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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

844 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 76 | 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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msolar

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark with a very minimal, yet thick brown head.

Smells very sweet, definite chocolate notes with a hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes amazing. It has a great sweet foretaste of chocolate, with a slight bitter and roasted aftertaste. The chocolate is not overwhelming, like Young's Double Chocolate can be.

Mouthfeel - It feels like a full bodied oatmeal stout - comparable to Sam Smith's Oatmeal or Southern Tier's "Oat" - both A/A+ beers, in my opinion. (Again, the chocolate is not overwhelming at all)

Drinkability - I'm impartial to oatmeal stouts and chocolate stouts, so for me, this is heaven. You'll probably get full pretty quick, however.

Overall, I like this beer a lot - I'm going to look into putting it on tap at home later this winter. Maybe a holiday present to myself.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 23:15:48 | More by msolar
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

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

22 oz. bottle received in trade.

Pours a jet black with a moderate sized light brown head, great lacing here also. Smells somewhat surprised me, I thought it would smell stronger of the chocolate and oatmeal. Still smells good though. Taste was great also but still not what I was expecting. The alcohol didn't really come out in it like others are describing, pretty mellow for %9.2.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 17:25:52 | More by mugglesandhops
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TeamUgly

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-16-2012 23:55:48 | More by TeamUgly
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PhiloPsych

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This might be the darkest beer I've ever had. It lets no light through whatever--not even any highlights around the edges of the glass! Just a little head and the head is super dark brown. The smell is roasted malt and alcohol. Not much alcohol in the taste, though (none at first, more as the beer warms). I also had Oak Aged Yeti this week and it was much "hotter" with alcohol. I only get chocolate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very nicely dry, the way I like my stouts. Not quite as creamy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely in the creamy direction. The oatmeal flavor comes out more as the beer warms.

I'm also nibbling on a dry, sharp cheddar cheese, some potato chips, a bit of chicken that I grilled earlier in the day, and a couple of squares of dark chocolate. I'm a bit surprised at how the beer gets overpowered by each of these things--none of them are super strongly flavored. This isn't really a knock on the beer; rather it's a recommendation that you might want to enjoy the beer on its own. The flipside of this, is that the beer is very drinkable. Normally a big, bold stout would drain away more slowly for me, but this one is going too quickly!

Overall this is nearly, but maybe not quite, on par with some of my favorite stouts--AleSmith Speedway and Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 07:10:21 | More by PhiloPsych
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rxdrewthejew

California

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

Had that back when it first came out at Daily Pint, but finally getting around to reviewing it in bottle form. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pitch black and thick, but not much head. Head is almost reddish brown but leaves very little retention although it appears solid lacing.

S: Nose it dominated by chocolate, as you might expect, as well as a rich roasted malt.

T: Very subtle opening with hints of chocolate quickly blossoms to full blown bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Then the malt takes over, huge and toasty with even a bit of sweetness at the end.

MF: Medium bodied with a solid bit of carbonation. Surprisingly light, really, considering what the beer looks like. The bitterness of the chocolate and the strong toastiness gives the finish a biting and somewhat dry feel. Alcohol is pretty well masked and doesn't really feel like 9.2%.

D: I feel like this was a bit more chocolaty on tap. Still, the flavor is very good and unique. Certainly not the hop bomb you'd expect from a Stone anniversary beer, but this is extremely good for the style. The alcohol is not overstrong, so drinking a bomber is not out of the question, but I couldn't drink this all night long, either. Personally I like their imperial stout more, but this is a very nice brew and I'm glad I had the chance to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 07:10:59 | More by rxdrewthejew
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Beernoisseur

Utah

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

What an interesting concept. Replacing the hoppy bitterness with a different variety entirely. I like Stone's style. They're willing to do whatever the hell they want, in or outside the box.

A - One of the darkest beers I have ever seen. Like a shadow poured from under the cloak of death. The thickish head is the color of gourmet hot chocolate. There is little lacing.

S - Surprisingly muted aroma. Probably because the scent-giving qualities of the hops are absent. The toastiness of the malt is there- Bordering on burnt.

T - Less of a distinct chocolate flavor than I was anticipating, but still quite pleasant. I enjoy this. It's a different flavor, but quite true to many of the stout qualities that I have come to love. There is a tart/fruity element, with coffee, carmel and toasted nuts. Good bitterness throughout. Interesting application of chocolate. I would like to know how much was used.

M/D - The moutfeel is very soft and rich, medium-full bodied, somewhat light on carbonation. This certainly isn't a session beer, but it's one worth trying. It's an interesting interpretation for sure. check it out!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:11:57 | More by Beernoisseur
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d0ggnate

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my hands on a growler of 12th anniversary brew this weekend and can't wait to drink my fair share of this rich brew treat this summer.

A: Pours black with a dense brown-foamed head. This froth is very bubbly and laces my glass heavily.
S: Immediate bitter dark chocolate aroma. Very strong with notes of coffee beans.
T: Continued bitter chocolate with flavors of strongly-brewed black coffee. A bit of sweet malt is apparent, as well.
M: Coates the palate with a warm alcohol characteristic. Long lasting flavors don't give way to high(er) ABV.
D: A nice transition from more recent anniversary brews. Conversational. Intriguing. Tastefully chuggable. This beer would go great in my coffee mug at work. Deliciously brewed.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2008 03:15:22 | More by d0ggnate
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RunDWP

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First thing I need to tell you about this beer is give it 5-6 months in the fridge. I had a fresh one and it was all right, but got a bit harsh and bitter towards the end. Everyone was raving about it, but I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Having polished another one off last night dated "July 2008", now I know what everyone was talking about.

It poured jet black with a chunky brown head into my tulip glass, with lots of sheeting action on the glass. Not much in the aroma department. I have a weak nose, but could only barely detect some chocolate in the aroma. Lots of big, yet mellow flavors in there, with plenty of roasted malt, chocolate bitterness, a touch of molasses sweetness, and a little detectable alcohol. At 9.2%, the alcohol is well hidden, but not totally. This brew also got a little grainy as it warmed.

Stone often succeeds not by hitting you over the head with big flavors, but doing a great job blending and balancing big flavors, and this is another example of well blended, balanced, and moderately complex brew of theirs.

Pretty creamy mouth feel, and the brew resembles motor oil visually, what was all right with me. Very drinkable for all the big stuff going on, with a slight subtraction for the alcohol note.

Just make sure you age this puppy at least 5-6 months, OK?

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 15:58:06 | More by RunDWP
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johnd513

Michigan

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

This beer pours dark black like motor oil but not quite as think, with a medium offwhite head. Smells of chocolate flavors and some coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, burnt coffee and oats. The taste is in fact quite bitter upfront but it also has a nice sweetness that balances out nicely. Like others have said, the mouthfeel is much more carbonated than I expected. That is not a bad thing, this one goes down quite smoothly. Drinkablity is good. i had no trouble finishing the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 05:29:41 | More by johnd513
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

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

Had this out of a 22oz Bomber from the brewery itself, poured into a pint glass for tasting.

Appearance: Beautiful Stout color with brownish head with nice lacing. Poured thick, brown-black, and head receded a few seconds after pour to leave a one-finger brown head.

Smell: Coffee, bitters, hops, chocolate, and malty undertones. There is a bit of pine and cirtus here, but it's dwarfed by the chocolate stout. Low hops here, but Stone was going for something different here.

Taste: A sipper of a stout with the chocolate, malts, and alcohol all coming quickly and coating the tongue. Bitter alcohol is laced throughout, and the drink is heavy and filling like a dark coffee. Thick, dark, and stouty through and through.

Mouthfeel: Thick and tongue-coating, much like a heavy porter or stout should feel in my opinion. The coffee like bitterness is all over the mouth, and the carbonation is both smooth and efficient. A very nice feel and not too bad aftertaste either.

Drinkability: It's every bit of it's 9.2% ABV. Slow drinker for sure. I had the 13 Anniversary from Stone recently too, and the 13th drinks much quicker as a bigger beer. Stouts fill and slow, but overall, a really interesting and different beer from what I'm used to, but enjoyable through and through. My roommate who is not a beer connoisseur type thought it amazing, so take that for what you will too.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:16:25 | More by nomomentwasted
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ikantspel

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass

pours a hellish black with a reddish tan head.. bubbles are staying put

slight alcohol in the nose. chocolate,malty toastyness, belgian yeast in the nose

heavy chocolate, espresso hits right away, toasted malts soon follow it up, finished up clean

kinda acidic in the mouthfeel but pretty heavy.

i was kinda scared at first pouring this, got it at a pretty seedy liquor store for about 6 bucks. well worth it. broke my oatmeal stout cherry

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:03:34 | More by ikantspel
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JamesZ

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-08-2013 16:07:46 | More by JamesZ
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pershan

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a viscous, thick black crude, with a dirty brown head into a pint glass. A strong burnt toast/roasted malt smell. The taste was of bitter black malt (maybe a touch of the un-sweetened chocolate as well) and burnt toast, which got more and more pronounced with each sip. The alcoholic phenols were quite evident as well, making this taste exactly like the big-time, high gravity beer that Stone is known for, especially with its anniversary brews. Not something to be chugged, but savored slowly.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 19:45:13 | More by pershan
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black, no light shines through. It had a weak mocha colored head that dissipated quickly.

S - dark chocolate, roasted barley, and fruit. maybe some oats

T - nice bittersweet/dark chocolate flavor followed by some bitterness from the hops

M - very, very thin. I was expecting more for a heavy beer.

D - eh, a 12 oz bottle would have been better. The first 12 oz of this brew went down like normal, but I was pretty full after that. The next 10 took another 40 minutes to get down.

It was fair. A small bottle and thicker texture would have made this an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 09:30:55 | More by bowersdm
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rpaul2012

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-19-2011 05:31:12 | More by rpaul2012
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Hokies

Rhode Island

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

Pours a deep black with deep red outlines on the exterior, with a nice one inch brown head and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

At first you can smell the coffee followed by the malt and then the bitter dark chocolate smell makes its way through. Their is also a light smokiness to it.

The taste is like the bitterness from dark chocolate with an alcohol kick to it. As this one warms up the oatmeal smoothness comes through with hop bitterness at the end.

This is one smooth beer with low carbonation and goes down quite easily. It is a sipper but I could drink this one like a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 03:01:05 | More by Hokies
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into stemless wine glass:

A) poured the deepest black with a fairly thick mocha head.

S) The one glaring flaw with this beer for me was the smell. I could smell what I can only describe as "Vodka" it was distinct, despite the age on the bottle. I have a few more of these I'll give more time on to try to rectify this, but none of that mattered once I got to the taste.

T) Wonderful chocolate and caramel notes, and not sweet at all... just perfect harmony of chocolate and beer.

M) Velvety and smooth, wonderful light carbonation.

O) This is a fantastic beer! Again, the smell was "off" but all was forgotten when tasting. This is yet another example of a "flavored" stout that doesn't go overboard with sweetness, making it a very enjoyable beer without making you feel like you should have a straw.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:16:05 | More by Jparkanzky
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bigbubba

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The chocolate brown head itself is darker than most beers are, the beer is black and opaque. It smells sweet with chocolate and a whiff of alcohol, almost like some kind of coffee drink. The taste is great! It is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. Drinkability is great for the first glass, but it will kick your ass in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 22:03:44 | More by bigbubba
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just about pitch black, I can't get any light to pass through my tulip glass. Cocoa colored foam leaves a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Unsweetened chocolate, a little espresso like acidity and a tight piney hoppiness.

Taste: Much more prominent taste than aroma, bitter chocolate, a vicious espresso acidity on the tongue, molasses, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: This full-bodied and heavy, very light carbonation, I will only drink one of these.

Drinkability: Tasty cold weather beer, a subtle, yet huge chocolate stout. Reminds me of The Abyss in mouthfeel and overall character.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 06:55:06 | More by guitarmage
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber into a big whiskey glass (not all at once) because the shape seemed appropriate.

Appearance: color and viscosity of dirty motor oil, with a dark coffee-colored head. Head didn't have much stick, but that could have been my choice of glassware.

Smell: high-quality bitter chocolate, alcohol as it warms, and coffee? (roasted barley?)

Taste: unsweetened chocolate...actually, more like unrefined cacao nibs. Slight sweetness, but not much typical stout astringency. Faint spicy note. Alcohol present in aroma is not overtly present in taste.

Mouthfeel: halfway between whole milk and cream, probably from the oatmeal.

Drinkability: not really a session beer simply because of thickness and alcohol content. Also, the aggressive bitterness from the chocolate makes it tough to down a lot quickly. It took me almost 3 hours to finish a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 03:53:12 | More by MurphyMacManus
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Rothobinide

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-29-2014 06:21:00 | More by Rothobinide
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slayer3604

California

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

A- A medium strength pour turned my glass into a fury of chocolate rain and a beer body that sucked the light out of the room. The head eventually settled down to create one inch of solid muffin texture.

S- I cheated a little on this one, I went on stone's website hours before the release and read up on what the nose was like for the brewmaster that created this demon so my nose is bias towards the authentic oaxican cocoa used in the mix...I could definitely smell a tad of ovaltine, and wisps of coffee and a tad of smoked grain.

T- Lots of body on this fella. So very complicated and extravagant! i should be complimenting on how MANLY this beer made me feel but i know deep down inside its just the fat amounts of oatmeal thrown into the mix. Whatever, this beer warms you up at 9.2% and keeps you guessing with an array of dimensions to unwrap and classify.

M- Very chunky, and did anyone mention to you that this has bitter chocolate thrown in it? Man! this is by far the best chocolate stout out there. Such an impressive profile that you have to sift through in order to get it all. Two bottles into this and the complexity is still boggling my mind.

D- I would definitely use this beer as a pairing tool for deserts and as an example of how beer can be as/more complex as wine and will keep coming back to BCOS in the future to turn friends and family towards dark beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 07:03:58 | More by slayer3604
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Mostly dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T = Very nice flavors with dark chocolate dominating. A small amount of coffee bitterness near the end and through the finish. Alcohol hidden very well.

MF = Thick and rich. Silky smooth. Carbonation was low.

Overall, this was very easy to drink and I preferred this over their 2008 RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 17:48:04 | More by Riverwarrior
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wknight167

California

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours black with a one finger brown head that slowly fades and leaves intricate lacing..

Nose- Tobacco, chocolate and roast coffee predominate.

Palate- Roasty coffee mixed with chocolate milk, so... mocha I guess?

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 05:38:35 | More by wknight167
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jakon

Oregon

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

22oz bottle

This beer pours black with a nice sized tan colored head.

The aroma brings alcohol, doughnuts, chocolate, cherries and dark fruits.

Wow this beer is hot. I've had 12%ers with less heat. Behind that, this beer is very interesting. Each sip brings something new. Obviously chocolate, but there's also something resembling saltwater, a bit of cough drop, dark fruits such as prunes and dates, and a bit of coffee presence.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Light on the tongue. Airy, but low carbonation bite.

Overall, this beer was very enjoyable, but I think it'll be much better in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 04:41:06 | More by jakon
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.