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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Poured deep thick black with little head. Very creamy. Aroma when freshly poured had hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and some smokiness (similar to the Stone IRS). Many reviews have referenced it seeming "hot" and I donít get that - the alcohol seems nicely blended and doesnít stand out to me at all. The bitterness is there and it is nice (strange as that sounds). Iím sure I will be revisiting this review. High marks. Another winner from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 22oz bottle. I had this on cask at the Real Ale Fest and was not impressed, although I was not impressed with many beers that day so I figured I would give it a shot under more controlled circumstances. Pours pretty thick black with a thin, crisp but creamy, brown head, good lace. Smells of dark and roasty toasty malts and dark, unsweetened chocolate. Tastes dark and malty roasty, malts are somewhat sweet after the roastiness. Bitter dark chocolate finish, some alcohol flavor as well. Full, thickish body with nice, smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours like spent motor oil w/ a lofty head on it’s shoulders. Good hangtime w/ supetb lace work. Aromas are mild reaching for dark fruit on a defined roast. Full nectar w/ good carbonation that thickens up like pudding on a hot stove. Huge chocolate and roasted coffee bean come screaming at me as if on fire. Moderately sweet and leathery w/ iodine and a lactic souring that exposes itself like a field mouse in the comfort of nightfall. The finish lingers long w/ a charred sweetness and a final hop bittering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackMail (55) - Evergreen, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours dark black with a brown head. The aroma is malty. Taste like dark chocolate with a roasted malt after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
WOW! Pours near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, some coffee/espresso, and dark roasted grains. Flavor bursting with chocolate. Like most big stouts there is a coffee presence, but it is a little more subtle here with the forwardness of the cocoa. It is roasty dry with only some residual sweetness, but it has a creamy quality that really adds to the enjoyment. EXCELLENT!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (753) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Boy is this something different. Pours a deep dark black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and slight alcohol. Flavor is bitter as in dark chocolate. Some notes of black licorice. Really interesting and a nice alcohol finish. Good job guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a jet black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of cocoa powder, baking chocolate and oats. Taste of light baking chocolate cocoa pwder and oats. Slightly bitter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctseng (1) - , California, USA - JUL 11, 2008 does not count
It’s shock how amazing the flavor of the bitter chocolate oatmeal stout reacts with the human taste buds. I have to admit it took me by surprise; not that Stone has ever let me down, but still I tend to keep on the critical side. If you prefer dark, full flavored, bold beer; I highly recommend this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Pours a very dark brown in color with a frothy, brown head sitting atop.
Straight by the description, it has a very chocolate nose on it. A little alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is much the same, but it’s not a very bitter chocolate. This is a very GOOD chocolate. This beer is pillowy soft and velvety smooth. It’s really a little too easy to drink this. Leaves a little roasted chocolate in the aftertaste. This is a good beer now, and will be great in due time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle: The aroma is a very nice combination of dark chocolate, oatmeal, roastiness, light cocoa powder, faint fruit (cherry?), and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate brown head that fades to a thin film after a minute or so and leaves minimal lacing...really the only thing keeping it from a 5 in appearance. The flavor starts with a nice dose of dark chocolate that only gets stronger in the finish along with some light roasted coffee. The finish has some bitter chocolate, burnt notes, black licorice, some light plummy sweetness, and alcohol. The alcohol isnít overbearing or hot by any means, but itís definitely there. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. Pretty damn good in my opinion. I will be stocking up on this one.

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