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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8230) - 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 Stone’s best products ever tasted. I’m 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 (1637) - Göteborg, 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 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"didn’t 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 that’s it’s 9%. I’d compare it to Rogue’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
A great brew to have as a dessert or with dessert. Bitter, but in a semi-sweet chocolate fashion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Bottle from Bevmo. Black with a brown fizzy head. Sweet roasty chocolate and grain aroma. Sweet mildly bitter dark chocolate taste, good roasty taste with a bitter malty finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5381) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle: The aroma is a very nice combination of dark chocolate, oatmeal, roastiness, light cocoa powder, faint fruit (cherry?), and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate brown head that fades to a thin film after a minute or so and leaves minimal lacing...really the only thing keeping it from a 5 in appearance. The flavor starts with a nice dose of dark chocolate that only gets stronger in the finish along with some light roasted coffee. The finish has some bitter chocolate, burnt notes, black licorice, some light plummy sweetness, and alcohol. The alcohol isn’t overbearing or hot by any means, but it’s definitely there. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. Pretty damn good in my opinion. I will be stocking up on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 12, 2008
This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head, with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is roasted/burnt malt, chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are semi sweet chocolate, coffee with some burnt malt notes. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Interesting beer, it has the full, chewy feel of an oatmeal stout but still has the roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol qualities of an imperial stout. Add to that some very nice semi sweet chocolate flavors, yet with a fairly strong overall bitterness. It’s a interesting compare and contrast, but it works very well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Strong roastedness and bitter bakers chocolate are prominent, dark cocoa powder surfaces in aroma, rich and pleasing, seems to lose its legs as it warms,taste is certainly dark bitter chocolate,seem to get the impression of dark chocolate frosting sweetness at first ,but that bitterness is just to overwhelming,oatmeal use must be minimal,as it doesn’t have that oatmeal slickness,some alchol definitely noticeable,a very fine chocolate stout,very worthy of being an Anniversary brew. Thanks Kingpin

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (828) - Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours black as night with a deep tan head. Aroma of coffee and malt. Taste is bitter, coffe with some deep dark chocolate in the back. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Tap @ Stone Brewing Co, Escondido, CA. Pours a jet black with a quickly-dissipating tan head (in my case, it was already gone when the waitress got back to our table). Aroma is oats, roasted malt, and chocolate, with slightly-detectable coffee notes as well. Taste is dark (bitter) chocolate up front, dissolving into an oatmeal/malt sweetness at the end. Even with the high alcohol content, the beer seemed rather smooth and mellow throughout. This was a total home run and yet another wonderful offering from Stone.

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