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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 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Had at the EBF 09 in Boston. Poured dark brown with a small brown head. The aroma were similar to the original with chocolate, vanilla, some caramel and a nice bourbon note. Seemed to me, it was a little more drinkable than the original. Nice velvet smooth mouth feel with a full body. It was one of my favorites at the show. Other solid Stone offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Appearance: Served up a raven black body under a thin sheet of light tan-colored suds. Smell: Soothing aroma smelling of creamy bittersweet chocolate fudge, chilled coffee, vanilla, coconut cream, and zesty wood. It’s just a joy to cram up against one’s nose and give it a whiff. Taste: Deep, dark maltiness tasting of bittersweet chocolate fused with a small shot of espresso and a little helping of vanilla bean. The vanilla flavor moves to the front, joining with toasted oak and dark brown sugar. Hint of dark fruitiness and coconut shavings. Lightly earthy, roasty bitterness which ramps up on the back half, though the chocolate and bourbon hold on strong until the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Quite nice! The bourbon barrel aging here made, for me, a marked improvement over the original beer, smoothing out its coarser elements and adding a new level of deliciousness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Served on tap at the Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration. Excited to see this on the list as well. The appearance is a rich velvety black with a thin burnt tan head. Noise is rich with chocolate and bourbon, very appetizing and pleasant. The flavors are full of rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, spicy oak, and a touch of rum. I think this was my favorite of the day. Absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. Somewhere between bourbon barrel angel share and kbs. Less refined than both... Bitter chocolate could have something to do with it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (7228) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2010 Draft during the 40 tap Stone Event @ Rattle n Hum with Andrew, Big Tony, PJ, and Brendan. Pours pitch black with brown chocolate lacing. Aroma is delicious bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate, roast, vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth with the same notes. This brew reminded me somewhat of LA Angel Share.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (9401) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Yet another fantastic offering from Stone (this is why they are my favorite!). Takes a very very nice base beer and accentuates the bitter chocolate with a sweet vanilla bourbon presence that raises the abv but smooths out the beer. Wish I could get a bottle :("

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1584) - 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 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.

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