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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: Pours black as night with great viscosity. A nice tan head about a finger and a half tall. S: Smells like...dark chocolate (crazy, I know). The roasted malt really comes through on this as well as the booze (especially as it comes up to temperature). T: I find this to be really boozy at first, but with each sip, it calms down and the other flavors come out. When I say other flavors I mean the roasted malt, the bitter taste that I perceive to be the chocolate, and some sweetness from the oatmeal. M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation which lends the beer a wonderful creamy smoothness. D: This is still a bit "hot", but keeps on getting better. Iím glad I have several more to hold on to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8796) - 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 Stoneís best products ever tasted. Iím honestly impressed. Abject thanks to whomever bestowed this upon me...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1700) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from trade with Hop20, cheers buddy! Pitch black with a dark brown head. Aroma: chocolate mousse, coffee, dark fruit, licorice. Taste: loads of licorice, cocoa, dark wine gums, coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal cookies with raisins, creamy. Full-bodied, smooth. Man, this is so delicious! If this was bitter from the chocolate when it was released, then instead time has made it very smooth and well-balanced. Thanks again for suggesting this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7873) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"didnít realize this beer was so strong (or classified as an imperial, as it says Oatmeal & Chocolate on the bottle)...oh well. Definitely bitter, but that plays well with the sweetness from the chocolate, and covers up the fact thatís itís 9%. Iíd compare it to Rogueís Chocolate Stout, slightly more bitter, and apparently stronger. Quite good. 1/09 - tried on tap for the first time...incredibly smooth...better than the bottle. tap-4.5, bottle-4.3"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2009
650ml bottle from Utobeer market stall. Pours jet black with a tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, oats, coffee, dark fruits, roasted malts. Flavours of smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, dark roast coffee. Extremely well balanced. Finishes malty, dry and bitter-sweet. Yum.

   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 Stoneís Russian Imperial stout, but still well worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3161) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head that impales itself to the inside of the glass as I drink in its chocolaty goodness. Smells of roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Hints of citrus hops hide in the background. Taste is bitter roast and chocolate, a little bit of alcohol, more as it warms. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy. Thick body with light carbonation. Another fantastic brew from Stone, Iím going to try to put a bottle away to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
750ml bottle. Dark syrupy pour, jet black and thick. Oily lacing with a thin brown head. Tons of chocolate in the aroma with roasted malts. The flavor has a good chocolate base with a good malt backing. Though the ABV isnít super high itís a thick drink, so share it and spread the love around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
22oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a pitch black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of bitter and sweet dark chocolates with a good amount of creamy roasts and a nice mix of molasses and dark fruits. A touch of burnt malt along with some nuts, oats, and a light hopping. Flavor is big dark chocolates with a nice mix of bitter and sweet. Creamy roasts with some burnt malts balanced well with plenty of caramel and a bit of a molasses sweetness. There is a light bitter hop throughout alongside the bitter chocolates that is really nice and goes well with the sweetness of the rich chocolates. A light dark fruit and a touch of ash before this finishes rich and roasty with tons of dark chocolates. Slowly dries with a light bitterness before leaving a very lengthy aftertaste. Full, very smooth, sligthly syrupy body with a light, creamy carbonation and just a hint of alcohol warmth. This has aged nicely and the plethora of oats make this extremely smooth and creamy. Wonderful palate. Overall, an excellent imperial stout. Tons of smooth, bittersweet dark chocolates with a solid roast and light hopping to balance the sweetness. Extremely rich and flavorful with just a touch of alcohol warmth that has settled well with age. The oats and chocolate are delectable and so damn smooth. Wow. This was fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Black pour with a big tan head. Slow to fall and tons of lacing left behind on the glass. Roasted grain aroma is predominant with some caramel, vanilla, chocolate and malt. Roasted cocoa beans is the taste I first get with a mix of dry roasted coffee and more chocolate. A bit bitter in the back, but that is mixed with a creamy smooth dryness. Excellent beer that I wish was in regular rotation.

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