Oscbert (1080) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
~Pours black with creamy dark brown head. good lacing.
~Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. A bit cloying on the roasted end.
~A nice roasted taste. Alcohol is definitely present. Good chocolate flavor.
~Creamy and smooth. Bitter finish with an alcohol kick.
~It’s pretty good. Gets better once the alcohol numbs the mouth and it gets a bit warmer. I’m glad I got to try this one. Not overly impressed though.
WeeObese (18) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a nice Chocolate Oatmeal RI]S. The beer poured dark brown-black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt and slight alcohol at the end. Flavor is warm alcohol, roasted malts and finishes like a 70% Cacao chocolate bar. The palate is full bodied and silky from the oatmeal. I would recommend this beer to chocolate lovers and RIS drinkers, Very enjoyable, not a beer I will stock up on but I will cellar at least one for later enjoyment.
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/12/2008: Don’t let the name completely fool you. Be sure to read the label as "bitter chocolate" not separately as "bitter" ... "chocolate" as this beer is definitely bitter, but there isn’t really a rich, creamy chocolate quality about it. That’s completely fine by me, but I wan’t to put that disclaimer out there for those who might see "chocolate" in the name and expect it in the aroma and beer. I guess it is there to some extent, but not in the way many would probably expect. Anyways, this beer pours an extremely dark brown color and has a slightly violet-like hue to it. The tan-colored head is thick and does not disappear quickly. Had I been blindfolded and not poured this beer myself, I would have guessed that somebody place a big bowl of steamy oatmeal in front of me dusted with some cocoa powder! It smells delicious. That same hearty and creamy oatmeal runs throughout the flavor and helps to mute the alcohol that comes across a bit sharp at times. There is also plenty of bitter chocolate and roasted maltiness in the flavor as well. The bitterness is quite apparent and is enough to turn most away. Remember, this is a BITTER chocolate stout and as such has quite a bit of that unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate quality to it. This beer has a medium-full body and is creamy and slick on the palate. Overall this is really the best Oatmeal Stout I have had in a very long time. Stone did an excellent job of balancing all of the characteristics to create this Imperialized Oatmeal Stout. They were also able to achieve a high level of bitterness by using the bitter chocolate and presumably a much lower than previously used amount of hops. Congratulations to them for pulling off such a tasty a fairly unique beer that features artisan chocolate and lots and lots of yummy oats!
Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (9.2% Alc/Vol) from The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. Rating #62 for this beer...
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
railcat1 (693) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
SDalkoholic (2199) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.