Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured into a snifter. Dark jet black, no highlights. Small one finger head that is cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. Lace is fairly minimal at this point but as to be expected for this being 5 years old.
Smell is still sweet like I remember. Chocolate, dark fruits like fig or cherries, kind of jammy but remarkable.
Taste is not much like I remember that lazy night at the hotel across from Disneyland. The chocolate is for the most part gone and all that is left is the tart of the fruit and alcohol. Still quite tasty but a shell of it's former self.
Mouth is smooth and creamy, carbonation is on the bright side (especially for it's age) and the finish is short and on the dry side.
Overall I should thank dgb3 first, for sending me this last year so I would have a six year vertical anniversary. This isn't as good as I remember and probably past it's time but still a solid Oatmeal Stout. I think if you ran across this it is a must buy but to spend the money to trade for this at this point isn't a great idea.
08-05-2012 06:58:02 | More by azdback
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Received in a cellar-to-cellar trade. I figured this was probably near the end of its shelf life and I didn't wait too long to open it. I was rewarded with a wonderful beer that delivered so many tasting elements.
The beer developed very little head at, but many stouts at this ABV level don't. The smell gave off the promised bitter chocolate along with vanillin and boozy wood tones.
The first, and strongest, element in the taste was strong roasted malts, followed immediately by whiskey. Chocolate and vanilla lingered behind, making a weaker showing than I would have liked. Strongly bitter up front, like espresso without too much of a coffee flavor, with clean chocolate notes in the wash and aftertaste.
Silky and viscous with a touch of chalkiness. Really nice to take down slowly.
07-04-2012 19:16:18 | More by Naugros
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Served in a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter, this is a really nice beer. Beer is black with a one finger dark brown head of small bubbles, good retention, nice lacing, looks great.
Aroma is strong and chocolaty, with a mild roast.
Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice late bitterness from the roast of the grains, the finish is clean and the midpalate is sweet with a nice chocolate flavor and a medium body. I really like it. I'd have it again.
05-23-2012 15:24:25 | More by drabmuh
5/5 rDev +21.4%
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out extremely dark brown with deep amber to brown highlights on the side. Head is a bit smaller than one finger thick, lots of different sized bubbles, slight glass retention from the head. The color of the head is sort of a mahogany/black cherry color to dark brown. The liquid itself provides some glass retention.
Smell is a huge malt bomb. Provides a dark, bitter chocolate smell, but not completely bitter. Some milk chocolate as well, even smells creamy, if that makes sense. Sort of a decadent chocolate sauce. Some dark coffee to espresso aromas as well, but sort of a back lash of it. The blend of all the aromas is absolutely great.
Taste is just as good, as perfect as it gets. Like the bottle says, plenty of dark bitter chocolate. Super dark fudge and some dark grains somewhere in the mix. There is some sweetness as well, sort of like espresso with hints of sugar. Milk chocolate as well. I can't quite figure it out, but there's almost a bourbon flavor and I don't think this is barrel aged.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Strong, full bodied. Great carbonation level, that's held up great since the aging. Smooth, creamy, thick to almost chewy mouthfeel, it's great. Hop presence detected in the mouthfeel. Great drinkability too, nice sipper, but way to easy to drink if you don't want to. On top of that, the value is perfect. I think this was like $7 when it was out as a seasonal. So bummed this beer is retired. I could drink it year round. Just a perfect beer to have around. I miss you Stone 12th! Huge props to everyone who traded with me for this beer over the last 3 years!
04-10-2012 01:57:12 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottled July 2008 & enjoyed on March 21st 2012
A: Pours a deep thick oily black. Seriously so damn dark with a dark beige brown head
S: You really get the roasty booze scent with lingering chocolate up front
T: The flavor has really held up in this beer with wonderful light carbonation with an almond nuttiness blend with roast and sweet chocolate. Raisins and figs fall through and are more noticeable at the finish
M: Very full bodies with light carbonation a medium sweetness that allows one to indulge in the entire bottle solo.
O: Has been cellared in proper conditions and it really shows. Flavors are bold & rich, complementing of each other with every sip. Very pleased with this, and i still have 3 more tucked away.
03-22-2012 01:58:03 | More by PatrickSwayze
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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