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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
955
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of Bonis
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, as I like my stouts. Beautiful thick dark mocha head sits for a while. Nice lacing, which is common with Stone.

S - Intense roasted barley, bittersweet and rich dark chocolate. Still a dose of alcohol, but no hop presence as I expected. Smells like a nice chocolate stout to me.

T - Loads of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted barley, thick and hearty oatmeal. There is an alcohol sweetness to this, almost like bourbon, but not really (sorry, I'm not good with my spirits). Somewhat reminds me of a Brooklyn Black Choc Stout, only a bit more smooth and less boozy, perhaps due to the oatmeal. This is solid overall.

M - Big bodied with moderate carbonation. Any alcohol is quickly removed by lingering chocolate bitterness, which is something that I greatly enjoy as someone who regularly eats intense dark chocolates.

O - A very solid anniversary beer from Stone that I was lucky to stumble upon recently at a bottle shop near Polaris. The lady who runs the store was nice enough to pull some beers from her "special stash" and put them on the shelves the day that I visited. That being said, I doubt I'll ever see it again, but it will be purchased if I do. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of BenZ
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, so this was the boosiest tasting three year old, sub ten percent beer ive had. I cant remember if I tried this fresh or not. If i didnt i wish i had. Anyway, the beer was indeed bitter, as well as roasty and somewhat acidic. Much prefer the stone irs.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is opaque and dark, brown head, quickly dissipates, not much retention or lacing

S: the front features a smokey and bitter quality, smells to be oxidizing a touch, a little bit of a metallic twang. The chocolate and roast is faint.

T: well what the nose was lacking in roasted qualities, the taste makes up for. So much so that the grains become a little astringent at the end.

MF: big body, mellow carbonation

O: I have a feeling that this beer is not in its optimal state, for what it is- it pretty tasty, but I'm sure the flavors popped a little more when it was a little fresher

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pour is deep, dark, opaque black. No highlights, no nothing. Mocha colored foam reaches two fingers and retains pretty well. It eventually drops to a thin line, but never completely disappears. Initially, it looks like there will be some fantastic lacing stuck to the glass. By the end, just a little remains. Still, an impressive looking beer.

The nose isn't especially powerful, which surprised me a bit. I had to dig a little bit, but I found equal parts bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. There also seems to be a sweetness that I want to say is cream or vanilla or something like that, but it's very, very faint.

As I take my first few sips, I think, "Oh, yeah...oatmeal." Not sure how I missed that in the nose. There's a lot of bitterness in this beer, from the bittersweet chocolate, from the roasted malts, possibly from the oats, but it's not overly bitter. It comes close, though. I feel like this beer is some coffee flavor (instead of just roast) away from being really, really tasty.

If the body isn't full, it's close. The beer has a nice texture, a little slick and oily, with some inconsistently noticeable alcohol. Some sips brought hot alcohol, but less often than they didn't. Low carbonation. I can certainly see how this beer would be off-putting to some, but I'm enjoying it, likely more so than Stone IRS. While it would have been nice for the sake of comparison to have drank this fresh when it was released, I'm glad I got to try it at all.

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Photo of IKR
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with medium-sized dark brown head. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Mild Chocolate and coffee notes from the roast malts with a trace of alcohol. The aromas are fairly subdued.

Taste: The chocolate is prominent with some roasted malt notes. I would never guess this was 9.2% ABV. It drinks like a Guinness as far as the alcohol is concerned.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I think the oatmeal is playing a significant role resulting in a full bodied beer.

Overall: One of my favorite beers that I didn't expect to come across again. I like the IRS but I would take this over the IRS any day.

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

On tap at Stone's 15th anniversary party

Look: Black and totally opaque. 1 inch tan head with good retention and lacing

Smell: Oatmeal coffee and a trace of chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Awesome bitter chocolate upfront with the middle carrying the oatmeal and coffee and finishes with a nice smokiness

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Great Beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Loved this stuff following my last days at Purdue, so I was excited to have another shot at it in this BIF. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of relatively short-lived brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and blackened pretzels. The taste brings in more of the same, with more roasted malts and chocolate thrown in, along with a bit of coffee. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, this stuff hasn't gone downhill at all yet. Still as tasty and enjoyable as I remember it being (for once my nostalgic memory didn't let me down).

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Thomas Hardy snifter on 6/27/11

Split with MbpBugeye

July 2008 bottle

Slow, inky, near black pour (scorched dark brown at best). Settles black, of course. The head is hot-chocolate colored; almost got two fingers' worth. Crackles away quickly to a thin clump of a layer. Rather good lace.

Smells so-so. Uncapping the bottle released aromatic bittersweet chocolate and roasted tones. In the glass the nose turns toward an all-too-prominent oxidation note; that of sun-dried paper and basement record sleeves. Roasted chocolate, cocoa, burnt sugars. Warmth and swirling draw forth nips of booze and swaths of smooth oatmeal. After a spell the aroma loses some of the paper aspect and smells more pleasant.

If the aroma is intense, the flavor are all the more explosive. Tons of bitter, bitter, bitter chocolate. Roast is plentiful but takes a back seat to the massive burnt notes. Not very sweet; just a smattering of burnt sugars. Cocoa powder and earthy oatmeal undertones. Hints of blackberry flesh and dark fruit; come to think of it, there's some dark fruit in the nose, too.

Full bodied and slick with alcohol. It's pretty hot, but not too harsh. The feel is a bit chalky, especially on the finish. Splatterings of burnt are all over the place. Despite the chalkiness, it's quite smooth, as carbonation is low.

This is the Burnt Bittersweet Heaven of a stout I've been looking for.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July, 2008

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass

Price - $6.99/bomber

WoW, This beer just keeps getting better looking with time. Pours thick and midnight black with a fluffy fudge brownie colored head. Retention is short lived but leaves behind a creamy covering that lasts. Laces well after three years of aging. Impressive!

A strong scent of bakers chocolate permeates through the nose and blends well with the faint aroma of booze reminding you this isn't a dessert but a beer. Molasses and burnt malt become more noticeable as it comes up to room temperature.

The flavor follows the nose with rich bitter chocolate, molasses and booze. It's definitely taking on a port like flavor as I finish the bottle.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with little heat for the octane level. The body is thick and syrupy and finishes dry.

Overall I can't get enough of this beer. I've gone through six bombers over the last three years, this being my last one. I'm not sure how much longer it can age and improve but if given the opportunity to buy it again I would without hesitation. One of the best beers I've ever had for the price.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Ryan011235. Issued July 2008.

Appearance
Dark black with a nice lacey head. The thick foam looks a lot like an oatmeal cookie.

Aroma
A portion of this aroma is oxidation, but this beer takes it in stride. The majority of the nose is sharp, potent burnt bitter chocolate. There is a shot of alcohol as well, which came as a surprise.

Taste
Extremely bitter with a lot of long, powdery, burnt cocoa. There is a big, vinous, almost tart, acidity from rich malts. Notes of cranberry, smoke, and very bitter black cocoa.

Mouthfeel
I like the dry, gritty, powdery cocoa feel here. The alcohol is a bit warming.

Overall
Not bad. This one is very bitter, a little more than I wished for.

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a ring of tan head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit and bitter chocolate with a hint of port.

Taste: Very smooth and very bitter from the roast. Some sweetness along with some warm alcohol with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium. Mild carbonation with a slick finish. This beer completely coats your mouth.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. The age didn't hurt it at all as far as I could tell. The bitterness and sweetness complimented each other very well.

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Photo of scbrew
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original tasting date: August 2008 (From old notes). Beautiful, nearly black pour with creamy beige head. First aroma was mild roast, followed by subtle chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of sweetness. Roasted grain bitterness with toasted flavors. Nice alcohol warming. Wish I had another.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

July 2008 bottle, shared in May 2011

A – Deep black with mahogany / brown highlights. Dark khaki head builds and settles quickly. Ok lace.

S – Plums, raisins, molasses, bitter chocolate and porage.

T – Tingly booze and raisin into a juicy molasses. The center is a huge, dark, 70% cocoa chocolate, which is greeted by a smooth coffee flavor a step later in the profile, and cradled by a soft alcohol note.

M – Full bodied. Surprisingly well carbonated. Smooth and creamy throughout without being syrupy.

O - Held up great with age. There's a lace of booze in the profile, but imho it does a nice job of supporting the flavor profile so I wouldn't give this much more time in the cellar.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

July 2008 vintage. Almost 3 years old at this point.

Pours a pitch black color with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Random tiny spots of lacing dot the glass here and there on the drink down. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and dark roasted malts. There is a hint of soy sauce in the smell. Taste is of some smoky malt, toasted oats, with a dark cocoa powder finish. There is a bit of fruitiness that comes out as the beer warms. Very little bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation which makes for a medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer after approximately 3 years but I bet it was better when it first came out. I am glad I found a bottle to try but I wouldn't get another one at this point.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black as night and has a large head with almost nice lacing and smaller lacing. Looks very nice

S- sweet chocolate and malt. Smells nice

T- nice bitter chocolate that has a hop presence. Nice combo of flavors that drinks well.

M- feels lighter for a stout but a medium mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn

O- awesome beer ive been looking for for a while.

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Photo of output01x
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Bottled On July 2008) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that slowly recedes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly perfect black with no traces of color when held to light. Light lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Dark bittersweet chocolate and creamy milk chocolate aromas blend nicely with dark, roasted malts. Notes of burnt coffee beans and dark fruits can also be detected.

Smooth and creamy milk chocolate and dark fruit notes begin each sip but are quickly overtaken by dark, bitter chocolate flavors. A dry coffee bean and sweet dark fruit aftertaste finishes each sip.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer has a nearly creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation allows the beer to coat your mouth fully without being too sticky.

While the appearance and nose are great, the flavor and mouthfeel are not as spectacular. The flavor is too sweet in my opinion which detracts from the coffee and chocolate flavors that should be center stage. The mouthfeel, which allows for great drinkability, is too carbonated in my opinion, as it does not allow the darker flavors to develop properly on your tongue.

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Photo of gamwich
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 2-14-11 at the Brew Kettle.

The pour yields a thick brownish-black head that sticks around. The nose is strong with chocolate, coffee, and roasty goodness. The flavors are sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, and raisins. The finish is a tad bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Velvety smooth on the tongue. The moderate boozyness keeps me from chugging it. Nummy.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet at about 54 degrees.

The Stone Chocolate Oatmeal Stout poured a very dark and rich black/brown with thin caramel colored head and very little retension

The nose is very nice with chocolate, coffee, cherries and dark fruits.

The taste is nice but less then anticipated with such a nice nose. It is roasted malt, chocolate, and a bitter coffe-like finish.

The mouthfeel again was a little thinner then anticipated but still very nice. More carbonated then I prefer in an Imperial Stout.

Although this isn't one of my favorite Imperial Stouts it certainly is a very nice example of one, and one I will surely partake in again when I get the chance. If you see one, get one, then drink one. You won't regret it. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled July 2008. Huge thanks to jbck109 for this one!

A: Pour pitch black with about a finger of dark brown head that stuck around for a while before disappearing into pretty much nothing. Not much in the way of lace.
S: Rich notes of roasted coffee and, just like the name, bitter dark chocolate. Not picking up much else, or really anything in the way of complexity, but what scents are there are good.
T: The coffee nose doesn’t really translate into the taste except maybe in the finish. Instead, the flavors in this beer really live up to its name. The flavor starts off creamy and “oatmealy” with a sort of creamy chocolate milkshake flavor, then finishes bitter with rich notes of dark chocolate and touch of caramel sweetness. The aftertaste has a note or two of warm alcohol but overall the flavors are very well balanced.
M: Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel that is oh so very smooth. The carbonation is a touch too tingly but I’m splitting hairs at this point.
O: I was really impressed by this one, not only in flavor, but how its held up since 08. Not that this surprised me; most everything by Stone is excellent. Thanks again jbck109 for your generosity!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged 2 years at the brewery)

A menacingly thick and black pour with a thin brown, persistent head. Thick and oily in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing. Looks mean and menacing but beautiful.

Roasted malts, caramel malts, and plenty of dark chocolate in the nose. Unlike most stouts that smell of melted, bittersweet chocolate, this chocolate seems roasted or burnt. It's a bit sharp and not easily accessible nor obviously pleasant, but it contributes to this beer's menacing profile. It's certainly unique.

This beer tastes better than it smells. The dark chocolate works better on the palette than it does in the nose, as it loses some of that burnt and astringent profile. No alcohol presence at all, little hop presence, but mainly just a thick, menacing, chocolatey, big stout...which is never a bad thing!

Creamy, thick, chewy in the mouth, which is appropriate and expected for this style, but not quite as velvety and full as the standard Stone RIS.

I think this beer has aged particularly well. There's no obvious presence of alcohol, the chocolate may have mellowed a bit; an enjoyable sipper I'm glad I got the opportunity to experience at the brewery/bistro.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into stemless wine glass:

A) poured the deepest black with a fairly thick mocha head.

S) The one glaring flaw with this beer for me was the smell. I could smell what I can only describe as "Vodka" it was distinct, despite the age on the bottle. I have a few more of these I'll give more time on to try to rectify this, but none of that mattered once I got to the taste.

T) Wonderful chocolate and caramel notes, and not sweet at all... just perfect harmony of chocolate and beer.

M) Velvety and smooth, wonderful light carbonation.

O) This is a fantastic beer! Again, the smell was "off" but all was forgotten when tasting. This is yet another example of a "flavored" stout that doesn't go overboard with sweetness, making it a very enjoyable beer without making you feel like you should have a straw.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of sammib528
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep mahogany with a thin cola brown head. Fades fast.

S=Roasted Coffee, Alcohol, Chocolate

T/M=Surprisingly dry with a thin body and lingering finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and port wine. A pleasant, balanced character.

O=I will definitely have this again.

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

A-Deep mahogany with black highlights and a thin cola brown head composed of tiny bubbles. Fades fast, leaving attractive soapy lacing.

S-Bitter chocolate, tannic bitterness, dulce de leche, dark roast coffee beans.

T/M-Moderately dry with a thin body and lingering finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and port wine.The once overwhelming chalky bitterness has faded to a pleasant, balanced tannic character.

O-Age has improved this greatly. I wasn't a fan of it fresh. I have one more bottle, will probably hold off another year before I open it.

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Photo of STEG
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from rattle n hum. Poured room temp into a small chalice looking glass. Looks as a stout should dark deep brown with a 1 finger tan head for a solid 30 seconds while the head dissipates to nothing. Smell is comprised of dark chocolate, plum, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is much closer to the description oatmeal stout with a definite presence of unsweetened chocolate. Mouthfeel has some definite pluses silky, mild carbonation and a slight alcohol heat. Overall I would buy this again given the oppurtunity.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Allagash tulip.

A: Black with small tan head. Beautiful lacing.

N: Chocolate and rum.

T/M: Chocolate and roasted/burned coffee. Alcohol flavor comes in right after. Body is creamy and the beer is very drinkable as a dessert. There is something missing from this though. Beer flavor is a bit one-dimensional.

Found this beer in the back of my kegerator a while back and decided to try it out since my buddy, MrTopher, just traded me a few that he found sitting in the back of his local bottle shop. Not sure if the prolonged cold affected this one, but it just seemed to be missing a bit of flavor I remembered it having when fresh.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.
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