1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

852 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 852
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 82
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 852 | Reviews: 699 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rothobinide
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Rothobinide, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -9%

pisano, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Zimm
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Zimm, May 20, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev -2.9%

BuckeyeFaninMI, May 11, 2014
Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerBucks, May 09, 2014
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

GonzoHomebrewer, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JMBSH, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of neurobot01
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a July 2008-dated bottle into a large snifter. Served at cellar temp. Cap came off with a nice pop—thank goodness! Even pouring carefully, a few chunks plop into the glass.

Appearance: Very very dark. No light passes through, even held directly up to the light. Very minimal head, but what there is sticks around.

Smell: Some grape notes, chocolate, molasses, port, lots of wood, a little vinegary tartness. More like a RIS than an American Stout.

Taste: Honestly, pretty anxious about drinking this—it's almost 6 years old, and I have no idea how it's been treated during that time. But, the first sip doesn't kill me, and doesn't contain any off notes! Lots of roasty chocolate, with a fair amount of fruity sweetness—maybe brandied figs or something. I'd believe this had been aged in red wine or port bottles. There's also a strong component of smoke. The aftertaste is really phenomenal. I don't know if the taste is actually perfect, but it's really delicious, and seems unique.

Feel: It's a 6-year-old oatmeal stout, and feels like it: smoooth. And still a bit prickly!

Overall: This review feels a bit like a pointless exercise, as I doubt there are more than a few dozen bottles of this left out there, but if you have one, drink it now—I can't imagine it'll get better with more age. And if you see one, buy it!

neurobot01, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

July 2008 bottling date. Approaching six years old.

A: Pours pitch, pitch black. Very large and dense medium brown head. Head fade slowly with great retention. Decent lacing still.

S: Aroma is quite mellow. Baker's chocolate. Grainy oatmeal. Light dark fruit, might be a hint of sherry-like oxidation.

T: Super smooth bittersweet chocolate. Lots of grainy oatmeal in the middle and in the finish. Oatmeal really calms down the bitterness I think. Some mild fruitiness that might be the start of oxidation in the aftertaste but it's not bad at all. No sign of alcohol but it does warm the belly. Lingering light sherry and chocolate between sips.

M: Surprisingly thin but given the age it makes sense.

O: Interestingly enough I just found this beer on the shelves today so I had to pick it up. It has fared quite well. Flavors are very well integrated and mellowed out. It might say "bitter chocolate" but it's not bad at all. Perhaps age has smoothed it out or the oatmeal has calmed it down. Body is surprisingly light so the drinkability is off the charts for a 9.2% stout.

Dope, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of sunshinethewolf
5/5  rDev +21.4%

sunshinethewolf, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

artoolemomo, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of ChanChan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ChanChan, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

threedaggers, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Abrahammer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Abrahammer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Kevin72
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Kevin72, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Auslander
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Auslander, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of DustinSWB
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

DustinSWB, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Liana
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Liana, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev -2.9%

OKCNittany, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of fain12
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.