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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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264 Reviews

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 1,700
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 81
Gots: 362 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Captiveodyssey
2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A: looks beautiful; appears to be a siren in the nude calling me to her. Dark rich coloring with a caramel two-finger head. Great lacing with legs (she knows how to use them)

S: holy shit, it smells like vomit and date rape in a glass. Nuts? A few...but in the mouth of a helpless freshman ADPi. Booze and vomit. Praying its a bad bottle.

T: Rubbing alcohol (possibly chloroform to keep with consistency). Plenty of heat not masked by the beers less than full body. Some rye spice can be picked up, but only if searching for it. Anything else has to be picked up through a field of shit flowers.

M: porter mouth on a stout...that's about it

Overall: this is a misadventure into a frat party with no sense of self control. An udder mess, sloppy, hits some notes right; but, too much of this and you will surely end up waking up on a pinball table, ass gaping and mouth filled with an all too familiar wretched taste. Garbage! (Bad bottle?)

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

High D+

Age would definitely mellow this one out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I get enough "w00t-ing" from taiyed. Regardless, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, toast, light roasted malts, light bourbon, charred wood, nuts, and a vein of burnt toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with all of the elements languidly ping-ponging off of each other, resulting in a muddled, unpleasant mess of malts, coffees, burns/toasts/roasts, and bad nuts. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, I feel this beer was too ambitious for its own good. I like the idea and how it sounded, but it just turned out confused and kinda crappy.

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Photo of corby112
2.89/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with the cartoon characters, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 9/3/2013, shared with BA member Benish. Review #183.

Looks like an awesome imperial stout- pours an incredibly dark and opaque body with a thick 2cm brown head. Not much lacing. Remains a thick film on the beer with great retention. Stains the glass brown as I swirl it around which produces even more head. Totally great looking imperial stout here.

Smell is eh. Not very pleasant actually, as it warms up I get more straight up rubbing alcohol. I don't even know how to describe the other aspects of the nose- there is some roast malts and a good bit of soy sauce/umami, perhaps a little bit of mellow spiciness which I would imagine is from the rye. But its not really anything I can pin down. No pecans either.

And the taste is truly average. There is a small bit of that roasted malt sweetness, but its subdued in comparison to that massive umami taste. I really do not care for it. It reminds me a lot of Nightstalker in that there is a ton of umami, soy sauce flavour. But I'm really not getting the pecans here. Basically this is Nightstalker, but worse... and there isn't even much bourbon or barrel flavour here either.

Mouthfeel is very good here though. Its a full bodied, and I mean full, full bodied and very creamy and thick. It's smooth on the palate and honestly one of the better mouthfeels I've had on a non-CCB or GI imperial stout. Still, the aftertaste is a lot of that umami flavour, and it runs very hot as it warms up. So, it takes quite a bit away from what would be otherwise a 4.75 or 5 rating on mouthfeel.

Overall, its interesting and I'm glad to have tried it. But its simply not my cup of tea. Its not particularly complex, and its full of umami.. which I find interesting only in 4-6oz quantities. I can't stomach a full pint of this stuff. I'm starting to think I should just start passing over any Stone collaboration from here on... but I liked Dayman, so that makes for a tricky quandary here.

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Photo of nsheehan
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout at Pinthouse Pizza
Draught, 10oz into a nearly 10oz goblet
13% ABV

A – Dark brown-black, opaque. No head, some immobile but attractive lacing curvily hanging.

S – Bourbony alcohol smell, a woodiness too. Not a sharp alcohol smell, but a smooth one. A dark sweet licorice. As it warms, I can make out a more full smell, but the components are still buried under alcohol.

T – Sweet yet not too much due to alcohol. Can’t really taste the alcohol. A tiny pinch of woodiness. Some leather comes through. It seems like the alcohol is covering tastes but not inserting itself that much. Not getting any wheat, which is a letdown. As it warms, I can taste alcohol and a tiny bit of raisin. The sweetness is pretty unchanged, just more alcohol.

M – Thick, smooth, and syrupy. Heavy bodied and a tad chewy, with a quite wet finish. Despite the alcohol abound, it mostly comes through here as a warmth on the swallow. Goopy is a good word. As it warms, the finish gets a bit less soft and drier as the alcohol comes out more.

O – This beer needs time, the alcohol is quite overbearing. Hopefully it will cellar well. Not sure if the wheat will ever show. It’s a sipper for sure and not for people new to big beers. After letting it warm, it is for sure a booze bomb that needs at least a year. I will wait 2-4 years on my bottle.
3.25, 3, 3.25, 2.75, 2.75; 3.02.

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Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on July 19th, 2013. Thanks to Matt and Sarah Luke for the bottle.

Beer pours a very very dark brown... might as well just call it black and get it over with. Slight brown highlights when held to light. One finger off-white head. Slightly sticky foam but doesn't cling to the sides long.

Aroma is icky: wet pennies and rubbing alcohol.

Flavor is warm with alcohol. The label promises Bourbon barrel and pecan ingredients; they are MIA on my palate. I'm just getting chocolate, darkly roasted malt and moderate bitterness.

Thick, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. The best aspect of this beer!

Drinkable enough, but aging might do this one some good.

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Photo of Benish
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A friend shared a bottle with me. Poured aggressively into tulip glasses and about an inch or two thick foamy brown head built up. Very beautiful presentation. The beer was jet black, no penetration of light. Very solid appearance for a Imperial Stout.

The aroma was outstanding. I picked up candied pecans and some malt. The aroma actually got me thinking of pecan pie. It had that nice sweet and savory smell that you can just inhale and find it delightful.

Then to the taste, which unfortunately I was not impressed with. At first it was instantly bitter. Kind of like burnt chocolate and coffee. I suspect this might be from the rye being one of the ingredients. But then just at the finish the beer transformed to a taste of umami. It became oddly savory with a dash of salt. Made me think of soy sauce. In my opinion this was not good. Unfortunately it was hard to get pass this while I kept drinking. It starts out with burnt chocolate and then the finish was purely umami. In addition, the beer was quite boozy. The combination of the flavors in this beer is quite bizarre in my opinion and hard to get past.

Fortunately mouthfeel was outstanding. It was very thick and creamy. Kind of like when you drink a thick mocha or hot chocolate. It seemed the beer just stuck to my mouth after swallowing; very full bodied.

Overall I was impressed with the aroma and the mouthfeel but it was the flavors that led me to not enjoy this beer. Clearly other people like the flavors of this beer but I might be one of the few that don't. I have another bottle that I might cellar to see what happens to the flavors as it ages.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

$9.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans with 1/4 aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels. 13% ABV, 65 IBU's.

Pours out to a rich but not oily black, forming a nice sized light cocoa colored head with mousse-like bubbles of foam, superior retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, @2.5 carbs or so. The nose is quite nice, more delicate than I was expecting...dark chocolate, carob, some subtle dates and prunes, some herbal hops, a subtle whiff of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pillowy soft with a big dense body and slightly syrupy. The taste opens big with prunes and dates, followed by dark chocolate, rum balls, medium roast but quite acidic, mild bitterness all things considered which is very herbal in nature, some warmth and drying pepper in the finish and lingering notes of prunes in the aftertaste. I don't taste pecans or any kind of nut for that matter. I would not get that this is aged in bourbon barrel until 1/2 glass into it, but it's the acidity and booze that gives me that impression, not a bourbon flavor.

I have to say I'm not a fan of this. The very strong acidity of the bourbon and roast malts mixed with the booze and green leafy herbal hops really messes up this beer, creating an smattered mix of unbalanced flavors that don't sit well with each other.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 07/16/13.

Pours opaque black with 1/2 inch of khaki head that quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is dominated by an astringent, alcohol presence with faint dark chocolate and a hint of molasses. Somewhat disappointing. No noticeable nut aroma in the nose.

Taste is of sweet malt, dark chocolate and a hint of rye. There is noticeable bourbon bite on the back end. I'm not picking up any pecan here either.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with high carbonation.

The smell on this one almost killed it for me. A very boozy, almost chemical aroma. The taste wasn't all bad, just a little too bitter from start to finish for my taste. This might appeal more to the bourbon, whiskey and rye drinker.

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Photo of JDP33
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a snifter from 22 oz. bottle. dark, slight head, moderate lacing.
S - roasted malty notes, boozy, slight bourbon & vanilla.
T - hot, bready, spicy rye notes on front end. Not a lot of oak or bourbon coming through. Some nuttiness. Boozy taste smooths out and has a decent finish w/ some cream & chocolate.
M - some carbonation, thin mouthfeel.
O - expected more from this beer considering the description. Wishing the barrel notes would have been more prevalent. Nothing special but would recommend trying it. Will cellar one to see how it ages. :)

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Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Leggy, viscous pitch black. High sugar content is apparent, though the head retains fairly well.

Smell: Plenty sweet. Pecan is blatant, and there's a decent bourbon undertone along with a touch of oaky vanilla. Lots of molasses and burnt sugars, without much roastiness. Black licorice comes out more as the beer warms, reminding me of Stone's IRS. Pecan is an odd addition that doesn't quite work; it lends a bit of staleness as the beer warms.

Palate: Chewy, sugary, a bit astringent. Has a tannic and bitter pecan skin bite to it. Alcohol isn't tasted so much as it's felt. This does hide the booze well, behind layers of sweetness. Caramel, molasses and a slightly stale pecan note are the dominant flavors. There isn't much in the way of roasted malt, though it does finish decently bitter, in more of an astringent, tannic way.

Overall: I find myself liking this beer quite a bit until the finish, when the pecans take on a lingering rancid note and the astringency of the alcohol and grains begin to wear down the palate. At the same time, I really can't see this beer improving with age.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

w00t. w00t. or something

Pour to Portsmouth glass. Body is just about black with just a bit of brown highlights, dark tan head.

Scent brings sweet malts of caramel, chocolate, molasses, definite pecans, just a bit oak and some alcohol. Dessert-like.

Taste brings dark caramel, roast, nuts, some chocolate, some brown sugar, bready (wheat) tones. Bourbon and oak come through with warmth along with quite alot of hot alcohol. Quite rich, a sipper.

For the style and ABV, pretty thin and high carbonation. Not much of a bother but quite boozy to boot.

The pecans are a nice touch, not bad otherwise but feels kinda messy, and especially boozy as it warms, splitting this was still quite a trek. I would've liked to see more overall stoutiness to it.

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Photo of pants678
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Half a finger of head foam, black body. It's a stout.

Smells of whiskey and rye. Is that a song lyric?

Fairly boozy even after nearly a year past the bottle date. Nuts are hardly used in stouts and these are to the beer's benefit. The whiskey barrel, the pecans, booze and rye make for a rough profile. Bitter chocolate/tobacco whips the back of the tongue. If anything I could do without the rye. I do not like rye beers.

Weight may be a tad heavy even for the style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Straight up black with tiny hints of brown at the edges when held to direct light. Tiny dark tan head drops to nothing. Tiny collar with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Sweet nuttiness. Deeply roasted with a touch of rye spiciness. Hints of vanilla and caramel run through the back. Some dark fruit, mostly plum. A bit of marshmallow. Sweet with some cocoa and darker chocolate. Cherry flesh somehow. A whole lot of stuff. Some alcohol best on the back. Caramelized sweetness. Incredibly nutty. Very light bourbon push.

Taste: Deeply roasted with some burnt notes in the back. Bourbon adds a nice layer of vanilla and caramel with some barrel in the back. Bitter roast with a solid cocoa and dark chocolate push. Nutty and smooth. Something akin to marshmallow. A hint of citrus and earth on the hop profile. Milky sweet at times with a ton of pecan.

Mouthfeel: Just in to full body with a moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. Relatively clean finish.

Overall: Woot not w00t.

Carries the Stone traits. Not the best and a bit of a mess at the moment, but should age well.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken 2 days ago at the DIve Bar in Worcester.

A- Pitch black oily thick pour from the tap into a goblet. A small light mocha cap builds on the beer but doesn't stick around for long. It leaves a fine-bubbled, small ring that deposits some good sheets of lace.

S- Honestly for a 13% Stout fairly tame, just don't get a ton of distinct things. Roasty malts are obvious and slight oaked whiskey. Dark cherry-raisin fruit hints from the high gravity yeast ferment, slight soy sauce. No alcohol at all which is nice but I'm missing out on a big base stout. Nutty hint must be brown malts or the pecans.

T- I have a hard time describing how I truly feel but the base beer just doesn't seem to fill my desire for what I look for in big stouts. It is balanced but at the same time no decadent or just striking features are present. The pecan flavor is well done and the whiskey and oak is smooth and balanced in. Big cherry-raisin fruit, thin roast grains, root beer and some fairly big alcohol beyond that.

MF- Thick bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy overall texture to this beer. Alcohol is quite hot on the palate with a slight roasty bitterness in the finish as well.

Some nice individual elements but the beer as a whole just left me underwhelmed. I really didn't have any hype going into this one but was happy to be able to try it on-tap. So many amazing stouts out there and this is just sort of decent. I do like the level of barrel use and the pecan element, both were well done.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black with brown, ample head with good retention. Significant lacing
S: coffe, alcohol, and cherry
T: chocolaty and the strength definitely comes through. The bitterness hits after with cherry notes. Unfortunately, the alcohol taste lasts longest, making it slightly metallic at end.
O: little too much taste if alcohol for me, especially at end, but the flavors that are present are enjoyable.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 7/10/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
Pours an impenetrable pitch black with a light cocoa, finger and half tall head that quickly recedes to a half finger's height, leaving zero lacing, but plenty of alcohol legs behind.

Aroma: (3.75)
Waves of bitter sweet baker's chocolate greet your nostrils with a snappy, herbal hoppiness interwoven. Subtle, but sweet molasses and caramel play a nice supporting role in the chocolate forward, malty aroma. The syrupy molasses has a unique nuttiness about it which makes me think of pecans that were added in the brewing process of this gigantic stout. There is a faint vanilla and coconut character from the bourbon barrel. For being 13%, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. As the beer warms in it's glass, some of the roasted malts which I have been looking for surface.

Taste: (3.25)
Sweet, creamy notes of chocolate coats your tongue right away, with subtle biting notes of espresso and more of that distinctly nutty molasses that was found in the nose. Finishes dry with lingering notes of cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, herbal hops and rye, with a light streak of vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel. Unfortunately, a lot of the more lush notes of the malt bill are completely covered up by the huge, spicy alcohol character that almost completely pervades the beer.

Heavy bodied with massive viscosity and moderate to high carbonation. Oily with alcohol.

Overall: (3.25)
I had high hopes for this; rye, wheat, pecans AND barrel aged? This had to be great. For the most part it was pretty damn good, until the spicy, tongue scalding alcohol took over the flavor profile, completely covering up the roasty, chocolate-y goodness that bourbon barrel aged stouts can be. I'm not going to give up hope because I really think this beer will only improve with some age on it. .

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rye? Bourbon? Stout? OK, sign me up & hit me hard. 22 oz. bottle picked up who knows where for the aforementioned reasons.

The pour dawns as dark as the soul of whoever invented reality TV. Smells...like nuts. Tons of nuts. Touch of barrel, but this is mostly Planters.

W00tstout is like being pelted with acorns by squirrels. And the acorns landing in your mouth. Liquified. Repeatedly. The pecans advertised on the label are spitting nut into the beer, but the barrel manages to rein them in a bit; nice bourbon kick to it. Mild, spare chocolate. Keine hint of rye, nor wheat; they've been mugged by the pecans. Finsh: nuts.

Well, it hasn't been a good night for drinkability. The nut industry must be pissed at Stone for hogging a perfectly good crop. The warmer it gets, the nuttier it gets. A bit disappointed that the components came down to a single component, but hey, what can one do? Pretty good beer, but could have been so much better without the pecan orchard dropped in.

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Photo of n2185
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of light brown head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet chocolate, a bit of oak, and some dark fruits. There is also a strong aroma of vanilla.

T: Roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, sticky sweet vanilla, oak, and a touch of bourbon. The finish is roasty and lightly bitter with a fairly strong alcohol burn.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer's alcohol burn and sweetness keep it from being creamy.

O: A solid stout overall, though a bit too boozy and sweet for my tastes and without much depth.

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Photo of hardy008
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with a one finger creamy mocha head with nice retention and lacing.The aroma is not very strong. I can pick up dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon, but the aromas are all lighter than expected. The beer has been out of the refrigerator for 30 minutes, so I can't figure out why the aroma is so light.

Tastes sweet with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and some dark roasted malt, which adds bitterness to balance the beer somewhat. I do not taste the rye or pecans at all. A little too sweet, and the alcohol is not well disguised.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and creamy. A pretty good beer, but this could have been better. This beer might be real good if it was aged for 6 months or more.

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Photo of karengarys
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I slow pour. Not much fizz. Looking at it, I can't tell if it is old pop or new beer. It isn't icky looking, though, so in the spirit of doing things different I'll go with 'hey, looks ok, let's try it'.

Smells like rasin and molassis. Kinda sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick, oily, not really fizzy nor creamy, but just enough to get by. With an oddity like this, it's hard to say what to expect. I'll go with "different but acceptable in a fun way".

Really heavy in prune juice or rasins or something. It's sweet. Almost like simple syrup sweet. (gotta give the yeast something to eat!) Not really hoppy, almost like "is this beer?"... But, it isn't offensive.

Overall? ...it depends... It is interesting. Both bad and good things can be interesting. If you like experimenting, and like strange heavy thick dark beers, give this a whirl. If you are an "IPA or the road" person, skip this. If you like miller lite, and think you want to try what craft beer is all about, this is not a good choice. But fior the "what if..." crowd, this is definitely worth looking for!

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Photo of silverking
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a short lived khaki head.

S - banana, dark fruit, And a lot of alcohol.

T - dark fruit, bitter chocolate. The finish has a hefty alcohol note.

M - full bodied. Creamy, but the finish feels oily. Light carbonation.

O - it's Not great, its not good.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: Aug. 16, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 17, 2013
Misc.: Born date of July 16, 2013 (I think)

Poured a purplish dark brown color, almost black, with less than a finger of tan head. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled caramel, toffee, wood, strong alcohol, bourbon, roasty nuts, dark chocolate and faint roasted coffee beans.

First taste made me grimace, followed by a second one that was a little better. Got walnuts (maple?), pecans, mixed nuts, toffee, caramel, molasses, bourbon, faint vanilla and dark chocolate. I guess the alcohol is pretty well-hidden, considering it’s 13 percent. Still tastes strong, but not 13 percent.

Full-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

I thought this was just OK. It never really got better for me. I won’t try it again.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with smallish tan head that sticks around, but doesn't lace much. Smells pretty hot and boozy right now. I get mostly alcohol, circus peanuts and gumdrops with some dark chocolate and espresso in there also. Hot and hoppy on the palate, almost burns on the finish. Boozy and bitter with hint of chocolate. Probably be really good with time - right now, kinda tough. 8/16/13

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