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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 865   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Bomber, recently released. Black color with pretty dark foam, and a head that diminishes in a short amunt of time and leaves an oily layer of foam. Smells mostly of dark chocolate, roasted grain, and alcohol. The flavor has a strong baker’s chocolate bitterness, some malty sweetness, alcohol hotness, and some burnt notes. The roasted flavors leave a slight burnt and acidic flavor. The body is a little lighter than I expected, considering the oatmeal. A little syrupy feeling, with lower carbonation. A little too much straight alcohol and bitter chocolate for me. A nice sipper, but I can see how this could improve a good deal with some time. (3.8) Rerate: A ten month old bottle doesn’t even quite seem up to a fresh one I had. Too boozy, with a weird mouthfeel, and the chocolate seems detached from the rest of the flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Jet black in color with a small short lasting dark brown head. Aroma and flavor of get this chocolate and roasted malts which turns to a slight bitter hop in then end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pour is very smooth and heavy...pitch black, very small head. Aroma hints of bitter chocolate, some roasted malts and small amount of alcohol. I love the addition of oatmeal in this one, because it gives a very nice velvety mouthfeel. Flavor is just like baker’s bitter chocolate, which isn’t overpowering...but just enough that you know it’s definitely there. This is one of my favorite brews from Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
22 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pure black color with a medium cocoa colored head. Aroma is Dark chocolate with a hint of black coffee. Flavor starts bitter dark dark chocolate, a touch of coffee with a bakers dark chocolate bitter finish. Full body is silky smooth and creamy with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (716) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours a midnight black with a huge thick milk chocolate colored head. Sticks around for a little while leaving a small amount of lacing behind. The aroma is a dark roasted coffee with chocolate and sweet raspberries and just a touch of molasses. Surprisingly fruity flavor. Dark bitter chocolate with burnt coffee, sweet raspberries, black cherries, caramel, and a strong carbon-y bitterness. Not overly thick, but a very rich and silky body. Leaves a deep bitter on the tongue.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours black with a sizable, moderate tan head. Aroma is chocolate and java while the flavor has a major dark chocolate and coffee quality. Thick mouth feel. Really good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2008
1/2 pint from tap at Bodega; pleasant aroma, solid flavor, strong bitter aftertaste on first sip, fades with subsequent sips; I’m a stout fan, and this was a treat

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milewide (1726) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Very dark brown. Limited head. Modest roasted grain and chocolate aroma. But what a bold taste! Extremely bitter from roasted malt, hops---and especially unsweetened chocolate. None of the sometimes too sweet Imperial Stout flavor. I liked it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
At the "Open Eyes" tasting, pours like motor oil, with a quickly dissapating dark brown head covering a completely black body. Aroma of burnt cereal, bitter choclate, apple-like stuff, and a light hoppiness. Taste is oatmeal, bitter chocolate and lots of burnt coffee beans, and some very forward alcohol towards the finish. Lively bubbles and syrupy mouthfeel. Still very young and very hot!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Dark, dark black body with a nice brown, well lacing, super sustaining head. Bitter, almost salty (is that possible?) aroma, with some chocolate and coffee hints. Very strong, astringent notes come out as it warms, as well as the alcohol. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some anise, and a bit of dark fruits in the mouth. Still very Windex-y, with a long, uncomfortable alcoholic burn. The mouthfeel is nice, thanks to the oats. It’s about all they add. Overall - a decent Impy Stout, but I don’t think the chocolate or oat adds a whole lot to the mix. Personally, I’ll take their regular Imperial Stout.


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