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: 75 | 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 AndyAvalanche
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out extremely dark brown with deep amber to brown highlights on the side. Head is a bit smaller than one finger thick, lots of different sized bubbles, slight glass retention from the head. The color of the head is sort of a mahogany/black cherry color to dark brown. The liquid itself provides some glass retention.

Smell is a huge malt bomb. Provides a dark, bitter chocolate smell, but not completely bitter. Some milk chocolate as well, even smells creamy, if that makes sense. Sort of a decadent chocolate sauce. Some dark coffee to espresso aromas as well, but sort of a back lash of it. The blend of all the aromas is absolutely great.

Taste is just as good, as perfect as it gets. Like the bottle says, plenty of dark bitter chocolate. Super dark fudge and some dark grains somewhere in the mix. There is some sweetness as well, sort of like espresso with hints of sugar. Milk chocolate as well. I can't quite figure it out, but there's almost a bourbon flavor and I don't think this is barrel aged.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Strong, full bodied. Great carbonation level, that's held up great since the aging. Smooth, creamy, thick to almost chewy mouthfeel, it's great. Hop presence detected in the mouthfeel. Great drinkability too, nice sipper, but way to easy to drink if you don't want to. On top of that, the value is perfect. I think this was like $7 when it was out as a seasonal. So bummed this beer is retired. I could drink it year round. Just a perfect beer to have around. I miss you Stone 12th! Huge props to everyone who traded with me for this beer over the last 3 years! (1,663 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2008 & enjoyed on March 21st 2012

A: Pours a deep thick oily black. Seriously so damn dark with a dark beige brown head

S: You really get the roasty booze scent with lingering chocolate up front

T: The flavor has really held up in this beer with wonderful light carbonation with an almond nuttiness blend with roast and sweet chocolate. Raisins and figs fall through and are more noticeable at the finish

M: Very full bodies with light carbonation a medium sweetness that allows one to indulge in the entire bottle solo.

O: Has been cellared in proper conditions and it really shows. Flavors are bold & rich, complementing of each other with  every sip. Very pleased with this, and i still have 3 more tucked away.  (735 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark motor-oil black with a dense mocha head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Big aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and dark berries with a touch of soy sauce and smoke. Tiny bit of oxidation has crept in, but it's not a big deal.
T - Similar to the nose, lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt with some burnt toast, smoke, and soy sauce. Finish is long and bitter, similar to a 90% cocoa chocolate bar.
M - Smooth and more then a bit sticky, with a full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Quite decadent, but still surprisingly drinkable.
O - Such a great anniversary beer from Stone. Found this in an out-of-the-way liquor store and grabbed it in a heartbeat. One of the best investments I've made considering how well this has held up after 3 1/2 years. (790 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing this retired gem!

JULY 2008 Vintage- 22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a boulevard tulip.

pours out opaque black with about one fingers worth of tan, light mocha colored head that eventually faded to a paper thin retentive layer. some spotty lace and a little bit of legs apparent from a swirl of the glass.

sweet toasted malts, bitter roasted malts are at the forefront. some hints of smokiness and some light cocoa as well.

slightly fruity toasted, roasted malts, a little bit of sweetness and a hint of smoke. some bitter dark cocoa towards the finish.

the lighter side of heavy bodied, carbonation is about right on for the style. maybe expected a little more oiliness from the oatmeal?

although i have had this fresh, i only vaguely remember what it tasted like. it was right when i was starting to get serious with craft beer and right before i began taking notes on what i was drinking. although this stood up to the age very well, a part of me wants to say this was better fresh. (1,043 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with dogfishandi...

A: Pours out a deep motor oil black with about a half finger of mocha colored head. There is only a tiny bit of lacing left on the glass as it drinks. This beer has some serious legs. It's incredibly viscous and sticky.

S: I'm picking up sweet malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. There is also a bit of a burnt toast note in there as well, but it's subtle beneath the bittersweet chocolate.

T: The taste is on par with the smell. It starts off with a bit of earthiness, chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is more chocolate, with notes of caramel and burnt toast. It's really solid.

M: Full bodied beer. This is a thick and sticky beer, but the flavors are spot on, and nothing lingers on the palate for too long. It's silky and smooth going down.

O: This is a really nice stout and age has treated this beer well. I feel very lucky to have tried this beer well past it's retirement. I'd drink it again if I could find another bottle. (986 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Discount Liquor a while back. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Definitely lots of bitter chocolate. Lightly roasted grains, caramel, and perhaps a faint bit of oxidation creeping in. Needs to warm up a bit, but otherwise fairly enjoyable.

T - Taste is also heavy on the mildly bitter baker's chocolate, with some notes of vanilla, anise, and caramel. Unfortunately it seems a bit hollow mid-palate and perhaps is showing its age here.

M - Medium body, velvety melted chocolate bar texture, lower carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. None of the listed 9.2% shows up after 3+ years of aging.

D - While this is was still pretty decent I feeling this one is on the decline, although mileage may vary based on cellar conditions. Still, an enjoyable tick. (921 characters)

Photo of DannyS
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 1.5 liter beer boot.

A - Pours a thick, silky, pitch black with about a quarter inch of dark, heavy foam that clings mightily to the glass. A sexy brew.

S - Powerful roasted malt with lots of chocolate and coffee aroma, with a smattering of vanilla and sweet, grainy oats. Par for the course for a big bombastic stout, but still really good.

T - The alcohol is a little apparent in the aftertaste, but otherwise, it's a smooth, oily, bitter, roasty beast of a stout.

M - Heavy, oily, mouth-coating, bordering on syrupy with how dense it is.

Overall - Share this one. The booze goes right to your head. I'm currently halfway through it and already feeling it. Also let it warm up a little. the chocolate and oats really awaken if consumed at around cellar temperature. Either way, I'd highly recommend seeking this one out. Too bad it was only brewed once, I'd totally buy this one more often. (932 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 1-1-12

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates completely. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big oat and chocolate notes. A hint of alcohol.

T: Huge oat flavor, melded with a semi-sweet chocolate presence. Dark roast malt and a touch of booziness. All flavors have blended together harmoniously.

M: Full body. Viscous and chewy, with a very smooth and velvety feel. A semi bitter feel is also apparent. Dry finish.

O: This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever tasted. Huge oats are complimented excellently by semi-bittered chocolate and big dark roast malts, with a light hop presence. The back of the bottle, while more verbose than most stone offerings, describes the setting behind which this beer was crafted. There was a hop shortage when it was time to make the 12th anniversary, so they made this. Not that I don't like what Stone normally does, but can't there be a hop shortage more often? I guess God is not an oat stout fan. (1,044 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forgot that I had this bottle and haven't had it fresh, so unfortunately I can't comment on how well this has or has not held up over the past couple of years.

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured a thick, dark inky black colour with 1/4" of bubbly light brown head that quickly reduced to a few bubbles.

S - Bitter dark roasted chocolate, licorice and sweet molasses with a touch of coffee and vanilla. A very robust nose and not overly sweet.

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet molasses and a very good bitterness that has somehow survived the past couple of years as it sat in my cellar. The background adds hints of licorice and coffee. The finish is dry and bitter with a touch of alcohol noticeable.

M - A little thin, especially after the thick inky pour. Medium body that is somewhat watery and thin at times yet also somewhat sludgy and viscous at other times. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - Didn't have this fresh to compare this 3 year old bottle to, but this seemed to hold up pretty well. (1,024 characters)

Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass

pours a hellish black with a reddish tan head.. bubbles are staying put

slight alcohol in the nose. chocolate,malty toastyness, belgian yeast in the nose

heavy chocolate, espresso hits right away, toasted malts soon follow it up, finished up clean

kinda acidic in the mouthfeel but pretty heavy.

i was kinda scared at first pouring this, got it at a pretty seedy liquor store for about 6 bucks. well worth it. broke my oatmeal stout cherry (482 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept. 21rst 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

A - deep dark black, half finger super dark tan head and minimal lacing

S - bourbon, dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla. Tons of malts, earth and wood, smells like winter time. Smell maybe better than the taste

T - super malty, lots of dark chocolate, toasted oats, toasted everything, very earthy, some wood notes, alcohol is prevalent but tastes of a sweet bourbon, slight brown sugar, vanilla and a slight wet tobacco

M - full bodied, low acidity, huge complexity, well balanced and long finish

D - man, this has so many Flavors but is also so simple. Great stout with a huge but awesome bitterness twist. Very nice toastiness, awesome bourbon flavor and a great vanilla and sugar. if you like stouts, you like this beer

Final thought - $7 a pop and very hard to find, nice 9+ abv. Gotta get some! (857 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice dark oily black color with a very small black head with light lacing. Nose is mellow, chocolate and oatmeal come out very well.

Taste is sweet and creamy, mellow and rich. Dark bitter chocolate really comes through. The Mouthfeel is crisp and full with quite a bs thing to do alcohol coming through. (355 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Flat dark black, with a minimal dark tan head that barely forms a ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly baking chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla and a little alcohol in the background.

T: More baking chocolate with an appreciable bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate and a light sweetness. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation.

O: A nice beer. Lots of chocolate flavor, but not much else. (453 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of DaveHS in a summertime trade. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Brewed in July 2008

APPEARANCE: A very dark black pour, and relatively thick as well. A one finger, medium-thin, noisy, tan head with lousy retention forms and quickly crackles down to a slight wisp and ring. Jet black body, opaque, with no carbonation evident. Only a slight ring remains leaving no lacing down the sides, and it looks a little flat by the end. Thick, dark pour and body, but lousy head.

SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate and light caramel notes. Faint oats in there as well, but the chocolate is still the more dominating part of the nose. Nice, but needs to be a little bigger.

TASTE: Milder flavors up front again. Some roasted and light caramel perhaps, but the flavors come out much more after the swallow. Roasted and burnt malts, oats are there, and some definite and obvious dark, pure chocolate. Chocolate is very nice and goes really well with the base beer. Perhaps the age has helped the flavors come together so nicely. A touch of alcohol is still there at the swallow. Aftertaste is medium but lingers nicely with notes of roasted and caramel malts, bitter chocolate and some nice sweet molasses. Good balanced finish.

PALATE: Very nice here. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. Good weight for sure, and no bite. Very smooth stuff.

OVERALL: This was really good; definitely better than their normal Imperial Stout. The chocolate flavors worked really well in this, meshing really nicely with the roasted base beer. Though I’d never had the beer fresh, it seems like the three years in the bottle have done this beer well. The taste profile was well integrated and mellow, and the feel very creamy and smooth for the style. Good stuff and I’m glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks again DaveHS. (1,936 characters)

Photo of ToddT
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black topped with a thin tan head, even a hard pour failed to produce much of a head. The head fades quickly to a ring but leaves some nice wispy lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, oak, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. As it warms the aroma becomes even more complex with a hint of hops making an appearance.

T- Sweet chocolate and roasted malt at first that soon turns to a semi-sweet bitter coffee/chocolate note. There is a hint of hops at the finish and more than enough complexity in the middle to make this a very interesting brew. A little warmth brings out some molasses and oak, as well as some heat from alcohol. The finish is bone dry and with a lingering note of coffee/bitter chocolate.

M- Feels a little thin for the style but not too thin to detract from the enjoyment of this one. A little bit more than medium with almost no carbonation. For all of the bold notes in it the palate is left pretty clean.

O- Great beer, three years in the cellar have only made this one more enjoyable. The heat of the alcohol, 9.2%ABV, has tamed down and even more complex and subtle characters have come out in it. If you can find it buy it. (1,172 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle scored at a random liquor store in Riverside, CA. Pretty sweet. Served in a Stone 15th anny glass, just for kicks.

A - Pitch black with one finger dark tan head. Looks a good bit like motor oil.

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol. Since this brew is so old, not a lot of hops are left if there were any to start with.

T - Really tastes great. Super chocolately, but not milk chocolate, a really tasty dark chocolate flavor. Tastes like biting into a 80% cacao chocolate bar (yum). The beer is a little hot, but that didn't stop me from downing the entire bomber. As it warmed the alcohol on the nose reduced, but got less hot on the palate (or I just got more drunk...).

M - again hot for the under 10%. Mouthfeel otherwise is nice with low carbonation and upper medium body.

O - Very tasty, but pretty one dimensional. It's all chocolate and the few other players are very muted. I would have thought over three years of aging would have lowered the heat, but that certainly isn't the case. Still drinking great and not a lot of oxidation going on here. (1,072 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this bottle at a local shoppe, sitting next to the 13th, 14th, and the 15th as it had just arrived. Funny thing to see.

This one pours a jet black in color, medium in body, with a slight beige lacing. It smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolates, and light bitter coffee. It's held up pretty well so far. It drinks medium in body and features flavors of bitter chocolates, sweet chocolates, faded coffee, and sweet malts. It still has the flavor that I loved a couple years ago. It drinks very well and has held up well. It's very drinkable due to the array of appealing flavors. Very nice beer, still. I feel bad giving it a 4.0. (658 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn good brew, The color of this one pours out as a thick black oil like goop. The head slowly lifts to the top of the glass where it forms a dark brown thick foamy head. The smell of the beer had a lot of the dark chocolate aromas along with plenty of roasted malts. The taste of the beer was dry, rich, and chocolaty. There was a good bitterness in there too, could be the dark chocolate or the hops, not really sure. The mouthfeel of this beer was great, super thick and coats the mouth really well. Overall a stunning brew and very glad I got to try it. (558 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, as I like my stouts. Beautiful thick dark mocha head sits for a while. Nice lacing, which is common with Stone.

S - Intense roasted barley, bittersweet and rich dark chocolate. Still a dose of alcohol, but no hop presence as I expected. Smells like a nice chocolate stout to me.

T - Loads of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted barley, thick and hearty oatmeal. There is an alcohol sweetness to this, almost like bourbon, but not really (sorry, I'm not good with my spirits). Somewhat reminds me of a Brooklyn Black Choc Stout, only a bit more smooth and less boozy, perhaps due to the oatmeal. This is solid overall.

M - Big bodied with moderate carbonation. Any alcohol is quickly removed by lingering chocolate bitterness, which is something that I greatly enjoy as someone who regularly eats intense dark chocolates.

O - A very solid anniversary beer from Stone that I was lucky to stumble upon recently at a bottle shop near Polaris. The lady who runs the store was nice enough to pull some beers from her "special stash" and put them on the shelves the day that I visited. That being said, I doubt I'll ever see it again, but it will be purchased if I do. Tasty stuff. (1,195 characters)

Photo of BenZ
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, so this was the boosiest tasting three year old, sub ten percent beer ive had. I cant remember if I tried this fresh or not. If i didnt i wish i had. Anyway, the beer was indeed bitter, as well as roasty and somewhat acidic. Much prefer the stone irs. (256 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is opaque and dark, brown head, quickly dissipates, not much retention or lacing

S: the front features a smokey and bitter quality, smells to be oxidizing a touch, a little bit of a metallic twang. The chocolate and roast is faint.

T: well what the nose was lacking in roasted qualities, the taste makes up for. So much so that the grains become a little astringent at the end.

MF: big body, mellow carbonation

O: I have a feeling that this beer is not in its optimal state, for what it is- it pretty tasty, but I'm sure the flavors popped a little more when it was a little fresher (594 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,527 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with medium-sized dark brown head. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Mild Chocolate and coffee notes from the roast malts with a trace of alcohol. The aromas are fairly subdued.

Taste: The chocolate is prominent with some roasted malt notes. I would never guess this was 9.2% ABV. It drinks like a Guinness as far as the alcohol is concerned.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I think the oatmeal is playing a significant role resulting in a full bodied beer.

Overall: One of my favorite beers that I didn't expect to come across again. I like the IRS but I would take this over the IRS any day. (649 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone's 15th anniversary party

Look: Black and totally opaque. 1 inch tan head with good retention and lacing

Smell: Oatmeal coffee and a trace of chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Awesome bitter chocolate upfront with the middle carrying the oatmeal and coffee and finishes with a nice smokiness

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Great Beer. (372 characters)

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