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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:
969
Reviews:
705
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
135
For Trade:
4
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Photo of bowersdm
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black, no light shines through. It had a weak mocha colored head that dissipated quickly.

S - dark chocolate, roasted barley, and fruit. maybe some oats

T - nice bittersweet/dark chocolate flavor followed by some bitterness from the hops

M - very, very thin. I was expecting more for a heavy beer.

D - eh, a 12 oz bottle would have been better. The first 12 oz of this brew went down like normal, but I was pretty full after that. The next 10 took another 40 minutes to get down.

It was fair. A small bottle and thicker texture would have made this an excellent brew.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generous (or forgetful) BA that left this at my house after the KC BA stout and porter tasting.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The aroma of this beer is brutal. Its like my nose got raped. Bitter dark cocoa powder up front with coffee, molasses and apples coming through also. It's really amazing how bitter this beer actually smells. Really great stuff. The taste is bitter bakers chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and just a bit of coffee. The mouthfeel is full and creamy from the oatmeal. Really great stuff. This is another wonderful stout done by Stone. I can only hope that one day we will be able to get it in KC.

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncvbc
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep and dark, medium tan head with decent retention, somewhat fizzy and less creamy that you'd guess. Pretty much black and potent looking. Smell is dark bitter chocolate. Some sweetness coming through but little to none. Coffee, a touch of smoke, and even a spicy scent. Taste is pretty nice. Very interesting for sure without the chocolate becoming overbearing or offensive. A richness from the oatmeal that fills it out nicely and compliments the dark chocolate flavors. Light roast and notes of chicory from what I can tell. Good round mouthfeel that is close to full. Goes down all too easy and was surprisingly solid. I liked this one.

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for the chance to try this one!

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hreb
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle allowed to warm up a bit before dispensing into a pint glass. Beer pours like deep, dark brown motor oil. Aroma is of: chocolate. Roasty things. Oh, and alcohol. A thin brown head has just a hint of red.

The smell really is delicious until the astringent whiff of alcohol comes in, unfortunately. Up until that part, it reminds me of my all time favorite, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. The flavor is deep, complex, and bitter. Also, very creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of chocolate, of course, but it's neither sweet nor bitter at first, simply aromatic. Then, grainy cereal? Very complex barley flavors, in any case. And a interesting hoppy bitterness. Carbonation is muted. The aftertaste brings on the bitterness of the chocolate, a slight alcohol burn, and a dry kind of bitter on my teeth. Actually, it's surprisingly pleasant.

The indicates that this beer was a result of the hop shortage / price increase. The idea of chocolate as a bittering agent seems so obvious, and it works so well in this case. It also indicates that this is a July 2008 production, and I wonder if I'm drinking it far too young.

One thing I notice is that as it warms in the glass, it's changing, but not really getting better, as I'd expect.

Overall, I think this is a really good ale. I would love to try it along side other chocolate stouts, like Brooklyn's and Rogue's. I'll definitely pick up some more to try after a year or more of cellaring, if this is a limited brewing.

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Photo of vacax
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with a charred oak head which starts at about half a finger in height. Good retention, as the head slowly dwindles it forms swirls and a ring of microbubbles on the glass, which coat the sides as I drink and sparkle.

Smells of raisin, sugar, dark chocolate, light floral notes. Tastes of raisins, dark fruits, sugars, little hints of chocolate. Increasing amount of roast on the finish. Some alcohol, but gentle and inviting.

Totally full bodied, and no fooling around. Low, but perfectly present and smooth carbonation. Creamy, excellent feel.

This beer has matured wonderfully since bottling. Definitely recommended to drink now. Twice the beer it was back when it was released.

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Photo of jpd026
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdklks
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a gorgeous thick, nearly impenetrable black with a milk chocolate colored head that THICKLY laces the glass.

S- chocolate and coffeee.

T- Tastes also of chocolate and coffee. little to no hops here. very dry and very bitter. the alcohol is definitely present, but i feel like it could even be more pronounced and it would add to the beer. almost no sweetness from the chocolate (hence "bitter chocolate") except at the end. the aftertaste is that of after eating a truffle. outstanding.

M- thick, full-bodied, as expected. a little more carbonation might help. not as smooth as one hopes from an imperial stout, which may be a result of it being slightly less "full" than expected or wanted.

D- dont get me wrong, i love everything about this beer, even its drinkability. however, i would only want to have one bomber in a night, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. on tap, when im not keeping track, who knows how much would go down.

once again, a great [anniversary] beer from stone. they dont know how to do it any differently. damn they are amazing.

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Photo of medic25
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this beer poured the darkest black I've seen since Ten Fidy; like a can of oil, with a frothy tan head. Nice chocolaty aroma. Flavor is delicious; rich chocolate, a little burnt, with a clear oatmeal presence, this beer tastes as the label advertises. Nice bit of alcohol warmth, but quite easy drinking. Another fine Stone offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking these for the past year, but I finally decided to review it...

A: Pours black as night with great viscosity. A nice tan head about a finger and a half tall.

S: Smells like...dark chocolate (crazy, I know). The roasted malt really comes through on this as well as the booze (especially as it comes up to temperature).

T: I find this to be really boozy at first, but with each sip, it calms down and the other flavors come out. When I say other flavors I mean the roasted malt, the bitter taste that I perceive to be the chocolate, and some sweetness from the oatmeal.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation which lends the beer a wonderful creamy smoothness.

D: This is still a bit "hot", but keeps on getting better. I'm glad I have several more to hold on to.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark dark brown with a chocolatey tan head. Smells of chocolate and a bit of oatmeal. Tastes of bitter chocolate and a hint of oatmeal, no sweet molasses flavors in there like Abyss or Dark Lord. A more intriguing flavor than their regular RIS. Hard to say anything negative about this, the name says it all. Not one you'll want more than one of, but that's not a bad thing in this case.

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Photo of ImBOBtheBEERguy
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Canal Street Pub Reading, PA

Its nice to let this one warm up! Great malt and dessert flavors with a hearty balance and relaxing feeling finish. Mmmnnn

Enjoyed it with fresh fruit, peanut butter cups and brownies. A grand dessert!

Cheers!

BBG

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown/black color with a moderate head. Smell is slightly alcoholic, chocolate, and *gasp* oatmeal. Roasted malts are also prevalent. The beer certainly lives up to its name. Bitter. Chocolate. Some coffee and medicinal notes as well. Very creamy mouthfeel - silky smooth. Another fantastic Stone offering.

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Photo of tronester
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For review #100, I wanted to try something special. I have a good feeling about this, but lets see how it goes....

Pours an inky, opaque black with a small, dark brown head. Smells of earthy hops and molasses. Taste is very rich, a large sweet malt presence is matched by bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. There is a tiny hint of citrus, and large earthy hop flavor. Bitterness levels round things out nicely. Mouthfeel is huge, carbonation levels nice and low. Drinkability is very good considering the ABV. A fantastic beer from Stone, unfortunately I will probably not get a chance to try this again as it is not available in Tulsa.

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Photo of Cakanator
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from cellar. Looking to see how this guy was doing at the 10 month mark, and it was exceptional. Pours black with a nice brown mocha head. Aromas of powder dark chocolate with a sweeter edge, but maintaining a hop balance. This did lead on to be a richer beer, but the palate showed it needed more time to smooth out. The hops were still well integrated however and the smoothness was fantastic. Flavors of bitter chocolate and a little of the oat still kicking left me thinking how dangerous this still is at 9.2%. I'm gonna let this one continue to age, should have much more time.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- One finger brown head, one finger brown head

S- Loys of roasted malt character with some underlying sweetness.

T- Quite sweet up front, but this fades fast to a roasted bitterness in the middle. Chocolate is noticeable throughout, but it isn't overpowering at all. The finish is very smooth and kinda serves to recap all the aforementioned flavors.

M- Rich and smooth, but not too heavy.

D- This will be hard to cellar.

Damn good stout... just... damn good.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours jet black with a nice sized dark tan head.

S: Sweet malt, cocoa, much less coffee and roasted malt aromas than normally found in a stout.

T: Dark malt, very smooth due to the oatmeal, with a nice dose of slightly bitter chocolate in the finish. Some other flavors are molasses and a hint licorice.

M: Very smooth bodied, slightly viscous, low carbonation.

D: The alcohol in this one sneaks up on you. Very drinkable due to the smoothness of it. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, black, black in appearance. No head to speak of, there was a little spray of dark brown of fizz at pour that dissipated right away and left little to no lacing.

S: Can't get a good smell on this one, nothing distguishable other a roasted smell.

T: Bitter chocolate, coffee, there is a smoky burnt taste here but has a tinge of sweetness that balances out the bitter, alcohol left on the palate with some bitter roasted malt.

M: Little carbonation but the bitterness and alcohol taste is quite dancy on the tongue. Bit of an oily feel.

D: This is very smooth for a bitter stout, however, it is quite heavy. A big beer, that's for sure, not overly complex or layered in flavoring just thick and potent. Tastes good but personally I cannot finish an entire glass.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thank you stone you did it agan, this is the bitteerist oatmeal stout i have had, this is thick and dark and hides the alcohol, the oat meal is rosted to absolute perfection, i let this one sit out for 40 minits befor drinking and was rewarded by a party for my mouth, i cant wate to see what some age does for this one

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Photo of Bajasith
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this bad boy during a family gathering this weekend.
Apperance: Wow, very dark as it should as name says it all, bitter chocolate. Poured in a snifter glass and right away you get the chocolate brown head. Very nice.
Smell/Taste: Smell was very appealing to me because my love for cocoa, that thick creamy aroma. This brew comes the closest to a real flavor of roasted cocoa/caramel flavor at the end.
Mouthfeel: Just what I expected, rich creamy feel as the choco roasted flavor hits the palate along with that smooth malt/caramel tinge while the 9.2%abv balances it all as it goes down.
Definitely a special brew for special occasions for all to enjoy over and over again.

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Photo of ikats
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost completely black in color (there is just a hint of color holding the beer right against a bright light). Minimal carbonation, so a big head never builds up. A moderate head is dark (I almost want to say "light chocolate" in color, but that's probably just because of the name).

Aroma is chocolate and roasted, slightly burned malt. Beautiful smooth mouthfeel. And smoothness makes it highly drinkable. There is a slight burn of alcohol, but despite of high ABV this beer is quite lightto drink. There is chocolate bitterness, but it's not overly pronounced. I think this beer exhibits nice balance between sweetness and dryness. It's quite sweet as you drink it, but dryness lingers in the aftertaste.

I am not blown away by this stourt. I wanted to open a full-flavor stout, and I am NOT disappointed. Writing the review, I keep coming back over and over for a sip. For some reason, I also have an urge to buy another bottle and age it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet beer! And I don't mean sweet like candy.... Just awesome.

Poured a thick black color into my tulip glass. A finger and a half tan head formed, then quickly receded... All that was left was a thin tan circle around the outside of the glass.
No lacing at all.

Aroma was fairly delicate and mostly of roasted notes.... Also a thickness to the aroma... a sweetness. I realize the two thoughts seem counter intuitive, but that's really what I was sensing.

Flavor really rocked.. Smooth from front to back and almost like a milkshake. Creamy sensation to the chocolate flavor.... Then to a subtle vanilla flavor.... A little alcohol then back to the bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very deep and enticing.

The mouth feel is creamy as mentioned and pretty thick in body. Much like eating bittersweet chocolate, the flavor sticks with you as it melts away in your mouth..

This is where I think this beer is aptly named.

Drinkability... Damn, why do I only have one bottle??

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
4.1 out of 5 based on 969 ratings.
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