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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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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with dogfishandi...

A: Pours out a deep motor oil black with about a half finger of mocha colored head. There is only a tiny bit of lacing left on the glass as it drinks. This beer has some serious legs. It's incredibly viscous and sticky.

S: I'm picking up sweet malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. There is also a bit of a burnt toast note in there as well, but it's subtle beneath the bittersweet chocolate.

T: The taste is on par with the smell. It starts off with a bit of earthiness, chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is more chocolate, with notes of caramel and burnt toast. It's really solid.

M: Full bodied beer. This is a thick and sticky beer, but the flavors are spot on, and nothing lingers on the palate for too long. It's silky and smooth going down.

O: This is a really nice stout and age has treated this beer well. I feel very lucky to have tried this beer well past it's retirement. I'd drink it again if I could find another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:15:31 | More by trxxpaxxs
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Ryan. Poured from 22 into stemless chardonnay glass.

A- Pours deep black, very vert dark. Doesn't really produce much head- about a cm of nice khaki colored foam, no lacing or stability.

S- Definitely get a soy component and milk chocolate. A little oxidized, but overall a slightly sweet and moderately roasty aroma- nothing stands out.

T/M- Nice, it's not oxidized in taste. Has a rubbery, roasted malt component with some slight heat. Dark chocolate as well and a slight smokiness. Age has really melded the flavors, because not one aspect of it pops or overshadows the others. Very slick feel with moderate, almost low carbonation.

O- Pretty good, not amazing, but would definitely drink again. Its 4 years old and it has held up well. Not complex, but balanced and smooth, even with a touch of heat on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:28:13 | More by TheGordianKnot
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Discount Liquor a while back. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Definitely lots of bitter chocolate. Lightly roasted grains, caramel, and perhaps a faint bit of oxidation creeping in. Needs to warm up a bit, but otherwise fairly enjoyable.

T - Taste is also heavy on the mildly bitter baker's chocolate, with some notes of vanilla, anise, and caramel. Unfortunately it seems a bit hollow mid-palate and perhaps is showing its age here.

M - Medium body, velvety melted chocolate bar texture, lower carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. None of the listed 9.2% shows up after 3+ years of aging.

D - While this is was still pretty decent I feeling this one is on the decline, although mileage may vary based on cellar conditions. Still, an enjoyable tick.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:36:26 | More by MasterSki
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DannyS

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 1.5 liter beer boot.

A - Pours a thick, silky, pitch black with about a quarter inch of dark, heavy foam that clings mightily to the glass. A sexy brew.

S - Powerful roasted malt with lots of chocolate and coffee aroma, with a smattering of vanilla and sweet, grainy oats. Par for the course for a big bombastic stout, but still really good.

T - The alcohol is a little apparent in the aftertaste, but otherwise, it's a smooth, oily, bitter, roasty beast of a stout.

M - Heavy, oily, mouth-coating, bordering on syrupy with how dense it is.

Overall - Share this one. The booze goes right to your head. I'm currently halfway through it and already feeling it. Also let it warm up a little. the chocolate and oats really awaken if consumed at around cellar temperature. Either way, I'd highly recommend seeking this one out. Too bad it was only brewed once, I'd totally buy this one more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:52:40 | More by DannyS
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 1-1-12

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates completely. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big oat and chocolate notes. A hint of alcohol.

T: Huge oat flavor, melded with a semi-sweet chocolate presence. Dark roast malt and a touch of booziness. All flavors have blended together harmoniously.

M: Full body. Viscous and chewy, with a very smooth and velvety feel. A semi bitter feel is also apparent. Dry finish.

O: This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever tasted. Huge oats are complimented excellently by semi-bittered chocolate and big dark roast malts, with a light hop presence. The back of the bottle, while more verbose than most stone offerings, describes the setting behind which this beer was crafted. There was a hop shortage when it was time to make the 12th anniversary, so they made this. Not that I don't like what Stone normally does, but can't there be a hop shortage more often? I guess God is not an oat stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 11:16:11 | More by tsauce2
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forgot that I had this bottle and haven't had it fresh, so unfortunately I can't comment on how well this has or has not held up over the past couple of years.

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured a thick, dark inky black colour with 1/4" of bubbly light brown head that quickly reduced to a few bubbles.

S - Bitter dark roasted chocolate, licorice and sweet molasses with a touch of coffee and vanilla. A very robust nose and not overly sweet.

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet molasses and a very good bitterness that has somehow survived the past couple of years as it sat in my cellar. The background adds hints of licorice and coffee. The finish is dry and bitter with a touch of alcohol noticeable.

M - A little thin, especially after the thick inky pour. Medium body that is somewhat watery and thin at times yet also somewhat sludgy and viscous at other times. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - Didn't have this fresh to compare this 3 year old bottle to, but this seemed to hold up pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 17:05:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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MexicanSkittel

California

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

Pours a deep black, a very thin rusted dark brown head dissipated very very fast. Leaving a rim of the dark brown ring around top of the beer.

Some roared sweet oats on the nose, barley. A bit of smokey camp fire, there was a small amount of bitter chocolate in the nose but on the back end.

There was more chocolate on the pallet along with a hint of coffee. The oats are still present. The sweetness certainly takes over the alc.

Very light carbonation, and surprisingly thin in texture for how dark the beer poured. Great finish which lingered for a decent amount of time. Started sweet but leans to a dryer bitter cocoa finish.

I'm really liking the beer, and wish the stone aniversary ales would head back this direction.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 05:29:03 | More by MexicanSkittel
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ikantspel

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass

pours a hellish black with a reddish tan head.. bubbles are staying put

slight alcohol in the nose. chocolate,malty toastyness, belgian yeast in the nose

heavy chocolate, espresso hits right away, toasted malts soon follow it up, finished up clean

kinda acidic in the mouthfeel but pretty heavy.

i was kinda scared at first pouring this, got it at a pretty seedy liquor store for about 6 bucks. well worth it. broke my oatmeal stout cherry

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:03:34 | More by ikantspel
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whatthehull

California

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

Tasted sept. 21rst 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

A - deep dark black, half finger super dark tan head and minimal lacing

S - bourbon, dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla. Tons of malts, earth and wood, smells like winter time. Smell maybe better than the taste

T - super malty, lots of dark chocolate, toasted oats, toasted everything, very earthy, some wood notes, alcohol is prevalent but tastes of a sweet bourbon, slight brown sugar, vanilla and a slight wet tobacco

M - full bodied, low acidity, huge complexity, well balanced and long finish

D - man, this has so many Flavors but is also so simple. Great stout with a huge but awesome bitterness twist. Very nice toastiness, awesome bourbon flavor and a great vanilla and sugar. if you like stouts, you like this beer

Final thought - $7 a pop and very hard to find, nice 9+ abv. Gotta get some!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 08:02:47 | More by whatthehull
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice dark oily black color with a very small black head with light lacing. Nose is mellow, chocolate and oatmeal come out very well.

Taste is sweet and creamy, mellow and rich. Dark bitter chocolate really comes through. The Mouthfeel is crisp and full with quite a bs thing to do alcohol coming through.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:36:08 | More by kingcrowing
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Florida9

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Flat dark black, with a minimal dark tan head that barely forms a ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly baking chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla and a little alcohol in the background.

T: More baking chocolate with an appreciable bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate and a light sweetness. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation.

O: A nice beer. Lots of chocolate flavor, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:34:36 | More by Florida9
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of DaveHS in a summertime trade. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Brewed in July 2008

APPEARANCE: A very dark black pour, and relatively thick as well. A one finger, medium-thin, noisy, tan head with lousy retention forms and quickly crackles down to a slight wisp and ring. Jet black body, opaque, with no carbonation evident. Only a slight ring remains leaving no lacing down the sides, and it looks a little flat by the end. Thick, dark pour and body, but lousy head.

SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate and light caramel notes. Faint oats in there as well, but the chocolate is still the more dominating part of the nose. Nice, but needs to be a little bigger.

TASTE: Milder flavors up front again. Some roasted and light caramel perhaps, but the flavors come out much more after the swallow. Roasted and burnt malts, oats are there, and some definite and obvious dark, pure chocolate. Chocolate is very nice and goes really well with the base beer. Perhaps the age has helped the flavors come together so nicely. A touch of alcohol is still there at the swallow. Aftertaste is medium but lingers nicely with notes of roasted and caramel malts, bitter chocolate and some nice sweet molasses. Good balanced finish.

PALATE: Very nice here. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. Good weight for sure, and no bite. Very smooth stuff.

OVERALL: This was really good; definitely better than their normal Imperial Stout. The chocolate flavors worked really well in this, meshing really nicely with the roasted base beer. Though I’d never had the beer fresh, it seems like the three years in the bottle have done this beer well. The taste profile was well integrated and mellow, and the feel very creamy and smooth for the style. Good stuff and I’m glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks again DaveHS.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 20:09:14 | More by Jeffo
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black topped with a thin tan head, even a hard pour failed to produce much of a head. The head fades quickly to a ring but leaves some nice wispy lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, oak, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. As it warms the aroma becomes even more complex with a hint of hops making an appearance.

T- Sweet chocolate and roasted malt at first that soon turns to a semi-sweet bitter coffee/chocolate note. There is a hint of hops at the finish and more than enough complexity in the middle to make this a very interesting brew. A little warmth brings out some molasses and oak, as well as some heat from alcohol. The finish is bone dry and with a lingering note of coffee/bitter chocolate.

M- Feels a little thin for the style but not too thin to detract from the enjoyment of this one. A little bit more than medium with almost no carbonation. For all of the bold notes in it the palate is left pretty clean.

O- Great beer, three years in the cellar have only made this one more enjoyable. The heat of the alcohol, 9.2%ABV, has tamed down and even more complex and subtle characters have come out in it. If you can find it buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:26:58 | More by ToddT
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dmsohyea

California

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle scored at a random liquor store in Riverside, CA. Pretty sweet. Served in a Stone 15th anny glass, just for kicks.

A - Pitch black with one finger dark tan head. Looks a good bit like motor oil.

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol. Since this brew is so old, not a lot of hops are left if there were any to start with.

T - Really tastes great. Super chocolately, but not milk chocolate, a really tasty dark chocolate flavor. Tastes like biting into a 80% cacao chocolate bar (yum). The beer is a little hot, but that didn't stop me from downing the entire bomber. As it warmed the alcohol on the nose reduced, but got less hot on the palate (or I just got more drunk...).

M - again hot for the under 10%. Mouthfeel otherwise is nice with low carbonation and upper medium body.

O - Very tasty, but pretty one dimensional. It's all chocolate and the few other players are very muted. I would have thought over three years of aging would have lowered the heat, but that certainly isn't the case. Still drinking great and not a lot of oxidation going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 05:57:26 | More by dmsohyea
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aasher

Indiana

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

I was lucky enough to find this bottle at a local shoppe, sitting next to the 13th, 14th, and the 15th as it had just arrived. Funny thing to see.

This one pours a jet black in color, medium in body, with a slight beige lacing. It smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolates, and light bitter coffee. It's held up pretty well so far. It drinks medium in body and features flavors of bitter chocolates, sweet chocolates, faded coffee, and sweet malts. It still has the flavor that I loved a couple years ago. It drinks very well and has held up well. It's very drinkable due to the array of appealing flavors. Very nice beer, still. I feel bad giving it a 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:15:43 | More by aasher
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn good brew, The color of this one pours out as a thick black oil like goop. The head slowly lifts to the top of the glass where it forms a dark brown thick foamy head. The smell of the beer had a lot of the dark chocolate aromas along with plenty of roasted malts. The taste of the beer was dry, rich, and chocolaty. There was a good bitterness in there too, could be the dark chocolate or the hops, not really sure. The mouthfeel of this beer was great, super thick and coats the mouth really well. Overall a stunning brew and very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:13:29 | More by Knapp85
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Bonis

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, as I like my stouts. Beautiful thick dark mocha head sits for a while. Nice lacing, which is common with Stone.

S - Intense roasted barley, bittersweet and rich dark chocolate. Still a dose of alcohol, but no hop presence as I expected. Smells like a nice chocolate stout to me.

T - Loads of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted barley, thick and hearty oatmeal. There is an alcohol sweetness to this, almost like bourbon, but not really (sorry, I'm not good with my spirits). Somewhat reminds me of a Brooklyn Black Choc Stout, only a bit more smooth and less boozy, perhaps due to the oatmeal. This is solid overall.

M - Big bodied with moderate carbonation. Any alcohol is quickly removed by lingering chocolate bitterness, which is something that I greatly enjoy as someone who regularly eats intense dark chocolates.

O - A very solid anniversary beer from Stone that I was lucky to stumble upon recently at a bottle shop near Polaris. The lady who runs the store was nice enough to pull some beers from her "special stash" and put them on the shelves the day that I visited. That being said, I doubt I'll ever see it again, but it will be purchased if I do. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 07:02:16 | More by Bonis
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BenZ

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:00:02 | More by BenZ
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 07:14:16 | More by homebrew311
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pour is deep, dark, opaque black. No highlights, no nothing. Mocha colored foam reaches two fingers and retains pretty well. It eventually drops to a thin line, but never completely disappears. Initially, it looks like there will be some fantastic lacing stuck to the glass. By the end, just a little remains. Still, an impressive looking beer.

The nose isn't especially powerful, which surprised me a bit. I had to dig a little bit, but I found equal parts bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. There also seems to be a sweetness that I want to say is cream or vanilla or something like that, but it's very, very faint.

As I take my first few sips, I think, "Oh, yeah...oatmeal." Not sure how I missed that in the nose. There's a lot of bitterness in this beer, from the bittersweet chocolate, from the roasted malts, possibly from the oats, but it's not overly bitter. It comes close, though. I feel like this beer is some coffee flavor (instead of just roast) away from being really, really tasty.

If the body isn't full, it's close. The beer has a nice texture, a little slick and oily, with some inconsistently noticeable alcohol. Some sips brought hot alcohol, but less often than they didn't. Low carbonation. I can certainly see how this beer would be off-putting to some, but I'm enjoying it, likely more so than Stone IRS. While it would have been nice for the sake of comparison to have drank this fresh when it was released, I'm glad I got to try it at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:24:58 | More by Gyle41386
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IKR

California

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

Appearance: Black with medium-sized dark brown head. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Mild Chocolate and coffee notes from the roast malts with a trace of alcohol. The aromas are fairly subdued.

Taste: The chocolate is prominent with some roasted malt notes. I would never guess this was 9.2% ABV. It drinks like a Guinness as far as the alcohol is concerned.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I think the oatmeal is playing a significant role resulting in a full bodied beer.

Overall: One of my favorite beers that I didn't expect to come across again. I like the IRS but I would take this over the IRS any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:24:32 | More by IKR
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Loved this stuff following my last days at Purdue, so I was excited to have another shot at it in this BIF. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of relatively short-lived brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and blackened pretzels. The taste brings in more of the same, with more roasted malts and chocolate thrown in, along with a bit of coffee. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, this stuff hasn't gone downhill at all yet. Still as tasty and enjoyable as I remember it being (for once my nostalgic memory didn't let me down).

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 06:06:40 | More by TMoney2591
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Thomas Hardy snifter on 6/27/11

Split with MbpBugeye

July 2008 bottle

Slow, inky, near black pour (scorched dark brown at best). Settles black, of course. The head is hot-chocolate colored; almost got two fingers' worth. Crackles away quickly to a thin clump of a layer. Rather good lace.

Smells so-so. Uncapping the bottle released aromatic bittersweet chocolate and roasted tones. In the glass the nose turns toward an all-too-prominent oxidation note; that of sun-dried paper and basement record sleeves. Roasted chocolate, cocoa, burnt sugars. Warmth and swirling draw forth nips of booze and swaths of smooth oatmeal. After a spell the aroma loses some of the paper aspect and smells more pleasant.

If the aroma is intense, the flavor are all the more explosive. Tons of bitter, bitter, bitter chocolate. Roast is plentiful but takes a back seat to the massive burnt notes. Not very sweet; just a smattering of burnt sugars. Cocoa powder and earthy oatmeal undertones. Hints of blackberry flesh and dark fruit; come to think of it, there's some dark fruit in the nose, too.

Full bodied and slick with alcohol. It's pretty hot, but not too harsh. The feel is a bit chalky, especially on the finish. Splatterings of burnt are all over the place. Despite the chalkiness, it's quite smooth, as carbonation is low.

This is the Burnt Bittersweet Heaven of a stout I've been looking for.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:15:56 | More by Ryan011235
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July, 2008

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass

Price - $6.99/bomber

WoW, This beer just keeps getting better looking with time. Pours thick and midnight black with a fluffy fudge brownie colored head. Retention is short lived but leaves behind a creamy covering that lasts. Laces well after three years of aging. Impressive!

A strong scent of bakers chocolate permeates through the nose and blends well with the faint aroma of booze reminding you this isn't a dessert but a beer. Molasses and burnt malt become more noticeable as it comes up to room temperature.

The flavor follows the nose with rich bitter chocolate, molasses and booze. It's definitely taking on a port like flavor as I finish the bottle.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little heat for the octane level. The body is thick and syrupy and finishes dry.

Overall I can't get enough of this beer. I've gone through six bombers over the last three years, this being my last one. I'm not sure how much longer it can age and improve but if given the opportunity to buy it again I would without hesitation. One of the best beers I've ever had for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 21:20:42 | More by 05Harley
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Ryan011235. Issued July 2008.

Appearance
Dark black with a nice lacey head. The thick foam looks a lot like an oatmeal cookie.

Aroma
A portion of this aroma is oxidation, but this beer takes it in stride. The majority of the nose is sharp, potent burnt bitter chocolate. There is a shot of alcohol as well, which came as a surprise.

Taste
Extremely bitter with a lot of long, powdery, burnt cocoa. There is a big, vinous, almost tart, acidity from rich malts. Notes of cranberry, smoke, and very bitter black cocoa.

Mouthfeel
I like the dry, gritty, powdery cocoa feel here. The alcohol is a bit warming.

Overall
Not bad. This one is very bitter, a little more than I wished for.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 20:55:20 | More by MbpBugeye
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.