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Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Bourbon Barrel

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6010) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Stone bourbon 12th strong sweet bourbony nose. Sweet vanilla with underlying notes of bittersweet chocolate. Black pour with t thinbeige head lots of lace. Bourbon sweet, tons of it, some roast and chocolate underneath but barrrel overwhelms. Weird aspartame mouth feel underneath. A little thinned out. Hella damn boozy. Sweet whiskey notes. Lingering vanilla notes light roast. Would prefer more velvetty mothfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Dense heavy black, sweet weighted aroma of burnt grain, topsoil and charcoal. Sublime character of perfectly coaxed out bourbon, charred oak and a touch of cream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Back in Black Stout Fest for SBW. Pours black with a decent light brown head. Smells and tastes like tart oak, leather, tobacco, and cherry, in addition to the typical roasty coffee/chocolate stout notes. Good stuff- I liked it a little better than the bourbon IRS but not as much as the Founders Canadian Breakfast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
EBF. Pours a black body with a tan head. Minor bourbon and vanilla and a lightly roast y character to it. Hops are subdued and the chocolate is a little more alcoholic. A good brew for sure. I liked it better than the original offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s Back in Black ’09. Bourbon dominates the aroma with maple and caramel slightly hidden and a touch of chocolate. Pours jet black with a dark tan head. Bourbon is slightly overpowering, but there are nice chocolate undertones to balance. A very rich full-bodied bear with some great roasted malts. Slightly bitter finish for balance. Great beer, but the Russian Imperial is better in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7271) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Draft at Brouwer’s. Jet black. Loose caramelly burnt-tan ring. Big bourbon and maply nose. That combination gives it a sourness that’s almost salty. Big, thick, creamy body. Roasty, tons of char, some maple syrup, burnt toast, and sharp dark-roasted coffee beans, along with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Nice, but still young and raw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Loved this one. Went to Brouwer’s stout night with this as my first choice, as I love bourbon aged stouts. Great looking, near black with a tan creamy head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel, toasted vanilla, and a slight cherry--no soap whatsoever. The bourbon and caramel balanced very well together, creating a very smooth taste, sweet but with a slight bitter finish to round it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1529) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s "Back in Black" stout night 09. This one was remarkably similar to the Stone Boubron Barrel RIS - with so much sweetness and flavor added by the bourbon barrels, the naturally sweeter 12th Anniversary ale doesn’t have such a distinct flavor. Pours black, with a smallish mocha head. Tons of bourbon and oak in the nose and the flavor, with perhaps a bit more chocolate in this one. The sweetness is a bit more earthy. Not quite as hot as the RIS, either - the slightly lower abv serves this one well. Really good, and at the end of the day, I think I might like this one a bit better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Somewhat soapy bourbon aroma to me that nobody else at the table got so not sure. Did resemble the normal 12th a lot with just more bourbon notes and a smoother palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2009
On tap at Ashley’s. Opaque black-brown with a minimal brown head. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, and roasty malt, with alcohol and a bit of a vinous character. Flavor had a lot of bourbon in it, with all the oaky, vanilla goodness that goes with it. Underneath that was dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Nicely balanced mild sweetness and good bitterness. Very smooth, thick mouthfeel.

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