pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a very nice moderate brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, some dark fruit and alcohol. Taste is complex with a very smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate with s nice balancing bitterness, slight oat and grain, alcohol appears on the finish, but very slightly. Well done
ruberbox (15) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Re rate: The 12th Anniversary has definitely come into its own with some aging. The alcohol flavor has dissipated substantially and left an amazing beer. This beer has suddenly been vaulted into the upper echelon of my favorites.
dark, bitter chocolaty goodness. Very smooth for a high ABV beer. Stone’s 12th trumps the last 2 anniversary beers, granted I am not a hop head.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark black with a massive chocolate head. The nose is heavy alcohol with a bakers chocolate lean. This one is chewy, with a bitterness that seems to come from the chocolate more than the hops. It has a thickness that satiates the most massive appetites, and only Stone could produce something like this. Just another in a long line of solid beers.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark blackness topped with a brown head. chocolate aroma. Flavor is wow...bittersweet chocolate & oats with hints of coffee. Like a chocolate chip oatmeal for breakfast. Alcohol is apparent but not overwelming. Amazing brew. Stone never disappoints!
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice imperial stout without the usual sweetness that permeates through almost all "chocolate" stouts. Good alcohol flavoring and not overhopped. Well done.
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of dark chocolate, oats, dark fruits, and alcohol. Light roast as well. Pours black with a nice brown head that hung out for a minute. Rich flavors bitter chocolate, roast, earth, softer oats, alcohol. Pretty big body; heavy creamy mouthfeel with a good deal of alcohol. Sticky chocolate ’resins’ coat the mouth. Pretty nice, but a little hot. I bet this would be amazing in a year or two.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap Blind Tiger. Deep dark brown in color with a nice off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Bitter chocolatety malty aroma. Caramel roasty oak notes. Chocolatey creamy malty hoppy flavor. Roasty grainy citrusy notes. Creamy and smooth tasting. Full bodied. Finish is roasty. Nice. Enjoyable beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many a thanks are extended to alexsdad06 for this beer! Pours really dark with a moderate brown head fading to a ring and light foam that lasts a while. Aroma is certainly living up to the label! Definitely dark chocolate, but man there’s a strong roast presence to this, as well as espresso, wood, and sambuca. Tastes chocolatey at first and sweeter than I thought it would. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, licorice, oats and wood. A slight astringency almost seems to add something vinous to it, but it falls short. Finishes with a strong roast flavor and more dark chocolate, yet the flavor has somehow evolved to a new flavor that’s still described the same way. Aftertaste is plenty bitter and woody, and there’s a nice cocoa aftertaste. It’s pretty nice to have the bitterness this does without the weird citrus character mixing it up. Big creamy mouthfeel, but this isn’t overly thick IMO. Far from thin though. I never thought "roasty and chocolatey" could be as involved as they are here, but this beer does a lot with those qualities. If Stone can do this with minimal hops and a make a beer so good, I have little reason to fear any hop shortage.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. It’s good to see the 10th anniversary demon has been brought back on their newest. Pours a dark brown color with a medium chunky head.
Aroma was the definitive bitter chocolate along with roasted dark malt. Taste added creamy oatmeal and just a hint of dark fruit. Pretty warm with alcohol. Medium-full body.
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s rare that I get to see a Stone beer that I haven’t had, not because I’ve had so many, but because the parts of the world I frequent typically don’t have them or carry a very limited range. The beer is a very dark brown, appearing black in the tulip glass in which it was poured. The head is a creamy tan that doesn’t get very big, but lasts. The aroma is dark chocolate, husky grains, and roast. The flavor is a little harsh in the finish, but there’s a marshmallow like undercurrent cutting through it. Enjoyable stout.