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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, 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...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1593) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2105) - , 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.

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! Itís smooth, silky, and highly drinkable. At 9.2% ABV, this went down effortlessly. A must try. Highly recommended! ~

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 July 2008 Bottle. Pours jet black with creamy light brown head. Aroma is a strong blend of dark chocolate, coffee and rum. Flavor starts off with sweet dark roasted malts followed by vanilla and bittersweet chocolate. It has a dry, boozy finish. The aftertaste is bitter and smoky with hints of espresso. This Imperial has an excellent balance of sweet and smoky flavors without overwhelming the palate. Impressive.

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 Stoneís Russian Imperial stout, but still well worth it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2306) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2244) - 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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