Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal StoutStone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
86.2%
Liked This Beer
4.11 w/ 973 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
706
Ratings:
973
Liked:
839
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
9.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
138
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 973 |  Reviews: 706
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 Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A healthy pour produces a cresting, initially four-finger thick, richly browned, frothy head. As the head slowly collapses it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite simply black and remains opaque no matter how close I hold it up to the light. Bitter burnt grain aroma and substantially toasted malt aromas are easily noticeable. At times a rich chocolate note is noticed, but at others it is drowned out by the roast character. The burnt malt notes at times can be overwhelmingly sharp, acrid and acidic and that once noticed chocolate note seems to be a faint memory. Hot alcohol notes are noticeable as the beer gets near room temperature.

Thick and creamy feeling up front and not any where near as sweet as the body would suggest. Lots of bitter burnt malt notes linger from beginning to end and in fact really lingers on in the palate after the beer has gone down my throat. Some thin, bitter, dark chocolate notes are found in the middle of this beer and the finish has a lingering note of dusty, dark cocoa powder. Even as the beer gets substantially warmer it does not lose its aggressive, acrid burnt flavors. They become perhaps a touch more tempered, but still overly influence the finish and make this excessively bitter. On the plus side, while it is quite burnt in character, the flavor does note get overly acidic from the burnt notes.

This beer is going to need some time before I can really get into it. The question remains though if it will mellow before it becomes overly oxidized. A great beer for those who like aggressively roasted flavors, I can't quite get into this though as it makes me think I am chewing on charcoal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Spidey13
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick, black, gooey, used motor oil black with a tiny, dark brown head on top. On the nose is mostly alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol with hints of roasted malt and chocolate. But...yeah...mostly alcohol.

The taste is better than the smell, though it's still dominated by the alcohol. There is some bitter chocolate in there, along with roastiness. The bitterness of the chocolate shows up at the end, and the bitterness is much milder than the hop bitterness you get from a lot of Stone's beers. The mouthfeel is very thick with low carbonation.

I would not classify this beer as very drinkable, mainly due to the high alcohol content, but it's a very interesting beer and it was fun to try.

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Photo of richkrull
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours solid black with a thin brown head.

S - Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malt followed by a milk chocolate, cream, vanilla aroma.

T - Roasted malt with black coffee followed by bittersweet chocolate and a creamy oatmeal flavor. The bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee linger on the tongue and create a good deal of dryness.

M - Medium and creamy, slightly slick with some warming alcohol.

D - Not bad but the different flavors do not blend very well. Tastes like several different beers blended together.

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Photo of Kraken
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard issue 22oz bomber into a a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes a quarter inch head with dramatic staying power, and an picturesque coco hued head. Color is black as night, absolute motor-oil black.

Nose- Not much, coco, peat, slightly smoky, hints of booze.

Palate- Bakers chocolate, peat, some smoke. Mild bitterness but no where near as much as I was expecting from the reviews of others. Guiness-esque on some levels. Very smooth and creamy mildy hot.

Mouthfeel- slightly cloying, creamy smooth.

Drinkability- A bit strong at 9.2% and slightly cloying. A nice stout, but I think more then one is too many.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This might one of the darkest and thickest beers I've poured. It looks almost like hershey syrup mixed with top soil as the body settles into the glass. Head is a full two fingers of carmel brown that lasts a couple of minutes. Leaves a bit of crown like lace. Nose is more of roasted coffee, dark malts and a hint of rich coco. First sip is a mix bold alcohol, burnt malt, zesty dry spices and bakers chocolate. The chocolate feel develops more as you drink and starts to include black vanilla, pie crust and toffee on the back of the palate. Alchol really stays dominate on the tongue. The bitter dry thickness left long after the swallow hurts the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black-sizeable tan head. Ok aroma. I get a heavy bourbon smell. Bitterness upfront-cant necessarily say it is chocolate. Roasted sort of burnt coffee flavors. Somewhat of the silkiness you would expect from an oatmeal stout. Lingering dark cocoa flavor. Mild alcohol tinge. Good body. I am a bit dissapointed overall more of a stout then anything. None of the chocolate character I was expecting. Nothing really stands out and says "hey". The bourbon aroma was a bit unexpected. Won't dis this entirely but will try my other bottle and review again.

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. July 2008 vintage date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Pitch black with 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Unfortunately, the nose is not complex and basically bitter cocoa powder with some slighltys weet toasted dark malts.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates with a substantial dark malt contribution. There isn't a lot more here, but it is bold and pretty intense.

M: Medium-full body with low carbonation and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

D: A sweeter chocolate stout would have been more enjoyable but this is high-quality Stone brewing nonetheless.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Head retention is so-so and there's very little lacing.

The smell has a good bitter chocolate nose...surprise! Oh, I also get some notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a slight citrus hop smell and quite a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a big dark chocolate bitterness up front followed by some roasted malt, coffee, good dark fruit, and some hop bitterness. Some alcohol peeks its way through as well giving me some warming.

It has a fullish mouthfeel making it silky smooth, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes with a nice oatmeal taste that brings some dryness...pretty drinkable and tasty but...I don't think I'd seek it out again. Like they said in the "old" days, it just doesn't turn my crank. Try some and see what you think,

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into two glasses. Extremely dark black color. Had a rich look to it. Big brown head. Not a lot of carbonation. Smelled like a heavy duty stout. Roasted barley with a jacked up alcohol presence. Taste was pretty good, but not what I expected. There was a lot of the bitter chocolate present, but not much else. What about all the other flavors you'd expect from an oatmeal stout? Plus, I found this beer to be a bit on the thin side for a stout. Didn't seem to have a lot of heartiness to it. Didn't blow me away, as I was thought I might be from a special release beer. I would be interested, though, as to what this beer would taste like if it were cellared for 12-16 months. Should have bought two, I guess.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ink black with a very thick dark brown head. Head reduces down to about a 1/4 inch thick foam cap and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate laced with pure alcohol. Surprisingly strong alcohol aroma. Little bits of roasted malt mixed in. Takes on a fiant aroma of rubbing alcohol as it warms.

T - Bitter roasted malts up front with hints of unsweetened chocolate. A big mouth full of roasted grain. Very simple taste profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Alcohol burn is very noticeable which is a little surprising given the age. Not very complex tastes make it a little on the dull side.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on two separate occasions. Once I drank it a little colder than I would normally drink a stout. The second time I had it closer to 50-55 deg. and surprisingly I found that I liked it better very cold.

Pours nice and black and produces a nice chocolate head with a little coaxing

Cold, it's smell was subdued but enjoyable with chocolate, roasted malt and a little smoke. Warmer, all these smells were pushed out by a really dominant booziness.

With the taste, again, unless extremely cold, the rubbing alcohol burn is overpowering and detracts from the chocolate and malt. When the booze taste subsides, you still get the lingering hops and chocolate bitterness

Mouthfeel is silky but thinner than expected.

The heavy booze presence keeps the drinkability low unless you like ice cold stouts

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of AndresR
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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

Photo of rpaul2012
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of pmoney
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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 Kaisermatt
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MurphDog14
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 anv release

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Photo of 3Hops
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 973 ratings
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