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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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851 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008)
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Photo of soulgrowl
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Profoundly black; 100% opaque, glossy, eight-ball black. Head is a bit small, nougaty coffee-brown with fairly weak retention (but at 9.2% ABV that's understandable).

Smell: Lots of coffee and chocolate with an unexpected hint of sweet cinnamon - like chocolate horchata or something! A bouquet of liqueur-like alcohol pokes through the darkness: Kahlua, Cointreau, Ouzo. Mint, possibly from the hops, also comes through to brighten things up a bit. A touch of honey is also apparent, as well as whiskey, Raisinets, and vanilla.

Taste: Lots of booze and plenty of chocolate! Very reminiscent of a Brandy Alexander or a chocolate martini. Smooth and sweet, but with a nice, sharp finish and a shadow of bitterness. There is some fruity sweetness to it, too, a bit like strawberries and a bit citric, like lemon or grapefruit pith; towards the finish a vanilla/brown sugar/citrus flavor emerges, suggesting rum and coke. Slightly nutty as well. The hops are well-integrated, and combined with the chocolate itself, the beer is quite nicely bittered, especially in the chocolatey yet dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Finely carbonated and thick, smooth as crushed velvet and remarkably dry.

Drinkability: A delicious and complex double stout that isn't too aggressive and maintains a nice balance. Excellent work (again) from Stone, more enjoyable, in my opinion, than their standard RIS.

soulgrowl, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Tolann
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Tolann, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better beers I've had recently. Recommended. It pours dark, but actually doesn't taste or feel as dark as it looks. Taste is very good, easy to drink. Definitely lots of chocolate - and I like that. This beer is quite good, but not like some other Stones. I also prefer a Samuel Smith or an Old Rasputin - a little more interesting to me, but this is very good.

Purchased at Kokoman in New Mexico.

prsguitarsr4me, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of pershan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a viscous, thick black crude, with a dirty brown head into a pint glass. A strong burnt toast/roasted malt smell. The taste was of bitter black malt (maybe a touch of the un-sweetened chocolate as well) and burnt toast, which got more and more pronounced with each sip. The alcoholic phenols were quite evident as well, making this taste exactly like the big-time, high gravity beer that Stone is known for, especially with its anniversary brews. Not something to be chugged, but savored slowly.

pershan, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a roughish pour produces about a half inch of the darkest head I've ever seen, like a very dark chocolate milk, retention is quality, with a new head released by each tilt of the glass, the beer itself is black in color

s: dark chocolate nibs and chocolate barley balanced with a lightly astringent dark roasted barley...I should note that the chocolate is just about perfectly excecuted, adding dry depth but no or little sweetness...light french roast coffee, nice touch of smokehouse in the background, oatmeal seems to smooth everything out, some welcome ethanol heat, hops are there for sure but take a backseat to the slew of roast, nearing 4.5 territory

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, fullis but not overly heavy body

t: a chocolate-roast malt body and moderate flavors of dark chocolate make up the bulk of the flavor, the chocolate bitterness kicks in just before that of the hops, malt and chocolate completely envelop the hops as to disguise most of their their flavor, finishes roasty and very long...it's a little brusque to call a beer such as this "bland", but while it's certainly a quality beer and I really like how the chocolate and roasts are done, I did expect a bit more complexity from it, but I do appreciate that it pulls off "chocolate" without becoming a sweet candy beer

d: easy, an enjoyable bomber

bomber from Whole Foods Reston...I picked this up to see if I needed to get another to age, and I'm still not sure if I will...might just pick up an extra 080808 or IRS instead

blackie, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black, with a 1/4 inch mocha head that quickly dispersed to a thin layer and ring around.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate.

T - Wow. Bitter from the chocolate, smooth from the oatmeal. Bitter linger.

M - Thick, mouth coating. Creamy, little carbonation.

D - It's good, but at the ABV, one's the limit.

tedpeer, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/05/08.

Pours thick and pitch black with a thin one finger dense brown head. The head settled to a thin layer pretty quickly and left some lacing around the glass. Aromas of roasted malt and lots of chocolate.

Taste is lots of chocolate. Starts with sweet milk chocolate and ends with bitter dark chocolate. Very subtle kick of hop flavor at the end. Plenty of roasted malt flavor as well.

Feel is very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Full body and fairly thick. Leaves a sticky coating around the mouth. Drinkability is really good. It's not too thick or powerful, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

A bit pricey (~$6 or 7) but it's worth it. I haven't had many Stone beers, but this is one of my favorites.

bkilpatr, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This is one of the blackest, thickest beers I've seen. Like pouring oil into a pint glass. Black/dark espresso brown with a thin mocha brown head with little retention.

S: Toasty malt smell, with a strong sense of milk chocolate. Hint of oatmeal. A very nice smell.

T: Wow, simply delicious. Smooth, love the chocolate and oatmeal flavors together. Like drinking gorp. There is a slight hop flavor in the finish which is a nice compliment. Not overpowering, just enough to show you it is there. Very similar to Young's Double Chocolate, just with a small kick of hops. Really, really good. After a while, you get a strong alcohol flavor on the tongue.

M: Thick, chewy - just like a stout should be.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. ABV is 9.2% so it will take care of you for a while. It's smooth and the flavors are amazing together. A little strong on the hops for a stout, but it is a welcome change. Wow, just a great beer.

Beefeater57, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bwyker.

This this a rather nice stout.
Poured into a tulip. Mocha colored two finger head. Aroma is sweet, a bit of roast and rich chocolate.
The complexity makes for an interesting sipper. Smooth. Sweet. A little dark/bitterness in the finish. Chocolate and coffee flavors enhance as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

LittleBreeze, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of orsulacp
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep dark black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, this thing looked thick, there was almost no carbonation visable. The smell was chocolate, with roasted malt, a little coffee and some alcohol. The taste started a little bitter, chocolate bitterness, and then a little cream/milk sweetness, then more bitterness, from the roasted malt, almost like a burnt malt. The body is creamy smooth, very low carbonation, it is a very slow sipper, there is a little chalky residue being left behind on my teeth. It is better after it warms up, the flavors stand out more as it warms.

orsulacp, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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"

Domingo, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of merryjoulton
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another incredible beer by Stone. Love the chocolate aroma and taste. I consider this on par with Stone's Imperial Russian Stout. Pours the same black consistency. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and amazing. Very sweet beer. 9 ABV is a welcome component for me as it packs quite the punch.

merryjoulton, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BLack with no light coming through. Even by tipping my glass a bit it's really hard to see any light on the other side. Thin flat tan head.

Bitter cocoa, tobacco, and roasty burnt wood in the aroma. Smooth compared to other stouts ive had recently.

A really great complexity in this one. Mellow carbonation provides for a smooth even mouthfeel. A good bitter smack at first, then a lingering smooth richness of chocolate. Not getting any coffee, which is usually the case in the bitterness-emphasized stouts. Finish is earthy and a bit creamy. A slight charcoal burntness in the aftertaste.

I am really enjoying the complexity in this one! Damn! At over 9%, its hidden exceedingly well. Downed the bomber over qa course of 2 hours, and at about $6, a really really good buy.

SurlyDuff, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Used oil black, but when backlit a reddish hue will show through. One and a half fingers of pure brown head lingers and leaves some lace.

A: Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and nuts. Some grassy hops present themselves, but not many.

T: Rich chocolate and nuts dominate the palate. The roastiness of this brew is very pleasant and unexpected. The oatmeal makes for a very smooth finish, but slightly bitter finish.

M&D: Heavy body, creamy, not much carbonation. Drinkability is limited at 9.2% ABV, but paired with some chocolate after dinner, it hit the spot. Skal.

Gtreid, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. The beer poured with a thick, oily appearance. Dark, chocolate brown head evaporates quickly but leaves a fine lacing per sip. Aromas are extremely rich and decadent. Cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, biscuity, malt, and alcohol. The taste can be harsh at first sip but once you get used to it, this becomes a creamy, milky, sweet drink. Very thick texture with a silky feel when sipping. Overall, wow Stone does it again. Friggen awesome.

fitzy84, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice opaque black with a thin lasting tan head. Aroma is nice roasted barley and bitter cocoa, hints of espresso linger in the back. The taste is rich bitter chocolate, just as promised, the beer is smooth and easy drinking, even in summer. I will be saving by other bottle for the winter, but I'm truly enjoying this one now. This is a truly wonderful stout, clearly worthy of an anniversary.

atsprings, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Aroma included chocolate and roasted malts. Alcohol was rather heavy and solvent-like and detracted from the malt characters. This restrained itself over time but was still unwelcome. Little to no hops were noticed.

Appearance was a deep, dark black color. Opaque. Formed a thin dark tan head which didn't last. Nice legs formed when swirled in the glass.

There was a rich chocolate flavor, dark and bittersweet. Roasted grain character. Bitterness was moderate and lingered on into a dry finish. Hop character very restrained and hard to detect. Coffee and smoky notes also present. This beer might benefit from additional sweetness that simply wasn't there.

Medium-full to full-bodied with a light creamy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth. Mouthfeel was my favorite part of the beer.

Overall I'm fairly disappointed I picked up 4 bottles of this. Anyone up for a trade : ) The solventy alcohol aroma really hurt my impressions at first. Chocolate character is nice and the oatmeal seemed to lend a little creamy/oily mouthfeel. Some hop character and sweetness would have increased drinkability in my opinion. A bomber was simply too much for my tastes.

BrewerB, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black, used motor oil, with a gigantic, dark caramel colored, frothy head. Tons of lacing left along the glass. Smells very roasty, very malty, some cocoa. Taste is more extreme roastiness, some rolled oats, dark unsweetened baking cocoa/chocolate which tends to be pretty bitter is highly distinguishable. Im noticing most of the bitterness coming from the raw chocoalte taste than any type of hops used. Very tasty but their is a certain off flavor in the finish. Kind of metallic, which makes the beer a lot less enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very heavy and oily, good carbonation, dry finish. One of these bombers is definitely enough for me. I would prefer a single 12oz'er actually.

Doomcifer, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of rabsten
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fatheads, South Side of Pittsburgh.

Dark, dark brown-to-black with thick, brown head. The goblet in which it was served wasn't the most conducive to lacing but some was there anyway. Surprising carbonation, given the style[s] of this.

Light chocolate hints over basic toasted malt. Some sweetness in nose. Minor alcohol. Pleasant.

Flavor: Perfect balance of bitterness and oat-y malt. Light chocolate again, serving as a bittering agent, apparently, as the bitterness of unsweetened cocoa is much more represented than the traditional "sweet" chocolate flavor you often find in chocostouts. **BTW, I figured that out BEFORE I read the description on the wall stating the bitter chocolate was acting in lieu of hops. I was pretty proud of myself after that.**

Good mouth feel, a bit on the dry side. Not unexpected given the higher level of carbonation noted in the appearance.

Could drink this all day. Or at least until the alcohol poisoning kicks in. Another Stone brew where the high alcohol is masked by the tremendous flavoring. 4.5 instead of a 5 only because of the stealth ethanol.

Bottom line: another Stone Anniversary success. X was great. XI was better. XII is really, really good too.

rabsten, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Onibubba
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour into a Duvel is the same as I would see in Stone RIS. Blacker than black with a short and short lived moca head. I do actually get some oatmeal nose from this baby, no hops bitterness whatsoever. Taste is sweet but not cloying, and the bitterness of the chocolate does little to assert itself. Very mild taste with roasted malts predominant. Very little hop presence, and very little chocolate presence. I would not even use that as a descriptor. Maybe a strong oatmeal porter. Regardless, a tastey beverage made even more so by the smooth mouthfeel and total lack of alcohol burn. Maybe you don't like the bitterness and SLAP delivered by most RIS's. Maybe you've wondered, "When's I gonna get mine?" You got it. Smooth and mellow, this is a keeper that may surpass their RIS when I crave that dark buzz. Worthy of continued production to be sure.

Onibubba, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $6.80... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

The pour was beautiful with a pretty reverse cascade thing going on.. 2 finger head is very dark brown.. even for a big stout... brew is very very dark... no light escapes... nice lacing.. dries leaving crusty bubbles.

Aroma is deep.. coffee and chocolate... smell improves immensely as it warms.. melted dark chocolate and cocoa nibs... yummy... even smells smooth and creamy... somewhat more stout characteristics appear than the expected chocolate.

Flavor is huge... I honestly was not expecting something this rich... The bitterness is also huge.. but it's not a hop bitterness.. more of an astringent (not in a bad way) cocoa presence... like a strong espresso with a couple squares of Hershey's dark melted and mixed in. Yeasty fruitiness raises its head slightly above water as it warms up a bit.. a little bit of dried cherry but still subdued and buried by the roasty/chocolate characteristics... a little bit black licorice note is barely distinguishable... mouthfeel is fairly thick but not chewy.. I like it.. very very smooth and coating... Despite reservations, I am leaving the drinkability fairly high not because I want another glass, but because I want another sip and I want "this" glass to last.

I don't know how this will age.. but I am going to pick up my share for the cellar and then drink these often until they're gone... really a very very good brew.. that said, I really hope the hop shortage is gone by next spring/summer.... I hope Stone comes out swinging with a massive triple IPA.

JohnGalt1, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy light-capturing-liquid, Batman! This beer is black. Pure darkness. It is a spectacle to look at because the head contrasts so mightily with the beer. The head, by the way is menacing and thick. The scent is not as appealing as I would have thought, much like a mix between walnut cookies and paint varnish. Oh wait, I can't smell anything but the alcohol. Whoa. On the taste, obviously there is a load of bitter chololate. The bitterness resonates long after the drink is swallowed, but it is such a nutty bitterness that it actually tastes fine. This is not like chewing almonds or walnuts...more like chewing on unprocessed cocoa beans. And my oh my, there is a whallop of malt and alcohol. Thick, deep malty notes drown out everything else BUT the alcohol. What an intense beer. It taps into the primal, without making you an animal. You really trade alcohol for taste here.

cnally, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark, used oil brown body. Thick. Solid finger of dense, creamy, chocolate-milk brown head. Nose of dark chocolate (as advertised), with some bitter notes. Roasted mocha coffee mixes with chocolate syrup. Very nice, very chocolaty.

Starts off with charred, roasted bitterness. Thick, creamy, velvety, oaty-smooth mouthfeel leads to semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, and more charred roasted bitterness. Gets a little more fruity and alcoholic toward the finish. A tad hot. Dark chocolate syrup and roasted bitterness in the finish proper. Lives up to its name, but a little too hot.

alexgash, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of TheEremite
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of an extreme beer done well. It's thick, flavorful, roasty, and chocolaty, but it's not over the top. I could easily have a few pints. It is, however, a cold weather beer. The oatmeal thickens it up quite a bit without sweetening it. There are some phenols on the nose, but they get lost in everything else. I'm looking forward to this in the bottle.

TheEremite, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thank you stone you did it agan, this is the bitteerist oatmeal stout i have had, this is thick and dark and hides the alcohol, the oat meal is rosted to absolute perfection, i let this one sit out for 40 minits befor drinking and was rewarded by a party for my mouth, i cant wate to see what some age does for this one

orcasteve, Aug 01, 2008
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.