W00Tstout 2.0 - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 152 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Last year's w00tstout collaborators are back for round two! Thespian and renaissance man Wil Wheaton, online news guru Drew Curtis and their new cohort, multi-talented actress and comedian Aisha Tyler collaborated on Stone w00tstout 2.0, a massive yet seductive imperial stout brewed with wheat, rye, pecans and stone-ground chocolate (a new addition to this year's recipe), then partially aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 405 | Reviews: 36
Photo of CAPorter
2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't understand the high ranking. Not a bad beer, but it has very unhidden booziness when compared to certain beers that are stronger than it. That isn't the mark of "world class" beer as this has been rated. Maybe I drank it too young and it needed to mellow. My least favorite release ever from this brewery.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Dark chocolate and kinda nutty. Light bourbon. A little fruity.

Taste - Really nice. Dark chocolate. Sweet caramel. Nutty malts, especially in the finish. Bourbon in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm surprised how tasty this is. I don't remember 1.0 being that good.

Photo of Absolut
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon, chocolate, rye. Excellent beer. Dangerously drinkable for 13.5%

Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A - Black. Can't even shine a strong light through it. No head to speak of, small cocoa lace rim.

S - Soy, molasses, booze, and a little cocoa. There was a briny note there when first opened but thankfully blowing off.

T - Chocolate big time, taste the booze too. Malt tries to keep the balance. Good thing about the booze, it cuts the malt.

M - Heavy body, pretty good balance considering, good carb which is hard to get on a high ABV offering.

D - I didn't realize it was so big. I was planning on drinking the whole bomber myself, now I am not so sure.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev 0%

A-black color with a light brown head that leaves a thick lace as the glass goes down
S-bourbon is the main aroma, but you get a mix of hops, malt, and chocolate
T-at first sip the bourbon took over, then came a good hop bitter aftertaste then the bourbon taste comes back
M-creamy full bodied, sticky, highly carbonated
O-great beer that brings out the great flavors that you come to enjoy in a beer like this

Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

The nose is sweet with cream, toffee, pecans, bourbon and dark fruits like prunes and dates.

The flavor is huge with raisin, prune, dates, chocolate malt, caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar. There is no booze in the flavor but it presents a bit of heat.

I liked Woot Stout a lot but I love 2.0!

Photo of Jeffo
2.64/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Doopie brought this one out after the abomination I’d brought over went down the drain. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 20 May 2014

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, thinner looking, beige head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Clear bistre brown in color with low levels of carbonation. Slight wisp remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Very light in color for the style.

SMELL: Definite nuts with vanilla, oak and some alcohol. The booze is rather strong, and the nuts play a leading role in this one.

TASTE: Leather, more nuts, and tobacco up front. Boozy swallow with a big and lingering finish of oak, vanilla, leather, nuts, and some perfume-like alcohol as well. Flavorful, but the booze and hair spray makes it a bit of a chore.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of heat lingers here.

OVERALL: Okay, but rather hot and the solvent-like alcohols make it more difficult to really get into. The color is also too light for the imperial stout style. Surprised this one gets such high scores on here. Something I was glad to try, but not something I’d have to have again. Thanks heaps for the share Doopie. Luckily beer nights are fun no matter what beers we drink.

Photo of wulfie85
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hefty on the alcohol, but really a complex stout. Great raisin notes. Just make sure you have nothing to do for the forseeable future before popping the top.

Photo of themind
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid effort from Stone Brewing. Good barrel character gives an already good base beer a boost making this beer truly impressive. If you on get your hands on this brew, do it.

Bottom Line: Solid!

Photo of TheBrewo
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We crack a bomber, with an utterly soundless pour into our oversized tasting snifters. It shows a deep molasses coloring, holding a brief finger tall head of espresso colored bubbles after a heavy handed and rough pour. Wisps of lacing are found peppered indifferently around the glass, but the beer is otherwise silent. Carbonation appears light and sediment is absent. The nose is hot with bourbon and vodka boozy sting right off the top, but this settles nicely under shade of the richest cocoa and milk chocolates, warming and sweet banana esters, phenolic clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon spiciness, red raisin and black cherry, sticky fig pudding, heavy but only lightly roasted chocolate black maltiness, soft metallics of rye, buttercream frosting, buttery oakiness, toffee sugars, and graham cracker crust. The sip reveals a shockingly heavy beer, so prepare. The taste unfolds with salty soy sauce and black pepper spice, branch-bendingly weighty melted dark and milk chocolates, dark black cherries, lime rind bitters, pine bark hoppiness, red currant, buttery and mossy oak barreling, medicinal phenols, authentic bourbon booziness, toasted coconut slivers, black, caramel, and chocolate malts, moderate ethanolic burn, black licorice, and flakey dark chocolate Pirouettes. The body is one of the fullest and chewiest we’ve encountered, and the carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip gives substantial syrupy weight and pull to the slurp, smack, cream, and froth, all of which are present and rich. The mouth is instantly coated with the muddiest beer you could imagine, lasting forever. This thins after a while into a chalky dustiness, but you’d have to wait a while to experience that. The abv is large and in charge, but the beer drinks well below that, even for a big sipper.

Overall, here we go, round two. Wow, so the addition of that chocolate must have added an anvil to this beer because it is strikingly more dense and busy than its predecessor. If you’re not expecting it, it can really take you off your feet, coming from both that body as well as the flavoring. One nice thing about the malt base here, is that although the featured wheat and rye are hard to pull apart from the rest of the grain bill, it is a relief to not get killed with roast and char. This allows for the nose to really blossom, and the taste to remain pure. For a beer with only a quarter of itself oaked, those notes come out full force with warmth, adding a layer of maturity and candor. I’m not sure if we could handle a 100% barrel aged version of this beer, but we can only hope, urge, and pray that they would drop that bomb on us some day in the foreseeable future. This beer outdoes itself, and even many of Stone’s standard dark, stouty-type offerings. If you have access to this beer then drink it. Not tomorrow, not to see how well it does with age on it, but now. Right now.

Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my DFH snifter. Thanks to TheBronze for the trade!

A - Deep black with a small tan head.

S - Cocoa, vanilla, molasses, toffee, brown sugar. Mmmmm.

T - Rich and sugary without being overly sweet. Lots of malt depth. Very warming.

M - Silky and creamy but maybe a bit on the thinner side. A nice low carbonation.

O - A fantastic beer with great depth and quality. Nice job Will Wheaton!

Photo of Vogt52
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a dark Cola color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Definitely a boozy smell with hints of chocolate and Bourbon. Very smooth taste, despite the boozy smell. Malty taste with hints of chocolate, Bourbon, pecans and obviously alcohol (not overwhelming). Overall, an amazing imperial stout.

Photo of Donco
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

First time with the "updated" version of Woot Stout. Poured into my trusty Stone tulip glass on my outdoor deck. Lovely night and a lovely beer!
Very dark, almost jet black appearance. Minimal lacing around my glass.

Aroma at the start (just out of fridge) was primarily a pleasant bourbon. As my glass worked towards room temperature, the essence of cocoa nibs and cinnamon joined the bourbon parade.

Taste was mostly bourbon, coffee and a bit of significant bitterness at the backend. As my brew warmed, the bourbon was joined by much more cocoa, pecans, wheat and coffee. Nice!

Overall, drink this beer very slowly and savor it as it changes character. It is smooth and moderately carbed. But it is mostly smooth and luscious. A distinct (by about 50%) improvement over the first version of Woot, which I also loved. But be cautious...that 13.5% will sneak up on you so drink accordingly.

I have one more bottle of this which I am going go cellar until end of 2014 to compare. Cheers!

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at the tasting. Big thanks to northstar23!

Mahogany red body, with some chestnut hues. Big thick oily top, but with some nice chestnut tan head and creamy even collar.

A mild bouquet. Nice light malt body strangely for barrel aging if partial. A good leafy tobacco note slightly and brown sugar, but quite tiny but decent.

Sugar action kicks up from the aroma, with lots of brown sugar sweetness on first sip. Sugary action picks up molasses easily, some cinnamon as well. Very light bodied almost wet, with a crackly dry nut and tannic finish. Good complimenting flavors together and fairly balanced but a bit of hard discovery for detection.

Overall a fun beer with some good qualities, but a bit mellow and hammered down.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with that distinctive comic book label art and a bottling date of 6/28/14 marked on the neck in smeared yellow ink. Poured into an oversized 30 oz snifter.

Appearance - Pours an inky dark walnut brown hue that prevents any kind of light from passing through. The body is crowned by a finger of dense cocoa powder colored head with a smattering of larger bubbles that burst to leave isolated pocking across the surface. Retention is low-to-moderate, and dissipates to a healthy film across the surface with a thicker ring of foam build-up along the sides of the glass after a couple minutes. A few minutes more and the film has become a swirling across the surface of a inky black lake.

Smell - Rich aromas of chocolate and dark malt dominate the nose, with hints of baking chocolate and even some notes of fudge. The pecans are also present, lending a nutty sweetness to the aromatic profile. However, I'm disappointed to note that the addition of the chocolate seems to have pushed aside some of that amazingly rustic rye characteristic that I remember from my bottle of version 1.0. I can't help but wonder if some additional time will allow the chocolate to blend together more seamlessly as the chocolate fades back and the grain comes to the forefront. The bourbon barrel is pretty far in the background and only comes through as a subtle oaky characteristic with some subtle vanilla undertones. Honestly, if I didn't know this was partially barrel-aged, I probably wouldn't have been able to pick that smell out.

Taste - I don't notice the absence (or really, overpowering) of the rye as much in the taste as I did the aroma, mostly because the chocolate really comes through and complements the pecan sweetness so well--it's like a chocolate-pecan pie. The bourbon is a little more present here, but is still far in the background. However, I can't really complain--I don't get any of that astringent liquor heat that you get from 100% BA beers, but it really allows the other ingredients to shine. Instead, the barrel-aging contributes just a bit of tannin to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying and a hint of vanilla to really play well off the chocolate and pecan. The rye contributes a tiny bit of spiciness that isn't particularly noticeable until it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and viscous, with moderate carbonation that seems to work better as a counterpoint to the body than as a stand-alone element. It's just enough to prevent the beer from feeling flat on the tongue. Bittersweet finish rounds out the drinking experience.

Overall, just a really good beer, and while I think I prefer the original, without the chocolate, this one is good enough that people's preferences are going to largely determine which they like better, rather than it being determined by the fact that one or the other is a genuinely better/worse beer. I'll be interested to see how this beer changes, since I have another bottle that I may sit on for a few months.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

6/28/2014 dated 22 ounce bottle poured a vicious opaque black color hue. There is a slight, light tan head plus minimal spotty lacing along the glass. Aromas of chocolate, spicey chile pepper, and cherries are detected. Flavors abound here with hints of sweet malts, cherry chocolate and the bourbon being pretty pronounced. Semi full-bodied stout with definite bourbon heat noticeable when finishing on the palate. Overall, I found this partially barrel aged Imperial to be very impressive and complex. Extremely glad I got to try this and even more excited now that I picked up three of them!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is almost black with a thin tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, licorice, a faint wood and hint of alcohol. Taste has chocolate up front with a kick of spice and a touch of licorice. The wood comes in behind, a fair bit of booze and not really bourbon, just boozy. Finish is a bit of malt sweetness, brown sugar and some berry sweetness. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, chalky finish.

Photo of maximum12
3.12/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to analogchainsaw for sending this along. Thought I should probably drink it along with 1.0, or at least on consecutive nights, but I'm busted from working non-stop since about noon on Sunday, so fuck it. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is black, not surprising, since I read it was a stout. The minimal fizz, also expected from a bouncer of an imperial. Nose is heavier on the hulled nuts that expected, with vanilla drizzle & chocolate cheesecake sweetness. Disjointed but appealing?

W00tstout 2.0 fell off the pecan tree & hit a lot of branches on the way into the barrel. Vanilla starts on the down-low & grows exponentially until it overpowers the nuttage. Then the pecans strike back. Honestly, it's almost all I can taste. Sure, there's the vanilla, & perhaps some chocolatey sweetness, touch of pepper in the background. But them nuts just drivin' me crazy with their manly strength.

Too much pecan! Glancing at the other reviews, this seems to be a lonely opinion, but it's mine, dammit. Certainly not a bad beer, but not one I'm going to spring forth to revisit. Decent enough.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/28/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted nut, cocoa powder, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that has a pronounced barrel aged presence when it warms up even though it is only partially barrel aged.

Photo of beerviews2013
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: nice dark brew with a brown head

Smell: smell of roast and chocolate

Taste: definitely can see the diffrence from last years brew. This one has a lot more traffic and is a lot easier to drink. Even with the same abv. Its still more smooth with a lot of the same ingredients.

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a frothy milk chocolate head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Sweet chocolate, booze, vanilla, and oak form the initial aroma. Seems a little weak in aroma, but could be the environment. Dark fruit is subtle. Rye takes a bit of time to surface.

Flavor reveals dark cherries at the base, which is actually what fusel alcohol surfaces as, to my palate, with a rich, roasty malt and chocolate backbone that fades to a light oaky bitterness at the finish. Dark chocolate is evident throughout. Alcohol dominates. The peppery rye character eventually kicks in in the finish.

Body is fairly full and smooth, with modest carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Boozy, for sure. This one needs some age.

Photo of Idrankitall
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seved in a tulip glass after chilling the bottle.

Aroma: Dark black, with nice thick tan head.

Smell: Toffee, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Oak from the barrels.

Taste: At first it is a little boozy from the bourbon barrels and the pecans are noticeable, a little bitter from the chocolate. However as it warms it gains dimension. The vanilla and toffee hints come out and the beer improves overall.

Mouthfeel: Very oily, it tends to stick to the tongue. Smooths out as the beer gets closer to 55-60 degrees.

Overall: Very good stout, would improve with age. I drank one and am keeping another for my cellar.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very dark brown (almost black) with little head.

Smell: Already complex. Malts, wood, bourbon. There is more in there that I can't put my finger on.

Taste: This is when it gets over the top (in a good way). Very bold malts, chocolate, and caramel. Also oak, roasted nuts, and bourbon. The alcohol is clear at the end, although less than I was expecting for 13% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Really thick with not too much carbonation. Despite the thickness, there is no residual feel.

Overall: Really good and memorable imperial stout. Definitely a sipper - due to both the strength and all of the different flavors to pick out.

Photo of macher0
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had relatively high expectations for this beast. Bottle to tulip.

A. Very dark brown, near black, with dark mahogany hues at edges. Moderately viscous. A much too aggressive pour yielded a big-time fine bubble, amber head that very slowly retreated to a modest head. Some minor laces. A slick was apparent when swirled.

S. This beer is complex from head to toe, so beginning with the nose, you have a moderately fragrant beer. I got dark roasted malts, vanilla, coco, coffee, bourbon and a little bit of resiny hops. The bourbon is nicely balanced. You will find yourself with your nose in the glass half the time, picking out more and more notes. There is certainly minor notes of roasted nuts - could be pecans - and other flavors such as dried fruits, and freshly fallen leaves.

T. The complexity continues with major notes that move in waves. I got dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, dark chocolate , bourbon-soaked oak, tannins, vanilla, milk chocolate , marshmallow, caramel, and pie crust. What do you know - that's a KY Derby Pie. A slight hop bitterness balances out the other flavors. While this beer resembles so many sweet ingredients,but it is not sweet, just has lots of flavor. At this point this is a hot beer, lots of booze at the finish.

M. Sticky, smooth, high carbonation, and full bodied.

O. This is a heck of a beer. It deserves the high reviews. The bourbon is certainly apparent and at only 25% aged, BA fans will still highly appreciate this ale. The flavors come through without a sweet or syrupy taste or feel. Go get one, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black. A very thin tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit, brown sugar, pipe tobacco, bourbon and a faint nuttiness.

The taste is of dark chocolate, herbal oak, dark fruit and some sweet bourbon heat on the finish.

The texture is heavy bodied and slightly oily with low carbonation.

Dark chocolate flavor dominates with much more dark fruit sweetness than expected. Only slight sweetness and warming from the barrel. Much better than version 1.0 in my opinion. Very smooth. I am impressed.

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W00Tstout 2.0 from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.