Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 698
Hads: 854
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 84
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The stout is rather viscous, thick and oily as it pours into my snifter. A coffee-and-cream colored head, darkened a bit by milk chocolate brown, rises up on pour and quickly dissapates.

S: The nose is very chocolatey, thick with a strong burnt presence. A deep nutty aroma mixes with alcohol and syrupy chocolate to create a rich complexity.

T: At room temperature, the stout is a mouthfull. Dark roasted notes go head-to-head with dark chocolate. Cocoa powder and fuller baker's chocolate round out the flavor. Dark espresso, think Starbucks-level bitterness, coats the back of the mouth, full, dark and delicious. The oatmeal creates a smoothness just before the espresso turns bitter. Coffee and baker's chocolate are the finish.

M: The ale is complex, hot and boozy with a coffee/chocolate punch. The beer is a mouthfull, a challenge to get through.

D: One bomber at a time, the strength and intrigue of the beer won't allow any more. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Poured into a Stone glass a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly sweet, malty, dark chocolate. The taste is slightly sweet, big malts, lots of bitter chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew. Thanks Casey. (361 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $6.80... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

The pour was beautiful with a pretty reverse cascade thing going on.. 2 finger head is very dark brown.. even for a big stout... brew is very very dark... no light escapes... nice lacing.. dries leaving crusty bubbles.

Aroma is deep.. coffee and chocolate... smell improves immensely as it warms.. melted dark chocolate and cocoa nibs... yummy... even smells smooth and creamy... somewhat more stout characteristics appear than the expected chocolate.

Flavor is huge... I honestly was not expecting something this rich... The bitterness is also huge.. but it's not a hop bitterness.. more of an astringent (not in a bad way) cocoa presence... like a strong espresso with a couple squares of Hershey's dark melted and mixed in. Yeasty fruitiness raises its head slightly above water as it warms up a bit.. a little bit of dried cherry but still subdued and buried by the roasty/chocolate characteristics... a little bit black licorice note is barely distinguishable... mouthfeel is fairly thick but not chewy.. I like it.. very very smooth and coating... Despite reservations, I am leaving the drinkability fairly high not because I want another glass, but because I want another sip and I want "this" glass to last.

I don't know how this will age.. but I am going to pick up my share for the cellar and then drink these often until they're gone... really a very very good brew.. that said, I really hope the hop shortage is gone by next spring/summer.... I hope Stone comes out swinging with a massive triple IPA. (1,606 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a thin layer of tiny bubbles, with slow-falling sticky lace. Aroma is rich dark oatmeal sweetness. Taste is sweet chocolate to start, but quickly overpowered by burnt oats, which give way to bitterness and alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, and drinkability is limited for me by same. Just a little too brash for me, even if it lives up to its name, and is just what the brewers wanted. Guess this time, I'm not as worthy as I could be... (653 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forgot that I had this bottle and haven't had it fresh, so unfortunately I can't comment on how well this has or has not held up over the past couple of years.

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured a thick, dark inky black colour with 1/4" of bubbly light brown head that quickly reduced to a few bubbles.

S - Bitter dark roasted chocolate, licorice and sweet molasses with a touch of coffee and vanilla. A very robust nose and not overly sweet.

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet molasses and a very good bitterness that has somehow survived the past couple of years as it sat in my cellar. The background adds hints of licorice and coffee. The finish is dry and bitter with a touch of alcohol noticeable.

M - A little thin, especially after the thick inky pour. Medium body that is somewhat watery and thin at times yet also somewhat sludgy and viscous at other times. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - Didn't have this fresh to compare this 3 year old bottle to, but this seemed to hold up pretty well. (1,024 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 16oz goblet. Poured black, no light shows through, with a thick, medium brown head that dissipated quickly and left lots of sticky lacing.

A pleasant blend of aromas on the nose, coffee, roasted malt and certain earthiness I couldn't quite place being most noticeable. The flavors followed the aromas closely, with the coffee being most upfront, then the rest of tastes rolling across the tongue. No noticeable chocolate flavors remain, and there is just a minimum of hoppiness.

The body and drinkability were average for a big stout. Full body that coats the tongue and lingers. Nicely drinkable for a big beer, I can't see having more than one at a sitting though, worth trying now that it's sat a year. If I remember correctly, I liked this beer better when it was fresh. Certainly worth trying again if you see it. (830 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

July 2008 bottle, shared in May 2011

A – Deep black with mahogany / brown highlights. Dark khaki head builds and settles quickly. Ok lace.

S – Plums, raisins, molasses, bitter chocolate and porage.

T – Tingly booze and raisin into a juicy molasses. The center is a huge, dark, 70% cocoa chocolate, which is greeted by a smooth coffee flavor a step later in the profile, and cradled by a soft alcohol note.

M – Full bodied. Surprisingly well carbonated. Smooth and creamy throughout without being syrupy.

O - Held up great with age. There's a lace of booze in the profile, but imho it does a nice job of supporting the flavor profile so I wouldn't give this much more time in the cellar. (699 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a slight dark, tan head; very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Molasses, hints of fruity esters, dark caramel, soy sauce.

T: Black strap molasses, pumpernickel rye bread, slight burnt caramel and a nice fruitiness. Alcohol is warming.

M: Full body, not the least bit cloying. Awesome.

D: Great for it's weight. (333 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks thick off the pour. Very dark brown foam that settled to a thin cap with some chunky bubbles forming a collar. Spotty lacing clung to the glass. The beer was pretty much black with very thin reddish edges. Big roasty coffee aroma initially, which gave way to notes of dried fruit, dry cocoa, burnt malt, slight licorice and booze. Balanced bitterness with a nice chocolate and roast flavour. Sweet malts filled out the middle. Fruit character appeared towards the end with alcohol rounding out the finish. Full bodied, but not heavy, with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Alcohol warmth. This one's tasty as it is, but it's still a bit young and hot. Some time in the cellar should smooth things out a bit. As it is, drink it a little on the warm side or let it warm up as you're drinking. It takes the edge off the alcohol and makes for a more pleasant drink. (870 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember fartingdog bringing this over but can't remember if it was from him or not. Thanks! Also had a glass at the brewpub a couple days before.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a flimsy ring, some lace spots. Smell is licorice and chocolate, some roast, caramel, oats, biscuit, alcohol, bit of fruitiness, kind of interesting. Taste is quite sweet, licorice, chocolate milk, toffee, some roast, oatmeal, biscuits, very malty beast, dark fruits and cherries, yeast, alcohol, decent balance in the finish, touch of roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Smooth for its strength, just didn't do much for me. Found it a bit too sweet and was expecting more of an intense chocolate rather than so much fruit. (811 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Inky black body. Thin coating of brown cream on top. Moderate amounts of lace are left behind. Aroma is chalk full of bittersweet chocolate, anise, rum soaked raisins and cherry. Flavor is some of the same, but also some fusel alcohol contributions that bring it down. A little too much heat for my liking. Didn't expect this much from a 9.2 beer. But other than that, there is the bitter chocolate notes and anise oil and coffee. Body is medium at best and carbonation fairly low, which doesn't detract from the experience. Not one that'd I'd need more of anytime soon. (570 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Head retention is so-so and there's very little lacing.

The smell has a good bitter chocolate nose...surprise! Oh, I also get some notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a slight citrus hop smell and quite a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a big dark chocolate bitterness up front followed by some roasted malt, coffee, good dark fruit, and some hop bitterness. Some alcohol peeks its way through as well giving me some warming.

It has a fullish mouthfeel making it silky smooth, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes with a nice oatmeal taste that brings some dryness...pretty drinkable and tasty but...I don't think I'd seek it out again. Like they said in the "old" days, it just doesn't turn my crank. Try some and see what you think, (880 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head with the consistency of cocoa.

Aroma: Creamy with the aromas of cocoa powder, mild coffee and dark fruits. Not too bitter.

Taste: Creamy and bitter upfront with a decent helping of cocoa, dark fruit, decent hop bitterness and very mild roastiness. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy due to the oatmeal. The perfect amount of roastiness. Very nice cocoa flavor lingers.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and feels more like a regular stout than an imperial stout due to the ABV. With some aging, the cocoa will show through once the bitterness subsides. Try to get at least two bottles if you pick this up. I can't wait to see how well it mellows over time. A very worthy purchase. (739 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is excellent. The aroma is impressive, it smells like roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, oats, caramel and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, oats, caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, a bit oily and very, very smooth. Drinkability is very good too, it goes down very easy and the alcohol isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a very good beer. I'll definitely have to pick up some more of this! (670 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Stone bomber, $6.99 in OH. The beer is black with an unreal head, chocolate milk colored and thick, loads of lacing. The aroma is strong with chocolate, more than any chocolate-style beer I've had to date. The taste, however, is not as good as I'd hoped. While the chocolate flavor is nice, this is way more bitter than I'd expected. A little acrid perhaps. The body is smooth but not as silky smooth as I'd hope for an oatmeal stout. Overall a disappointment for me, I'd hoped for more. Grade A on appearance and smell though... (543 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the GA release.

Pours completely black with a great looking two-finger chocolate-colored head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is sticky.

Smells good. There's a good bit of roasted malt aroma to go along with a mild chocolate smell. There's also a faint hint of vanilla.

Tastes good. It starts off with a mild roasted flavor and segues into a big hit of chocolate and bitterness and ends with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent. There's a great thickness and subtle carbonation that lets the flavors float out. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. The oatmeal works wonderfully to smooth this bad boy out, and the flavors work well together without overpowering each other.

Overall it's another solid offering from Stone. It's a milder version of their RIS that doesn't have the big flavors but it's also a bit smoother. Definitely worth a shot. (961 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a tulip glass at the Map Room.

The beer pours black with a medium tan head. There is about once inch of dark tan head. The first half inch fades quickly, but the second half actually stays for ahilw. Good lacing.

The aroma is medium, and full of lots of sweet chocoalte. At the end there is light hint of hops.

The taste ia also super sweet, bordering on too sweet, but doesn't cross it. There is TONS of sweet chocolate, but that's about all I get. A little to simple.

The feel is on the lighter side without much of a finish.

Overall, it was decent for a chocolate beer, but nothing special. (623 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, $5.99 from riley's perhaps

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip - very dark mahogany, dark as night. A fluffy chocolate head forms immediately bt then fades to a minimal chocolate ring around the glass. Any sort of movement of the beer recreates a big chocolate wave

smell: big chocolate nose, creamy and dark with bitter notes, citrus hops present beneath the dark chocolate waves

taste: rich and creamy with an abv presence that is far more subdued than the RIS. Toasted oatmeal is quite strong and the bitterness of the dark chocolate used in this brew is potent from start to finish. i detect notes of licorice and heavy dry roasted malts. I like this stout a lot and think the name pretty much describes this one to a T

mouthfeel: high bitterness, roasty dry body

drinkability: pretty high (816 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Hommel snifter, the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is a pitch brownish black with a large cocoa colored head that is pretty quick to settle to but leaves decent foamy lace.

Smell is dusty chocolate and nougat, a bit like a Three Musketeers bar. As it warms, the rubbing alcohol aroma is so strong that it literally singes my nostrils if I bury them to deep in the snifter!

Taste is sweeter then I was expecting, caramel and chocolate, with lots of alcohol on the very bitter, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is very silky, thank you oatmeal, with a heavier body that is thinned by the booze. The best part of this brew by far.

Drinkability is ok, this is an intense beer that is made for slow sipping. The astringency of the bitter chocolate (think baker's, not candy bar) is pretty harsh and quickly tires the palate. Not sure how the flavors will round out with time, but right now it's really boozy. I assume the bitterness from the chocolate will only amplify. I'll probably buy 2 more to see, but that's it! (1,037 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my roommate. It's his birthday and I'll be nice

A: Jet black with a dark brown head that recedes slowly to a disk and over 30 minutes, a ring. Almost black highlights

S: Bitter chocolate, mild sweetness that's creamy in nature, mild plum/raisin-like fruitiness. Not a whole lot but still very appealing

T: If there was a truth in advertising award for beer, this would be a definite contender. Bitter chocolate oatmeal stout, you say? Well, that's what you get. Starts off with a plenty of bitter chocolate and ton of oatmeal smoothness. I know that's a description of feel but when feel makes its presence felt this much, it's almost an apt flavor descriptor. Unfortunately, there's a good deal of alcohol heat in this, especially as it warms up. Fizzles out on the finish with a mildly bitter finish

M: Ridiculously smooth and the rather low carbonation enhances that but the alcohol heat is waaaay too noticeable.

D: No trouble drinking this but in a year, I won't be sharing this (1,012 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured split and poured into a Maudite tulip. 12th Anniversary, 9.2% ABV, Age at cellar temp. 55 degrees F or below, July 2008, ingredients.

Thanks again to Sweemzander for sharing this bottle!

A - Even with a tall pour there is almost no head created. Spotty clumps of dark tan bubbles float on top and slowly join into the ring around the glass. No light gets through this black beer.

S - Bittersweet chocolate kicks the aroma off to a good start with a heavily roasted and thick nose. Mocha and oatmeal fall behind with a gentle subtlety. A small hint of cold refrigerator comes out in the nose too.

T - Fairly bitter roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate really make up all of the flavor. Nuances of coffee, mocha, and molasses pull though with a hint of oatmeal.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a round, smooth feel and a soft finish that leads into a moderately dry, bitter finish.

D - The bitterness has smoothed out with age I'm sure. The mouthfeel helps this out but it's not enchanting. Good but not amazing. (1,037 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No light shines through this beast...nada...opaque black. Has a frothy mocha brown head that fades to a nice collar, good lacing.

Smells like...well...a bitter chocolate oatmeal stout. Has all those characteristics in equally distinguishable amounts. Also get some earthy, cocoa, alcohol and peanut scents.

Taste is pure decadence. Thick, chewy, subtle chocolate and oatmeal. Not going to overpower you with hops or chocolate, but still has plenty of those flavors. Simply a great beer, one of the best Stone offerings I have had. I wish I had more of these...my only minor complaints are that the alcohol is a bit fusel and that there could be a bit more chocolate and hop flavor. But overall a really, really nice beer. (723 characters)

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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