Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.84/5 rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout opens to a thick, mealy head, yeasty rising whole wheat dough, thick black breads, heavy molasses, pecans, vanilla, charred bourbon barrels, pepper, chocolate, tobacco, ash, and toffee blending with a mélange of fig, black cherry, prune, plum, raisin, blood orange, and date fruit esters, as well as a nice lacing of pine resin and grapefruit from the hops, the aromas rising so thickly out of the bottle that they almost take on a viscous quality and coat the nasal passages like oil. The flavors are potent, yet extremely delicately balanced, the notes playing off each other like a classical symphony into which a bit of bourbon-soaked heavy metal guitar has been infused. The result is a near-perfect Imperial Stout nose, certainly offering everything this reviewer could possibly want, and it’s hard to imagine anything else shoved in here without the bottle shattering under the pressure.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a stunningly beautiful alcoholic whang of cherry, fig, prune, plum, raisin, blood orange, and black cherry fruit esters, mixed with a plug of bourbon, and set atop a bed of brown breads, whole wheat dough, peppery rye, tobacco, ash, pecans, molasses, and heavy cream. Touches of bitter pine resin and faint hints of dandelion stem and grapefruit rind add more bitterness, mixing well with the pepper and ash. The flavors barely fade over the course of subsequent sips, though the raisin and bourbon notes do increase a little, but for the most part the beer maintains its strength throughout the bottle. The 13% ABV is present, but blends well with the bourbon, and is certainly less potent than in many of its peers. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with even more whole wheat dough, ash, and yeast, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this officially ranks as one of the five best beers—much less Imperial Stouts—I’ve ever had, and if Stone made this year-round, I don’t know that I would need to buy anything else. If you love Imperial Stouts, you must try this one: it’s stunningly balanced, immensely flavorful, and obviously the product of people who not only really, really love beer, but really, really know what they’re doing.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2013 01:01:33 | More by jondeelee
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