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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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2009
~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY. This stout pours black with a dark tan head that vanishes into oblivion. It smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is amazing! It’s smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly. A must try. Highly recommended! ~

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Very thick and chocolatey, Almost completely opaque and feels full on the tongue. Light carbonation. There is a little heat from the alcohol but the beer is so dense that it is in the background,

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
this beer is stupid good. there’s no way around it. blacker than life before Jesus, with a cleveland browns ballcap to boot on a head. this thing smells like whoa. then it tastes like whoa. and then, when you go in again, more whoa. huge chocolate aroma and flavors. very dark, nearly burnt chocolate. my first impression was charred liquid fudge, but in a good way. the alcohol burn hit the back of the throat fairly hard in the first few sips, mellowed in the middle, then rears its hothead in any serious pause. yes, the alcohol bites here. but that’s okay. coffee and bleeding heart juice round out the edges making this as much of an afternoon treat as a midnight sleeping pill. i like it. my buddy here, in the flannel shirt, he likes it. we agree that, at times, the flavor is almost overpowering. while punching where it should punch and smoothing where it should smooth, sometimes it throws in a kick and belts me just below the tongue-belt. whoa. and wow. i said to my buddy josh here, just now and meaning it, "this is one of the more intense drinking experiences i’ve had." and it was. and it is. for about two more sips.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Aroma: No surprise - smells like dark, bitter chocolate.Alcohol noticeable in nose. Appearance: Completely opaque, basically black. Thin but medium brown head present. Flavor: Neutral at first with a quick sharp rush / bit on the tongue of carbonation and intense bitterness with a smooth, rich, malty finish. Palate: Overall initial to finish time is actually quite short making this boldly named stout feel more like a weak porter. Overall Impression: Not bad but probably will not purchase again. Did enjoy the bitterness with the smooth malty finish.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Very dark pour with a thin head, great aroma, taste and mouth feel. It is everything you would want in a stout, add bitter chocolate what a treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2008
bottle pours super dark black. brown head. Definitly get a little bitterness out of this beer. Nice Chocolate taste with roasted malt. very nice job once again by Stone brewing company.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle: The chocolate aroma is not to be denied. It pours like motor oil with a minimal brownish grey head. I was aprehensive about the taste of bitter chocolate oats and malt but it works well. To me the bitter was not too bitter... Not your everyday beer but very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2010
Another great stout from Stone. Pours with a lovely frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is pleasant, with notes of chocolate (duh...) and smoke. Wonderful taste, the oatmeal and chocolate are very present but in perfect amounts, and balanced well with the alcohol. Great, great stout. Not as insanely great as Stone’s Russian Imperial stout, but still well worth it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
22 oz bottle got on the release date. Very excited. Pours black with a tan head. Bitter is surprisingly not that apparent but chocolate and vanilla dominate. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Good but I was expecting more. I would choose the Russian Imperial over this anyday!

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2008
This beer has the traditional over the top Stone style hopping. I’m not saying I’m opposed to it, it’s just more novelty than daily drinker for me. This beer in particular has a subtle chocolate taste, a very full bodied beer and finishes with the hoppy after taste. it leaves the mouth fully in about 20 seconds.


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