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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 | website

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.

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705
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957
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
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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 Jeffo
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of DaveHS in a summertime trade. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Brewed in July 2008

APPEARANCE: A very dark black pour, and relatively thick as well. A one finger, medium-thin, noisy, tan head with lousy retention forms and quickly crackles down to a slight wisp and ring. Jet black body, opaque, with no carbonation evident. Only a slight ring remains leaving no lacing down the sides, and it looks a little flat by the end. Thick, dark pour and body, but lousy head.

SMELL: Milder nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate and light caramel notes. Faint oats in there as well, but the chocolate is still the more dominating part of the nose. Nice, but needs to be a little bigger.

TASTE: Milder flavors up front again. Some roasted and light caramel perhaps, but the flavors come out much more after the swallow. Roasted and burnt malts, oats are there, and some definite and obvious dark, pure chocolate. Chocolate is very nice and goes really well with the base beer. Perhaps the age has helped the flavors come together so nicely. A touch of alcohol is still there at the swallow. Aftertaste is medium but lingers nicely with notes of roasted and caramel malts, bitter chocolate and some nice sweet molasses. Good balanced finish.

PALATE: Very nice here. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. Good weight for sure, and no bite. Very smooth stuff.

OVERALL: This was really good; definitely better than their normal Imperial Stout. The chocolate flavors worked really well in this, meshing really nicely with the roasted base beer. Though I’d never had the beer fresh, it seems like the three years in the bottle have done this beer well. The taste profile was well integrated and mellow, and the feel very creamy and smooth for the style. Good stuff and I’m glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks again DaveHS.

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

Appearance: Wow! Great looking beer here. It's nearly jet black in color. No light getting through. The head is extremely impressive. It's a very dark, mocha colored beauty. It stands about two fingers tall. Retention was on the average side and lacing was light. Very impressive all around.

Smell: Roasted malts are easily the dominant characteristic here. It's very rich smelling. There is a chocolate aroma there, but it's somewhat subdued. The roasted malts simply overpower it. It is a little grainy. Alcohol is readily apparent. It opens up a little as it warms, but the roasted character of the beer just seems to get stronger. It's a nice smelling beer, but not exactly diverse or complex.

Taste: Again, the roasted malts dominate the flavor profile. It's a nice flavor, but very strong in terms of overshadowing other elements. No doubt it is bitter. The chocolate flavor is flavorful without the usual sweetness. The bitter flavor lingers throughout. There's a bit of a fruity flavor that emerges as it warms. Tastes mostly like raisin. But, it's clearly a secondary flavor that plays its complementary role nicely. Alcohol is only faintly noticeable although the nose suggested otherwise. It finishes a little acidic and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: One of this beer's strongest points is the feel. It's medium bodied and extremely smooth and creamy. Stone nailed that aspect. Carbonation is low, but well done. Drinkability is good. Clearly it's not a session beer, but it's going down smooth and easy. At 9.2% abv, I'd probably limit myself to a bomber in one sitting.

Stone released a very nice and intriguing beer with this one. Personally, I think it could be improved by dialing down the roasted malt and bitter flavors and adding a little more sweetness. In most other respects, it's a very solid and impressive beer with quite a bit of character.

I continue to be impressed with Stone's trailblazing attitude in crafting beer. They take their hits (the hop shortage) and keep rolling with something different and unique. That's probably why they'll continue to be one of my favorites for years to come.

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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 tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bold deep dark black hue with an nice thick espresso colored head. The retention was good with some lace being noted.

S: Nice strong stout aromas. There is a big blast of roasted oatmeal and charred malt. A nice dose of bitter chocolate plays well with some green hops.

T: Nice malt blast right from the start. Roasty oat and char come forward first. A touch of sweet chocolate and coffee in the middle yield to bitter chocolate in the finish. This is a wonderful brew.

M: Rather medium in body for such a big brew. It is slick and oily though and goes down rather nicely.

D: Drank the entire bomber myself and what a joy it was. Stone had great success with this one. The chocolate was a nice replacement for the hops. I now have to score me another bottle.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark, used oil brown body. Thick. Solid finger of dense, creamy, chocolate-milk brown head. Nose of dark chocolate (as advertised), with some bitter notes. Roasted mocha coffee mixes with chocolate syrup. Very nice, very chocolaty.

Starts off with charred, roasted bitterness. Thick, creamy, velvety, oaty-smooth mouthfeel leads to semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, and more charred roasted bitterness. Gets a little more fruity and alcoholic toward the finish. A tad hot. Dark chocolate syrup and roasted bitterness in the finish proper. Lives up to its name, but a little too hot.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bitter hops. lots of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and rich roasted malt. Flavor is rather bitter! (as advertised). Sweet, rich oatmeal malt, alcohol, slight slight bitter chocolate. I was really excited about this beer but it proved to be a disappointment. Much too heavy and alcoholic for my liking. This needs a bit of age I think. Not as much chocolate as I'd prefer and the sweetness/alcohol richness does obliterate some of the other flavors. Fun to try, but I don't think I'll purchase again (unless it's aged perhaps).
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Four days after their Big Wood festival, Stone's 12th Anniversary Oatmeal Stout was still available at Brouwer's Cafe. I sat down to a regal but overpriced 8-oz. draught served in a snifter. The beer was ebony black with an exceptionally dark rim of dirt-brown suds. The aroma and taste were a rich and complex array of chocolate and bourbon with a particularly strong bourbon flavor. The chocolate qualities seemed exotic - not your Hershey's drugstore variety - and lent an air of refinement.

I sensed some heat from the alcohol that was underscored by the edgier bourbon notes. Though this ale is already a year old, I'd still be inclined to cellar it further. Not that it isn't ready for consumption now. The mouthfeel is big and glossy and the beer is a pleasure to consume. But it's still a bit boozy. And while it made me think of The Abyss, it falls far short of that benchmark.

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Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours an inky, very opaque dark brown. There was just a wisp of a brown head on it, and that was gone almost immediately. Complex aroma. Chocolate stands out, but not overpowering. Some roastiness and woodiness in there. Hint of some fruits, possibly cherries. Somewhat heavy, slick feel on your tongue. A complex taste also. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, bitterness. This is very nice.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep solid black with two fingers of rich, creamy tan head.

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, and a freshly baked oatmeal cookie.

Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of bitter hops, and some booze. Some dark fruits appear in the finish.

Lighter bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

A pretty easy-drinking stout from Stone.

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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 arizcards
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to find some of these in Palmdale already aged a year form me. Pours a jet black with a light brown head which left some decent lacing.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, malts & some alcohol.

Taste is bitter chocolate, some coffee, malt sweetness with a little alcohol warming at the end.

Has a nice silky mouthfeel, very smooth

Very drinkable as far as taste goes. However, 9.2 ABV does not a session beer this make.

A very nice Imperial Stout, one of the best.

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Flat dark black, with a minimal dark tan head that barely forms a ring around the edges. No lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly baking chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla and a little alcohol in the background.

T: More baking chocolate with an appreciable bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate and a light sweetness. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation.

O: A nice beer. Lots of chocolate flavor, but not much else.

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Photo of david18
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not crazy about this beer which i think is collateral damage from the hop shortage. I applaud breweries finding innovative ways to work around hops but what about just making beers that aren't as bitter. Using other bittering agents just doesn't work. I like the chocolate smell but that's about it.

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

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a thick creamy light brown head that thinned to a layer, leaving globs of lacing.

S - bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee aroma.

T - bitter chocolate taste upfront is met with slight alcohol taste before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - smooth, easy drinking brew.

Final Note: Happy 12th Anniversary Stone!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA on 7/25/08.

A - Dark chocolate brown body with more than a finger's width of frothy mocha-colored head that left decent lacing around the glass. This puppy reminded me of a milkshake!

S - Surprisingly muted nose with faint notes of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Some roasted malt as well, but overall the aroma is quite subdued.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt up front that quickly seques into more of a bitter coffee aspect with a dash of earthy hops for good measure.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with a bit of oily slickness and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes moderately bitter on the palate.

D - Not as chocolately as, say, Suthern Tier Choklat, but still highly drinkable for such a big beer (9.2% ABV). Nice bitterness all around with this one.

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Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours black. Very black. Opaque and syrupy looking in the glass, with a tall, dark khaki head that retains well and leaves abundant patchy lacing.

Aroma has lots of chocolate. Bars of chocolate and some powdered cocoa, as well. Hints of raisins and booze underneath.

Excellent mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation leads into a caressing velveteen smoothness. Nice!

Taste has a bitter chocolate dominance. Hops and dark roast add additional dimensions of bitterness. Dried dark fruits add some sweetness. Silky oatmeal fits right in.

Still a bit young given the alcohol punch. Just fine to drink now but should be better in a few months, or longer.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an inky black with a smallish fine brown head that quickly diminishes to a collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic fudgy chocolate, some oats and a little anise.

The flavor is lots of sweet chocolate and some tangy dark fruits, and some harsh anise and bitter roast balances it out. The mouthfeel is pretty full, velvety and sticky with low carbonation.

Overall, the bitter roast and anise tended to dominate too much for my taste initially, but it mellowed out nicely as I drank it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - quite the glug glug oily pour. Once again into the Beer & Sweat glass, lots of thick dark mocha foam spring up, planting a thick coating of lace-paint on the glass.

Aroma - very earthy soy-like grains, a bit of cola sweetness, soapy at times. Background roastiness, some more roast would be nice, but it smells good.

Taste - there is no mistaking the bitterness of the chocolate with the deep roast of the grain. The combo is perhaps put together to accomodate a lesser hop bill? It's bitter, that's for sure. A side effect flavor of licorice. The chocolate is not quite as strong as the basic bitter flavor, but it's there. The charred grain is actually a little more visible, at least fresh. Bittersweet chocolate on the swallow is about 75/25 bitter to sweet, but it's tasty. Several years ago, I was sampling chocolates with increasing percentages of cocoa, up to 75 and 80 per cent. They begin to take on a serious chocolate taste that becomes increasingly un-candylike. You get accustomed to that, two things happen: 1) to hell with Hershey's and 2) nobody likes your chocolate so you get more! Bogartski in reverse, sort of. That's what this beer makes me think of, anyway. A good, pure cocoa flavor that Crackle and M&M fans may not care for. It doesn't take long before the warming alcohol adds to the mix. The lack of sweetness makes for a rather intense beer, and while I dig the method, at least a breath of sweetness would really help balance the cocoa. I may try a glass with a shot of Kahlua in it just to see what a touch of sugar does. The long finish is very warm with abv, unsweetened chocolate, and charred grain.

Mouthfeel - dreamy smooth, I'm dreaming of winter in late July. Heavy, thick and coating.

Drinkability - while this will be a most enjoyable study to see how cellaring affects the profile, I'm sure to have one or two more this year.

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Photo of Deuane
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg.

A-Beautiful! Black with no highlights....with a BIG, thick, creamy looking mocha head. Left mucho lacing behind.

S-Faint....gets a bit better as it warmed though. Light smokiness, bitter chocolate and a bit of espresso.

T-What it lacks in aroma is made up in tatse! Mmmmm...rich, full flavoured bitter chocolate meld with blasts of espresso and dark roasted malt. A tiny twinge of smoke creeps in late.

M-Medium-heavy body with a full, smooth richness. Long lingering bitterness.

D-This is like a dessert beer. Smooth, rich and flavourful. Even at 9%+ this is one to grab a snifter of a relax with by a fire!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into DFH snifter.

A - Black as night with a small tan head. Some tan bubbles remain along the side of the snifter and some lacing shows up very so slightly when tilted from side to side.

S - I could smell this one right after I poured it into the glass and it's about 1 1/2 feet away. Pretty awesome. Nice boozy, smoked/roasted, and chocolate on the nose, very rich.

T - Very smooth and rich (but not overly so). A nice roasted coffee flavor mixed in with chocolate and some alcohol all melded together well. I'm really digging this one.

M - Medium bodied, nice and smooth. Perfect carbonation. Each sip coats the mouth fully and really allows me to enjoy every single sip.

D - So easy to drink for being almost 10%, I'm impressed. I'm going to easily finish this bomber and I'm going to have this one again in a year or so to see how things have changed. Right now, it's pretty damn good...can't wait for another year or so.

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

22 oz bomber poured into my snifter.

A- Deep brown-almost black nearly opaque body that pours with a 1 finger cafe brown colored head. Head fizzes away quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Roasted bitter chocolate malt and a hint oh phenols.

T- Roasted chocolate malt upfront with some oatmeal flavoring. A bit more bitterness comes through for the finish along with a hint of alcohol.

M- Low to medium carbonation and somewhat heavy body. Alcohol more present than oatmeal in mouthfeel.

D- This is a good imperial oatmeal stout. Not very complex but tasty. All the flavors are contained in the name. Not as thick of an oatmeal presence as I would like and certainly not as good as stone RIS but still a very good beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle that I've been holding since its summertime release (July 2008); poured to a small snifter. Happy XIIth Anniversary, Stone!

A: Glugs from the bottle an impenetrable ebony, crowned with a 1/2-finger of tight, sienna-colored cream. Held to light, miniscule streams of carbonation can be seen creeping up the glass on all sides, but nothing can pierce this darkness. Head drops to a star-shaped film, stretching outward to a thin ring.

S: Yep, bitter chocolate. Sweet, treacle and molasses.

T: Very dark chocolate, we're talking 70%+ cacao stuff. Top notch bittersweet depth, dark roasted coffee and a thin sweetness, not the syrupy stickiness I sometimes find in Stone's big beers. A sort of powdery, slightly chalky, mineral bittering in the finish.

M: Surprisingly busy carbonation, not the velvety/mellow stout experience I expected. Lasting bitterness, medium-heavy body. Just a little boozy/warm on the tongue.

D: A good sipper, warming; a 'dessert' beer if there ever was one. Perfect on a chilly, rain-soaked evening. The title of the lengthy diatribe on the back of bottle is titled "Summer dreaming in late January..."; too early to dream of summer in early December?

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, fairly opaque, small mocha head leaves fast to ring.

S - Predominately bittered chocolate and cocoa.

T - Taste matches smell, bigger flavor and more bitter, but along the same lines.

M - Great balance, very creamy, well carb and good coating.

D - Nice offer. Not 'out of this world'. But good.

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