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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

846 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 846
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 76 | 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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johnyb

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-05-2013 16:46:18 | More by johnyb
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heavenlyStash

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

04-04-2013 00:44:29 | More by heavenlyStash
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-08-2013 13:54:52 | More by Bilco
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pmoney

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15%

03-01-2013 18:40:11 | More by pmoney
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Treebs

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks stxSS07 for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Some oxidation as you would expect, but in a sherry kind of way. No real paper or cardboard notes, but slightly dark and pretty fruity. Dark chocolate bitterness with some dried oats.

T: Much like the nose. Bitter dark chocolate, steel cut oats, light dark fruit with minimal oxidation. The booze is well hidden behind a touch a char.

M: Medium thick bodied with a lower carbonation level. Smooth and creamy finish.

O: This held up very nicely and the slight oxidation gave it a dark fruit character that complimented the bitter dark chocolate nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:40:06 | More by Treebs
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-25-2013 03:21:28 | More by t0rin0
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jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-17-2013 02:20:04 | More by jvillefan
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-03-2013 10:23:49 | More by RedneckBeerz
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dendroaspis

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +21.4%

01-20-2013 10:05:25 | More by dendroaspis
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extra

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

01-18-2013 01:07:57 | More by extra
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-14-2013 00:38:56 | More by CanisMajor
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-09-2013 03:42:51 | More by Kelp
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-17-2012 17:50:05 | More by stereosforgeeks
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codybear127

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-13-2012 17:09:01 | More by codybear127
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle. 4 years aged.

Appearance: Near black. Tiny dark reddish tan collar. No head. Minimal carbonation. Pours still and creamy.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts. Some toasted d edges buried under it all. Dark worn leather, oxidized.sherry, dark fruit mainly cherry and plum. Big hits of cocoa and milk chocolate. Chocolate covered cherry. Some touches of coffee, old and raw. Bitter edge of cocoa. Some thing akin to marshmallow. Deep rich chocolate dessert.

Taste: Bitter chocolate. Rough edge of baker's chocolate. Some cocoa. Nice edges of old coffee. Big roasted profile. Vaguely burnt with some lingering char. Deeply bitter in the baking way. Dark fruit, some nice hints of ripe cherry and plum. Even some raisin. Oxidation has given this a nice sherry/boozy edge. Less rough.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body. No carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: 4 years later it's still solid.

I had this new and fresh and I've had it a few more times since then. It's always good and always worth drinking. Stone can do stouts without overdoing it. Age has made this a new beer and it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:52:53 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-22-2012 15:54:27 | More by dtx00
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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Pennsylvania

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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

09-22-2012 01:39:20 | More by kornkid8600
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An essay on the back of the bottle...just talks about how the hop shortage affected the 12th anniversary beer in that they were somewhat forced to brew a more malt forward beer and utilize something else for "bitterness."

Poured into a large tulip glass. A very long and viscous pour developed a dense, creamy, tight brown head on top of an extremely dark brown body, verging on black.

This serious looking beer has a bold aroma. Many of the usual suspects: dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, Bailey's Irish cream and some sweet booze.

A dynamic beer to say the least. When it was chilled, I got more of the roast barley malt and a wonderful, rich chocolate aftertaste. As it has warmed, more aromas and flavors start to pop, and as the beer approaches room temperature, the booziness becomes enhanced, though never becomes "hot." Just does end up with an almost solvent character. Bitter chocolate, coffee, creamy...

Flavors were similar to aroma. Now at room temperature (just below) it actually becomes slightly unpleasant, though I wonder if that was because I poured in the "chunks" at the bottom of the bottle...should have left that out.

The body of the beer is medium heavy with a very smooth texture and plenty of carbonation for the style.

This was an enjoyable beer. I am glad I aged it for four years, because apparently it used to be "hot" and that's never good. I think the age mellowed the beer's alcohol burn, added a layer of complexity with maybe a touch of oxidation, and allowed the chocolate to come through better. Definitely though it needs to be chilled before consumption.

I would suggest this with any dense, rich, chocolate dessert, like lava cake or flourless chocolate torte.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:48:19 | More by MusicaleMike
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California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

09-01-2012 14:09:12 | More by FeelinSurley
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California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-27-2012 14:40:26 | More by beerpadawan
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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