12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Stone Brewing

12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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janubio from Spain

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Echarle Huevos, served at home in a snifter glass. Pours a black colour, medium dark chocolate head sith shor retention. Almost no lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, rum, wood, vanilla, spices, herbs.
Medium body, creamy texture, normal carbonation. Bitter finish.
Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, herbs, rum, spices vanilla.
Very good.

Mar 13, 2020
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Beejay from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: dark black in color with a tan head.

S: sweet up front with a touch of Orange peel, and perhaps a hint of smoke. It almost had a Islam scotch aroma to it.

T: not getting the orange peel as much, but info get smoke, toffee, and chocolate.

M: medium thick with a creamy feel. Moderate carbonatuon.

O: tasty, but the aroma far surpasses the flavor.

Apr 17, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hearty black, but slightly less than their classic RIS. Still has the brown head cap on it in the 1/2" range. Looks very good like every other Stone stout made. Aroma hits the chocolate malt and roasted malt notes. No surprises here like Radiohead said.

Taste is a well made beer that stresses its chocolate malt without dropping a bunch of sugar on the drinker. Still hides the alcohol quite well without the use of aforementioned sweetness, this is baker's dark unsweetened chocolate malt if you will. Lays off the dark stone fruit bitterness thankfully. Slightly bitter and roasty throughout the lifetime of the beer. Neither of which is excessively done. One of the nicer things about the beer is how it didn't go for the biggest thickest kind of angle, its all screw your Chicago pour, you can dome this all by yourself. One of the few examples of a bomber that wasn't some ridiculous price per oz. A solid offering.

Mar 26, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


22oz Bottle (01/10/2016) to snifter. Aged 19 months.

Thought I had rated this back in early 2016, but I guess not. Remember it being good, not great; possibly to benefit from some age. Maybe 19 months is a bit long for this sub-10% beer. Still tasty, but I feel like it has degraded a little.

LOOK: dark black pour; decent brown head. Retains decently, excellent considering age.
AROMA: I get wood, cocoa powder, with some hints of hay/grass.
TASTE: Bitter chocolate is nice. would complement a sweeter dessert well. I also get notes of raisin and fig. I don;t necessarily taste oatmeal; but there is a grainy taste that I am attributing to the oats in the malt.
FEEL: full bodied; light carbonation, but better than expected for style and age. dry finish.

All in all a pretty solid beer; like Belgian chocolate meets Irish stout. I wish I had jotted down my notes the first time i had this to compare. Opening a 1 year old OAKMEAL next to compare barrel aged vs. non barrel aged of the same beer.


Aug 11, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with an espresso head. Notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Medium body, low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

Dec 11, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin dark brown head. Light sticky lacing.

S -Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and dark roasted malts.

T - Taste is bitter dark chocolate, coffee and roasted dark malts. Finish has a nice lingering char.

M - Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbnation. Chewy mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - Very nice. Great balance of bitter and rich flavors.

Aug 20, 2016
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black thin stick stick lacing and a good head. Chocolate smooth smell. Chocolate toasty sweet king of bitter taste. Light body slight cream and smooth. Pretty good beer.

May 21, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This fantastic "encore" release of this fine brew pours a beautiful opaque blackish brown with a fantastic head of dark brown foam that lingers long making a firm thick ring, nice full layer, and some fantastic lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, coffee, medium char, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors are a knock out of the park with moderately strong dark chocolate on all sides, coffee and char enter middle of the taste with force and settles on the sides with subtle cream and finishes with dark molasses, deep roasted malts and grains, and the classic smoothness from the oatmeal. Great mouth feel, smooth and moderately carbonated, embraces all the correct aspects of the style, and finishes with a bitter roasted malt note with bitter char notes. Excellent! A stout drinker dream re-released for today's finicky aficionado. Try this one on tap----you will love the flavors and complexity and depth of this classic brew.

Needs to be a standard flagship---it is that good!


Feb 26, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Good beer but not great. Looks great. Black w tan head. Good retention and lacing. Nose is slight coffee and burnt malts. Tastes bitter initially, chocolate, coffee and roast. Dry finish. A bit thin for an imperial stout IMO.

Feb 18, 2016
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sanha926 from New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours almost black with dark brown frothy head. Nose of candy, hope and alcohol. Well balance flavour of coffee and chocolate. Not nearly as bitter as the name would suggest. Very tasty.

Feb 05, 2016
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ptykozoon from California

3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black with a coffee bean colored head. Ring with strong lacing.

Molasses, tobacco, bitter dark chocolate, caramel.

Light chocolate, burnt coffee. Not getting any oatmeal.

Dry bitter mouthfeel. Hot for being 7 years old. Light mouthfeeel for the ABV.

Not bad, but ultimately an abrasive beer with low complexity this year.

Nov 01, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an updated review with a fresh bottle, the previous bottle was well past its prime.

A - Oil black color with light lacing.

S - Dark roasted chocolate malt with some hits of smokiness and light char.

T - Deep dark chocolate roast with some smokey char and a lingering bitter dark chocolate finish.

M - Oily slick mouth feel. Heavy and full bodied.

O - This is a solid stout and glad Stone brought this one back.

Oct 06, 2015
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McStagger from California

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this little guy at my local liquor store. Dated 2008. On sale for 7.99. Let's see if it's still there.

A: Black. Very aggressive pour leads to a half finger of head. Rapid, almost instantaneous dissipation. Impossible to discern carbonation.

S: Oh yeah. There's still some life left. This one is a big smack of dark chocolate. Dark raisined fruit, big roasted malt, a touch roasted. Oatmeal contributes to the richness of the scent. Smells very pleasent. Very fragrant.

T: Unfortunately, most of that is still in the nose. Prickle of alcohol heat up front. Some roastiness, darkened coffee, touch of dark fruit and cacao on the end. Not nearly as velvety as the nose suggests. Finishes bone dry, with an ashy/herbal astringency.

M: Probably the most surprising aspect of this. Feels fairly thin in the mouth, especially considering the oatmeal. A bit hot on the finish an definitely warming in the chest. Alcohol presence is still very much there.

O: I'm happy I got to try this. I get the feeling this was "cellared" in less than great condition. Still, it's an enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout.

Jul 31, 2014
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neurobot01 from California

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a July 2008-dated bottle into a large snifter. Served at cellar temp. Cap came off with a nice pop—thank goodness! Even pouring carefully, a few chunks plop into the glass.

Appearance: Very very dark. No light passes through, even held directly up to the light. Very minimal head, but what there is sticks around.

Smell: Some grape notes, chocolate, molasses, port, lots of wood, a little vinegary tartness. More like a RIS than an American Stout.

Taste: Honestly, pretty anxious about drinking this—it's almost 6 years old, and I have no idea how it's been treated during that time. But, the first sip doesn't kill me, and doesn't contain any off notes! Lots of roasty chocolate, with a fair amount of fruity sweetness—maybe brandied figs or something. I'd believe this had been aged in red wine or port bottles. There's also a strong component of smoke. The aftertaste is really phenomenal. I don't know if the taste is actually perfect, but it's really delicious, and seems unique.

Feel: It's a 6-year-old oatmeal stout, and feels like it: smoooth. And still a bit prickly!

Overall: This review feels a bit like a pointless exercise, as I doubt there are more than a few dozen bottles of this left out there, but if you have one, drink it now—I can't imagine it'll get better with more age. And if you see one, buy it!

Mar 29, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

July 2008 bottling date. Approaching six years old.

A: Pours pitch, pitch black. Very large and dense medium brown head. Head fade slowly with great retention. Decent lacing still.

S: Aroma is quite mellow. Baker's chocolate. Grainy oatmeal. Light dark fruit, might be a hint of sherry-like oxidation.

T: Super smooth bittersweet chocolate. Lots of grainy oatmeal in the middle and in the finish. Oatmeal really calms down the bitterness I think. Some mild fruitiness that might be the start of oxidation in the aftertaste but it's not bad at all. No sign of alcohol but it does warm the belly. Lingering light sherry and chocolate between sips.

M: Surprisingly thin but given the age it makes sense.

O: Interestingly enough I just found this beer on the shelves today so I had to pick it up. It has fared quite well. Flavors are very well integrated and mellowed out. It might say "bitter chocolate" but it's not bad at all. Perhaps age has smoothed it out or the oatmeal has calmed it down. Body is surprisingly light so the drinkability is off the charts for a 9.2% stout.

Mar 27, 2014
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evilcatfish from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy cow, this is delicious. I never had it fresh and it being a few years old I wasn't sure what to expect. Slight head, with a very dark brown color. A nice nose of bakers chocolate with a taste of bitter chocolate, molasses, and coffee roastiness. Wish Stone would bring this back as I want more

Jun 12, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks stxSS07 for the share.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Some oxidation as you would expect, but in a sherry kind of way. No real paper or cardboard notes, but slightly dark and pretty fruity. Dark chocolate bitterness with some dried oats.

T: Much like the nose. Bitter dark chocolate, steel cut oats, light dark fruit with minimal oxidation. The booze is well hidden behind a touch a char.

M: Medium thick bodied with a lower carbonation level. Smooth and creamy finish.

O: This held up very nicely and the slight oxidation gave it a dark fruit character that complimented the bitter dark chocolate nicely.

Mar 01, 2013
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle. 4 years aged.

Appearance: Near black. Tiny dark reddish tan collar. No head. Minimal carbonation. Pours still and creamy.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts. Some toasted d edges buried under it all. Dark worn leather, oxidized.sherry, dark fruit mainly cherry and plum. Big hits of cocoa and milk chocolate. Chocolate covered cherry. Some touches of coffee, old and raw. Bitter edge of cocoa. Some thing akin to marshmallow. Deep rich chocolate dessert.

Taste: Bitter chocolate. Rough edge of baker's chocolate. Some cocoa. Nice edges of old coffee. Big roasted profile. Vaguely burnt with some lingering char. Deeply bitter in the baking way. Dark fruit, some nice hints of ripe cherry and plum. Even some raisin. Oxidation has given this a nice sherry/boozy edge. Less rough.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body. No carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: 4 years later it's still solid.

I had this new and fresh and I've had it a few more times since then. It's always good and always worth drinking. Stone can do stouts without overdoing it. Age has made this a new beer and it's worth it.

Nov 10, 2012
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An essay on the back of the bottle...just talks about how the hop shortage affected the 12th anniversary beer in that they were somewhat forced to brew a more malt forward beer and utilize something else for "bitterness."

Poured into a large tulip glass. A very long and viscous pour developed a dense, creamy, tight brown head on top of an extremely dark brown body, verging on black.

This serious looking beer has a bold aroma. Many of the usual suspects: dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, Bailey's Irish cream and some sweet booze.

A dynamic beer to say the least. When it was chilled, I got more of the roast barley malt and a wonderful, rich chocolate aftertaste. As it has warmed, more aromas and flavors start to pop, and as the beer approaches room temperature, the booziness becomes enhanced, though never becomes "hot." Just does end up with an almost solvent character. Bitter chocolate, coffee, creamy...

Flavors were similar to aroma. Now at room temperature (just below) it actually becomes slightly unpleasant, though I wonder if that was because I poured in the "chunks" at the bottom of the bottle...should have left that out.

The body of the beer is medium heavy with a very smooth texture and plenty of carbonation for the style.

This was an enjoyable beer. I am glad I aged it for four years, because apparently it used to be "hot" and that's never good. I think the age mellowed the beer's alcohol burn, added a layer of complexity with maybe a touch of oxidation, and allowed the chocolate to come through better. Definitely though it needs to be chilled before consumption.

I would suggest this with any dense, rich, chocolate dessert, like lava cake or flourless chocolate torte.

Sep 11, 2012
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azdback from Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark jet black, no highlights. Small one finger head that is cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. Lace is fairly minimal at this point but as to be expected for this being 5 years old.

Smell is still sweet like I remember. Chocolate, dark fruits like fig or cherries, kind of jammy but remarkable.

Taste is not much like I remember that lazy night at the hotel across from Disneyland. The chocolate is for the most part gone and all that is left is the tart of the fruit and alcohol. Still quite tasty but a shell of it's former self.

Mouth is smooth and creamy, carbonation is on the bright side (especially for it's age) and the finish is short and on the dry side.

Overall I should thank dgb3 first, for sending me this last year so I would have a six year vertical anniversary. This isn't as good as I remember and probably past it's time but still a solid Oatmeal Stout. I think if you ran across this it is a must buy but to spend the money to trade for this at this point isn't a great idea.

Aug 05, 2012
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Naugros from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a cellar-to-cellar trade. I figured this was probably near the end of its shelf life and I didn't wait too long to open it. I was rewarded with a wonderful beer that delivered so many tasting elements.

The beer developed very little head at, but many stouts at this ABV level don't. The smell gave off the promised bitter chocolate along with vanillin and boozy wood tones.

The first, and strongest, element in the taste was strong roasted malts, followed immediately by whiskey. Chocolate and vanilla lingered behind, making a weaker showing than I would have liked. Strongly bitter up front, like espresso without too much of a coffee flavor, with clean chocolate notes in the wash and aftertaste.

Silky and viscous with a touch of chalkiness. Really nice to take down slowly.

Jul 04, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter, this is a really nice beer. Beer is black with a one finger dark brown head of small bubbles, good retention, nice lacing, looks great.

Aroma is strong and chocolaty, with a mild roast.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice late bitterness from the roast of the grains, the finish is clean and the midpalate is sweet with a nice chocolate flavor and a medium body. I really like it. I'd have it again.

May 23, 2012
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out extremely dark brown with deep amber to brown highlights on the side. Head is a bit smaller than one finger thick, lots of different sized bubbles, slight glass retention from the head. The color of the head is sort of a mahogany/black cherry color to dark brown. The liquid itself provides some glass retention.

Smell is a huge malt bomb. Provides a dark, bitter chocolate smell, but not completely bitter. Some milk chocolate as well, even smells creamy, if that makes sense. Sort of a decadent chocolate sauce. Some dark coffee to espresso aromas as well, but sort of a back lash of it. The blend of all the aromas is absolutely great.

Taste is just as good, as perfect as it gets. Like the bottle says, plenty of dark bitter chocolate. Super dark fudge and some dark grains somewhere in the mix. There is some sweetness as well, sort of like espresso with hints of sugar. Milk chocolate as well. I can't quite figure it out, but there's almost a bourbon flavor and I don't think this is barrel aged.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Strong, full bodied. Great carbonation level, that's held up great since the aging. Smooth, creamy, thick to almost chewy mouthfeel, it's great. Hop presence detected in the mouthfeel. Great drinkability too, nice sipper, but way to easy to drink if you don't want to. On top of that, the value is perfect. I think this was like $7 when it was out as a seasonal. So bummed this beer is retired. I could drink it year round. Just a perfect beer to have around. I miss you Stone 12th! Huge props to everyone who traded with me for this beer over the last 3 years!

Apr 10, 2012
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PatrickSwayze from California

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2008 & enjoyed on March 21st 2012

A: Pours a deep thick oily black. Seriously so damn dark with a dark beige brown head

S: You really get the roasty booze scent with lingering chocolate up front

T: The flavor has really held up in this beer with wonderful light carbonation with an almond nuttiness blend with roast and sweet chocolate. Raisins and figs fall through and are more noticeable at the finish

M: Very full bodies with light carbonation a medium sweetness that allows one to indulge in the entire bottle solo.

O: Has been cellared in proper conditions and it really shows. Flavors are bold & rich, complementing of each other with  every sip. Very pleased with this, and i still have 3 more tucked away. 

Mar 22, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark motor-oil black with a dense mocha head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Big aromas of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and dark berries with a touch of soy sauce and smoke. Tiny bit of oxidation has crept in, but it's not a big deal.
T - Similar to the nose, lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt with some burnt toast, smoke, and soy sauce. Finish is long and bitter, similar to a 90% cocoa chocolate bar.
M - Smooth and more then a bit sticky, with a full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Quite decadent, but still surprisingly drinkable.
O - Such a great anniversary beer from Stone. Found this in an out-of-the-way liquor store and grabbed it in a heartbeat. One of the best investments I've made considering how well this has held up after 3 1/2 years.

Feb 13, 2012
12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 979 ratings