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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bomber. Nose is all about dark chocolate, roast and a little black malt murking through with faint hops and chalk. Pitch black pour with a pretty, dark brown dense and rocky head. Taste is big chocolate black malt and roast, dark and sultry, only lightly bitter (from what was expected) with a little prickling, reasonably well hidden alcohol in the sweet mid-body and a viscous, sludge feel going into the aftertaste. Dry and dark. Big story here is the oatmeal! Swimming in it, great flavor. Prunes and a salty end. Lovely citric hops taking over toward the end [along with a little Fuji apple and red berry], relatively mild but contributing a lot, and not of the normal Stone profile; they’re enough to pull this over a 4.0 for me. Really nice, going to go try it with some cheese, should be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2008
This was a good chocolate and slighty bitter IPS with a dark brown head, it poured a dark black with hints of roasted malts and some fruity overtones,i was surprised to see it was a IPS but it was enjoyable.CHEERS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Been a while since I’ve had a unique Imperial, but I enjoyed this. Aroma and taste matched the title with bitter, dark chocolate, along with some earthy scorched chocolates and coffee. It’s syrupy pour gave it an intimidating appearance, but this brew did not copy the common formula for Imperials which pushed it ahead of many.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 To be fair -- I only had a small sample of this brew at a release tasting in Arizona, but the advertised chocolate and oatmeal in this stout were unfortunately overpowered by a smokey (nearly burnt) roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2008
From the bottle. poured black with a med. sized brown head. Aroma, coffe with lots of sugar and cream , chocolate and raosted malts with a nice hint of alcohol, molasses, raisins. Flavor, got the bitter chocolate, malts a touch of sweetness and dark fruits, as it warms a little honey comes out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Aroma gives off a pleasant and delighting chocolate olfaction as well as lightly roast malt. The stout creates a firm layer of beige colored foam while a pitch black fluid is waiting to be consumed. The initial flavor is pure roasted dark malt with only a slight hint to chocolate but it’s clearly obvious cocoa is the strong backbone to this stout. Texture is rich and creamy with a minor tingle sensation from very refined carbonation bubbles. The presence of alcohol is noticeable even when served at a cold temperature. Aftertaste is sweet and leaves behind a taste as if I just ate a chocolate bar. Overall, I’m glad Stone decided to release an anniversary since they announced early this year they wouldn’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber. Thick and chewy, completely coating my tongue. It has been awhile since I had Stone RIS, and if memory serves me, the RIS is a tad better than this. The chocolate is faint and bitter. I think I anticipated more chocolate flavors. I have 2 more that I will store for awhile and see what changes in the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber from GM Liquors; Nose first had a light bit of piney hops, then the chocolate took over; along with toastiness; black with a medium, glass-lacing, cinnamon tan head; flavor is bitter chocolate with some oaty substance in the creamy body; finish is light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pour from a 22oz bomber. dark black with dark tan head. huge aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. More chocolate in the taste along with a bitter bite. Very creamy mouthfeel. alcohol isnt really noticable until this beer warms up. great brew from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CTSVPhantom (4) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Very roasty, POWERFUL taste of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Didn’t really notice oatmeal. Pours even darker than the IRS, head is very dark brown. Very little sweetness, lots of bitterness and roastiness. Not much hoppiness. Easily my favorite Stone anniversary brew to date.

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