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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 75
Gots: 313 | FT: 41
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-13-2013)
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4/5  rDev -2%

Sammy, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

djrn2, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

nmann08, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Texasfan549, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

GRG1313, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

kylehay2004, Aug 22, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

jaydoc, Nov 20, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

ygtbsm94, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Knapp85, Aug 03, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

SocalKicks, Jul 16, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

oberon, Sep 27, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
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2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

zeff80, Jul 21, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2014
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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.