12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
977 Ratings
12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th 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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 977 |  Reviews: 707
Photo of Goliath
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with a large inch and a half mocha colored head. Good retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice. A good bit of dark chocolate in the nose with a bit of coffee to round it out. The malting is slightly roasty as well.

The taste is fine. A good bit of dark chocolate with a slight roasty coffee tone as well. Malts give a bit of a burnt feel and the beer finishes slightly bitter. They've certainly accomplished what they had hoped to.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and really creamy. This one is lightly carbonated and pretty smooth.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a solid beer all around and I think aging would actually do it wonders. I had it a few months back and was unimpressed but am really enjoying revisiting it at the moment.

 784 characters

Photo of r3zim
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pores black with 1/2 inch of dark tan head.

Smells faintly of chocolate and malt.

Medium body with foam-like texture. Very interesting.

Taste of strong roasted flavors and coffee-like bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Bitterness reminds me of baking chocolate.

Smooth to drink but bitterness stays a bit too long. The heaviness also detracts from it's drinkability. This ale has some interesting characteristics but there are many imperial stouts that I'd pick far before it.

 497 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet beer! And I don't mean sweet like candy.... Just awesome.

Poured a thick black color into my tulip glass. A finger and a half tan head formed, then quickly receded... All that was left was a thin tan circle around the outside of the glass.
No lacing at all.

Aroma was fairly delicate and mostly of roasted notes.... Also a thickness to the aroma... a sweetness. I realize the two thoughts seem counter intuitive, but that's really what I was sensing.

Flavor really rocked.. Smooth from front to back and almost like a milkshake. Creamy sensation to the chocolate flavor.... Then to a subtle vanilla flavor.... A little alcohol then back to the bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very deep and enticing.

The mouth feel is creamy as mentioned and pretty thick in body. Much like eating bittersweet chocolate, the flavor sticks with you as it melts away in your mouth..

This is where I think this beer is aptly named.

Drinkability... Damn, why do I only have one bottle??

 974 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City. I went for this beer based on the name and the fact that it's an anniversary beer. Reading the blurb on the side of the bottle about this beer's origins and the hop shortage only made me appreciate even more this beer, since it was apparently planned before circumstances pretty much forced it's brewing. Although Stone is known for hoppy west coast brews, they did a great job on this and this is a very solid stout!

The pour was pretty much what I thought it would be - dark, rich, and with a pretty decent head. I wish that this beer had a bit more lacing and thickness to it, but the aroma was just as wonderful as the taste - chocolate, currant, espresso, and toffe...but the aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired. The alcohol, although it's 9.20% can be felt from the first sip and is by far the most dominant note that linger after each gulp. The chocolate is reminiscent of Ghiradelli, but because the oats aren't strong, this isn't like the Oatmeal Stouts that I've had over the years.

Some people said that the alcohol on this sneaks up on them. As I stated earlier, I would disagree, but no matter! This is a strong beer that isn't afraid to be bold. It's not the best Stout that I've had, but as always, Stone has done an admirable job here and even though this style isn't their forte, it's well worth seeking out.

 1,402 characters

Photo of sliverX
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poored a very dark brown almost black, what little head that did present itself quickly left only to hint at lacing down the sides off the glass every so often

tasted a very overwhelming chocolate with a slight hint of coffee,

was so easy to drink and with such pleasant tastes this one didn't hang around long especially when I let a few friends in on my glass

 364 characters

Photo of Kendo
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is thick, oily black -- no visible carbonation -- with a small chocolatey-brown head that disappears pretty quickly. No lacing.

S: Slight roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not as powerful in the nose as you might expect.

T: Roasted malt and roasty grains in general up front, with chocolate bitterness following. Chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms. Alcohol heat at back end makes it a little hot in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-to-heavy in heft (closer to heavy), but smoother than expected -- I credit the oatmeal and the low level of carbonation for that.

D: Pretty good. Finished the bomber in 85 minutes -- about what you'd expect, I suppose, for a beer of this strength.

Notes: A bomber's worth leaves you with a nice buzz.

 790 characters

Photo of mj71
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm-up a bit from the fridge hoping to tame some of the heavy alcohol presence others have commented about.

Pours jet-black with a sparse chocolate head that disappears quickly. The nose is excellent with a nice toasty, maybe a little sweet, chocolate aroma.

Taste starts off with a bit of carbonation zing that quickly turns to a strong malty alcohol followed by the bitter chocolate. It's a lot happening in a single sip. Mouthfeel starts aggressive then quickly smooths-out nicely. The bitterness is really held in check to the end of the sip.

Drinkability is very good and gets better as the beer warms. Be careful. The ABV will sneak-up on you.

 664 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rocky mocha head; a fair amount of lace, too

Smell: Bitter chocolate and lots of roasted malt

Taste: Opens with a black bread and chocolate flavor that gets increasingly fruity and bitter by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter hops kick it up a notch and provide a lingering, burnt charcoal finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with creamy oatmeal character; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The flavor profile is interesting but a bit of a battle on the palate

 509 characters

Photo of Raymond69
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and dark in color. Rich chocolate head leaves some lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and some sweet malts.

I can't tell if the bitterness is from a small amount hops combined with the chocolate , or just the chocolate itself. This remind me of the bitterness you might find in an espresso.

Mouthfeel is thick , good carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable beer I'd like to cellar.

 384 characters

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

On tap at HopCat:
A: pours thick black with a tight dark brown head

S: smells of grain, dark chocolate, and a mild sweetness

T: rich chocolate flavor, dark roasted malt finish, Has a slightly harsh roasted note.

M: smooth and velvety with good carbonation

D: the texture makes this beer amazing, and a joy to drink

 320 characters

Photo of guitarmage
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just about pitch black, I can't get any light to pass through my tulip glass. Cocoa colored foam leaves a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Unsweetened chocolate, a little espresso like acidity and a tight piney hoppiness.

Taste: Much more prominent taste than aroma, bitter chocolate, a vicious espresso acidity on the tongue, molasses, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: This full-bodied and heavy, very light carbonation, I will only drink one of these.

Drinkability: Tasty cold weather beer, a subtle, yet huge chocolate stout. Reminds me of The Abyss in mouthfeel and overall character.

 599 characters

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

Appearance: Velvety black body, thick brown head with lots of independent bubbles. Leaves light lacing.

Smell: Dry malts up front, with the grainy oatmeal after. Notes of coffee present way down at the bottom, but with only the tiniest hints of chocolate.

Taste: The alcohol gives this a highly astringent opening. This is followed by a strong malty backbone, quite a bit of sweetness, and the aforementioned graininess due to the oatmeal. Hints of chocolate as it goes down, and strong notes of bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Would get a higher rating if the alcohol was better-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, high bitterness, moderate mouthfeel. Goes down smooth considering the alcohol, but the astringency is not quite as pleasant as I'd like it to be.

Drinkability: This is a a pretty good beer, but this is one of the few times that I think it would have been better with less alcohol. Stone is normally top-notch, but this one is not one of their best offerings, and to be honest, I'm probably tougher on it knowing it's from them instead of a lesser brewery.

 1,077 characters

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

Picked up a bomber in late August from Sprotsman's for $5.59.

Beer poured black as night with a brown head that dissapated quickly. Nose is sweet mocha, roasted malts and dark chocolate; very nice. Taste buds were greeted with a blast of bitter chocolate and hops, alcohol, roasted malts, with the oatmeal lingering in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is good. The high abv was pretty evident in the first couple of sips but has blended nicely by mid bottle. If you like bitter chocolate this is the brew for you.

 564 characters

Photo of SirSketch
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a package from Jw37. Thanks!

I gave this beer a perfect in both appearance and smell because I really do think it was perfect in these respects. Enormous four-fingers of fully brown head that has a wonderful cascading effect. Completely opaque from every angle. The aroma was that of sugar oatmeal cookies, very rich dark chocolate, caramel and slight spiciness underneath. Loved it!

Taste is that of espresso and sweet chocolate. Other flavors that came through were caramel and nuts. Very bitter with some hoppy, grassy flavors. Warming alcohol at the end makes for a great finish. Very great beer

 618 characters

Photo of AltBock
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a silk screened label of the Stone gargoyle with his wings out in battle mode raising a mug of beer high in the air. Off to the right is the cellar temperature and the month and year this batch was made, July 2008. Then to the right of that is the usual excessive 5,000+ word novel explaing how this beer came to mind. Don't waste your time reading it because it mostly just gibberish. If you got an hour to waste, then yeah, go ahead and read it.

Appearance: I decided to pour this chocolate oatmeal Stout into my Brooklyn Brewery Imperial pint glass. This Stone beer really looks like they melted down a big 95% to 100% cocoa chocolate bar and then bottled it. The color was great, but surprisingly there was barely a head of foam on top of this beer. At first there was a small skim of dark mocha foam, but that quickly dissipated into oblivion. There was almost no sign of rings and absolutely no trace of mocha spots or streaks of lace around the glass. I loved the color this beer had, but the lack of head on this beer was sad to see.

Smell: The smell of this beer was slightly bitter, sweet, dark, and roasted. It wasn't overly bitter or sweet with a huge amount of bitter dark chocolate, a few black cherries, a bit of oatmeal, plenty of dark roasted malts, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and a very subtle touch of roasted hops. It had every aroma I look for in a pitch black colored beer, but it was lacking the kick that this aroma needed. The aromas were there, but they were just lacking the strength. It smelled like something was holding them back, but there wasn't anything there to do that.

Taste: Now this is more like it! The taste was dry, bitter, and it was also lightly sweet like the aroma was, but better of course. With this beer, I could really taste the bitter dark chocolate. Not so much the oatmeal, but that's fine. I can do without that. Hiding behind the bitter dark chocolate was dark roasted malts, a splash of roasted coffee beans, a hint of black cherry, a subtle touch of charred oak, and then this chocolate based taste finishes up on the bitter side with dry and bitter roasted hops. The kick that was missing in the aroma was found here in the taste. It's too bad that kick couldn't have been found in both places.

Mouthfeel: This is another of those beers that boarded on the medium to full bodied line. It was hard to tell which line it was on. Whatever line it was on or over, it featured a chewy roasted aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, black cherries, and a hint of roasted coffee beans. Even though this beer was thick, chewy, and heavily roasted, I still thought it masked its high ABV of 9.2%.

Drinkability: Was it bitter? A little bit. Did it have the taste of chocolate in it? Hell yes! Was there any oatmeal in here? Just a subtle touch. Was it a Stout? Of course it was! At least this beer was true to the name it was given. Was it good? It sure was! It was lacking in the aroma and head of foam department, but this is one of those beers that put most of its efforts into where it matters most, the taste. Not my favorite from Stone Brewery, but I could see myself opening another one of these up or cellar one to see how it would come out with an extra couple more months on it.

 3,290 characters

Photo of mkabull
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark black with a light brown foamy head that is minimal
S= Good roasted malt smell with burnt and roasted odors predominating
T= lovely velvety stout flavor tastes very young ( I wish I bought a second bottle to age ) roasted malt and dark caramel flavors has a guiness like soured tate to it .
M= thick velvet milkshake-like pour with a cream like body when you drink it
D= I love this beer great taste and sipping drinkability can't enjoy to many of these in one night and maybe that's a good thing so if you buy alot they will last longer .

 548 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: bitter chocolate, light alcohol, and roasted malts are bold and provides an enjoyable aroma.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolates, alcohol, prunes, molasses, and oats. Bitterness is hearty and creates a balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth and silky throughout. Very long roasted malt and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: very tasty brew but alcohol levels leave this as a slow sipper and no more than one bottle per session. Nice tasty beer.

 569 characters

Photo of Goregazm
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: Wow, this beer looks exactly like oil! Rich, thick, and black as night. Has an awesome, frothy black head which lasts for a good minute and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: This beer smells like rich, dark chocolate. Has the scents of coffee, black licorice, molasses, cocoa, and some toasty malts. Very, very nice.

Taste: The coffee and chocolate flavors hit you right off the bat. After that, it transitions into a creamier taste, where the oatmeal and cocoa strike the taste buds. Has a toasty, almost burnt taste as it goes down. The alcohol taste is strong, but not overly done.

Mouthfeel: Malty and creamy, like the feeling of a melted chocolate bar. Not too tingly or acidic on the tongue. Aftertaste is more bitter then sweet, with the flavor of burnt coffee beans and cocoa on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is strong and heavy, with a great mixture of both bitterness and sweetness. It's stronger then a lot of other stouts, but for me, that's just fine. If your into stouts with a strong taste and a sweet undertone, get a hold of this. It might fill you up a little, but trust me, it's worth it.

 1,215 characters

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd missed this one but came home to Michigan and managed to scrounge a bottle up at Sylvan Market. Basically I'm an overwhelming fan of Stone beers, and so I'm basically down to try every single one I scrape up. Appearance is excellent - pitch black with a dark tan head and a touch of lacing of the beer. Sugary nose, lots of roasted malt and alcohol as well; some dried fruit. Honestly, the alcohol's there even in the nose, which is not normal (taste, yes, nose, no). Taste is huge roasted malt. Light cookies, dried fruit. Alcohol is pretty strong in here. Strong chocolate, although I don't really taste the oatmeal. Highly bitter beer, with the hops working into the roasted flavor. Body is thick, appropriate for a stout. Overall, this one's not bad, but I wasn't particularly blown away by this one. Fairly straightforward in terms of flavor - huge roasted bitter chocolate. So big, I'm glad I split it with a couple friends. In no way bad, but honestly one of the least impressive Stone beers I've had.

 1,020 characters

Photo of msolar
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark with a very minimal, yet thick brown head.

Smells very sweet, definite chocolate notes with a hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes amazing. It has a great sweet foretaste of chocolate, with a slight bitter and roasted aftertaste. The chocolate is not overwhelming, like Young's Double Chocolate can be.

Mouthfeel - It feels like a full bodied oatmeal stout - comparable to Sam Smith's Oatmeal or Southern Tier's "Oat" - both A/A+ beers, in my opinion. (Again, the chocolate is not overwhelming at all)

Drinkability - I'm impartial to oatmeal stouts and chocolate stouts, so for me, this is heaven. You'll probably get full pretty quick, however.

Overall, I like this beer a lot - I'm going to look into putting it on tap at home later this winter. Maybe a holiday present to myself.

 814 characters

Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generous (or forgetful) BA that left this at my house after the KC BA stout and porter tasting.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The aroma of this beer is brutal. Its like my nose got raped. Bitter dark cocoa powder up front with coffee, molasses and apples coming through also. It's really amazing how bitter this beer actually smells. Really great stuff. The taste is bitter bakers chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and just a bit of coffee. The mouthfeel is full and creamy from the oatmeal. Really great stuff. This is another wonderful stout done by Stone. I can only hope that one day we will be able to get it in KC.

 652 characters

Photo of OStrungT
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color wih no light shining through. It boasts a think, fluffy brown head that fades a bit faster than I expected, leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma of this beer assults the nose as soon as the cap is popped. During the pour, it keeps up its nasal assult, utilizing a bitter cocoa aroma. Behind the chocolate, I detect a mild coffee aroma. Some burnt malty sweetness makes its way into the assult as well.

This beer tastes much like ti smells. Very chocolatey up front, with some coffee mixing in. Malty sweet also. Some hop flavor fights to make its presence known in the mix with the chocolate.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down very smooth, leaving a bitter cocoa aftertaste. This beer has a thick mouthfeel from the oatmeal. Very nice.

This beer might make a great session beer except for the 9.2% ABV. The flavor is aggressive, yet easy to drink.

Overall: Great beer, but I never had any doubts. Stone, you are still one of the greatest breweries on this planet. Keep up the great work.

 1,030 characters

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

From the 22oz. standard Stone bomber, poured aggressively into a large tulip comes a black-ass brown liquid with a dingy brown, two-finger head.

The smell is of roast, somewhat burnt dark malts, coffee, chocolate, black currants and some fusal alcohol.

The flavor is sweet initially, comprised of all the elements that come to the nose. The finish winds down to a bittering end with a notable lash from alcohol. Taste is good now, but will improve with some age no doubt.

Good healthy body with ample carbonation that bites just a bit from the creaminess that should come with some melding after time (ageing).

Nice interpretation for the style and fairly easy to consume for it's 9.2% ABV... Happy Anniversary Stone!

 721 characters

Photo of Bitzy
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this 22oz bomber at Gaslight brewery and restaurant. Since it's 9.2% ABV and the fact that I was in the mood for a good stout I drank the whole bottle on my own (was the only beer I drank that night). I enjoyed this brews drinkability, bitter chocolate, coffee flavors, and roasted malts. However, I couldn't really taste much oatmeal. In the end I settled with thinking that the oatmeal was hidden by the alcohol and revealed by adding creaminess and some sweetness.

 473 characters

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.

 541 characters

12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 977 ratings