12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American 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 thejewthatbrews
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark black, with a small, quickly dissipating medium brown head. No light shing through this one. It's as dark as it gets.

Rich, roasty smell, with a bit of dark, dried fruit aroma.

Heavy, thick mouthfeel, with a slight, but not unwelcome, tinge of alcohol at the end.

Drier than originally expected, and very pleasantly bitter. Chocolate is hard to find, but it hits right when it enters your mouth, with a dark, roasty finish. Surprisingly little aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, despite the full bodied feel. The bitterness helps keep you coming back for more.

Overall, excellent. Very interesting, and not too scary of a deviation from a basic stout. As mentioned earlier, very pleasantly bitter; combine that with the dryness of the beer and you get something almost addicting. Not enough aftertaste to keep you content for more than a minute, which can be good or bad, depending on how much you drink. Obviously not a great hot-weather beer, but great for anything 70 degrees and cooler. I could drink this and find the courage to go rake the leaves on a cool autumn day, or, just drink a second one and forget about the leaves.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
12th Anniversary
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a tulip 20 oz glass

Pours an opaque black with a wonderful head on top. The head is a light brown with a fluffy quality. Excellent retention, leaving trails of sticky lacings all over the glassware.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of roasted coffee, sweetness and hops.

Strong espresso flavors mixed bitter dark chocolate. The chocolate flavors are super intense with hints of cocoa drenched in a caramel drizzle. Hints of dark fruit - maybe cherries. I also get a touch of a cream and sugar sweetness, perhaps a little whip cream too. This brew is like a Milk Stout on steroids. The finish is hoppy with a significant bite.

The mouthfeel is excellent and very smooth with a nice softness. Deceptively smooth at 9.2% ABV.

Man, I haven't had an imperial stout this good in quite some time. A great beer in all aspects. I wish I had another bomber of this to enjoy tonight. Yet another well crafted offering from Stone.

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Photo of beertooth
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 3rd and last West coast beer for the night. This is part of the 2nd week of West coast vs. Midwest beers.

Provided by madorb, heck yes!

A screen printed bomber split between my girlfriend, madorb, and myself.

A hearty pour into each of our pint glasses doesn't give us much head. This beer is a pitch, glossy black. The small amount of head we had is now gone. There is no lacing, the sides of my glass are clean.

The nose is full of dark roasted malts, dried fruits, and red wine barrels.

The taste is great. It's complex without being too complex. It's bitter enough to make your brain run wild. I could've sworn this was barrel aged. It's very bitter and dry and leaves me wanting more. I'm not really picking up on any chocolate, but my taste could be off from tasting beers for most of the night.

This is one of the few beers I've had from Stone and I would really like to try more beers like this if they wanted to brew them.


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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a very short head that fades to almost nothing. The beer itself, though, is glossy and beautiful. A little alcohol heat in the aroma, which is the only place that any alcohol is noticeable. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some light roastiness round it out. The taste is incredibly smooth and qquite delicious. Nice bitter dark chocolate combines with a more pronounced roastiness than evident in the aroma. Long, and rich and not sweet at all. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth and this beer is surprisingly subtle and very tasty. Extremely easy to drink, the alcohol is especially well hidden.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head that impales itself to the inside of the glass as I drink in its chocolaty goodness. Smells of roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Hints of citrus hops hide in the background. Taste is bitter roast and chocolate, a little bit of alcohol, more as it warms. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy. Thick body with light carbonation. Another fantastic brew from Stone, I'm going to try to put a bottle away to see how this one ages.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember fartingdog bringing this over but can't remember if it was from him or not. Thanks! Also had a glass at the brewpub a couple days before.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a flimsy ring, some lace spots. Smell is licorice and chocolate, some roast, caramel, oats, biscuit, alcohol, bit of fruitiness, kind of interesting. Taste is quite sweet, licorice, chocolate milk, toffee, some roast, oatmeal, biscuits, very malty beast, dark fruits and cherries, yeast, alcohol, decent balance in the finish, touch of roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Smooth for its strength, just didn't do much for me. Found it a bit too sweet and was expecting more of an intense chocolate rather than so much fruit.

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Photo of daythree16
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review!

Pours completely black with a dark brown, 2.5 finger head. Leaves tons of lace all the way down the glass even after the head fades.

Smell is bitter chocolate, with some lighter milk chocolate, a little fruity sourness, and smoky notes in there as well. Taste is like the label says: bitter. Lots of bitterness from both the dark chocolate and the hops. Some coffee is present also. There is a residual dark chocolate aftertaste. The beer feels pretty boozy.

Smooth and full-bodied with that oatmeal stout silky creaminess. Drinkability is hindered somewhat by the bitterness, but still enjoyable. Overall, it's a complex and different beer that I'm glad I got to try, but I think the bitterness is just a little too much for my personal taste.

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Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the GA release.

Pours completely black with a great looking two-finger chocolate-colored head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is sticky.

Smells good. There's a good bit of roasted malt aroma to go along with a mild chocolate smell. There's also a faint hint of vanilla.

Tastes good. It starts off with a mild roasted flavor and segues into a big hit of chocolate and bitterness and ends with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent. There's a great thickness and subtle carbonation that lets the flavors float out. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. The oatmeal works wonderfully to smooth this bad boy out, and the flavors work well together without overpowering each other.

Overall it's another solid offering from Stone. It's a milder version of their RIS that doesn't have the big flavors but it's also a bit smoother. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber silk screened label brown bottle served into a tulip glass.Opaque black with a deep brownish hue,creamy tan/mocha head with fair retention and some spotted lacing.

Roasty with bittersweet chocolate,vanallia with oatmeal sweetness just a slight sweet booziness and a touch of licorace and woody bourbon comes through latter. Some spicy/woodiness. Good complex aroma not overpowering at all.

Bitter chocolate with oatmeal upfront with a woody booziness of bourbon closely behind has some rough edges to it would seem to benifit nicely with some aging. Undertones of dark fruitiness throughout with very sharp crisp bitterness with boozy heat comming through. Leaves a rich roasted coffee/chocolate bitterness lingering with tounge swelling bitter effects. Has a creamy,velveety feel even with the boozy heat. Surprizingly drinkable even with the rough edge. I'd love to cellar this beer a bit, seems like a good beer to age. Worth a try now and even worth more of a try later.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into two glasses. Extremely dark black color. Had a rich look to it. Big brown head. Not a lot of carbonation. Smelled like a heavy duty stout. Roasted barley with a jacked up alcohol presence. Taste was pretty good, but not what I expected. There was a lot of the bitter chocolate present, but not much else. What about all the other flavors you'd expect from an oatmeal stout? Plus, I found this beer to be a bit on the thin side for a stout. Didn't seem to have a lot of heartiness to it. Didn't blow me away, as I was thought I might be from a special release beer. I would be interested, though, as to what this beer would taste like if it were cellared for 12-16 months. Should have bought two, I guess.

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Photo of Cresant
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker glass. The body was opaque and seriously black with a muddy frothy head. The head seemed to be ever generating and looked like a double dark chocolate milkshake.

The smell was nearly absent. Alcohol and peeper were the primary properties.

Taste was of roasted grain bitterness. Coffee. Raw cocoa. Lingering bright bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth but not as viscous as I had anticipated.

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a friend after dinner. Pour pitch black with a tan head.

I'm not feeling this beer. It reminds me of Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S., another big oatmeal stout I wasn't crazy about. At first the aroma smells like pure vodka, but eventually roasted grains come out. The flavor isn't much better for me as it tastes like a mess. I can tell there are black malt, chocolate, and oats, but the flavors tend to clash instead of working together. I should add that it's not like this beer tastes bad, it's just that for all that's going on, it could be better. I seem to be out of the norm here, but I'd still say this beer is worth a try for something different.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone has a great product here with the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Pours black as night, just a great looking stout. It does, however, has that bitter aftertaste that didn't impress me as other stouts. This would be one brew to add to the drinkable stouts, if you didn't mind the bitterness of the aftertaste.

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Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. No light can penetrate this liquid. The head is brown and doesn't last long.

Chocolate chip cookie, bitter cocoa powder, cherries, coffee, and some blackberry in the nose.

Starts sweet with a ton of dark chocolate. In the middle there is a lot of fruit like cherries and black berries...maybe some cola. Finish is bitter, dry, and roasty.

Mouthfeel is chewy and most excellent. My only criticism is it does have a fair amount of carbonation. Easily remedied though.

This is a helluva beer. My favorite Anniversary ale since 10. Very drinkable for its complexity. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A opaque black color with a dark brown head on top, that is quater inch thick slowly dissolves away. There is alot going on in the aroma, from the sweet fragrance of oatmeal, followed by a touch of chocolate and coffee. That is followed by a dried fruit fragrance, mostly of raisons and currants. The oatmeal and sweet maltour hit the palate at the start, then a bitter chocolate comes through and dominates the taste, till it reaches the back, where a quick smack of earthy bitterness finishes it out. A thick, oily, and syrupy texture. It does finishes on the palate dry. A very good beer, incredible flavors and aromas, along with slick mouthfeel, make this a strong stout. This is a great dessert beer, particularly goes well with tollhouse cookies. I would really love to have this aged from a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of getting to try this one on tap at Barleys the other day. I didnt make it to the release, but was thrilled when I saw it was still around the next day. Served in a Duvel glass straight from the tap, this one was consumed on 09/19/2008.

The pour was straight up friggin nice. Rich dark brown, competlely opaque. There was a gorgeous looking head on top, maybe two and a half inches in height that just literally would not fade away. Huge sticky and gooey side glass lace just would not quit and really gave this one of the better looking stouts I have seen recently.

The aroma was just as I would have expected. Lots of chocolate here, tons of it, with a good amount of bitter hoppiness coming through as well. Some notes of a bourbon like alcohol and a bit of a sweet molasses touch to it as well. Really very well done. The flavor almost made me fall out of my seat, as it was just that damn good. Intense notes of sweet chocolate folded over themselves and dived into a rich molasses filled bourbon like alcohol. Super sweet in the front before turning intenesly bitter and hoppy on the finish. I had the mouth dry out soo bad when i was done I almost reached for some water. This was almost remiscent of Darkness in the hoppiness of the finish. Super creamy and smooth, this was definitly a full bodied stout with an excellent amount of carbonation that gave it a velvet like smoothness. I could not believe the alcohol was as high as it was, as I was just sipping away on this one with no regard, really well masked and very welll hidden.

Overall I was very, very impressed with this one. One of the best chocolate stouts i have ever had, nevermind for an anniversary ale. They really hit a homerun with this one and I would love to try it again.

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Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Reino. Served in a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a thick, perfectly dark black. An aggressive yields an 1/8 of an inch of dark brown head. The head has very little retention, collapsing to a thin ring that leaves very nice sheeting rings on the glass. The beautiful thing about this beer is the color. Just a an almost perfect black.

S: Smell of some really nice chocolate. Smells like good baker's chocolate. Very nice oat smell comes in also. Cream is also present, adding a very nice lactose quality to it. The primary smells described above shine heavily but the fundamental hops and malt are still present. This smells amazing.

T: Taste i also very nice. This beer is not as bitter as I think it should be, more sweet than anything. The chocolate is very nice and subtle probably in part to the oatmeal presence. Once again a really nice milky quality in the flavor profile that makes this creamy goodness. My only complaint is the lack of bitterness, still very solid in this dept. though.

M: Medium to full in body. Has a very creamy and oily consistency. Really coats the mouth, tongue and throat. The big suprise here is the low to moderate level of carbonation. Makes this actually refreshing for the style. Aftertaste is of chocolate and malt.

D: Due to the feel, this beer is highly drinkable for the richness the style provides. This beer is quite impressive. I still has room for improvement and is far from perfect, but is still a good brew. Stone doesn't seem to disappoint when they make a dark, rich brew. This is great.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal head, but an even ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, oats, some sugars, and raisins. Roasted malts balance out the scent of the alcohol well.

Taste is bitter with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. It is also sweet with sugars and raisins, but the bitterness and the sweetness are a little uneven. The Finish is dry and malty with some more coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and cloying, good stuff.

Thoroughly enjoyable, this beer suffers from a bit of unbalance in the taste, perhaps some age will tame it.

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Photo of tangentrider
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black beer with a disappearing brown head.

S: Dark chocolate and a touch of dried fruit.

T: Bitter chocolate, touch of sweetness, coffee bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finishes with a fading light sweetness and a clear coffee bitterness.

MF: Smooth feel with light carbonation. A bit chewy.

D: Good oatmeal stout and a very good chocolate stout. This one is worth a sit-down savoring.

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Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this up in VA and hauled it back for a friendly tasting... happy to say this beer went over quite well. I love it when that happens!

A. Opaque black. A dirty brown, dense and creamy head caps the midnight-sin brew. Tasty lookin'...

S. Yikes! Let this one warm and you will be most rewarded. Licorice, smoke, grainy and earthy malt, burnt coffee, cocoa, meaty and rather dry. Complex and sweet, this is not to be trifled with. Wonderful and unique.

T. Nearly everything the nose advertises is in here somewhere. A cocoa-dry beast of a brew that boasts tons of malt complexity. Sweet and rich, yet bitter and dirty -- coffee and smoke complement each other nicely. If you crossed an oatmeal stout with a coffee smoked porter and cranked the alcohol up you'd be on the right track. It's odd, but all I can say is you must try it. Went down easy... maybe too easy....

M. Thick, chewy. No real beef here. Oatmeal adds some heft and slickness.

Stone 12 blew me away -- this is one of Stone's better offerings and one you should seek out. What a delight!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at JJ Brewskys along with my Old Viscosity, Saucerful of Merkin.
I previusly rated the bottle and now the tap. It came to me in a pint glass, ddep brown in the light as I sat outside, very small tan head to this brew. Nose was hot, cocoa and oats. Taste was a bit smoother than the bottle but this beer is still to hot and it masks the great flavor hiding in it. Mouthfeel was chocolatey and too boozy for me. Almost a pain more than a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Silenus89
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. POurs dark brown with slight carbonation

S. Roasted oats, bitter chocolate and cream

T. Coffee and chocolate, finish is bitter malts and molasses

M. Smoooth and medium to full bodied

D. Very drinkable beer even with 9.2% i didnt even notice it while drinking but i could feel it after.

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Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was damn near pitch black, just a hint of dark brown around the edges. It poured with a minimal dark mocha colored head.

s: Surprisingly subtle aromas of very dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and I think a little citrusy hops to be found here.

t: Moderatley sweet up front with oatmealy malts and flavors of dark, almost smoky chocolate. The finish brings bitter dark fruits, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate and a little alocoholic heat.

m: Wow! This brew is gently carbonated, but it works quite well. As it rolls around the mouth for a bit it builds up and becomes very creamy.

d: Overall, this is a pretty nice one-off from Stone. I liked a it a little more than my B+ would indicate. The sweet oatmeal and bitter chocolate play very well off of one another.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of Redwood21
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:A: ok so i love this oil slick of a beers appearance. its balck as night and the head is dark brown cream.

S: coffee shop express when you whiff this beer you think you are in an expresso shop

T: this beer is defintly a coffee shop express as i said. THERE IS A SLIGHT AMOUNT OF CHOCoLaTE
there is certainly som ecofee in this as well. i really enjoy this beer.

i will say that this beer is strong and it feels that way. but this beer is extremely good

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