount of head we had is now gone. There is no lacing, the sides of my glass are clean.

The nose is full of dark roasted malts, dried fruits, and red wine barrels.

The taste is great. It's complex without being too complex. It's bitter enough to make your brain run wild. I could've sworn this was barrel aged. It's very bitter and dry and leaves me wanting more. I'm not really picking up on any chocolate, but my taste could be off from tasting beers for most of the night.

This is one of the few beers I've had from Stone and I would really like to try more beers like this if they wanted to brew them.

Cheers! (950 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to atsprings for sharing a 22 oz. bottle

Pours an opaque black body under a creamy tan head that reduces to a film and leaves some lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate predominate the nose with some charred bread notes as well.

The flavor is what you would expect: bitter chocolate from the malt and use of actual chocolate in the beer. With warmth the bitter aspect dies down a bit and it mellows to a nice full stout with some more sweetness.
A slightly shy of full mouthfeel with ample carbonation is also a plus. I found myself enjoying this one from first sip to last. The bitter chocolate thing I like, so this stout was right up my alley. (652 characters)

Photo of naterock
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass with an incredibly dark and thick pour. Medium to dark brown head with resilience. a slight ring of burnt orange around the sides where light penetrates.

Smells of rich chocolate malts and burnt currants, a tinge of alcohol in the back but overall well hidden.

Thick chocolate with a heavy cream smoothness currants and some vine fruits are evident in the background. Oat malts, Chocolate, Wow!

Mouth is very viscous and silky with a body like heavy cream. Drinks well but this is definitely a sipper. Such a treat to finally get to try this one. (570 characters)

Photo of Farrell
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a few of these at my local liquor store... not bad if you ask me! I poured a 22oz bomber into a 16oz pint glass, and gave the remainder to my brother to try.

A: The beer pours pitch black with the most delicious looking chocolate colored head. One look at this beer and you know it has hardy written all over it.

S: A few aromas permeate from this brew such as coffee and dark chocolate, a closer sniff will reveal some hops well. As you drink the beer, a slight alcohol smell develops as the beer warms, but eventually goes away.

T: When poured, the beer starts off with an awesome combination of flavors, to me it is like the oatmeal stout creates the base and is layered with the chocolate flavors of a porter. The use of real dark chocolate really brings out a different type of bitterness for those used to hop bitterness. In my opinion, this is a huge plus because it really gives the beer a nice balanced taste without swinging into extremes. The only fault is as I reached the middle of my beer, the taste of alcohol became a little more noticeable.

M: the only word to describe this is hardy. A nice thickness enhanced by a perfect carbonation gives this stout a great feel.

D. This was hard to score because stouts in general can never really have the drinkability of a lighter bodied beer. It is not wise to pound this beer after beer, it should be enjoyed slowly. However, as stouts go, this is pretty easy to drink. As before it loses a point do to its odd alcohol taste in the middle (considering it is hidden very well at the beginning and the end). Thankfully, it finished very clean with a sweet chocolate taste and a hint of coffee.

Stone did a great job with this one, only a few flaws. (1,728 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber to a pint glass the liquid is close to black with good carbonation. The head is dark ta, 2 fingers of fluffy foam and leave very nice lace.

The smell is good, chocolate and coffee notes.

The taste is very good, lots of dark roasted close to chared coffee beans and semi sweet chocolate. Really a great tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability of this brew is great really a must try.

Prosit, MK (462 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours and looks like used 10-40W motor oil, promising.

Light proof black beer with a small brown head, oh yeah it's not a porter.

Bittersweet scent that you can smell from a distance. Getting up close this is a boozy bittersweet chocolate beer with a hint of vanilla, berries and wood. Strongly scented with chocolate almost a dark chocolate bar in beer form.

Taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a silky mouth feel a lot like melted chocolate. A little sweet and a little bitter with a trace of coffee and malt char in the flavor. Big vanilla flavor so I suspect white oak or Bourbon was involved somehow. British Ale fruity flavors show as the beer warms up quite a bit. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is silk.

Don't give many 5s but this beer deserves it for drinkability. At room temperature and this just keeps getting tastier! Smooth as sin, really close to drinking expensive chocolate instead of eating it. Think best chocolate beer ever. (962 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Even in the widemouth glass, a 3-finger dense tan head emerges atop the oily body. Great retention and a ton of sticky lacing.

Huge chocolate aromas, bittersweet and cocoa. Exceedingly chocolatey without being exceedingly sweet-smelling. Tons of roasted and toasted malts as well. I'm seriously digging this already and haven't even taken a sip yet.

This is the chocolate beer I've been looking for. Thick and creamy body with a insanely robust roasted malt body and a just-right amount of modest chocolate sweetness. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate run wild. Hops are a memory at this point, but burnt malts fill in nicely in the bitterness department. A touch of dark fruit, a touch of warming alcohol joins a nice dry roast in the finish.

Overall impression: Excellent example of a chocolate-infused stout that doesn't make your teeth ache with sweetness. Stone, please make this again. (934 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass (half at a time of course). Right off the bat I was impressed, the pour is thick as hell, looks like molasses and is the definition of blackness. The head is barely there to start, just a thin layer on top but it too is as dark as they come, a rich deep brown color like cured oak.

The initial smell is bitter, not the bittering from hops like ipa's get but a whole new kind that is much more relaxed, a smooth bitterness that pleases my nose, almost reminds me of tart berries. I also get a little alcohol smell, not much though and it's paired with a vanilla bean (so basically vanilla extract, and not the cheap knockoff either).

After tasting this brew, it really just names itself. Each flavor in its title is represented in the stone fashion in perfect succession. The bitterness in the nose hits you first and adds an enticing spiciness which prepares you for the chocolate sweetness coming your way. Chocolate next, but with that spice there it's tones down from the extremely bittersweet kinds I like. Oppositely, the choc is a great way to tone down the spice and cleanse the palate for the smooth oatmeal finish, no spice in the end but the oats are definitely prominent with a bit of dryness in the last.

It's a stout! Actually, it's not even as thick as it looks because of that spicy addition to the body of the brew but the added oatmeal does give it a solid feel. Just an all around balance between that uber thick sweet stout and a spicy ipa in the body count.

9.2%...what?? You have to like bitter to like this beer, but seriously it's that exact flavor that completely cancels out any alcohol esters that would lay in the flavor to hinder the drinkability (or aid it depending on who you are). When I think about it, it's very revolutionary how they did that b/c the stout style usually uses a huge body and an ultra sweet choc and coffee combo to shoo away the estery alcohol flavors but this utilizes a whole new quality of chocolate. Seriously its good, I dig it.

Bottom line this brew is a great new take on bitterness, I mean hops are awesome, I love em to death, but I also like the boldness of style in this brew and it definitely paid off. This is probably something you haven't experienced before and they aren't brewin em again so get em while they're around! (2,357 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. The beer poured with a thick, oily appearance. Dark, chocolate brown head evaporates quickly but leaves a fine lacing per sip. Aromas are extremely rich and decadent. Cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, biscuity, malt, and alcohol. The taste can be harsh at first sip but once you get used to it, this becomes a creamy, milky, sweet drink. Very thick texture with a silky feel when sipping. Overall, wow Stone does it again. Friggen awesome. (449 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BLack with no light coming through. Even by tipping my glass a bit it's really hard to see any light on the other side. Thin flat tan head.

Bitter cocoa, tobacco, and roasty burnt wood in the aroma. Smooth compared to other stouts ive had recently.

A really great complexity in this one. Mellow carbonation provides for a smooth even mouthfeel. A good bitter smack at first, then a lingering smooth richness of chocolate. Not getting any coffee, which is usually the case in the bitterness-emphasized stouts. Finish is earthy and a bit creamy. A slight charcoal burntness in the aftertaste.

I am really enjoying the complexity in this one! Damn! At over 9%, its hidden exceedingly well. Downed the bomber over qa course of 2 hours, and at about $6, a really really good buy. (779 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. dated July 2008

A: pours deep black, no light transmission when held up directly to the bulb. little to no head, what is there is dark brown.
S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, oats, cookie like. light alcohol as well.
T: dark roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and oats, alcohol is noticeable but not powerful.
M: it poured like thick syrup, mouth feel is similar but not as thick
D: complex yet easy to drink. (444 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

Appearance is jet black, completely opaque, with a one inch dark tan head. It sinks down to a skim, one that is quite marginal actually, and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is heavy with chocolate of course, with a bit of oakiness, some vanilla, and a slight alcohol tinge.

Taste is a delicious mouthful of chocolate to start, balanced by some bitterness, like the name suggests. There's a bit of coffee in the finish alongside the lingering chocolate and some charred wood. In the finish it's joined by a significant amount of hops that are quite citrusy.

Mouthfeel is very soft, medium-full in body, and quite creamy.

I can't believe it took me this long to buy this one. I don't really like hoppy stouts, but they seem to have faded (assuming they were there in the first place, it's Stone after all). If you're on the border line of picking this up, just do it. (915 characters)

Photo of gamwich
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 2-14-11 at the Brew Kettle.

The pour yields a thick brownish-black head that sticks around. The nose is strong with chocolate, coffee, and roasty goodness. The flavors are sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, and raisins. The finish is a tad bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Velvety smooth on the tongue. The moderate boozyness keeps me from chugging it. Nummy. (369 characters)

Photo of benito
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I've had from Stone--a perfectly balanced (imperial) oatmeal stout. And it makes for a hell of a pairing with a Mississippi mud cake!

A: Visually stunning; it's as dark as their imperial stout with a lasting ring of tan foam and low carbonation.

S: Coffee, tobacco, bourbon, chocolate (of course), toffee, and alcohol in a nicely melded hodgepodge of aroma. Even the bouquet has the heft and complexity of a great RIS.

T: Lots of sweetness up front and across the middle of the tongue with a long, warming finish. The chocolate is present without being overwhelming, and the hops are restrained enough to allow the sweetness to really pull through and shine toward the end of each swig. There's also a delicious fruitness throughout, probably from black patent malt. The balance of flavors is spot on.

M: Nice smoothness imparted from the oats. Boozy and warming at the end of each sip, but this is also done in moderation. The strength is well hidden.

D: "Sneaky sneaky. This beer will get me lit up." Or so they said.

Overall, this is an excellent strong stout with almost no flaws. IMO, it's one of Stone's best beers, probably because of the restraint in hopping. Help them celebrate and buy one ASAP: Happy 12th Anniversary Stone! (1,271 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my hands on a growler of 12th anniversary brew this weekend and can't wait to drink my fair share of this rich brew treat this summer.

A: Pours black with a dense brown-foamed head. This froth is very bubbly and laces my glass heavily.
S: Immediate bitter dark chocolate aroma. Very strong with notes of coffee beans.
T: Continued bitter chocolate with flavors of strongly-brewed black coffee. A bit of sweet malt is apparent, as well.
M: Coates the palate with a warm alcohol characteristic. Long lasting flavors don't give way to high(er) ABV.
D: A nice transition from more recent anniversary brews. Conversational. Intriguing. Tastefully chuggable. This beer would go great in my coffee mug at work. Deliciously brewed. (730 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle, this poured poured like old motor oil into my Duvel Glass and was a very dark brown (almost black) with very thick tan head and very sticky lacing. Nose is coffee, chocolate,and ripe figs. Mouthfeel is very full bodied. Flavor is very rich with chocolate and ripe fruit and some alcohol.In the finish you detect for the first time a tiny bit of hops in the slight bitterness. This is simply a great beer. (425 characters)

Photo of TheViolator666
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a strong black with a dark brown head that quickly fades and turns a light brown!!!

The smell is that of booze and bitter chocolate, duh. The taste is a mix of booze, chocolate, and coffee. Yes, it has a bitter taste too. This is a good beer, but a little thin. I was hoping for a richer, thicker stout.

The mouth is thin and bitter. Its lasts on the tongue for a while then a metal, "bitter" taste prevails.

Overall, another great stone product, a little thin, but still great! Wonder what a little age would do to this?

Get it!!! (553 characters)

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.