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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstoutStone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout

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263 Reviews

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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,699
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 81
Gots: 362 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with pecans, wheat, & rye, with one quarter aged in bourbon barrels. Brewed at Stone Brewing Company with Greg Koch, Drew Curtis (Fark) and Wil Wheaton.
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Reviews by jdhowe:
Photo of jdhowe
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a half finger of mocha-colored bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly. Not that I expect much head retention from a beer this heavy. Looks just fine -- it's what I expect an imperial stout to look like.

S: Aroma is interesting... the rye definitely makes it a little more astringent, but then there's the chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla there to really mellow it out. Alcohol shows, but isn't dominant.

T/M: This is where this beer got a little weird for me. The mouthfeel is fine, but maybe just a little thin for an imperial stout, probably partly due to the wheat/rye used -- it's just not quite as oily and thick as I'd like. Still very fine and reasonably carbonated. Taste is creamy and smooth chocolate with astringent rye and hop characteristics all trying to mask alcohol that just won't hide. For me the pecans hid well behind the rye, but I could definitely feel their presence. Everything that went into this beer otherwise shows itself, though, but the slightly clashing nature makes me realize why we don't see more wheat/rye/barrel-aged imperial stouts.

O: I'm hoping a bit of age will help pull this one together a bit. Right now it's a fine beer, and the price point is great, but it's not something I'm excited to drink more of if it doesn't change for the better.

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Photo of Flagwanderbrew86
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My expectations have been blown away! I always have high hopes for stone, which are usually met. But damn, they killed it.
The appearance is on point; rich sticky brown head. Aroma is amazing - bourbon & vanilla with balanced hops and chocolate.
Taste is a perfect blend of cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and toasted rich deliciousness. Thick mouthfeel sweet and full, without sticky sugary sappiness...
Overall, this stout is AWESOME

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, bottled on 6/25/13, 13% ABV. Pours black with a small sized brown head. Some lacing left on the glass. Smells of sweet cocoa, roasted malt, and bourbon. Taste follows very closely with mostly bourbon and roasted malt. Complex midpalate. Fairly sweet, but it balances well with the alcohol. Some rye bitterness in the finish, similar to Founders Breakfast Stout. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that stays true to the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle WootStout.. Picked up at the Boise COOP... Pours standard black with a very thin dark brown head... absolutely no lacing or cap.

Boozy mash-up of bourbon, light roast malts for a RIS, interesting nutty and dry toffee component.. toasted marshmallow.. bittersweet chocolate with warmth and something that I associate with cinnamon.

There are soooo many different flavors/adjuncts that are in this fresh.. It actually works even given the heavy ABV... Will it work better with age? I have no idea... but I am amazed how well it drinks fresh.


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Photo of TBoneJones
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled this month. Not sure why it's indicated as retired.
This black beauty pours rich with a nicely laced tan head.
Smells like hints of dark fruit and bourbon. Nice, although not pronounced.
Taste is bourbon, oak, wheat/ barley/ malts, choco-char. As it warms I even pick up the pecans.
It feels terrific. Thick and chewy. Nice linger of hops, dark fruit/ plum hints and burnt cocoa.
Cool collaboration, because this is a big, great imperial stout.
Treat yourself. This one is superb fresh, could age very well, and IMO was priced surprisingly low compared to others of similar style and strength.

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very well aged 2013 bottle. Pours pitch black color with creamy 1-2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving decent foamy lacing that slid down fast and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of molasses and pecans up front, mixing with charred wood, cocoa powder, bourbon, maple syrup, smoke, espresso, coffee grinds and rich, sweet malty notes that are complex and confusing. The alcohol comes through but gets lifted up and spun around like a tornado of sweetness swirling around with coffee, caramel, charred wood, toffee and chocolate notes that trail off with oaky notes and light vanilla sweetness. The nuttiness upfront fades and leaves the bourbon at the end for an incredibly sweet and complex nose. So much going on that it’s sensory overload and the best way to sum it up is it smells like black coffee and pecan pie on the table – really great to inhale.

Taste is more boozy than the nose with the bourbon present up front but not hot, settling down with the caramel, toffee, molasses and syrupy sweetness followed by pecans, nutty notes, charred wood, rye and hoppy spices like pepper, cinnamon, cumin and brown sugar; then there's some cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, vanilla, coffee grinds, espresso or milky coffee with heavy sugar added, raisin, dark fruit like dates and sour red grapes, merlot or oak barrels, woody or peat moss accents, and a whole bunch of malty notes blended with nuts and bourbon that somehow manages to come out very sweet and hide the 13% ABV while tying it all together with graham cracker and malty crust flavors that bring the sweetness, booze and hops together in harmony. That run-on sentence must be fueled by the ABV.

This beer goes from confusing to smooth to hot to perfectly making sense in about 3 sips, and as a result of this fluctuation I think that I love this beer (LOL). It is all over the place and still extremely flavorful; it’s nutty, it’s boozy, it’s sweet, it’s roasty – tying all those adjectives together is that it’s tasty and very enjoyable. I sipped this bomber for an hour and wished it never ended, but I’m very glad I was able to get this bottle and enjoy it for what it’s worth. This was a great beer and one of those Stone beers that gets a lot of hype and manages to live up to the hype. I hope they make a w00tstout 3.0 as that would be worth trying as well.

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Photo of BWood
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceeded my expectations .For only $10 this is a fabulous beer. Smooth and creamy with some dark roast taste at the end. Dangerously easy to drink for 13% .

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Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: Bottled on 06/20/15

Appearance: Black body with a light khaki head that fades quickly. Minor spotted lacing.

Aroma: Not much on the nose here. There is this spicy pepper scent and the aroma of alcohol. There is a slight hint of a wood smell.

Taste: It has a strong bourbon flavor with heavy notes of alcohol and wood. There are some notes of dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is incredibly smooth. It is a nice full bodied beer that coats the palate.

Overall: This beer is available for purchase in 2015 so ignore the retired notification on this page. It's a pretty good Imperial Stout. It didn't blow my socks off, especially for a bourbon barrel aged beer, but it is still worth picking up if you are looking for a good stout. You will get the standard fare of bourbon and oak flavors with the aroma of mostly alcohol but if you probably aren't bothered too much by boozy beers if you are looking at this 13% monster.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice tan head that leaves a few shards hanging around

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, coffee and moderate roast

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with vanilla and pecan tones developing; some bitterness builds, in the middle, with coffee and hop tones; the high ABV builds, after the swallow, when subtle Bourbon tones appear; chocolate and Bourbon tones, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very nice barrel-aged stout; not a mind blower but nicely blended

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Photo of GarrettB
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

September 1st, 2013 - Version 1 of the w00tstout is sweet, powerful and dripping with chocolate and other heady flavors. I know there's an epic story somewhere behind the filigree and list of celebrity names, but I don't know what it is. Frustrated, and thirsty, I dive in, pushing my nose into the glass of dark beer, and immediately catching notes of cocoa and vanilla beans. The style of chocolate here in the aroma is like a dessert - a sundae with hot fudge - but also a drizzle of bourbon and a blob of chocolate mousse. This scent is rich and begs for a sip. I first register the palate, which is medium to medium light, and gets a little lighter closer to the aftertaste. But the alcohol burn also becomes more aggressive, dominating the aftertaste with the bourbon fire, and a milder touch of roasted or baked pecans. This sweet nut element is in the front, too, but less caricatured. There's a lot of strength here, and unbridled it tastes good, but I think a little aging could make this a compelling, sweet, and toothsome brew.

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Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

w00tstout 3.0

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz snifter

Appearance: Pours black with 2+ fingers of a dark tan head that settles to a thick collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, molasses. More barrel character than I was expecting.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and toffee, butterscotch, some spicy rye, booze, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Some boozy heat in the finish, but masked reasonably well for 13%.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. Not up there with the best barrel aged stouts but definitely worth picking up. Good value for the price too.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet jet black with a foamy beige head atop.Vanilla/bourbon and nuttiness stood out on the palate along with raisin and sweet alcohol.A big chewy feel is fitting for this beer.Bourbon and raisin flavors upfront with a roasted element always there,an earthy nuttiness brings good balance.The alcohol is big but it's a nice last one of the night sipper.

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Photo of braugon
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black as night, dark cream coffee head,

S - malt forward, nutty, earthy, vanilla, bourbon

T - caramel, pumpernickel, tad too boozy. I get more pecan flavor as it gets warmer, get a nice, bitter hop touch on the finish. I agree that this one gets better by the time you reach the bottom of the bottle, you're content.

M - definitely thick and vicious, but still a tad thin for aged bourbon when I compare to others

O - Looking forward to aging one, I have a theory nutty beers age well, plus dat abv....

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Photo of tectactoe
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mike! All kind of light absorption happening here, this beer is pretty much black as can be with a deep and contoured, mocha-colored head that sits at a half inch for a few moments then slowly sizzles to a thick collar and thin ring. Only a few spots of splotchy lacing on the glass; probably the least impressive lacing of any Stone beer I've had to date... Oh, no!

Good chocolate malt on the nose with some hints of roast, a light sweetness, a touch of cream, and a bit of nuttiness that peaks near the finish. I don't smell much wheat or rye, probably because of the intensity of the chocolate/roasted malts. The barrel is light on the nose, as is the bourbon, but then again, the beer is only 25% barrel-aged; sure, it's muzzled, but it's actually integrated really well into the rest of the aromas.

I love the smooth and creamy mouth feel that w00tstout exhibits; it fits perfectly with the light, sweet cream and mildly roasty, chocolate malts that attack the palate first. There's a good bit of nuttiness, even stronger than on the nose, and a solid pounding of oak and light vanilla from that barrel, baby. It may only be 25% BA, but don't call it a comeback, it feels like it has been here for years, brah.

There's some alcoholic heat present, but it's not too hot or abrasive, and it doesn't have much of a "bourbon" flavor, rather it's just boozy warmth. At 13% ABV, though, that's to be expected. It actually tastes a little lighter than that. Dry and roasty finish with a hint of dying cocoa sweetness and boozy wood. A final prickle in the back of the throat that hurts so good. Halfway through the bomber you can start to feel your toes tingle.

Very solid "partially barrel aged" beer, here. Stone makes some good stouts, as evidenced by their IRS and especially by the newer Espresso IRS. w00tstout is another solid stout offering from the guys in California, though maybe not quite as refined as the previously mentioned beers. Being able to find something like this just sitting on the shelves is certainly a nice treat, though.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A jet black beer with a persistent, espresso colored head. Pours with three fingers of foam and leaves ropes of fine lacing on the glass.

S: A blend of aromas with a medium amount of roasted grains, oak barrel, pecan and malt sweetness. The typical chocolate, coffee, roast and a light sweetness blend some dark stone fruit. There is some banana coming in probably from the bourbon mixed with the oak which has a fair amount vanilla along with a bit of cinnamon. There is a non-distinct somewhat nut like aroma in there. There is a moderately-low floral note from the alcohol.

T: A chocolate and nutty flavored stout with support from a moderate vanilla oak and bourbon character. The pecan flavor is fair noticeable at a moderate level. A medium-strong malt sweetness being somewhat wheat and slightly caramel in nature with a medium roast. With only a light hops bitterness the balance is fairly sweet. There are some light vanilla and background cinnamon flavors from the oak along with some light bourbon character. The alcohol brings some heat and a light sweetness. The finish is moderately sweet with an aftertaste of coffee, chocolate along with roast and light hops bitterness.

M: A full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

O: A rich and complex stout layered with oak, bourbon and a nutty character. The wheat isn't obvious at first but it defiantly there if you look for it and adds a lot to the body and character of the beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redmondi
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with minimal head retention and almost no lacing.

S: I got a little bit of the pecan, mocha chocolate, and not much heat considering the ABV.

T: Definitely taste the wheat, which is integrated well with the nutty, chocolate roasted malts. A little rye on the finish, and not too boozy.

M: Medium to low carbonation, lasting finish, and just a little syrupy.

O: Another winner from Stone. Great combination of flavors and definitely smooth for 13%. I'll be making a trip back to my local beer shop to grab more before they're gone.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.