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 TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Loved this stuff following my last days at Purdue, so I was excited to have another shot at it in this BIF. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of relatively short-lived brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and blackened pretzels. The taste brings in more of the same, with more roasted malts and chocolate thrown in, along with a bit of coffee. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, this stuff hasn't gone downhill at all yet. Still as tasty and enjoyable as I remember it being (for once my nostalgic memory didn't let me down). (756 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Thomas Hardy snifter on 6/27/11

Split with MbpBugeye

July 2008 bottle

Slow, inky, near black pour (scorched dark brown at best). Settles black, of course. The head is hot-chocolate colored; almost got two fingers' worth. Crackles away quickly to a thin clump of a layer. Rather good lace.

Smells so-so. Uncapping the bottle released aromatic bittersweet chocolate and roasted tones. In the glass the nose turns toward an all-too-prominent oxidation note; that of sun-dried paper and basement record sleeves. Roasted chocolate, cocoa, burnt sugars. Warmth and swirling draw forth nips of booze and swaths of smooth oatmeal. After a spell the aroma loses some of the paper aspect and smells more pleasant.

If the aroma is intense, the flavor are all the more explosive. Tons of bitter, bitter, bitter chocolate. Roast is plentiful but takes a back seat to the massive burnt notes. Not very sweet; just a smattering of burnt sugars. Cocoa powder and earthy oatmeal undertones. Hints of blackberry flesh and dark fruit; come to think of it, there's some dark fruit in the nose, too.

Full bodied and slick with alcohol. It's pretty hot, but not too harsh. The feel is a bit chalky, especially on the finish. Splatterings of burnt are all over the place. Despite the chalkiness, it's quite smooth, as carbonation is low.

This is the Burnt Bittersweet Heaven of a stout I've been looking for. (1,406 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July, 2008

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass

Price - $6.99/bomber

WoW, This beer just keeps getting better looking with time. Pours thick and midnight black with a fluffy fudge brownie colored head. Retention is short lived but leaves behind a creamy covering that lasts. Laces well after three years of aging. Impressive!

A strong scent of bakers chocolate permeates through the nose and blends well with the faint aroma of booze reminding you this isn't a dessert but a beer. Molasses and burnt malt become more noticeable as it comes up to room temperature.

The flavor follows the nose with rich bitter chocolate, molasses and booze. It's definitely taking on a port like flavor as I finish the bottle.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little heat for the octane level. The body is thick and syrupy and finishes dry.

Overall I can't get enough of this beer. I've gone through six bombers over the last three years, this being my last one. I'm not sure how much longer it can age and improve but if given the opportunity to buy it again I would without hesitation. One of the best beers I've ever had for the price. (1,156 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Ryan011235. Issued July 2008.

Appearance
Dark black with a nice lacey head. The thick foam looks a lot like an oatmeal cookie.

Aroma
A portion of this aroma is oxidation, but this beer takes it in stride. The majority of the nose is sharp, potent burnt bitter chocolate. There is a shot of alcohol as well, which came as a surprise.

Taste
Extremely bitter with a lot of long, powdery, burnt cocoa. There is a big, vinous, almost tart, acidity from rich malts. Notes of cranberry, smoke, and very bitter black cocoa.

Mouthfeel
I like the dry, gritty, powdery cocoa feel here. The alcohol is a bit warming.

Overall
Not bad. This one is very bitter, a little more than I wished for. (706 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a ring of tan head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit and bitter chocolate with a hint of port.

Taste: Very smooth and very bitter from the roast. Some sweetness along with some warm alcohol with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. Mild carbonation with a slick finish. This beer completely coats your mouth.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. The age didn't hurt it at all as far as I could tell. The bitterness and sweetness complimented each other very well. (606 characters)

Photo of scbrew
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

July 2008 bottle, shared in May 2011

A – Deep black with mahogany / brown highlights. Dark khaki head builds and settles quickly. Ok lace.

S – Plums, raisins, molasses, bitter chocolate and porage.

T – Tingly booze and raisin into a juicy molasses. The center is a huge, dark, 70% cocoa chocolate, which is greeted by a smooth coffee flavor a step later in the profile, and cradled by a soft alcohol note.

M – Full bodied. Surprisingly well carbonated. Smooth and creamy throughout without being syrupy.

O - Held up great with age. There's a lace of booze in the profile, but imho it does a nice job of supporting the flavor profile so I wouldn't give this much more time in the cellar. (699 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black as night and has a large head with almost nice lacing and smaller lacing. Looks very nice

S- sweet chocolate and malt. Smells nice

T- nice bitter chocolate that has a hop presence. Nice combo of flavors that drinks well.

M- feels lighter for a stout but a medium mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn

O- awesome beer ive been looking for for a while. (362 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottled On July 2008) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that slowly recedes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly perfect black with no traces of color when held to light. Light lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Dark bittersweet chocolate and creamy milk chocolate aromas blend nicely with dark, roasted malts. Notes of burnt coffee beans and dark fruits can also be detected.

Smooth and creamy milk chocolate and dark fruit notes begin each sip but are quickly overtaken by dark, bitter chocolate flavors. A dry coffee bean and sweet dark fruit aftertaste finishes each sip.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer has a nearly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation allows the beer to coat your mouth fully without being too sticky.

While the appearance and nose are great, the flavor and mouthfeel are not as spectacular. The flavor is too sweet in my opinion which detracts from the coffee and chocolate flavors that should be center stage. The mouthfeel, which allows for great drinkability, is too carbonated in my opinion, as it does not allow the darker flavors to develop properly on your tongue. (1,221 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 AnPiobaire
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet at about 54 degrees.

The Stone Chocolate Oatmeal Stout poured a very dark and rich black/brown with thin caramel colored head and very little retension

The nose is very nice with chocolate, coffee, cherries and dark fruits.

The taste is nice but less then anticipated with such a nice nose. It is roasted malt, chocolate, and a bitter coffe-like finish.

The mouthfeel again was a little thinner then anticipated but still very nice. More carbonated then I prefer in an Imperial Stout.

Although this isn't one of my favorite Imperial Stouts it certainly is a very nice example of one, and one I will surely partake in again when I get the chance. If you see one, get one, then drink one. You won't regret it. Enjoy!!! (762 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled July 2008. Huge thanks to jbck109 for this one!

A: Pour pitch black with about a finger of dark brown head that stuck around for a while before disappearing into pretty much nothing. Not much in the way of lace.
S: Rich notes of roasted coffee and, just like the name, bitter dark chocolate. Not picking up much else, or really anything in the way of complexity, but what scents are there are good.
T: The coffee nose doesn’t really translate into the taste except maybe in the finish. Instead, the flavors in this beer really live up to its name. The flavor starts off creamy and “oatmealy” with a sort of creamy chocolate milkshake flavor, then finishes bitter with rich notes of dark chocolate and touch of caramel sweetness. The aftertaste has a note or two of warm alcohol but overall the flavors are very well balanced.
M: Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel that is oh so very smooth. The carbonation is a touch too tingly but I’m splitting hairs at this point.
O: I was really impressed by this one, not only in flavor, but how its held up since 08. Not that this surprised me; most everything by Stone is excellent. Thanks again jbck109 for your generosity! (1,211 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged 2 years at the brewery)

A menacingly thick and black pour with a thin brown, persistent head. Thick and oily in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing. Looks mean and menacing but beautiful.

Roasted malts, caramel malts, and plenty of dark chocolate in the nose. Unlike most stouts that smell of melted, bittersweet chocolate, this chocolate seems roasted or burnt. It's a bit sharp and not easily accessible nor obviously pleasant, but it contributes to this beer's menacing profile. It's certainly unique.

This beer tastes better than it smells. The dark chocolate works better on the palette than it does in the nose, as it loses some of that burnt and astringent profile. No alcohol presence at all, little hop presence, but mainly just a thick, menacing, chocolatey, big stout...which is never a bad thing!

Creamy, thick, chewy in the mouth, which is appropriate and expected for this style, but not quite as velvety and full as the standard Stone RIS.

I think this beer has aged particularly well. There's no obvious presence of alcohol, the chocolate may have mellowed a bit; an enjoyable sipper I'm glad I got the opportunity to experience at the brewery/bistro. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Jparkanzky
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into stemless wine glass:

A) poured the deepest black with a fairly thick mocha head.

S) The one glaring flaw with this beer for me was the smell. I could smell what I can only describe as "Vodka" it was distinct, despite the age on the bottle. I have a few more of these I'll give more time on to try to rectify this, but none of that mattered once I got to the taste.

T) Wonderful chocolate and caramel notes, and not sweet at all... just perfect harmony of chocolate and beer.

M) Velvety and smooth, wonderful light carbonation.

O) This is a fantastic beer! Again, the smell was "off" but all was forgotten when tasting. This is yet another example of a "flavored" stout that doesn't go overboard with sweetness, making it a very enjoyable beer without making you feel like you should have a straw.

Highly recommended. (846 characters)

Photo of sammib528
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep mahogany with a thin cola brown head. Fades fast.

S=Roasted Coffee, Alcohol, Chocolate

T/M=Surprisingly dry with a thin body and lingering finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and port wine. A pleasant, balanced character.

O=I will definitely have this again. (268 characters)

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

A-Deep mahogany with black highlights and a thin cola brown head composed of tiny bubbles. Fades fast, leaving attractive soapy lacing.

S-Bitter chocolate, tannic bitterness, dulce de leche, dark roast coffee beans.

T/M-Moderately dry with a thin body and lingering finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and port wine.The once overwhelming chalky bitterness has faded to a pleasant, balanced tannic character.

O-Age has improved this greatly. I wasn't a fan of it fresh. I have one more bottle, will probably hold off another year before I open it. (549 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from rattle n hum. Poured room temp into a small chalice looking glass. Looks as a stout should dark deep brown with a 1 finger tan head for a solid 30 seconds while the head dissipates to nothing. Smell is comprised of dark chocolate, plum, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is much closer to the description oatmeal stout with a definite presence of unsweetened chocolate. Mouthfeel has some definite pluses silky, mild carbonation and a slight alcohol heat. Overall I would buy this again given the oppurtunity. (523 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Allagash tulip.

A: Black with small tan head. Beautiful lacing.

N: Chocolate and rum.

T/M: Chocolate and roasted/burned coffee. Alcohol flavor comes in right after. Body is creamy and the beer is very drinkable as a dessert. There is something missing from this though. Beer flavor is a bit one-dimensional.

Found this beer in the back of my kegerator a while back and decided to try it out since my buddy, MrTopher, just traded me a few that he found sitting in the back of his local bottle shop. Not sure if the prolonged cold affected this one, but it just seemed to be missing a bit of flavor I remembered it having when fresh. (659 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost made a grave mistake with this bottle. After transporting it entirely across the country for the sole purpose of sharing with my lady, accidentally took this to the disc golfing, having pulled it from my box of homemade cider. Blindly, and in a rage at my double bogey on hole 5, I pulled the bottle from my bag and popped it, neglecting to notice that, for once, a cap and bottle matched breweries. No there was no time. The brown foam showed, I knew my error. Quickly, I sipped once and sealed the bottle back up with the creasing of my knife.
Confident in my seal, I continued upon the course and upon my poor performance. Some days are not for kings.
Upon the return to Brooklyn, the bottle was opened to great fanfare and celebration. Still sporting healthy carbonation due to my advanced reflexes (beyond catlike), this sexy deep purple brown black with its sex head was right on for an imperial stout. Huge, surprisingly huge, alcohol nose blasting off with the bitter chocolate. Really not much else, very little roast or big malt and fuck the oatmeal, where is that?
It's tasty, but the alcohol is amazingly still violent in this beer after a couple years. Really amazing. The chocolate in it is good, but the violence of the alcohol is reminiscent of Huck Finn's father.
Very surprised, since I remembered liking it quite a bit the first time I had it. Still liked it, just would've thought it'd be in a much more contemplative stage of life by now. Or am I just getting older? (1,497 characters)

Photo of racer2k
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2+ year old bomber poured into my favorite snifter glass

A: Beer pours a very dark used motor oil like black that does not yield much head. A slight off white sheen of head quickly dissolves in my snifter glass. Limited lacing but very sticky

S: Very boozy, malty, chocolate aroma to this beer. A complex theme of flavors that seems to center around a dark malt chocolate flavor.

T: Nice dark chocolate, liquorice, roasted malt taste with a hint of bitter hops. There is a distinct bitter chocolate malt finish to this beer which also revels a very strong alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with a very light carbonation to this beer. There is a medium thickness to this beer but the taste is quite smooth.

D: - Very drinkable beer given the thickness and high ABV content. This is a delicious beer that has aged quite well over the last several years. The interplay between dark chocolate, hops and malt backbone is most excellent! (939 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a small head.

Smell is of bitter dark chocolates and oats.

Smooth oatmeal and chocolates with light hop bitterness as well. Very smooth flavor from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, velvety almost.

Overall a very tasty beer. (276 characters)

Photo of veinless
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another shared beer courtesy of AwYeh, thanks Luke.

Poured a deep brown/black with a nice two-finger tan head that lingers for a while. This doesn't seem as black as other beers, but maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Fine bubbling leaves excellent sheets of lace until swirling removes them.

Smell is a nice blend of roasted grains and deep roasted coffee to go with a good earthy, oatmeal character. Chocolate is baking chocolate quality in terms of bitterness, but lacks punch as the coffee and oatmeal cover it up.

Taste is a good blend of charred malt and dark coffee with a decent amount of booze at the back. I'm surprised that that's present after a couple years on this, but it isn't too much of a factor anyhow. Chocolate is a good bitter chocolate, but combined with the malts a strange sweetness comes about that I don't like too much. There isn't nearly enough oatmeal goodness in here either, something I was looking forward to. Solid, but disappointing.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and and creamy, with plenty of stickiness all around. I want more smoothness though. Drinkability is decent, but not really even above average due to the weird booze and coffee combo. Oatmeal helps out a bit, but it needs to be amplified. I was looking forward to this brew, and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. (1,325 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into tulip, in March 11. Here's hoping this one aged well; picked up at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

A: Standard stout appearance; opaque dark brown with a finger of light brown head. Decent retention, good lacing.

S: Pretty faint aroma; I can definitely tell this is an oatmeal stout though- a hint of that tangy oatmeal flavor is present. Some light chocolate malts as well. Not a bad smell, but its weakness brings the rating down a bit.

T: Oatmeal flavor is pretty prominent once again, especially to start things off, before giving way to a very bitter, dark chocolate flavor. I hate to describe this beer primarily with characteristics included in its name, but the name is extremely appropriate. There's a big hoppy element to the bitterness; I'm picking up a good number of piny/resinous flavors on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with light carbonation; this is smooth, thick, and creamy, just like an imperial stout ought to be to maximize its flavor. Very enjoyable.

O: This beer is better than the sum of its parts; I found my glass running low pretty quickly. I'm happy that I have another bottle of this, especially since it was a limited release. (1,200 characters)

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

Bomber marked July 2008 poured into a stone pint glass. It's overdue that I finally take the time to dust a bottle of this off and give it a review.

As this brew sits in my pint glass, it appears a pitch black color with hardly any light showing through even the edges. When held to the light, it displays some decent clarity around the outer most edges which gives way to some lighter brown hues and redness. The cap appears a dark tan to brown color, a finger strong that quickly recedes to a thin film across the top of the brew. A light swirl hardly revives the cap's strength, it just pushes the bubble formation closer to the edges of the glassware. Faint spotty lacework clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is all over the place. For a label that reads bitter chocolate stout, the first things I pick up on are that of dark fruits, raisin, plum, figs that give way to licorice, chocolate, fresh grains and a slight indication of oxidation. There is a light burnt to charcoal aroma that leads into a scent that is minorly reminiscent of soy sauce. The soy in this case is not dominating or overpowering, it provides a pleasant depth to the aroma of this brew without going over the top and being distracting. The backend of this brew's scent finishes with the chocolate notes that are edging towards smelling burnt.

The taste of this brew is dark and roasty, it leaves a taste of heavily kilned grains inside the mouth that last with every sip which taste like semi-sweet chocolate. Fruity flavors of raisins and prunes accent the fruity aspect of the bold alcohol that is still evident in this brew. There is a sweet grainy flavor that meshes well with the fruity alcohol flavors of this brew before turning burnt on the tongue with a light musty character. More sips of this brew reveal a light amount of oxidation in the form of soy.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that seemingly coats the inside of the mouth with a silky smoothness. The carbonation is moderate which is peculiar because it appears visually as being inadequate but as the brew rests inside the mouth it is prickly and lively. At 3 years old I would say this brew is holding up pretty well. The alcohol is still readily evident with both flavor and warming factor down the throat. However, the soy notes elude to possible packaging fatigue at this point. I would love to be able to sit here and taste this brew fresh verse what it is now but that obviously isnt possible with a one-time brew. If you haven't had this yet, get out there and get it before it's too late. (2,562 characters)

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