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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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sample from a bottle at the Stone tasting in Tallahassee. This one has a striking aroma of deep roasted chocolate that really stands out. Rich and smooth with more chocolate in the flavor. I really enjoyed this one, outstanding beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
ok, i had this beer once, and it was some time ago. it was probally one of my favorite brews of all time for dark ales. i rembered it poured thick and black with an off white head that had the most awsome smell and aroma. could taste chocolate, malt and hops all combined with the perfect proportions. if i could have this again, i would buy it in an instant. great brew from stone!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours black as night with a chocolate brown edge, beautiful brown head. Huge aroma of deep roast, lots of chocolate and a little coffee. Very bold taste. Dark and bitter as it looks, chewy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate is very obvious and compliments to roast very well. Awesome beer.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1713) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Bottle. So I pick this up after searching for awhile. Why? beacuase some people on ratebeer say it’s good? No, because it’s a Stone beer that I have never had before. Nice aroma of choclate and sweet malt. The flavor was so silky smooth with chocolate, malt and a touch of hops and oatmeal. This beer was so freaking smooth and drinkable. I loved it and see it aging for quite awhiile. I need to pick up some more.....soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aquilo (571) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
I have a feeling that I’m going to love this. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. I was hoping for a bigger head, but this is very pretty anyway. Smells incredibly chocolaty. Wonderful, rich dark chocolate. Flavor is rich, dry, and bitter chocolate, just as advertised. Some roasty malts in there as well, and just a touch of fresh hops. Very creamy mouthfeel. I’m a sucker for chocolate, and this beer satisfies.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Put the kids to bed, time to relax and contemplate the future for a bit...this seemed to be the ideal bomber for just such an occasion. Pours like a hearty stout should with an opaque black body, fluffy tan head, and sticky/spotty lacing. Dominant aroma of dark chocolate creates a very warm and inviting atmosphere. Heavy cream and a rich, smoky, organic earthiness are evident in the powerful aroma along with plenty of coffee and cocoa scents. Heavy and filling mouth feel that remains creamy with a silky smoothness. This beer is ready to drink now, I see no need for additional aging. A well rounded decadence, this beer is grand and amazing on the palate. Rich, hearty flavor full of smooth rolled oats, roasted-burnt malts, thick molasses, and old coffee. Creamy, bitter dark chocolate is the center of attention within the well layered flavor. I wouldn’t call this overly complex, but it does taste incredible. A robust stout, most definitely to my liking, top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Many a thanks are extended to alexsdad06 for this beer! Pours really dark with a moderate brown head fading to a ring and light foam that lasts a while. Aroma is certainly living up to the label! Definitely dark chocolate, but man there’s a strong roast presence to this, as well as espresso, wood, and sambuca. Tastes chocolatey at first and sweeter than I thought it would. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, licorice, oats and wood. A slight astringency almost seems to add something vinous to it, but it falls short. Finishes with a strong roast flavor and more dark chocolate, yet the flavor has somehow evolved to a new flavor that’s still described the same way. Aftertaste is plenty bitter and woody, and there’s a nice cocoa aftertaste. It’s pretty nice to have the bitterness this does without the weird citrus character mixing it up. Big creamy mouthfeel, but this isn’t overly thick IMO. Far from thin though. I never thought "roasty and chocolatey" could be as involved as they are here, but this beer does a lot with those qualities. If Stone can do this with minimal hops and a make a beer so good, I have little reason to fear any hop shortage.

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