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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Poured into a goblet, thick black with a dark brown head. Tastes of thick chocolate and coffee and bitters well with the alcohol. Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and roastiness form succulently sweet curves before they team up with leafy hops and alcohol heat to build a potent bitter dryness in this original and very likeable Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the opaque black.
-Oatmeal contributes some crunchy cereal character.
-Upon release, alcohol was well hidden (by all the roastiness?) for a beer this size; but at 2 years of age, it comes through readily in both aroma and flavor profile.
-The flavor profile is straightforward, but it is highly enjoyable when you enjoy such dark malt-driven discourses.

Bottles.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8386) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8334) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8331) - Ursel, 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 (8218) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8181) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. Black-colored with a light brown foam. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, a bit of smoky hints and a bit of alcohol. A bittersweet flavor with chocolate, malt, light fruitiness, nutty hints and a drier finish with more bitterness. Rather full-bodied. A good Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8164) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by brew3crew. Dark brown more clear color. Thin lighter brown head, couple dots of lace. Big, chewy texture. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Very interesting herbal raw mint leaf aroma. Dark chocolate, light oatmeal. Good bitterness, light bitter sweet. Very light alcohol in the finish. Very light coffee note. Still drinking good. Very happy for the opportunity to try this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - 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!


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