Stones 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Stout - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Stones 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Stout - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has unleashed a demand for over-the-top beers. Their flagship, Arrogant Bastard Ale, challenged us to pick up a bottle and drink it, kicking off a cult-like following of the beer and the brewery. For their 12th Anniversary, Head Brewer Mitch Steele and the Stone Brew Crew worked with homebrew recipes from Brewhouse Supervisor Jeremy Moynier and Distribution Supervisor Jake Ratzke to create this huge oatmeal stout, but instead of relying on just hops for the bitterness he added some cacao to the boil kettle. The result is simply amazing! We first had this beer at the shop and thought, "We have to have this recipe"! Mitch and Greg must have felt the same way about this beer that we did and handed it over. Stone Brewing Co. is located in Escondido, Ca, so next time you are in Southern California, make it a point to stop by. They have a fantastic restaurant as well, using locally-grown food and a focus on quality. Learn more at www.stonebrew.com Like we said, this beer is huge - with over 21 pounds of grains in it, there is only one question we have for you ... is your mash tun worthy?

Estimated Original Gravity:1.094-98
SRM (Color Range): 73
IBU's: 45-48
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 9.4%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American Ale
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

California Recipients: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
ABV %9.4
Beer StyleStout & Porter
Ready to Drink Within4-8 Weeks
Alcohol ContentVery High (9%+)
BitternessHigh (46-70ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Matched Style I wanted and had good reviews
Shane H on Feb 15, 2019
its delicious
Mark M on Dec 13, 2018
Matched Style I wanted and had good reviews
Shane H on Feb 15, 2019
Brewed once before... this is an exceptional kit! Suggest cold steeping the darker grains for 24 hours. Reduces the tannins and leaves more room in my 7 1/2 gal. mash tun.
Tedd M. S on Jan 17, 2019
its delicious
Mark M on Dec 13, 2018
Very good beer that I want to brew again.
Richard Gonchar on Apr 26, 2018
Brewed it fall of 2017. Loved it. Brewing again.
David S on Mar 16, 2018
Tedd M. S on Jan 31, 2018
Brewed once before... this is an exceptional kit! Suggest cold steeping the darker grains for 24 hours. Reduces the tannins and leaves more room in my 7 1/2 gal. mash tun.
Tedd M. S on Jan 17, 2019
Very good beer that I want to brew again.
Richard Gonchar on Apr 26, 2018

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Great Beer!!!
I've brewed this beer each of the last 4 years, and it's ALWAYS a crowd pleaser. While, I could probably source the ingredients locally, I'm sure it would be a slightly different beer. For me, it's a no brainer....just buy this kit!!
November 29, 2018
1 year ago
First stout, won't be the last
This is the first stout I've brewed and it is definitely very good. Similar to another comment, this beer maxed out my 10 gallon mash tun.
November 28, 2017
Instructions are lacking critical information (mash time/temp and yeast amounts)
I think most instructions should assume this is your first time brewing. For me this was my second time brewing, and the 'mistakes' I made were solely due to lack of information in the instructions.

**The mash should be 90 minutes long** - after hunting around the web (after I had brewed) I found other clone recipes that all recommended 90 minute mash times. Some of them even had a recommended mash temp. The morebeer instructions had neither.

**You should pitch more yeast** - the original gravity is above 1.090, which can be a pretty hostile environment for yeast (I've now learned after the fact). You should pitch multiple packets or a larger volume from your starter. Again, these were in other instructions on the web, but not the one from morebeer.

**Use a hop bag/nib bag** - already mentioned in another review, but I clogged up my counterflow chiller several times and the racking arm from my fermenter with these lil guys.

I now know that I should have expected these things for a 9%+ beer (and nibs), but this kind of information should be on the recipe in my opinion. As a result I just kegged a 6% beer, either as the result of a 60 minute mash or because of pitching only 1 packet of yeast. Likely both.

With that being said.... the wort tastes amazing and the beer smells absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try it once it's carbonated!!!
April 25, 2017
Even better with age
Brewed this amazing stout in the fall. Kept in in secondary for about 3 months and Bottled and carbonated about a month ago. All I can say is that it's turned into pure gold! It's unquestionably the best stout I've ever brewed. Even flat out of the secondary I knew this one was going to be special. It's so smooth and so rich and roasty with enough bitter chocolate to round it out. Will savor this one for a while. A must brew if you love stouts.
March 10, 2017
I brewed this in January, and all I can say is OMG!!! This stout is very smooth, full body, very nice. We are into may now and I'm already planing to brew this one again. If you like full body beer, no off flavor, or a beer that truly sparks your taste buds alive, then this is it. I can't say enough about how great this beer truly is, just try it for yourself...you'll see.
May 17, 2015
I'd never brewed a stout before brewing this one, and now I'm hooked. It was fun to brew and tasted amazing. Once fermenting was complete, I kegged half and bottled the other half. There wasn't one person who didn't fall in love with this one at first taste. I've got my second batch fermenting now and I plan to add toasted coconut to see what happens.
April 19, 2015
Fantastic - even young
I brewed this about 3 months ago and kegged after being in primary for 3 weeks. My plan was to wait until my birthday to tap in Oct; but I couldn't wait and decided to give it a try. This is fantastic! Rich, dark, roasted malt, perhaps a faint touch of chocolate at the finish. More like a RIS.
March 31, 2015
Haven't tried it just yet....
So I just finished brewing this. Literally put it in the carboy 15 minutes ago... I'm sure it will be delicious but I wanted to post a review before it was ready so that I could save another "first time nib user".

Those who have used nibs before, feel free to laugh :-)

If you haven't use cocoa nibs before, let me tell you what kinds of stupid things you can do. I did not use a hop bag, or "nib" bag. I actually never use a hop bag these days and I didn't think about what boiling chocolate would do. Totally my mistake. Anyway, be careful because a mix of melty chocolate and hop mass can clog the spigot on your kettle. I clogged my spigot and had to go back to the old days of pouring my kettle into a funnel (through a strainer that clogged about every half gallon).

I'm not sure what the preferred method is, but it's definitely not letting hops and nibs float free in the kettle haha. Perhaps morebeer can post a response with the best way to handle this mix.

Never had ANY trouble with a morebeer recipe before, and like I said, I'm sure this will be delicious... and of course a great story!
February 9, 2015
Response from MoreFlavor
Update: A *kettle screen* is totally the solution. I got a nib "shell" stuck and it was blocking the flow of wort. I had to take my kettle apart to get it out haha.

Beer is fermenting and smelling great!
December 22, 2017
Scott K
Response from MoreFlavor
And finally... This beer is AMAZING.
December 22, 2017
Scott K
Best Stout I've Brewed
This beer pushed the limits of my equipment: 10gal mash tun and 8 gal kettle. I kegged half and bottled the other half. I'm a convert to Stouts because of this brew. Friends love it. I love it. It starts with a dark chocolate and ends with a hint of coffee: no acid, no alcohol burn. It's like biting into your favorite dark chocolate pastry. I can't think of a better beer to drink after snowshoeing, skiing, biking in the cold, or doing any winter activity. I can't wait to brew it again. In fax,t that's why I'm here... to order another batch.
January 31, 2015
Fantastic Stout
Filled my mast tun to the brim with this one. Followed the recipe as stated on instructs.Mashed at 154 for 80 mins and sparked at 170 with B3 setup. Chilled to 65 and pitched a starter of Wyeast dry London ale. fermented low 60s for two weeks and secondaried at 68 for two more. Been in the bottle for 8 weeks and it tastes great. I taste more bitter chocolate than roasty coffee. Excellent recipe and a fun brew day. I highly recommend this one.
May 21, 2014