20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
4.09 | pDev: 7.33%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask, gravity dispense, at the GBBF 2008. ABV was said to be 9.5%. Pitch black colour, minimal head. Complex roasted aroma with notes of oak, dark chocolate, liquorice and tar. Intense flavour of cocoa / chocolate, figs(?) and coffee(?) - I have some difficulties reading my own handwriting here .... Warming mouthfeel, oaky and alcoholic notes. A great sipping beer.

May 08, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- smells of rich dark chocolate up front, with aromas of mocha cream, burnt marshmallows, black licorice, toffee, charred malt and a hint of espresso

T- bitter dark chocolate and roasted chocolate malts up front, followed by notes of anise, char, raisin & fig, toffee and a hint of coffee roast. The finish gives more bitter chocolate and char on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy, warming finish

O- a solid oatmeal stout that has aged gracefully

Oct 03, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light as tangy smell. Almost like a peanut butter stout. More like a Reese's or a Twix. Definite wafer cookie smell in there. What's that Girl Scout cookie? The peanut butter one? Smells like that. And some chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

Palate is smooth and velvety. Good match for the flavor. That same strange lightheartedness comes through, Like a coconut Porter without the coconut, and a huskier aftertaste. Good foamy touch. Love that rough peanut butter and bitter chocolate. Not tasting the oatmeal. It gets washed away. But this is brilliant, maybe what Young's Double Chocolate Stout should have been.

Mar 26, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the not-very-well-aged bottle, it pours a very dark brown with a light brown head that slowly diminishes. Lacing. In the mouth, it is smooth feeling and dark chocolate flavored. Nice!

Feb 09, 2020
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matuka123 from Finland

4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 01/16/2016. Big bottle. 9.2%. Thick and creamy/velvety beer. Delicious dark chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate-liquorice oatmeal flavour profile. This is delish, just very expensive where I am but no regrets buying one bottle. Might buy another if I ever see it, especially with some age on it. One of the best stouts I've had.

Jan 12, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an unexpected keg to find at a higher end italian restaurant with a big wine focus, i thought the sticker on the tap handle was wrong, but i was stoked when i learned this was the beer they were pouring, rad score! the beer almost looks nitro poured, the head is nearly two inches tall, dark tan colored, and creamy thick and rich, with great retention. the beer beneath it is coal black with a higher luster but not a ton of viscosity, pretty beer, weird with italian food, but had to do it! the aroma is heavy roast, burnt black coffee along with good espresso, earthy cocoa nibs and bitter baking chocolate, some oats and starchiness, and some hops that seems more bitter than anything else too, lightly herbal though for a dark brew like this, no sign of its alcohol, and served in a pint glass, so i had no idea! the flavor doesnt show the booze either, super well hidden here, and its actually not as bitter as it smells, some light milk chocolate richness to it and more coffee nuance as well. perhaps a hint of licorice too, but this is not overly complex, it doesnt need to be, the grain flavors it well, the hops add a pop at the end, and this is smooth and hearty and wintery and curiously drinkable. i cant believe the alcohol is so invisible, and i like the way the dark chocolate lingers on the swallow even though this is real dry for what it is. one of the better beers i have had from stone in a long time, a cool random keg to run into out there in the world, love when that happens! great stout, very american.

Dec 08, 2019
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours dark black body with a thick, dark tan head
S: bitter, chocolate and coffee notes; some roasted and alcohol notes
T: somewhat bitter chocolate taste with a dry finish
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty good drinking stout.

Aug 10, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jan. 2016, I;m getting big bakers chocolate, roasted malts & a creamy head due to the oatmeal. The beer is sort of thin for the style & I am detecting some pine which I would rather not want to detect in my imperial stout, but oh well. Cheers! A-

Feb 05, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Bottled January of 2016

L: Inky black pour with 1.5 fingers of foamy brown head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Bitter... dark chocolate, roast, and espresso.

T/F: Follows the nose. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet sugars and bitter roast character melds nicely with the dark chocolate. Coffee and chicory in the background adding some depth. Dark fruit... burned raisin and prune. Fairly balanced, but the bitter overshadows the sweet. Well carbonated.

O: An awesome bitter chocolate stout. Flavorful and drinkable... really solid beer and worth of Stone's 20th Anniversary celebration.

Oct 31, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of light tan head which retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of coffee
T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts with some nice coffee notes. Good roasty quality with a lot of chocolate going on. Swallow is more bitter chocolate, roasted malts, slight smoke and charred wood along with some slight lingering coffee.
M: This beer is very thick and slightly silky on the palate. Carbonation is adequate for the style and just below prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really awesome beer. I'm happy they brought it back for an encore as it drinks well and has great flavors for the ABV. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

May 31, 2018
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stegmakk from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 2016...so 2 years aging...couldn't wait any longer.

Poured dark brown/black. Thick fluffy dark brown head. Looks good.
Smell...Pretty normal chocolate stout smell.
Taste. DELICIOUS. Well balanced. Initial sweet, followed by bitter end and after. Bakers chocolate/roasty malt. Alcohol was not over the top (could be the age).
Feel = Bitter chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel little slick. Not heavy like oatmeal stouts. Not sure if it is what it is supposed to be but it suits it for me.
Overall I wish I had purchased more bottles. This one is definitely a great beer. Wish it was not retired.

Mar 25, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016, cellared for a year or more.

Look is a nice dark black brown with a thick brown head.
Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol sweetness.
Tastes great, lots of bitter black chocolate and roast barley, cocoa and dark caramel.
Feels full and thick, smooth with a firm bitterness. Well rounded, all the roasty flavors blending well together.

Overall excellent, glad I could drink this one! I didn't get to try it fresh but I think the extra year aging made it even more smooth and mellow.

Jan 02, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a large, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted oats, chocolate and pine. Nice bitter dark chocolate flavor with strong roasty notes and hints of coffee.

Nov 24, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony with sticky tan legs. 4
Chocolate-covered figs with smoke. 4
Black bread, prune, licorice, meat juice, black currant, dark Baker’s chocolate and tightening bitter finish. 4
Full, sticky, some heat. 4

Not much head. Umami - not getting the chocolate. It sure is bitter, though.
Middle of the road. 4

Oct 10, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one is Jan-16 release and consumed Jun-17, so, 1.6 year in aging.

Crude black in color with no light shall pass, the pour builds up thick dark brown head that well retains itself with good retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting bubble film atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Very rich malty in a nose, it extends and provides the aromas of rich cocoa, bitter chocolate, slight coffee, some caramel, toffee, roasted and toasted, dark bread, burnt sugar, smooth and sweet oats as well as intense licorice. There is also a hint of fruity ester from yeast inside the several malty layers.

It is heavily roasted and toasted malt dominated and covered throughout the palate sensation. Then it is oat that lends its smoothness and sweetness as the backbone together with cocoa, bitter chocolate, slight coffee, some caramel, toffee, dark bread, burnt sugar, and rich herbal yet spice licorice as well as some fruity ester. The end is bitter that is wrapped up and lasting well by cocoa, chocolate, and roasted flavors.

Full body with smooth mouthfeel and slight sticky touch through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded with moderate carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well with a pleasantly dry finish.

Truly bitter from chocolate and cocoa to hold its name, it is also very rich roasted and toasted malt with a glimpse of licorice and fruity ester to increase the depth, good sipping brew.

Jun 08, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Jet black color, one finger, brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, oats, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Nice!

T: Raisins, strong alcohol, sweet, dark chocolate, oats, coffee. Bitter on the back end.

F: Full bodied, thick, dense. Full flavored.

O: Good beer but the alcohol is too much for me. I would also prefer less raisins and more oats in the taste. Basically, if it tasted like it smelled, would be perfect :)

May 25, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler filled at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big fluffy mocha head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are chocolate forward along with some cocoa malts. It has a chocolate syrup vibe along with some subtle hints of vanilla. The flavors basically follow the nose. More chocolate syrup. Nice blend of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It's ultimately bittersweet. It's not too bitter. Mild warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice stout. It's not too flashy, but it's well crafted. Solid aromas and flavors. Enjoyable stuff.

May 20, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 1/15/16

A: Pours an opaque jet black with a huge, dense appear dark mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves tons of lacing. 4.5

S: Roasty, significant char, subtle semi sweet chocolate. 3.75

T: Taste is good with prominent semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal characters, mild toasty notes, significant bitterness. 4

M/D: Super silky smooth, full bodied, carbonation appropriate, every good drinkability. 4.5

O: Nice beer. Stone always comes through, their ability to consistently produce top both beers is truly impressive. 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short and quick: pours dark brown black with a thin root beer head. Smell is roasts, dark chocolate and a bit of hops. Taste is much like the nose, but the chocolate is a bit faded in this bottle. Not sweet at all as others say, might be age. Feel is thin and carbonation is medium. Not bad, but not great either. Probably kept it around too long, but who knows.

Mar 02, 2017
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black beer with a thin, brown, head that leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Dark chocolate, cardboard, nuts, fudge, cocoa powder, licorice, cold brew coffee, a sour/bitter nose, a hint of vanilla, whipped cream and red berries.
Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted malt, honey, vanilla, brownies, grain and some smoke.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Smooth and complex.

Feb 24, 2017
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Biggtriksta from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black as night with a thin, creamy brown head. Absolutely no light coming through the glass. Looks like motor oil in a glass.

S: Smells like a dark chocolate candy bar. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Not much in the way of roastiness or coffee. Mostly getting a smooth chocolaty aroma.

T: The taste leans to more of the bitter side of the aroma. It begins with some sweetness and finishes with a nice bitter, roasted flavor. Overall, very good, but I think I enjoy the smell slightly more.

F: Good body at the front followed by some carbonation. Finishes with that same carbonation, but surprisingly, there's not much burn from the alcohol, even though this is 9.2%.

O: Very enjoyable. Dark and decedent. Dark chocolate sweetness and bitterness leads to come roasted flavors and some good carbonation/body. I wish the taste maintained more of the sweetness, but then again, the beer does have Bitter Chocolate in the name.

Jan 27, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this bottle up at my local bottle shop so that my Dad and I could share it over Thanksgiving. Since we didn't get to it when my wife & I went down for that holiday, it stayed shelved until my sister-in-law & her boyfriend came over during Christmas. Since he's a bit of a beer guy himself, I thought this might be a good one to introduce him to.

This beer pours a pitch black, opaque hue with light carbonation visible around the very edges of the beer. There is a bit of a mahogany ring around the bottom of the glass as well. The head is fairly thick and creamy, dark khaki, and dissipates slowly to a rocky layer with a neck that is retained. 4.5/5 The aroma is very full and powerful, but not overwhelming. Notes of baker's chocolate, toffee, cold pressed coffee, and rolled oats come out (yes, rolled oats do have an aroma, just open a container of Quaker rolled oats and stick your nose in). The chocolate really comes out strongly and lead into a bit of vanilla that complements the other notes. A very slight fruity sweetness comes through as well to round things out. 4.25/5 The flavor, just like the aroma, is quite strong. Once again the baker's chocolate leads the way while being backed up by a chorus of toffee, vanilla, cold pressed coffee, rolled oats, and a slight berry sweetness. This is almost like eating a boozy version of chocolate oatmeal. Kudos to Stone for the effectiveness of their brewing this beer. The flavors are well layers and culminate in a slightly bitter finish that lingers just slightly. 4.25/5 This is a full bodied, heavy beer that features a light carbonation tickle before transitioning to a full mouth wetting and coating feeling that keeps the dryness at bay. The dryness does come through slightly by nature of the chocolate, but the oatmeal lends a creaminess that counteracts this. 4.25/5 Excellent stout put out by Stone here. Layered in both aroma and flavor, with a mouthfeel that is varied and interesting. Very well done and would love to find another rerelease. 4.25/5

Jan 22, 2017
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Chizzlethespeez from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bitter, most like anything else stone does. West coast over the top. But still enjoyable. Jet black color with tan Caramel head. Something you'd wanna split.

Nov 28, 2016
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WGO from England

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty thick on pouring, forms a thick latte coloured head dissipates quickly and doesn't disappear. Almost jet black some reddish brown hues towards the sides.

Aroma is chocolate, porridge, red berries perhaps a little coffee.

Taste is of chocolate, cereal, quite burnt coffee. There are some charred hints which are very apparent possibly due to its relative dryness for the style. Hop bitterness is more intense than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and silky, but the charred flavours in my opinion do not balance well with how well attenuated this beer possibly is, leaving it with a quite acrid but not entirely unpleasant character.

This is a really nice beer but for me sits somewhere between a decent black IPA and a great imperial and/or oatmeal stout leaving it just short of both.

Oct 05, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 3/10/16

A pours dark right out of the bottle, black in the glass she looks dark, the foam doesn't last long or leave and lace but it had a fair bit of color

S dark chocolate syrups strong, milk chocolate, faint licorice, some fudge, charred coffee, smells as dark as it looks, a little booze and burnt brown sugar

T the malts a little burnt but that suits me fine, roasty, char, licorice is stronger in the mouth

M full and silky upon entry, enough carbonation to give it some life, oily with some heat, char lingers strong

O lots of super dark malts and chocolate in all forms, not lacking anywhere but a step short of greatness at every turn

A nice roasted big stout for a chilly afternoon but at 17$ a bomber? the prices on these American imports are getting out of hand around here.

Oct 04, 2016
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 554 ratings