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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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1,542 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 1,542
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 315 | FT: 44
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:
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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Ratings: 1,542 | Reviews: 238
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up out of town b/c didn't know if the local places would get it. Poured into a Boulevard snifter

A: Pours deep deep red with a very thin dark tan head that fades quickly. leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Dark roast malts, fruits reminiscent of cherries, and quite strong on the alcohol.

T: First thing I get is the high alcohol but it's quickly replaced with sweetness and roasty flavors. The aftertaste is dry bitterness, from what I think are the pecans and hops at work. I would like to be able to have tasted the different threads of aged, unaged and different blends of same for this beer. Sometimes when the whole beer has been aged in barrels it becomes the dominant flavor, While in this beer it blends seamlessly with the other flavors, It is neither dominant nor too subltle.

M: lots of bubbles on the tongue, else, smooth and moderately thick

O: Great. When I first heard about this I was excited. I think Stone is one of the best production craft breweries around, their sheer variety of beers is impressive, from my experience they do all of them well. As a fan of TNG and more recently Wil's celebration of geek culture the hype was that much more exciting. And as a long time reader of Fark.com who better than to collaborate with than Drew Curtis.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Pours a massive looking nearly pitch black with a tiny cream colored foam floating about the top. The thin foam fades very fast leaving some craterous bubbles that pop over time to leave just a ring of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and robust being a mix of darker fruit, coffee, chocolate, and plenty of roasted malt aroma. The dark fruits are a big mix with raisin, plum, fig and the heaviest being that of prune. A caramel and vanilla sweetness along with what appears to be cinnamon pecan are in there as well when mixing with the darker aromas to produce an almost fruited-chocolate French toast like smell. Along with the sweeter and more roasted aromas are some strong notes of alcohol as well as a bit of an oaky smell, which combined with the rest to create a very warming bourbon smell overall.

Taste – The taste starts out rather sweet of caramel, milk chocolate and lots of dark fruits of plum, fig and prune. Upfront, and creating a base for the brews taste, are roasted flavors of roasted coffee, brown bread and roasted malt. The chocolate and darker fruits seem to get stronger in the taste growing rather potent more toward the middle. While this occurs a little bit of a warming alcohol taste begins to develop along with a nutty flavor coming to the tongue giving a pecan pie like sweetness to the brew. Toward the end the alcohol really starts to kick in, bringing with it more oak, and giving the boozy flavor a more bourbon taste. Along with the alcohol kick at the end, a bitterness of roasted coffee and some earthiness makes it way to the tongue. These flavors when mixed with a slight lessening of the fruity flavors at the start of the taste end up leaving a rather hot and heavy roasted very lightly bitter but overall sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is surprisingly higher then I would have expected from the look and for the style, being composed of lots of prickly carbonation bubbles. The carbonation seemed to help subdue some of the more boozy flavors all while the chewiness of the brew was very nice for the darker fruit and roasted flavors of the brew.

Overall – It is a very nice and robust stout that is for sure. It starts out and grows rather sweet in the middle, but fades a bit at the end to leave a good bourbon booziness and a light bitterness. Rather enjoyable overall and not a bad slow sipper.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a supremely dark brown color, one that's very opaque. Very little head here, just a thin tan-colored film, and even that retains poorly. On the other hand, this has visible alcohol legs.

S: This has a lot of boozy dark fruits, along with perhaps a twinge of nuttiness and a twinge of chocolate. There's also a twinge of bourbon - not actual oaky character, though. An acceptable nose...but man, I was expecting something that was total batshit insanity with a side of bourbon-soaked pecans. And it's just not; it's really just...boozy. Inhaling directly from the bottle yields more pecan notes, though.

T: The opening flavors are very chocolaty - always a good thing in imperial stouts. Bourbon very briefly pops up in the middle, before turning into a spicy, boozy finish. Some pecan flavors also pop up on the back end, becoming gradually bolder as more is imbibed; the strong nutty character is very redolent of Arrogant Bastard to an extent. The booze bite on the back end is more fruity than fusely. It's about as alcoholic as I expect a 13% stout to be, no more, no less, and becomes less of an issue as this warms up. Actually, my chief complaint about this brew isn't the alcohol presence (that gradually calms down), it's the lack of complexity. There really isn't much to this beyond booze, chocolate, and pecan. Even worse, there really isn't a lot of harmony or balance between those flavors. But it's endearing. Endearing, much in the same way that 'Merica is endearing.

Gawd bless 'Merica.

M: It feels a bit light (I'd call it medium-bodied if it weren't 13%) and airy, along with a touch of rye-derived coarseness. There isn't much of a substantial feeling on the palate - it's almost like it was designed to be surprisingly drinkable for such a big stout. And honestly? It is. At a higher temperature, the boozy notes become obscured, making this even easier to sip.

O: It's not often I get a brew where the flavor profile is MUCH better than the aroma (without the aforementioned nose being out-and-out horrid and/or not to my liking), but this is exactly that. I wouldn't call it top-caliber - it doesn't have supreme depth, or even a good balance for that matter. Still, it has a definite charm that makes it much better than the average imperial stout. And hey, it's far more likeable than Wesley Crusher ever was.

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