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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
92
outstanding

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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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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Boto

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky, very opaque dark brown. There was just a wisp of a brown head on it, and that was gone almost immediately. Complex aroma. Chocolate stands out, but not overpowering. Some roastiness and woodiness in there. Hint of some fruits, possibly cherries. Somewhat heavy, slick feel on your tongue. A complex taste also. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bitterness. This is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 21:18:39 | More by Boto
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a beautifully viscous stout as it pours from the bottle and forms a pitch black body with a large mocha head. Sheets of lace adorn the glass as the foam slowly dies down to a wispy film. Certainly a looker, regardless of the style.

An oddly subdued aroma reveals little more than dark roast. I'm really getting my nose in there to try an pick up other flavours, and perhaps there are ghosts of chocolate, fruit and oatmeal but they're very faint. Stone decided not to make this one as highly hopped as their other offerings, and they seem a bit lost without it in this instance.

The taste is undeniably bitter, and while I applaud the brewer's attempt to find a good alternative to hops, I'm not sure chocolate is the answer. The bitterness is astringent, acrid, and occasionally inky, seemingly lacking everything I love about hops. Its too bad, really, because it detracts from an otherwise attractive beer. There's a strong roastiness, verging on burnt, which is tames somewhat by a prominent and rich dark fruitiness. Mild notes of oat add some depth and do wonders for the body, which is full and chewy. There's no getting away from the bitterness, though, and its lingering presence in the aftertaste isn't doing anything for this lover of uber-hopped brews.

Even with 18 months on it, this beer is still too unbalanced for my liking, and while some flavours have obviously rounded out, the bitter nature of the chocolate remains overpowering. Thankfully business reverted to normal with Stone 13th, but I'll have to chalk this one up as a rare Stone miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 15:39:51 | More by bobsy
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone XII

A- Deep brownish black with a small light head, no lacing.
S- Big smokey BBQ sauce with a touch of chocolate.
T- Smokey pork flavoring?, BBQ sauce honey, cumin, paprika, and pepper spices with a good background of milk chocolate.
M- Very sweet up front with a solid smokey center and a thick molasses/black licorice finish.

Overall- Good, but I didn't detect a good choc. oatmeal stout background (like a Founders Breakfast Stout) More of a Rauchbier to me. Good but not impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 23:09:23 | More by NJpadreFan
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$7.59 for a 22oz bottle. 9.2% ABV, OG=23.5P. Brewed with Pale Malt, Carmel Malts, Oats, Black Malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt and 100% Pure Cocoa. Hopped with Ahtanum, Summit, Willamette and Galena. Released 7/7/08.

Pours out to a clear very deep black, forming a large very dark brown head with good retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma hits me with big burnt malts, vanilla, black walnut, faint chocolate, espresso, and a pleasant smokiness akin to an Islay Scotch. When swirled, peanuts become evident. Alcohol is imperceptable in the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a big oily dense body. The taste begins with dark fruits, followed by some unpleasant fruity fusels and odd esters. Stone?! Fusels?! What?! Thankfully, this is quickly surmounted by deep roasted grains, anise, walnut, and espresso. The chocolate really doesn't stand out compared to the huge malt bill. Graininess and added minerals linger in the aftertaste with burnt grains in the finish. Herbaceous hops give it a moderate bitterness, although they are a big much.

This is a good beer, but not quite up to standard Stone quality. I've never gotten fusels in a Stone brew, and it makes this brew a disappointment. The herbaceous character of the hops is a bit too pungent for my liking, and I'd like to taste more chocolate for something in this style. Just because it's a big beer, does not a great beer make.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 23:42:09 | More by Mitchster
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cjgator3

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and alcohol. The smell lets me know this is going to be a big beer.

T- The taste is starts out very smooth and creamy from the mouthfeel with some of roasted malts quickly followed by a nice bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is silky smooth from the oatmeal with a moderate amount of carbonation. Oh so smooth and creamy, very nice!

D- Very good stuff, and not too boozy for a 9% beer even though you can feel the warmth.

Overall, the Stone 12th Anniversary brew is another kick ass beer from Stone that is recommended. It will be interesting to see how well this one ages. Give this some time to age a little and I think that it will be phenomenal in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 04:25:33 | More by cjgator3
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flexabull

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 04:31:33 | More by flexabull
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illidurit

California

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

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Totally black with bright brown foam that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is roasty with baker's chocolate and some dark fruitiness. Flavor is off the charts roasty with just enough body and sweetness to keep it from charring the tongue. Similar to dark chocolate-infused coffee. Very smooth and creamy, no trace of the 9.2% abv. This beer toes the line between stout and imperial stout nicely. Another top notch Stone beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2008 06:10:41 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled July 2008. Huge thanks to jbck109 for this one!

A: Pour pitch black with about a finger of dark brown head that stuck around for a while before disappearing into pretty much nothing. Not much in the way of lace.
S: Rich notes of roasted coffee and, just like the name, bitter dark chocolate. Not picking up much else, or really anything in the way of complexity, but what scents are there are good.
T: The coffee nose doesn’t really translate into the taste except maybe in the finish. Instead, the flavors in this beer really live up to its name. The flavor starts off creamy and “oatmealy” with a sort of creamy chocolate milkshake flavor, then finishes bitter with rich notes of dark chocolate and touch of caramel sweetness. The aftertaste has a note or two of warm alcohol but overall the flavors are very well balanced.
M: Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel that is oh so very smooth. The carbonation is a touch too tingly but I’m splitting hairs at this point.
O: I was really impressed by this one, not only in flavor, but how its held up since 08. Not that this surprised me; most everything by Stone is excellent. Thanks again jbck109 for your generosity!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:15:33 | More by scottfrie
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

A: pour is opaque and dark, brown head, quickly dissipates, not much retention or lacing

S: the front features a smokey and bitter quality, smells to be oxidizing a touch, a little bit of a metallic twang. The chocolate and roast is faint.

T: well what the nose was lacking in roasted qualities, the taste makes up for. So much so that the grains become a little astringent at the end.

MF: big body, mellow carbonation

O: I have a feeling that this beer is not in its optimal state, for what it is- it pretty tasty, but I'm sure the flavors popped a little more when it was a little fresher

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 07:14:16 | More by homebrew311
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle that I've been holding since its summertime release (July 2008); poured to a small snifter. Happy XIIth Anniversary, Stone!

A: Glugs from the bottle an impenetrable ebony, crowned with a 1/2-finger of tight, sienna-colored cream. Held to light, miniscule streams of carbonation can be seen creeping up the glass on all sides, but nothing can pierce this darkness. Head drops to a star-shaped film, stretching outward to a thin ring.

S: Yep, bitter chocolate. Sweet, treacle and molasses.

T: Very dark chocolate, we're talking 70%+ cacao stuff. Top notch bittersweet depth, dark roasted coffee and a thin sweetness, not the syrupy stickiness I sometimes find in Stone's big beers. A sort of powdery, slightly chalky, mineral bittering in the finish.

M: Surprisingly busy carbonation, not the velvety/mellow stout experience I expected. Lasting bitterness, medium-heavy body. Just a little boozy/warm on the tongue.

D: A good sipper, warming; a 'dessert' beer if there ever was one. Perfect on a chilly, rain-soaked evening. The title of the lengthy diatribe on the back of bottle is titled "Summer dreaming in late January..."; too early to dream of summer in early December?

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:45:08 | More by msubulldog25
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Overlord

California

2.23/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Finally had a chance to sample this.

Pours jet black with a luscious black head. Thick, clingy, and viscuous.

Smells like roasted malt and chocolate. Actually not that strong of an aroma, which was surprising. The taste is, again, roasted malt with chocolate (but, again, it's not THAT strongly flavored) with a hint of oatmeal. It's perhaps a decent beer, but a bit too acrid, and it's way, way, way too hot. In a distracting, choco mixed with ethanol sort of way.

**Age hasn't done as much for the beer as I thought it would. It's still got that astringent, hot choco-alcohol overload. Just ... not that good, unfortunately.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2008 07:09:17 | More by Overlord
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Capone's

A - Rich, dark as night and oily in appearance. Thin brown head disapears quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Dark chcocolate, dark roasted malts and hops. A little astringent alcohol note. Maybe some dark fruits.

T - Bitter unsweetened cocoa. A little astringent alcohol bite at the end. The bitterness and the astringent taste get in the way of a very good initial sip. A little dark fruit perhaps.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy.

D - Between the bitterness and the booziness, this beer is a special occasion sipper. Maybe sitting a year didnt help this one, but the amazing initial taste keeps this still a beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 15:15:29 | More by rfgetz
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

either fartingdog or jgaston hooked me up with this one, can't remember which. thanks dave and andy!

22oz bottle. sampled aug 31/08.

pours opaque inky black with a very small dense brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and a light swirl of bubbles on top of the beer. very little lace.

aroma is great. alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. hint of espresso. nice fruity character too that i didn't really expect. caramel. hint of smoke. bread and biscuit malts. hint of light citrusy hops.

taste is good. dark and bittersweet chocolate. coffee. bit of espresso. light alcohol, but more as a gentle spreading warmth on the way down than in the taste. just over medium bitterness level, but coming across more as chocolate than hops. light caramel sweetness. nice fruity character. roasty.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good mix of stout and chocolate. will be neat to see how this one changes with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 17:46:08 | More by grub
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a jet-black, deep ebony, engine-oil hue with a minimal tan, frothy head that quickly dissipated and left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Attractive, bittersweet, roasted malt and chocolate aroma permeating from the glass...
Thick, full-bodied flavor with strong bitter chocolate notes... The taste definitely lives up to the name of the beer, with an "in-your-face" serving of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, dark cocoa, deep espresso, slight caramel, with only a minor hint of alcohol...
Drinkability was decent for a heavy beer of this stature and ABV...
Good depiction of the style...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 22:48:11 | More by dsa7783
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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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. July 2008 release.

(A)- Pours incredibly thick and black as the darkest night. Produced a sienna, almost dark brown head that reduced down to bubbles.

(S)- Mountains of nutty roastedness with vanilla. Lots of brown sugar in this guy. Hints of creamy oatmeal & dark cocoa. Breakfast, yet dessert smells galore. Very much like burnt french toast(with cinnamon) with melted dark chocolate & sprinkled brown sugar on top with a cup of coffee on the side!

(T)- Velvet-like roasted malts of molasses, cocoa, coffee, & toast. Definitely more subtle yet more profound than the aroma led me to believe. Creamy oatmeal rolls off your tongue into dense roasted coffee with molasses & dark, almost bitter cocoa. I still taste it minutes after each sip.

(M)- Smooth as a baby's bottom! Has enough carbonation in it yet. Creamy & so damn smooth that it just rolls of the tongue & down the throat. Has just a tiny bit of heat from the 9.2%abv, but barely noticeable behind the silky malts & light sweetness. If I could give the mouthfeel a higher score I would. One of the smoothest stouts I have ever experienced, but I am sure the age helped in that regard.

(D)- An awesome beer that has obviously aged to near perfection in a glass. It has everything that makes a good stout. Awesome roasted malts with a light sweetness rolled into perhaps the smoothest drinking stout I have ever had. If you have this in your cellar, now is the time to open & enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 21:34:13 | More by sweemzander
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet beer! And I don't mean sweet like candy.... Just awesome.

Poured a thick black color into my tulip glass. A finger and a half tan head formed, then quickly receded... All that was left was a thin tan circle around the outside of the glass.
No lacing at all.

Aroma was fairly delicate and mostly of roasted notes.... Also a thickness to the aroma... a sweetness. I realize the two thoughts seem counter intuitive, but that's really what I was sensing.

Flavor really rocked.. Smooth from front to back and almost like a milkshake. Creamy sensation to the chocolate flavor.... Then to a subtle vanilla flavor.... A little alcohol then back to the bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very deep and enticing.

The mouth feel is creamy as mentioned and pretty thick in body. Much like eating bittersweet chocolate, the flavor sticks with you as it melts away in your mouth..

This is where I think this beer is aptly named.

Drinkability... Damn, why do I only have one bottle??

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:00:23 | More by Reagan1984
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavor might have been damaged from sitting on a shelf for 1 year but here we go. Glad I could find this one over a year after its release. Poured pitch black into my pint glass with a 3 finger head after a pretty vigorous pour. Head is coffee colored and reduces to a thin layer on the beer after a few minutes, leaves good medium lacing on the glass. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate, maybe some smoke/burnt notes too. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, a tiny bit of alcohol(expected in imperials), and a bit of hops. Has a slight metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy, which is nice for an imperial, good carbonation and pretty smooth, coats the tongue pretty well. This beer is definitely drinkable, didn't feel too heavy on the stomach, good spin off of imperial stout. Didn't really get the oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 02:15:12 | More by cbutova
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Crosling

Colorado

3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, nearly opaque and appear inky black in the glass. Light tan heads fades into a collar around the glass. Very light aromas of dark fruits, roast and chocolate. Lots of taste, but not the greatest balance. Very heavily roasty and burnt, some dark fruit notes, with a light hint of chocolate. Hops as well, especially towards the finish. A bit brash and overly bitter for my taste, but I suppose it has decent aging potential. Towards the end of the bottle, I was liking it less and less.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 21:15:24 | More by Crosling
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice opaque black with a thin lasting tan head. Aroma is nice roasted barley and bitter cocoa, hints of espresso linger in the back. The taste is rich bitter chocolate, just as promised, the beer is smooth and easy drinking, even in summer. I will be saving by other bottle for the winter, but I'm truly enjoying this one now. This is a truly wonderful stout, clearly worthy of an anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:27:12 | More by atsprings
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Florida9

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Flat dark black, with a minimal dark tan head that barely forms a ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly baking chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla and a little alcohol in the background.

T: More baking chocolate with an appreciable bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate and a light sweetness. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation.

O: A nice beer. Lots of chocolate flavor, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:34:36 | More by Florida9
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Adnams Imperial tumbler. The stout appears a deep brown color with about an inch of creamy dark ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of smashed green peas (when first poured and quite cold), bakers chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, rich coffee, roasted grain, vanilla, still a good amount of alcohol burn and a warming down the throat, earthy, grassy hops, licorice, mild smoke. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. Could probably use at least another year in the cellar to smooth out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 03:10:07 | More by ClockworkOrange
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Poured inky black with a foamy chocolate brown head, with no true lacing. Light won't penetrate this one.

Rich strong scents here. Sweet prunes, deep roasted malt, coffee, tons of licorice and black strap molasses.

Deep strong flavors wash over your tongue. Deep roasted malt and coffee notes, bitter edges of the dark chocolate, and boozy alcohol on your breath. Finishes very bitter -- not a hop bitter, or a bitter chocolate bitter, but kinda aspirin bitter. Not sure if I like this element.

Chewy, hardly any carbonation. Love the complexity anad structure of this beer, but if you don't lean toward these types of beers, you can probably finish the bomber and be done with this for a while. If big deep boozy stouts are your passion, jump in here. But know what you like -- this was a 22 oz @ $8.00/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 13:09:58 | More by OtherShoe2
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Super thick and viscous ale that appears to flow sluggishly into the glass, opening up a one inch head that's much closer to brown than tan. Sticky, this lace lasts in a velvety film on top and in extensive legs down the side of the glass. Oh, and it's black. Very black.

Strong aromas of burnt grain, heavy on the roast and lighter on the richness of the chocolate. Alcoholic fumes do appear later on. Other flavors readily apparent from a deep sniff include dark, sweet fruits, sour apple, molasses, esters, and a slightly clove-like phenolic edge.

Smooth and full mouthfeel is wonderful, pretty creamy for such a strong beverage. Up front it's mainly burnt bitter malt, with pleasantly strong doses of chocolate middle and late. Finish leaves a trail of cacao beans down the throat, made noticeable by a mild prick of alcohol. The flavor and finish are indeed bitter, somewhat mitigated by the noticeable effect of the oatmeal, which adds its distinctive smooth and easy character.

The bitter and burnt far outweighs the sweet, and in this unusual instance - especially for Stone - we're not talking hops bitter. This is a strong, acrid brew, with overtones of extreme roasting bordering on acrid elan. Highly recommended. I would also advise putting a couple away for a few months, see what emerges.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 02:13:41 | More by BretSikkink
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.