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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
outstanding

852 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 82
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a thick creamy light brown head that thinned to a layer, leaving globs of lacing.

S - bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee aroma.

T - bitter chocolate taste upfront is met with slight alcohol taste before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - smooth, easy drinking brew.

Final Note: Happy 12th Anniversary Stone!

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, lightless black with 2 fingers of tight and creamy foamy mocha head. Good retention leaves a good ring of lacing and an oily residue. Smells of chocolate syrup, roasted malt, raisins, alcohol, smoke, and some light coffee with a hint of pine as it warms. Tastes of baking chocolate up front with some caramel and a nice dose of roasted malt. Rum and raisins follow as well as some oat and bread. Finishes with a nice bitterness of coffee and pine. Medium full in body with low carbonation. Smooth and chocolaty with a nice bitterness. Great flavor with a nice feel. More of a dessert beer, but definitely enjoyable.

HopDerek, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this beer! Ended up having to buy it at the Billy Goat Tavern in Mt. Shasta. Nothing wrong with that though...

Pours a dark flat black color, with a nice thick tan head.

Aromas are fainter than I thought they would be, but still are nice. Some chocolates, sweet cream, and dark roasted malts.

Taste is quite bitter. Mineral like, dark bakers chocolates, and strong bitter hops on the finish. Interesting stout, really bitter chocolate flavors at first, and then finishes with strong bitter hops. There is also a touch of sweetness, creamy malts that peek their head up to help balance this one out.

Mouthfeel is great, very thick and full with nice carbonation, and a long finish.

Drinkability is good. Mainly because of the uniqueness of this beer. This is a very bitter stout, that is a bit much at times, but it's so interesting, and very tasty.

flexabull, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A - One of the most beautiful pour i've ever seen. This is a rich dark black brown color with a dark tan head.

S - Rich bitter chocolate smell. Malt smells also.

T - Rich and creamy. It has an intense malty chocolate flavor with a hint of bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer, I think I'm in love!

jeffmonarch, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of RichardWalter
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cato's poured into a 10 oz. glass.

The beer pours a solid black color with a small head due to the small size of the glass.
The taste is strong and sweet. There are hints of chocolate taste. The alcohol level is also apparaent. Small sips are what to take as it provides almost a dessert feel to the end of the meal.

RichardWalter, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another impressive beer from Stone, reminding me very much of the RIS, but with (predictably) more of a chocolate overtone.

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid black color with persistent, chocolate/coffee colored head. Head retention is pretty good and there is good sticky lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty complex, with coffee, cherry, vanilla, chocolate, some roastiness and licorise. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the licorise is even more pronounced. The beer has a sizable presence on the palate and tastes like a big beer (which of course, it is). While moderately sweet initially, the hops come on strong at the end, giving the beer almost a grainy mouthfeel. The beer finishes fairly dry, and frankly is a bit heavy and tiring. I think the finish hurts this beers drinkability just a bit, though it's certainly an impressive effort from Stone. I get the impression that this one may improve considerably with age, not unlike the Stone RIS. Still a solid beer.

John_M, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Dark roasted grainy notes dominate. Spicy, earthy hop notes quickly fill in the spaces. Chocolate and moderate fruity esters round out this monster.

Appearance: Jet black with a batter-like tan head. Looks menacing sitting in the glass.

Flavor: Bitter roasted grainy notes with more earthy and resiny hop flavors. Chewy, bready malt base. Light background chocolate and fruity esters round this out. Amazingly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Slightly oily with a slow warming alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, chewy, hoppy American stout. This is big and bad. It cracks me up that this is Stone's answer to the hop shortage...the hop layers and flavors are really incredible. Knitted well with the roasted and chocolate notes but make no mistake, the hops are present. This is big, bad, with some rough edges. I dug it now but I'm going to have to find one to age.

mattcrill, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of TEXTONE
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- is black as night held it up to the sun and no light came through my pint glass. Head goes away fast so give it a good look when you are poring it and is dark mocha color.

Smell- dark malts and chocolate with hops bitterness mixed in.

Taste-is full sweet up front then followed by bitter alcoholic chocolate mocha, you can defiantly taste the alcohol but the alcohol warmth is not as prevalent as one might think it is well balanced by hops with a creamy oatmeal finish. The mouth feel is full and robust. The more this beer warmed the more alcoholic this beer became. This beer is exactly as advertised on the label so drink up me hardy's.

TEXTONE, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first time I tried this beer, I really didn't care for it, but I wanted to give it a second chance before reviewing it and it really blew me away the second time around.

A- Pours very thick, opaque, and jet black with a quickly dissipating mocha head.

S- The bitter chocolate definitely makes its presence known in the nose. Notes of coffee are pretty clear as well as a slightly smoky, boozy smell, almost of bourbon or rum.

T- The taste is an intensified version of the aroma. The bitter chocolate is clearly noted, however the cocoa flavor sweetens as the beer warms. A slightly bitter smokiness is present with the taste of alcohol coming through, but as more of a warming flavor. The flavor of dark fruits come through as the beer warms, namely plums.

M- The oatmeal creates a very creamy and pleasant mouthfeel, accented by moderate carbonation and a medium-dry finish (thanks to the bitter chocolate).

D- Knowing Stone, I was expecting a beer with the word "bitter" in it to be supremely and almost unbearably bitter, however, the bitterness was more than welcome and did not intrude on the other flavors of the beer. I split this bomber, but am more than ready to share a second one.

JoeMayo, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured pitch black with foamy tan head and minimal lacing.

S - Very astringent aroma. Malty aroma of dark chocolate with lots of alcohol mixed in. Slight hint of smoke.

T - Bitter and slightly medicinal. Hints of dark chocolate and smoke.

MF&D - I was actually a little let down with this one at first, but after it warmed it got a lot better. The warmth really brought out the flavors. Still, not as good as the RIP, but definitely worth checking out.

nasty15108, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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....

HalfFull, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, into a nonic pint

The usual roasty malt flavor and aroma. Chocolate takes a while to present itself. A touch watery for a stout, which I appreciate. Alcohol hides itself well, but is present after about a pint or so.

Surprisingly solid head, with warmth gets much more complex and smooth and creamy.

Not a world beater, but solid and different, worth a try or two.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of TonyT
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this from 22 oz. bombers (one that has met its fate with the ceramic tile of the kitchen floor...yes I'm ashamed)...
But I thought that it would be a better/more fair rating from a tap...

Poured into the glass (both from the tap and bottle), as perfect as a glass of motor oil...(as many other posts have stated)...I would say like New Jersey Lake Sludge (I can't wait for the replies on that one...I've looked for my own snipes (as a kid) thank you very much...)...

The taste mellows out while the pour gets warmer, much like the bottle.

The alcohol taste is more apparent as it warms..., but I would not say that it has such an "oatmeal taste", I was expecting more of a Rogue Chocolate Stout meets/ Sammy Smith's...but for all around it was good.

...It definitely has its own character and holds up on its own...I am interested to see how this brew ages...(like other posts have stated).

Stone Rocks...

TonyT, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a black, pitch black, with a bit of nut brown head that lasts as a ring for a while.
smells of sharp roasted grains with a hint of smoked meat in the background... and not too much more, though perhaps a bit of malt sweetness to balance the harsh grains.
initially chocolate malt, giving way to espresso beans and tons of burnt, astringent, harsh grains.
Mouthfeel is thick, smooth... but the finish is TONS of harsh grain astringency.
Not overly drinkable... just a bit too harsh in the grain and smoked meat departments... i love rauchbier but this mixes sweetness with the salty, burnt flvors. Worth a try, but certainly not one I could have often.

khiasmus, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of dickieb
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as black as an beer I have ever seen. A big head up front dissipates to a fluffy 1/2 finger head. The smell is bakers chocolate and really no hops to speak of. The taste is rather bitter with chocolate and a bit of oatmeal, the hop presence is almost no existent but its not unbalanced. This is defintalty a sipper, but its and interesting take on the style. Always interesting with the stone anniversary brews.

dickieb, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber.

A: Poured with 3 fingers of mocha head. Just about jet black. Some lacing.

S: Very sweet and bitter chocolate up front. Milk chocolate. Maybe hints of lactose as well. Little bit of oatmeal but not that much.

T: Bitter up front. Hints of roasted coffee. Little bit sweet on the tongue as well. The chocolate is powerful but the oats cuts it down in a way. Basically stone created a bitter beer without the hops. The most bitter chocolate themed beer I have ever had.

M: Medium body. Would have liked to have it a little bit thicker.

D: Fairly good beer but I had high hopes for this one. Fell a little bit short for what I was hoping for but still good. Choklat by souther tier does this better IMO. Glad to see Stone try this though. Always enjoy their anniversary beers.

aerozeppl, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.7% ABV, bottled July 2008. Pours pitch black with no highlights at all. Mocha head disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin collar.

Roasty aroma, dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, and a fair amount of alcohol in the nose. Pretty nice smell here.

Good roasty malt backbone. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate, which lingers for some time on the palate. Just a hint of dark fruit. This one certainly seems to be about the bitter chocolate.

Full body, but not quite chewy. A very smooth feel, probably from the oatmeal. Lower carbonation. A bit of heat from the alcohol. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark/opaque with a beautiful 2 finger brown head. The smeel is nice of chocolate toasted malts and coffee. I was suprised to see this was listed as a Stout and not an imperial stout, so that upped my taste rating a little it would have been a 4 if it was an imperial. The taste is very smooth with chocolate and coffee flavors and no taste of alcohol @ all which is nice for a 9 % beer. The mouthfeel is very nice and I could see myself drinking 2-3 of these in a night but no more.

Biggness, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick black with a dark tan two layer head. Nose is pretty weak here, really not much going on but a little dark malt and some alcohol. taste is pretty good with some roasted malt and a good bitter chocolate flavor. Im missing the oatmeal here, in the taste and the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected both for the abv and the oatmeal presence. Drinkability is ok, but it is still quite hot. I can see this one really turning into a nice beer with a year or two on it, after a little mellowing. Would love to see some thicker mouthfeel here though. Overall good, but I expected a little better out of stone. Good beer. giver her a try.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout, thanks Radek Kliber. Good black opaque looks and lacey. Good aroma, a little ourness and hops. Rich, there is Balance in the taste, a sipper, a good bitterness.Cocoa integrated with dark malts Lightly roasted malts.An appex of fruitiness.Second bottle, 7 months later, bitter but good good chocolate taste.

Sammy, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.7/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark brown syrup with a light brown head. No lace.

S. Alcohol, Oats, slight bakers chocolate, light expresso.

T. There is a small hop bitterness followed by a strong boozy note accented by chocolate. Its not very good actually. Way too young.

M. Leaves a strong bitter alcohal lingering taste, like after drinking liqour.

D. This is average drinking at best. It only scores points for giving me a buzz, which I did in fact desire after this disappointment.

Age the hell out of this one!

Stinkypuss, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a dark, bubbly head that settles to a thick halo. Moderate lacing.

S: Not much smell with just a light mocha aroma.

T: Lots of bitter, not much flavor. Taste is an earthy bitterness and flavors of chicory and coffee. A bit boozy.

M: Thick and heavy with a super smooth texture. Very light carbonation - just how I like my stouts.

D: Decent, but there just not much going on in the taste or smell for me to love this one.

klewis, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-5-08

Eye: Black in color, no light passes through this brew. Head formation is adequate, though something a bit larger would've been nice. Retention is steady at a thick blanket over the body, color of the head is mudslide brown. Lacing is excellent.

Nose: Nice dark roasted malts in here. Chocolate and some burnt aromas along with some roasted grain bitterness. The unique oatmeal aroma is also prevalent...sweet notes from that. Malts also come through as full, rich, and dark. Dark fruits there in the background as well.

Tongue: Chocolate tones, roasted grain, burnt flavors and definite roasted grain bitterness make up much of the profile of this stout. Also some earthy tones in this beer. There is also a smoothness to it, from the oatmeal perhaps...its kinda like the smoothness from lactose, but without that flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Definitely dry on the palate. Leaves the mouth with a bitter cocoa flavor as well as a dry almost astringent feeling. Full bodied with appropriate levels of carbonation. This is one to be trying and buying again. Would be quite nice in the cold winter months.

becktone, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A- Ok, it's a dark beer with almost not head forming and I was pouring it straight down the middle. Upon swirling a very transient cap of foamy bubbles forms.

S- I get alcohol, anise and dark chocolate. It actually smells like it might be roasty sweet.

T- Starts out hitting you with bitter roasted malt. There seems to always be a bit of dark unsweetened chocolate behind there (surprise huh?). It is very stout like.

M- good, thick I guess you could say, not the thickest beer ever which is good. carbonation is really fine.

D- Just not the kind of beer I like I guess. Not feeling it much.

MiScusi, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Oh yeah, that's the stuff. The inky liquid pours like motor oil into the glass (an overused simile, but entirely appropriate here). The head is slow to form (perhaps due to the beer's viscous consistency) and requires a rather vigorous pour to coax it into the open. However, once it appears, it is fantastic. It looks like an inch and a half of chocolate mousse sitting atop an iced coffee. Sadly, the spectacle is short-lived, and the head soon dissipates into a thin ring of lace.

S- Much roasted malt in the smell, with coffee and... hey, bitter chocolate! Alcohol is noticeable, but not too powerful. A nice sweet smell accents the roasted aromas.

T- Actually a little sweet upfront thanks to the large quantity of malt. The taste quickly dries out as burnt malts come out to play. The chocolate is present in a very dry, bitter cocoa taste, although it isn't overly prominent. Alcohol pops up every now and then as a reminder that this is a potent potable. No real hop flavor here, but there is a rather high level of bitterness, which is probably due to the chocolate and the malts more than anything. Finishes dry and bitter, as it should.

M- Thick, a little syrupy, and very smooth, with just enough carbonation to balance out the viscosity. Perfect. Even if the taste sucked, this would still be a pleasure to sip.

D- I'll have to dock it a bit here, as this is definitely a one-and-done beer. The beer's richness and noticeable alcohol content hurt it a bit in this category. Still, it's a great sipper, which is what I imagine it was supposed to be anyway.

What can I say? Another winner from Stone. I can't say it affected me quite the way the Imperial Russian Stout did, but there aren't too many things that can do that. This is still a very interesting and very good beer, worth picking up for anyone who can get it. In fact, I'd say it's even good enough for me to wax poetic about:

In a bar
I saw a beer Geek, nerdy, bespectacled,
Who, sitting upon a stool,
Held a pint of Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout in his hands,
And drank of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter - bitter," he answered,
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is from Stone."

(Apologies to Stephen Crane for that one)

vtfan77, Aug 14, 2008
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.