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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
72 84 58 6 31 24
12th Anniversary Ale by Stone Brewing Company
Oatmeal Stout
9.20 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
22oz bottle thanks to Reino. Served in a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a thick, perfectly dark black. An aggressive yields an 1/8 of an inch of dark brown head. The head has very little retention, collapsing to a thin ring that leaves very nice sheeting rings on the glass. The beautiful thing about this beer is the color. Just a an almost perfect black.

S: Smell of some really nice chocolate. Smells like good baker's chocolate. Very nice oat smell comes in also. Cream is also present, adding a very nice lactose quality to it. The primary smells described above shine heavily but the fundamental hops and malt are still present. This smells amazing.

T: Taste i also very nice. This beer is not as bitter as I think it should be, more sweet than anything. The chocolate is very nice and subtle probably in part to the oatmeal presence. Once again a really nice milky quality in the flavor profile that makes this creamy goodness. My only complaint is the lack of bitterness, still very solid in this dept. though.

M: Medium to full in body. Has a very creamy and oily consistency. Really coats the mouth, tongue and throat. The big suprise here is the low to moderate level of carbonation. Makes this actually refreshing for the style. Aftertaste is of chocolate and malt.

D: Due to the feel, this beer is highly drinkable for the richness the style provides. This beer is quite impressive. I still has room for improvement and is far from perfect, but is still a good brew. Stone doesn't seem to disappoint when they make a dark, rich brew. This is great.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-21-2008 05:42:11

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 6 12 3 5 2010
22oz Bomber

I received this bomber in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks again Russ! Stone's 12th Anniversary glugs out of its bomber and fills my snifter with an inky black liquid. The head is dark brown, so dark in fact it seems to be laced in purple. The head leaves behind some sticky lace and never falls below one finger. The body lets zero light come through.

The alcohol is big upfront along with bittersweet baker's chocolate. The alcohol gets more and more solvent like as this beer warms and it gets to the point it's hard to pull anything else out. Darks berries and roastiness flash through but only make short appearances before the baker's chocolate and booze take over again.

The flavor is a little smoother then the nose but still somewhat harsh from all the noticeable booze. Although the chocolate is still bitter there seems to be a nice helping of deep dark chocolate thrown into the mix as well. Roastiness kind of shoots all over the place and never really straightens itself out. I can see this beer being better after some time but the alcohol is too big right now.

I was hoping to get more body out of this big oatmeal stout but was let down in the mouthfeel department. The body is on the heavier side of medium and works through quickly. I would have liked to see the silky smoothness that I expect from oatmeal stouts, especially of this size. The booze gets in the way here with fumes rising through the mouth and nose after each drink and before the somewhat drying finish.

The drinkability just isn't here. The alcohol is way too noticeable and the bitterness is too sharp for the style. This bomber will be more then enough for me.

I like all of Stone's lineup but this one falls short by a long ways. There's too much booze, too much baker's chocolate bitterness, too many big flavors that don't come close to meshing. This is a big overdone mess that aims for every direction. I have another bottle of this that I'll give a couple years which I think will help this beer immensely. I think over time the flavors will mellow and come together much better.

Reviewed: 10/4/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by Surly Duff on 03/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 2 5 12 4 6 2008
Pours a jet black with a small deep brown head that quickly settles to leave just a small ring around the edge of the glass and little to no lacing on the sniffer.

Bitter chocolate and a touch of cocoa and roasted malt. Not much in the way of aroma. Meh.

Roasted malt and plenty of chocolate malt with a nice sweetness. Fine light carbonation. Cocoa nibs and a bit of bitterness from heavily roasted malt. Oatmeal imparts a nice silkiness to everything.

Nice drinking but lacking the awesomeness usually found in Stone anniversary brews. From the other reviews and comments I've heard, it sure seems this one has gotten much better with some age. I had held on to this one for a while after hearing many people say it needed some time to sit.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 14 4 7 0
Pours a sinister looking black, smooth and silky looking. Tasty lookin' one finger dark moccha head takes it's rightful place atop... and quickly fades to a light ring in my tulip. A few strands of lacing cling to the glass, here and there.

Aroma is very much of dark chocolate, molasses, some sweet cocoa, toasty-roasty malts and other grains. Some sour notes float through. Not as overly pungent as I had expected, but very pleasant.

Taste is of comprised of bitterness, and charcoal. There is a bitter chocolate element, too much, if you ask me. I like bitter, burnt malts in my Stouts, but for an Oatmeal Stout, this is a touch too much.

Full in body, thin-ish and not at all smooth - I was speaking with another BA today and this beer came up - specifically the mouthfeel. He stated in his review "where's that oatmeal silky-ness?" I have to agree: where is it? Very warm, boozy alcohol feel. Good carbonation.

I will try this again, in hopes that time mellows it, and it finds its balance - I have to believe it will. Stone ONLY puts out quality beers, IMO.
Try it? Sure. In a year.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 07/13/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2008
A - Pour produces a dark cocoa colored head that is about a quarter inch tall. It's made up of varying sized bubbles. After about a minute there are a few clumps of bubbles floating about and a ring around the glass. Body is dark brown and completely opaque, letting nothing through when brought up to a light source. Decent enough lacing going on here.

S - Starts off with a lot of roasted dark malts. Then I get grape nuts (yeah, the cereal). Light coffee bitterness. Definitely some milk chocolate here that seems a bit heavy on the lactose. Touch of toasted rye bread. Interesting.

T - Bitterness of both bittersweet chocolate and from coffee bitterness start this brew off. Chocolate comes in sort of in layers. First it's a milk chocolate flavor. Next up in the dryness of cocoa. Light fruity flavor comes in with a bit of red grape. Bitterness is revisited with the same coffee bitterness and this time it's accompanied by some bitterness of toasted wood (I know there is no wood at work here). Aftertaste is minimal.

M - Medium to full bodied. Slick feel to it. Dries your mouth out a bit by the end.

Overall - I'm not really sure what I think of this one. I do appreciate that it is out of the norm and not something that you'll run across often. It's drinkable and smooth. Flavors seem to need to combine a little more here and work off of one another. Maybe aging will help that, maybe it won't.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by seaoflament on 07/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2008
Bought a bottle today from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Another Stone Anniversary beer, first of all congratulations to Stone. Since I first heard of this beer I was really looking forward to it; the name itself sounds mighty tasty.

The beer is a shiny onyx color with a light coffee inch of foam on top.

First I get a loud toasted aroma, wet bread and grain. After the pour I begin to pick up the chocolate in various degrees: white chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of bitter chocolate near the back. Then there is the roasted barley in good measure with a dash of vanilla and musty wood. The alcohol is evident near the tail of the aroma along with a bit of cherries. The beer continues to reveal more after it settles for a few moments. Warm milk, malted milk candy, oatmeal, brown sugar, coffee, and sweet rum soaked raisins seem to be the last bit I can detect. Actually, I can smell some red/purple grapes too, so that would be that last bit….

The first sip is very similar to the aroma…it has an intense toasted flavor, dry roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a touch of alcohol near the middle which mixes with some cherry and dark fruit flavors. The finish has a strange candy-like flavor…maybe caramel and tootsie roll. After a few sips my tongue keeps a coca-cola like flavor, maybe a bit of mint…could be from the hops and the beer being so young. More caramel flavor develops halfway though the bomber as well as a syrupy chocolate flavor….a bit of hot fudge and brownie batter. Just like in the aroma, the grapes come through in the taste after a while too.


The mouthfeel is very smooth…wow, low carbonation makes this one feel almost like a meal but still easy to drink.

It will be interesting to see how this one will age.

Served In: Pint Glass

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