Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.9/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
07-11-2008 23:35:35 | More by Brad007
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head that impales itself to the inside of the glass as I drink in its chocolaty goodness. Smells of roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Hints of citrus hops hide in the background. Taste is bitter roast and chocolate, a little bit of alcohol, more as it warms. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy. Thick body with light carbonation. Another fantastic brew from Stone, I'm going to try to put a bottle away to see how this one ages.
09-24-2008 21:34:49 | More by johnnnniee
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
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...
07-19-2008 19:10:09 | More by TurdFurgison
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
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
08-13-2008 00:30:49 | More by dirtylou
3.15/5 rDev -23.5%
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!
08-24-2008 06:56:45 | More by ccrida
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
04-19-2010 23:42:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-05-2010 01:39:48 | More by jrallen34
3.48/5 rDev -15.5%
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,
09-01-2008 23:49:04 | More by Bitterbill
4.08/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-10-2011 17:05:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It had a very nice aroma and well-balanced flavor. Glad I got to try this one on tap. Now I just need to find a bottle to compare...
10-18-2010 20:42:00 | More by thagr81us
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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!
08-22-2008 23:09:49 | More by bluejacket74
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours jet black with a dark brown head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and a oatmeal sweetness. In the taste, chocolateand a small oatmeal, with a nice amlty backing. A smooth and big mouthfeel, and a semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. Big chocolate, sweet and dry, and hides the alcohol very well.
08-08-2008 03:42:27 | More by OWSLEY069
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
01-24-2009 19:42:23 | More by twiggamortis420
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
A - Nicely dark dark brown, almost black, with a big tan head which stuck around with some moderate lacing Nice looking.
S - Ton of chocolate, not as roasty as I would have thought, with an oat backbone and a touch of hops. Beer seems appropriately named.
T - Almost a chocolate bomb. Not quite along the lines of Chokolat, which I think is overkill, but this is very chocolatey. Oatmeal stout profile is in there, but chocolate dominates.
M - Full bodied, slightly flatish, I think this is how most beers this style tend to be, but it leaves it finishing somewhat empty and simple.
D - Pretty easy to drink, especially with how sweet it is, I'd like something with a little more bite though. Not sure I'd consider this an "Imperial Stout", high alcohol but taste just not big enough for me.
04-06-2010 00:47:39 | More by AgentZero
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
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
09-03-2008 01:22:23 | More by DefenCorps
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
06-05-2011 23:04:00 | More by vfgccp
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
Bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in as a nice pitch black in the glass. Head is dense and mocha-colored and fades fairly quickly leaving only a trace of lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malts. There are also some dark fruits and alcohol burn in the nose as well. Taste is big on the sweet malts as well with the significant bitterness of the baker's chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a little carbonation on top of the bitterness of the chocolate. This is a decent, but quite bitter, stout and the flavors are are a little too abrasive for me. This one could use some time to bring the flavors together.
07-31-2008 02:49:11 | More by gford217
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-11-2008 04:25:33 | More by cjgator3
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-27-2008 06:10:41 | More by illidurit
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-20-2008 22:27:55 | More by Jwale73
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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