Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
2.49/5 rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
The description sure makes this one sound good, but then it's Stone...
13% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $8.49 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given Stone's involvement. But it's a collaboration, so maybe it'll be good.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a quarter finger wide head of dark tan colour. Reduces to a floater ring within a few seconds; retention is horrid. Floater ring has light creaminess and okay thickness. Okay lacing, I guess.
Body colour is an opaque grey-black. Quite dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Pretty standard fare for the style, with a below average head. Not much to look at, but there are no overt or obvious flaws. Lots of room for improvement.
Sm: The pecan is lovely, but too restrained. I really want more of that and it seems well integrated here; it suits stouts well methinks. Definite wheat mixed in with some dark and chocolate malts. I do get some spicy rye, but no bourbon notes come through. No oak, vanilla, etc. The hop profile is low-key, to style. No yeast character is detectable. Some alcohol, sure, but it's not hot, boozy, or gushed. The pecan is definitely a highlight; I'm starting to get excited. Unfortunately, no roasted barley comes through in the aroma.
T/Mf: Love the pecan nut, but hot damn does it get boozy and gushed by the climax, continuing through the finish. Diesel alcohol presence is off the charts. All the flavour is up front; boy is this rough on the back end. Notes of off flavours buried in the second act. True to Stone tradition, this is a boozy mess. No sense of balance or subtlety at all. Comes off thrown together haphazardly. Zero cohesion or focus. No yeast character or hop profile is noticeable. Dark malts, chocolate malt. Maybe caramel. Some overly sweet artificial vanillicin. No bourbon notes or oak; what, did they age it for a couple days so they could put "Aged in Bourbon Barrels" on the label? Maybe some spicy rye. Molasses. The wheat is strangely handled here and feels out of place, thinning the body.
Smooth, wet, gushed, harsh, boozy. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Overbearing. Too thick. Syrupy. Ugh. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well at all. Poorly executed.
Dr: Not a fan of this one. Definitely wouldn't get it again. Overpriced. The caramelized pecan is a highlight, but it's far from enough to save it. Doesn't hide its ABV well at all. Difficult to drink. I'll finish the bottle with effort, but I'm not excited to do so. Another dud from Stone.
Age would definitely mellow this one out.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 07:10:29 | More by kojevergas
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4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours jet black with a tannish head and some lacing
Aromas of toffee, dark fruits, bourbon, some hops
Tastes of vanilla, raisins, dark toffee, a bitter finish from the rye, perhaps with some hops. Don't really pick up on the pecans. I do detect the 13% abv
Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, very light carbonation...definitely a sipper.
Overall, a different imperial stout, very smooth and creamy, I don't know of the pecans really added much for me. Don't know if this will show up again, but I would give it a try.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 01:11:16 | More by BradC
3.98/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pint at 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).
Pours black and opaque, with a very good tan head. Red-brown edges.
Lightly sweet; flavor builds and builds to a strong finish and aftertaste; Light boozy; low (a bit too low) carbonation; warming.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2014 16:20:56 | More by chinchill
Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
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