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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 (tap at Hollingshead in Orange CA & 22oz btl)

opq-bk, tan-head, med-co2, med-full-body.

aroma: oatmeal anise alchl.

flavor: silky oatmeal-sweet T1, roast-malt dark-fruit alchl §coffee §smokey §anise T2, chrrd alchl bitter-chclt T3.

dark, rich, complex, awesome.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
applesquash (2) - USA - FEB 24, 2010 does not count
This is one of my top 3 all time favorites. I got one from a nearby market and enjoyed it so much I went back for 2 more but they only had 1. The guy mentioned they did have a case in the back but weren’t going to open it. So I bought the case. I think I was tricked. What a nice trick to play. Trick me like that any time.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
toxichop (329) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Had this on stone tap takeover and loved it and recently got myself a vintage bottle of this and it was amazing. Poured into a tulip, dark with a brown head with an aroma full of bitter chocolate, and burnt malt. Taste is bitter and sweet, full of chocolate and nuts, very creamy. Finishes smooth with a long aftertaste, a little bit sticky. Very nice brew one of my fav stouts.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2008
THOUGHTS: A great beer. One of the darkest I’ve ever had. It didn’t hide the alcohol, but it isn’t harsh. Stone makes some of the best anniversary ales around. Not super complex, but who cares when simplicity is this good. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was mostly alcohol, heavy mild coffee and lighter dark chocolate. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with and average to long duration. There was coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. The full body was creamy with fizzy carbonation and a light to moderate alcoholic finish

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled. Inky black pour, with a nice brown head that faded quickly, leaving a bit of lace on the glass. The nose was roasty and chocolatey. Flavor was bitter chocolate, roasted, smoky malt, and a nice touch of alcohol underlying it all. The finish was soft, perhaps due to the oatmeal. Dry finish. I really enjoyed this one, and the use of bitter chocolate to replace the extra hops was genius.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
I love good stouts, porters, etc., and this one didn’t let me down. I get a bottle almost whenever I see it. Pours thick and pitch black with a small milk-chocolate colored head. Roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate and slight hoppiness. Excellent taste. I’m thinking coffee/espresso with some dark chocolate sauce thrown in. Excellent, silky smooth. No problems putting this one down at all. It’s be an easy session beer if the alcohol was halved (but who wants that). I agree with those who say the %9.2 alcohol content is well hidden.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
This was great. It was very thick and poured like motor oil with a thick dark tan head. Smelled and tasted like the name suggests--bitter dark chocolate.This well-put-together imperial stout got better with every sip.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
22oz bottle consumed on 10/30/10. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dirty, muddy deep brown/black with about a half-inch of dark mocha head. Some lace left behind. The nose is full of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, fresh coffee. Everything is still bold and pronounced. Great smell. The mouth is perfectly silky and smooth. Decent amount of carbonation backing, even after 2 years. Excellent finish. The flavors meld well with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and a bit of a vinous twang on the back end. The oatmeal really adds a smooth creamy dimension that fits this beer wonderfully. I’m glad I was able to try this. Great beer!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle at a tasting: oatmeal porridge, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, sweet malt, roasted malt, honey, mild coffee, cocca notes, some charred wood, weak smoked meat, delicate hops lingers through, great aftertaste, very blanced mellow and refined imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2010
I had this when it was first released and now again two years later. I have to say with the age on it, this stuff is amazing. Extremely smoky aroma and flavor, with hints of coffee and chocolate. As malty as this is the bitter finish is a plus. If you can still find this pick it up, well worth it!


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