Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with a rich dark brown head that falls to a ring that leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is nice actually smells kind of dry chocolate malts, coffee beans held away from the nose hints are there but not overpowering. some full bodied oats noted.

Taste is rich roasted malts, lots of bitter chocolate mixed with coffee notes. Finish is dry lightly bitter more burnt chocolate bitterness then hops might be why its dry. Nice flavor chocolate notes but not sweet as most brews, a nice change up on occasion, even though i prefer the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice full nice smooth carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability is good a nice change up from sweeter chocolate stouts, even though i would prefer one on most occasions must be a southern thing.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this bottle at a local shoppe, sitting next to the 13th, 14th, and the 15th as it had just arrived. Funny thing to see.

This one pours a jet black in color, medium in body, with a slight beige lacing. It smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolates, and light bitter coffee. It's held up pretty well so far. It drinks medium in body and features flavors of bitter chocolates, sweet chocolates, faded coffee, and sweet malts. It still has the flavor that I loved a couple years ago. It drinks very well and has held up well. It's very drinkable due to the array of appealing flavors. Very nice beer, still. I feel bad giving it a 4.0.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd missed this one but came home to Michigan and managed to scrounge a bottle up at Sylvan Market. Basically I'm an overwhelming fan of Stone beers, and so I'm basically down to try every single one I scrape up. Appearance is excellent - pitch black with a dark tan head and a touch of lacing of the beer. Sugary nose, lots of roasted malt and alcohol as well; some dried fruit. Honestly, the alcohol's there even in the nose, which is not normal (taste, yes, nose, no). Taste is huge roasted malt. Light cookies, dried fruit. Alcohol is pretty strong in here. Strong chocolate, although I don't really taste the oatmeal. Highly bitter beer, with the hops working into the roasted flavor. Body is thick, appropriate for a stout. Overall, this one's not bad, but I wasn't particularly blown away by this one. Fairly straightforward in terms of flavor - huge roasted bitter chocolate. So big, I'm glad I split it with a couple friends. In no way bad, but honestly one of the least impressive Stone beers I've had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black body with a small yellowish tan head.

Nose is a mix of dark roasted malts, light milky chocolate, a nice licorice or even dark fruit character, some wet ocean or beach wood(not to be confused with budweiser beechwood). There's defiantly a mild oatmeal

Taste is medium/full to full bodied with a syrupy sweet dark roasted malt bitterness almost immediately. Dark over-roasted burnt espresso beans, old stale coffee, dark dark bakers chocolate, and a very mild black licorice. Bitterness from hops is present but really kept to a minimum in this brew. There's more of a burnt roasted malt taste and bitterness than anything else. Strong bitter, dark chocolate roasted flavors start to peak through more towards the back-end and really start to linger the finish. As the chocolate flavor floats in the finish, there's also a lot of warmth and licorice overtones lingering as well.

This is a strong beer. More of an imperial oatmeal stout than a strong chocolate type stout. Some of strong bitter flavors from the malt could use some aging that might round out the flavors a bit. I think I'll sit on a couple of these for a while and see how it does. Right now... it's pretty good.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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