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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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1,296 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1296
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/16/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streakss of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and slight bourbon and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet cocoa and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice variety of aromas but the taste is pretty alcohol forward at this time.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 04:47:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The "have mercy" test comes home as the flavors of Kentucky Derby Pie resonates in zymurgy form when the head of Stone's Greg Kock, actor Wil Wheaton and Drew Curtis of Fark.com clang together. I love the theory, but how does the actuality measure up?

As the stout pours, its creamy sweetness portrays a visual texture of velvet and silk. The slow release of foam from beer results in a body of very dark "bark" brown coloration that boarders black. The head that caps the beer is thick, frothy and dense as if being capped by a mocha-stained whipped topping. As each sip is taken from the glass, the beer trails with well defined rings of lace. Its a very classy appearance for any stout.

Its incredible aromas are awash with succulence as soft espresso notes, chocolate, caramel, walnut and subtle bourbon notes. All those dessert-like scents are grounded with a foundation of roasted grain, marshmallowy malts and dark wood characeter.

But as the first sip reaches the tongue, its flavors erupt! Molasses, brown sugar, toffee and caramel all align on the early palate, but does so with a quick follow up of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted walnut character (I know the description says pecan, but I taste walnut). Nevertheless, the taste culminates in a nutty, chocolate, sweet malange that really does capture the taste of Derby Pie and Imperial Stout in equal parts and in high quality at the same rates.

But there's something about the beer's body that really wins me over- The creamy sweetenss that starts the show is velvety, silky and smooth. Rich on the palate, its seductive carbonation lulls the palate into a slumber of confectionery delight which is only lifted by the Kahlua-tyle warmth and milkshake-like fluffiness. Its finish of chocolate and overlooked bitterness concludes with extended cocoa and toffee.

The hype about this ale simply drives me crazy and I have the tendency to reject anything "celebrity" about the promotion of the beers that command attention beyond the taste of the beer. But in this instance, I have to step back and say that this is simply a world class beer despite the personalities involved in its marketing.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 06:00:35 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

4.19/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 02:11:19 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 22:49:02 | More by TMoney2591
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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thoughtfully procured for me by the good doktorzee from sunny SoCal. I can profess to know of at least 2 of the 3 collaborators here - is that good enough in this instance, Stone? And it is indeed cool to see BA quoted on the very cap that I am currently popping.

This beer pours a very solid, and rather highlight-free black abyss, with two fat fingers of dense, thickly creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid swooping array of rain shower cloud lace around the glass as it quite lazily abates.

It smells of bittersweet (leaning towards the former) chocolate pudding, roasted caramel malt, my dad's annual birthday pecan pie, a further edgy, spicy rye whisky graininess, soft cafe au lait, and a subtle vanillan-heavy oaken woodiness. The taste is big and over the top malty - woody caramel/vanilla, chocolate-coated toffee, reduced demarara sugar, boozy, spicy bourbon, more understated sweetened coffee, with an indistinct, but still readily pleasant southern nuttiness (somehow I'm reminded of Fox Mulder staring at a slice of pie in a diner), and weak earthy, leafy hops. Little to no alcohol warming manifests, astoundingly.

The carbonation is rather laid back, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and generically smooth, what with everything else apparently not going on. It finishes still quite sweet, but in a verily moderated sense - whiskey, multifaceted sugar, cocoa, and overburdened hops all jockeying for position. I'm sure it's clear who wins out overall.

For such an adjunct-heavy endeavour (in the most appreciable manner), things just turn out a-ok, don't they? Big and malty, chocolaty, and Kentucky whiskey friendly, without any real astringency from the booze. So, a generally over the top offering from a few rock stars in the brewing and brewing-adjacent space. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 03:59:05 | More by biboergosum
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with a pinky of caramel colored head. A modicum of head retention & lacing

S: Vanilla, dark fruit, pralines & raw booze once warm

T: Caramel, candied pecans, nougat, figs, pears & dryness up front. Subtle bourbon notes as this warms, slight pepper notes from the rye, raisins & figs & oaky dryness also there. Finishes with dark fruit, dryness, a touch of booze & caramel, & a whisper of smokeyness

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, warming, sticky

I really enjoyed this one, delivers a ton of great flavor & the ABV is fairly well hidden. Love what Stone does & they show you can deliver great beer with crazy prices, so thrilled to get to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:56:25 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The ultimate geek and beer geek's beer, a collab with Stone Koch and Wil Wheaton, and called W00t! Great name, although i don't know a lot about Drew, sorry. Bottled 6/25/13.

Pours into my Portsmouth tulip with a darker colored mocha like small fizzy slight creamy head fades at a med to quicker rate, not bad for a 13% beer though, nice ring of lacing though and nice long legs, all that over a pitch black super thick dark beer.

Nose is pretty strong for a super big stout. Tons of dark malts of course, a bit of a roasty aroma and some charred malt and a little coffee from the roast, then into the waves of super dark chocolate, lots of baker's chocolate and a bit of a creamy dark melted chocolate, a bit of caramel and a fluffy nougat, a bit of a toasted pecan like nutty aroma, a little brown sugar encrusted pecan. Then the booze kicks in, a definite boozy aroma with big malts to back it up, but a clean booze and not too dominant. Faint hints of a vanilla barrel round it off.

Comes on sweet at first, loads and loads of big dark malts wash over the tongue and kinda sit there with a big weight, my tongue feels suspended in the middle of the thick viscosity beer. Dark malts are the key item here, a bit of a black malt, with some roasted malt, a light char but not much as the dark malts were done pretty well to not be too tannic and burnt. Then super dark chocolate, bitter chocolate and lots of baker's chocolate, a little creamy choc too but not a ton, a little cookie like with some creamy oatmeal, hint of caramel, fluffy nougat, and a nice toasty brown sugar encrusted pecan like, very big cookie like flavor. There is also a mild earthy slight spicy hop character, with fair bitterness and blends with the bitter charred malts to bring a fair bitterness. Booze is pretty decent, some warming clean booze flavor, little tingle, but not a 13% feel, although it does get a little hot the more it warms. Eventually, after warming, I get a hint of vanilla like barrel character and the faintest hint of a sweet like bourbon. Finish is drier but super mouth coating sticky like, little syrupy, lots of lingering dark chocolate, baker's choc, little caramel and nougat like lingering, little more booze, fair spicy hop bitterness, and some slight tannic charred malt very late.

Mouth is thick, heavy as fuuu.... yes, and fair booze warmth and tingle, a bit over carbonated surprisingly.

Overall pretty interesting, nice dark malt character without getting too charred or acrid, booze is there but not too crazy for a 13% beer, nice chocolate, just a hint of vanilla barrel and nice nutty character. Pretty tasty as expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:55:54 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was more than pleasantly surprised to see this on the shelf. Don't seem to be too many special brews and rarities making it to Pittsburgh.

Nice thick impy stout. The pecans give a nice touch with a hint of influence that comes as an accent. The rye gives a nice spiced edge that stays constant throughout. All the character that does show stays consistent. Thick and rich feel. Carbonation at first seems quite voracious. Calms down a bit as things move forward; thankfully.

This is a good beer. Great collaboration of a variety of ingredients. Extremely happy to be able to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 12:02:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : Poured a very deep brown, nearly black with great carbonation leaving a big cocoa colored head atop. The lacing was pretty decent after a few sips. A lot of bubbles remained.

S: Little rye, big roast, little pecan, little barrel, chocolate

T : A nice little booziness upfront along with some roast and little bit of char. Some chocolate comes in as does another rush of stinging booze. I detect a little bit of rye. Light barrel influence is noticed but really looking for those pecans. The finish has a lingering char and light bitterness, more heat, more chocolate and a bit of coffee

M: Full bodied, thick and hearty. Pretty filling for sure. The carbonation was just right. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O: There seemed to be a lot going on in this beer(according to the description) but I detected little of it on this go. I thought the pecans and rye were minimized by the heat and traditional stout notes. Maybe my palate was off, who knows. not a bad beer at all, decent candidate for a cellar and great price for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:59:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 07/28/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherries, sweet dark fruits, light bourbon, oak, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Lots of roasted notes and chocolate, and a lot more dark fruits than the taste has. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, oak, sweet dark fruits, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and toasted malts. Very nice caramel in the taste and a little more bourbon, with less fruit. Very nice, a step up from the nose.

m - Thick, full body and low to moderate carbonation. Not much heat at all, and a great mouthfeel and body for a big stout.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. Nose is nice and the taste is great with bourbon and caramel mixing with the chocolate and roasted malts. Easy to drink for 13% ABV, would definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 17:08:55 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

High D+

Age would definitely mellow this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 07:10:29 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, with the bottling date on the neck, 6-2013.

This one must go in a snifter, preferably with a piece of decedant chocolate cake or ooey-gooey something or another...

Pours black and thick, with a quickly departing dark tan head, that leaves a decent collar, minor tiny bubble film and some minor bits of lace.

On the tongue, dark chocolate motor oil comes to mind, notes of vanilla, sugar glazed nuts, rum, cafe au lait and more dark chocolate come to mind.

Rich, dense,smooth, robust, complex, highly enjoyable Imperial stout.

Tastes/drinks great right now. Quality candidate for aging.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 14:02:57 | More by Billolick
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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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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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Zorro

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells sweet and boozy with a strong chocolate aroma. Coffee and vanilla with a slight burnt sugar aroma. Pepper and smoke ride on the ethanol fumes to the senses. Slight hop aroma of grapefruit.

Starts out sweet and chocolate with a little orange and a bit of smoky bacon after taste. Vanilla and coffee flavors, the Bourbon taste very well tamed. Slight metallic and burned licorice flavors. Definitely a sipper this is Heavy Heavy Fuel.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a strong bourbon barrel beer that is well rounded. Pick up a bottle if you can find it, my store sold out in about 3 hours.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:50:44 | More by Zorro
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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The brew pours black in color with a thin penline of brown clarity around the edges. A rich brown to khaki head composition retains well for how high the alcohol content is. Some patches of lace stick to the glass as the cap slowly fades. Overall a solid looking stout.

The aroma is mostly comprised of burnt grain leaning towards coffee with a heavy hand of hops providing a touch of herbal to pine inclusion. Some dark fruity quality is present that I want to say is partially from hops and mostly the alcohol with a raisiny to molasses sort of character. It is quite boozy as it opens up with a slight accenting bourbon kick. Some anise and tobacco are an afterthought.

The flavor is earthy and roasted to the point of char. Quite bitter with the burnt grain character accented by a modest amount of vegetative hop flavoring similar to what can be found sometimes in black ipas. The alcohol brings forward a bit of fruited quality like raisin, molasses and bourbon towards the back. Some faint chocolate and tobacco notes are left lingering long after each sip.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a pleasant alcohol burn and it is surprisingly slick and chewy in the feel. I was hoping this would be similar to the IRS but with a bit different depth of character. It sure is different but im not sold on wanting more of this. Worth a try? Absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 12:47:32 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours jet black in the glass, topped with a fingers worth of rich and creamy mocha head. This retains with some robust bunching around the edges, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. A warm Bourbon presence jumps out immediately in the nose, which is quickly followed by a rich blend of chocolate, molasses and roasted coffee. A bit of sweet alcohol, dark fruit and some spiciness mix in as well. The taste is a little subdued upon first sip but then explodes as it spreads out in the mouth with a flurry of Bourbon, chocolate, molasses, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of spicy rye on the finish. A dry burnt tannic feel lingers a bit on the palate. The mouthfeel is full bodied and quite chewy with a touch of sharpness that sits on the tongue. This definitely has a bit of alcohol beef to it but I will say; this is an EXTREMELY smooth sipper for 13%. Color me impressed. This is another most solid effort, in a line of many, from Stone, with rich flavors and a ridiculously smooth drinkability for the size. This is well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 22:42:46 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 16 tons cafe the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is every bit as attractive, as I pick up considerable coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, some light rye and licorice, and a hint of underlying wine and leather. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer, with the chocolate and port wine flavors seeming to dominate. So the beer is on the sweet side, but there seemed to be enough hoppy bitterness to dry the beer out fairly well on the finish. Mouthfeel was pretty full, and the beer was very soft and smooth on the palate. The finish was also quite long in this well crafted beer, and I thought the alcohol was very well integrated into the flavor profile. You certainly get a sense of the 13% abv., but the beer is not at all heavy or hot on the finish.

I really felt as if there was a lot going on with the flavor profile in this beer, and I really enjoyed it. Have had many Stone impy stouts over the years, but this has to be right up there with the best of them. Very nice...

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 16:03:49 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, booze, wood, coffee.
In the taste, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, nuts, bourbon. Complex nutty flavor. There is some hop bitterness on the end. The hops creep in more through the finish. Spiked hazlenut coffee comes to mind. Medium bodied, smooth
Shows good character that lasts forever.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:51:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Nick's of Clinton in Waldorf, MD for $8.99.

The beer is dark brown and viscous, sporting a thin, oily, beige head. The aroma brings oak, light roast, bourbon. Pecans are hard to discern in either the flavor or the aroma. More of a texture than a feature it would seem. Nice bready character from the addition of rye and wheat. Some bourbon heat, but overall, a really mild and easy sipping brew considering the 13% abv. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 18:33:04 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Dark walnut brown body, with a fleeting head off the pour, that falls fairly quickly. Head is a nice chestnut brown but has a slight reddish tinge to it which is hard to examine since it doesn't stick around much. Fairly straightforward in looks and appearance. Has some clarity from below.

Nose has hints of cherry cordial warmth, and cheap booze. Some light brown sugar and maraschino artificial cherry seems to be just jumping out of this. Very unique I'll say but not my most favorite aroma.

Palate comes with a strangely neutral tone. What's most evident though is the mouthfeel which is the best part of the beer. Extremely creamy and rich but with a controlled thickness that really coats, nearly feels like clotted cream. Palate brings though strangely only mild classic stout flavors of roasted malts, and mild sensing dark chocolate. Warmth brings much of the creamy character but sweetness isn't predominant which doesn't bring up anything such as vanilla or chocolate. Controlled boozy character is well hidden though. Really wish those cherry tones would come through in the taste somehow.

Overall it's an interesting take, but I am not really drawn to this, probably cause when it comes to Stone I am not a big on their stouts to begin with. There's some neat character to this but it just doesn't wow me. That's not a bad thing though, it's still enjoyable to drink and I definitely prefer it to their regular Russian Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:04:44 | More by smakawhat
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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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