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

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 854
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
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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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 854
Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into two glasses. Extremely dark black color. Had a rich look to it. Big brown head. Not a lot of carbonation. Smelled like a heavy duty stout. Roasted barley with a jacked up alcohol presence. Taste was pretty good, but not what I expected. There was a lot of the bitter chocolate present, but not much else. What about all the other flavors you'd expect from an oatmeal stout? Plus, I found this beer to be a bit on the thin side for a stout. Didn't seem to have a lot of heartiness to it. Didn't blow me away, as I was thought I might be from a special release beer. I would be interested, though, as to what this beer would taste like if it were cellared for 12-16 months. Should have bought two, I guess. (730 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ink black with a very thick dark brown head. Head reduces down to about a 1/4 inch thick foam cap and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate laced with pure alcohol. Surprisingly strong alcohol aroma. Little bits of roasted malt mixed in. Takes on a fiant aroma of rubbing alcohol as it warms.

T - Bitter roasted malts up front with hints of unsweetened chocolate. A big mouth full of roasted grain. Very simple taste profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Alcohol burn is very noticeable which is a little surprising given the age. Not very complex tastes make it a little on the dull side. (622 characters)

Photo of brushtachio
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on two separate occasions. Once I drank it a little colder than I would normally drink a stout. The second time I had it closer to 50-55 deg. and surprisingly I found that I liked it better very cold.

Pours nice and black and produces a nice chocolate head with a little coaxing

Cold, it's smell was subdued but enjoyable with chocolate, roasted malt and a little smoke. Warmer, all these smells were pushed out by a really dominant booziness.

With the taste, again, unless extremely cold, the rubbing alcohol burn is overpowering and detracts from the chocolate and malt. When the booze taste subsides, you still get the lingering hops and chocolate bitterness

Mouthfeel is silky but thinner than expected.

The heavy booze presence keeps the drinkability low unless you like ice cold stouts (813 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at JJ Brewskys along with my Old Viscosity, Saucerful of Merkin.
I previusly rated the bottle and now the tap. It came to me in a pint glass, ddep brown in the light as I sat outside, very small tan head to this brew. Nose was hot, cocoa and oats. Taste was a bit smoother than the bottle but this beer is still to hot and it masks the great flavor hiding in it. Mouthfeel was chocolatey and too boozy for me. Almost a pain more than a pleasure to drink. (465 characters)

Photo of chaz410
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome label, like usual. This pours jet black with a thick, but not really tall, deep caramel colored head. Beautiful color and head retention.
It should be noted that the smell and taste are much better if this beer warms a little. When cold the smell is subtle and so is the taste. Once it has warmed up a little you get some nice sweet and roasted smells. There's a little bitter chocolate hint in the nose too.
The taste is not very sweet as you would probably expect from the title. It is bitter, roasty and a little malty sweet.
I liked this beer and it's definately a different take at a stout. Worth the try (618 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
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... (938 characters)

Photo of gameface23
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 9/29/08 on another beer rating website.

Pours jet black with small, dark tan head. There's not a lot of carbonation, but the mouthfeel is still decent. The aroma wasn't what I expected: some chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and slight coffee, but nothing spectacular. Taste was similar. Black coffee finish. (333 characters)

Photo of lifebeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. poured dark brown/black with a finger of mocha head that hung around as a thin wispy film on the surface

s. the usual: licorice, chocolate, hoppy sweetness, coffee

t. roasted coffee beans and dark malts, bitterness more from hops than chocolate, finishes with a noticeable alcohol punch

m. medium for the style, not thick and velvety as is the case for many (the best) oatmeal stouts.

d. its not so thick, so its fairly drinkable, although the alcohol punch will take you out if you dont take it easy

overall, i'm somewhat disappointed here. no thick mouthfeel, no strong bitter chocolate flavor, just roasted coffee and alcohol. its possible that this wasnt stored in the best conditions (new beer distributors in NYC--a non-conditioned warehouse). (757 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle at a local store in Columbus... not sure if they had this kept in the back, if it literally sat on a shelf for two years (which I doubt - no dust on the bottle), or if Stone is still distributing it... several places seem to be selling their 2008 RIS still too. Not really sure what's going on there.

Nevertheless I was excited when I found this for $6 a growler.

Poured thick, thick black. Viscous and oily. Small thick head of dark toffee that receded into intermittent lace. Pitch black, no hope of light, not even around the edges.

I really got no smell at all off this. If I nearly stuck my nose into the beer I could pick up the alcohol. And after warming I MAYBE got some dark fruit, but that is a bit of a strain to be honest. Not sure if it was the age, old hops, the oats/chocolate, or even the recipe, but I was not impressed here.

The flavor was immediately dry and bitter - here's the advertised chocolate. Roasty, boozy for under 10%, lots of burnt toast. As it warmed it got sweeter and I could start to pick up more chocolate flavor and less bitterness. The booze stayed throughout.

Mouthfeel is thick and semi-chewy. The alcohol prickles the tip of the tongue and is very warming, but doesn't burn so I didn't mind too much. The warmer it got the more silky and smooth it drank. Dry and without much carbonation, as I'd expect.

I had no problem drinking most of the bomber (my wife sampled a little of it), but I wouldn't want a second one in a night. Overall a good find, I might buy some more if there's any left next time I'm beer shopping. (1,584 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is about a 1.5 years old.

pour was motor oil black with very little head

lots of chocolate and molasses with hints of booze

bitterness all around, which you can pin point to the chocolate. this is interesting however there is s booze sting that kills the mood. a bit of a charcoal flavor here and there. overall, too boozy.

the body was far lighter than i had expected or would have liked.

this was too hot, which i found to be a tad odd. i am curious what another year or two can do to this. as for right now, im not that impressed. (543 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 16oz goblet. Poured black, no light shows through, with a thick, medium brown head that dissipated quickly and left lots of sticky lacing.

A pleasant blend of aromas on the nose, coffee, roasted malt and certain earthiness I couldn't quite place being most noticeable. The flavors followed the aromas closely, with the coffee being most upfront, then the rest of tastes rolling across the tongue. No noticeable chocolate flavors remain, and there is just a minimum of hoppiness.

The body and drinkability were average for a big stout. Full body that coats the tongue and lingers. Nicely drinkable for a big beer, I can't see having more than one at a sitting though, worth trying now that it's sat a year. If I remember correctly, I liked this beer better when it was fresh. Certainly worth trying again if you see it. (830 characters)

Photo of r3zim
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pores black with 1/2 inch of dark tan head.

Smells faintly of chocolate and malt.

Medium body with foam-like texture. Very interesting.

Taste of strong roasted flavors and coffee-like bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Bitterness reminds me of baking chocolate.

Smooth to drink but bitterness stays a bit too long. The heaviness also detracts from it's drinkability. This ale has some interesting characteristics but there are many imperial stouts that I'd pick far before it. (497 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Gordon's in Waltham. I was VERY excited to try it! The beer poured a very deep brown/black, relatively no light passes through, with a large brown creamy, yet rocky head. The scent is of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal and maybe even some espresso. The ABV is 9.20 and you can smell the alcohol clearly. I undestand it is imperial but most imperials that I have had lately still mask the taste of the alcohol a bit better. Taste was subtle at first but then the chocolate and oatmeal kicks in halfway down. The ABV was overpowering in my opinion...because of that, I found it to be not well balanced. I thought it masked a lot of great flavor. The mouthfeel was decent. Overall, I think less alcohol would have made this a great beer. (760 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Pulled the cap off this vintage bottle and only had a tiny amount of gas and hiss that leaked out of the bomber. I poured this into my DFH bubbled pint glass straight on trying to entice a nice head. I was left with a one finger thick dark mocha almost chocolate colored head that faded away to almost nothing. This baby is as black as used motor oil with no light passing through and no yeast chunks floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty thick.

Smell:

initial burst of dark bakers chocolate, sweet figs, and other pitfruits. Some black cherries, coffee, roast, and some earthy hop undertones. Complex sweet, and caramel like, raisins and pretzels.

Taste:

Sharp notes of licorice, dark rum, chocolate ice cream, dates and caramel. A slight menthol flavor? Black burnt coffee, lingering heat alcohol, mossy earthy hops and thick molasses. In the finish there is some pipe tobacco and vanilla. (935 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi aggresive pour brings a pitch black color with a bubbly 2 finger cocoa colored head. Plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of chocolate, some dark fruit, malted milk. All somewhat subdued.

Roasted/toasted flavor with some plum/fig character, slightly smoky, coffee flavors, booze, & rich bittersweet chocolate & hops in the finish. Lots going on here.

Full bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated.

One bottle shared with another person was good.

Interesting brew. Seems a little rough around the edges. I'd guess this would do well with some time in the cellar. I'll try this mixed with some lambic as well. (619 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bitter hops. lots of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and rich roasted malt. Flavor is rather bitter! (as advertised). Sweet, rich oatmeal malt, alcohol, slight slight bitter chocolate. I was really excited about this beer but it proved to be a disappointment. Much too heavy and alcoholic for my liking. This needs a bit of age I think. Not as much chocolate as I'd prefer and the sweetness/alcohol richness does obliterate some of the other flavors. Fun to try, but I don't think I'll purchase again (unless it's aged perhaps).
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5) (644 characters)

Photo of TonyT
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this from 22 oz. bombers (one that has met its fate with the ceramic tile of the kitchen floor...yes I'm ashamed)...
But I thought that it would be a better/more fair rating from a tap...

Poured into the glass (both from the tap and bottle), as perfect as a glass of motor oil...(as many other posts have stated)...I would say like New Jersey Lake Sludge (I can't wait for the replies on that one...I've looked for my own snipes (as a kid) thank you very much...)...

The taste mellows out while the pour gets warmer, much like the bottle.

The alcohol taste is more apparent as it warms..., but I would not say that it has such an "oatmeal taste", I was expecting more of a Rogue Chocolate Stout meets/ Sammy Smith's...but for all around it was good.

...It definitely has its own character and holds up on its own...I am interested to see how this brew ages...(like other posts have stated).

Stone Rocks... (922 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (856 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 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 gford217
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (690 characters)

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

Twenty-two ounce brown bottle dated July 2008.

Opaque black liquid, topped by a thin tan head. Head holds up okay, no lacing on the glass.

I don't really get chocolate in the nose, beyond what you would normally expect from a big stout. Otherwise inviting, with notes of roasted coffee, subtle bits of fruit, and hints of alcohol.

Not too different from what was hinted at in the nose. Notes of coffee, chocolate & roast. Most of the bitterness comes from the roast flavours. Somewhat smooth, medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not bad by any stretch, but I for one was expecting more out of this. (607 characters)

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

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my folks' living room after a nice T-day dinner. From the 22oz bottle to a mug glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a real nice brown foamy head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Oats and sweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, but not overpowering. Bitter and tastes of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick-bodied. Goes down nicely.

Drinkability: Too bitter for my tastes without enough sweet chocolate to balance it out. Would try again, but wouldn't buy again. (534 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Im not impressed with this years anniversary beer. The 10th is my favorite beer all time maybe. this was a huge let down.

comes in a large bottle with the patented gargoyle on the front of course, but there is no promotion for the beer being an anniversary beer... strange. Maybe even stone doesn't think it to be worthy. In fact I sent the beer back thinking it was a mistake and then was shown the tiny little 12 on the back of the bottle.

that said...

smells like an oatmeal stout which some wood, and dark chocolate

Tastes sort of like their russian imperial but a little more bitter. Sweet and dark chocolate notes overwhelm the palate.

I didn't even finish my bottle... I didn't even finish a glass... I split the bottle with a friend and he didn't finish either. Maybe stone 12th anniversary bitter chocolate oatmeal stout is just not for me. Maybe that title is a mouthful just like the beer. (906 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 24 Oct 2008.

Poured in 0.4 L snifter. Pours like friggin molasses. Small very dark brown head. Color is pitch black. Smells acrid, roasty, coffee and chocolate. Quite bitter and cocoay, espresso. Slightly acrid earthy bitter chocolate. Dry warming finish. Medium body.

Did not get much oatmeal in the mouthfeel. (333 characters)

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