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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pours dark black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol and chocolate malt, sweet. Flavor of rich, deep, dark chocolate. The flavor is NOT like sweet and sugary (milk) chocolate, but more intense deep cocoa. Flavor also begins mild and sweet alcohol then the chocolate notes develop. Finish is dry with a thick full palate. Very good! Not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 First tried on tap at the GABF 2008, the second I had it I knew I had to drink it again. Pours deep black with very nice tan head. Nose is very sweet and chocolaty for an imperial, almost smells like a sweet stout. Very balanced mouth feel with dark chocolate, malt, and sugars. Finish is smooth and malty, no alcohol whatsoever...I wish I could have purchased more than 3 bottles

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
pours dark black with a dark brown head, bitterness of the chocolate comes through very strong, the chocolate flavor lingers in the aftertaste, this beer smooth and velvety due to the addition of oatmeal. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% alcohol beer, good beer but not great but still highly recomended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Bottle from Bev Mo in San Francisco, Aug 2008. This was a favourite of my San Francisco trip. Too bad it will eventually be retired. Aroma is full of chocolate, coffee beans, also vanilla and black licorice. This has all the wonderful smoothness of oatmeal stout, but the complexities of imperial stouts. I taste full out dark chocolate with many subtleties, coffee, espresso, bitterness...wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bomber. Pours a black color with a nice creamy, light-brown head, good lacing. Very good looking pour. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is similar, maybe plum, chocolate, a bit boozy as it warms. Bitter chocolaty finish. Decent body, a bit watery. Pretty rich, and a little too alcoholic as it warms. Very good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Dark pour, minimal tan head. Nose is somewhat floral rounded out by light citrus, hops, and dark chocolate. Flavor is bitter (surprise!), with molasses and an overall roasted flavor. Not unlike the Russian Imperial Stout by Stone. Moderate fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Yep. I like it. But wow that’s a lot of chocolate! Aroma isn’t real huge but contains small amounts chocolate and oatmeal. Appearance is very dark black with a rich, dark tan head. The flavor is great! HUGE chocolate at first, masking a very slight alcohol taste (however, not unpleasant, in this case.) The cool part is that the chocolate stays in your mouth for several minutes and leaves a great, sweet taste. This is very exciting! Overall impression is quite favorable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
Great chocolate stout! Big on dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. I would say its on par with the Imperial Russian Stout but lots more chocolate. The high alcohol is an added bonus but you wont notice it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle; july release. Pours a deep black. The first layer of head is a lasting and fine caramel colored ring with a crown of creamy white superfine head. Smoke and alcohol dominate the aroma but it also includes roasted malts and sweet coffee liquor. The bitterness is more than expected and very welcome for a stout. This is no doubt from the rich cacoa that dominates initial taste. This is followed by a medium bitterness and a long, very pleasant, smoked coffee finish. My expectations from a stone are relatively high and this did not dosappoint. An excellent desert in itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
This was a dark pour with definite chocolate scents and flavor. This had a complex build up of flavors and alcohol warming/flavor. I have one being aged right now so we will see how it turns out. I think my expectations of this beer were to high... I mean come on chocolate and oatmeal.

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