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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
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
Ratings:
970
Reviews:
705
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the GA release.

Pours completely black with a great looking two-finger chocolate-colored head. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is sticky.

Smells good. There's a good bit of roasted malt aroma to go along with a mild chocolate smell. There's also a faint hint of vanilla.

Tastes good. It starts off with a mild roasted flavor and segues into a big hit of chocolate and bitterness and ends with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent. There's a great thickness and subtle carbonation that lets the flavors float out. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. The oatmeal works wonderfully to smooth this bad boy out, and the flavors work well together without overpowering each other.

Overall it's another solid offering from Stone. It's a milder version of their RIS that doesn't have the big flavors but it's also a bit smoother. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber silk screened label brown bottle served into a tulip glass.Opaque black with a deep brownish hue,creamy tan/mocha head with fair retention and some spotted lacing.

Roasty with bittersweet chocolate,vanallia with oatmeal sweetness just a slight sweet booziness and a touch of licorace and woody bourbon comes through latter. Some spicy/woodiness. Good complex aroma not overpowering at all.

Bitter chocolate with oatmeal upfront with a woody booziness of bourbon closely behind has some rough edges to it would seem to benifit nicely with some aging. Undertones of dark fruitiness throughout with very sharp crisp bitterness with boozy heat comming through. Leaves a rich roasted coffee/chocolate bitterness lingering with tounge swelling bitter effects. Has a creamy,velveety feel even with the boozy heat. Surprizingly drinkable even with the rough edge. I'd love to cellar this beer a bit, seems like a good beer to age. Worth a try now and even worth more of a try later.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Cresant
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker glass. The body was opaque and seriously black with a muddy frothy head. The head seemed to be ever generating and looked like a double dark chocolate milkshake.

The smell was nearly absent. Alcohol and peeper were the primary properties.

Taste was of roasted grain bitterness. Coffee. Raw cocoa. Lingering bright bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth but not as viscous as I had anticipated.

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a friend after dinner. Pour pitch black with a tan head.

I'm not feeling this beer. It reminds me of Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S., another big oatmeal stout I wasn't crazy about. At first the aroma smells like pure vodka, but eventually roasted grains come out. The flavor isn't much better for me as it tastes like a mess. I can tell there are black malt, chocolate, and oats, but the flavors tend to clash instead of working together. I should add that it's not like this beer tastes bad, it's just that for all that's going on, it could be better. I seem to be out of the norm here, but I'd still say this beer is worth a try for something different.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone has a great product here with the Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Pours black as night, just a great looking stout. It does, however, has that bitter aftertaste that didn't impress me as other stouts. This would be one brew to add to the drinkable stouts, if you didn't mind the bitterness of the aftertaste.

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Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. No light can penetrate this liquid. The head is brown and doesn't last long.

Chocolate chip cookie, bitter cocoa powder, cherries, coffee, and some blackberry in the nose.

Starts sweet with a ton of dark chocolate. In the middle there is a lot of fruit like cherries and black berries...maybe some cola. Finish is bitter, dry, and roasty.

Mouthfeel is chewy and most excellent. My only criticism is it does have a fair amount of carbonation. Easily remedied though.

This is a helluva beer. My favorite Anniversary ale since 10. Very drinkable for its complexity. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A opaque black color with a dark brown head on top, that is quater inch thick slowly dissolves away. There is alot going on in the aroma, from the sweet fragrance of oatmeal, followed by a touch of chocolate and coffee. That is followed by a dried fruit fragrance, mostly of raisons and currants. The oatmeal and sweet maltour hit the palate at the start, then a bitter chocolate comes through and dominates the taste, till it reaches the back, where a quick smack of earthy bitterness finishes it out. A thick, oily, and syrupy texture. It does finishes on the palate dry. A very good beer, incredible flavors and aromas, along with slick mouthfeel, make this a strong stout. This is a great dessert beer, particularly goes well with tollhouse cookies. I would really love to have this aged from a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of getting to try this one on tap at Barleys the other day. I didnt make it to the release, but was thrilled when I saw it was still around the next day. Served in a Duvel glass straight from the tap, this one was consumed on 09/19/2008.

The pour was straight up friggin nice. Rich dark brown, competlely opaque. There was a gorgeous looking head on top, maybe two and a half inches in height that just literally would not fade away. Huge sticky and gooey side glass lace just would not quit and really gave this one of the better looking stouts I have seen recently.

The aroma was just as I would have expected. Lots of chocolate here, tons of it, with a good amount of bitter hoppiness coming through as well. Some notes of a bourbon like alcohol and a bit of a sweet molasses touch to it as well. Really very well done. The flavor almost made me fall out of my seat, as it was just that damn good. Intense notes of sweet chocolate folded over themselves and dived into a rich molasses filled bourbon like alcohol. Super sweet in the front before turning intenesly bitter and hoppy on the finish. I had the mouth dry out soo bad when i was done I almost reached for some water. This was almost remiscent of Darkness in the hoppiness of the finish. Super creamy and smooth, this was definitly a full bodied stout with an excellent amount of carbonation that gave it a velvet like smoothness. I could not believe the alcohol was as high as it was, as I was just sipping away on this one with no regard, really well masked and very welll hidden.

Overall I was very, very impressed with this one. One of the best chocolate stouts i have ever had, nevermind for an anniversary ale. They really hit a homerun with this one and I would love to try it again.

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Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Reino. Served in a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a thick, perfectly dark black. An aggressive yields an 1/8 of an inch of dark brown head. The head has very little retention, collapsing to a thin ring that leaves very nice sheeting rings on the glass. The beautiful thing about this beer is the color. Just a an almost perfect black.

S: Smell of some really nice chocolate. Smells like good baker's chocolate. Very nice oat smell comes in also. Cream is also present, adding a very nice lactose quality to it. The primary smells described above shine heavily but the fundamental hops and malt are still present. This smells amazing.

T: Taste i also very nice. This beer is not as bitter as I think it should be, more sweet than anything. The chocolate is very nice and subtle probably in part to the oatmeal presence. Once again a really nice milky quality in the flavor profile that makes this creamy goodness. My only complaint is the lack of bitterness, still very solid in this dept. though.

M: Medium to full in body. Has a very creamy and oily consistency. Really coats the mouth, tongue and throat. The big suprise here is the low to moderate level of carbonation. Makes this actually refreshing for the style. Aftertaste is of chocolate and malt.

D: Due to the feel, this beer is highly drinkable for the richness the style provides. This beer is quite impressive. I still has room for improvement and is far from perfect, but is still a good brew. Stone doesn't seem to disappoint when they make a dark, rich brew. This is great.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal head, but an even ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, oats, some sugars, and raisins. Roasted malts balance out the scent of the alcohol well.

Taste is bitter with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. It is also sweet with sugars and raisins, but the bitterness and the sweetness are a little uneven. The Finish is dry and malty with some more coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and cloying, good stuff.

Thoroughly enjoyable, this beer suffers from a bit of unbalance in the taste, perhaps some age will tame it.

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Photo of tangentrider
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +8.3%
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 -14.6%
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 -2.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.6%
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 -2.9%
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 -3.7%
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 -17.6%
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 -3.2%
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 +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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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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