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

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 855 | Reviews: 699
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a tall, though collapsing, dark tan head.

Smell: Malty aroma smelling of freshly pulled espresso and dark chocolate sauce, with accompanying notes of prune skins, soot, and rubbing alcohol.

Taste: Thick, luscious maltiness with a sharp taste of espresso and burnt cocoa nibs. Light trace of fruitiness midway. Coarse, roasty tar component, maybe a touch of creosote. Very minor yeastiness. A bit hot on the roasty, creme da cacao finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rather chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Paired well enough with the movie "Ben-Hur". An epic brew for an epic film. A little harsh and rough around the edges at this present stage, but hopefully some time spent mellowing in the cellar will do wonders for it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of beveritt
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Stone silk-screened label with a flying gargoyle holding up a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of dark brown head. This settles slightly, down to about half its original size. By the end of the beer it is a few wispy islands of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is black. Black as a black hole. No light can escape its pull.

Smell: An almost overwhelming chocolate smell. Almost a chocolate liquor due to the slightly sweet alcohol smell. If you can work past that, you get hints of roasted barley and a little hop greenness.

Taste: Chocolate is definitely more subtle in the taste than the smell. Flavors of roasted barley bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate, and warming alcohol all seem to blend evenly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is decent, with an almost slickness from the oats..

Drinkability: Some really nice flavors in here, The chocolate is great and the oats add a nice smoothness. Right now, however, I think the alcohol is too prevalent. I would love to try thi beer in a few years. Maybe I will see what I can pick up to cellar.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of BenZ
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my roommate. It's his birthday and I'll be nice

A: Jet black with a dark brown head that recedes slowly to a disk and over 30 minutes, a ring. Almost black highlights

S: Bitter chocolate, mild sweetness that's creamy in nature, mild plum/raisin-like fruitiness. Not a whole lot but still very appealing

T: If there was a truth in advertising award for beer, this would be a definite contender. Bitter chocolate oatmeal stout, you say? Well, that's what you get. Starts off with a plenty of bitter chocolate and ton of oatmeal smoothness. I know that's a description of feel but when feel makes its presence felt this much, it's almost an apt flavor descriptor. Unfortunately, there's a good deal of alcohol heat in this, especially as it warms up. Fizzles out on the finish with a mildly bitter finish

M: Ridiculously smooth and the rather low carbonation enhances that but the alcohol heat is waaaay too noticeable.

D: No trouble drinking this but in a year, I won't be sharing this

Photo of matty
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored stout with a light brown foamy head that fades in about two minutes.Aroma is chocolate and alcohol.Taste is chocolate,alcohol and a touch of sweet coffee.This stout leaves a nice warm feeling from mouth to stomach.I recommend and will buy again!!

Photo of crusian
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend...

pours perfectly. appearance is a 5... easily. black viscous, small head... perfect. exactly what I wanted and expected.

smell... not so much... pretty poor to be honest. small notes of chocolate and roasty..., but thats about it.

tastes pretty good. I was expecting more, and to be honest, I tried a 2009 brooklyn black chocolate next to it, as this is VERY similar... and I think the brooklyn is better. This has a LOT of bitterness from the chocolate, and i think the brooklyn is balanced better... it offsets the chocolate bitterness. Dont get me wrong, if stone made this, at their price points, I would buy the hell out of it. but as something that is 2 years old, i expect a bit more out of it.

edit: this is getting much better as it warms... passing the brooklyn black chocolate now. Dont drink this cold... this is MUCH better warm... which is expected, but wow, this has really changed. Chocolate on the front, not overwhelmingly so, but just in a nice balance. Great mouthfeel. nice. I wish they made this again.

Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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!

Photo of jletts
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone IRS glass with a quickly fading mocha tan head floating over peat black. Smelled of boozy sweet chocolate with a touch of black pepper and oak. The alcohol burns the nostrils slightly. Tasted of dark cocoa powder, burnt oak, and peppery alcohol, with some sour notes come through at the back end. A pleasant aftertaste of bakers chocolate permeates every taste bud. The mouthfeel was silky, but powdery on the back end, and slightly viscous. A great concept for a stout. The alcohol was a little strong in the flavor profile and nose. Give this one some time and it will mellow out and improve greatly.

Photo of kaseydad
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

I must say the bottle had me intrigued. I love the gargoyle theme though Stone has much better beers.

It pours a dark chocolate color with a finger sized brown foamy head.

It smells of bitter dark chocolate, raisins, coffee beans and dark roasted malts.

A major bitterness hits the tongue on initial sip but has a hint of black coffee as well. I was hoping for a more bitter chocolate taste as the label states, but I can't taste much of it.

A nice creamy mouthfeel on each sip.

I was really hoping for more from this brew, as I love Stone beers, but it just wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

Photo of oakbluff
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours inky black, cream coloured decent head. Nose- dark chocolate, slight roast. Taste- no question there's some good bitterness from the chocolate here, but moreso a ton of chalk which causes drinkability to suffer somewhat. Chocolate flavour is at forefront, but not cloying at all. Body is thinner than expected, oatmeal didn't add as much body as I thought it might. A tad hot. Interesting effort, wouldn't want a whole bomber by myself though.

Photo of thequeen711
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone has a great product here with the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Pours black as night, just a great looking stout. It does, however, has that bitter aftertaste that didn't impress me as other stouts. This would be one brew to add to the drinkable stouts, if you didn't mind the bitterness of the aftertaste.

Photo of imagineiii
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A stout over 9%, do I get run out of BA if I give this beer anything less than an A? Poured in my trusty dfh snifter.

A: I dont remember where this saying came from but its black as hell at night. The head quickly diminishes again, Im doing something wrong Im sure of it.

S: The most prominent smell is the bitter chocolate. there must be a ton of unsweetened chocolate per barrel in this beer. Hops are there, booze is there.

T: This beer changes more in the mouth than most Ive had. Its hops immediately slap the front of the palate, followed by oatmeal smooth sweetness over the middle and chocolate bitterness is all over the back corners of the palate. The chocolate bitterness sticks around to dominate the aftertaste but it keeps changing: it takes on more acidity, combined with the fact that its a stone beer, has to be attributed to hops. Can a beer with this much booze be too dry? i think it is.

M: Great at first, dryness and bitterness at the end is too much. Typical for a stone beer tho, and I usually sit on it for 6 months and its awesome (see double bastard and 11th anniv.) until then, im detracting some points.

D: No. Im half way done with a bomber and Im almost done with this beer for right now. Its smooth but bitter aftertaste doesnt leave me wanting more.

Ill sit on this guy and review it again later. If its anything like most stone beers itll be an A in 6 months or a year but its not for me right now.

Photo of HalfFull
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, pours a silky black with a standing mocha head. Head diminishes over a few minutes yet offers a frothy trail of lace.

Notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose and sweet 'yum just don't tell anybody' goodness.

A bit sweet and rich on the tongue, nice. Touch of alcohol on the nose, otherwise quite endearing.

Sweetness may encompass and confuse....check please....

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my imperial pint glass.

This stout pours absolutely jet black with no light penetration. A small dirty brown head sits on top of the beer. This is a gorgeous looking stout. I served just below cellar temp to give this a chance to warm up a bit. The nose is really nice on this offering with plenty of roasted grain, bitter and rich chocolate notes, coffee, and black licorice. Once the beer warmed past cellar temp though plenty of hot alcohol notes quickly came on and overtook everything smelling like fingernail polish. The flavor profile starts out with plenty of bitter chocolate notes, light espresso, dark fruit, oats, and roasted grain. The alcohol I smelled in the nose comes across in flavor profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth from the oat addition with very low carbonation. It isn't nearly as viscous as some other stouts, but I like that actually. I do start feeling the warming alcohol though as I get near the bottom of this bomber. The drinkability is quite nice with how easy to drink this was both in the flavor profile and on the mouthfeel.

Bottom line I think in six months this is a huge winner, but it tasted a bit hot to me.

Photo of klewis
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a dark, bubbly head that settles to a thick halo. Moderate lacing.

S: Not much smell with just a light mocha aroma.

T: Lots of bitter, not much flavor. Taste is an earthy bitterness and flavors of chicory and coffee. A bit boozy.

M: Thick and heavy with a super smooth texture. Very light carbonation - just how I like my stouts.

D: Decent, but there just not much going on in the taste or smell for me to love this one.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The big 12 from Stone, couldnt wait to try! First of all, like all Stone bottles, I love this bottle. This one stand out against their others, I dont know why, but for me it stands out and is a work of art...now on to the beer. As I could have told you before even opening the beer, it pours thick and black, a slightly thick tan head forms. Lacing and retention are a little poor I thought. Smell is strong of chocolate, almost a syrup-like chocolate. There is a strong alcohol presence in the smell that I didnt care for. Taste is good, not as complex as I thought though. Strong taste of the bitter chocolate, as expected. A small trace of caramel, some burnt grain, and perhaps some dark fruit. A bit of alochol on the back of the tounge. Low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel.

Something just didnt impress me TOO much about this beer. I dont know if I had higher expectations or if its the fact that its 115F ourt and I'm drinking a thick stout. Overall I did enjoy it, loved the bottle and liked the beer.

Photo of kbeals
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JohnGalt1 sent me this one a while back in a fantastic trade!

A- Inky black, very viscous on the pour. A finger of mocha colored head rises and disappears down to a thin crown of head. Thin veils of lacing throughout the session.

S- Chocolate and dark, roasted malts. A touch sweet with a slight amount of bitter aroma. Somewhat complex, but it doesn't seem to have that extra dimension like other RIS's have.

T- Relatively sweet and bitter. A good mix between the two, flavor reminds me of chocolate and coffee. No real amount of detectable hops, but the bitterness gives the illusion of hops.

M- Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. Pretty much what I expect for this style. Very good.

D- Sweetness gets to me after a while. It also has a detectable amount of booziness to it. Still a good beer though.

Many thanks go out to Toby, a truly epic trader!

Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks thick off the pour. Very dark brown foam that settled to a thin cap with some chunky bubbles forming a collar. Spotty lacing clung to the glass. The beer was pretty much black with very thin reddish edges. Big roasty coffee aroma initially, which gave way to notes of dried fruit, dry cocoa, burnt malt, slight licorice and booze. Balanced bitterness with a nice chocolate and roast flavour. Sweet malts filled out the middle. Fruit character appeared towards the end with alcohol rounding out the finish. Full bodied, but not heavy, with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Alcohol warmth. This one's tasty as it is, but it's still a bit young and hot. Some time in the cellar should smooth things out a bit. As it is, drink it a little on the warm side or let it warm up as you're drinking. It takes the edge off the alcohol and makes for a more pleasant drink.

Photo of Treebs
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks stxSS07 for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Some oxidation as you would expect, but in a sherry kind of way. No real paper or cardboard notes, but slightly dark and pretty fruity. Dark chocolate bitterness with some dried oats.

T: Much like the nose. Bitter dark chocolate, steel cut oats, light dark fruit with minimal oxidation. The booze is well hidden behind a touch a char.

M: Medium thick bodied with a lower carbonation level. Smooth and creamy finish.

O: This held up very nicely and the slight oxidation gave it a dark fruit character that complimented the bitter dark chocolate nicely.

Photo of WeeObese
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice Chocolate Oatmeal RIS.
Appearance: The beer poured dark brown-black with a small dark brown head.
Smell: dark chocolate, roasted malt and slight alcohol at the end.
Taste: warm alcohol, roasted malts and finishes like a 70% Cacao chocolate bar.
Mouthfeel: full bodied and silky from the oatmeal.
Drinkability: I would recommend this beer to chocolate lovers and RIS drinkers, Very enjoyable, not a beer I will stock up on but I will cellar at least one for later enjoyment.

Photo of beernut
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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