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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)

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wknight167
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours black with a one finger brown head that slowly fades and leaves intricate lacing..

Nose- Tobacco, chocolate and roast coffee predominate.

Palate- Roasty coffee mixed with chocolate milk, so... mocha I guess?

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, medium creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Even in the widemouth glass, a 3-finger dense tan head emerges atop the oily body. Great retention and a ton of sticky lacing.

Huge chocolate aromas, bittersweet and cocoa. Exceedingly chocolatey without being exceedingly sweet-smelling. Tons of roasted and toasted malts as well. I'm seriously digging this already and haven't even taken a sip yet.

This is the chocolate beer I've been looking for. Thick and creamy body with a insanely robust roasted malt body and a just-right amount of modest chocolate sweetness. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate run wild. Hops are a memory at this point, but burnt malts fill in nicely in the bitterness department. A touch of dark fruit, a touch of warming alcohol joins a nice dry roast in the finish.

Overall impression: Excellent example of a chocolate-infused stout that doesn't make your teeth ache with sweetness. Stone, please make this again.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a Stone IRS Tulip.

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Looks a little like a chocolate chip cookie sitting atop a glass of black coffee.

Nose is lightly roasted chocolate. Not slot going on here. Nice aroma, just a little... weak?

Taste is big bitter chocolate. Two years in the bottle and the cocoa is right up front. Love it.

Mouth is silky smooth. Love it!

Drinks very well, even if it is a little one dimensional. This is an excellent stout. Let it warm and sip on it all evening. Would love for Stone to revisit this one some day.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage Twelfth Anniversary Ale

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Peanut Butter Toffee Truffle (my least favorite pairing of the night).

A: Black as hell with a thin head but a ton of lace.

S: Roasted malts, grain, earthy leather notes with a boozy finish - very unique and pleasant.

T: Aged woodiness, sweet booze (bourbon), tobacco, black liquorish, with a yeasty biscuit finish.

M: Medium/full-bodied ale with mellow carbonation - very smooth an creamy.

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Photo of macktbone
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Worm...thanks for this and others.
Enjoyed just over years after it was brewed (Nov 2010) in the Stone XII anniversary glass.

A- real black with a great milk chocolate colored thick head that climbs the side of the glass.

S- Lots of molasses and cocoa. Bitterness with a little "green" aroma.

T- Tons of Bitter, Bitter chocolate that is great for melted hot chocolate but a little overpowering for a beer. Tastes like cold "hot chocolate".

M- Awesomely thick and perfect for an anniversary style oatmeal stout. Rivals some of the best stouts in the world.

D- I would love to have about one of these every two years to see how it ages, but more than that is a bit much unless you are looking to drink a candy bar.

Cool for an anniversary treat but deffinately not a daily drinker.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vicious black pour, with a nice dark tan finger of forced head.

Smell is good with fair amount of malts, chocolate and coffee. There is a tart quality, but it's faint.

Good lord. I'm pretty sure they used the highest percent of cocoa that they could find because this thing is uber bitter chocolate. I presumed that it would be hoppy, but it is totally the intense chocolates. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate ones it warms.

Feel is thick and coating.

This is very good, but needs to warm in my opinion.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

39th review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint

App- It's black, dense and undeniably a stone stout. Has a one finger tan head that laced quite nicely.

Smell- It's chocolate and coffee and roast. Like smelling a dark heavy coffee. I picked up raisins for some reason but after an 08.08.08 and a Redemption from RR, my nose is probably shot for smelling.

Taste- Wow, way smoother than I thought it would be. This has aged quite nicely and isn't too rough or overpowering to the palate. A touch bitter due to the chocolate but I find it to be quite nice.

Mouth- It's balanced and easy to take down. This beer has some legs to it and annouces your having a stout but doesnt overload the taste buds.

Drink- After the first two beers of the night one is enough for me, but I think if it was two years ago when this was 1st released and I was camping, this would be better than Jack out of the bottle in front of the fire.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to enelson (Ed) for this awesome beer! Took care of one of my 'wants.'

22oz bottle consumed on 10/30/10. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dirty, muddy deep brown/black with about a half-inch of dark mocha head. Some lace left behind. The nose is full of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, fresh coffee. Everything is still bold and pronounced. Great smell.

The mouth is perfectly silky and smooth. Decent amount of carbonation backing, even after 2 years. Excellent finish. The flavors meld well with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and a bit of a vinous twang on the back end. The oatmeal really adds a smooth creamy dimension that fits this beer wonderfully. I'm glad I was able to try this. Great beer!

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Thanks to sweenzander for sharing this one. Awesome.

It poured a opaque, black brew with a brown, chocolate head on it.

Smelled of heavy chocolate, some coffee and toffee notes.

The bitter chocolate hits way up front. Its quite flavorful with the chocolate that gives way to roasted malt and then a coffee aftertaste. It is as if you had a nice robust coffee and a dark chocolate bar all at the same time. It was very nice.

It was easy on the tongue. It aged well and had plenty to dance around in your mouth. Smooth but bold. It was filling and went down great.

This is a beer I would love to have on hand for quite some time. The couple years did magnificently to add to the blending of the flavors and it was just outright awesome. Yet another fantastic brew from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It had a very nice aroma and well-balanced flavor. Glad I got to try this one on tap. Now I just need to find a bottle to compare...

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good day for a breakfast beer...

Poured from a bomber into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a half of finger brown head. The little head that does pour dissipates really quick. No lacing to be had. Not to impressed with the appearance...

S - Fairly mild smell. What I do get is chocolate with lots of dark fruits...

T - Sweet chocolate taste hits you up front, which is followed by dark roasted malts. Ends on a slightly roasty bitter note. Abv is very well hidden. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied...

D - Another solid beer from Stone. Probably not my favorite from the style, but something I would definitely recommend if you can get your hands on one. Only have one more left aging. Looking foward to popping it soon...


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

The manger at the store where I purchased this assured me that it was cellaring well. It would be interesting to know what this was like fresh, as the chocolate had a muted character. The chocolate note married well with the oatmeal (I'm surprised more brewers don't take on this combination). Moderate bittering ran behind, and this, too, was pleasantly mellowed.

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Photo of samie85
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours oil slick black with a really dark mocha, one and a half finger, dense head.

S-Smells interestingly of pineapple, some roasted notes and some chocolate notes.... kind of a weak nose

T-I'm still getting a bit of that pineapple in the taste with chocolate and some very light roasted notes.

M-Thick, luscious velvety mouth with a heavy body and pretty low, but prickly carbonation.

D-The pineapple notes I was getting seem to be out of place with other reviews, so I'm wondering if this was handled poorly. Despite the odd pineapple notes, they kind of work with the rest of the aspects of the beer. The mouthfeel is out of this world and if the nose was a little better, I think this would be an amazing beer. Here's hoping they eventually put this back into production like SSR before it, so I can try it fresh.

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A - This beer poured a midnight, pitch black body...there was a small, mocha colored head that faded to a thin ring...little lacing

S - Dark, bitter chocolate dominates the aroma but there are also notes roasted the beer warms up oatmeal and dark fruits start coming through

T - There is a touch of sweetness up front but I can't tell what's making it...the roasted malts are present towards the middle...they play well with that bitter chocolate (which is pronounced through and through) provides a nice, bitter finish which make it seems like there are hops, but I can't detect any the aroma, when the beer warms oatmeal and dark fruits standing out

M - Full bodied...this one is thick and has a great bitterness from the chocolate...slight alcohol presence

D - I can't say what a fresh bottle of this tasted like but I'm glad that I finally got to try this (two years later)...the bitter chocolate was a great addition as it paired well with the roasted malts and oatmeal

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Photo of crusian
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend...

pours perfectly. appearance is a 5... easily. black viscous, small head... perfect. exactly what I wanted and expected.

smell... not so much... pretty poor to be honest. small notes of chocolate and roasty..., but thats about it.

tastes pretty good. I was expecting more, and to be honest, I tried a 2009 brooklyn black chocolate next to it, as this is VERY similar... and I think the brooklyn is better. This has a LOT of bitterness from the chocolate, and i think the brooklyn is balanced better... it offsets the chocolate bitterness. Dont get me wrong, if stone made this, at their price points, I would buy the hell out of it. but as something that is 2 years old, i expect a bit more out of it.

edit: this is getting much better as it warms... passing the brooklyn black chocolate now. Dont drink this cold... this is MUCH better warm... which is expected, but wow, this has really changed. Chocolate on the front, not overwhelmingly so, but just in a nice balance. Great mouthfeel. nice. I wish they made this again.

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Photo of Spider889
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle at a local store in Columbus... not sure if they had this kept in the back, if it literally sat on a shelf for two years (which I doubt - no dust on the bottle), or if Stone is still distributing it... several places seem to be selling their 2008 RIS still too. Not really sure what's going on there.

Nevertheless I was excited when I found this for $6 a growler.

Poured thick, thick black. Viscous and oily. Small thick head of dark toffee that receded into intermittent lace. Pitch black, no hope of light, not even around the edges.

I really got no smell at all off this. If I nearly stuck my nose into the beer I could pick up the alcohol. And after warming I MAYBE got some dark fruit, but that is a bit of a strain to be honest. Not sure if it was the age, old hops, the oats/chocolate, or even the recipe, but I was not impressed here.

The flavor was immediately dry and bitter - here's the advertised chocolate. Roasty, boozy for under 10%, lots of burnt toast. As it warmed it got sweeter and I could start to pick up more chocolate flavor and less bitterness. The booze stayed throughout.

Mouthfeel is thick and semi-chewy. The alcohol prickles the tip of the tongue and is very warming, but doesn't burn so I didn't mind too much. The warmer it got the more silky and smooth it drank. Dry and without much carbonation, as I'd expect.

I had no problem drinking most of the bomber (my wife sampled a little of it), but I wouldn't want a second one in a night. Overall a good find, I might buy some more if there's any left next time I'm beer shopping.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a favorite style of mine and this one got to sit in the rotation for a long time...Turned out to be one of the better chocolate stouts out there. Poured a dense dark color with no light getting through. Medium size lite chocolate head with average retention for high abv. Good lacing.

Smell is very pronounced bitter chocolate and some malts. Very nice. Tastes very good. Too much chocolate is a problem, especially when you are drinking the whole bomber by yourself. The fact that this is bitter chocolate and there is some oatmeal smoothness and a noticable alcohol presence to cut what might have been an overpowering taste - keeps this a drinkable beer from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich. The bitter chocolate is just right and the presence of alcohol is a plus not a minus.

Drinkability for a big beer, featuring chocolate is good. This would be a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bomber that had been aged for 2 years.
The pour was black as night with a rich tan head. The smell of delicious roasted malt, chocolate, and some oaty notes. Then came the best part....taste. It had a chewy mouthfeel that was followed by mellowed out chocolate flavors, mixed with some hearty roasted notes and finished clean. I wish I could try this beer again.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a jet black color. One finger mocha colored head that shows good retention. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass seem to just cling there and freeze in time.

S- Nice big bittersweet chocolate aroma in the front of the nose. Roasted malts come in with a light burnt coffee note that linger on and on. Some oats are in this one as well but nothing that is overdominating. Well balanced in the aroma. Some light soy aroma in there as well.

T- Nice big sweet chocolate flavor in the upfront. Roasted malts in the middle of this with coffee beans in the ending middle. Oats come through in the ending as well and helps it linger throughout the entire beer itself. Alcohol in the ending is mellow and came down in with the aging on it.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the beer. Sweet chocolate malts left on the palate with roasted malts and light alcohol on the aftertaste. Flavors were pretty well balanced with chocolate pulling out a little more here and there. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer has aged well and I'm glad I have a couple bottles still laying down in the cellar. The ABV isn't really all that noticable which makes this a good beer and dangerous at the same time.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, dark black with a very small tan head. Smell is roasty with lots of chocolate. There is also a malt sweetness to the nose that makes this aroma quite pleasant. The taste is immediately chocolatey with great roasted malt flavors. I never had this beer fresh, but 2 years later, it's tasting mighty fine. The mouthfeel is nice and thick (which I was hoping for). Drinkability is pretty high.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured thick and black in color with a full, dense, mocha head to it. The head faded down to a very thin ring around the edges of the glass after a minute or so and left minimal lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of bitter-sweet chocolate to it with the oats lending a smoothness. It has some hints of roasty and coffee flavors but they take a backseat to the oats and chocolate.

The taste starts with a more of sweet chocolate and cocoa flavor but quickly starts to show more of the bitter chocolate, coffee and roasty flavors. A strong bitter chocolate, burnt, roasty flavor really starts to come through even stronger well into the finish and lingers on the palate. The oats smooth it out and give it a some nice flavor as well. Very tasty beer overall.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation a little below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was a pleasure to sip on this evening. The oats and the bitter chocolate came together very nicely to create a very good tasting and smooth beer. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of kk73
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into my glass. Thanks to iowahawk for this one.

A - Pours black and thick, very little little mocha colored head that almost disappears.

S - Smells mainly of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also a little sweet and creamy from the oats.

T - Taste was right on for me. Not to sweet like other chocolate stouts Ive had. Taste of sweet yet slightly bitter chocolate up front, moving into roasted malts and coffee. The bitterness hangs around throughout.

M - Silky smooth and creamy. Just perfect.

D - Thought the alcohol when I had it was well hidden in the beer, well masked with very little hotness if any at all. Awesome beer and worth seeking out, just trying to fiqure out how I could get more bottles.

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Photo of kbeals
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

JohnGalt1 sent me this one a while back in a fantastic trade!

A- Inky black, very viscous on the pour. A finger of mocha colored head rises and disappears down to a thin crown of head. Thin veils of lacing throughout the session.

S- Chocolate and dark, roasted malts. A touch sweet with a slight amount of bitter aroma. Somewhat complex, but it doesn't seem to have that extra dimension like other RIS's have.

T- Relatively sweet and bitter. A good mix between the two, flavor reminds me of chocolate and coffee. No real amount of detectable hops, but the bitterness gives the illusion of hops.

M- Heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. Pretty much what I expect for this style. Very good.

D- Sweetness gets to me after a while. It also has a detectable amount of booziness to it. Still a good beer though.

Many thanks go out to Toby, a truly epic trader!

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Photo of mgbickel
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously brought to a recent tasting by noslenwerd. Poured a 3oz. taste into a Perfect Pint glass. A small but thick tan head formed on top of the dark brown/black body. The head receded down to a thin layer rather quickly, leaving little lace behind.

The nose has lots of roasted malts, freshly ground coffee beans, and cocoa up front. You can detect a nut, almost cookie like aroma in the background.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but with a lot more oomph! Starts off on the sweet side, but fades to the roasted characters toward the finish. Surprisingly complex and flavorful...

Medium bodied, creamy but oily at the finish; moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I had low expectations and this one exceeded them all. Try it if you can find it!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another shared by cbutova. Reviewed on his front porch at 1 a.m. in the pitch blackness. My notes are chicken scratch.

Pours black with a nice brown head. Retained pretty well and left some lacing.

Great smell. Chocolate, dark fruit, hops and roasted malt. Quite aromatic.

Taste matched the smell. A great mixture of chocolate, espresso, raisins/figs, hops and roastiness. There is some booze present but it works as a highlight much like Stone IRS. Flavors are still pretty strong, very nice.

Mouthfeel has a great creaminess, well carbonated.

At 2 years old or so this is drinking great.

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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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