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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1292
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-13-2013)
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scottfrie

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 7/16/13.

A: Pours near black with a rather thin dark brown head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Smooth and decadent smelling with notes of rich chocolate, mild bourbon barrel, and spicy rye. Not boozy or overbearing in the least.
T: Mellow notes of bourbon barrel, toasted and creamy marshmallow, and a slight nuttiness which, me knowing its pecans, does kinda remind me of sweet pecan pie. Caramel, butterscotch, and molasses are sweet up front, and the finish is full of brown sugar, spicy rye, toast, chocolate syrup, and oak. Rich chocolate and spice linger long after the swallow.
M: Definitely the best part of this beer. I'm starting to notice that Stone's stouts are extremely soft, thick, fluffy, smooth, full and drinkable. Carbonation is soft and velvety; body is thick and fluffy and the mouthfeel is chewy, light and airy. Drinks very well, no trace of booze.
O: Drinks very well, could maybe even be smoother with age. Great flavor, exceptional mouthfeel. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:45:06 | More by scottfrie
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wØØtstout
Imperial Stout
13% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a romantic dark chocolate. Very opaque but not quite a jet black, still some nice brown hues in there. Very nice caramel colored head that had very nice retention.

AROMA: Smells like pecan pie that has been soaked in bourbon. Which equals deliciousness. Getting some sweetness maybe molasses and raisins. Little faint vanilla and for sure pick up the booziness from the bourbon barrel.

TASTE: Very flamboyant, layers upon layers. Right off the bat getting that nice barrel flavor. Slight spiciness that balances well with the sweetness of the chocolate and pecan. As it warmed a bit I pull out tobacco and the alcohol began to show its head.

MOUTHFEEL: medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly oily perhaps from the pecans. Not a super thick beer but surprisingly creamy.

OVERALL: Super solid stout from Stone. Was impressed all around. I am curious to see how this ages. Very easily drinking high ABV stout.

RATING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 07:07:09 | More by BeerZombies1
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BradC

Pennsylvania

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
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chinchill

South Carolina

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
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful pour! Shows a thick creamy milk chocolate brown head. Body is traditional ink blackness. Very dark and romantic in tone.

Nose is quite soft but yields hints of earth, chocolate and molasses. It is full and rich overall but not a dominant factor that really stands out.

I am immediately taken by how dry this stout was. I was expecting a much sweeter feel. The rye is the real playing ingredient here. Very dry and sharply bitter is the body of flavor of this brew. A hint of sweetness does develop on the end of the mouthfeel as you drink and the beer warms. The alcohol really plays in this brew also.

Overall very solid brew. This beer shows great signs of one that would age very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:49:33 | More by SPLITGRIN
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spicelab

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to Pat. Shared at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Chocloate brown with a modest cappucino head that retreats stealthily to a raised collar and film.

Plenty of dark fruits with big stewed plums and rum 'n' raisin leavened by the slightly green pecan character.

Taste throws some harsh ashy tar in to the mix, while less of the pecan comes through. Full bodied, becoming a tad trying and sickly over the course, not helped by a pretty hot finish.

Pecan is an intelligent addition and the best element of this beer. Otherwise it's not a terrific base RIS, and drinkability isn't great. Splitting a bomber three ways was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 05:43:32 | More by spicelab
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a tremendous amount of head that has okay retention. The head is medium and very creamy beige (it suggest pecans even before the aroma does) while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate. Lacing seems restricted to the slight sheeting that extends from the surface.

Nose- If the nose is representatives, then this is going to be a pretty good beer. It's pretty delicious. Starts off with caramel that quickly moves into nuttiness (I don't know if it's necessarily pecan as it is a fairly generic nuttiness) that has hints of coconut. Some toasted notes, roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Some fruitiness that has some vinosity, a bit of raisins. There was a slight note of popcorn with the caramel and nuttiness.

Taste- Starts off with huge notes of burnt caramel that suggest a citrus that isn't really there. It's more currants or sour raisins but it seems, at the moment, to be blocking out a lot of the good things this beer might be doing. Some bitterness from the chocolate which quickly turns to woodiness when it interacts with the roasted malts. Too many burnt and sour notes on the front for me to really enjoy. Also not enough of a malt base on the end to really counteract any of that. Some lush notes from some cherry and chocolate aspects on the end. Almost a straw quality that results from the burnt caramel that continues to the finish and sits on the linger. Even some formic acid from the sharp chocolate, cherry, and raisin mix. Pecans seem to punctuate the flavor profile but they don't ever integrate well- they worked much better on the nose. A very confusing beer in sum. I like some parts of it but the balance and integration are problematic. Above average to good beer.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied but pretty close to heavy bodied with light carbonation. Some syrup to the texture from the fruit aspects.

Drinkability- Despite its complicated flavor profile, it still drinks pretty smoothly. It doesn't show any heat which is a plus for a 13% beer and somewhat makes up for the messiness. Five dollars seems reasonable for a 250 mL pour- I think the bottle pretty much retails for this.

Overall- Looks great, smells great, but the greatness falls off after that. By no means a bad beer but it would be hard for me to rate it as a solid, good beer. It's almost there and might get there but I can't judge beers on that. Worth a try and I wouldn't even dissuade one from buying a bottle. It seems more that this beer doesn't mesh with palate than that is just above average. I did want to like it. It didn't happen.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 04:52:54 | More by artoolemomo
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared my bottle with the wife last night....

Very thick and rich... lots of heaviness on the palate, this one is a sipper...

Pecans and rye play a nice part, the pecans almost too much at times... rather sweet and a touch boozy...

This was a good nightcap but not an everyday beer...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 14:06:49 | More by Tilley4
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brurevu

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I held on to this one for about 6 months trying to find the right time to drink this curious creation that clocks in at a whopping 13% abv. It poured a pitch black with a minimal tan head which was to be expected. Sweet caramel malts with dominant molasses notes and a light hint of sweet dark fruits emanated from the pitch black abyss. The taste was an excellent melange of flavors with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, subdued molasses, oak, a subtle boozines with a tinge of the rye bitterness on the finish. I kept getting different flavors accentuated with each sip. There was definitely a lot crammed into this WOOtstout that was dutifully riding the full and creamy mouthfeel. I expected nothing less from the brewing prowess of Stone and the WOOtstout was another wonderful drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 19:09:00 | More by brurevu
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a beer i was bummed to miss the first go around, so i am pumped it resurfaced at big beers. this baby has a glorious rich velvety black color to it and an inch or so of long lasting tan head, light as a cloud. the nose is quite nutty, the pecans make their presence known early. not super bitter or roasty as i expected it to be, although it does have a nice dense dark malt base. unsweetened chocolate chips and roasted pecans come through first in the taste. i get some vanilla from the bourbon portion, and a peculiar orange citrusy flavor that cannot be explained. the pecans put a nice protein richness layer in here, and wow is it good. really forward nut profile, more than any other beer i can really remember. goes well with the chocolate and orange. also too the alcohol is amazingly well hidden. you would never even know how strong this was, even when its warm. one of the more layered and unique stouts ive had, put together extremely well, and pushing up against the upper echelon of stouts like abyss and bourbon county in terms of overall quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 18:59:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a inky jet black body with an oily sheet that boils to a thin ring of big bubbles and a few random bubbles gliding up the sides.

S- The sniff of banana bread with out much banana in it gives way to an earthy black malt and barrel hint in the finish.

T- The mellow thick dark wheat malt notes lead to a brassy barrel flavor in the finish. There is some rye spice and dark fruit notes that come through as it warms and an alcohol bite that lingers into a black roasted malt bitter note aftertaste.

M- The full oily mouthfeel has a gentle fizz but is cut nicely with a warming alcohol heat.

O- The thick dense mouthfeel and alcohol work well together but the malt character just can't hold its own, so it is a little much to finish a full 22 oz.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 21:36:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Will Wheaton! Awesome! In any case, not sure what the beer connection there is. That said, I really enjoyed this beer- very different, and very deeply flavored. There is a deep roastiness here accented by the roasted pecans and the chocolate and spice notes of the rye, and a bit of sweetness for balance. A bit on the thick side, but not obnoxiously so. The pecan note coupled with brown sugar and some nice bitterness works. I keep coming back for another sip even though it's such a big beer. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 16:52:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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Brob245

Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours black with a slight carmel color head.

Smell - slight malty smell but nothing overwhelming. Could be a result of cellaring for around 6 months.

Taste - malt and chocolate start with a slight bourbon, maybe licorice finish.

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated and a light mouthfeel for a stout.

Overall - a very drinkable stout. An interesting complexity of flavors from start to finish. I'm a big fan of bourbon and didn't get the intensity noted by some of the other reviewers but overall I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:22:46 | More by Brob245
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Donco

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle of this was cellared for about 7 months from bottling date.
Lovely jet black color of beer poured into my stout glass.
Predominant smell was of dark fruit, toffee, hint of nuts and bourbon.
Taste and mouthfeel were lovely and warming. An excellent IS that didn't overwhelm with any particular ingredient. Nice combination of warming bourbon, pecan nuttiness and roasted dark coffee/chocolate.
Overall this collaboration lived up to my expectations and I highly recommend it. I have one more bottle that I plan on opening on it's one year anniversary of bottling next May.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:44:49 | More by Donco
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark- pretty much black as night. There's, just barely though, some light that picks up a dark brown color on the bottom of the glass, but not see through. The head was about two and a half fingers length and dissipated into a tan thin film covering the rest of the beer.

S: Damn. The smell alone is excellent. Coffee, toffee, caramel, bourbon, char. I can smell it from even a couple feet away.

T: This is a damned good stout. I say 96 or 97 out of 100. I get chocolate and caramel up front. Then comes pecans, rye, bourbon, wood, oak, raisins, nuts, cream, milk. Jesus this is good stuff. Like a dark desert in liquid form.

M: Oh man... I'm always afraid of a thin mouth on any stout I buy, but this does NOT disappoint. The w00tstout is not only thick, but creamy as well. It's got sort of a stickiness to it that lingers, and I like it.

O: Awesome beer. Wasn't disappointed. I'm not a fan of the roasty-type stouts (where the taste is nothing but char and burnt coffee). This beer was not like that and even surpassed my expectations. Too bad this isn't year-round.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:49:21 | More by titty_mcbitty
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown. Very near to black. Coffee colored head settles quickly. Tiny spots of lacing.

S: Dark fudge sauce, semi sweet dark chocolate, dark caramel, pecan pie. Raisin and currant darkfruit. Strong whiff of bourbon and very subtle barrel notes of woody char.

T: Chewy dark caramel and chocolate, Rolos candy, hints of chocolate wheat malt. Pecans compliment nicely, but are by no means obvious. One would probably miss them if not for knowing they were there. Dark fudge sauce. Touch of smoke and acrid roasted malt char. Hints of chocolate covered raisin. Bourbon is a constant, though the barrel tastes themselves are subtle. Slight rye spice hides behind the bourbon. Stiff jab of alcohol. Bourbon, spent coffee grounds, and some char on the finish.

M: Thick and big in body. Wheat picks it up and softens the texture just enough to keep it from feeling too weighty and sludgy. Warming alcohol throughout, but this is not hot or boozy in the least. Low carbonation.

O: The bourbon is more prominent than I would have expected, given that only a quarter of the blend was barrel aged. It doesn't suffer from it though. All the grains and adjuncts work well together. It's a good beer all around, and feels just a little bit fresh and different.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:52:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Farking Wheaton wØØtstout
22 oz. bottle, no apparent freshess dating

Interesting beer. I wouldn't have any idea of how to categorize it just from looking at the bottle, which reads "ALE BREWED WITH PECANS, WHEAT & RYE, WITH ONE QUARTER AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS". Nowhere does it mention that it's actually a dark beer, although it does give the alcohol at 13% ABV.

The Bourbon is obvious in both the aroma and the flavor, and I understand why only one quarter of it went into barrels - it would have been out of balance if there were any more. Rye? Yes, I think so. It lends a dryness and a spiciness, as well as a "character" (I'm not sure you can really call it a "flavor"). Of course maybe I was imagining it because, lets face it, both the dryness and the spiciness could have been coming from the alcohol, and perhaps even the hops, particularly the spiciness. The wheat? I'm not sure you can really discern any specific "wheat" flavor through the dark malts, Bourbon flavor, and alcohol. It obviously adds a bit to the head retention though, and that's most likely needed because the oils from the pecans will kill a head quite readily. So, pecans? I think yes. I didn't find them at first, but after the beer warmed a bit and it opened up I thought I found some pecan flavor.

So, finally, it's clearly a well-made beer. Points there. It looks good, it smells good, it tastes good, and it's fairly unusual and complex. Additionally, I was impressed with how well-balanced it was, especially given a solid 13% ABV. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 18:12:49 | More by NeroFiddled
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elNopalero

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pours a solid dark black.

There’s a smoothly mellow aroma of chocolate. Specifically dark, bitter, coffee-tinged chocolate.
The flavor has a chocolate-coffee roast in spades that comes together for the most part until, bam!, that boozy kick at the end reminds you this is still a beast of a beer. Great for sipping. Plays well with others. Just watch out for its strength.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 08:03:29 | More by elNopalero
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured black with a rich, thick head that faded quickly. aroma of dark malt, brown sugar, a touch of alcohol, and some nuttiness after it warmed some. tasty stout with bourbon and pecan notes becoming more evident as it warms. med thick on the palate with higher than average carbonation. complex aftertaste of barrel, nuts, bitterness.

thought they did a great job with this one. enjoyed more than i thought i would.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:08:32 | More by cwguy5
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arizcards

Arizona

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in mid-July for $8.49. Bottled on 6/25/13.

Beer poured black as night with a brown head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is nutty, roasty, boozy, and sweet mocha.

Taste is very warming on the first sip, nut forward, sweet roastiness but not too sweet as the hop level evens things out.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty interesting take on the imperial stout style with the pecan element. Kudos to the brewing team on this one. And ironically i am watching Big Bang Theory as i write this and Wil Wheaton is on the episode.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:03:33 | More by arizcards
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice slow growing tan colored dense soapy head, nice long lasting power. Brew is thick and deep black. Lacing isn't too bad either for being 13%.

Chocolate, vanilla, roasty, coffee. Kinda up tight aroma.

Flavors are very deep and well roasted. The nuttyness shines though and is very well done. Caramel, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, dry rye flavors all dominate. Carbonation is too high by quite-a-bit and moderately detracts. Sweetness is dead on and bitterness is well placed and backed nicely with sweet bready nuttyness. I'm not sure the Pecans are an asset, nevertheless a great brew.

This is a solidly unique and complex brew. A great collaboration which all parties should be elated with. This is a damn fine and well thought out brew. Pecans add unique flavors...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:00:09 | More by chugalug06
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Draft at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very dark chocolate brown color that's completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring.  Nice retention for the style and ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Boozy, slightly acrid aroma with subtle oak, burnt sugars and deeply roasted dark malt notes.  Takes a while to open up but once it does there's a slight toothpick/dry oak character along with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, espresso bean and a faint hint of bourbon sweetness.  Somewhat bland and one dimensional being mostly boozy(not much bourbon character though) with burnt malt.  

Medium body but lighter than expected with slight viscosity and a strong acrid/burnt malt flavor that lingers over the cocoa and oak barrel into a dry finish.  Very bitter and toasty with strong ash, burnt coffee bean and extremely bitter dark chocolate.  Not picking up any wheat flavor at all but there is some dry tooth pick/oak and a prominent spicy bourbon.  More heat than flavor from the bourbon but that's somewhat expected given the small percentage of the blend.  Some resinous bitter hops underneath but this beer is just too dry, acrid and burnt for many of the other flavors to stand out .  Bourbon flavor isn't complex or interesting.  Lacking in spicy bourbon sweetness and just tastes like strong ethanol.  In addition, this beer is in desperate need of some balance to cancel out the char, burnt malt and stinging alcohol.  Not very good at this stage.  Will possibly improve with time as it mellows out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 03:20:41 | More by corby112
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

LOOK: Deep darkness that draws your soul in, tan sea foam lacing on top

SMELL: Creamy, nutty, cordial, sweetened coffee, faint vanilla, burnt sugar, spicy alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, thick creamy body, slick, roasted grain, faint wood, hint of vanilla, nutty, very warming alcohol, brown sugar, black currants, boozy, dates, semi-sweet roasty finish

Great job guys, Stone and their collaborators built a bit of a masterpiece here.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:17:56 | More by Jason
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Premo88

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(bottled on 7/16/13 ... and I let it cool off in the fridge until today; couldn't hold out any longer)

L: black; does not look clear -- so black and it's nighttime so I'll have to say even up to the light, BLACK ... slight red/brown/purple darkstyle highlights; small head of reddish brown foam that is thick but not overly thick, about 1/3 of an inch; very nice stick; some lacing but not much to start off with ... the stick is very cool, though

S: coconut ... it's uncanny; the combination of everything is pushing vanilla into whiskey and pecans and coming out like coconut; no alcohol note in the nose ... it smells like sweet dark-malt ale; butter; as it warms, perhaps a pinch of rye is showing up

T: coconut ... seriously, I'd swear I'm tasting coconut; vanilla; big huge dark malt in super sweet form; does NOT hide the booze, but it's amazingly smooth despite the obvious alcohol taste -- all the typical big stout notes of chocolate, coffee and lots of sweetness; dangerously boozy because you can taste it but it's not sharp or off-putting ... it's farking good!

F: motor oil slick with enough carbonation to make it work; plenty thick, approaching that lumpy milk stout feel that i can't describe any other way than to say "lumpy"

O: love the shot these guys took with this brew; very interesting and DEFINITELY different ... doesn't taste like any other big stout I've tried, though it obviously fits into the American imperial category because it touches all the right bases.

If it hid the alcohol just a bit more, I might give this all 5s ... it's that close. But it's boozy, and I'm a wimp -- I drink beer to taste beer, not booze.

With that said, Greg Koch gets huge bonus points for hooking up with a pro geek squad, trying something different that works and giving it to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 08:51:57 | More by Premo88
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Kendo

New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/25/13; consumed on 11/15/13.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1-finger chocolatey (think Yoo-Hoo) colored head that settles quickly. Good splotches of lace left behind on the glass.

S: The bourbon is the first scent noted. However, I'm also getting some chocolate, molasses and dark fruits.

T: Again, the bourbon and high alcohol provide the first impression. But there's a lot going on here. Chocolatey malt foundation, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, tannic wood and a good bitterness at the finish. I don't get the pecans at all, however. Finishes with heat from the ABV on the back end of the palate and felt as warmth in the belly.

M: There is a silkiness to the feel that is quite nice. In fact, I'm bumping up the score on the mouthfeel even higher than where I started it. The body is heavy in weight, but feels so smooth that it almost seems lighter.

O: Too hot to get a higher overall score. I believe the bottle says one-quarter of this beer was bourbon barrel aged. If that's correct, for my tastebuds I suspect I'd rather see about one-eighth (maybe one-sixth). That 13% ABV is obvious, in the nose and the taste. But all in all, I'm impressed with this collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

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