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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

848 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this bottle at a local shoppe, sitting next to the 13th, 14th, and the 15th as it had just arrived. Funny thing to see.

This one pours a jet black in color, medium in body, with a slight beige lacing. It smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolates, and light bitter coffee. It's held up pretty well so far. It drinks medium in body and features flavors of bitter chocolates, sweet chocolates, faded coffee, and sweet malts. It still has the flavor that I loved a couple years ago. It drinks very well and has held up well. It's very drinkable due to the array of appealing flavors. Very nice beer, still. I feel bad giving it a 4.0.

aasher, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic. Poured an inky black with a tight, half inch mocha-colored head embedded with tiny ringlets that eventually disperses into a thin ring around the shoulders; lacing adherence is somewhat poor. Scent of malt, cocoa and espresso with a hint of alcohol detectable at the back. Taste follows nose. Bitterness is exposed, but seems to come more from coffee char than chocolate. Medium-bodied and lively with a creamy, warming quality throughout the mouth and a dry, bitter finish. Excellent drinkability; characteristics are well-balanced and brew is immediately drinkable. No need to cellar this one.

Jwale73, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of sweemzander
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!

sweemzander, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

whartontallboy, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this as a dessert after a nice steak dinner (thanks Dad). A dark brown/blackish body with a thickish look; a two-finger burnt toast facade that loitered around. A great malt taste with some smoothness in the aroma from the oat malt and the rough smell coming from some chocolate, coffee and maybe some roasted malt (or a heavy coffee malt presence). Heavy and full-bodied yet smooth and creamy, a great tasting stout that has a prevalent bitter chocolate taste and some definite roasted malt. Even with the oatmeal texture there is a very bitter, drying sensation on the backbite. To be honest, this is a sipper and the longer you drink this the more the bitterness of the cocoa subsides for a smoother, creamier drink. This is a great drink that is not for the weak palettes out there, but call me a puss; I just wish it was a little sweeter on the chocolate because I have a real sweet tooth. If you like chocolate/oatmeal stouts with that bitter twinge, then this is a MUST.

clayrock81, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another anniversary offering from Stone which I expected to be good and it was. Obviously black, minimum brown head. It smelled like chocolate, tasted like dark bitter chocolate, fruit, and a strong alcohol component which was a little strong (and the reason I didn;t give a higher score for taste). It seems like most oatmeal stouts feel silky and this one does as well.

ArrogantB, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a 12oz pint-style glass at Prime 16s CT kickoff for Stone.

A: Blakc body with ruby highlights topped by a quarter-inch of dense, fine, dark brown head. Spectacular retention and decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate; overall, one-dimensional but inviting.

T: Breathtaking: Dark chocolate, sweet fruit, and just a hint of spice on the finish. Complex, balanced, and simply delicious.

M: Smooth and full-bodied.

D: For such a dark, strong beer, this goes down quite easily.

Notes: This is a great-tasting beer, plain and simple. I feel lucky to have gotten a chance to have this on tap.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a roughish pour produces about a half inch of the darkest head I've ever seen, like a very dark chocolate milk, retention is quality, with a new head released by each tilt of the glass, the beer itself is black in color

s: dark chocolate nibs and chocolate barley balanced with a lightly astringent dark roasted barley...I should note that the chocolate is just about perfectly excecuted, adding dry depth but no or little sweetness...light french roast coffee, nice touch of smokehouse in the background, oatmeal seems to smooth everything out, some welcome ethanol heat, hops are there for sure but take a backseat to the slew of roast, nearing 4.5 territory

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, fullis but not overly heavy body

t: a chocolate-roast malt body and moderate flavors of dark chocolate make up the bulk of the flavor, the chocolate bitterness kicks in just before that of the hops, malt and chocolate completely envelop the hops as to disguise most of their their flavor, finishes roasty and very long...it's a little brusque to call a beer such as this "bland", but while it's certainly a quality beer and I really like how the chocolate and roasts are done, I did expect a bit more complexity from it, but I do appreciate that it pulls off "chocolate" without becoming a sweet candy beer

d: easy, an enjoyable bomber

bomber from Whole Foods Reston...I picked this up to see if I needed to get another to age, and I'm still not sure if I will...might just pick up an extra 080808 or IRS instead

blackie, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

39th review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint

App- It's black, dense and undeniably a stone stout. Has a one finger tan head that laced quite nicely.

Smell- It's chocolate and coffee and roast. Like smelling a dark heavy coffee. I picked up raisins for some reason but after an 08.08.08 and a Redemption from RR, my nose is probably shot for smelling.

Taste- Wow, way smoother than I thought it would be. This has aged quite nicely and isn't too rough or overpowering to the palate. A touch bitter due to the chocolate but I find it to be quite nice.

Mouth- It's balanced and easy to take down. This beer has some legs to it and annouces your having a stout but doesnt overload the taste buds.

Drink- After the first two beers of the night one is enough for me, but I think if it was two years ago when this was 1st released and I was camping, this would be better than Jack out of the bottle in front of the fire.

FosterJM, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of the six boxes that have arrived on my doorstep over the past couple of years from the prolific beerisheaven, only five beers remain. OK, now four. It never gets old sayings thanks for more great brews, Brian.

Pours black with a tame, muddy head that quickly retreats. Flat & quiet. Smells very good. The bitter, assumedly from the chocolate, is a different bitter than the regular hop-bitter I've become accustomed too. Along with some good, dark malts.

This XII has some great uniqueness swirling around. The bitter chocolate is up front & intimately intertwined with the sweetness of the chocolate, too. What an odd pairing doing the completely opposite thing to my palate. Standing behind this coolness is a deep maltiness that's silky, warming, rich, & all those big stout superlatives in spades, so to speak. Lush.

Not being a big fan of oatmeal stouts, this is a cut above the rest. Excellent beer. I didn't like the Stone RIS when we first tried it, now I'm wondering if the year-old bottle is worth another run. Something to ponder.

maximum12, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug

Appears just about pitch black with a brown two finger head that had good staying power and decent lacing.

Smell is of bittersweet dark chocolate, oats, roasted malts, and mild espresso.

Taste mimics the smell in almost a perfect balance. Bitter chocolate and burnt/roasted malts.

Full body, rich and velvety. Silky smooth.

Very easy to drink. This guy was great to hang out with and break in the college football season.

ColForbinBC, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vicious black pour, with a nice dark tan finger of forced head.

Smell is good with fair amount of malts, chocolate and coffee. There is a tart quality, but it's faint.

Good lord. I'm pretty sure they used the highest percent of cocoa that they could find because this thing is uber bitter chocolate. I presumed that it would be hoppy, but it is totally the intense chocolates. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate ones it warms.

Feel is thick and coating.

This is very good, but needs to warm in my opinion.

EgadBananas, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bold deep dark black hue with an nice thick espresso colored head. The retention was good with some lace being noted.

S: Nice strong stout aromas. There is a big blast of roasted oatmeal and charred malt. A nice dose of bitter chocolate plays well with some green hops.

T: Nice malt blast right from the start. Roasty oat and char come forward first. A touch of sweet chocolate and coffee in the middle yield to bitter chocolate in the finish. This is a wonderful brew.

M: Rather medium in body for such a big brew. It is slick and oily though and goes down rather nicely.

D: Drank the entire bomber myself and what a joy it was. Stone had great success with this one. The chocolate was a nice replacement for the hops. I now have to score me another bottle.

tpd975, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black with a reddish/brown head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of roasted malt and red wine grapes, perhaps a touch of chocolate. The taste is of big roasted malt and big bakers chocolate, a slight metallic twang, and a wine like characteristic. The oatmeal doesn't really stand out with the other big flavors but adds to a smoother stout. The feel is thick and chewy, enough carbonation to have a tingly feel; finishes with a roasted bitterness and alcohol belly burn. A big stout for sure. Big roasted and bitter chocolate flavors.

Gmann, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -27.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a motor oil looking pitch black and opaque viscous liquid. The head is a dark brown, mocha color that is tight and creamy with a lot of bubbles sitting on top. The retention is good and the lace is quite thick covering the entire side of the glass

S-the nose is very solid, roasted malts abound and hit the nose first. Dark bitter chocolate is huge in this but the oatmeal aroma definitely lies underneath. Some chocolate brownie up front, hints of vanilla, with the more bitter dark chocolate coming in towards the back.

T-this is extremely tasty! Near perfect tasting stout. Roasted malts up front all dark, tons of bitter bakers chocolate with a touch of anise in the middle. Light malty dark fruit sweetness comes in at the back, plums and raisins.

M-full bodied, thick, creamy, chewy, and smooth on the palate. There is still some carbonation in there, actually just enough to hold the body and help hold the feel. The finish is somewhat dry.

D-this beer is awesome. The complexity is great, roasted malts and lots of them, tons of dark chocolate, and a great fruity sweetness. Big and creamy on the palate. Wow, fantastic job!

cpetrone84, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark, used oil brown body. Thick. Solid finger of dense, creamy, chocolate-milk brown head. Nose of dark chocolate (as advertised), with some bitter notes. Roasted mocha coffee mixes with chocolate syrup. Very nice, very chocolaty.

Starts off with charred, roasted bitterness. Thick, creamy, velvety, oaty-smooth mouthfeel leads to semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, and more charred roasted bitterness. Gets a little more fruity and alcoholic toward the finish. A tad hot. Dark chocolate syrup and roasted bitterness in the finish proper. Lives up to its name, but a little too hot.

alexgash, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bitter hops. lots of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and rich roasted malt. Flavor is rather bitter! (as advertised). Sweet, rich oatmeal malt, alcohol, slight slight bitter chocolate. I was really excited about this beer but it proved to be a disappointment. Much too heavy and alcoholic for my liking. This needs a bit of age I think. Not as much chocolate as I'd prefer and the sweetness/alcohol richness does obliterate some of the other flavors. Fun to try, but I don't think I'll purchase again (unless it's aged perhaps).
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Four days after their Big Wood festival, Stone's 12th Anniversary Oatmeal Stout was still available at Brouwer's Cafe. I sat down to a regal but overpriced 8-oz. draught served in a snifter. The beer was ebony black with an exceptionally dark rim of dirt-brown suds. The aroma and taste were a rich and complex array of chocolate and bourbon with a particularly strong bourbon flavor. The chocolate qualities seemed exotic - not your Hershey's drugstore variety - and lent an air of refinement.

I sensed some heat from the alcohol that was underscored by the edgier bourbon notes. Though this ale is already a year old, I'd still be inclined to cellar it further. Not that it isn't ready for consumption now. The mouthfeel is big and glossy and the beer is a pleasure to consume. But it's still a bit boozy. And while it made me think of The Abyss, it falls far short of that benchmark.

RedDiamond, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stone's 12th anniversary ale. This poured pitch black with a bit of dark tan head. It smelled like mild bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. It tasted like very bitter chocolate with resinous pine hops, with a bit of earthy oatmeal malt, and had noticeable alcohol taste. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a strong bitter aftertaste with alcohol warming. Overall this was not as sweet or delicious as I hoped (similar to Young's). This still had a very bold, clean flavor that nice to sip, but also able to drink regularly. Solid but not spectacular.

Pencible, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
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??

Reagan1984, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The manger at the store where I purchased this assured me that it was cellaring well. It would be interesting to know what this was like fresh, as the chocolate had a muted character. The chocolate note married well with the oatmeal (I'm surprised more brewers don't take on this combination). Moderate bittering ran behind, and this, too, was pleasantly mellowed.

Brent, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.9%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.