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

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
970
Reviews:
705
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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92
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138
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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No light shines through this beast...nada...opaque black. Has a frothy mocha brown head that fades to a nice collar, good lacing.

Smells like...well...a bitter chocolate oatmeal stout. Has all those characteristics in equally distinguishable amounts. Also get some earthy, cocoa, alcohol and peanut scents.

Taste is pure decadence. Thick, chewy, subtle chocolate and oatmeal. Not going to overpower you with hops or chocolate, but still has plenty of those flavors. Simply a great beer, one of the best Stone offerings I have had. I wish I had more of these...my only minor complaints are that the alcohol is a bit fusel and that there could be a bit more chocolate and hop flavor. But overall a really, really nice beer.

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Photo of SweetNessa34
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[SOURCE]: bottle. cellared in fridge (?) for 5 months. Released 7/08, fridge cellared 1/19/09...drank 5/1/2009.

[SMELL]: has developed significantly more alcohol in nose since original release... starting to detect a hint of the buttery/aged 'mature beer'

[APPEARANCE]: Satisyingly rich, chocolate head...atop a warm obsidian base

[TASTE]: YES!! No one flavor overpowers another; chocolate, oatmeal, hoppy bitterness, alcohol...
...and a deeply SMOKED after taste. (If you wait for it)

[DRINKABILITY]: Yes! I would enjoy drinking this 'well-developed' beer on a regular basis

[OVERALL]: This beer is approaching perfect at the 1 year mark. Will it continue to get better? Or will in reach it's apoethesis between now and summer '09.

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Photo of Buebie
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JoeCeez for hooking me up with this!

Poured from a brown 22oz bottle. No freshness date, but its obvious as to the date.

Poured into an oversized merlot glass. 2 finger dark brown head. Quickly fading into a thin layer of retention. Spotty lace lines the glass. The head is easily rejuvinated with a swirl of the glass.

Malty in aroma with a good dose of bitter chocolate. Some faint oder of fruit, or cherries?
Toasted grain, and a faint cry of alcahol at the nose.

Carbonation zing upfront, then BLAMO! Chocolate.
Sweet through the middle and the swallow. Chewy thick cream like mouthfeel, thanks oats.
Finish is dry with a mild hop linger and great roasted malty grainy like flavors.
Some alcahol warming into the swallow.

This is damn good. Putting it back on my wants list, I want more of this delicious beer.

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Photo of beermebeerman
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one amazing stout.

Pours dark brown to black with a coffee/cream head. Good retention.
Smell is chocolate, bittering hops, and chocolate malt.
Taste is amazing, bitter up front but not overpowering, followed by chocolate, with hops following after. Long finish but sooo enjoyable. Little to no alcohol taste or wamth detected.
Mouthfeel is also incredible. I don't know how they did it but this beer is so smooth it's like "wiping your [tongue] with silk." Must have copius amounts of oatmeal in the mash. Very full bodied!
Drinkability is very high for such a large beer. I found myself drinking this way too fast. This is the best chocolate stout I have had to date.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Dark roasted grainy notes dominate. Spicy, earthy hop notes quickly fill in the spaces. Chocolate and moderate fruity esters round out this monster.

Appearance: Jet black with a batter-like tan head. Looks menacing sitting in the glass.

Flavor: Bitter roasted grainy notes with more earthy and resiny hop flavors. Chewy, bready malt base. Light background chocolate and fruity esters round this out. Amazingly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Slightly oily with a slow warming alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, chewy, hoppy American stout. This is big and bad. It cracks me up that this is Stone's answer to the hop shortage...the hop layers and flavors are really incredible. Knitted well with the roasted and chocolate notes but make no mistake, the hops are present. This is big, bad, with some rough edges. I dug it now but I'm going to have to find one to age.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle today in the Black Booty BIF from drgonzo, Thanks Paul!

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an inky black with a thin mocha colored head that doesn't last. Barely a wisp of foam left. Some lacing and legs.

Aromas of dark cocoa, licorise, dark roasted coffee and dark roasted grains. No real hop aroma, but wouldn't expect it after almost 3 years.

First sip is vinous, with dark cocoa, roasty bitterness, and anise. No hop flavor either. Some sherry/oxidation flavors, that meld rather nicely with the chocolate. Finish is long with bittersweet chocolate, sherry, and roasty bitterness lingering long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is full and silky. Roasted graininess coats the mouth.

Highly drinkable. Wish I had tried this when it first came out to compare the aged version. But this has aged rather nicely. Wish I could get my hands on some more.

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Photo of brettski66
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jbsmth
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for a chocolate stout for years that's bitter. This one doesn't disappoint, but it could use a little more hoppiness to balance out the malt and the chocolate.

It's not overly sticky-sweet however, like some chocolate stouts I have tried.

Being an oatmeal stout gives it the telltale rocky head and velvety mouthfeel that add to it's character.

If you like stouts, and can get ahold of this one, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of oelergud
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall brown 1 pint 6oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. A gargoyle is silk screened on the front raising a mug.
Opaque black body with a dark brown creamy dimpled head. Great retention and lace.
Strong alcoholic scent, warning the explorer of this brew as a rattle snake warning a wilderness traveler. Sweet anise and strong bitter cocoa bean.
Amazing flavor. Sweet malts quickly followed by strong rough hops which then give way to mellow semisweet chocolate. Plenty of intense flavor, dark earthy mulch, black cocoa bean, anise and a kick of nut skin and almond. The aftertaste is a long lived bitter chocolate hoppy experience.
Full and thick body with lots of residual sugars, very delicious.
Highly drinkable, the alcohol has a warming effect but is not apparent in the flavor.

-Oelergud

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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 FLBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to find some of these in Palmdale already aged a year form me. Pours a jet black with a light brown head which left some decent lacing.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, malts & some alcohol.

Taste is bitter chocolate, some coffee, malt sweetness with a little alcohol warming at the end.

Has a nice silky mouthfeel, very smooth

Very drinkable as far as taste goes. However, 9.2 ABV does not a session beer this make.

A very nice Imperial Stout, one of the best.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tittymcj
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipped this one with William Pang (Queens, NY), good friend and fellow beer connoisseur.

This one pours out incredibly thick, taking on a solid black color with a quickly dissipating light brown head. Light traces of lacing are present.

It smells like a fantastic mixture of coffee, dark roasted malts, and chocolate, as well as a nice faint touch of oatmeal creaminess. There is a strong punch of alcohol in there as well.

The taste is very deep. Lots of roasted flavor, with a lot of chocolate and coffee. Very delicious. Definitely can taste the alcohol throughout the tasting, however.

Medium bodied, with a slight acidic alcohol taste near the end of each mouthfeel. There is a definite lingering coating of the roasted chocolate and malt flavor around the mouth.

Despite the fact that this is a fairly thick, rich beer with a ton of flavor, this is very drinkable. It is definitely a sipping beer, but its so pleasant that one can't help but to drink as much as possible.

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Photo of sliverX
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poored a very dark brown almost black, what little head that did present itself quickly left only to hint at lacing down the sides off the glass every so often

tasted a very overwhelming chocolate with a slight hint of coffee,

was so easy to drink and with such pleasant tastes this one didn't hang around long especially when I let a few friends in on my glass

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Photo of tsauce2
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 1-1-12

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates completely. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big oat and chocolate notes. A hint of alcohol.

T: Huge oat flavor, melded with a semi-sweet chocolate presence. Dark roast malt and a touch of booziness. All flavors have blended together harmoniously.

M: Full body. Viscous and chewy, with a very smooth and velvety feel. A semi bitter feel is also apparent. Dry finish.

O: This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever tasted. Huge oats are complimented excellently by semi-bittered chocolate and big dark roast malts, with a light hop presence. The back of the bottle, while more verbose than most stone offerings, describes the setting behind which this beer was crafted. There was a hop shortage when it was time to make the 12th anniversary, so they made this. Not that I don't like what Stone normally does, but can't there be a hop shortage more often? I guess God is not an oat stout fan.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - quite the glug glug oily pour. Once again into the Beer & Sweat glass, lots of thick dark mocha foam spring up, planting a thick coating of lace-paint on the glass.

Aroma - very earthy soy-like grains, a bit of cola sweetness, soapy at times. Background roastiness, some more roast would be nice, but it smells good.

Taste - there is no mistaking the bitterness of the chocolate with the deep roast of the grain. The combo is perhaps put together to accomodate a lesser hop bill? It's bitter, that's for sure. A side effect flavor of licorice. The chocolate is not quite as strong as the basic bitter flavor, but it's there. The charred grain is actually a little more visible, at least fresh. Bittersweet chocolate on the swallow is about 75/25 bitter to sweet, but it's tasty. Several years ago, I was sampling chocolates with increasing percentages of cocoa, up to 75 and 80 per cent. They begin to take on a serious chocolate taste that becomes increasingly un-candylike. You get accustomed to that, two things happen: 1) to hell with Hershey's and 2) nobody likes your chocolate so you get more! Bogartski in reverse, sort of. That's what this beer makes me think of, anyway. A good, pure cocoa flavor that Crackle and M&M fans may not care for. It doesn't take long before the warming alcohol adds to the mix. The lack of sweetness makes for a rather intense beer, and while I dig the method, at least a breath of sweetness would really help balance the cocoa. I may try a glass with a shot of Kahlua in it just to see what a touch of sugar does. The long finish is very warm with abv, unsweetened chocolate, and charred grain.

Mouthfeel - dreamy smooth, I'm dreaming of winter in late July. Heavy, thick and coating.

Drinkability - while this will be a most enjoyable study to see how cellaring affects the profile, I'm sure to have one or two more this year.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for trading this one to me.

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with a strong bitter chocolate component. The flavor is lots of coffee. Chocolate is present as well with it beginning as a darker almost milk chocolate and ending with a bitter finish. Very creamy thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love stouts that include oatmeal and this is one of the best ones I have had.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it out of a bottle for the 1st time

Poured black as night with a small lace around the outside of the glass, when you hold this directly to the light the head and edges nearly look blue.

Smell is bitter chocolate, sweet oatmeal, like a cookie, with very sweet and roasted malts both.

Beer does not taste any better than this it has all that you want from a stout the nice alcohol undertones with the bittersweet chocolate and rich malts but then has an amazing sweetness that makes you feel like you are drinking an oatmeal creame pie.

Mouth is rich and thich very creamy which coats the inside out your mouth, heavy body

This is the kind of beer i wish was available and I could get more of, but on the other hand would feel incrediblly spoiled if I could. High ABVbrings it down a few points here as I cant imagine someone sitting down and having much more than 1.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml bomber, served at very chilly room temperature from a Delerium Tremens goblet

Pours with a deep dark caramel tinged brown, more or less opaque less the fringes of the glass. Its topped off with a dense, tight espresso frothed head, only a few millimetres thick. Some tiny dots of dark stained leather hued bubbles around the edges of the glass. Soon settles to a think whisp on the top

Smell, thick rich toffee and caramel exude from the glass along with dark rum tinged boozy notes, however slight they are. Some marzipan and rose water along with treacle and rich tobacco notes hinged on fruity bubblegum esters. Dark rich chocolate along with tonnes of rich espresso with esscence of old leather and bitter cocoa.

Taste, smooth and silky oiliness all over the palette, reminisant of a cohiba soaked in butter and cognac. Silky initially followed by a whack of spicy, bitter rich chocolate. Rich slick melted dark chocolate, almost fizzy sherbet mouthfeel at times, followed on the finish by slick, opulent roasted malt bitterness with a touch of dark soy, not the saltiness however. No noticable off flavours, some hops to punctuate the rich chocolate character however are not excessive in their addition. The beer culminates with a strong kick of bitter, dark rum or rich bourbon booze.

A superbly flavourful and rich chocolate imperial stout. Very prominent bitter coffee and chocolate adorn the palette and balanced with some hop presence help to balance the beer. Not the most balanced beer I've had the pleasure of drinking however huge on flavour and overall depth this is definatly one to pick up

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a very deep brown with light brown thin head. Lots of lacing. Smell is roasty with dark cocoa, coffee and alcohol. Taste backs the label up very well...bitter, chocolate and oatmeal in a big way. The beer is slightly astringent and tangy, in a good balance to the sweet notes. Mouth feel is good, but it is a tad too carbonated for the beer in my opinion. This is also a big beer in terms of alcohol, so it probably can't be had all night. If you like oatmeal stouts this should be on your list, very good.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: Upon having another... Still love the beer, but toning back the score a tad.

Pours thick and pitch black with a dark brown head. Even held up to the light, nothing comes through. No highlights, no brownness, nothing.

Smell is a blend of bitter, but fresh, coffee and dark chocolate.

I know everyone has a bitterness threshold, and a few years ago this would've been too much for me, but now it is perfect. Smooth dark chocolate flavors dominate. They become even smoother and more pronounced as the beer warms. Also flavors of delicious roasted coffee, burnt toast, and a suprisingly heavy dose of hops that blend in well.

Mouthfeel was flawless. Perfect carbonation. Frothy and creamy.

This beer truly gets better as it warms. The bitterness is well balanced, and the 9.2 ABV is well masked, leaving just a warming feeling. I will definitely be buying another before they run out.

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Photo of Cris4545
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Onslow
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

man!!.. i wish i had cases and cases of this brew, it lives up to the stature of an anniversary beer most definetly ... "i will never love an otter" ... wow, lots of dark chocolate and bitter chocolate in the aroma and taste department ... pours a dark brown .. just plain delicious!! ..nuff said

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/31/09

A- Pours a thick motor oil black body with a chocolaty brown head that gained rising speed as I poured, overflowing the sides of the glass. Fair lacing.

S- Awesome aroma. Dark chocolate, some coffee. Some sour characteristics. I think I can sense a hint of oatmeal...

T- Silky mouthfeel. Not as rich as I expected, and a reoccuring coppery taste that I keep running into recently...hope it's not my taste buds. I taste a lot of cherry and a medium fluffy chocolate taste, not much bitterness though. Complex flavors and lots of them, good carbonation, kind of light. Flovor sticks with you for a while. Great beer besides that weird copper taste.

D- Very drinkable.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a package from Jw37. Thanks!

I gave this beer a perfect in both appearance and smell because I really do think it was perfect in these respects. Enormous four-fingers of fully brown head that has a wonderful cascading effect. Completely opaque from every angle. The aroma was that of sugar oatmeal cookies, very rich dark chocolate, caramel and slight spiciness underneath. Loved it!

Taste is that of espresso and sweet chocolate. Other flavors that came through were caramel and nuts. Very bitter with some hoppy, grassy flavors. Warming alcohol at the end makes for a great finish. Very great beer

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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