12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Stone Brewing

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4.11/5
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977 Ratings
12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
707
Ratings:
977
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of surfer4life
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip from a 22oz bomber

A - Dark as tar with a dark brown head about a quarter inch thick which quickly recedes into a small film.

S - Chocolate obviously, Alchohol stands out in the smell. Raisins, Molasses and a few other spices assault the nose. Smells like delicious.

T - Chocolate obviously, coffee, oaky, hoppy bitterness, sweet molasses on the finish. Tastes like delicious.

M - Heavy cream coats the mouth entirely. Low carbonation, but doesn't detract. Leaves the palate wanting much much more.

D - Far to heavy to session with, but what a treat when you can pull this out. I have another sitting in the fridge that I will open in a year or so.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A stout over 9%, do I get run out of BA if I give this beer anything less than an A? Poured in my trusty dfh snifter.

A: I dont remember where this saying came from but its black as hell at night. The head quickly diminishes again, Im doing something wrong Im sure of it.

S: The most prominent smell is the bitter chocolate. there must be a ton of unsweetened chocolate per barrel in this beer. Hops are there, booze is there.

T: This beer changes more in the mouth than most Ive had. Its hops immediately slap the front of the palate, followed by oatmeal smooth sweetness over the middle and chocolate bitterness is all over the back corners of the palate. The chocolate bitterness sticks around to dominate the aftertaste but it keeps changing: it takes on more acidity, combined with the fact that its a stone beer, has to be attributed to hops. Can a beer with this much booze be too dry? i think it is.

M: Great at first, dryness and bitterness at the end is too much. Typical for a stone beer tho, and I usually sit on it for 6 months and its awesome (see double bastard and 11th anniv.) until then, im detracting some points.

D: No. Im half way done with a bomber and Im almost done with this beer for right now. Its smooth but bitter aftertaste doesnt leave me wanting more.

Ill sit on this guy and review it again later. If its anything like most stone beers itll be an A in 6 months or a year but its not for me right now.

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Photo of McNuts
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 1whiskey
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber served at cellar temp.

This is black as ink...very impressive. Even when I hold it up to the light, nothing gets through. An aggressive pour into my Stone pint glass yields a thick, muddy head that dies down quickly.

Smells like...cocoa. No surprise at that. Toffee is trying to work it's way into the mix as well.

First taste is quite simple actually...chocolate and oatmeal, as advertised. Subsequently sips reveal a greater depth of sweetness. Ripe plums, toffee, even brandy-like notes. This is very rich. In fact, I'm really taken aback by the sweetness of this...this is definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol heat is discernable...but it does nothing to detract from the pleasure upon my palate.

The body is not so viscous as I would have imagined...I would describe is as slightly north of medium with just enough carbonation. The oatmeal in the mash really makes for a silky-smooth mouth feel. At 9.2% ABV, "drink-ability", I suppose, is in the eye of the individual beer holder. But while it's not difficult for me to finish the bottle, it's rich enough that I likely wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout turns out to be a pleasantly sweet surprise, though you wouldn't normally associate such a rich and warming beer with summertime. Pair it with chilled Eskimo cookies and crank up the AC for a sweet treat. Better yet, reserve some of the bottle and make a float with vanilla ice cream. Or you could simply just lay it down and cellar it until the the first frosty fall evening.

Whatever you do...just make sure not to pass up on a chance to try it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, into a nonic pint

The usual roasty malt flavor and aroma. Chocolate takes a while to present itself. A touch watery for a stout, which I appreciate. Alcohol hides itself well, but is present after about a pint or so.

Surprisingly solid head, with warmth gets much more complex and smooth and creamy.

Not a world beater, but solid and different, worth a try or two.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet at about 54 degrees.

The Stone Chocolate Oatmeal Stout poured a very dark and rich black/brown with thin caramel colored head and very little retension

The nose is very nice with chocolate, coffee, cherries and dark fruits.

The taste is nice but less then anticipated with such a nice nose. It is roasted malt, chocolate, and a bitter coffe-like finish.

The mouthfeel again was a little thinner then anticipated but still very nice. More carbonated then I prefer in an Imperial Stout.

Although this isn't one of my favorite Imperial Stouts it certainly is a very nice example of one, and one I will surely partake in again when I get the chance. If you see one, get one, then drink one. You won't regret it. Enjoy!!!

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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

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, viscous, motor oil black into my Guinness pint glass, tinges of red around the edges when held up to light like a glass of cola. A thin brown head dissipates quickly. Aroma is blueberries, roasted malt, chocolate, with a hint of wood. Mouthfeel is slick, thick, and smooth, with subdued carbonation. Taste is chocolate, burnt wood, roasted malt, roasted coffee with a warming alcohol finish and slight bitter hop finish. Started drinking straight out of the fridge, but this vastly improves as it warms. Overall this is a great beer, one of my favorite so far. I may pick up another one on my next beer run.

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Photo of evilcatfish
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy cow, this is delicious. I never had it fresh and it being a few years old I wasn't sure what to expect. Slight head, with a very dark brown color. A nice nose of bakers chocolate with a taste of bitter chocolate, molasses, and coffee roastiness. Wish Stone would bring this back as I want more

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Photo of Beefeater57
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This is one of the blackest, thickest beers I've seen. Like pouring oil into a pint glass. Black/dark espresso brown with a thin mocha brown head with little retention.

S: Toasty malt smell, with a strong sense of milk chocolate. Hint of oatmeal. A very nice smell.

T: Wow, simply delicious. Smooth, love the chocolate and oatmeal flavors together. Like drinking gorp. There is a slight hop flavor in the finish which is a nice compliment. Not overpowering, just enough to show you it is there. Very similar to Young's Double Chocolate, just with a small kick of hops. Really, really good. After a while, you get a strong alcohol flavor on the tongue.

M: Thick, chewy - just like a stout should be.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. ABV is 9.2% so it will take care of you for a while. It's smooth and the flavors are amazing together. A little strong on the hops for a stout, but it is a welcome change. Wow, just a great beer.

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

Picked up a 22oz bottle from New Beer.

Poured into a snifter...pours motor oil black, a vigorous pour gives a small amout of mocha head, that quickly fades away.

The smell is great, it smells like fudge brownies, oatmeal, some vanilla and roasted malts.

The taste is also interesting...tastes like a 70% cacao bar, but not the crappy one you buy at you local food store. The cacao flavor is on par with a Michel Cluize chocolate. There are also flavors of toasted oats, vanilla and the finish and aftertaste are similiar to chewing on a pure cacao nib.

Great offering from Stone, this one will age nicely.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better beers I've had recently. Recommended. It pours dark, but actually doesn't taste or feel as dark as it looks. Taste is very good, easy to drink. Definitely lots of chocolate - and I like that. This beer is quite good, but not like some other Stones. I also prefer a Samuel Smith or an Old Rasputin - a little more interesting to me, but this is very good.

Purchased at Kokoman in New Mexico.

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Photo of engisch
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head that disappears rather quickly. Black beer with a chocolatey brown head (the little amount that is there) Smell of roasted grains with a hint of chocolate. Heavy flavor with the first sip. Bitter chocolate accurately describes the initial impression of the flavors. Mmm-Mmm... Bitter sweet chocolate in a heavy oatmeal stout form.

I'm enjoying this as a sit back and relax. I only wish it had more of a head to improve it's appearance, as after the initial head disipated it looks as if I'm drinking motor oil.

Good job Stone! Another delicious brew in the standard Stone's get-the-job-done-with-one 22oz bottle.

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

Bomber from cellar. Looking to see how this guy was doing at the 10 month mark, and it was exceptional. Pours black with a nice brown mocha head. Aromas of powder dark chocolate with a sweeter edge, but maintaining a hop balance. This did lead on to be a richer beer, but the palate showed it needed more time to smooth out. The hops were still well integrated however and the smoothness was fantastic. Flavors of bitter chocolate and a little of the oat still kicking left me thinking how dangerous this still is at 9.2%. I'm gonna let this one continue to age, should have much more time.

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Photo of tittymcj
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sipped this one with William Pang (Queens, NY), good friend and fellow beer connoisseur.

This one pours out incredibly thick, taking on a solid black color with a quickly dissipating light brown head. Light traces of lacing are present.

It smells like a fantastic mixture of coffee, dark roasted malts, and chocolate, as well as a nice faint touch of oatmeal creaminess. There is a strong punch of alcohol in there as well.

The taste is very deep. Lots of roasted flavor, with a lot of chocolate and coffee. Very delicious. Definitely can taste the alcohol throughout the tasting, however.

Medium bodied, with a slight acidic alcohol taste near the end of each mouthfeel. There is a definite lingering coating of the roasted chocolate and malt flavor around the mouth.

Despite the fact that this is a fairly thick, rich beer with a ton of flavor, this is very drinkable. It is definitely a sipping beer, but its so pleasant that one can't help but to drink as much as possible.

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

Appearance: This pours a deep black, as others have described, with no light getting through. The head was weak though and was gone almost immediately.

Smell: The smell was delicious, sweet, chocolatey, but it weakened when the head disappeared.

Taste: The taste was very reminiscent of the rogue chocolate stout, but perhaps a little sweeter from the oatmeal. Bitter? yes the hops play their role but things seem to be well balanced, a solid stout, very tasty but not mind blowing. I paired this with a hot link with Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce, what do you boys know about that. Southside Chicago!!! It was damn good.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and delish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, only reason I wouldn't give this a five is the alcohol.

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Photo of jlb307
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

A: Very good looking brew. Poured black, with a nice thick dark brown head. Pretty good lacing, which actually took on a reddish hue as it clung to the glass.

S: Pretty consistent with other imperials. Smacked of malts and dark mocha. Semi-sweet.

T: Pretty bitter on the first few sips. Kind of mellowed as it warmed, which only left a slightly bitter aftertaste. Tasted more of a hop-type flavor rather than a bitter chocolate.

M: Very smooth. Clinged to the gums and roof of the mouth rather pleasantly.

D: If served slightly warmer than normal, it's pretty good. I might have this again.

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

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This stout pours black with a dark tan head that vanishes into oblivion. It smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is amazing! It's smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly.

A must try. Highly recommended! ~

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2008 & enjoyed on March 21st 2012

A: Pours a deep thick oily black. Seriously so damn dark with a dark beige brown head

S: You really get the roasty booze scent with lingering chocolate up front

T: The flavor has really held up in this beer with wonderful light carbonation with an almond nuttiness blend with roast and sweet chocolate. Raisins and figs fall through and are more noticeable at the finish

M: Very full bodies with light carbonation a medium sweetness that allows one to indulge in the entire bottle solo.

O: Has been cellared in proper conditions and it really shows. Flavors are bold & rich, complementing of each other with  every sip. Very pleased with this, and i still have 3 more tucked away. 

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Photo of FishGetter
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Stone black apperance with a thin creamy head that quickly disapates however leaving small ring around glass.

Slight hint of oats and dark chocolate hide behind a roasted grain.

This one will put hair on your chest! Watch out ladies! Stong alcohol presents with dark chocolate tones and slight oat taste.

Excellent creamy mouthfeal. The oats work there magic here.

This one could use some time to mellow out a bit. Much warming going down the throat. Have another bottle, looking forward to re-visiting this offering.

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Photo of macktbone
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Worm...thanks for this and others.
Enjoyed just over years after it was brewed (Nov 2010) in the Stone XII anniversary glass.

A- real black with a great milk chocolate colored thick head that climbs the side of the glass.

S- Lots of molasses and cocoa. Bitterness with a little "green" aroma.

T- Tons of Bitter, Bitter chocolate that is great for melted hot chocolate but a little overpowering for a beer. Tastes like cold "hot chocolate".

M- Awesomely thick and perfect for an anniversary style oatmeal stout. Rivals some of the best stouts in the world.

D- I would love to have about one of these every two years to see how it ages, but more than that is a bit much unless you are looking to drink a candy bar.

Cool for an anniversary treat but deffinately not a daily drinker.

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Photo of LoRezDave
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour produces only 1.5 fingers of head that slowly dissipates to only a thin layer...and barely any lacing. But that's okay since the lack of head better shows off the delicious mud lurking underneath.

This beer is black - black like a black hole. No light can escape. Inky. Viscous.

The first sip is sweet dark cherries and chocolate - distinct cocoa on the finish. Some spiciness underneath (cloves?) and delicious burnt toffee.

The nose is interesting - in that it's not as sweet as expected but a bit bready and yeasty.

Mouthfeel has a distinct alcohol boozyburn - which frankly balances the sweetness nicely.

Great stuff on a cold evening.

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Photo of tongbliss
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RoBotGod
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was done well and had the typical characteristics of and oatmeal stout with a little stone twist. The nose and pour were spot on. Low carbonation and thick black with a dark tan coffee head. The mouth feel was the best part. It was well balanced instead of over the top in one area like some of stones beers. The alcohol was strong but not over powering. The chocolate part was the best. They used a bitter dark chocolate which gives it a little different taste then what you expect. Its not as smooth and its the difference between chocolate with milk fat in it and real coco use to cook with. An excellent call in ingredients. The beer is great to drink now, and will also lay down for a few years as well.

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