Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Man, drinking all these anniversary brews is becoming a part time job it seems.
Pours black with a tan head. Nose is thick malts and some chocolate and a wee bit of molasses. Flavor is thick. Minor molasses with real dark chocolate tones. Sweet almost berry thing is there too. Feel is smooth and thicker on liquid. Carbonation is low, but that seems appropriate. Overall pretty nice to drink. Nothing real crazy or outlandish, but still a nice brew.
09-08-2008 16:17:00 | More by RblWthACoz
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large dark brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is very malty but not overly thick as many other big stouts with flavors of oats & dark chocolate. As the name implies there's a significant bitterness but it's a pleasant one created by the dark chocolate and decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stout to relax with, it definitely hit the spot as I relaxed and watched movie.
02-04-2009 05:15:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
Body appears pitch black absolutely opaque no light passing through at the edges. Nice sized mocha tan head forms thick and leaves behind fine lacing as it dwindles down, by the way I poured this into my Piraat chalice since I recently broke my Stone Imperial Stout chalice, pretty similar shape. This year's release seems to be keeping with the black beer theme, hoppy black IPA definitely wasn't my favorite new concept beer let's see if bitter dark chocolate infused oatmeal stouts work as well as it sounds.
Aroma upfront with bitter dark cocoa nibs, deep fruity ripened fruit notes including ripe plum and fig notes, touch of metallic mineral character blended with herbal hop blends just barely coming through in the nose.
Flavor is complex starts off with a tart twang seems out of place in something this dark, I was assuming there would be more roasted malt character off the bat. Somewhat lactic creamy notes with oatmeal softness coming into play. Definitely finishes with big luscious dark bitter chocolate notes and welcome hop burps arise after your first few sips even thought not much hop action is going on in the actual flavor or aroma. As it warms alcohol becomes a welcome flavor component that seems to offset some of the sweet and tart fruit notes from the pure bitterness of the dark chocolate added. Oatmeal also plays as a buffer between the chocolate and sweet fruit undertones.
Carbonation level is mellow, dark dry bitterness is definitely left on the palate after each sip. An overall medium to full body with creamy edges to it the entire 22 ounce portion. By the way, I would recommend to split this large portion with friends and let the beer warm up a bit to let all of the flavors and textures come out.
This Stone 12th offering serves up some surprises, keeping it original and unique as usual I would definitely recommend the experience. Is it something that I will be chasing down like the Stone 10th no way but was it tasty and complex...of course. I see what the folks at Stone were trying to pull off and guess I like the blurb on the label about hop shortages and turning to the bitterness of dark chocolate versus hops, so I see the vision but taste for yourself whether or not it works.
07-25-2008 15:22:11 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours mahogany to black with much effervescence & 4+ fingers of dark brown head. Average head retention & good lacing
S: Roasted malt, coffee grinds & a touch of iron
T: Baker's chocolate, iron, & dryness up front. Dryness & boozeyness comes through as this warms, plus cocoa & roasted malt. Finishes with charred grain & chocolate
MF: Smooth, oily with minimal carbonation, some booze heat detracts a bit
Drinks good for the ABV, but this was semi-letdown. Good, not great effort from Stone, but worthy of a few pints before moving on, ABV was semi-detractor for the style & ABV, pretty good bang for the buck at $7 a bomber IMO. Sit on this a few months to a year & maybe much better???
07-15-2008 05:29:36 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Picked this up at Discount Liquor a while back. Served in a Bell's tulip.
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.
S - Definitely lots of bitter chocolate. Lightly roasted grains, caramel, and perhaps a faint bit of oxidation creeping in. Needs to warm up a bit, but otherwise fairly enjoyable.
T - Taste is also heavy on the mildly bitter baker's chocolate, with some notes of vanilla, anise, and caramel. Unfortunately it seems a bit hollow mid-palate and perhaps is showing its age here.
M - Medium body, velvety melted chocolate bar texture, lower carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. None of the listed 9.2% shows up after 3+ years of aging.
D - While this is was still pretty decent I feeling this one is on the decline, although mileage may vary based on cellar conditions. Still, an enjoyable tick.
01-22-2012 00:36:26 | More by MasterSki
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a dense black (that doesn't look unlike motor oil) with a finger of charred looking burnt mocha colored head. This fizzles down to just the thinnest ring with some thin wisps across the center that leaves behind a small smattering of lace and brown oily residues down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick with dark bittersweet chocolate and dry oatmeal notes that are followed by some prominent coffee and dark roasted quality. There is also a stiff waft of heat that flows in and out of the other aromas.
The taste is more bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast character that is balanced out by some softer malty notes of caramel and maybe even a bit of dark fruits. There is also a nice smoky aspect that appears to rear its head once in a while as well as dry oatmeal notes that hangs on the palette with some lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick and chewy (even almost viscous as it warms) feel at times but still moves effortlessly across the palette thanks to that oatmeal character. Some heat is definitely present but thanks to the big flavors and overall smooth body of this, it never becomes distracting.
A new beer from Stone that tastes like a burnt chocolate chip cookie and drinks like a champ? Sign me up for more please! I can't wait to see what a little age on this will do, as it really does feel like it will smooth out even more over time.
09-04-2008 13:47:36 | More by Kegatron
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Served in a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter, this is a really nice beer. Beer is black with a one finger dark brown head of small bubbles, good retention, nice lacing, looks great.
Aroma is strong and chocolaty, with a mild roast.
Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice late bitterness from the roast of the grains, the finish is clean and the midpalate is sweet with a nice chocolate flavor and a medium body. I really like it. I'd have it again.
05-23-2012 15:24:25 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
I picked this bottle up at Thirsty's in York. Poured above cellar temp into my Boddington's tulip, shared w/ octopus 87.
A - A viscous looking ebony which cascades for minutes to make a medium brown head of approximately an inch. The head is comprised of very minute bubbles and a spotty film collects as lace and sticks well.
S - Rich roasted, mocha w/ extra chocolate syrup coffee aroma. Fruity, earthy ale aromas w/ mildly piney hops. The odor of baking cocoa and chocolate malts are strong
M - Viscous-again, slick and slightly bitter malt feel. The full rich roasted effect doesn't stop w/ a warming alcohol texture all the way down. slightly spice with a smooth malt complextity
T - A great thick stout w/ cocoa flavor. The edges have a piney astringency and a slight malt/cocoa bite w/ a slightly smokey flavor. The malt accents the very dark chocolate taste and the oatmeal smoothes out the bitterness of the hops and bitter chocolate, while still leaving it interesting w/ a pepper-like afterburn.
D - The drinkability is very good w/ bothe the bitter chocolate and oatmeal qualities playing off each other well. It is a 10% stout, though so I think splitting the bomber was the best option. It is intensely flavored as you would expect from Stone, this is interesting enough to make me want more.
08-12-2008 17:02:16 | More by Slatetank
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt scent along with a slight chocolate aroma. It's warming with a dry oatmeal presence. The taste is quite bitter. It goes down smooth with a bittersweet chocolate finish. It's got a stiff black malt feel with just enough chocolate malt and real chocolate to balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is another great brew from Stone. It's well brewed and full of great flavor. I'm glad chocolate is being used more in brewing. I'm a big fan.
08-21-2008 22:40:03 | More by WesWes
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with a strong bitter chocolate component. The flavor is lots of coffee. Chocolate is present as well with it beginning as a darker almost milk chocolate and ending with a bitter finish. Very creamy thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love stouts that include oatmeal and this is one of the best ones I have had.
01-01-2010 18:22:24 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Very dark brown with just a ring of tan head around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet dark fruit and bitter chocolate with a hint of port.
Taste: Very smooth and very bitter from the roast. Some sweetness along with some warm alcohol with a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. Mild carbonation with a slick finish. This beer completely coats your mouth.
Overall: This was a very nice beer. The age didn't hurt it at all as far as I could tell. The bitterness and sweetness complimented each other very well.
06-26-2011 17:15:02 | More by oline73
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
3.4/5 rDev -17.5%
A healthy pour produces a cresting, initially four-finger thick, richly browned, frothy head. As the head slowly collapses it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite simply black and remains opaque no matter how close I hold it up to the light. Bitter burnt grain aroma and substantially toasted malt aromas are easily noticeable. At times a rich chocolate note is noticed, but at others it is drowned out by the roast character. The burnt malt notes at times can be overwhelmingly sharp, acrid and acidic and that once noticed chocolate note seems to be a faint memory. Hot alcohol notes are noticeable as the beer gets near room temperature.
Thick and creamy feeling up front and not any where near as sweet as the body would suggest. Lots of bitter burnt malt notes linger from beginning to end and in fact really lingers on in the palate after the beer has gone down my throat. Some thin, bitter, dark chocolate notes are found in the middle of this beer and the finish has a lingering note of dusty, dark cocoa powder. Even as the beer gets substantially warmer it does not lose its aggressive, acrid burnt flavors. They become perhaps a touch more tempered, but still overly influence the finish and make this excessively bitter. On the plus side, while it is quite burnt in character, the flavor does note get overly acidic from the burnt notes.
This beer is going to need some time before I can really get into it. The question remains though if it will mellow before it becomes overly oxidized. A great beer for those who like aggressively roasted flavors, I can't quite get into this though as it makes me think I am chewing on charcoal.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
07-13-2008 04:44:22 | More by Gueuzedude
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
Nice initial head that sticks around and leaves wonderful ring lace. Technically black where light cannot penetrate even the edge.
Peppery and smoky aroma. Reminiscent of chocolate ice cream.
Smoky flavor behind the thick coffee notes. The finish is a nice combination of hop and black patent malt. It's creamy with a little bit of the alcohol warmth that one would expect.
Nearly perfect in the body--rich with enough cutting carbonation from making it oily.
09-07-2008 18:51:07 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev -1%
22 oz. bomber picked up today,
A: Pours black, with a medium dark brown head, giving it an extra .5 since it's probably the darkest beer I have ever seen.
S: Chocolate of course, some espresso, malted milk balls.
T: Lots of bitter dark chocolate bombards the taste buds on the first sip, heavy cacao. No real coffee note, except for some light espresso note in the middle. Sweetness of the oatmeal comes afterwards and mellows the flavour. I might have expected a little more complexity, but it's still damn tasty brew.
M: Carbonation is very light and fluffy, body feels to light for a 9.2% brew, but quite drinkable for its heft.
D: This is a good big stout from Stone, probably the most drinkable of the anniversaries that I have had, though 9th would be close. Definitely will pick up some more bottles while it is out.
07-11-2008 03:34:52 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.
Smell: bitter chocolate, light alcohol, and roasted malts are bold and provides an enjoyable aroma.
Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolates, alcohol, prunes, molasses, and oats. Bitterness is hearty and creates a balanced beer.
Mouthfeel: smooth and silky throughout. Very long roasted malt and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Heavy bodied beer.
Drinkability: very tasty brew but alcohol levels leave this as a slow sipper and no more than one bottle per session. Nice tasty beer.
10-17-2008 12:17:49 | More by Gavage
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
06/26/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 12th Annv release. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.
Appearance- Larger one inch plus forming head on the pour. Deep brown colored head with some small patches of lace and a few streaks left in the wake.
Smell- Textbook Stone with the pungent pine and grapefruit hops mixed in with a malt ball chocolate powder scent.
Taste- Malt is very dark here...almost cigarette ash-like. Not really smokey...just burnt ash flavor malt...which is a pretty good thing with this beer. Hops are here and pretty hefty. But, it doesn't overpower the semi sweet and lightly bitter chocolate flavor...mixes well together.
Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a mid to lower carbonation level. Somewhat silky, but wouldn't go as far as saying creamy...it is very nice though.
Drinkability- Quite a nice brew...finally got to try this one with almost a year in the fridge. Worth a buy if you can still find any.
06-29-2009 19:23:14 | More by GClarkage
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2 finger frothy chocolate/coffee-colored head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of lacing behind.
Bitter dark chocolate aroma with lots of roasted/toasted malt notes, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and candy sugar. There is a lot going on here and hopefully the flavor lives up to the aroma.
Deep roasted full body with lots of sweet bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and toffee. All of this dark roasty character is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the dark chocolate and a bit of candy sugar. There is also a slight dark fruit presence and a subtle nut character. Very well balanced with well masked alcohol make this complex beer pretty drinkable. Recommended!
11-07-2009 07:12:28 | More by corby112
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
A full, thick two fingers of really dark brown head with excellent retention. Nose was absolute bittersweet, or better, cooking chocolate. Color was a stygian-dark black. Mouthfeel was somewhat hot with a definite chocolate taste in the mouth. By chocolate, I mean melting a bittersweet bar and pouring it down your throat. You just get that slight burn. Finish was really smoky, chocolately, and definitely tasty.
12-22-2009 22:55:08 | More by woodychandler
2.95/5 rDev -28.4%
Split a bomber with a friend after dinner. Pour pitch black with a tan head.
I'm not feeling this beer. It reminds me of Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S., another big oatmeal stout I wasn't crazy about. At first the aroma smells like pure vodka, but eventually roasted grains come out. The flavor isn't much better for me as it tastes like a mess. I can tell there are black malt, chocolate, and oats, but the flavors tend to clash instead of working together. I should add that it's not like this beer tastes bad, it's just that for all that's going on, it could be better. I seem to be out of the norm here, but I'd still say this beer is worth a try for something different.
09-22-2008 13:11:25 | More by tempest
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
Had on tap at JJ Brewskys along with my Old Viscosity, Saucerful of Merkin.
I previusly rated the bottle and now the tap. It came to me in a pint glass, ddep brown in the light as I sat outside, very small tan head to this brew. Nose was hot, cocoa and oats. Taste was a bit smoother than the bottle but this beer is still to hot and it masks the great flavor hiding in it. Mouthfeel was chocolatey and too boozy for me. Almost a pain more than a pleasure to drink.
09-17-2008 18:31:32 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Purchased from a very good Britain-based beer shop, "Beers of Europe", through on-line order. Coming in a light brown, 1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bomber bottle, bottled in July 2008, served cool in Hapkin's branded bulb-shaped sniffer.
A: pours the darkest (blackest) colour I've seen for any stout, topped with a dark brown creamy froth that retains the body elegantly, with uneven lacing behind.
S: aromatic without being imposing, the nose is full of vanilla-scented chocolates, sweet black dates, "breezy" fragrant US hops, licorice, sweet ground nuts, and faint alc. In some ways tis not as complex as Stone IRS, and slightly sweeter as well due to the chocolates I'm sure, but overall still promising and pleasant.
T: the lubricating-ly smooth foretaste of semi-sweet chocolate-milk-like maltiness expands with a lovely aromatic undertone mixed of roasted walnuts, black dates, oily-flowery hops, then the impact of bitter chocolates and hops deepens with a lively bitter, semi-chewy and herbal mouthfeel in the end, as well as a residual vanilla scent, roastiness and a key tinge of sourness as of truly bitter chocolates (90%?) rather than coffee beans. Unlike one's usual American hoppy ales, the bitter finish here is attributed more to chocolates than to hops, and this has already been anticipated since I had a glance of the beer's name.
M&D: lubricating on the mouthfeel with only mild carbonation, the palate is absolutely spot'on for such a potent stout to be enjoyed. Full-bodied, richly-flavoured, showing a light hint of alc., while on the whole a delicate balance is still retained b/w the heavy maltiness and lighter hoppiness thanks to the intervention of chocolate aroma and its indispensable sour tinge. Using bitter chocolates is a good idea, I think, to render a different type of bitter and sour elements on top of the overall decent performance of a quality dark ale.
08-25-2009 21:05:22 | More by wl0307
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
A new Stone offering to savor and appreciate, ahhh, Life is good! This bottle cam straight from Grover himself, thanks G. Pours dark mahogany/near black, dark tan head, initially quite solid then slowly fading to a ringed film and leaves better then average lace.
Nose is the expected chocolate, burnt malt and espresso grains. Full flavor brew (surprise) plenty of coffee grain, dark chocolate, dark grains, yum, stout lovers rejoice...try it mixed with some sort of cherry beer and go nuts...thanks Stone for putting more fine brew on the market and in my hands/belly
07-29-2008 14:40:56 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours pitch black with a very short head that fades to almost nothing. The beer itself, though, is glossy and beautiful. A little alcohol heat in the aroma, which is the only place that any alcohol is noticeable. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some light roastiness round it out. The taste is incredibly smooth and qquite delicious. Nice bitter dark chocolate combines with a more pronounced roastiness than evident in the aroma. Long, and rich and not sweet at all. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth and this beer is surprisingly subtle and very tasty. Extremely easy to drink, the alcohol is especially well hidden.
09-25-2008 02:14:56 | More by Georgiabeer
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.