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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2010
[750ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black pour, thick tan-coloured head. Strong alcohol aromas coming off this one, along with a touch of chocolate malt. Very rich, some chocolate comes through on the aftertaste, but the prime flavour is Marzipan, with some chocolate oatmeal at the edges [14112010]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2010
Black colored brew. The aroma has oat, roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor has bitter, dark chocolate and reaosted malts, some smooth oat. Well balanced and enjoyable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
Bomber from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with a medium creamy expresso like head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Chocolate and oatmeal. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. A bit resinous. Some wood.
Taste : Nice chocolate and roasted malt. Finish has great notes of chocolate. Light acidic notes. Some resinous hops also. Green hops. Sticky finish. Light liquorice.
Overall : Nice chocolate notes on nose and taste. Deceptive light acidity. Feels a little bit too young maybe. Still enjoyable but it could be better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5493) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2010
Bottled. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, hint of caramel, oat, hint of chocolat, bit bready even. More choc in taste, quite bitter, bit sweet. Nice impy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
r464 (1963) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Dark dark dark in color with a chocolate brown head. So thick and smooth, this is a stout that puts the chocolate a bit ahead of the coffee and roasted malt flavors that are usually prominent. Very full in body and worth nursing over the course of an evening.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2010
bottle from awesome girlfriend... pours perfectly. appearance is a 5... easily. black viscous, small head... perfect. exactly what I wanted and expected. smell... not so much... pretty poor to be honest. small notes of chocolate and roasty..., but thats about it. tastes pretty good. I was expecting more, and to be honest, I tried a 2009 brooklyn black chocolate next to it, as this is VERY similar... and I think the brooklyn is better. This has a LOT of bitterness from the chocolate, and i think the brooklyn is balanced better... it offsets the chocolate bitterness. Dont get me wrong, if stone made this, at their price points, I would buy the hell out of it. but as something that is 2 years old, i expect a bit more out of it. edit: this is getting much better as it warms... passing the brooklyn black chocolate now. Dont drink this cold... this is MUCH better warm... which is expected, but wow, this has really changed. Chocolate on the front, not overwhelmingly so, but just in a nice balance. Great mouthfeel. nice. I wish they made this again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
(22oz bomber via trade with BA jyoungsbcp) jet black pour, nice thick Body, very dark tan bubbles, great coating of the glass. Nose of rum raisins, fudge, sweet dark chocolate, and cherry mash. Taste of fudge, bitter cherry chocolate, dark fruits, creamy oats, thick body, excellent tingly but soft carbonation and great bitter chocolate linger.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
So it looks like the trick to enjoying stone beers is to sit on them for a few years. This one is a couple years old an is the most enjoyable stone I have had. Pitch black beer with mocha colored foam. Tastes subdued with creamy flavors. Chocolate for sure. The bitterness has dissipated. Very fun!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22oz bottle. Had many times before but decided to write a review on this beers 2nd anny. Pours a dark body with light tan head, I somehow remember it being darker. Aromas are really nice roasted malts, vanilla chocolate and yeah some bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and the palate is very well balanced. Lots of bitter chocolate with a lighter coffee finish. As far as their anny brews go, I find it tough to beat 11 IMHO, but this is up there with the quality of the 10th for its style.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
this beer is probably my favorite beer of all time. dark and rich with pure chocolate aroma. taste is chocolate alcohol bitter roasted malts and oatmeal. the most pure bitter chocolate taste of any beer. no chocolate syrup taste like many chocolate stouts tend to have. this taste like a nice bite of bitter chocolate. so good


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