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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:
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Ratings: 969 |  Reviews: 705
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an updated review with a fresh bottle, the previous bottle was well past its prime.

A - Oil black color with light lacing.

S - Dark roasted chocolate malt with some hits of smokiness and light char.

T - Deep dark chocolate roast with some smokey char and a lingering bitter dark chocolate finish.

M - Oily slick mouth feel. Heavy and full bodied.

O - This is a solid stout and glad Stone brought this one back.

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Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

I really had high hopes, but was ultimately let down. As it stands, this is a good stout, no questions asked -- but I thought the bar would be raised a bit higher for Stone in general, and especially considering this has an anniversary label on it.

A - Low, beige head. Black.

S - I'm getting distinctive roastiness. Coffee/espresso. A hit of that baker's cocoa, but nothing that screams "chocolate!"

T - It's good. It has ample roastiness, and the oatmeal one would expect from an oatmeal stout. The hints of bittersweet chocolate. But ultimately I'm left thinking "good imperial stout, but does this really deserve 12th Anniversary status?" A very forgettable beer.

M - About right.

D - The ABV is hidden rather well, but I still wouldn't be having more than one 22.

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

Def is bitter.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of bearisprime
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Fuller's pint glass.

A= This stout poured the color of black paint with a 1/4" dark tan head that quickly settled to a thin ring. Just a few spots of lace left on my glass.

S= I found dark roasty malts, some sweetness, chocolate, an earthy note, and a moderate amount of alcohol.

T= Flavor followed the aroma perfectly. Lots of deep dark roasty malts blended with bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors that are really puckering, but in a good way. The bitterness is balanced somewhat by the oatmeal sweetness. Finish was full of alcohol warmth and remained bitter and a bit dry.

MF= Very full bodied with a heavy, syrupy, slippery mouthfeel. This is a real tongue coater.

D= This was an interesting beer, and definitely worthy of an occasional visit, but its neither my favorite Stone beer nor my favorite Imperial stout.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured inky black with a foamy chocolate brown head, with no true lacing. Light won't penetrate this one.

Rich strong scents here. Sweet prunes, deep roasted malt, coffee, tons of licorice and black strap molasses.

Deep strong flavors wash over your tongue. Deep roasted malt and coffee notes, bitter edges of the dark chocolate, and boozy alcohol on your breath. Finishes very bitter -- not a hop bitter, or a bitter chocolate bitter, but kinda aspirin bitter. Not sure if I like this element.

Chewy, hardly any carbonation. Love the complexity anad structure of this beer, but if you don't lean toward these types of beers, you can probably finish the bomber and be done with this for a while. If big deep boozy stouts are your passion, jump in here. But know what you like -- this was a 22 oz @ $8.00/bottle.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Donnie2112
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really tired of describing the appearance of stouts... this one is black, has a coffee colored head and has some nice sporadic lace

notes of oats and chocolate, the aroma is EXACTLY what I would expect from the label

again, dark complicated fruity flavors of dark chocolate sitting on top of the smooth oatmeal malts. Snappy there is everything that is supposed to be in a stout except the usual bit of coffee that this beer doesn't even begin to advertise. Smooth malts, smooth bitterness, good stuff.

its heavy in body, it's creamy and smooth the right ammount of carbonation

very drinkable, lots of flavor, keep wanting another sip.

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

Thin head but lasts for some time, dark brown in color with more larger bubbles than foam, about average lacing, not especially thick. As black as black gets, completely opaque with nary a trace of brown nor orange. Predictably the nose saturated by dark chocolate, mocha, coffee roast and general maltiness, pinch of black raisin and cherry fruit as well as cashew nuts. Full-bodied, the carbonation has an aggressive demeanor and keep things churning. This nimble quality allows the chocolate, coffee elements to avoid sweetness while not sacrificing richness. Light toastiness, moderate thrust to the raisin, fig, cherry fruit, close to evoking cola notes. More boozy than having an alcoholic burn. The oatmeal is negligible, one only has to assume hops were part of the fermentation process. Dry finish, a major complaint might be its overall monochrome presentation, no sense of change nor progression. But it ain't bad.

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Photo of daves1186
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of pest
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

22 oz bomber poured into my snifter.

A- Deep brown-almost black nearly opaque body that pours with a 1 finger cafe brown colored head. Head fizzes away quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Roasted bitter chocolate malt and a hint oh phenols.

T- Roasted chocolate malt upfront with some oatmeal flavoring. A bit more bitterness comes through for the finish along with a hint of alcohol.

M- Low to medium carbonation and somewhat heavy body. Alcohol more present than oatmeal in mouthfeel.

D- This is a good imperial oatmeal stout. Not very complex but tasty. All the flavors are contained in the name. Not as thick of an oatmeal presence as I would like and certainly not as good as stone RIS but still a very good beer.

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

Pours black, deep and dark. Tan head...slow on the fade. leaves a nice web of lacing.
Smells ashy, burnt. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate.
Taste is big and bold. Bitter/sweet on the chocolate...slight burn of alchohol with a nice bitter finish from the hops.
A real jewel of a beer.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City. I went for this beer based on the name and the fact that it's an anniversary beer. Reading the blurb on the side of the bottle about this beer's origins and the hop shortage only made me appreciate even more this beer, since it was apparently planned before circumstances pretty much forced it's brewing. Although Stone is known for hoppy west coast brews, they did a great job on this and this is a very solid stout!

The pour was pretty much what I thought it would be - dark, rich, and with a pretty decent head. I wish that this beer had a bit more lacing and thickness to it, but the aroma was just as wonderful as the taste - chocolate, currant, espresso, and toffe...but the aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired. The alcohol, although it's 9.20% can be felt from the first sip and is by far the most dominant note that linger after each gulp. The chocolate is reminiscent of Ghiradelli, but because the oats aren't strong, this isn't like the Oatmeal Stouts that I've had over the years.

Some people said that the alcohol on this sneaks up on them. As I stated earlier, I would disagree, but no matter! This is a strong beer that isn't afraid to be bold. It's not the best Stout that I've had, but as always, Stone has done an admirable job here and even though this style isn't their forte, it's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque, reddish around the edges, with a minuscule tan head and no lacing. Smell is coffee, chocolate, malt, pan drippings. Taste is sweet brown sugar, rich grain, long gritty bitter finish. Thick, but not syrupy. A sipper: glad to have it aged.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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