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12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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708
Ratings:
978
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 978 |  Reviews: 708
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this up in VA and hauled it back for a friendly tasting... happy to say this beer went over quite well. I love it when that happens!

A. Opaque black. A dirty brown, dense and creamy head caps the midnight-sin brew. Tasty lookin'...

S. Yikes! Let this one warm and you will be most rewarded. Licorice, smoke, grainy and earthy malt, burnt coffee, cocoa, meaty and rather dry. Complex and sweet, this is not to be trifled with. Wonderful and unique.

T. Nearly everything the nose advertises is in here somewhere. A cocoa-dry beast of a brew that boasts tons of malt complexity. Sweet and rich, yet bitter and dirty -- coffee and smoke complement each other nicely. If you crossed an oatmeal stout with a coffee smoked porter and cranked the alcohol up you'd be on the right track. It's odd, but all I can say is you must try it. Went down easy... maybe too easy....

M. Thick, chewy. No real beef here. Oatmeal adds some heft and slickness.

Stone 12 blew me away -- this is one of Stone's better offerings and one you should seek out. What a delight!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.7% ABV, bottled July 2008. Pours pitch black with no highlights at all. Mocha head disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin collar.

Roasty aroma, dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, and a fair amount of alcohol in the nose. Pretty nice smell here.

Good roasty malt backbone. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate, which lingers for some time on the palate. Just a hint of dark fruit. This one certainly seems to be about the bitter chocolate.

Full body, but not quite chewy. A very smooth feel, probably from the oatmeal. Lower carbonation. A bit of heat from the alcohol. Very nice.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice opaque black with a thin lasting tan head. Aroma is nice roasted barley and bitter cocoa, hints of espresso linger in the back. The taste is rich bitter chocolate, just as promised, the beer is smooth and easy drinking, even in summer. I will be saving by other bottle for the winter, but I'm truly enjoying this one now. This is a truly wonderful stout, clearly worthy of an anniversary.

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Photo of TEXTONE
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- is black as night held it up to the sun and no light came through my pint glass. Head goes away fast so give it a good look when you are poring it and is dark mocha color.

Smell- dark malts and chocolate with hops bitterness mixed in.

Taste-is full sweet up front then followed by bitter alcoholic chocolate mocha, you can defiantly taste the alcohol but the alcohol warmth is not as prevalent as one might think it is well balanced by hops with a creamy oatmeal finish. The mouth feel is full and robust. The more this beer warmed the more alcoholic this beer became. This beer is exactly as advertised on the label so drink up me hardy's.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours motor oil black with a brown head that fades to a film.
the smell is of bakers chocolate with some caramel maltiness and a little bit of roasted coffee. vague dark fruitiness beneath the chocolate.
the taste is dominated by a little bit of a maltball tinged bakers chocolate followed up with some raisin and balck cherry, and then finished off with an almost moderate bitterness partially coffee-like, partially dark chocolate, partially herbal hop. not overly complex, but the flavors shine with clarity and purpose. quite sweet without ever being cloying.
the mouthfeel is full creamy and smooth, a pleasure to drink. low dilicate carbonation (but not verging on flat).
drinkability is good and honestly the alcochol is fairly well hidden only lending more drinkability. it's smooth as hell and worth a drink if only for the texture. a very nice change of pace from stone.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This pours a deep black, as others have described, with no light getting through. The head was weak though and was gone almost immediately.

Smell: The smell was delicious, sweet, chocolatey, but it weakened when the head disappeared.

Taste: The taste was very reminiscent of the rogue chocolate stout, but perhaps a little sweeter from the oatmeal. Bitter? yes the hops play their role but things seem to be well balanced, a solid stout, very tasty but not mind blowing. I paired this with a hot link with Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce, what do you boys know about that. Southside Chicago!!! It was damn good.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and delish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, only reason I wouldn't give this a five is the alcohol.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt scent along with a slight chocolate aroma. It's warming with a dry oatmeal presence. The taste is quite bitter. It goes down smooth with a bittersweet chocolate finish. It's got a stiff black malt feel with just enough chocolate malt and real chocolate to balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is another great brew from Stone. It's well brewed and full of great flavor. I'm glad chocolate is being used more in brewing. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of joezak5
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; black as night, thick dark cocao two finger head, excellent retention and glistening lacing.

Smell: Bone dry roasted cocao powder with almost a burnt bitterness, a little creaminess comming in from that oatmeal pillow adverstised.

Mouthfeel: Stone has done it again... smoothest mouthfeel I've enojoyed... it feels like I'm fluffing that oatmeal pillow in my mouth; no carbonation or alcohol feel... just silk

Taste: Nice smooth bitter cocao and coffes notes with the rich dark malt and smooth oats... dark, dark cocoa dust on the finishing exhale... pure and straight forward but oh so nice... can't wait to see how the 5 remaining bottles age.

Drinkability: While I was drinking this there was a four hour blackout... coincidence?... I'm not willing to risk the curse of the gargoyle... 5... another beauty from the good folks at Stone... seek this one out.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Shared with my brother over Thanksgiving.

A-Black motor-oil-esque beer. Brown, creamy frothy head rose nicely, then dissipated quickly to a smattering of a layre.

S-Chocolate aroma is strong initially, then it allows some fruit, dark berry and dried dark fruits.

T-Bitter chocolate flavor is prominent (NOT a milk chocolate), along with some plum and dark fruit. Bitterness seems to come from the roasty malts, some from the bitter chocolate, but may be some hoppy character, too (though this may not be the case, as the info on the bottle states that this is a low-hopped brew, relying more on the chocolate for bitterness).

M-A fair amount of smooth alcohol warming, maximize the smoothness. Moderate-full body, a bit past moderate. Carbonation is medium-level, feels fine though maybe just a bit high.

D-Surprisingly easy to drink, considering the over 9% ABV. A very enjoyable brew.

Thanks to my girlfriend for stowing this one back to MN from her trip to LA.

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Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-ass 22oz bomber purchased about 6 weeks ago at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $6.98. According to the silk-screening on the bottle, this was bottled in July. Interesting notes on the bottle where it is claimed Stone was forced to create a low-hopped anniversary beer because of the hop shortage.

Poured a super black color into a UK-style pintglass. How much more black could it be, Nigel? "None more black." Not much of a head, initially, but we'll let it slide since the abv is relatively high. What thin head there was had a dark, mocha look to it. Agitating the glass managed to increase it a bit. Surprising amount of lace on the sides of the glass, given the aforementioned head's minisculity (Yes, I do believe I made this word up).

The nose is first and foremost made up of the scent of bitter, dark chocolate. I happen to dig dark chocolate, so this smelled like it was right up my alley. There's also a caramel-ish sweetness, but it's very restrained when compared with the dark chocolate notes.

For a beer that is low on hops and is essentially described by the brewery as a dark chocolate bomb (albeit with fairly primo dark chocolate), this is a fairly complex tasting beer. Initially, dark, bitter chocolate and sweet caramel hit the tastebud beachhead simultaneoously, but the dark, bitter aspects overwhelm the sweetness after that. There are also some notes that remind me of pipe tobacco flavor. Ass it warms up it gets a little boozy as well. There's a mild dryness at the swallow. Yummy!

Exactly the kind of mouthfeel I was expecting. This is a fairly full-bodied beer with a very coating, thick mouthfeel.

After a hectic and truly bizarre day at work, on a day I wasn't supposed to work at all, this is really hitting the spot. I would buy this again in a heartbeat, but next time I do, I'll wait until after dinner to drink it. Not only would this make a great dessert beer, but it'd also be much easier to make dinner! Stone can feel free to conserve hops and crank this Mutha out anytime.

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Photo of bbothen
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi aggresive pour brings a pitch black color with a bubbly 2 finger cocoa colored head. Plenty of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of chocolate, some dark fruit, malted milk. All somewhat subdued.

Roasted/toasted flavor with some plum/fig character, slightly smoky, coffee flavors, booze, & rich bittersweet chocolate & hops in the finish. Lots going on here.

Full bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated.

One bottle shared with another person was good.

Interesting brew. Seems a little rough around the edges. I'd guess this would do well with some time in the cellar. I'll try this mixed with some lambic as well.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark motor oil that a bystander described as "disgusting." But us beer wisemen knew to be a defining and awesome quality. Not much head here, but the little head that does permeate is a dark brown. It looks gorgeous.

Smell: Unique smell, downright badass. Chocolate mixed with oatmeal. The chocolate presents itself as a dark smokey bitter smell. The oatmeal mixes and overwhelms the chocolate smell. One wisemen describes it as 'oatbread' or 'oatflour'.

Taste: Peculiar, the mixture of chocolate, oatmeal, and hops doesn't mesh as well as you would think. A definite taste of alcohol, with an ashy finish. Smokey aftertaste that hangs around. A real heavy malt presence. Not the most delicious beer but a challenge for your taste buds. One wiseman gave this a 4; the other a 3. We did a little algebra and came up with a 3.5.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick, but lighter than it looks. The taste lingers around in the mouth. Not dancing on the tastebuds, but stomping a good stomp.

Drinkability: I dunno if I'd sit around drinking these over better beers. Reminds the wisemen of old rasputin with oatmeal.

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Photo of McNuts
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in late August from Sprotsman's for $5.59.

Beer poured black as night with a brown head that dissapated quickly. Nose is sweet mocha, roasted malts and dark chocolate; very nice. Taste buds were greeted with a blast of bitter chocolate and hops, alcohol, roasted malts, with the oatmeal lingering in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is good. The high abv was pretty evident in the first couple of sips but has blended nicely by mid bottle. If you like bitter chocolate this is the brew for you.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber silk screened label brown bottle served into a tulip glass.Opaque black with a deep brownish hue,creamy tan/mocha head with fair retention and some spotted lacing.

Roasty with bittersweet chocolate,vanallia with oatmeal sweetness just a slight sweet booziness and a touch of licorace and woody bourbon comes through latter. Some spicy/woodiness. Good complex aroma not overpowering at all.

Bitter chocolate with oatmeal upfront with a woody booziness of bourbon closely behind has some rough edges to it would seem to benifit nicely with some aging. Undertones of dark fruitiness throughout with very sharp crisp bitterness with boozy heat comming through. Leaves a rich roasted coffee/chocolate bitterness lingering with tounge swelling bitter effects. Has a creamy,velveety feel even with the boozy heat. Surprizingly drinkable even with the rough edge. I'd love to cellar this beer a bit, seems like a good beer to age. Worth a try now and even worth more of a try later.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber aged nine months this beer was an opaque black color with a creamy, two finger head of brown bubbles the color of treated leather. The retention was a little better than average and the lacing was good and consistent. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate malt, alcohol, light pipe tobacco, hints of coffee and oak. The flavors were sweet at first with lots of chocolate malt and hints of toffee. It then became more bitter in the middle with lots of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee and the pipe tobacco followed by some doughy malt and oatmeal flavors. Finished with a pleasant bitterness that lingered on my tongue. Muscular and complex, as one would expect of Stone. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, the body full and the carbonation perfect. Rich, hearty, alcoholic and smooth this beer was really more of a Russian Imperial Stout than an Oatmeal Stout. Still, even by this standard it was a well balanced example of the style and a joy to drink.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours beautiful pitch black with low carbonation.

S - A molasses aroma dominants all other smells. There are subtle cocoa notes that arrive late during inhalation.

T - Very bold, almost invasive, alcohol during the initial phase of tasting. The middle of the taste has a funky, indistinguishable taste for my palate. The finish has a subtle, but nice, oatmeal favor.

M - Creamy and light for this style.

D - Great for an extremely, BITTERLY cold New England winter day. Drinkability only suffers because of the intense alcohol notes.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark black color with a thin tan ring around the edge. Slight lacing on the sides.

Nose: A nice roasted malt scent with some chocolate and creamy oat scent. It has a slight vanilla sweetness too.

Taste: A deep rich toasted malt flavor. Not as much chocolate as the nose but its very present. Bitter chocolate gives way to the roasted oat and smooth toffee and espresso flavor. Definitely some dark fruits, maybe some prunes as well. A slight alcohol burn at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy beer with low carbonation. This beer is very creamy and almost chewy in your mouth. There is a slight alcohol twinge at the end.

Drinkability: Stone made a great beer in this one. Sometimes you get tired of a plain old Oatmaeal Stout. This was a nice twist and its exactly as advertised. I wish they would make this year round.

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Photo of Soneast
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated July 2008. Pours black in color, with a 1/2 inch creamy brown head which dissipates quickly leaving a small sudsy layer that eventually disappears completely.

Lots of dark chocolate and sweet roasted malts on the nose. A hint of grainy oatmeal smell as well.

The flavor is full of dark bitter chocolate, immediately followed by a typical oatmeal stout flavor, and finished with a hint of dark chocolate-covered lemon wedge bitterness. Leaves a decidedly bitter dark chocolate flavor in the mouth.

Heavy body, moderate carbonation. Very nice alcohol warming effect without much on the tongue. I think this is a pretty unique and tasty concoction, albeit not very drinkable. I might drink this again, however I don't think I'd want more than one or two at any given time. I also found this to improve quite a bit as it warmed.

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Photo of richkrull
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 978 ratings