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

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BA SCORE
92
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848 Ratings
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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)
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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured black and opaque into a tulip...not a lot of head here. Aroma is medium-intensity, with some nice burned-pizza crust roastiness, chocolate, and with an oatmeal quality. Flavor was a nice blend of chocolate, which wasn't overpowering, and a good degree of dark malt roasty. Hides its ABV dangerously well; felt like I could've drank two bombers of the stuff. Very drinkable for the ImpStout style.

Very good - I would recommend. I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma Ave in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black color, though doesn't appear too viscous. Nice head of dark tan foam, settling into a frothy ring. Notes of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in the nose initially, but after a few smells the alcohol fume gets more dominant, masking the other aromas.

There is a sharp alcohol presence in the taste also. The flavor is very dry and roasty, with a good, coffee-like, tannin bitterness (although not as bitter as the label might suggest). Nice toasted malt finish, but it all ends with a bit of astringence. Decent thickness, its a bit chewy at times, but smooth enough. Fine, sharp carbonation.

This chocolate beer is not overtly sweet like the Rogue Chocolate Stout or the Souther Tier Choklat, and for that I was glad. Unfortunately it was bit alcoholic and lacked enough balance for a high drinkablity. I am hoping that all it needs is some aging, and I do believe it will improve. I will try it again in at least 6 months...

bennetj17, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as a nice pitch black in the glass. Head is dense and mocha-colored and fades fairly quickly leaving only a trace of lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malts. There are also some dark fruits and alcohol burn in the nose as well. Taste is big on the sweet malts as well with the significant bitterness of the baker's chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a little carbonation on top of the bitterness of the chocolate. This is a decent, but quite bitter, stout and the flavors are are a little too abrasive for me. This one could use some time to bring the flavors together.

gford217, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies is right, damn! This beer is great!

A nice lonslaught of, errr, doughy (dark) chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Couple that with carob, a hint of smoke (the slightly burnt edges around the cookie?) . . . at least initially. Then the alcohol comes and adds a strong numbing presence. Fig and chloraseptic are the big tastes in the middle, followed by a nice raw cookie dough and burnt pastry finish.

A very nice brew. I like what Stone does when deprived of hops. Great stuff. I gotta say, I like their dark beers better than their hoppy beers. This is like their RIS (one of the best beers ever, IMHO) but a lot drier and a touch more bitter, but in a chocolate way. Great stuff.

shbobdb, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of BBM
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brute of a beer poured a deep, thick black into the glass with a short chocolate-brown head. sweet sticky lacing around the glass. Aroma was German chocolate, java, espresso, and bit of alcohol.

There is an intense rush of bitter chocolate/alcohol at the front of this beer, but as it warms the complexities really shine through. Burnt grains, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a subtle (especially for Stone) hop influence all create a unique and exciting beer experience. Each sip gives you a little more depth and character. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and full-bodied.

This beer was great on a cool summer's eve and probably even better on a chilly winter night. I have to go back and buy another bottle of this for cellaring purposes. Another A+ beer from Stone. Well done.

BBM, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new Stone offering to savor and appreciate, ahhh, Life is good! This bottle cam straight from Grover himself, thanks G. Pours dark mahogany/near black, dark tan head, initially quite solid then slowly fading to a ringed film and leaves better then average lace.
Nose is the expected chocolate, burnt malt and espresso grains. Full flavor brew (surprise) plenty of coffee grain, dark chocolate, dark grains, yum, stout lovers rejoice...try it mixed with some sort of cherry beer and go nuts...thanks Stone for putting more fine brew on the market and in my hands/belly

Billolick, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An interesting but welcome change for Stone not making the Anniversary ale overloaded with hops. I'm excited to try it.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip very black with a 2-finger, creamy-looking, latte-colored head. It drops somewhat quickly to a thick collar with a near full cap of foam.

SMELL: The aroma is strong on bitter dark chocolate (imagine that!) along with coffee and alcohol. As it warms, a small piny hop aroma comes from deep within as does some slight fruitiness.

TASTE: Big chocolate flavor but with enough roasted and black malts that it balances it nicely. Some caramel adds to the richness. A dessert beer for sure. The bitterness is quite impressive given that so little of it seems to be from hops, though what's there is just enough to be noticeable without adding any vegetative flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky smooth. The oats are quite evident here. Carbonation is on the lower end which seems spot on.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. It gets even better as it warms up. The 9.2% barely seems like it's there.

Another win for Stone and it's Anniversary Ale. I bought quite a few and can't wait to see how it changes over time.

jmalex, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bold deep dark black hue with an nice thick espresso colored head. The retention was good with some lace being noted.

S: Nice strong stout aromas. There is a big blast of roasted oatmeal and charred malt. A nice dose of bitter chocolate plays well with some green hops.

T: Nice malt blast right from the start. Roasty oat and char come forward first. A touch of sweet chocolate and coffee in the middle yield to bitter chocolate in the finish. This is a wonderful brew.

M: Rather medium in body for such a big brew. It is slick and oily though and goes down rather nicely.

D: Drank the entire bomber myself and what a joy it was. Stone had great success with this one. The chocolate was a nice replacement for the hops. I now have to score me another bottle.

tpd975, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

125 reviews as of this writting. I'll skip the usual review and free form this one. On the plus side I thought this was the dullest darkest brown heads I've seen on a black beer in some time. I liked the oat smoothness and chocolate aspects. On the ok but a bit much side, the heavy roast and battle between bitter bakers chocolate and hops left me thinking one was nice.

My hats off for their adventure.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black-sizeable tan head. Ok aroma. I get a heavy bourbon smell. Bitterness upfront-cant necessarily say it is chocolate. Roasted sort of burnt coffee flavors. Somewhat of the silkiness you would expect from an oatmeal stout. Lingering dark cocoa flavor. Mild alcohol tinge. Good body. I am a bit dissapointed overall more of a stout then anything. None of the chocolate character I was expecting. Nothing really stands out and says "hey". The bourbon aroma was a bit unexpected. Won't dis this entirely but will try my other bottle and review again.

lackenhauser, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick, black, gooey, used motor oil black with a tiny, dark brown head on top. On the nose is mostly alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol with hints of roasted malt and chocolate. But...yeah...mostly alcohol.

The taste is better than the smell, though it's still dominated by the alcohol. There is some bitter chocolate in there, along with roastiness. The bitterness of the chocolate shows up at the end, and the bitterness is much milder than the hop bitterness you get from a lot of Stone's beers. The mouthfeel is very thick with low carbonation.

I would not classify this beer as very drinkable, mainly due to the high alcohol content, but it's a very interesting beer and it was fun to try.

Spidey13, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is the darkest of browns with an immense tan foam head that sustains, moderate lacing

Smell is deep bittersweet chocolate and lighter coffee malts alongside a stiff alcohol presence, hints of roast

Taste is initially full of dark bittersweet chocolate which dominates throughout, opens up to some sweet malts and touches of espresso and roast malts, hints of dark fruits, oatmeal grains, and earthy hops for balance, finishes with a moderate alcohol warming sensation

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth velvety texture, ample carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, well-balanced semi-sweet stout with a considerable alcohol boost, not in the top tier for this style but a must-have for any dark chocolate lovers

Stoneman78, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Padron4KM
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 27, 2008
22 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.
Oily black with a small head of tight bubbles. When agitated, alcohol coats the glass in a thin sheet.
Molasses and prunes dominate the aroma, with some subtle notes of chocolate and creamy oats in the background.
Flavor is light bitter/sweet chocolate, esspreso beans, with a hint of grapefruit on the finish.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth, and alcohol -though noticable in the aroma- is barely perceptible in the mouth.
Solid offering from Stone.

Padron4KM, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Totally black with bright brown foam that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is roasty with baker's chocolate and some dark fruitiness. Flavor is off the charts roasty with just enough body and sweetness to keep it from charring the tongue. Similar to dark chocolate-infused coffee. Very smooth and creamy, no trace of the 9.2% abv. This beer toes the line between stout and imperial stout nicely. Another top notch Stone beer.

illidurit, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great thick black opaque color, but with just a small bit of creamy tan head that goes away quickly and almost no lacing. Nice scent, but not as strong as I would've expected; it's dominated by a nice bitter chocolate, but there is not much of a coffee/burnt grain stout aroma and no oatmeal sweetness scent. Nice taste, hints of coffee, but mostly a nice bitter chocolate taste with a good aftertaste with it, but almost no oatmeal tones, just a little sweetness in there to offset the chocolate. It goes down creamy, but there is a definite alcohol feel that detracts from its smoothness.

JamesS, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber of this and drank it. Decanted into a small tulip glass. It's absolutely opaque. Very little carbonation - it leaves a thin, tan lace around the edge of the glass.

Not a strong nose on it. A touch of the dark chocolate and some coffee. Even a little bit of smoke.

The dark chocolate is definitely the forward taste. Decent bitterness with it. Notes of coffee and cocoa, too.

Little bit of bright fizz on the tongue. Dissipates quickly. Pretty smooth - gotta be the oats at play there.

Pretty interesting beer - really a cool use of the dark chocolate, off-set by the mild smoothness of the oats. Maybe a bit bitter to be easily drinkable, but the bomber went down pretty easily.

ndekke39, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA on 7/25/08.

A - Dark chocolate brown body with more than a finger's width of frothy mocha-colored head that left decent lacing around the glass. This puppy reminded me of a milkshake!

S - Surprisingly muted nose with faint notes of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Some roasted malt as well, but overall the aroma is quite subdued.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt up front that quickly seques into more of a bitter coffee aspect with a dash of earthy hops for good measure.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes moderately bitter on the palate.

D - Not as chocolately as, say, Suthern Tier Choklat, but still highly drinkable for such a big beer (9.2% ABV). Nice bitterness all around with this one.

ffejherb, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg.

A-Beautiful! Black with no highlights....with a BIG, thick, creamy looking mocha head. Left mucho lacing behind.

S-Faint....gets a bit better as it warmed though. Light smokiness, bitter chocolate and a bit of espresso.

T-What it lacks in aroma is made up in tatse! Mmmmm...rich, full flavoured bitter chocolate meld with blasts of espresso and dark roasted malt. A tiny twinge of smoke creeps in late.

M-Medium-heavy body with a full, smooth richness. Long lingering bitterness.

D-This is like a dessert beer. Smooth, rich and flavourful. Even at 9%+ this is one to grab a snifter of a relax with by a fire!

Deuane, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber purchased from Texas Liquor. Poured into a Duvel snifter, pours a jet black with big foamy brown head with nice lacing for such high alcohol content. Smell is roasted malt with plenty of chocolate and coffee aromas a touch of acetone on the finish. Taste was a little messy with such a strong hot alcohol flavor that got even stronger as my beer warmed, the strong bitterness seemed less from the chocolate and more from the burnt roasted malt finish. However the oatmeal did leave a nice creaminess to both the flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is full body with a nice for mentioned creaminess and light carbonation level. The chocolate and oatmeal really addd to the beer but the unability to mask the alcohol really detracts from it. I think that a little aging will do wonders for this beer but still a worthy beer right now.

sfoley333, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, opaque black. Topped by a creamy, dark brown head that retains well and leaves sheets of lace. The aroma is malty and roasty. Chocolate is dominant, but there are also notes of dark fruit and coffee.

Malty chocolate upfront moves into a boozy center with notes of toffee, more chocolate and fruit. Finish is an insanely strong roasty, dark chocolate bitterness. Thick and full-bodied, smooth, moderate to low carbonation.

The bitterness is really assertive, but really flavorful.

EPICAC, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of ddarden
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured the 12th in a snifter and it is jet black with a muddy foam forming a nice head. It looks just like a very nice RIS. Very nice appearance. The smell is chocalate, roasted grains, dried fruit, and sweet malt. No real hop smell coming off. The taste is very chocolatey followed by a bitter roasted malt flavor. No real hoppiness, but a nice bitter flavor from the malt. One of the most notable things is the alcohol hotness. I think a little age will do this beer wonders. The mouthfeel is unbelievable. It feels like silk and coats the whole mouth with milky, chocolate goodness. The drinkability of the 12th Anniversary is good, but this beer will definitely benefit from some aging to blend it all together. I am going to stick my remaining bottles in the cellar. Excellent job Stone on this beer!

ddarden, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-25-08

Pours a very thick and viscous black, possibly the darkest and most opaque beer I've ever seen. No head, but with thin rings of lacing.

Smell is intense coffee and chocolate, very sharp. There's a deep malt character underneath, with just a touch of oakiness.

Taste is lots of bitter, semi-sweet chocolate, and big, sweet malt. The finish is pleasantly bitter, and a little on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is great, super creamy and suits the beer nicely.

Drinkability is good, though the sweetness tends to build up.

Overall, a very good chocolate beer, just a little too young. I'm looking forward to this beer in a year's time.

BMoney575, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, nearly opaque and appear inky black in the glass. Light tan heads fades into a collar around the glass. Very light aromas of dark fruits, roast and chocolate. Lots of taste, but not the greatest balance. Very heavily roasty and burnt, some dark fruit notes, with a light hint of chocolate. Hops as well, especially towards the finish. A bit brash and overly bitter for my taste, but I suppose it has decent aging potential. Towards the end of the bottle, I was liking it less and less.

Crosling, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

aforbes10, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body appears pitch black absolutely opaque no light passing through at the edges. Nice sized mocha tan head forms thick and leaves behind fine lacing as it dwindles down, by the way I poured this into my Piraat chalice since I recently broke my Stone Imperial Stout chalice, pretty similar shape. This year's release seems to be keeping with the black beer theme, hoppy black IPA definitely wasn't my favorite new concept beer let's see if bitter dark chocolate infused oatmeal stouts work as well as it sounds.

Aroma upfront with bitter dark cocoa nibs, deep fruity ripened fruit notes including ripe plum and fig notes, touch of metallic mineral character blended with herbal hop blends just barely coming through in the nose.

Flavor is complex starts off with a tart twang seems out of place in something this dark, I was assuming there would be more roasted malt character off the bat. Somewhat lactic creamy notes with oatmeal softness coming into play. Definitely finishes with big luscious dark bitter chocolate notes and welcome hop burps arise after your first few sips even thought not much hop action is going on in the actual flavor or aroma. As it warms alcohol becomes a welcome flavor component that seems to offset some of the sweet and tart fruit notes from the pure bitterness of the dark chocolate added. Oatmeal also plays as a buffer between the chocolate and sweet fruit undertones.

Carbonation level is mellow, dark dry bitterness is definitely left on the palate after each sip. An overall medium to full body with creamy edges to it the entire 22 ounce portion. By the way, I would recommend to split this large portion with friends and let the beer warm up a bit to let all of the flavors and textures come out.

This Stone 12th offering serves up some surprises, keeping it original and unique as usual I would definitely recommend the experience. Is it something that I will be chasing down like the Stone 10th no way but was it tasty and complex...of course. I see what the folks at Stone were trying to pull off and guess I like the blurb on the label about hop shortages and turning to the bitterness of dark chocolate versus hops, so I see the vision but taste for yourself whether or not it works.

WVbeergeek, Jul 25, 2008
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.