Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Here’s a collaboration I never thought I’d see: Stone Brewing, Wil Wheaton, and Fark’s own Drew Curtis. Three men I’m a fan of, but what does that say about their ability to come up with a tasty beer? Let’s find out:
Bottled on 06/25/13, one months before the date of this tasting.
A: The body’s motor-oil black, a dark, reflective beauty with a one-inch khaki head; the texture of the foam is fizzy yet silky, popping with a sizzle as it falls to a light retention. Lacing strands are thick and sticky, leaving wide lines as the beer progresses down the glass.
S: An absolutely intriguing nose, consisting mainly of a nutty, grounded character you almost never find in a massive stout like this. What really stands out is freshly-baked pecan pie; there it is, in all its glory, with superb aromas of pecans, brown sugar, and toasty, nearly-burnt pie crust. Call it a strange collaboration, but it seems like these guys hit the nail on the head so far. Mellow cocoa and vanilla hints supplement the dessert quality, as a slight smoke character runs through in between. Ends on a mild rye tone, raw and grainy, like the spiciness you experience when you get a whiff of raw rye malt.
T: The palate packs just as much surprise as the nose: instead of being a pecan bomb, this is an acidic, bitter collection of (highly drinkable and engaging) oddities. A lightly acrid fruit and grain combination stems from the wheat, a nearly tongue-scraping concoction of lemon juice, straw, and berry sweetness. Bourbon and hops fan the flames of this assault, adding a fiery cinnamon-whiskey and an herbal, minty tartness, respectively – they too make the lips pucker with uncanny dryness. The only things keeping this beer from going out of control are the Stone stout undertones – a veritable bed of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and smoke – and the smoothing, woody effect of barrel-aging. And with all that, there’s still enough room for a pecan twist at the end, lingering with of smokiness for a quick, nutty aftertaste.
M: More surprises in store here. Every sip is quite thin for such a large stout, but the bitters which reconcile that aren’t dry – they’re more cool, refreshing, like peppermint. In the end, they make up for the watery texture, though they also succeed in taking this beer to yet another strange place.
O: What in the hell did I just drink? Is this a beer or a science experiment? Greg Koch has truly lost his mind – but in the best way possible. My senses keeps telling me that a stout shouldn’t taste like this, shouldn’t smell like this…but when all is said and done, all my brain can do is hope that Stone keeps doing what it’s doing. This beer was creative, assertive, and above all else, satisfying; what more could you want?
07-26-2013 01:55:30 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip
A- Black with two finger brown head.
S- Chocolaty, some pecans, touch of bourbon, some dark fruits.
T- Pecans, chocolate, some oak, bourbon, roasted coffee, touch of alcohol, nice balance.
M- Smooth, creamy, full body.
O- A tasty beer and I enjoy the pecan. Aroma is great and powerful. Worth the money, definitely will pick this up again.
07-26-2013 01:38:29 | More by larryi86
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
B0ttle of w00tstout enjoyed on 7/25/13
A - Solid looking pitch black with a half finger of tan head. Looks like a stout, I sure hope it drinks like one...
S - Dark chocolate, and coffee with some dark fruit in the background. Pretty standard for an Imp Stout, but it has a sweeter smell than what I am used to which is a good thing in my eyes.
T - A very sweet chocolate flavor with some vanilla and BB characteristics. Very sweet and very solid.
M - At 13% you can feel and taste the alcohol, which is good and bad. I like the presence, but it is a bit much. A sipper for sure.
O - One of the better Stone collaborations. Very solid Imperial Stout, but nothing ground breaking. Wish it used more espresso, but that is a personal preference.
07-26-2013 01:06:40 | More by Titans77
4.34/5 rDev +6.4%
A: inky black with 1/3 finger of tan foams that linger. Very nice lacing that lasts.
S: Coffee, licorice, toffee, tapioca sweet and dark tropical fruit. Imagine dark coconut, dark pineapple sort of the convergence of stout to wheat. The pecan nuttiness also is on the nose.
T: Starts with licorice/ coffee, then the nutty pecan, chocolate cream and a burnt finish. Packs heat, but, and this may sound contradictory, hides the 13% to some extent with the wheat flavor. Tastes more like a stout with wheat flavor than a wheat ale supposed to taste like a stout.
M: Low-carbonation, heavy-bodied, medium-acidity. Again, packs the bourbon heat. Dank.
O: Very complex flavor, love the strong wheat flavor mixed in with the stout. I am geeked out right now.
07-26-2013 00:56:32 | More by SlothB77
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
Bottle from Ball Square.
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates leaving spotty lace in its wake. Smells of burnt and brown sugar with a heavy licorice aroma. A light chocolate and roasted coffee beans and hint of ethanol round out the aroma. The flavor is thick smokey burnt sugars with an herbal licorice anise thing going on. A moderate amount of hot fudge on top of vanilla ice cream with a hint of roast and a touch of earthy herbal hop. Faint bit of sweet whiskey rounds this out. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and an oily tar like thick as molasses mouth coating. There's a whole lot going on here and most of it is good, but it doesn't seem likes it has perfectly meshed itself together yet. This is a big thick sweet stout, and that's just how I like them, but I think it needs a little more time for the flavors to coexist and then I think it could be spectacular. Too bad I could only find one bottle of this!
07-25-2013 23:41:38 | More by johnnnniee
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Enjoyed this on-tap at The Chimes in Covington, LA. Was a bit distracted by the fact that this was served in a 20 ounce imperial pint glass, but couldn't really complain.
Appearance: Jet black with a thin dark brown head that fades very slowly. Nice chunky lacing along the sides of the pint glass.
Smell: Dark roasted malts at the forefront with some coffee and chocolate, but a touch of citrus as well. Nutty aromas are present also.
Taste: Some smokiness up front and some sweet chocolate and coffee, some alcohol, nice nutty hints too from the pecan. Interestiing and complex, but good.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little carbonation and a touch of burn from the alcohol. This actually drinks too easily at 13% ABV and I drank a 20 ounce pour too quickly. Still a creamy texture but could actually use a bit more body for the style.
Overall: Complex and interesting and a great beer overall. I enjoyed this thoroughly although not quite as much as the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout.
07-25-2013 15:50:34 | More by Mikecap
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured from the artisan 1 pt, 6 fl. oz. bottle.
First off - excited just to have the 2013 collabo-brew. Suggested cellar temp for aging on the bottle. Tempting, but I wanted to try right away. I believe aging this stout would make this brew better than it already is.
Appearance: Oil. Pours on the thick side, almost pure black with a bit of brown mixed in (similar to the color of oil coming out of your oil pan.
Aroma: Nutty for sure. Dare I say you can actually smell the pecans. Followed by a bit of chocolate/mocha-coffee scent.
Taste: Right away, briefly taste the wheat malts (very sweet) and then the pecans, which are carried throughout the taste. Next, the Rye comes through and overtakes the wheat, giving a smoked, oaky flavor along with the mocha-coffee taste and the pecans. Boozey flavor underlying all of it, which can distract. However, at 13% and having a quarter of it aged in oak barrel stouts, the flavor is appreciated.
Mouthfeel: When I have a stout, I'm expecting a thick, almost creamy, mouthfeel. Surprisingly, the mouthfeel is not as thick as expected and is a bit dry. I THINK I like it?
Overall: Get this beer. In fact, get two of them - try one now, and try the other in at least a year. WIth some aging and letting those malts settle in, I think the beer would become smoother and even more delicious. Taste was very good and pecans added a new "nuttiness" that is a bit sweeter than usual. Coffee and mocha flavor come through well and the more I think about it, the more I appreciate the dry finish.
07-25-2013 02:54:07 | More by Snebbu
Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
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