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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)

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 973 |  Reviews: 706
Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black body with a small yellowish tan head.

Nose is a mix of dark roasted malts, light milky chocolate, a nice licorice or even dark fruit character, some wet ocean or beach wood(not to be confused with budweiser beechwood). There's defiantly a mild oatmeal

Taste is medium/full to full bodied with a syrupy sweet dark roasted malt bitterness almost immediately. Dark over-roasted burnt espresso beans, old stale coffee, dark dark bakers chocolate, and a very mild black licorice. Bitterness from hops is present but really kept to a minimum in this brew. There's more of a burnt roasted malt taste and bitterness than anything else. Strong bitter, dark chocolate roasted flavors start to peak through more towards the back-end and really start to linger the finish. As the chocolate flavor floats in the finish, there's also a lot of warmth and licorice overtones lingering as well.

This is a strong beer. More of an imperial oatmeal stout than a strong chocolate type stout. Some of strong bitter flavors from the malt could use some aging that might round out the flavors a bit. I think I'll sit on a couple of these for a while and see how it does. Right now... it's pretty good.

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Photo of k3n
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

A: Pours pitch black with a rich brown head of tiny bubbles.

S: Roasty. hm. Can't get much else on the nose here...

T: Roasted black-coffee bitterness. Dry, bitter cocoa. Finish feels like chocolate milk.

M: The best part, imo. Lush, creamy, mouth-filling, without being overly heavy. I've read other reviews that stated this was too thin, but to me, this strikes the perfect balance for mouthfeel.

D: Easily drinkable. 9.2% abv is nowhere to be found. Bitterness is present, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. The chocolate must counteract the oatmeal in reducing the head. Definite smoky charecter to the beer, not to the point of rauchbier strength but there nonetheless. Taste if full bodie, strong bitter chocolate. Very warm alcohol burn going down. A little too overpowering. Even so, I do say I did enjoy the beer very much. Goes great with food.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This looks as thick and stout as any beer I have ever put into a glass. Thick and oily looking. Black, and black again! Thin tan head similar to thier russian imperial stout.

Smells flat. Nothing really stands out. Some coffie, raisons, old oil smells, maybe even artificial smoke? Not too impressed with the smell....no hops.

Tastes incredible. I HAVE to compare this with their russian imperial stout. Just add more bitterness, more dark chocolates, take out the hops, more booze, and more smoke/burnt roastiness, and you have this wonderfull origianl concoxion. Bitter is the word. Not many will like this one.

Moutfeel is creamy with medium carbonation. The bitterness has a great effect on the mouthfeel. The creamyness comes from the oatmeal, I would assume. But the bitterness is in your face all the way through. Wonderfull chocolate and booze bitterness and "burn" make this beer one orginal masterpiece!

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Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

This beer pours black with a nice sized tan colored head.

The aroma brings alcohol, doughnuts, chocolate, cherries and dark fruits.

Wow this beer is hot. I've had 12%ers with less heat. Behind that, this beer is very interesting. Each sip brings something new. Obviously chocolate, but there's also something resembling saltwater, a bit of cough drop, dark fruits such as prunes and dates, and a bit of coffee presence.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Light on the tongue. Airy, but low carbonation bite.

Overall, this beer was very enjoyable, but I think it'll be much better in a year or two.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just picked up a couple at Wally's Wine in Westwood. Bottled, and now consumed, in July 2008. The 12th was brewed as a non-hoppy beer due to current hops shortages. Instead we have a bitter chocolate malt bomb on our hands.

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever poured. A jet black motor oil of a stream cascades into the wine goblet. A large coffee-colored head that recedes ever so slowly. No light gets through this one.

S: Licorice and dark chocolate aromas. A touch of alcohol as it warms up.

T: This is rather uniquely bitter stout, i.e. you can tell that the bitterness is not necessarily from the hops. So it must be from...the Oaxacan chocolate? A bit rough on the palate - a little cellaring is in order here to achieve the desired balance. But there are nice tones of licorice, some sweeter malts and a chocolate taste as well. As it warms up, it's quite tasty.

M: For a beer of this power, this is a bit of a lightweight. Again, I assume some cellaring will help. It has a dry, crisp aftertaste.

D: One bomber will do for the evening, but with the help of others, I'm sure I could manage at least one and half in a session. Other than the roughness on the palate, this goes down smoothly. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste, it is creeping up on me....

The first Stone Anniversary beer I've had and it's a great one. Hit the jackpot since I'm more of dark beer/malt lover than a Hophead. There's craft in this one, and I look forward to trying this in some six month to a year.This is an A-class brew in the making...

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown in color with a frothy, brown head sitting atop. Straight by the description, it has a very chocolate nose on it. A little alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is much the same, but it's not a very bitter chocolate. This is a very GOOD chocolate. This beer is pillowy soft and velvety smooth. It's really a little too easy to drink this. Leaves a little roasted chocolate in the aftertaste. This is a good beer now, and will be great in due time.

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Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks thick off the pour. Very dark brown foam that settled to a thin cap with some chunky bubbles forming a collar. Spotty lacing clung to the glass. The beer was pretty much black with very thin reddish edges. Big roasty coffee aroma initially, which gave way to notes of dried fruit, dry cocoa, burnt malt, slight licorice and booze. Balanced bitterness with a nice chocolate and roast flavour. Sweet malts filled out the middle. Fruit character appeared towards the end with alcohol rounding out the finish. Full bodied, but not heavy, with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Alcohol warmth. This one's tasty as it is, but it's still a bit young and hot. Some time in the cellar should smooth things out a bit. As it is, drink it a little on the warm side or let it warm up as you're drinking. It takes the edge off the alcohol and makes for a more pleasant drink.

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Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head with the consistency of cocoa.

Aroma: Creamy with the aromas of cocoa powder, mild coffee and dark fruits. Not too bitter.

Taste: Creamy and bitter upfront with a decent helping of cocoa, dark fruit, decent hop bitterness and very mild roastiness. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy due to the oatmeal. The perfect amount of roastiness. Very nice cocoa flavor lingers.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and feels more like a regular stout than an imperial stout due to the ABV. With some aging, the cocoa will show through once the bitterness subsides. Try to get at least two bottles if you pick this up. I can't wait to see how well it mellows over time. A very worthy purchase.

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Photo of julian
2.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours jet black. no light getting through this one. minimal frothy chocolate brown head that disappears quickly. sticky brown lacing.

S: roasty and burnt notes prevalent, followed by hints of coffee, bitter chocolate. noticeable boozy aroma follows.

T: As the name implies, there is a very prevalent bitterness to this beer mixed with a warm alcoholic feel. As it warms there are more noticeable burnt and roasted tastes along with coffee flavors. It's hard to put my finger on it, but there's an unusual aftertaste that lingers. It's kind of clingy and phenolic, like the smell of wood varnish caught in your throat...that's the best way I can describe it. As the beer warms, more flavors are released.

M: bitter, and medium carbonation mixed with a warming alcoholic presence. I think the bitterness overwhelms most everything else.

D: relatively high ABV and pervasive bitterness make this hard to keep drinking.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.79/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I liked this beer, or will like this beer in a year. It had a nice balance of aromas. Chocolate, espresso, some piney wood aromas, and caramel malts. All of this was well balanced under a wide heavy wet wool blanket of alcohol. Solventy/ rubbing alcohol engrossed the above flavors in the mouth too on the finish. Overall a good winter beer. So buy and age this bad boy.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, deep dark chocolate espresso with thick, almost gelatinous banana nut bread head (about 1 finger). Nice lacing and staying power.

Nice piney bitter hops, baker's chocolate and loaded toasty malt. Slight alcohol burns off to reveal deep cocoa aroma. Oat character emerges with warmth.

This has an awesome malt backbone. Very fresh with cocoa providing a strong background to the light spiney hop character. Balances well with minimal alcohol; slight astringent aftertaste dissipates with warmth. Good but bitter chocolate starts to dominate with warmth as well, tempered by the ample oat presence.

Hop and chocolate bitterness works nicely in balance. As concoction warms the aforementioned astringency goes away - grain from oatmeal gives nice backbone to a long, full finish.

Now this is definitely a sip & savor experience but it is a very very very good one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber picked up today,

A: Pours black, with a medium dark brown head, giving it an extra .5 since it's probably the darkest beer I have ever seen.

S: Chocolate of course, some espresso, malted milk balls.

T: Lots of bitter dark chocolate bombards the taste buds on the first sip, heavy cacao. No real coffee note, except for some light espresso note in the middle. Sweetness of the oatmeal comes afterwards and mellows the flavour. I might have expected a little more complexity, but it's still damn tasty brew.

M: Carbonation is very light and fluffy, body feels to light for a 9.2% brew, but quite drinkable for its heft.

D: This is a good big stout from Stone, probably the most drinkable of the anniversaries that I have had, though 9th would be close. Definitely will pick up some more bottles while it is out.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice black with very little obvious carbonation or head. Smell is of bitter chocolate and dark roasty malt.
Tastes massively of chocolate, not as over the top as Southern Tier Choklat but pretty close. Astringent, lingering aftertaste, almost like you licked cocoa powder. The alcohol lends a nice burn to the finish as well.
I prefer sweeter chocolate stouts but this one is very well done. The oatmeal lends some depth to the mouthfeel, it's rich and creamy.
Only for sipping.

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Photo of pfelon
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Pure Luck this week. I was surprised to see it there.

It looks very dark and, honestly, a bit imposing for someone who may shy away from darker beers. Smell is distinctly alcoholic and gives a resin-y sensation, which nicely sets you up for a beer that isn't saturated by a searing alcholic taste, but rather a roasty, dark chocolate sort of flavor. I found it difficult to drink this at first- the burst of cocoa was a bit overpowering. But as my mouth adjusted, the subtle underlying elements came to surface. I think this is a fine effort by Stone, though their last two Anniversary ales were more my preference.

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Photo of loving44
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured thick and slow. I drank this back to back with a Rogue Shakespeare Stout and it was basically like comparing water to whole milk. The head rose quickly and bubbles away to a thin mocha film in about 30 seconds.

S: The first sent that fills my nose is alcohol... followed by rich RICH cocoa. The oatmeal really brings out a deep and inviting cocoa flavor... like chocolate oats.... It's really great when you get past the alcohol.

T: I was expecting this to be really roasty... it turned out the roasty flavors were there, but mellowed greatly (I'm assuming the oatmeal had to do with this) and chocolate. Not nearly as bitter as I would expect. Just a lingering cocoa taste on the tongue. Completely different from hop bitterness. The cocoa isn't overpowering at all. Slight alcohol burn, but not as much as in the aroma.

M: thick and smooth. Lighter than an Imperial Stout, and slightly more syrupy/oily than an Oatmeal Stout respectively. As the beer warms it becomes even more creamy while keeping it's imperial heavyness. I don't know how to describ it except this is how I expeted Guinness to feel in the mouth before I was old enough to drink...

D: Are you kidding me... I'm done before I've poured that last bit of the bomber in the glass!

Overall, I'm glad Stone brewed this one, whether it be because of a hop shortage or not. I think they have a lot to offer other than hop bombs and this is a prime example. Truly artistic craft beer.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the stone's 12th anniversary batch I think the btl. reads? Just came out today. This badd boy pours a big thick creamy looking head with very good lacing for a stout. The nose has mocha and some burnt coffee smell or real strong expresso. The taste is more of what the nose reveals and also some spicy hops with a earthiness and I get some some back licorice and some sandalwood. The mouthfeel is creamy just a little thin for such a big beer. The drinkabilty is very good for being 9.2% I like the fact they used two recipes combined to get this brew!!

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

Roasted malts in the nose with touches of dark chocolate. Decent nose, but nothing too special.

Large creamy head that mostly diminishes and leaves very little lacing. Black in color - not overly viscous.

Roasted malts are not in short supply in the taste. Bitter chocolate is definitely there and meshes well with the roasted (bordering on burnt) malts. Molasses and dark fruits get along in the background. Somewhat ashy. As it warms, sweet chocolate comes out mid-palate. Overall, tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth (likely from the oatmeal addition) and just slightly decadent. Not as thick as some imperial stouts, but don't worry - this one isn't lacking in body. Finish is slightly alcoholic and a bit astringent - gets much less noticeable as it warms. Carbonation is on the low side - really helps in making this a rich, smooth beer.

Recommended. Not perfect - and the ashy character will make this a disliked beer for some I am sure. Still, a nice experiment that turned out rather well.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +1.7%
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%
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 -1.5%
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 -8.8%
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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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing
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