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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BA SCORE
92
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854 Ratings
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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
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 EgadBananas
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vicious black pour, with a nice dark tan finger of forced head.

Smell is good with fair amount of malts, chocolate and coffee. There is a tart quality, but it's faint.

Good lord. I'm pretty sure they used the highest percent of cocoa that they could find because this thing is uber bitter chocolate. I presumed that it would be hoppy, but it is totally the intense chocolates. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate ones it warms.

Feel is thick and coating.

This is very good, but needs to warm in my opinion.

Photo of Domingo
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oatmeal and chocolate you say? I'm in.
Pours an expected deep black with a rocky brown head. Lacing? Yup - all the way down.
Smells of espresso, baker's cocoa, bitter hops, and a little bit of burnt bread.
Tastes bitter from the cocoa and hops, but the texture is silky smooth from the oatmeal. I'm picking up more coffee flavors than chocolate. Lots of roasted flavors, and even a grapefruit-like hop finish that leaves a clean, but bitter finish. As this one warms, the flavors do become more pronounced. I'd definitely recommend keeping this brew only very lightly chilled.
The texture is smooth at first, although as it warms it loses a bit of it's integrity.
The texture does well when chilled, but the flavor's muted...but when it warms, it becomes a little watery.
The thing is, after drinking a sip, you tend to want to try it again, but there's something there that's a little harsh and keeps the drinkability lower than I'd like. Compared to other similar brews, the drinkability on this is lower as a result.
Stone never really fails at anything, but I'd have to say that this is probably my least favorite item from them thus far...which still scored a "B"

Photo of CoolJosh
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, dark black body from pour, with a woody smoke brown head that sits nicely. This is exactly what an imperial stout should look like. Beautiful complexion.

The smell is rather sweet, with tons of oats and some licorice, sweet and bitter chocolate. I fail to see any more complexity then this, and to be honest, it smells just ok.

The taste...Tons of oats, sweet and bitter chocolate but mostly bitter as one could infer from the name, licorice on the end. Creamy thick. A little bit too much licorice comes through in the middle that could be feasible as an alcohol-like tastes. It has a harsh element not characteristic of an oatmeal stout. Some dry cocoa powder which adds to the after taste, but not exactly with satisfaction.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a thin layer of tiny bubbles, with slow-falling sticky lace. Aroma is rich dark oatmeal sweetness. Taste is sweet chocolate to start, but quickly overpowered by burnt oats, which give way to bitterness and alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, and drinkability is limited for me by same. Just a little too brash for me, even if it lives up to its name, and is just what the brewers wanted. Guess this time, I'm not as worthy as I could be...

Photo of Tolann
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Ever seen a gargoyle on a bicycle? Dark. Very dark. The pour looked almost thick like oil. Looked like pouring an RIS. Decent head the color of frothy coffee.

S - Can smell it already from here. sweet and roasty chocolates. Its a scent that warms you. More on the sweet side, almost like a cookie. They should make a candle that smells like this.

T - Smooth chocolate, not particularly sweet more bitter. Some coffee characteristic. Again, some of an RIS characteristic. Getting better as it warms

M - Medium mouthfeel and more boozy than I would have guessed a 9.2% to taste. Bit of a warming feel to it.

D - It is what it is. Not one that you'd drink all nite, but not a bad choice to sip after dinner. Now if I only had a nicely lit fireplace and a cozy blanket.

Photo of FishGetter
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Stone black apperance with a thin creamy head that quickly disapates however leaving small ring around glass.

Slight hint of oats and dark chocolate hide behind a roasted grain.

This one will put hair on your chest! Watch out ladies! Stong alcohol presents with dark chocolate tones and slight oat taste.

Excellent creamy mouthfeal. The oats work there magic here.

This one could use some time to mellow out a bit. Much warming going down the throat. Have another bottle, looking forward to re-visiting this offering.

Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sample via oakbluff. Jet black in colour with low to moderate carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, dry red wine , dark toffee, and a bit of oatmeal. Very dry in the mouth, with more dark chocolate and vineous notes. Additional elements of minerals (flint and chalk), light molasses, medium roast coffee, and caramel are also present. Heavy in the mouth, in spite of how dry it is. Good, but not great overall.

Photo of AgentZero
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nicely dark dark brown, almost black, with a big tan head which stuck around with some moderate lacing Nice looking.

S - Ton of chocolate, not as roasty as I would have thought, with an oat backbone and a touch of hops. Beer seems appropriately named.

T - Almost a chocolate bomb. Not quite along the lines of Chokolat, which I think is overkill, but this is very chocolatey. Oatmeal stout profile is in there, but chocolate dominates.

M - Full bodied, slightly flatish, I think this is how most beers this style tend to be, but it leaves it finishing somewhat empty and simple.

D - Pretty easy to drink, especially with how sweet it is, I'd like something with a little more bite though. Not sure I'd consider this an "Imperial Stout", high alcohol but taste just not big enough for me.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Well this beer certainly looks like a oatmeal chocolate stout! Dark black and oily looking as I pour it, and the head shoots up from underneath to a faint coco tan looking head. Head is not enough to cover the entire top of the beer, but it fades into a thin tan ring that settles on top. This beer is dark and really is hard to find fault with.

Smell - They sure dumped a lot of chocolate into this, or so the smell would have you believe. Not much oatmeal to smell, and maybe a faint bit of coffee after it's swirled and coaxed out. If anything this tastes like it might be overly sweet. Smells very deep and very rich.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Well it isn't as balls to the wall sweet as I was first dreading. It does fall more into a chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee balance. It still has a very rich taste to it, and the alcohol is very present. Feel is on par and is medium bodied with a smooth delivery. Just a bit too burnt and not enough oatmeal flavor.

Drinkability - Stone could have done better with this one, but it is one that is worth trying. If you like chocolate go Southern Tier, and if you like oatmeal go St. Ambroise. You'll thank me later.

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....

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.