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

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

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836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%

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 sweemzander


4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. July 2008 release.

(A)- Pours incredibly thick and black as the darkest night. Produced a sienna, almost dark brown head that reduced down to bubbles.

(S)- Mountains of nutty roastedness with vanilla. Lots of brown sugar in this guy. Hints of creamy oatmeal & dark cocoa. Breakfast, yet dessert smells galore. Very much like burnt french toast(with cinnamon) with melted dark chocolate & sprinkled brown sugar on top with a cup of coffee on the side!

(T)- Velvet-like roasted malts of molasses, cocoa, coffee, & toast. Definitely more subtle yet more profound than the aroma led me to believe. Creamy oatmeal rolls off your tongue into dense roasted coffee with molasses & dark, almost bitter cocoa. I still taste it minutes after each sip.

(M)- Smooth as a baby's bottom! Has enough carbonation in it yet. Creamy & so damn smooth that it just rolls of the tongue & down the throat. Has just a tiny bit of heat from the 9.2%abv, but barely noticeable behind the silky malts & light sweetness. If I could give the mouthfeel a higher score I would. One of the smoothest stouts I have ever experienced, but I am sure the age helped in that regard.

(D)- An awesome beer that has obviously aged to near perfection in a glass. It has everything that makes a good stout. Awesome roasted malts with a light sweetness rolled into perhaps the smoothest drinking stout I have ever had. If you have this in your cellar, now is the time to open & enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 21:34:13 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: July 2008 bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose snifter glass in two parts.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, borderline black with a deep brown, one finger head. Very little retention. No light whatsoever comes through the brew.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa beans and some nice dark fruit and molasses sweetness are strong upfront and throughout. Alcohol is noticable here and hits pretty hard. Some burnt sugar notes also make an appearance.

Taste: Bitter cocoa beans upfront recede nicely into a sweeter milk chocolate flavor. The oatmeal really shines here lending sweetness and adding complexity. Some subtle char and dark fruit balance out the flavors and make this a complex brew indeed. The overall flavor profile works well and is nciely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy. Not much carbonation. Feels right for a stout of this strength.

Drinkability: Even with a high ABV and strong flavors, this brew is dangerously drinkable. The nice balanced flavor is the reason for this. Strong enough to be complex, but still manages to be drinkable.

Overall, a complex, balanced oatmeal stout. Wonderfully big while still maintaining the characteristics of an oatmeal stout. Especially good with a couple years on it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:34:06 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to atsprings for sharing a 22 oz. bottle

Pours an opaque black body under a creamy tan head that reduces to a film and leaves some lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate predominate the nose with some charred bread notes as well.

The flavor is what you would expect: bitter chocolate from the malt and use of actual chocolate in the beer. With warmth the bitter aspect dies down a bit and it mellows to a nice full stout with some more sweetness.
A slightly shy of full mouthfeel with ample carbonation is also a plus. I found myself enjoying this one from first sip to last. The bitter chocolate thing I like, so this stout was right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 14:02:57 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of checkfeet

Korea (South)

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely opaque black, like it is so dense it sucks in the light from neighboring stars. Low carbonation, little head or lacing.

Chocolate and alcohol on the nose.

The bittersweet part of the title rings true - unlike most chocolate stouts it isn't particularly creamy. Lovely chewiness.

My only complaint is that the alcohol seems to dominate the aftertaste. This is aged over 20 months, so we're a little surprised that the alcohol isn't well masked. Still really enjoyable though.

Warming on a chilly night.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 14:00:38 | More by checkfeet
Photo of soco7tyx7

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

July 08' Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter

A - Black as the depths, dark tan almost brown 1/2" head, "falling" lace, mild amount of sediment towards the end
S - Dark chocolate, vanilla/molasses, light hints of bourbon and alcohol
T - Similar to the nose with the chocolate, vanilla/molasses, hint of bourbon, heavy cream, oats for sure giving it a mellow sweet flavor. Finishes with the bitterness of chocolate covered espresso beans
M - Medium, sticky body
D - Takes a minute to finish and should not be drunk too fast. One might miss some of the flavor if drinking too cold too fast

Notes: A great brew from Stone...will definitely develop for a few more years

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:49:59 | More by soco7tyx7
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 1/2 year old vintage...

A - pours black as hell with a half-finger of dark tan head that leaves little bits of lacing. this beer absorbs all light.
S - big dark chocolate aromas, molasses, oats, a touch of vanilla, and alcohol peeking through ever so slightly
T - like the bottle says, bitter dark chocolate dominates the taste, followed by a subtle sweet oat flavor, alcohol, and a strictly bitter finish...whiskey or bourbon flavors come out as it warms.
M - medium bodied and sticky, goes down pretty easy. definitely not as heavy as I expected (neither a good nor a bad thing)
D - drinkability is a little above average for the style but definitely a sipping beer, especially as it warms to room temp.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:16:12 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of digita7693


4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A what youd expect of an imperial, extremely dark, slight brownish tan head

S chocolate, coffee, some molases

T I was quite happy that the chocolate did not over power this, it is there for sure, but doesnt overwhelm you. some coffee as well

D this beer is very smooth and the fact that the chocolate is not overpowering makes this a very very drinkable beer. mouthfeel is similar to a regular stout. this stuff just slides down.

not my favorite IS, BUT this is rather excellent and I would never ever be upset if offered one of these;)
The carbonation in this is perfect too! Ive noticed that many IS have an underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 19:59:31 | More by digita7693
Photo of themedievalist

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up for dessert and split a bomber.

A-The color is very deep, almost black. There's a slight creamy brown head which quickly disappears, leaving very little lacing in its wake.

S-Let me start by saying - I REALLY like chocolate. And this had an amazing bittersweet chocolate smell. So much chocolate. So good.

T-At first I tasted mostly the bitter chocolate, but a few sips in I started to also get a sense of the smooth oatmeal flavor. Seriously: this is a delicious beer.

M-Very thick, with very little carbonation.

D-This was awesome. I would have this for dessert every night. It's like a really dark chocolate bar, but its a beer. I mean, what could be better?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:44:44 | More by themedievalist
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had an oatmeal imperial before. Who better than Stone to break me in? I mean, it won't be gentle, but I'll never forget it. The beer pours a midnight black into the pint glass. There's a wispy tan head that doesn't stick around and leaves no trace of lacing.

The smell is a big hit of bitter baking chocolate, with a strong compliment of toasted malt. Smells like somebody's getting ready to bake something good.

The taste is absolutely wonderful. Bitter, bitter, bitter dark chocolate rules the day. I've been looking for a beer to take advantage of the bittering aspect of chocolate, and does this baby ever deliver. Like a kick in the teeth. The bitterness is complimented by the toasted malt, as in the smell. There's a slight doughy flavor, along with perhaps some raisins.

The taste goes down with a ludicrously smooth mouthfeel. I'm told that's the oatmeal doing its thing. Very thick and sticky. Low carbonation. The booze becomes more detectable as it warms. Another great beer from Stone, and a nice change of pace from their usual offerings. As bitter, but in a different way.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:40:25 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 version.

This beer pours a dense black, with a thin meniscus of soapy beige head, which leaves no lace in its wake. It smells of light roasted malt, licorice, dry chocolate, and a boozy edginess. The taste is caramel malt, more dry powdery chocolate and licorice, bitter toffee, treacle, mild pine hops, and an overarching alcohol warmth. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, silky, and full, and it finishes sweet, the grainy oatmeal predominating, but the drying of the hops and booze can be detected after a short time.

A tasty, smooth concoction.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 23:44:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque, reddish around the edges, with a minuscule tan head and no lacing. Smell is coffee, chocolate, malt, pan drippings. Taste is sweet brown sugar, rich grain, long gritty bitter finish. Thick, but not syrupy. A sipper: glad to have it aged.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:57:46 | More by gory4d
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavy, black and oily in the glass with a creamy light/medium brown head, and vyer light carbonation. Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a slightly winey alcohol aroma. It is powerfully bitter from the start with the bitterest dark chocolate, over-roast charred coffee beans, and a slight raisin sweetness. The feel is smooth and silky, with a massively full body. Really good beer with a superb feel. I'd love to taste what happens with aging, to see whether the bitterness mellows at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:32:54 | More by PartyBear
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A sexy, sexy beer. An Exotic and impenetrably opaque obsidian. Aggresive pour rewards a fading finger of firm foam with only moderate lacing.

What aroma there is smells mostly of very toasted malt. A hint of something sweet, hiding in there as well. No hops to speak of.

It is quite bitter, almost solely from the dark malt. I do detect some minor hopping, a touch more wouldn't go astray. A pleasant sweetness is evident in the middle, quickly followed by more coffee bean espresso. As my girlfiend pointed out, some miso soup in the mix as well. The alcohol is a touch prickly. There's not a lot really going on. A dark chocolate coated arabica bean.

Body is robust enough with good carbonation encouraged by a good sloosh between the teeth.

One was fun.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 19:48:40 | More by Trizzle
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a beautifully viscous stout as it pours from the bottle and forms a pitch black body with a large mocha head. Sheets of lace adorn the glass as the foam slowly dies down to a wispy film. Certainly a looker, regardless of the style.

An oddly subdued aroma reveals little more than dark roast. I'm really getting my nose in there to try an pick up other flavours, and perhaps there are ghosts of chocolate, fruit and oatmeal but they're very faint. Stone decided not to make this one as highly hopped as their other offerings, and they seem a bit lost without it in this instance.

The taste is undeniably bitter, and while I applaud the brewer's attempt to find a good alternative to hops, I'm not sure chocolate is the answer. The bitterness is astringent, acrid, and occasionally inky, seemingly lacking everything I love about hops. Its too bad, really, because it detracts from an otherwise attractive beer. There's a strong roastiness, verging on burnt, which is tames somewhat by a prominent and rich dark fruitiness. Mild notes of oat add some depth and do wonders for the body, which is full and chewy. There's no getting away from the bitterness, though, and its lingering presence in the aftertaste isn't doing anything for this lover of uber-hopped brews.

Even with 18 months on it, this beer is still too unbalanced for my liking, and while some flavours have obviously rounded out, the bitter nature of the chocolate remains overpowering. Thankfully business reverted to normal with Stone 13th, but I'll have to chalk this one up as a rare Stone miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 15:39:51 | More by bobsy
Photo of Thorpe429


3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a creamy head that falls down without leaving too much lacing. Strong smell of bittersweet chocolate along with some dark fruits. Taste is composed mostly of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a tad bit of fruit. A bit alcoholic, but other than that it's fairly smooth and drinks well, although not in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 20:47:31 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of rootbeerman


4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. dated July 2008

A: pours deep black, no light transmission when held up directly to the bulb. little to no head, what is there is dark brown.
S: dark roasted malt, chocolate, oats, cookie like. light alcohol as well.
T: dark roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and oats, alcohol is noticeable but not powerful.
M: it poured like thick syrup, mouth feel is similar but not as thick
D: complex yet easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 22:52:52 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of WaXHeLL


4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/10/2010: - 4.75
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle cellar aged for 15 months.

Been a while since I cracked one of these open.

Appearance: - 5.0
A little bit more head than last time, but still really lightly carbonated for its style. Lacing is even better than before -- sticking very well to the glass.

Smell: - 4.0
Significantly sweeter than before, flavors don't seem to jump out as much, but are much more blended. Nowhere as roasty as I remember. Dark / Bittersweet Chocolate dominates the nose now, with lightly roasted malts and nutty coffee flavors. Oddly, the oatmeal is completely missing now. Not as complex as before.

Taste: - 5.0
This beer has changed significantly -- with the bitter chocolate flavors dominating this beer. The oatmeal is very distinctively present in the finish (and the texture). The alcohol is readily apparent in the finish also. Still extremely complex -- with the nutty and malty flavors coming out to complement the bitter chocolate. The toffee notes have disappeared, and the coffee flavors are very muted, only coming out near the end. Still very tasty, but significantly different. I love how it has developed, although for some people, it might be a little more of an "acquired" taste than before.

Mouthfeel: - 4.5
Still sticks to your mouth like I remembered. Almost mimics the grainyness texture of oatmeal. That bitter chocolate taste definitely lingers afterwards (and the bitter chocolate has gotten more bitter). The feel definitely has gotten stronger, but it is still very excellent -- chewy and tasty.

Drinkability: - 4.0
The ABV before was very hidden -- now it is very apparent. I can feel this beer after just half a pint, and the alcohol is very apparent. Nowhere as drinkable, and it feels like it's gotten much thicker. Despite that, it still doesn't seem like a sipping beer.

6/7/2009: - 4.65
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle cellar aged for 9 months. I've had this beer on draft as well as bottle several times, and it has been one of my favorites of stone's anniversary ales.

Appearance: - 4.5
Pours pitch black with a minimal, coffee colored head. The head is extremely brown. Head dissipates very quickly. Head laces the glass pretty nicely, with a fine foam.

Smell: - 5.0
Aroma has very heavily roasted flavors, with malts, oatmeal, and coffee all coming out. There are significant bittersweet chocolate flavors. The nose also has a slight nutty hint to it. Overall very nicely done, and very different from most stouts.

As the beer warms a bit, the burnt flavors start coming out a little bit more, and overpower some of the more subtle flavors.

Taste: - 4.5
The roasted malt and oatmeal flavors dominate this beer, with a strong tone of bitter chocolate and coffee. There is a good amount of hoppiness and bitterness. There is definitely a earthyness that comes out of the flavor. Finishes with a very tasty bitter and smoky flavor. Molasses and toffee notes comes out near the end. Very complex, and very tasty.

From the initial tasting as well as well as 3 months ago, this beer has definitely sweetened up a good amount. However, it is not overly sweet, and has a good balance. Some of the previous, bolder flavors have been muted a bit. The complexity is still there, but seems a little better blended, and a little more subtle. Still wish there was more bitter chocolate in the taste, although that flavor seems to have come out a little bit more with the age.

Mouthfeel: - 4.5
Thick, heavy, with a very distinct coffee like feel. Sticks to your mouth afterwards. Minimal carbonation, but just enough to remind you that it's a beer. Full bodied and very chewy.

Drinkability: - 5.0
ABV is very well hidden. Very drinkable for this type of beer. Tasty, and well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:47:15 | More by WaXHeLL
Photo of charlzm


3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE: 2010/01/06

Haven't had any of this in over 15 months. Let's see how it's doing...

Pours thickly at 50 degrees F into the trusty Triple Petrus tulip/snifter. One finger head of very deep tan bubbles settles down to a thin sheet of lacing in a couple of minutes.

Aroma is rich, slightly musty baking chocolate.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick but not syrupy by any means. Creamy.

Flavor is slightly sour and slightly metallic on first blush. Chocolate is mellow and subtle and there's a hint of Kahlua-like burn at the end. Hops are not evident.

As the beer warms, something is off in the flavor and aroma and I can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it's a touch of solvent creeping in, especially in the nose. Alcohol content is very noticeable as temp increases.

Didn't age as well as I had hoped, though I don't know how this beer was cellared - I found it on the shelf at a beer store for $14.99 in late 2009.


UPDATE: 09/26/08

Beer is drinking much better now; flavor is smoother, more chocolate and alcohol burn is greatly diminished.


Consumed 07/28/08.

Pours an opaque brown so deep it might as well be black. A good sized dark tan head develops, subsiding to a sticky foam that coats the sides of the glass quite nicely, thank you.

Aromas are oatmeal and alcohol with some chocolate notes.

Texture as the beer enters the mouth is smooth, baby, smooth. Velvety, even.

Flavor is hot, with brash young alcohol pushing to the fore. Chocolate is evident, though not as strong as expected. Dark malts on the verge of burnt and whatever hops Stone added, provide an experience much like drinking a dark, bitter, high-quality chocolate beershake.

This having been said, the beer will almost certainly benefit from aging. Oddly, the draft version of this beer is far superior at this point.

APP - 4.5
MOUTH - 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 22:02:52 | More by charlzm
Photo of Mora2000


4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with a strong bitter chocolate component. The flavor is lots of coffee. Chocolate is present as well with it beginning as a darker almost milk chocolate and ending with a bitter finish. Very creamy thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love stouts that include oatmeal and this is one of the best ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:22:24 | More by Mora2000
Photo of woodychandler


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A full, thick two fingers of really dark brown head with excellent retention. Nose was absolute bittersweet, or better, cooking chocolate. Color was a stygian-dark black. Mouthfeel was somewhat hot with a definite chocolate taste in the mouth. By chocolate, I mean melting a bittersweet bar and pouring it down your throat. You just get that slight burn. Finish was really smoky, chocolately, and definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 22:55:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of hooliganlife


3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:44:36 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Shared with my brother over Thanksgiving.

A-Black motor-oil-esque beer. Brown, creamy frothy head rose nicely, then dissipated quickly to a smattering of a layre.

S-Chocolate aroma is strong initially, then it allows some fruit, dark berry and dried dark fruits.

T-Bitter chocolate flavor is prominent (NOT a milk chocolate), along with some plum and dark fruit. Bitterness seems to come from the roasty malts, some from the bitter chocolate, but may be some hoppy character, too (though this may not be the case, as the info on the bottle states that this is a low-hopped brew, relying more on the chocolate for bitterness).

M-A fair amount of smooth alcohol warming, maximize the smoothness. Moderate-full body, a bit past moderate. Carbonation is medium-level, feels fine though maybe just a bit high.

D-Surprisingly easy to drink, considering the over 9% ABV. A very enjoyable brew.

Thanks to my girlfriend for stowing this one back to MN from her trip to LA.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 22:20:38 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Goldfish19

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This stout pours black with a dark tan head that vanishes into oblivion. It smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is amazing! It's smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly.

A must try. Highly recommended! ~

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:54:07 | More by Goldfish19
Photo of damndirtyape


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle I was lucky to pick up two weeks ago from a local store's cellar clearance. Served in a tumbler.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque beer - no light comes through at all. Dark brown foam that dissipated over 10 minutes leaving no lacing and only some foam at the edges of the glass. Swirling makes the foam only come back for a few seconds.

Smell: It's chocolate all right, but not overpowering nor too subtle. There is an alcohol smell at the end after the chocolate, almost like a chocolate liquor.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate up front, a hint of malt, then bitter with a subtle alcohol finish. The alcohol is there, you can't miss it, but it's not overpowering. It's an "Ahhhh" type of finish that leaves you licking your lips just a bit. Wait a little bit between sips and the bittersweet chocolate comes back to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and very very smooth. There is a thickness to this beer, but it glides down the throat nicely.

Drinkability: Something with this strength I can't see having more of by itself in an evening, but splitting the bottle with a friend (in this case the Mrs.) over a nice meal is an outstanding use of this beer. It went very well with a pork BBQ in this case. I enjoyed the whole experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:37:48 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Casey10


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow had one of these in the cellar, found this when was down in Burlington, MA, place had about 5 more. Was willing to review because I could keep the cellared one for a later date.

A - Pours a nice head quickly goes down to a thin head has a thick body which no light is going through.

S - chocolate slight oatmeal, nice not overpowering nice balance.

T - roasted coffee, chocolate, a bit bitter but time has given this one some smoothness.

M - Leaves kind of a light after feel, some chocolate feel no much bittering the in feel, very nice though warming.

D - Well I have 1 more of this so can't wait to let it sit and have it again, hope stone considers making this a regular !!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:05:58 | More by Casey10
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.