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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 705 | Ratings: 960
Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as the night and formed a huge dark brown foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee and anise. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and molasses. The body is medium and slight the creamy. The finish is bittersweet. A good beer that will probably improve with age.

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Photo of rolandolopez2
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up from my fav package store in town.

Once I opened the bottle I noticed the nice roasted malt and subtle chocolate smell. I shared this bottle with a friend right outside the store. I couldn't wait to get home. So for this i was forced to pour into a plastic cup. The pour was very heavy, just like motor oil, leaving a nice chocolate head. First impression on taste is. Has a very smooth and velvety feeling as in enters my mouth. The taste is big on the roasted malts, with a tiny bit of chocolate. I almost don't notice it all. Very delicious. There is a slight alcohol taste that lingers afterward. Overall this beer really good, a great stout indeed. Even though it may be July this one gets me very excited for fall and winter beers. I will look foward to getting my hands on this again!

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

pours an absolute opaque black with tan head with slight off-whitish/off-brownish color in the middle of the head

aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, slight dried fruits, a touch of licorice perhaps, and maybe some molasses, slight tones of alcohol

upfront dry roasted malt followed by creamy chocolate, bitter chocolate and dry hops in the finish, and slight spice on back. the bitter chocolate endures subtly on the finish for a long long time

medium bodied, slightly dry upfront leading to a rich creaminess and a nicely crisp bitterness on the lenghtly finish

really smooth, chocolate is subtle until the finish where it just lingers and lingers. very smooth, good body, not too alcoholic and just refuses to go away. a great beer for the summer, especially if you are tired of all of those light lame 'summer ales'

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Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle today from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Another Stone Anniversary beer, first of all congratulations to Stone. Since I first heard of this beer I was really looking forward to it; the name itself sounds mighty tasty.

The beer is a shiny onyx color with a light coffee inch of foam on top.

First I get a loud toasted aroma, wet bread and grain. After the pour I begin to pick up the chocolate in various degrees: white chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of bitter chocolate near the back. Then there is the roasted barley in good measure with a dash of vanilla and musty wood. The alcohol is evident near the tail of the aroma along with a bit of cherries. The beer continues to reveal more after it settles for a few moments. Warm milk, malted milk candy, oatmeal, brown sugar, coffee, and sweet rum soaked raisins seem to be the last bit I can detect. Actually, I can smell some red/purple grapes too, so that would be that last bit....

The first sip is very similar to the aroma...it has an intense toasted flavor, dry roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a touch of alcohol near the middle which mixes with some cherry and dark fruit flavors. The finish has a strange candy-like flavor...maybe caramel and tootsie roll. After a few sips my tongue keeps a coca-cola like flavor, maybe a bit of mint...could be from the hops and the beer being so young. More caramel flavor develops halfway though the bomber as well as a syrupy chocolate flavor....a bit of hot fudge and brownie batter. Just like in the aroma, the grapes come through in the taste after a while too.

The mouthfeel is very smooth...wow, low carbonation makes this one feel almost like a meal but still easy to drink.

It will be interesting to see how this one will age.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark motor oil that a bystander described as "disgusting." But us beer wisemen knew to be a defining and awesome quality. Not much head here, but the little head that does permeate is a dark brown. It looks gorgeous.

Smell: Unique smell, downright badass. Chocolate mixed with oatmeal. The chocolate presents itself as a dark smokey bitter smell. The oatmeal mixes and overwhelms the chocolate smell. One wisemen describes it as 'oatbread' or 'oatflour'.

Taste: Peculiar, the mixture of chocolate, oatmeal, and hops doesn't mesh as well as you would think. A definite taste of alcohol, with an ashy finish. Smokey aftertaste that hangs around. A real heavy malt presence. Not the most delicious beer but a challenge for your taste buds. One wiseman gave this a 4; the other a 3. We did a little algebra and came up with a 3.5.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick, but lighter than it looks. The taste lingers around in the mouth. Not dancing on the tastebuds, but stomping a good stomp.

Drinkability: I dunno if I'd sit around drinking these over better beers. Reminds the wisemen of old rasputin with oatmeal.

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