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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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Ratings: 969 |  Reviews: 705
Photo of Onibubba
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour into a Duvel is the same as I would see in Stone RIS. Blacker than black with a short and short lived moca head. I do actually get some oatmeal nose from this baby, no hops bitterness whatsoever. Taste is sweet but not cloying, and the bitterness of the chocolate does little to assert itself. Very mild taste with roasted malts predominant. Very little hop presence, and very little chocolate presence. I would not even use that as a descriptor. Maybe a strong oatmeal porter. Regardless, a tastey beverage made even more so by the smooth mouthfeel and total lack of alcohol burn. Maybe you don't like the bitterness and SLAP delivered by most RIS's. Maybe you've wondered, "When's I gonna get mine?" You got it. Smooth and mellow, this is a keeper that may surpass their RIS when I crave that dark buzz. Worthy of continued production to be sure.

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Photo of GaBengal
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle, bottling date of July 2008 printed on the bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours completely opaque and black. Perfect. The head formed small, one finger thick of tan brown bubbles and had decent retention.

Aroma: Appropriately enough, bitter chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and caramel up front. The chocolate takes over in the middle and dominates through the finish, lingering for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy. The carbonation was subdued and fit nicely.

Overall: Excellent. I'm going to have to buy a few more of these for my cellar.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cool from 22 oz silkscreened brown bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost jet black, with crystal clear dark brown at the edges, forms a nice meringue like 1/8" head of very fine dark tan bubbles.

Aroma is very subtle, meaty and boozy. Didn't pick up any chocolate note until it was warmed to room temperature.

Flavor is mostly dry cocoa, with burnt flavors, not much in the way of clean roastiness. Woody, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick and flat, notably low carbonation and low bitterness, and with a bit of alcohol burn.

Drinkability is really disappointing. This is the least enjoyable Stone beer I've ever tried. After two amazing beers for their 10th and 11th Anniversaries, this one is a big let down. Oatmeal stouts don't lend themselves well to being amped up, I think.

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Photo of kbeals
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JohnGalt1 sent me this one a while back in a fantastic trade!

A- Inky black, very viscous on the pour. A finger of mocha colored head rises and disappears down to a thin crown of head. Thin veils of lacing throughout the session.

S- Chocolate and dark, roasted malts. A touch sweet with a slight amount of bitter aroma. Somewhat complex, but it doesn't seem to have that extra dimension like other RIS's have.

T- Relatively sweet and bitter. A good mix between the two, flavor reminds me of chocolate and coffee. No real amount of detectable hops, but the bitterness gives the illusion of hops.

M- Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. Pretty much what I expect for this style. Very good.

D- Sweetness gets to me after a while. It also has a detectable amount of booziness to it. Still a good beer though.

Many thanks go out to Toby, a truly epic trader!

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Photo of mikecharley
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with the wife during game 4 of the cup finals, which my Penguins dominated in...

Poured my half into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Really glugged my half into the glass, and with the liquid at the 30 cl line, the head goes all the way up... The head is really brown (Even browner than tenfidy). The body is dark brown-black, with the mocha colored cap resting on top. The head is seriously 4 fingers, looking mean. This beer looks killer, leaving great lacing as the head recedes to the liquid.

The aroma is of bitter bitter chocolate. Almost reminds you of bittering hops, but chocolate! It is a little muted compared to fresh (The bottle is almost 1 year old). Some roastiness, some oat smoothness.

Taste is of smooth stout. Pulls the cheeks in a little with the bitter choc. Yum! The oats are muted, but peek through a bit in the smooth finish. The bitterness isnt nearly as bitey as fresh. Good beer, which has improved with age. The bitterness goes away considerably with warmth.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 gameface23
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 9/29/08 on another beer rating website.

Pours jet black with small, dark tan head. There's not a lot of carbonation, but the mouthfeel is still decent. The aroma wasn't what I expected: some chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and slight coffee, but nothing spectacular. Taste was similar. Black coffee finish.

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Photo of brayton
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mondegreen
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a Stone IRS Tulip.

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Looks a little like a chocolate chip cookie sitting atop a glass of black coffee.

Nose is lightly roasted chocolate. Not slot going on here. Nice aroma, just a little... weak?

Taste is big bitter chocolate. Two years in the bottle and the cocoa is right up front. Love it.

Mouth is silky smooth. Love it!

Drinks very well, even if it is a little one dimensional. This is an excellent stout. Let it warm and sip on it all evening. Would love for Stone to revisit this one some day.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark black with an espresso head of 1". I just love the look of a frothy coffee like head

S: mocha, roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate is there but by no means prominent

T: chocolate, espresso, oats and cocoa powder which coats the mouth

M: med-full in body. smooth and fairly creamy. Has a slight bitterness

D: I loved it. A nice sipper. Will have again.

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Photo of ananddullabh
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Taologic
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbros
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass.

A- Pours black in color with enough subtle head to tell that it is tan in color. The head disipates rather quickly. There is no cling to the glass after pour.

S- There are subtle chocolate and alcohol notes in the smell. I am also getting a roasted malt smell as well. Overall nothing to prominent or particularly appealing.

T- There are flavor combinations of roasted malt, chocolate, cocco and an alcohol finish. I am not really getting any tastes of the oatmeal portion but I have been hanging on to tihs for awhile so that might be a reason.

This has been sitting in my cellar for 8-9 months and I finally decided to pull it out and give it a try. I must say I am not overly impressed with this beer, especially since all the other beers that I have had from Stone have been top notch. Probably won't get this again.

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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 digita7693
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A what youd expect of an imperial, extremely dark, slight brownish tan head

S chocolate, coffee, some molases

T I was quite happy that the chocolate did not over power this, it is there for sure, but doesnt overwhelm you. some coffee as well

D this beer is very smooth and the fact that the chocolate is not overpowering makes this a very very drinkable beer. mouthfeel is similar to a regular stout. this stuff just slides down.

not my favorite IS, BUT this is rather excellent and I would never ever be upset if offered one of these;)
The carbonation in this is perfect too! Ive noticed that many IS have an underwhelming amount of carbonation.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep dark black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly, this thing looked thick, there was almost no carbonation visable. The smell was chocolate, with roasted malt, a little coffee and some alcohol. The taste started a little bitter, chocolate bitterness, and then a little cream/milk sweetness, then more bitterness, from the roasted malt, almost like a burnt malt. The body is creamy smooth, very low carbonation, it is a very slow sipper, there is a little chalky residue being left behind on my teeth. It is better after it warms up, the flavors stand out more as it warms.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bomber into a beer stein. Solid black liquid; medium head was nearly as black. Just what I want from a strong beer.

S: strong chocolate. not definably milk or dark; had sweetness and bitterness in equal degree. background of caramel malt and coffee.

T: big chocolate flavor. The bitter side of it definitely wins out here -- I'm not a hop-head by any stretch, often preferring sweeter beers, but the bitterness really won me over.

M: smooth and creamy. A lot of big stouts fail on this point; adding oatmeal to an otherwise chocolate/imperial brew was a master stroke.

D: little sign of the ABV. And even if I could detect it, I wouldn't care. More please.

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Photo of rabsten
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fatheads, South Side of Pittsburgh.

Dark, dark brown-to-black with thick, brown head. The goblet in which it was served wasn't the most conducive to lacing but some was there anyway. Surprising carbonation, given the style[s] of this.

Light chocolate hints over basic toasted malt. Some sweetness in nose. Minor alcohol. Pleasant.

Flavor: Perfect balance of bitterness and oat-y malt. Light chocolate again, serving as a bittering agent, apparently, as the bitterness of unsweetened cocoa is much more represented than the traditional "sweet" chocolate flavor you often find in chocostouts. **BTW, I figured that out BEFORE I read the description on the wall stating the bitter chocolate was acting in lieu of hops. I was pretty proud of myself after that.**

Good mouth feel, a bit on the dry side. Not unexpected given the higher level of carbonation noted in the appearance.

Could drink this all day. Or at least until the alcohol poisoning kicks in. Another Stone brew where the high alcohol is masked by the tremendous flavoring. 4.5 instead of a 5 only because of the stealth ethanol.

Bottom line: another Stone Anniversary success. X was great. XI was better. XII is really, really good too.

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Photo of macster
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bomber indigo black beneath a thick and creamy dark tan head. Admirable retention with some thin curtains of lacing adhering to the snifter.

Rich aromas of dark chocolate, charred wood, caramel, espresso beans and vanilla greet the nose.

Palate is quite full and slick (where the oatmeal additions contribute) making this Impy Stout even more enjoyable and authentic. Restrained carbonation adds to the mouthfeels creaminess.

Flavor profile was also assertive with upfront notes of semi-sweet dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses and charred oak. Starts out bittersweet and as with most Stone brews shows off a touch of hop bitterness in the finish along with the warming sensation from the 9.2% abv. A slight Belgian-like yeasty sourness sneaks in and is slightly distracting in the end.

Overall however a superb anniversary beer.

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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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Photo of MurphDog14
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 anv release

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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