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Reviews: 246
Hads: 1,595
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 75
Gots: 344 | FT: 41
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice tan head that leaves a few shards hanging around

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, coffee and moderate roast

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with vanilla and pecan tones developing; some bitterness builds, in the middle, with coffee and hop tones; the high ABV builds, after the swallow, when subtle Bourbon tones appear; chocolate and Bourbon tones, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very nice barrel-aged stout; not a mind blower but nicely blended (573 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (2,169 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,857 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an orange tan head of foam on a black body. Good retention, decent lace. An aroma of brown sugar, cola, boozy whiskey, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor begins with sweet, thick malt and builds up notes of dark sugar, cola, bourbon soaked cherries and charred oak. A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish. This is a big, strong and relatively complex beer, but it is actually pretty drinkable for what it is. The sweet, sugary malt profile manages to avoid becoming the cloying mess it threatens to be and works quite nicely with the barrel aged notes. (586 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +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. (1,550 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (2,642 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
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. (2,976 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, vanilla, raisin, prune, date, bourbon, oak, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, pecans, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, vanilla, raisin, prune, date, bourbon, oak, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness and oaky spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecans, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,718 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Color is black. Lace left.

Flavors of roasted malts as chocolate. Too roasted for me. Vanilla, oak, and a minimal amount of bourbon. A bit of heat shows in the end with a touch of rye. Can't find the pecans.

Mouthfeel: roasted and dry. Fuller bodied.

Overall, solid, but it would have been cool to have more barrel aging. (335 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,491 characters)

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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (317 characters)

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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.