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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2008 bottle, found this at a local place this year, I was happy to come across it already aged. Pour is dark and thick, no carbonation to speak of or head. Smells like chocolate. Aged pretty well, but for being 2 years old this is still tasting pretty strong to me, must have been hot coming out, nice taste and complexity, great depth. Chocolate taste, abv pretty well hidden, smooth, rich, and pretty bitter as well, hence the name, but I like the bitterness in there, adds another level to it. All in all, well done, very strong, definitely imperial and lives up to the name. Satisfying if you are looking for a very indulgent stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
750ml bottle. Dark syrupy pour, jet black and thick. Oily lacing with a thin brown head. Tons of chocolate in the aroma with roasted malts. The flavor has a good chocolate base with a good malt backing. Though the ABV isnít super high itís a thick drink, so share it and spread the love around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3161) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head that impales itself to the inside of the glass as I drink in its chocolaty goodness. Smells of roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Hints of citrus hops hide in the background. Taste is bitter roast and chocolate, a little bit of alcohol, more as it warms. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy. Thick body with light carbonation. Another fantastic brew from Stone, Iím going to try to put a bottle away to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (10569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of dark sweet cocoa, oatmeal, and slightly bitter coffee. Flavour reveals much espresso than anything, with bitter unsweetened dark cocoa underneath, and a pronounced roastiness, and a slightly burnt finish. The sweetness comes through more as it warms. Soft, uncarbonated palate. Most wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle that I got in a trade, but I canít remember who sent it. Sorry about that. Pours a deep, deep opaque brown color, black in the middle and browner around the sides, with a small brown head that settles into a ring. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, oats, mocha, dark fruits (raisins, dates), roasted malts, brown sugar, and toasted nuts. The flavor is just a little different, with dark fruits and dark chocolate, oats, roasted malts, mocha, sweet bread, and berry fruits. Full-bodied, with a gritty, chocolaty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Just a hint of oxidation is setting in, so Iíd drink this soon if you still have it. Really nice, rich, chocolaty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sach918 (9) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011 does not count
Terrific. The aroma is mild, chocolaty but with some bitter notes somewhat like those found in almonds. I bought several bottles in early 2009 and have tried them every six months-this is the best so far as the alcohol flavor is non-existent yet the classic oatmeal flavor is still there along with a more pronounced sweetness to the bitter chocolate. i would say that this is literally 1.5 times as good as the original in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Really surpised me; kicked my butt. Darkest pour I think Iíve ever seen. Thick brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, bitter notes, cereal. Taste is very much dark chocolate, also nutty, solvent. Big stout. Tough for me to finish the whole bottle but pleased to say that I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
From notes: Pours inky and slick with a prounounced chocolate aroma. Very dark brown. Burnt toasted oak up front, bitter baking chocolate finish, coming into its own after a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (1054) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
can a beer get any darker than this? Beyond black (what ever that means). Aroma is faint for a beer that holds so much promise (bitter, chocolate, oatmeal, stout). Actually there is a hint of sweet chocolate here. The head is really not much more than a string of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The flavor, also quite mild all things considered. Some sweetness, again cocoa, then the bitterness both from hops and malt. There is a lingering prickle on my palate and roast on the back my tongue. Overall a really nice, well balanced, hearty yet subtle brew. 9.2% canít be :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (3401) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
Bomber from Bieropholie, served cool in a tulip glass. 27DE10.

App.: Deep brown-black with a decent mocha head. Aroma: Lots of big malt aromas, dark chocolate, black coffee, molasses, a bit brothy, soy sauce, rich and delicious, licorice, inky and thick, a touch green and metallic, big stuff. Palate: Medium-full body with low effervescence, smooth. Flav.: So much big malt, molasses, black coffee and dark chocolate, beautiful, licorice, a bit of toffee and caramel, really nice; off-dry with decent bitterness and a thick, oily, dark-roasted finish.

A smooth, refined, big Impy Stout.

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