12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
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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Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black color with a tan head and no activity.

S- Burnt chocolate with hints of malt.

T- Chocolate sweet taste then some bitter good malty flavor. Nice balance of the bitter and sweet rounding this Imperial Stout out into a semi sweet delight.

M- Creamy feel and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable if anything too much so for the style.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City. I went for this beer based on the name and the fact that it's an anniversary beer. Reading the blurb on the side of the bottle about this beer's origins and the hop shortage only made me appreciate even more this beer, since it was apparently planned before circumstances pretty much forced it's brewing. Although Stone is known for hoppy west coast brews, they did a great job on this and this is a very solid stout!

The pour was pretty much what I thought it would be - dark, rich, and with a pretty decent head. I wish that this beer had a bit more lacing and thickness to it, but the aroma was just as wonderful as the taste - chocolate, currant, espresso, and toffe...but the aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired. The alcohol, although it's 9.20% can be felt from the first sip and is by far the most dominant note that linger after each gulp. The chocolate is reminiscent of Ghiradelli, but because the oats aren't strong, this isn't like the Oatmeal Stouts that I've had over the years.

Some people said that the alcohol on this sneaks up on them. As I stated earlier, I would disagree, but no matter! This is a strong beer that isn't afraid to be bold. It's not the best Stout that I've had, but as always, Stone has done an admirable job here and even though this style isn't their forte, it's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque, reddish around the edges, with a minuscule tan head and no lacing. Smell is coffee, chocolate, malt, pan drippings. Taste is sweet brown sugar, rich grain, long gritty bitter finish. Thick, but not syrupy. A sipper: glad to have it aged.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice black with very little obvious carbonation or head. Smell is of bitter chocolate and dark roasty malt.
Tastes massively of chocolate, not as over the top as Southern Tier Choklat but pretty close. Astringent, lingering aftertaste, almost like you licked cocoa powder. The alcohol lends a nice burn to the finish as well.
I prefer sweeter chocolate stouts but this one is very well done. The oatmeal lends some depth to the mouthfeel, it's rich and creamy.
Only for sipping.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of danielharper
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Velvety black body, thick brown head with lots of independent bubbles. Leaves light lacing.

Smell: Dry malts up front, with the grainy oatmeal after. Notes of coffee present way down at the bottom, but with only the tiniest hints of chocolate.

Taste: The alcohol gives this a highly astringent opening. This is followed by a strong malty backbone, quite a bit of sweetness, and the aforementioned graininess due to the oatmeal. Hints of chocolate as it goes down, and strong notes of bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Would get a higher rating if the alcohol was better-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, high bitterness, moderate mouthfeel. Goes down smooth considering the alcohol, but the astringency is not quite as pleasant as I'd like it to be.

Drinkability: This is a a pretty good beer, but this is one of the few times that I think it would have been better with less alcohol. Stone is normally top-notch, but this one is not one of their best offerings, and to be honest, I'm probably tougher on it knowing it's from them instead of a lesser brewery.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Zimm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent sized, fluffy dark tan to chocolate milk brown head that slowly recedes. Aroma is strongest of roasted coffee beans, cola sweetness and just a hint of dark chocolate and some alcohol strength. Taste follows with a good amount of roastiness that blends well with a bitter baker's chocolate flavor, then a bit of sweet cola blends in and sweetens up the chocolate, before a good bite of bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, the oatmeal softness is evident midway thru, there is a little zing on the tongue up front, then the softy creamy body shows itself, before the bite in the finish. A good beer overall, will like to see some qualities that are biting now, perhaps meld and mellow a little with some age.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of scott2269
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of younger35
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles of this recently from the Coop while I was in Boise. Drank from my Ithaca tulip while watching a movie.

Appearance- Pours a super dark black except around the edges where it fades to a dark brown. Forms about a half finger dark tan creamy head that dissipates super fast. No cap is left and probably the smallest collar I've ever seen with zilch on the lacing.
Smell- Wowsers, more bold roasted coffee than anything else. Bitter bakers chocolate is present but fairly subdued. Plenty of roasted character throughout the beer and a semi dirty fruitiness.
Taste- Definitely more chocolate in the taste than in the nose. Its bitters bakers chocolate through and through with almost the same grainy chalky texture. Very roasted and toasted with a really bitter coco-ness. Basically tastes like an unsweetened tootsie roll. More bitter dark fruitiness on the finish with a lingering chocolate mocha finish.
Mouthfeel- Dirty graininess that stems from the ridiculous roasty goodness with just a bit of that smooth slippery oatmeal that I was expecting. The carbonation is fairly light as well, helping to give it that bit of extra creaminess.
Drinkability- Overall definitely a pretty tasty ol' stout. I wish it was a bit more chocolaty on the milk chocolate side but I understand what Stone was going after here. It's very raw and un-artificial (if I can use yet another made up word). I can't put my finger on it but this brew seems to be missing just a little something. All in all though, good stuff.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A 22 oz poured into a Weizen glass.

A- pours a thick dark chocolate color. Maybe closerto motor oil. A tan lacing rises about half a finger. Very opaque and cant see any light come through.

S- a dark roast coffee type of smell. alcohol but very little. I cant smell the chocolate like others have been saying. Some toffee as well.

T- a bitter dark coffee flavor. I like my coffee with a lil bit of creamer but this is perfect if you like it black. i get some hints of alcohol and blackened malt. hints of dark chocolate.

M- thick and full bodied. feels like i am drinking coffee with some chocolate espresso mixed in.

D- This bad boy is bitter and a nice sipper. This is no chug-a-lug. A nice beer for the winter months but not so much the summer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 977 ratings