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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
2009-02-28. Pitch black with a modest khaki head. (4+) Sweet aroma, sweet malt, rich cocoa and mild dry roast malt, light alcohol notes. (7+) Flavour is similar, fairly dry overall impression, dry roasty malt, and dry cocoa has a dusty character somehow, sweet underlying malt base. Very light bitterness in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate is a touch under carbonated. (3+) Pretty decent. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours onyx with 2-fingers of dark brown head. Great look on this. Nose is roasty dark malt, oats, dark choc, molasses, hops, and mild rauchy peaty notes. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasty rauchy dark malt, and hops. Palate is rich, creamy, velvety, staying a tad dry throughout, with a great complexity. Yet another winner form Stone.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2010
Probably more than a bit aged, I presume? Medium, thight, greige head over virtually black beer. Unprecedented nose of packed, intense Ersatz-coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, dry (NOT fatty) peanuts, Brazil nuts, roast, hot waffles, and vanilla beans. Incredibly complex and equally balanced. Dry, smokey, roasted taste with chocolate, moccha, mild vegetable bitterness. Totally different from the nose, but as balanced. Very rich, thick, nearly sleazy texture, viscous and full-bodied, warming. Extremely long-lasting aftertaste. Easily one of Stone’s best products ever tasted. I’m honestly impressed. Abject thanks to whomever bestowed this upon me...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Black color, dense brown head. Sweet, malty, licorice scent. Sweet, bitter, alcohol taste. Huge bitter aftertaste, also very dry. Smooth mouthfeel, huge bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7682) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle that I got in a mixed case from Beers of Europe, consumed 20-02-09 Pours black with a brown head and is quite busy on the fizziness front. The aroma was initially quite creamy and had some vanilla and then all I got was rusty nail. Taste is undeniably dark, bitter chocolate, its an oily mouth clinger and so bitter. Some cold coffee dregs show but the chocolate and roasty flavours dominate. Strange that the rusty nail aroma is really taking over now. A6 A4 F7 P4 OV13 3.4

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 Bottle at The Penguin. Huge collapsing chocolate mousse head over tar, lacing thickly at the strength. Burnt toast and oak chip charcoal aroma completely drowning out the chocolate. Spiritous whiskey burn from the off, lightning struck oak, toast fished out of the bin...just a mouthful of smouldering carbon really. Oily but not slick or luxurious. What a disappointment. All roast and no hops, certainly no chocolate or oatmeal. Crumb of incinerated nut, dab of yeast extract. One of the rawest, most ethanol-drenched efforts I’ve had in a while. Bit more choc lurking in the bottom of the bottle, but such a thin and one-dimensional flavour profile. Saw it all off in the end. Not a bad beer but a bad chocolate oatmeal stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
Draught. High creamy and lasting brown head. Pitch black body. Coffee choccolate aroma and flavor with a touch of vanilla and a good deal of hops bitterness. High carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bomber. Poured nicely-viscous deep brown with a rich tan head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of baker’s chocolate with flaked oat and lactic sweetness around.. vanilla and coffee grounds as you stick your nose farther in.. earthy and spicy on the very back. The flavor found a blend of baker’s chocolate and sweeter, milkier chocolate at the core with intermittent cofee character.. moderate-to-high roast to it.. vanilla, char, and ashy smoke rode out the edges.. finished with chocolate bitterness and alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied and a little bit slick on the palate with rising bitterness and warmth as it made its way through the mouth.. lasting, tasty impression on the finish. Solid, but not spectacular.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing airy light brown head. Aroma of sweet caramel and dark chocolate with a touch of molasses and dark fruits. Body starts fairly full and lightly malty sweet revealing a rich, bittersweet dark chocolate flavor which lingers into a medium roasted finish. Smooth, farily complex and true to its name.


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