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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th 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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 974 |  Reviews: 706
Photo of julian
2.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours jet black. no light getting through this one. minimal frothy chocolate brown head that disappears quickly. sticky brown lacing.

S: roasty and burnt notes prevalent, followed by hints of coffee, bitter chocolate. noticeable boozy aroma follows.

T: As the name implies, there is a very prevalent bitterness to this beer mixed with a warm alcoholic feel. As it warms there are more noticeable burnt and roasted tastes along with coffee flavors. It's hard to put my finger on it, but there's an unusual aftertaste that lingers. It's kind of clingy and phenolic, like the smell of wood varnish caught in your throat...that's the best way I can describe it. As the beer warms, more flavors are released.

M: bitter, and medium carbonation mixed with a warming alcoholic presence. I think the bitterness overwhelms most everything else.

D: relatively high ABV and pervasive bitterness make this hard to keep drinking.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.79/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I liked this beer, or will like this beer in a year. It had a nice balance of aromas. Chocolate, espresso, some piney wood aromas, and caramel malts. All of this was well balanced under a wide heavy wet wool blanket of alcohol. Solventy/ rubbing alcohol engrossed the above flavors in the mouth too on the finish. Overall a good winter beer. So buy and age this bad boy.

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Photo of boralyl
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Had this on draft. It is pitch black with no light coming through it all. It has roughly 1/2 finger of creamy tan head that didn't really leave any lacing.

S - A roasted aroma, chocolate, and a small alcohol smell is emitted from this brew.

M - A full bodied beer that has a nice smoothness to it and a good amount of carbonation.

T - It tastes similar to how it smells. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a slight bitterness create a fairly complex flavor. There is also an alcohol taste present, but it is hidden pretty well.

A very good brew, I'd like to try it later after it ages. I could probably only have one of these in a sitting because of the abv and thickness of it.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, dark black body from pour, with a woody smoke brown head that sits nicely. This is exactly what an imperial stout should look like. Beautiful complexion.

The smell is rather sweet, with tons of oats and some licorice, sweet and bitter chocolate. I fail to see any more complexity then this, and to be honest, it smells just ok.

The taste...Tons of oats, sweet and bitter chocolate but mostly bitter as one could infer from the name, licorice on the end. Creamy thick. A little bit too much licorice comes through in the middle that could be feasible as an alcohol-like tastes. It has a harsh element not characteristic of an oatmeal stout. Some dry cocoa powder which adds to the after taste, but not exactly with satisfaction.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/05/08.

Pours thick and pitch black with a thin one finger dense brown head. The head settled to a thin layer pretty quickly and left some lacing around the glass. Aromas of roasted malt and lots of chocolate.

Taste is lots of chocolate. Starts with sweet milk chocolate and ends with bitter dark chocolate. Very subtle kick of hop flavor at the end. Plenty of roasted malt flavor as well.

Feel is very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Full body and fairly thick. Leaves a sticky coating around the mouth. Drinkability is really good. It's not too thick or powerful, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

A bit pricey (~$6 or 7) but it's worth it. I haven't had many Stone beers, but this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours a black color with a nice creamy, light-brown head, good lacing. Very good looking pour. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is similar, maybe plum, chocolate, a bit boozy as it warms. Bitter chocolaty finish. Decent body, a bit watery. Pretty rich, and a little too alcoholic as it warms. Very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of veinless
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another shared beer courtesy of AwYeh, thanks Luke.

Poured a deep brown/black with a nice two-finger tan head that lingers for a while. This doesn't seem as black as other beers, but maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Fine bubbling leaves excellent sheets of lace until swirling removes them.

Smell is a nice blend of roasted grains and deep roasted coffee to go with a good earthy, oatmeal character. Chocolate is baking chocolate quality in terms of bitterness, but lacks punch as the coffee and oatmeal cover it up.

Taste is a good blend of charred malt and dark coffee with a decent amount of booze at the back. I'm surprised that that's present after a couple years on this, but it isn't too much of a factor anyhow. Chocolate is a good bitter chocolate, but combined with the malts a strange sweetness comes about that I don't like too much. There isn't nearly enough oatmeal goodness in here either, something I was looking forward to. Solid, but disappointing.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and and creamy, with plenty of stickiness all around. I want more smoothness though. Drinkability is decent, but not really even above average due to the weird booze and coffee combo. Oatmeal helps out a bit, but it needs to be amplified. I was looking forward to this brew, and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.

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Photo of Darkale
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black-hole dark, and so thick in appearance that it seems remarkable that a head can push itself through the body and form; it does, but as if exhausted, settles into a bare half-inch or so, no matter how aggressively I pour. Every few seconds, a large bubble appears and pops on the surface, as if the beer were still fermenting below.

Acrid and smoky, old Hibachi aroma. Others have detected chocolate, but I cannot; all I can smell is the smoke.

And so, the taste is very smoky and - oddly - salty. Makes my mouth salivate after I've swallowed. I have never had a beer that gave me the sense of salt that this one does. Odd, but enchanting.

The mouthfeel is tremendous. The creamiest, fullest mouthfeel I've experienced in many months. Incredible.

Bravo. I am going to pick up a few more of these, and see how they age.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had an oatmeal imperial before. Who better than Stone to break me in? I mean, it won't be gentle, but I'll never forget it. The beer pours a midnight black into the pint glass. There's a wispy tan head that doesn't stick around and leaves no trace of lacing.

The smell is a big hit of bitter baking chocolate, with a strong compliment of toasted malt. Smells like somebody's getting ready to bake something good.

The taste is absolutely wonderful. Bitter, bitter, bitter dark chocolate rules the day. I've been looking for a beer to take advantage of the bittering aspect of chocolate, and does this baby ever deliver. Like a kick in the teeth. The bitterness is complimented by the toasted malt, as in the smell. There's a slight doughy flavor, along with perhaps some raisins.

The taste goes down with a ludicrously smooth mouthfeel. I'm told that's the oatmeal doing its thing. Very thick and sticky. Low carbonation. The booze becomes more detectable as it warms. Another great beer from Stone, and a nice change of pace from their usual offerings. As bitter, but in a different way.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my folks' living room after a nice T-day dinner. From the 22oz bottle to a mug glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a real nice brown foamy head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Oats and sweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, but not overpowering. Bitter and tastes of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick-bodied. Goes down nicely.

Drinkability: Too bitter for my tastes without enough sweet chocolate to balance it out. Would try again, but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good day for a breakfast beer...

Poured from a bomber into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a half of finger brown head. The little head that does pour dissipates really quick. No lacing to be had. Not to impressed with the appearance...

S - Fairly mild smell. What I do get is chocolate with lots of dark fruits...

T - Sweet chocolate taste hits you up front, which is followed by dark roasted malts. Ends on a slightly roasty bitter note. Abv is very well hidden. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied...

D - Another solid beer from Stone. Probably not my favorite from the style, but something I would definitely recommend if you can get your hands on one. Only have one more left aging. Looking foward to popping it soon...


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Photo of Guffy
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of techdiver
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dense black. An agressive pour delivers a two finger head that dissipates leaving a thin film and some clingy lace.

Roasted chocolate malt nose, very inviting.

Taste echoes the nose with the "Bitter Chocolate" very much in evidence. Alcohol content noticed to a moderate degree.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with little minimal carbonation noted.

A very drinkable brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of Kraken
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard issue 22oz bomber into a a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes a quarter inch head with dramatic staying power, and an picturesque coco hued head. Color is black as night, absolute motor-oil black.

Nose- Not much, coco, peat, slightly smoky, hints of booze.

Palate- Bakers chocolate, peat, some smoke. Mild bitterness but no where near as much as I was expecting from the reviews of others. Guiness-esque on some levels. Very smooth and creamy mildy hot.

Mouthfeel- slightly cloying, creamy smooth.

Drinkability- A bit strong at 9.2% and slightly cloying. A nice stout, but I think more then one is too many.

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

I have to thank Tdizzle for so kindly sharing this great beer with me.

A: Black-viscous liquid splashed nicely into my glass, revealing a 1-finger head. Very appealing.

S:Chocolate and caramel

T: Not as much chocolate as the smell indicates, but enough to pinpoint it out. Bitterness is more noticeable during the first half, then subsides leaving hints of alcohol warmness.

M: Thick and full; carbonation is light...almost none in fact.

D: Very enjoyable on the palate.

Overall: Stone has never let me down, and this beer continues that tradition. Up there amongst the best choc. Stouts.

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Photo of scottg
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a black color that turns dark brown in the light with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing. Alcohol, cherry, and dark chocolate aromas. Up front flavors of chocolate, cherry, and oatmeal with a mild lemony hop middle and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Full body, medium carbonation this is a mouth coating beer that sticks to your palate. Drinkability is great, the progression of chocolate flavors is excellent.

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Photo of Auslander
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of TheMistler
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slowly by its nature, which is thick. Black. The carbonation has to be coaxed out of it, but when it is it creates a nice, seemingly red-tinted tan, creamy head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Some creaminess, an undergirding of oats, bittering, with a hint of a chocolate character. Less alcohol than expected on the nose, but there is a kick.

Oats and a hint of other grains follows a taste of semi-sweet chocolate chips. A bittering finish of roasted coffee grains (screw brewing coffee, eat the beans!) and chocolate. Alcohol warming and spice.

Heavy side of medium, light carbonation, and creamy feel.

Way too drinkable, given the ABV. Goodness, this is very tasty.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A - One of the most beautiful pour i've ever seen. This is a rich dark black brown color with a dark tan head.

S - Rich bitter chocolate smell. Malt smells also.

T - Rich and creamy. It has an intense malty chocolate flavor with a hint of bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer, I think I'm in love!

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 MurphDog14
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 anv release

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

Pours a deep brown with a thin cocoa brown colored head that settles fairly quickly. Smell has a unique bready aroma to it, maybe even some figs or plums. Chocolate and oak as well. Taste has a nice smoky flavor to it, and a bit of bakers chocolate flavor that comes out more in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry finish, low effervescence, maybe even a bit of powdery texture. Hmm. A nice tasty brew, different than what i expected. Solid.

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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 pinotboy007
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque/black with a beautiful deep copper/espresso colored head that leaves moderate lace.

S - Not too much there... a touch of chocolate and hops.

T/M - Splendid espresso, cocoa powder, green olive, leather, and hops all coming together in a silky, creamy stout that's firing on all cylinders. The alcohol is there but it's very supportive in this sophisticated brew.

D - More than drinkable and would be great with BBQ, cigars, on its own - you name it. Wonderful stuff I intend to buy again and even let a couple of them age.

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Photo of medic25
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 974 ratings
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