Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-17-2008 19:22:23 | More by John_M
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
08-17-2008 19:16:07 | More by mattcrill
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
08-17-2008 02:06:42 | More by TEXTONE
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-16-2008 20:10:22 | More by JoeMayo
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-16-2008 19:50:21 | More by nasty15108
3.75/5 rDev -9%
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....
08-16-2008 07:27:07 | More by HalfFull
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-16-2008 04:09:00 | More by USCTrojanBrian
3.63/5 rDev -11.9%
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).
08-16-2008 03:48:18 | More by TonyT
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
08-16-2008 03:26:56 | More by khiasmus
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
08-16-2008 02:50:58 | More by dickieb
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
08-16-2008 01:44:40 | More by aerozeppl
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-15-2008 21:28:42 | More by Bierguy5
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-15-2008 20:05:13 | More by Biggness
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
08-15-2008 06:15:44 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-14-2008 23:42:47 | More by Sammy
2.7/5 rDev -34.5%
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!
08-14-2008 22:30:38 | More by Stinkypuss
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
08-14-2008 21:04:45 | More by klewis
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-14-2008 15:46:36 | More by becktone
3.33/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
08-14-2008 04:51:37 | More by MiScusi
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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)
08-14-2008 03:59:04 | More by vtfan77
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
A: Nice and dark with a thin but decent off white head. Looks great and I love when no light can penetrate.
S: Nice rich aroma. Typical of a big stout but with a lot more chocolate and roast in the nose. I know the name is bitter chocolate, but it smells like sweet chocolate.
T: Now there's the bitterness! Damn, they really hit the nail on the head with this one. I get bitter chocolate in the taste and that silky smooth character from the oatmeal. Choklat from Southern Tier was too sweet for me but this is perfect.
M: Nice and smooth with a touch of an edge from the bitterness. Medium bodied in reality but during the blast of flavor it seems even more full bodied than that.
D: Great...one of the best beers Stone has put out in a while.
08-14-2008 02:33:06 | More by drseamus
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Appearance= Nicely done screen print label with the "anniversary" gargoyle giving you "what of it?"
Pours blacker than batman, with the tight foaming action of a two inch creamy tan head.
Aroma= Instantly pours out breakfasty oatmeal aromas followed by rich dark chocolate and freshly cracked grain. Small alcohol notes with maybe some grassy hop notes lagging behind.
Taste= Mouthfull of semi-sweet chocolate. I really like how the malt still shines through all the chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Small alcohol notes in the end of the flavor as well.
Mouthfeel= This is what really does it for this beer. It is probably the best sensation my tongue has ever gotten from a beer. Like smooth sheets of velvet rolling over your tongue as it sloshes around the mouth. With the dryness and alcohol coming right in to clean up.
Drinkability= For what it is, I believe it to be very high. The booze never overpowers the rich creaminess of this beer. I was longing for another one as soon as I was done with the 22oz. Which with a stout of 9.2% could lead somewhere really good or bad.
08-14-2008 01:26:16 | More by mcfisty
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
pours motor oil black with a brown head that fades to a film.
the smell is of bakers chocolate with some caramel maltiness and a little bit of roasted coffee. vague dark fruitiness beneath the chocolate.
the taste is dominated by a little bit of a maltball tinged bakers chocolate followed up with some raisin and balck cherry, and then finished off with an almost moderate bitterness partially coffee-like, partially dark chocolate, partially herbal hop. not overly complex, but the flavors shine with clarity and purpose. quite sweet without ever being cloying.
the mouthfeel is full creamy and smooth, a pleasure to drink. low dilicate carbonation (but not verging on flat).
drinkability is good and honestly the alcochol is fairly well hidden only lending more drinkability. it's smooth as hell and worth a drink if only for the texture. a very nice change of pace from stone.
08-14-2008 01:12:03 | More by kmo1030
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Served in a chalice. Pours a dark black, with a very dark brown head that cascades lovely down the inside of my chalice. Big 3 finger head that drops quickly to 2 finger head, then takes its time deflating to the level of the beer itself. This has got to be the darkest head I've seen on a beer in some time! I love the looks of this brew.
I detect chocolate and coffee aroma, burnt and roasted grains, and I also notice a little fruit poking through. Alcohol is evident here as well.
First sip reveals chocolate bitterness, with a lot of alcohol coming through. Subsequent drinks reveal raison sweetness, but not ever breaking away from the chocolate. Some coffee drifts in and out of the picture, as well as a timidly noticeable hop bitterness, but overall, bittersweet chocolate is the star here, with all other flavors playing supporting roles. I think a year minimum would do this brew proud. I will be picking up another bottle to cellar it for at least a year.
This is a thin to medium bodied brew, with a medium dry finish. I would have liked a bit more body. Appropriate level of carbonation though, as I like it a bit lower in dark beer.
Overall, a drinkable beer, but ultimately, one that I would (and will) cellar for a year at least. That being said, I wouldn't drink more than 1 of these at a time currently, this being reflected in my scoring for drinkability. I will revisit after cellaring, and edit review at that time, if necessary. Cheers.
08-14-2008 00:28:23 | More by dancinwillie
3.38/5 rDev -18%
Pours black with a thin brown head that immediately disappears.
The smell is of baker's chocolate, something rubbery and slightly burnt. Aroma improves a bit with progress.
The taste is of bitter chocolate with boozy alcohol. Bitter with restrained sweetness, though some chocolate chip oatmeal cookie does come to mind in the aftertaste, at first. As it progresses, it takes on more of a burnt coffee taste. Then, oddly switches back and forth. Acidity pretty high on a whole.
Almost full bodied, with a bit of thinness showing through at times.
Despite booziness/high abv, and some characteristics that seem to pop through throwing it off, it does have a certain "sipping" drinkability. I do have mixed feelings about this one, with some smells and sips better than others. As a whole, though, the burnt edges and small other "detractors" (i.e. some aroma that is rubbery/overly tar-like) make this stand in the way of what it could be.
08-13-2008 02:28:52 | More by jwc215
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.