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

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

836 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 836
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%


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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:27:55 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 01:47:10 | More by alexgash
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:47:39 | More by AgentZero
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 17:52:07 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 19:23:14 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

This beer pours a very black liquid, which I love for the most part. The glossy brown, semi-dense head looks like cocoa powder sprinkled on top. Looks good, would like to see better head (Hey-Ooo)

Anyway, aroma isn't quite there. Some roasted malt, hints of coffee and the faint lingering of chocolate (perhaps just because the name suggests it).
Good roasted flavor. A good stout. Again, faint coffee and chocolate characteristics. Bitter? Just a bit. Chocolate? Just a bit. This is a good drinking beer, not quite a great beer. Hopefully it will age well.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 17:25:55 | More by Mebuzzard
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:56:15 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:52:32 | More by ArrogantB
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Gmann

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 03:07:47 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a thick creamy light brown head that thinned to a layer, leaving globs of lacing.

S - bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee aroma.

T - bitter chocolate taste upfront is met with slight alcohol taste before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - smooth, easy drinking brew.

Final Note: Happy 12th Anniversary Stone!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:14:14 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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clayrock81

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:07:49 | More by clayrock81
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA on 7/25/08.

A - Dark chocolate brown body with more than a finger's width of frothy mocha-colored head that left decent lacing around the glass. This puppy reminded me of a milkshake!

S - Surprisingly muted nose with faint notes of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Some roasted malt as well, but overall the aroma is quite subdued.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt up front that quickly seques into more of a bitter coffee aspect with a dash of earthy hops for good measure.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes moderately bitter on the palate.

D - Not as chocolately as, say, Suthern Tier Choklat, but still highly drinkable for such a big beer (9.2% ABV). Nice bitterness all around with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 14:50:40 | More by ffejherb
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

Bottle pours black. Very black. Opaque and syrupy looking in the glass, with a tall, dark khaki head that retains well and leaves abundant patchy lacing.

Aroma has lots of chocolate. Bars of chocolate and some powdered cocoa, as well. Hints of raisins and booze underneath.

Excellent mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation leads into a caressing velveteen smoothness. Nice!

Taste has a bitter chocolate dominance. Hops and dark roast add additional dimensions of bitterness. Dried dark fruits add some sweetness. Silky oatmeal fits right in.

Still a bit young given the alcohol punch. Just fine to drink now but should be better in a few months, or longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 22:58:25 | More by merlin48
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg.

A-Beautiful! Black with no highlights....with a BIG, thick, creamy looking mocha head. Left mucho lacing behind.

S-Faint....gets a bit better as it warmed though. Light smokiness, bitter chocolate and a bit of espresso.

T-What it lacks in aroma is made up in tatse! Mmmmm...rich, full flavoured bitter chocolate meld with blasts of espresso and dark roasted malt. A tiny twinge of smoke creeps in late.

M-Medium-heavy body with a full, smooth richness. Long lingering bitterness.

D-This is like a dessert beer. Smooth, rich and flavourful. Even at 9%+ this is one to grab a snifter of a relax with by a fire!

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 13:48:54 | More by Deuane
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:39:20 | More by cpetrone84
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ehammond1


3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged 2 years at the brewery)

A menacingly thick and black pour with a thin brown, persistent head. Thick and oily in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing. Looks mean and menacing but beautiful.

Roasted malts, caramel malts, and plenty of dark chocolate in the nose. Unlike most stouts that smell of melted, bittersweet chocolate, this chocolate seems roasted or burnt. It's a bit sharp and not easily accessible nor obviously pleasant, but it contributes to this beer's menacing profile. It's certainly unique.

This beer tastes better than it smells. The dark chocolate works better on the palette than it does in the nose, as it loses some of that burnt and astringent profile. No alcohol presence at all, little hop presence, but mainly just a thick, menacing, chocolatey, big stout...which is never a bad thing!

Creamy, thick, chewy in the mouth, which is appropriate and expected for this style, but not quite as velvety and full as the standard Stone RIS.

I think this beer has aged particularly well. There's no obvious presence of alcohol, the chocolate may have mellowed a bit; an enjoyable sipper I'm glad I got the opportunity to experience at the brewery/bistro.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 15:59:12 | More by ehammond1
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 17:05:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - quite the glug glug oily pour. Once again into the Beer & Sweat glass, lots of thick dark mocha foam spring up, planting a thick coating of lace-paint on the glass.

Aroma - very earthy soy-like grains, a bit of cola sweetness, soapy at times. Background roastiness, some more roast would be nice, but it smells good.

Taste - there is no mistaking the bitterness of the chocolate with the deep roast of the grain. The combo is perhaps put together to accomodate a lesser hop bill? It's bitter, that's for sure. A side effect flavor of licorice. The chocolate is not quite as strong as the basic bitter flavor, but it's there. The charred grain is actually a little more visible, at least fresh. Bittersweet chocolate on the swallow is about 75/25 bitter to sweet, but it's tasty. Several years ago, I was sampling chocolates with increasing percentages of cocoa, up to 75 and 80 per cent. They begin to take on a serious chocolate taste that becomes increasingly un-candylike. You get accustomed to that, two things happen: 1) to hell with Hershey's and 2) nobody likes your chocolate so you get more! Bogartski in reverse, sort of. That's what this beer makes me think of, anyway. A good, pure cocoa flavor that Crackle and M&M fans may not care for. It doesn't take long before the warming alcohol adds to the mix. The lack of sweetness makes for a rather intense beer, and while I dig the method, at least a breath of sweetness would really help balance the cocoa. I may try a glass with a shot of Kahlua in it just to see what a touch of sugar does. The long finish is very warm with abv, unsweetened chocolate, and charred grain.

Mouthfeel - dreamy smooth, I'm dreaming of winter in late July. Heavy, thick and coating.

Drinkability - while this will be a most enjoyable study to see how cellaring affects the profile, I'm sure to have one or two more this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 03:57:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

First: Happy Anniversary Stone. Long may you brew! Second: Great label, perhaps their best. Third: Look at that name! What about "stone" "bitter," "chocolate," "oatmeal" and "stout" could make this anything less than awesome? With as much objectivity as I can muster, I can't wait to pour this. Starting...now.

Pours oil-black into the snifter, head is fluffy and eventually, after a good while, leaves a crown browner than UPS.

Aroma offers the expected chocolate, but it's subdued. Interesting sweetness of tobacco leaves comes into it, as does graham cracker. A little bit of coffee roast and a mildly vinous quality too. Perhaps a little too much alcohol as it warms. Nose doesn't blow me away, although it's still very nice.

Bit chocolate brownie goodness in the flavor. Around the edges is dark roast coffee, big purple grape flavor through the middle, and a murmur of bite and warmth from the alcohol. Graham cracker starts opening up with warming and repeated sips. In-check bitterness in the finish, while the chocolaty goodness and grape-i-ness keeps pushing through.

More carbonated than expected, although the accompanying slickness is very, very slick. Slides around in the mouth wonderfully, I just wish it was thicker or chewier or creamier or something.

It's a grower, and something about it doesn't totally blow my mind (damn those expectations), but in the end its the lovely flavor that pulls it through--anyone with a little patience could probably stretch this bomber out 60 or even 90 minutes. Or share it...but as I've got no one else within a quarter-mile of me right now, guess I'll have to go it alone. Poor me.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 00:05:34 | More by Metalmonk
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an evil, "darker than the pits of hell" black. Covering this is a pillowy, two-finger, dark tan colored head that features a beautiful looking cascade. The head sports excellent retention and leaves globs, sheets, and ropes of lace in the glass.

S: Heavenly aromas of bitter dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, blackened malt, toasted oats, carmelized dark fruit, cherry, caramel reduction, rum raisin bread pudding, maple sugar candy, and a kiss of piney hops.

T: Starts off with a big bitter whack of espresso and dark chocolate, followed by pan seared caramel, raisin, blackened malt, black cherry, pine tar hops, milk chocolate, plum, toasty oats, dates, rum, and a touch of tart citrus.

M: Very oily and viscous. When swirled, this sticks to the glass like whisky or scotch. Alternates between bitter and silky, and sweet and dry. Fantastic!

D: The alcohol is there primarily in flavor alone. We didn't think it was boozy or hot. This drinks like a stout with half the abv. Dangerous.!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:40:12 | More by GbVDave
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Dark, fairly opaque, small mocha head leaves fast to ring.

S - Predominately bittered chocolate and cocoa.

T - Taste matches smell, bigger flavor and more bitter, but along the same lines.

M - Great balance, very creamy, well carb and good coating.

D - Nice offer. Not 'out of this world'. But good.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 04:08:12 | More by srandycarter
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oline73

Maryland

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 17:15:02 | More by oline73
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argock

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. July 2008 vintage date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Pitch black with 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Unfortunately, the nose is not complex and basically bitter cocoa powder with some slighltys weet toasted dark malts.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates with a substantial dark malt contribution. There isn't a lot more here, but it is bold and pretty intense.

M: Medium-full body with low carbonation and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

D: A sweeter chocolate stout would have been more enjoyable but this is high-quality Stone brewing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:16:56 | More by argock
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Pencible

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 19:07:10 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured thick and black in color with a full, dense, mocha head to it. The head faded down to a very thin ring around the edges of the glass after a minute or so and left minimal lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of bitter-sweet chocolate to it with the oats lending a smoothness. It has some hints of roasty and coffee flavors but they take a backseat to the oats and chocolate.

The taste starts with a more of sweet chocolate and cocoa flavor but quickly starts to show more of the bitter chocolate, coffee and roasty flavors. A strong bitter chocolate, burnt, roasty flavor really starts to come through even stronger well into the finish and lingers on the palate. The oats smooth it out and give it a some nice flavor as well. Very tasty beer overall.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation a little below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was a pleasure to sip on this evening. The oats and the bitter chocolate came together very nicely to create a very good tasting and smooth beer. Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 23:55:34 | More by billab914
Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.