12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 977 |  Reviews: 707
Photo of orcasteve
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +2.2%
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 -1%
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 +6.6%
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 +10.2%
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 -1.5%
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 +10.7%
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 Tdizzle
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DannyS
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +5.4%
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 zizouandyuki
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sevopie
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Majestic
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmeves
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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 TheodorHerzl
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
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 +8.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -6.8%
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 -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spidey13
3.41/5  rDev -17%
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 +10.5%
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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12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 977 ratings