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 BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-25-08

Pours a very thick and viscous black, possibly the darkest and most opaque beer I've ever seen. No head, but with thin rings of lacing.

Smell is intense coffee and chocolate, very sharp. There's a deep malt character underneath, with just a touch of oakiness.

Taste is lots of bitter, semi-sweet chocolate, and big, sweet malt. The finish is pleasantly bitter, and a little on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is great, super creamy and suits the beer nicely.

Drinkability is good, though the sweetness tends to build up.

Overall, a very good chocolate beer, just a little too young. I'm looking forward to this beer in a year's time.

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

Pours a deep black with deep red outlines on the exterior, with a nice one inch brown head and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

At first you can smell the coffee followed by the malt and then the bitter dark chocolate smell makes its way through. Their is also a light smokiness to it.

The taste is like the bitterness from dark chocolate with an alcohol kick to it. As this one warms up the oatmeal smoothness comes through with hop bitterness at the end.

This is one smooth beer with low carbonation and goes down quite easily. It is a sipper but I could drink this one like a session beer.

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

Was lucky enough to find a couple of these in Tallahassee recently.

They've already been aged over a year, so I thought I'd crack one see whats what.

A-Beautiful pitch black goodness with a nice two finger head that faded quickly, but left some nice lacing.

S-Coffee, chocolate, malt and bit of alcohol in the nose, but it smells really good.

T-I'm getting hit first with coffee, followed by a quiet, lingering dark chocolate flavor in the background with roasted malt and a bit of alcohol finishing.

M-A bit thinner that I was expecting, but still medium body. The finish is a bit astringent, but not too badly.

D-For a Double/Imperial Stout this is surprisingly drinkable.

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

Had this out of a 22oz Bomber from the brewery itself, poured into a pint glass for tasting.

Appearance: Beautiful Stout color with brownish head with nice lacing. Poured thick, brown-black, and head receded a few seconds after pour to leave a one-finger brown head.

Smell: Coffee, bitters, hops, chocolate, and malty undertones. There is a bit of pine and cirtus here, but it's dwarfed by the chocolate stout. Low hops here, but Stone was going for something different here.

Taste: A sipper of a stout with the chocolate, malts, and alcohol all coming quickly and coating the tongue. Bitter alcohol is laced throughout, and the drink is heavy and filling like a dark coffee. Thick, dark, and stouty through and through.

Mouthfeel: Thick and tongue-coating, much like a heavy porter or stout should feel in my opinion. The coffee like bitterness is all over the mouth, and the carbonation is both smooth and efficient. A very nice feel and not too bad aftertaste either.

Drinkability: It's every bit of it's 9.2% ABV. Slow drinker for sure. I had the 13 Anniversary from Stone recently too, and the 13th drinks much quicker as a bigger beer. Stouts fill and slow, but overall, a really interesting and different beer from what I'm used to, but enjoyable through and through. My roommate who is not a beer connoisseur type thought it amazing, so take that for what you will too.

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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 numerik2012
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer poured an intense dark brown and settled a pitch black with an inch of frothy tan head.

S: Rich chocolate aroma with alcohol, coffee and roasted oats in the background.

T: Tastes of alcohol, chocolate and sweet malts. The chocolate was not masking or too sweet which was nice. Coming from Stone I usually don't expect a saccharine beer anyway.

M: Smooth seas DO make skillful sailors

D: A bit hot for my taste, but not bad. Will mellow with age. I'll be trying this on tap today and will follow up on this overall very nice brew.

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

Split a bomber.

A: Poured with 3 fingers of mocha head. Just about jet black. Some lacing.

S: Very sweet and bitter chocolate up front. Milk chocolate. Maybe hints of lactose as well. Little bit of oatmeal but not that much.

T: Bitter up front. Hints of roasted coffee. Little bit sweet on the tongue as well. The chocolate is powerful but the oats cuts it down in a way. Basically stone created a bitter beer without the hops. The most bitter chocolate themed beer I have ever had.

M: Medium body. Would have liked to have it a little bit thicker.

D: Fairly good beer but I had high hopes for this one. Fell a little bit short for what I was hoping for but still good. Choklat by souther tier does this better IMO. Glad to see Stone try this though. Always enjoy their anniversary beers.

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

Poured from a bomber into a goblet. A down the center pour results in a thin tan head atop a coal black beer. Head lasts mere seconds and does not leave anything behind. I can smell it from about 2 feet away as I pour and that is pretty impressive.

Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and caramelized sugar. Even some hints of milk-chocolate in there. Taste is certainly bitter with dark chocolate and coffee notes, alcohol soaked prunes, some dark roasted malts. Still a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Finishes dry with alcohol and relatively quickly.

Smooth and creamy with big body. A nice winter sipper for sure.

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

The beer was served lightly chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beers body is a thick black coloration. No opaqueness is noted from the body of the beer. The head is approximately 2 fingers high. The head has a slightly burnt reddish brown coloration. The retention is not so good specs of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer leads off with a bitter sweet chocoa smell. The supporting aromas of caramel, dark roasted coffee, slightly burnt tones,dark roasted and toasted maltyness swim in my glass.

Taste: The beers flavor is a combination of dark bitter sweet cocoa, toasted and dark roasted espresso beans, an earthy bitterness cuts across the short lived sweetness of the cocoa.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. Good old oats breaking up the body and mouthfeel. Low carbonation teams up to create a very smooth beer drinking experience. The beers drinkability is pretty good. For me none of the beers aromas or flavors overpowered the beer. The alcohol was quite mellow. This is a good Imperial Stout; however, I was hoping for a more brash beer.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pure black color with a minimal brown head. Not much lacing. Looks like watery molases after the head dissapears.

Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, mocha and sweet malts. Very nice.

Taste is bitter up front then the coffee and chocolate follow up. Deep roasted malts and the alcohol is always present. A sipper for sure but very nice.

nice mouthfeel. Very solid and wish I bought more than one of these.

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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 AKBelgianBeast
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick black with a dark tan two layer head. Nose is pretty weak here, really not much going on but a little dark malt and some alcohol. taste is pretty good with some roasted malt and a good bitter chocolate flavor. Im missing the oatmeal here, in the taste and the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected both for the abv and the oatmeal presence. Drinkability is ok, but it is still quite hot. I can see this one really turning into a nice beer with a year or two on it, after a little mellowing. Would love to see some thicker mouthfeel here though. Overall good, but I expected a little better out of stone. Good beer. giver her a try.

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Photo of IKR
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with medium-sized dark brown head. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Mild Chocolate and coffee notes from the roast malts with a trace of alcohol. The aromas are fairly subdued.

Taste: The chocolate is prominent with some roasted malt notes. I would never guess this was 9.2% ABV. It drinks like a Guinness as far as the alcohol is concerned.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I think the oatmeal is playing a significant role resulting in a full bodied beer.

Overall: One of my favorite beers that I didn't expect to come across again. I like the IRS but I would take this over the IRS any day.

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Photo of flexabull
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this beer! Ended up having to buy it at the Billy Goat Tavern in Mt. Shasta. Nothing wrong with that though...

Pours a dark flat black color, with a nice thick tan head.

Aromas are fainter than I thought they would be, but still are nice. Some chocolates, sweet cream, and dark roasted malts.

Taste is quite bitter. Mineral like, dark bakers chocolates, and strong bitter hops on the finish. Interesting stout, really bitter chocolate flavors at first, and then finishes with strong bitter hops. There is also a touch of sweetness, creamy malts that peek their head up to help balance this one out.

Mouthfeel is great, very thick and full with nice carbonation, and a long finish.

Drinkability is good. Mainly because of the uniqueness of this beer. This is a very bitter stout, that is a bit much at times, but it's so interesting, and very tasty.

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Photo of cooncat
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a 22 oz. bomber, decanted into Stone RIS tulip glasses for myself and a friend.

On the pour, you get a totally opaque beer, with a beautiful mocha/cocoa colored head. The head reduces to a thin cap, which lasts to the bottom. Lacing is evident on the swirl, but the high abv prevent much stickage.

The nose is surprisingly light, and contains dark chocolate, dark fruits (prunes and currants), cherries, tobacco and some alcohol esters. Very inviting. The nose increases in depth as the beer warms. (I finished mine at 72+ deg. F.)

Taste is similar to the nose, with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and licorice coming to the fore. Hops are no where to be found. The 9.2% abv is slightly noticeable in the taste, as well as the nose, and is pleasantly warming. The mouthfeel is incredible. It is full, but very smooth and silky, from the oatmeal. The finish is dry, with bitter chocolate tastes dominating. The smooth mouthfeel never fades.

This is a huge beer, and I drank this one to give me a benchmark for later tastings (I bought a case .. plenty for cellaring). I think I will let the rest sit until December, for about 6 months. I think that this beer will be incredible at that time, allowing for flavors to meld, and alcohol burn to cool a bit.

Reviews on this beer seem to vary wildly. Some love it, some are not enthusiastic (to say the least). This is a beer that will impress the educated palate, and will continue to improve with age. I hope to be able to try this every 6 months over the next few years to see how it improves with age. You can enjoy it now, as a young beer, but I feel it's strength will show with time. Recommended for serious BAs.

Na Zdravja!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.


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Photo of nrbw23
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black with no light coming through at all. A very nice brownish colored head comes up about two inches and leaves very little lacing.

S- Overall much lighter than I'd expect. Could smell some oats, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and tiny bit of a coffee and vanilla.

T- At first rich dark chocolate and then a nice flavour of toasted oats, which is then overtaken by a delicious bitterness from the unsweetened dark chocolate. A very solid brew and pretty much no hops at all here.

M- Medium in body, silky smooth and maybe even a little oily.

D- Very easy to drink. Highly recommended and I got one aging for a bit.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abecall98
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle yesterday.

A - This beer pours a very dark malty black. A nice tan head laces the bottle well.

S - Very bitter, sweet, sour type of smell, not the most pleasant smell for a stout.

T - This beer is one hoppy stout. Its starts off with the bitter hops, and ends with a nice malty chocolate goodness.

M - wow, this beer is very creamy. The carbonation fits it well, and it goes down very smoothly.

D - this beer, with its hoppiness, strong smell, and creaminess, brings it to an above average drinkabilty, but no really perfect.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours perfect. I mean, the color, the head, the consistency, it is all perfect. The smell here has good notes of chocolate and oatmeal. The taste is thick and interesting. Its just a tad lacking, leaving this beer to taste like eating Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate powder. This beer coats the tongue well, but the taste is over-powering. I'm really impressed with the idea here and think this is a good beer. I did expect a lot more from it though.

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Photo of slayer3604
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A medium strength pour turned my glass into a fury of chocolate rain and a beer body that sucked the light out of the room. The head eventually settled down to create one inch of solid muffin texture.

S- I cheated a little on this one, I went on stone's website hours before the release and read up on what the nose was like for the brewmaster that created this demon so my nose is bias towards the authentic oaxican cocoa used in the mix...I could definitely smell a tad of ovaltine, and wisps of coffee and a tad of smoked grain.

T- Lots of body on this fella. So very complicated and extravagant! i should be complimenting on how MANLY this beer made me feel but i know deep down inside its just the fat amounts of oatmeal thrown into the mix. Whatever, this beer warms you up at 9.2% and keeps you guessing with an array of dimensions to unwrap and classify.

M- Very chunky, and did anyone mention to you that this has bitter chocolate thrown in it? Man! this is by far the best chocolate stout out there. Such an impressive profile that you have to sift through in order to get it all. Two bottles into this and the complexity is still boggling my mind.

D- I would definitely use this beer as a pairing tool for deserts and as an example of how beer can be as/more complex as wine and will keep coming back to BCOS in the future to turn friends and family towards dark beer!

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into an open mouthed glass. July 2008

A - Pours a motor oil consistency - dark and thick. Head formation is very light, little lacing, light mocha colored film. Not much for overt carbonation.

S - Bittersweet chocolate notes lead the way, with a light hint of roasted malts. A bit of earthy yeast notes are detectable as well. Overall a muted nose profile.

T - Starts off with a light chocolate and malty sweet note. Bitterness builds mid-stream to a fairly strong hit, but then really shines in the final and aftertaste. Some dry oatmeal like flavors enter in in the final stages. Some phenolic flavors are present in the aftertaste.

M - Thick and creamy - beer will full body. Carbonation is much stronger than the appearance would indicate, causing a tongue stinging sensation.

D - A deceptively drinkable beer - the ABV is well hidden. The downside would have to be the flavors are potent enough to wear out the palette. I don't find it to be particularly filling - but I can sense the carbonation building.

Worthwhile beer - I'd find this one very good for dessert.

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Photo of scottoale
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22oz. standard Stone bomber, poured aggressively into a large tulip comes a black-ass brown liquid with a dingy brown, two-finger head.

The smell is of roast, somewhat burnt dark malts, coffee, chocolate, black currants and some fusal alcohol.

The flavor is sweet initially, comprised of all the elements that come to the nose. The finish winds down to a bittering end with a notable lash from alcohol. Taste is good now, but will improve with some age no doubt.

Good healthy body with ample carbonation that bites just a bit from the creaminess that should come with some melding after time (ageing).

Nice interpretation for the style and fairly easy to consume for it's 9.2% ABV... Happy Anniversary Stone!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger head with some good lacing. There is a nice dark brown color as well.

The smell is a tiny bit faint at first, but I smell bitter chocolate and dark malts. As the beer warms, the smell becomes a bit more pronounced and an undertone of mint is detectable. Caramel malts seem to come out as well as the beer warms.

Wow. Bitter dark chocolate was definetly in abundance with this brew. As the beer wamrs the complexities come out a bit more. Some caramel malts come out and provide a nice sweetness. Then dark malts and bittersweet chocolate come out. Dark chocolate comes out in abundance as well. There is a bit of mint undertone and the booziness is just noticeable. It's not too bad at all.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it is a little thin. The chocolateyness clings decently to the palate like melted chocolate. However, I think some thicker malting could benefit the palate.

This a solid offering from stone. I didn't expect a hop monster this year with the hop shortage and I'm happy that they still delivered.

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