In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Stone Brewing Company Bitter Chocolate Oakmeal

Aroma: “Strong cinnamon, nutmeg, and spice, with moderate chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and light roast. Light phenolic, with moderate alcohol and a light aerosol aroma. Some oak is also present from the barrel. As it begins to warm, a mild vegetal or spicy chile aroma emerges.”

Flavor: “Moderate chocolate, with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla plus moderate piney hops bitterness. Light oak tannins give some bite, with lingering acidity and a moderate alcohol burn. Some chile spiciness with a vegetal type of flavor as well.”

Overall: “Very dark roasty chocolate, with a touch of sweetness. There’s a roasty or tannic bitterness present throughout, perhaps from too much contact time with the chocolate? But the lighter cinnamon notes enhance the chocolate—this is a beer for very dark chocolate lovers. A complex, fun beer.”