12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wedgie9 on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

(Aged 3 years at the brewery)

A menacingly thick and black pour with a thin brown, persistent head. Thick and oily in the glass and leaves plenty of lacing. Looks mean and menacing but beautiful.

Roasted malts, caramel malts, and plenty of dark chocolate in the nose. The bourbon is very faint but is present. It adds a nice, earthy warmth, without being at all overpowering. The burnt chocolate and char aromas I experienced in the non-barrel aged version are gone now, fortunately.

Rich chocolate, creamy oatmeal, lots of roasted malts, and just a hint of bourbon. I'm actually pleasantly surprised at how faint the bourbon is on this one--it doesn't cover up anything, only accentuates.

Creamy, thick, chewy in the mouth, which is appropriate and expected for this style, but not quite as velvety and full as the standard Stone RIS.

A delicious and subtle bourbon barrel aging of a delicious chocolate oatmeal stout.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at the Most Arrogant Bar Bash at Barleys in Greenville SC. Woohoo!

Opaque black with a modest sized but durable mocha brown head.

The aroma is sweet, with an obvious bourbon barrel component. The bourbon barrel is even more obvious in tasting, and lends a nice, albeit high ABV quality, to the flavor. Still, the high ABV is partly hidden. Lightly sweet and highly flavorful. Very good complexity and balance. Long lasting aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a minimal dark tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of only roasted malt and bourbon. The flavor was of roasted malt, bourbon, and slight chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall it had quite an excellent bourbon flavored followthrough. Even though it was a little boozy it was still nicely balanced and went down easily. This one is definitely worth trying IF you can find it that is...

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Takeover at Duckworths. From notes.
Near black pour, dark tan head. So far so good.

Roasty malt and vanilla with some oaky woodiness.

Taste is a very nice blend of roast malt, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. Oaky tannic barrel lingers forever. Finishes a little more caramelly and dry.

Near full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Exceedingly smooth. An excellent version of the 12th which I already greatly enjoyed.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on draft at Map Room. Pours jet black with a brown head. Sweet nose of molasses, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavors are very similar. The barrel seems to have mellowed this beer, but it has also nullified the bitter portion of the chocolate. It is extremely drinkable, but much lighter than I expect most stouts to be. The body and carbonation are both medium, and the finish is long, displaying the molasses more than anything else. This beer is very good, but the body is somewhat disappointing, and the beer has mellowed maybe a little too much.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head and a bit of streaky lacing. Nose is dominated by strong bourbon win a hefty amount of chocolate to go with it. A bit of espresso and roasted malt to go win it. Taste is a bit more balanced but the bourbon is still center stage. Hints of fudge and coffee in the background. Feel is surprisingly non-boozy but is too thin for the strong flavors. Drinkability is quite high, especially considering that I was not a big fan of the regular 12th Anniversary.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: decent head, slight lace. Dark black.

S: slight chocolate and malt.

T: more chocolate than the nose. Finishes with a dark chocolate taste. Slightly bitter. I don't get much bourbon though. But very good.

F: smooth all the way through.

O: good beer. I like the bitter chocolate. Would buy again.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1092nd Review on BA
Draft to 4oz taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- Very much a black pour. Had a super creamy pour with only about 1/16th-1/8th of bubbles in a dark brown color. Zero cling or lace.

Smell- Big notes of oats, bourbon, bits of chocolate chunks and a bit malty. Very smooth and very creamy on the nose.

Taste- Very smooth. Much more smooth than the 2008. Expected because of the ingredient profiles. The oats come in 1st again with more of the smoother bourbon (still prickly). I like the tempered chocolate and bourbon.

Mouth- A medium to low body on this one with a medium prickly carbonation. Residual booze and a bit of creamy chocolate.

Drink- I liked this one better than the 2008 but not by much. A bit creamier and a bit more smooth. I like this beer a lot.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Church Key today.

Black with reddish brown highlights, the head has nice retention and lacing. The nose is outrageously decadent. Chocolate, vanilla and milk-shake are all present, all in a combination that reminds me of the 07 BA Decadence from Alesmith. While simple, the combination of chocolate, vanilla and fudge is exceptional in its decadence.
The palate doesn't quit live up, though. With plenty of bourbon, vanilla and some oak, these flavors are followed up with by fudge and chocolate. The thinness that I remember not particularly caring for in the original 12th anniversary are present here too, and the finish is a little too dry and tannic. Carbonation is spot on, though. Excellent stuff, this was the best smelling beer of the night IMO

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12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 48 ratings