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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 Tdizzle
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer appears jet black with a large brown head that dissipates quickly, settling to a thin layer that leaves a few sheets of lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- The aroma is full of robust dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and hearty oats. The alcohol becomes fairly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- Rich dark chocolate hits the palate first, giving way to an earthy flavor of toasted oats, which is then overtaken by a delicious, but rather hard, bitterness from the unsweetened dark chocolate. The bitter, chocolaty finish is accompanied by a kick in the mouth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is good for this beer. It's smooth, silky, and slightly syrupy with very mild carbonation.

D- The 9.2% ABV is not exactly well-hidden in both the smell and the flavor profile of this beer. However, the taste left me wanting more after every sip, which allowed me to finish an entire bottle of this over the course of about two hours. Still, this might be one to split with a friend. This beer could greatly benefit from a few years in the cellar.

I know it's been said by others reviewers, but I too am glad to see Stone brew a beer like this. It's a nice change of pace from their usual highly-hopped offerings. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black color with a tan head and no activity.

S- Burnt chocolate with hints of malt.

T- Chocolate sweet taste then some bitter good malty flavor. Nice balance of the bitter and sweet rounding this Imperial Stout out into a semi sweet delight.

M- Creamy feel and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable if anything too much so for the style.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. The chocolate must counteract the oatmeal in reducing the head. Definite smoky charecter to the beer, not to the point of rauchbier strength but there nonetheless. Taste if full bodie, strong bitter chocolate. Very warm alcohol burn going down. A little too overpowering. Even so, I do say I did enjoy the beer very much. Goes great with food.

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Photo of Biggness
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark/opaque with a beautiful 2 finger brown head. The smeel is nice of chocolate toasted malts and coffee. I was suprised to see this was listed as a Stout and not an imperial stout, so that upped my taste rating a little it would have been a 4 if it was an imperial. The taste is very smooth with chocolate and coffee flavors and no taste of alcohol @ all which is nice for a 9 % beer. The mouthfeel is very nice and I could see myself drinking 2-3 of these in a night but no more.

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Photo of ryan33iowa
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DannyS
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 1.5 liter beer boot.

A - Pours a thick, silky, pitch black with about a quarter inch of dark, heavy foam that clings mightily to the glass. A sexy brew.

S - Powerful roasted malt with lots of chocolate and coffee aroma, with a smattering of vanilla and sweet, grainy oats. Par for the course for a big bombastic stout, but still really good.

T - The alcohol is a little apparent in the aftertaste, but otherwise, it's a smooth, oily, bitter, roasty beast of a stout.

M - Heavy, oily, mouth-coating, bordering on syrupy with how dense it is.

Overall - Share this one. The booze goes right to your head. I'm currently halfway through it and already feeling it. Also let it warm up a little. the chocolate and oats really awaken if consumed at around cellar temperature. Either way, I'd highly recommend seeking this one out. Too bad it was only brewed once, I'd totally buy this one more often.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ July 2008

P: Syrupy black tar from the bottle, and sits completely opaque in the glass. Walnut brown head looks nice and healthy. It's thick and creamy with good retention, finally settling to a thin cap on top while leaving webs of lace behind.

A: Deeply roasted malts, baker's chocolate, oatmeal sweetness, anise, and a sizeable amount of ethanol. I hope it's not as boozy as it smells...

T:...and it is not, thankfully. This is delicious beer! Deep roasted malts that taste like they're burnt around the edges set the stage for the bitter chocolate flavors that seem quite powdery, almost like cake batter. The oatmeal sweetness that I detected in the nose is translated nicely to the palate, along with some anise, licorice, and caramel that stays underneath the chocolate to play off of the bitterness. The already acrid edge is only added to by the black coffee that makes its way to the forefront, keeping the whole thing firmly entrenched on the bitter side. I also seem to pick up some nice nutty flavors mid-palate that works great with the oats. Alcohol is noticeable not so much in the flavor as in warmth. But, not intrusive in the least.

M & D: Full-bodied, thick, chewy, syrupy, rich & smooth. Everything I wanted from this Imperial Stout. Drinkability is great, but the ABV has me foggy-headed enough to know that another bottle might have me walking sideways.

Notes: I actually had this when it first came out, but wasn't really feeling it. Not sure if I was in a bad mood, got a bad bottle, or ate something I shouldn't have beforehand. Whatever the case was, I'm glad as hell I decided to revisit this one, cause now I love it! Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart or for the immature palate, that's for damn sure. Yet another angry Stone beer that has made me oh-so happy! Highly recommended

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Photo of sevopie
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, with only the slightest hint of brown at the very very edges. Brown head.

Smell - Chocolate, alcohol, sugar, a touch of coffee, vanilla, and a bitter fruit of some sort.

Taste - Very roasty malts (on the edge of burnt) take the fore, with a good dose of chocolate. Alcohol makes its presence known without being overbearing. This has a bit of a sweet finish as well, with some caramel and nut flavors.

Mouthfeel - The burnt flavors are deceiving here, as they disguise the fact that this isn't as thick as you might expect. It also has a large amount of carbonation for an imperial stout.

Drinkability - The bitter and sweet meld rather well here, resulting in a pleasurable experience. The taste changes multiple times throughout the experience, revealing all kinds of complexity. If it was a little thicker and lighter carbonated, it would have been even easier to drink.

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Photo of kmeves
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opache black with a coarse tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet chocolate, vanilla and a bit earthy. Flavor is smooth chocolate, some roasted and black malt bitterness and acidity with just a hint of alcohol. Finishes nice and bitter chocolate Long. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth texture. This one will no doubt improve with age.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my imperial pint glass.

This stout pours absolutely jet black with no light penetration. A small dirty brown head sits on top of the beer. This is a gorgeous looking stout. I served just below cellar temp to give this a chance to warm up a bit. The nose is really nice on this offering with plenty of roasted grain, bitter and rich chocolate notes, coffee, and black licorice. Once the beer warmed past cellar temp though plenty of hot alcohol notes quickly came on and overtook everything smelling like fingernail polish. The flavor profile starts out with plenty of bitter chocolate notes, light espresso, dark fruit, oats, and roasted grain. The alcohol I smelled in the nose comes across in flavor profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth from the oat addition with very low carbonation. It isn't nearly as viscous as some other stouts, but I like that actually. I do start feeling the warming alcohol though as I get near the bottom of this bomber. The drinkability is quite nice with how easy to drink this was both in the flavor profile and on the mouthfeel.

Bottom line I think in six months this is a huge winner, but it tasted a bit hot to me.

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Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour into goblet. Minimal dark caramel and almond head with subtle crimson hues that were left sitting on top of this devilishly dark chocolate liquid. Enough retention to keep this looking nice all the way to the end. Light and particles have about as much of a chance getting through this one as they do a black hole.

S: Delicate balance between chocolate, barley, and oatmeal. Roasted malt nose sprinkled with cocoa and clove. There is a slight alcohol tinge but it adds to the warm and inviting aromas of the nose.

T: Lives up to the bitter and chocolate monikers. Oat, mocha, and licorice tastes add to the complexity. Thick rich malt taste with a slight hoppy pine tar tang. The finish is dark cherry candies, spiced raisin, and fresh plum. Cocoa and alcohol are both tongue and mind altering. My fridge is probably a little too cold so once this one warms up a bit all these fantastic tastes are even more defined and noticeable.

M: This one is thick, rich, and creamy.

D: This is a beast of a beer. Plus Stone always reminds me how I need to take ten minutes and read through the back of their bottle. I want to say this is one to be savored but then again once you taste it you'll find it hard not to drink away.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured completely opaque dark with a medium brown colored head. Smells of coffee, oatmeal, and alcohol. The taste is a good mix of coffee and chocolate and the alcohol is definitely apparent. The aftertaste is a bitter chocolate/coffee flavored. It's heavy but definitely drinkable although the high alcohol will sure keep me sipping it. This is my first experience with a limited-release by stone (besides the Double-Bastard), and I look forward to see what they come up with in the future!

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Photo of Aenema
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep black with a slight, foamy brown head. Nice lacing, though it disappears quickly. No visible carbonation.

Smell - Sweet, chocolate aroma.

Taste - Syrupy chocolate and coffee notes with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, coating mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability - One 22oz'er of this was plenty for me. It was too sweet for me, some more bitterness/pure chocolate flavor instead of a sugary sweet taste would have been great.

Overall quite enjoyable, though I would definitely split any future bottles of this.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spidey13
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick, black, gooey, used motor oil black with a tiny, dark brown head on top. On the nose is mostly alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol with hints of roasted malt and chocolate. But...yeah...mostly alcohol.

The taste is better than the smell, though it's still dominated by the alcohol. There is some bitter chocolate in there, along with roastiness. The bitterness of the chocolate shows up at the end, and the bitterness is much milder than the hop bitterness you get from a lot of Stone's beers. The mouthfeel is very thick with low carbonation.

I would not classify this beer as very drinkable, mainly due to the high alcohol content, but it's a very interesting beer and it was fun to try.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This looks as thick and stout as any beer I have ever put into a glass. Thick and oily looking. Black, and black again! Thin tan head similar to thier russian imperial stout.

Smells flat. Nothing really stands out. Some coffie, raisons, old oil smells, maybe even artificial smoke? Not too impressed with the smell....no hops.

Tastes incredible. I HAVE to compare this with their russian imperial stout. Just add more bitterness, more dark chocolates, take out the hops, more booze, and more smoke/burnt roastiness, and you have this wonderfull origianl concoxion. Bitter is the word. Not many will like this one.

Moutfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. The bitterness has a great effect on the mouthfeel. The creamyness comes from the oatmeal, I would assume. But the bitterness is in your face all the way through. Wonderfull chocolate and booze bitterness and "burn" make this beer one orginal masterpiece!

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Photo of thequeen711
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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 edskirk3
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Christmas gift (22 oz bottle), which I served to myself in a Cognac glass.

Pours opaque black with a dark mocha head, thick and creamy in appearance. The beer itself is very still and appears to oscillate like gelatin when agitated, a sure sign of its immense body.

A sweet aroma. Chocolate (cocoa powder to be specific), caramel. Subtle roasted character.

Oh man, this tasted so good. I didn't get punched in the face with alcohol but rather lulled into relaxation by a velvety smooth bitter cocoa flavor. Rich like a moist Devil's Food cake. With caramel topping. The chocolate bitterness really takes the stage in the aftertaste and builds upon the palate as the bottle is emptied. And as much as I keep saying "bitter" there's also plenty of sweetness to speak of here.

Amazingly smooth and drinkable. Oatmeal + chocolate = YES. Would love to see this in regular production.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a strong black with a dark brown head that quickly fades and turns a light brown!!!

The smell is that of booze and bitter chocolate, duh. The taste is a mix of booze, chocolate, and coffee. Yes, it has a bitter taste too. This is a good beer, but a little thin. I was hoping for a richer, thicker stout.

The mouth is thin and bitter. Its lasts on the tongue for a while then a metal, "bitter" taste prevails.

Overall, another great stone product, a little thin, but still great! Wonder what a little age would do to this?

Get it!!!

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Photo of daythree16
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 ryrust5301
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Well this beer certainly looks like a oatmeal chocolate stout! Dark black and oily looking as I pour it, and the head shoots up from underneath to a faint coco tan looking head. Head is not enough to cover the entire top of the beer, but it fades into a thin tan ring that settles on top. This beer is dark and really is hard to find fault with.

Smell - They sure dumped a lot of chocolate into this, or so the smell would have you believe. Not much oatmeal to smell, and maybe a faint bit of coffee after it's swirled and coaxed out. If anything this tastes like it might be overly sweet. Smells very deep and very rich.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Well it isn't as balls to the wall sweet as I was first dreading. It does fall more into a chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee balance. It still has a very rich taste to it, and the alcohol is very present. Feel is on par and is medium bodied with a smooth delivery. Just a bit too burnt and not enough oatmeal flavor.

Drinkability - Stone could have done better with this one, but it is one that is worth trying. If you like chocolate go Southern Tier, and if you like oatmeal go St. Ambroise. You'll thank me later.

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Photo of Tolann
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Ever seen a gargoyle on a bicycle? Dark. Very dark. The pour looked almost thick like oil. Looked like pouring an RIS. Decent head the color of frothy coffee.

S - Can smell it already from here. sweet and roasty chocolates. Its a scent that warms you. More on the sweet side, almost like a cookie. They should make a candle that smells like this.

T - Smooth chocolate, not particularly sweet more bitter. Some coffee characteristic. Again, some of an RIS characteristic. Getting better as it warms

M - Medium mouthfeel and more boozy than I would have guessed a 9.2% to taste. Bit of a warming feel to it.

D - It is what it is. Not one that you'd drink all nite, but not a bad choice to sip after dinner. Now if I only had a nicely lit fireplace and a cozy blanket.

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Photo of Majestic
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JasonA
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been aging for about a year.

Pours a deep dark, very little head brew. Thick lacing present for the little carb there. Did I mnetion it was dark.

Sugar sweet malt. Quite strange, like unmalted light malt. Very nice as long as it doesnt taste like unfermented beer! ;). All kidding aside, very orignal smell, I like the direction.

Wow, what a representation of chocolate. I have nothing to compare it to. Not sure I would call it bitter sweet, but if that was the ingredient, I need to buy stock for my homebrewing process. I dont taste dark malt, but there is roasted med malt. Not sure where the color comes from, no biscuit or bitter present.

Sits extremely well considering the ABV. Typically this ABV and sweet will be headache-ville, population 1. The sweetness, come before the malt, and ends with the chocolate. Awesome.

I want more. I only have 1 more from last season. I obviously need to get some more. There isnt 1 thing I can really find wrong with this brew.

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