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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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 974 |  Reviews: 706
Photo of tangentrider
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black beer with a disappearing brown head.

S: Dark chocolate and a touch of dried fruit.

T: Bitter chocolate, touch of sweetness, coffee bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finishes with a fading light sweetness and a clear coffee bitterness.

MF: Smooth feel with light carbonation. A bit chewy.

D: Good oatmeal stout and a very good chocolate stout. This one is worth a sit-down savoring.

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Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this up in VA and hauled it back for a friendly tasting... happy to say this beer went over quite well. I love it when that happens!

A. Opaque black. A dirty brown, dense and creamy head caps the midnight-sin brew. Tasty lookin'...

S. Yikes! Let this one warm and you will be most rewarded. Licorice, smoke, grainy and earthy malt, burnt coffee, cocoa, meaty and rather dry. Complex and sweet, this is not to be trifled with. Wonderful and unique.

T. Nearly everything the nose advertises is in here somewhere. A cocoa-dry beast of a brew that boasts tons of malt complexity. Sweet and rich, yet bitter and dirty -- coffee and smoke complement each other nicely. If you crossed an oatmeal stout with a coffee smoked porter and cranked the alcohol up you'd be on the right track. It's odd, but all I can say is you must try it. Went down easy... maybe too easy....

M. Thick, chewy. No real beef here. Oatmeal adds some heft and slickness.

Stone 12 blew me away -- this is one of Stone's better offerings and one you should seek out. What a delight!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at JJ Brewskys along with my Old Viscosity, Saucerful of Merkin.
I previusly rated the bottle and now the tap. It came to me in a pint glass, ddep brown in the light as I sat outside, very small tan head to this brew. Nose was hot, cocoa and oats. Taste was a bit smoother than the bottle but this beer is still to hot and it masks the great flavor hiding in it. Mouthfeel was chocolatey and too boozy for me. Almost a pain more than a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Silenus89
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. POurs dark brown with slight carbonation

S. Roasted oats, bitter chocolate and cream

T. Coffee and chocolate, finish is bitter malts and molasses

M. Smoooth and medium to full bodied

D. Very drinkable beer even with 9.2% i didnt even notice it while drinking but i could feel it after.

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Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was damn near pitch black, just a hint of dark brown around the edges. It poured with a minimal dark mocha colored head.

s: Surprisingly subtle aromas of very dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and I think a little citrusy hops to be found here.

t: Moderatley sweet up front with oatmealy malts and flavors of dark, almost smoky chocolate. The finish brings bitter dark fruits, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate and a little alocoholic heat.

m: Wow! This brew is gently carbonated, but it works quite well. As it rolls around the mouth for a bit it builds up and becomes very creamy.

d: Overall, this is a pretty nice one-off from Stone. I liked a it a little more than my B+ would indicate. The sweet oatmeal and bitter chocolate play very well off of one another.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with a rich dark brown head that falls to a ring that leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is nice actually smells kind of dry chocolate malts, coffee beans held away from the nose hints are there but not overpowering. some full bodied oats noted.

Taste is rich roasted malts, lots of bitter chocolate mixed with coffee notes. Finish is dry lightly bitter more burnt chocolate bitterness then hops might be why its dry. Nice flavor chocolate notes but not sweet as most brews, a nice change up on occasion, even though i prefer the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice full nice smooth carbonation with dry finish.

Drinkability is good a nice change up from sweeter chocolate stouts, even though i would prefer one on most occasions must be a southern thing.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:A: ok so i love this oil slick of a beers appearance. its balck as night and the head is dark brown cream.

S: coffee shop express when you whiff this beer you think you are in an expresso shop

T: this beer is defintly a coffee shop express as i said. THERE IS A SLIGHT AMOUNT OF CHOCoLaTE
there is certainly som ecofee in this as well. i really enjoy this beer.

i will say that this beer is strong and it feels that way. but this beer is extremely good

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had that back when it first came out at Daily Pint, but finally getting around to reviewing it in bottle form. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pitch black and thick, but not much head. Head is almost reddish brown but leaves very little retention although it appears solid lacing.

S: Nose it dominated by chocolate, as you might expect, as well as a rich roasted malt.

T: Very subtle opening with hints of chocolate quickly blossoms to full blown bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Then the malt takes over, huge and toasty with even a bit of sweetness at the end.

MF: Medium bodied with a solid bit of carbonation. Surprisingly light, really, considering what the beer looks like. The bitterness of the chocolate and the strong toastiness gives the finish a biting and somewhat dry feel. Alcohol is pretty well masked and doesn't really feel like 9.2%.

D: I feel like this was a bit more chocolaty on tap. Still, the flavor is very good and unique. Certainly not the hop bomb you'd expect from a Stone anniversary beer, but this is extremely good for the style. The alcohol is not overstrong, so drinking a bomber is not out of the question, but I couldn't drink this all night long, either. Personally I like their imperial stout more, but this is a very nice brew and I'm glad I had the chance to enjoy it.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into an imperial pint glass, pours a dark brown color, almost oily out of the bottle, but inch plus head of brown head, settles to a thin film, and has a lot of lacing. Nice.

The aroma is pretty nice. Chocolate? Check. Oatmeal? Check. Coffee, roasted malt, caramels? Yes. Quite nice. A little laid back, more sumptuous than ravenous, which works well here. Taste follows suit. Actually pretty mellow and nuanced, the various chocolates, roasted malts, etc, play off each other respectfully, but still has a bitter bite, some ABV power to be respected. The body is thick enough, subtle carbonation, a bit warm. Its interesting, as it comes off as both strong and gentle.

In retrospect, an interesting brew, one I would've paid attention more had I not been 'talking with' the wife so much. Oh well, it was definitely catchy, thoroughly drinkable for its strength and weight, but doesn't quite break that barrier of must-try stouts.

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Photo of Hokies
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with deep red outlines on the exterior, with a nice one inch brown head and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

At first you can smell the coffee followed by the malt and then the bitter dark chocolate smell makes its way through. Their is also a light smokiness to it.

The taste is like the bitterness from dark chocolate with an alcohol kick to it. As this one warms up the oatmeal smoothness comes through with hop bitterness at the end.

This is one smooth beer with low carbonation and goes down quite easily. It is a sipper but I could drink this one like a session beer.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a thin cocoa brown colored head that settles fairly quickly. Smell has a unique bready aroma to it, maybe even some figs or plums. Chocolate and oak as well. Taste has a nice smoky flavor to it, and a bit of bakers chocolate flavor that comes out more in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry finish, low effervescence, maybe even a bit of powdery texture. Hmm. A nice tasty brew, different than what i expected. Solid.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone XII

A- Deep brownish black with a small light head, no lacing.
S- Big smokey BBQ sauce with a touch of chocolate.
T- Smokey pork flavoring?, BBQ sauce honey, cumin, paprika, and pepper spices with a good background of milk chocolate.
M- Very sweet up front with a solid smokey center and a thick molasses/black licorice finish.

Overall- Good, but I didn't detect a good choc. oatmeal stout background (like a Founders Breakfast Stout) More of a Rauchbier to me. Good but not impressive.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pure black color with a minimal brown head. Not much lacing. Looks like watery molases after the head dissapears.

Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, mocha and sweet malts. Very nice.

Taste is bitter up front then the coffee and chocolate follow up. Deep roasted malts and the alcohol is always present. A sipper for sure but very nice.

nice mouthfeel. Very solid and wish I bought more than one of these.

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Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2008 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 1/2" dark brown head. It dissipates quickly and leaves a murky surface above the beer. No laving remains.

Smell: Sweet cherry, chocolate liquor, light espresso, coffee, leather, caramel. Awesomely complex.

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate malt, coffee, chocolate syrup. There are a lot of deep, roasted flavors without any cloying sweetness. Lingering bitterness from the hops and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavily bodied with lots of malty bitterness. Alcohol makes a little statement of its own. Smooth and tasty.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. Neither the chocolate or the sweetness is cloying. I could do two bottles for sure. A winner.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber > Fat snifter

This puppy pours out really heavy looking, totally black and opaque with a heavy pour allows for a solid 1" deep, dark brown thick and sticky head, moderate retention with a good amount of brown foam floating around like broken ice bergs.

The nose is very robust with caramel chocolate oats, sweet and roastie barley, peanutbutter, black pepper current in the hops aroma which is really earthy but perfectly subtle. A intense and sharp boozy heat tingles the nose at the end. Overall, sweet and roastie!

The Deep dark, bitter chocolate flavored malt is a bit more earthy and bitter than the aroma with only a slight current of caramel-like sweetness. The roastie and smokey edge is very robust with charred oats and grains and a wonderful roundish-feeling smokey effect. The hops are there for balance in a brew like this, but this is STONE, West-coast bitter hops must play a vital role, and they certainly do, it's a classic leafy, bitter hop bite but it is in fine tune with the heady malt. The flavor overall is complex but a bit "green", it does reccomend aging, and I would totally agree with that. The sharp boozy finsih intensifies the bitter hops as well. This one would be great as a two year old.

full, big body for sure, not really thick and dense but smooth...a meal in a bottle!

wisdom comes with age.

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Photo of hreb
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle allowed to warm up a bit before dispensing into a pint glass. Beer pours like deep, dark brown motor oil. Aroma is of: chocolate. Roasty things. Oh, and alcohol. A thin brown head has just a hint of red.

The smell really is delicious until the astringent whiff of alcohol comes in, unfortunately. Up until that part, it reminds me of my all time favorite, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. The flavor is deep, complex, and bitter. Also, very creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of chocolate, of course, but it's neither sweet nor bitter at first, simply aromatic. Then, grainy cereal? Very complex barley flavors, in any case. And a interesting hoppy bitterness. Carbonation is muted. The aftertaste brings on the bitterness of the chocolate, a slight alcohol burn, and a dry kind of bitter on my teeth. Actually, it's surprisingly pleasant.

The indicates that this beer was a result of the hop shortage / price increase. The idea of chocolate as a bittering agent seems so obvious, and it works so well in this case. It also indicates that this is a July 2008 production, and I wonder if I'm drinking it far too young.

One thing I notice is that as it warms in the glass, it's changing, but not really getting better, as I'd expect.

Overall, I think this is a really good ale. I would love to try it along side other chocolate stouts, like Brooklyn's and Rogue's. I'll definitely pick up some more to try after a year or more of cellaring, if this is a limited brewing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, drinking all these anniversary brews is becoming a part time job it seems.

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is thick malts and some chocolate and a wee bit of molasses. Flavor is thick. Minor molasses with real dark chocolate tones. Sweet almost berry thing is there too. Feel is smooth and thicker on liquid. Carbonation is low, but that seems appropriate. Overall pretty nice to drink. Nothing real crazy or outlandish, but still a nice brew.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 neenerzig
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed by me on-tap earlier tonight. Served in a pint glass. Draws a very dark brown, almost black color. The tan head is about 1/3-1/2 inch when served to me. Settles to a nice brown ring lining the inside of the glass along with a very decent surface coating. Has very nice lace. Has roasted sweet malt aromas with hints of coffee and chocolate notes. Tastewise there are sweet, roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee and some hops, rounded out with a sort of oatmeal taste. Very good balance here, a bit better balanced than out of the bottles. Has a crisp, smooth full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable, especially considering the high ABV here. Very good indeed!


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

Nice initial head that sticks around and leaves wonderful ring lace. Technically black where light cannot penetrate even the edge.

Peppery and smoky aroma. Reminiscent of chocolate ice cream.

Smoky flavor behind the thick coffee notes. The finish is a nice combination of hop and black patent malt. It's creamy with a little bit of the alcohol warmth that one would expect.
Nearly perfect in the body--rich with enough cutting carbonation from making it oily.

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Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours and looks like used 10-40W motor oil, promising.

Light proof black beer with a small brown head, oh yeah it's not a porter.

Bittersweet scent that you can smell from a distance. Getting up close this is a boozy bittersweet chocolate beer with a hint of vanilla, berries and wood. Strongly scented with chocolate almost a dark chocolate bar in beer form.

Taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a silky mouth feel a lot like melted chocolate. A little sweet and a little bitter with a trace of coffee and malt char in the flavor. Big vanilla flavor so I suspect white oak or Bourbon was involved somehow. British Ale fruity flavors show as the beer warms up quite a bit. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is silk.

Don't give many 5s but this beer deserves it for drinkability. At room temperature and this just keeps getting tastier! Smooth as sin, really close to drinking expensive chocolate instead of eating it. Think best chocolate beer ever.

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Photo of beveritt
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Stone silk-screened label with a flying gargoyle holding up a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of dark brown head. This settles slightly, down to about half its original size. By the end of the beer it is a few wispy islands of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is black. Black as a black hole. No light can escape its pull.

Smell: An almost overwhelming chocolate smell. Almost a chocolate liquor due to the slightly sweet alcohol smell. If you can work past that, you get hints of roasted barley and a little hop greenness.

Taste: Chocolate is definitely more subtle in the taste than the smell. Flavors of roasted barley bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate, and warming alcohol all seem to blend evenly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is decent, with an almost slickness from the oats..

Drinkability: Some really nice flavors in here, The chocolate is great and the oats add a nice smoothness. Right now, however, I think the alcohol is too prevalent. I would love to try thi beer in a few years. Maybe I will see what I can pick up to cellar.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for sending this want extra my way :)

Pours a dark black color with a great sized dark tan head, fades slowly to leave some patchy lacing.

Smell is a good mix of chocolate and coffee, coffee being the more controlling aroma.

Taste is a rush of chocolate and coffee with a surprisingly strong dark fruit presence, viscosity is a bit thinner than I thought it would be, nice warming sensation which hints at the alcohol content but is still decently hidden.

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Photo of beerphan
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap -> 12 oz goblet

Arrived a dark black with a nice dirty brown head.

Nose: Malty, some cocoa, alcohol

Here's where it went wrong for me. The chocolate flavors were present, and the bitterness was medium and lasting, but i just couldn't get past the smokey meat flavor. Made me think rauchbier, over the top rauchbier. I let some friends sip and they had the same feeling, taste like bad meat.

I love stone and will give this a try next time a see it, to see if i was mistaken, but my advice is to avoid on tap and grab a bottle to age.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

either fartingdog or jgaston hooked me up with this one, can't remember which. thanks dave and andy!

22oz bottle. sampled aug 31/08.

pours opaque inky black with a very small dense brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and a light swirl of bubbles on top of the beer. very little lace.

aroma is great. alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. hint of espresso. nice fruity character too that i didn't really expect. caramel. hint of smoke. bread and biscuit malts. hint of light citrusy hops.

taste is good. dark and bittersweet chocolate. coffee. bit of espresso. light alcohol, but more as a gentle spreading warmth on the way down than in the taste. just over medium bitterness level, but coming across more as chocolate than hops. light caramel sweetness. nice fruity character. roasty.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good mix of stout and chocolate. will be neat to see how this one changes with age.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 974 ratings
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