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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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BA SCORE
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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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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. A very nice brownish colored head comes up about two inches and leaves very little lacing.

S- Overall much lighter than I'd expect. Could smell some oats, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and tiny bit of a coffee and vanilla.

T- At first rich dark chocolate and then a nice flavour of toasted oats, which is then overtaken by a delicious bitterness from the unsweetened dark chocolate. A very solid brew and pretty much no hops at all here.

M- Medium in body, silky smooth and maybe even a little oily.

D- Very easy to drink. Highly recommended and I got one aging for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 07:07:43 | More by nrbw23
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Jet black bodied with a moderately tall rise of brown froth that stays a good long while.
Nose of roasted grains, dark chocolate, and scalded earth. A small caramel/black cherry sweetness rises, along with a hint of peaty Scotch booziness.
Roasty up front, but not in the acrid double-black-espresso-and-burnt-grill-residue way that some are (though espresso certainly is here in flavor, it is meshed as opposed to jutting out). There's a quelling and tempering creamy mildness that is imparted by the oatmeal. Like haf&half in coffee, it doesn't impart much flavor, but acts as a mellower. A minor sweetness pops up in wake, with vanilla-caramel-cherries and marshmallows. Chocolate arrives late, and delivers a bittersweet coup de grace especially as it warms, with the namesake bitter notion being more pronounced. It mingles with a modest pinetar hoppiness, and a quick flash of alcohol heat on the swallow.
Full bodied, oily, and satiny, and robust, but not obese. Carbonation struggles, but gives it enough perk to usher it through the mouth nearly recklessly.
The chocolate is tactfully done, as it is featured without commandeering the entire taste profile. Thus is a stout first and it is as versatile as it is drinkable. It's no mere grippy sweet, one-note dessert beer. It's subtler than expected, and very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 07:00:41 | More by cokes
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - quite the glug glug oily pour. Once again into the Beer & Sweat glass, lots of thick dark mocha foam spring up, planting a thick coating of lace-paint on the glass.

Aroma - very earthy soy-like grains, a bit of cola sweetness, soapy at times. Background roastiness, some more roast would be nice, but it smells good.

Taste - there is no mistaking the bitterness of the chocolate with the deep roast of the grain. The combo is perhaps put together to accomodate a lesser hop bill? It's bitter, that's for sure. A side effect flavor of licorice. The chocolate is not quite as strong as the basic bitter flavor, but it's there. The charred grain is actually a little more visible, at least fresh. Bittersweet chocolate on the swallow is about 75/25 bitter to sweet, but it's tasty. Several years ago, I was sampling chocolates with increasing percentages of cocoa, up to 75 and 80 per cent. They begin to take on a serious chocolate taste that becomes increasingly un-candylike. You get accustomed to that, two things happen: 1) to hell with Hershey's and 2) nobody likes your chocolate so you get more! Bogartski in reverse, sort of. That's what this beer makes me think of, anyway. A good, pure cocoa flavor that Crackle and M&M fans may not care for. It doesn't take long before the warming alcohol adds to the mix. The lack of sweetness makes for a rather intense beer, and while I dig the method, at least a breath of sweetness would really help balance the cocoa. I may try a glass with a shot of Kahlua in it just to see what a touch of sugar does. The long finish is very warm with abv, unsweetened chocolate, and charred grain.

Mouthfeel - dreamy smooth, I'm dreaming of winter in late July. Heavy, thick and coating.

Drinkability - while this will be a most enjoyable study to see how cellaring affects the profile, I'm sure to have one or two more this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 03:57:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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joezak5

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; black as night, thick dark cocao two finger head, excellent retention and glistening lacing.

Smell: Bone dry roasted cocao powder with almost a burnt bitterness, a little creaminess comming in from that oatmeal pillow adverstised.

Mouthfeel: Stone has done it again... smoothest mouthfeel I've enojoyed... it feels like I'm fluffing that oatmeal pillow in my mouth; no carbonation or alcohol feel... just silk

Taste: Nice smooth bitter cocao and coffes notes with the rich dark malt and smooth oats... dark, dark cocoa dust on the finishing exhale... pure and straight forward but oh so nice... can't wait to see how the 5 remaining bottles age.

Drinkability: While I was drinking this there was a four hour blackout... coincidence?... I'm not willing to risk the curse of the gargoyle... 5... another beauty from the good folks at Stone... seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:19:49 | More by joezak5
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SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who's the man with the master plan, a gargolyle with a badass motherfucking brew. The epicurian's review has just come in; magnafique! No coffee present yet it begs to be paired with an expresso; so mucho impresso. Smore's anyone? I got just the milk!...The rusty trumbone of stouts; dark, dirty, tasty, naughty. The gargolyole has done it again with black water, beautiful inside as well as out. Raw cocoa bean transformed into the beverage of gods...Myans would be shittin their thongs. The name and name only...simple, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 00:56:59 | More by SeanRedd
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jdaelhousen

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black colored body, small amount of head that disapates quickly, however the brown colored head just looks like chocolate milk suds.

Aroma contains strong hints of cocoa combined with roasted espresso, oats and a hop bitterness of earth & pine. Alcohol percentage is also very noticeable from the initial smells.

Taste contains an up front mark of roasted espresso/coffee notes and chocolate. The high ABV is immediately noticeable and produces a very smokey flavor at the center. At that point, the flavor of hop kicks in to give off a counter kick of bitterness.

Aftertaste leaves a roasty, malty, coffee and chocolate flavor on the palate, as the alcohol warms the back of the throat. The bitterness is too much however, and does not blend well whatsoever with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Overall, a disappointment after quality anniversary ales the last couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:00:31 | More by jdaelhousen
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Murchmac

California

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like Night time pouring from a bottle into a glass this is a midnight black. Put that baby up to the light and saw some wooly mammoths in there.

Smells of alcohol, some cocoa, roasteyness, bakers chocolate. Not great though. Very faint, mostly alcohol.

Quaker oates, bitter, chocolate, mocha, too hot for the hottub says the quaker oats man. You can feel the alcohol warming you up like hot chocolate on a winter day.

Mouthfeel is sweet which gives me new hope, like Star Wars episode IV, when Lucas didnt suck.

If this beer was meant to be aged it will rock, right now its all thumbs. This is the beer equivalent of ADD, but I think in 6 months or so it will be fantastic. Here's to hoping!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 05:55:10 | More by Murchmac
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Floydster

California

2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased for $6 at Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo, drank yesterday, reviewed from notes, poured into New Belgium snifter

A-Almost fully black, thin frothy head, some retention, nice lacing
S-Dark chocolate, mild hops, roasted malt, grains, butter, burned toffee, and faint coffee
T-Dark chocolate dominates everything, can barely taste the oatmeal even, lacks complexity, overwhelmingly rich, weird dry finish, aftertaste got repulsive after a while
M-Bitter and dry, full bodied, too much carbonation, very long lingering taste
D-Could not even drink ten ounces, made me so full, hot alcohol not hidden, high ABV

One of my least favorite Stone anniversary brews yet, just did not do it for me and very hard to get down, wish they would have kept up with the IPA trend but do not blame them with the current hop situation, would not drink again, still worth trying for yourself

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 03:57:59 | More by Floydster
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Stone bomber, $6.99 in OH. The beer is black with an unreal head, chocolate milk colored and thick, loads of lacing. The aroma is strong with chocolate, more than any chocolate-style beer I've had to date. The taste, however, is not as good as I'd hoped. While the chocolate flavor is nice, this is way more bitter than I'd expected. A little acrid perhaps. The body is smooth but not as silky smooth as I'd hope for an oatmeal stout. Overall a disappointment for me, I'd hoped for more. Grade A on appearance and smell though...

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 19:10:09 | More by TurdFurgison
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly opaque black color with a richly colored, though thin, deep tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, though not any more special than a decent Imperial Stout should be. Flavors of bitter chocolate and figs, coffee and almost a bourbon-barrel aged character, but not quite. Medium full body with a sharp attack of acidity and bitterness on the finish - like black coffee. This has some aging potential, but I wouldn't go crazy over it. I've tasted better that cost less, and one of these days all these young beer geeks will grow up and realize that Stone makes really good beer - not really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 04:03:04 | More by dedrinker
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twenty-two ounce brown bottle dated July 2008.

Opaque black liquid, topped by a thin tan head. Head holds up okay, no lacing on the glass.

I don't really get chocolate in the nose, beyond what you would normally expect from a big stout. Otherwise inviting, with notes of roasted coffee, subtle bits of fruit, and hints of alcohol.

Not too different from what was hinted at in the nose. Notes of coffee, chocolate & roast. Most of the bitterness comes from the roast flavours. Somewhat smooth, medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not bad by any stretch, but I for one was expecting more out of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 03:44:44 | More by xgrigorix
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a deep dark brown with no head at all. Little bubbles work their way to the surface and just pop. Reminds me of a tar pit for some reason.

Smells of coffee, dry cocoa and dry sour fruits. An astringent boozy sting creeps through a bit too that accents the dryness of the cocoa.

Tastes initially of cocoa, but a sour grainy sting comes through causing me to grimace. My mouth is left with a putrid grainy flavor that seems laced with baking chocolate and a medicinal boozy sting.

Feels exceptionally heavy and sticky that traps in the negativity.

This didn't get finished. What happened here?

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 01:45:49 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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cxg231

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving 22oz Bottle

Appearance - dark as pitch! I had it out of the bottle (I was thirsty - sue me!) so I cannot comment on head, but I would not anticipate a lot of head with this beer.

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted malts with a hit of dark roasted coffee and nuts.

Taste - amazing! Dark and heavy at first with the chocolate smacking you in the face. After a few sips the flavor profile mellows and and becomes more complex with notes of oatmeal and roasted coffee. No perceptible alcohol taste for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel - thin for an oatmeal stout, but still has some substance to it.

Drinkablility - exceptional for a big beer. I could really get in trouble with more than one of these around.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:58:45 | More by cxg231
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Donnie2112

Alaska

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

I am really tired of describing the appearance of stouts... this one is black, has a coffee colored head and has some nice sporadic lace

notes of oats and chocolate, the aroma is EXACTLY what I would expect from the label

again, dark complicated fruity flavors of dark chocolate sitting on top of the smooth oatmeal malts. Snappy there is everything that is supposed to be in a stout except the usual bit of coffee that this beer doesn't even begin to advertise. Smooth malts, smooth bitterness, good stuff.

its heavy in body, it's creamy and smooth the right ammount of carbonation

very drinkable, lots of flavor, keep wanting another sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:24:08 | More by Donnie2112
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gkatsoris


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black w/ a thin tan head that disappeared in less than a minute. Man this is black. Lots of lacing left on the glass (Tulip) as well. Leaves that dark syrup on the glass after you tilt it - schwing.

S: Some alcohol, coco/coacoa. Also heavy malts.

T: Very tasty. Bitterly delicious. Starts w/ the malts, and finishes w/ the coco/chocolate. Very similar to dark bitter-sweet Godiva Chocolates. The flavors last for a looong time after you drink it (10-15 min's loooong).

M: Pretty thin for an oatmeal stout, but it really fits.

D: Another exceptional beer by Stone. God I wish I lived in Cali.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 22:16:46 | More by gkatsoris
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: Black, black, black. Head forms great and sticks around beautifully, leaving a great sticky and full cover of lacing behind of light brown.

S: The bitter / baking chocolate stands out on the nose, followed by the oatmeal, and a rich malt. It's almost cookie like in some ways.

T + M: A pretty big, semi-creamy mouthfeel / flavour. The bitter chocolate is there, as I'd hope. Some espresso notes show, and the oatmeal again mixes in rather cookie like. Similar to oatmeal raisin in some ways. There's a dark fruit essence of sorts in there.

D: A bit of a biggie at 9.2, like they are. Sip away, but enjoy it thoroughly. Very nicely done

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 04:29:37 | More by Proteus93
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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

Pours black with a decent sized, fluffy dark tan to chocolate milk brown head that slowly recedes. Aroma is strongest of roasted coffee beans, cola sweetness and just a hint of dark chocolate and some alcohol strength. Taste follows with a good amount of roastiness that blends well with a bitter baker's chocolate flavor, then a bit of sweet cola blends in and sweetens up the chocolate, before a good bite of bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, the oatmeal softness is evident midway thru, there is a little zing on the tongue up front, then the softy creamy body shows itself, before the bite in the finish. A good beer overall, will like to see some qualities that are biting now, perhaps meld and mellow a little with some age.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:31:17 | More by hoppymeal
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Appearance: Wow! Great looking beer here. It's nearly jet black in color. No light getting through. The head is extremely impressive. It's a very dark, mocha colored beauty. It stands about two fingers tall. Retention was on the average side and lacing was light. Very impressive all around.

Smell: Roasted malts are easily the dominant characteristic here. It's very rich smelling. There is a chocolate aroma there, but it's somewhat subdued. The roasted malts simply overpower it. It is a little grainy. Alcohol is readily apparent. It opens up a little as it warms, but the roasted character of the beer just seems to get stronger. It's a nice smelling beer, but not exactly diverse or complex.

Taste: Again, the roasted malts dominate the flavor profile. It's a nice flavor, but very strong in terms of overshadowing other elements. No doubt it is bitter. The chocolate flavor is flavorful without the usual sweetness. The bitter flavor lingers throughout. There's a bit of a fruity flavor that emerges as it warms. Tastes mostly like raisin. But, it's clearly a secondary flavor that plays its complementary role nicely. Alcohol is only faintly noticeable although the nose suggested otherwise. It finishes a little acidic and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: One of this beer's strongest points is the feel. It's medium bodied and extremely smooth and creamy. Stone nailed that aspect. Carbonation is low, but well done. Drinkability is good. Clearly it's not a session beer, but it's going down smooth and easy. At 9.2% abv, I'd probably limit myself to a bomber in one sitting.

Stone released a very nice and intriguing beer with this one. Personally, I think it could be improved by dialing down the roasted malt and bitter flavors and adding a little more sweetness. In most other respects, it's a very solid and impressive beer with quite a bit of character.

I continue to be impressed with Stone's trailblazing attitude in crafting beer. They take their hits (the hop shortage) and keep rolling with something different and unique. That's probably why they'll continue to be one of my favorites for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:30:37 | More by prototypic
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip

opaque black. brown head fades to wisps and thin ring. minimal lacing.

VERY weak nose. forceful inhales will give only a hint of coffee or chocolate. almost came to room temperature, and still very little.

relatively standard, almost bland, stout flavors. hint of roasted and charred malts, trace of coffee and cocoa. some sweetness with alcoholic backend. mild bitterness that really isn't reminiscent of chocolate.

thick, almost syrupy. gentle carbonation.

certainly drinkable, but very unimpressive, especially coming out of one of my favorite breweries. might get a bottle to age, since it's not that expensive, but only out of "loyalty" to stone. and even then, probably not... seriously, what happened here?!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 22:35:49 | More by tai4ji2x
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chefnash51

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this one sit out of the fridge for about 30 minutes. I was going to read the lengthy story on the back.. but by the time I got to it, I was a bit to distracted.

A- Black and think coming out of the bottle, I lick my lips in anticipation as I see the caramel brown head form.

I was going to drink this out of my Chimay chalice, but opted for my Duvel tulip.

S- Smell was great, I picked up on cocoa and I could smell the roasted malt goodness.

T- the taste didn't fail to deliver. It was everything I was hopping it would be. Nothing overpowered in this, complex, rich, yet very smooth. It wasn't too bitter, the chocolate was in perfect check, and the oat was right in line.

M - Thick and savory. The oat was very appreciated in this, gave it a creamy mouth feel

D- This was over 9% abv? Wow, never would have guessed. This beer could make me happy as a sipper, or as a more aggressively consumed drink.

This wasn't a crazy hopped up, out of whack beer. And I love it for that. If the hop shortage leads to more of these, then I would be happy.
I picked up 6 and I am looking to make the 100 mile round trip to find more.

I enjoyed some aged cheddar with this. Went very well. The wife hated the smell of this and kept complaining that she could smell it across the room.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 14:59:23 | More by chefnash51
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cooncat

Ohio

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

Serving from a 22 oz. bomber, decanted into Stone RIS tulip glasses for myself and a friend.

On the pour, you get a totally opaque beer, with a beautiful mocha/cocoa colored head. The head reduces to a thin cap, which lasts to the bottom. Lacing is evident on the swirl, but the high abv prevent much stickage.

The nose is surprisingly light, and contains dark chocolate, dark fruits (prunes and currants), cherries, tobacco and some alcohol esters. Very inviting. The nose increases in depth as the beer warms. (I finished mine at 72+ deg. F.)

Taste is similar to the nose, with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and licorice coming to the fore. Hops are no where to be found. The 9.2% abv is slightly noticeable in the taste, as well as the nose, and is pleasantly warming. The mouthfeel is incredible. It is full, but very smooth and silky, from the oatmeal. The finish is dry, with bitter chocolate tastes dominating. The smooth mouthfeel never fades.

This is a huge beer, and I drank this one to give me a benchmark for later tastings (I bought a case .. plenty for cellaring). I think I will let the rest sit until December, for about 6 months. I think that this beer will be incredible at that time, allowing for flavors to meld, and alcohol burn to cool a bit.

Reviews on this beer seem to vary wildly. Some love it, some are not enthusiastic (to say the least). This is a beer that will impress the educated palate, and will continue to improve with age. I hope to be able to try this every 6 months over the next few years to see how it improves with age. You can enjoy it now, as a young beer, but I feel it's strength will show with time. Recommended for serious BAs.

Na Zdravja!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:18:47 | More by cooncat
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge and wanted it to warm up. The sappy reflective narrative on the back is a perfect length to read while the beer warms in your hands, assuming you can read print that small.

Pours black and sticky, with a beautiful soft tan head. Clings nicely to the sides of my snifter.

The nose is everything I could have expected, with full roasted maltiness and oatmeal, deepened with rich dusty cocoa. Somewhat clean smelling, a nice balance for a deep dark black-hole of a beer.

Again, the taste is all that I could expect it to be. A very nicely crafted oatmeal stout, with a smooth full oatmeal flavor and toasty dark malts. Chocolate is not sweet at all, but also not anywhere near as offensive as purely unsweetened cocoa. It's well tempered with smooth creamy balance that seems to bring out nice chocolate flavor from within an otherwise true-to-form stout taste.

Smooth and creamy, with just a touch of dryness. Carbonation is filling, but not sharp or interfering.

Not one of the biggest or most outrageous beers I've had in a while, but I think I'm really appreciating the approach to this year's anniversary ale. Detail and balance seem to take precedent over intensity, and perhaps a lack of hops is a good thing. I'm finding it really easy to sip, and today is one of the hottest of the year so far; so here's to January dreaming in the middle of the Summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:52:53 | More by lightindarkness
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gregc

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle from New Beer.

Poured into a snifter...pours motor oil black, a vigorous pour gives a small amout of mocha head, that quickly fades away.

The smell is great, it smells like fudge brownies, oatmeal, some vanilla and roasted malts.

The taste is also interesting...tastes like a 70% cacao bar, but not the crappy one you buy at you local food store. The cacao flavor is on par with a Michel Cluize chocolate. There are also flavors of toasted oats, vanilla and the finish and aftertaste are similiar to chewing on a pure cacao nib.

Great offering from Stone, this one will age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 10:31:18 | More by gregc
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opwog

Minnesota

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

I first had a goblet from a bottle, followed by a goblet from tap.

I am not a fan of big chocolate, so I was nervous of what an extreme brewery like Stone could do with this. But I was very happy with the results.

Common to both bottle and tap:

Syrupy darkness

It is nice to see what Stone can do when hops are not the focus.

Bottle:

Dark head that diminished slowly.

Probably served too cold initially, but this had an unusually sweet smell like bazooka joe bubble gum. After it came down in temperature, chocolate became obvious

Tap:

Almost no head at all, but carbonation in mouth was fine.

Very well balanced start to finish

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2008 08:30:01 | More by opwog
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jamesm7485

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For something called bitter chocolate ... i was expecting alot more chocolate bitterness i mean rogues chocolate stout has more upfront chocolate than this.

It pours damn near like Hershey syrup and is pitch black

To be honest i dont really smell alot at all

the taste is good the chocolate isnt nearly as upfront as the rogue but its still there

mouthfeel is good not as smooth or creamy as id expect from a oatmeal stout

drinkability is good despite the abv

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 04:03:24 | More by jamesm7485
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.