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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

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.

Added by Alieniloquium on 07-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dd43
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unmistakeable taste of pecans with the spiciness of rye. Not sure why this didn't come through in the aroma. Looked great after the pour, nice chocolate milk brown head that coalesced into a thin cap. A bigger nose on this beer would push it into elite territory, the most prevalent aroma is alcohol. Barrel characteristics (oak and a woody bourbon quality) make their presence felt in the finish and when exhausting the boozy fumes of this big imperial. Creamy mouthfeel is impressive and lends to the overall richness.

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Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

w00tstout 3.0

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz snifter

Appearance: Pours black with 2+ fingers of a dark tan head that settles to a thick collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, molasses. More barrel character than I was expecting.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and toffee, butterscotch, some spicy rye, booze, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Some boozy heat in the finish, but masked reasonably well for 13%.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. Not up there with the best barrel aged stouts but definitely worth picking up. Good value for the price too.

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Photo of BWood
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceeded my expectations .For only $10 this is a fabulous beer. Smooth and creamy with some dark roast taste at the end. Dangerously easy to drink for 13% .

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled this month. Not sure why it's indicated as retired.
This black beauty pours rich with a nicely laced tan head.
Smells like hints of dark fruit and bourbon. Nice, although not pronounced.
Taste is bourbon, oak, wheat/ barley/ malts, choco-char. As it warms I even pick up the pecans.
It feels terrific. Thick and chewy. Nice linger of hops, dark fruit/ plum hints and burnt cocoa.
Cool collaboration, because this is a big, great imperial stout.
Treat yourself. This one is superb fresh, could age very well, and IMO was priced surprisingly low compared to others of similar style and strength.

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Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black brew topped with a sizable dark tan head. Excellent retention, leaving behind flat fields of lacing.

Sweet, boozy, yet restrained aroma. Brown sugar and bourbon are the dominant notes.

Plenty of roasted barley up front (and throughout), complemented almost immediately by bourbon and brown sugar. Sweet, sugary finish. A touch of spicy rye, especially noticeable on the back half.

Some big beers hide the alcohol; this one does not. I actually coughed a bit on the first sip, not unlike taking a sip of whiskey after a long time away from the drink.

After that initial punch, though, the bourbon is really rather tame, complementing the brew throughout rather than asserting its own presence. The alcohol heat, however, is quite present - albeit not unpleasantly. It's a big assertive beer in traditional Stone fashion.

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Photo of Flagwanderbrew86
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My expectations have been blown away! I always have high hopes for stone, which are usually met. But damn, they killed it.
The appearance is on point; rich sticky brown head. Aroma is amazing - bourbon & vanilla with balanced hops and chocolate.
Taste is a perfect blend of cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and toasted rich deliciousness. Thick mouthfeel sweet and full, without sticky sugary sappiness...
Overall, this stout is AWESOME

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Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: Bottled on 06/20/15

Appearance: Black body with a light khaki head that fades quickly. Minor spotted lacing.

Aroma: Not much on the nose here. There is this spicy pepper scent and the aroma of alcohol. There is a slight hint of a wood smell.

Taste: It has a strong bourbon flavor with heavy notes of alcohol and wood. There are some notes of dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is incredibly smooth. It is a nice full bodied beer that coats the palate.

Overall: This beer is available for purchase in 2015 so ignore the retired notification on this page. It's a pretty good Imperial Stout. It didn't blow my socks off, especially for a bourbon barrel aged beer, but it is still worth picking up if you are looking for a good stout. You will get the standard fare of bourbon and oak flavors with the aroma of mostly alcohol but if you probably aren't bothered too much by boozy beers if you are looking at this 13% monster.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faint bourbon smell and taste, disappointed their. It's a weird flavor, nothing overpowering the other, very balanced but not in a good way. No real distinct flavor, lacking identity. It is easy drinking, it's 13%, readily available, and cheap. All good things, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle WootStout.. Picked up at the Boise COOP... Pours standard black with a very thin dark brown head... absolutely no lacing or cap.

Boozy mash-up of bourbon, light roast malts for a RIS, interesting nutty and dry toffee component.. toasted marshmallow.. bittersweet chocolate with warmth and something that I associate with cinnamon.

There are soooo many different flavors/adjuncts that are in this fresh.. It actually works even given the heavy ABV... Will it work better with age? I have no idea... but I am amazed how well it drinks fresh.


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Photo of GarrettB
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

September 1st, 2013 - Version 1 of the w00tstout is sweet, powerful and dripping with chocolate and other heady flavors. I know there's an epic story somewhere behind the filigree and list of celebrity names, but I don't know what it is. Frustrated, and thirsty, I dive in, pushing my nose into the glass of dark beer, and immediately catching notes of cocoa and vanilla beans. The style of chocolate here in the aroma is like a dessert - a sundae with hot fudge - but also a drizzle of bourbon and a blob of chocolate mousse. This scent is rich and begs for a sip. I first register the palate, which is medium to medium light, and gets a little lighter closer to the aftertaste. But the alcohol burn also becomes more aggressive, dominating the aftertaste with the bourbon fire, and a milder touch of roasted or baked pecans. This sweet nut element is in the front, too, but less caricatured. There's a lot of strength here, and unbridled it tastes good, but I think a little aging could make this a compelling, sweet, and toothsome brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very well aged 2013 bottle. Pours pitch black color with creamy 1-2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving decent foamy lacing that slid down fast and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of molasses and pecans up front, mixing with charred wood, cocoa powder, bourbon, maple syrup, smoke, espresso, coffee grinds and rich, sweet malty notes that are complex and confusing. The alcohol comes through but gets lifted up and spun around like a tornado of sweetness swirling around with coffee, caramel, charred wood, toffee and chocolate notes that trail off with oaky notes and light vanilla sweetness. The nuttiness upfront fades and leaves the bourbon at the end for an incredibly sweet and complex nose. So much going on that it’s sensory overload and the best way to sum it up is it smells like black coffee and pecan pie on the table – really great to inhale.

Taste is more boozy than the nose with the bourbon present up front but not hot, settling down with the caramel, toffee, molasses and syrupy sweetness followed by pecans, nutty notes, charred wood, rye and hoppy spices like pepper, cinnamon, cumin and brown sugar; then there's some cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, vanilla, coffee grinds, espresso or milky coffee with heavy sugar added, raisin, dark fruit like dates and sour red grapes, merlot or oak barrels, woody or peat moss accents, and a whole bunch of malty notes blended with nuts and bourbon that somehow manages to come out very sweet and hide the 13% ABV while tying it all together with graham cracker and malty crust flavors that bring the sweetness, booze and hops together in harmony. That run-on sentence must be fueled by the ABV.

This beer goes from confusing to smooth to hot to perfectly making sense in about 3 sips, and as a result of this fluctuation I think that I love this beer (LOL). It is all over the place and still extremely flavorful; it’s nutty, it’s boozy, it’s sweet, it’s roasty – tying all those adjectives together is that it’s tasty and very enjoyable. I sipped this bomber for an hour and wished it never ended, but I’m very glad I was able to get this bottle and enjoy it for what it’s worth. This was a great beer and one of those Stone beers that gets a lot of hype and manages to live up to the hype. I hope they make a w00tstout 3.0 as that would be worth trying as well.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Over a year old, but the chocolate and vanilla notes are still dominant. There's a hint of tart barrel character. Roast malt seems sweet, and the backbone is nutty.

Flavor is bourbon-laden, with barrel and vanilla leading to caramel sweetness and substantial heat. Dark cocoa notes weave throughout. The finish is lightly bitter and spicy from the rye. Seems almost cinnamony.

Still has plenty of aging potential left.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Devil's Slide taproom in Pacifica.

Everything for the style is good. Nothing more, nothing less.

Big and rich coffee and Chocolate (shocker) and mellow bourbon. Dessert beer Stout as expected. Dry finish and less sweet for the style as expected from a West Coast Brewery.

I did wish I tasted more pecans but hey, I didn't expect a Mind blowing example of the style... I mean, it's Stone afterall. Everything was great and played safe. Good but not great. Recommended, once, at least.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

got this one around release time but held onto it for some reason...none-the-less, it called my name tonight so i answered the call...enjoyed from a TB batch 2 oversized snifter.

a - brew pours a watery black. settles in the glass as midnight with nary a head to be found.
s - nose is a medley of bourbon, vanilla, and a soft roast with some light pecan (but the pecan could be by power of suggestion)...light wood.
t/m - this one comes alive when it hits your mouth...immediately i'm greeted with the silky rich body. lush and decadent. taste is deep chocolate and the pecan is also fairly prominent...washed over with bourbon aged chocolatey happiness. tastes like dessert, but big enough to be the whole meal. really good. the pecans add a really complimentary element.

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Photo of 4thpalehorsemanale
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Had this a day after it was released and it was smooth chocolaty pecan heaven! About to open one this labor day weekend and I will have a rating on how it aged over the last year and a month :) I searched out 3 bottles and had it 3 times on draft! This beer was worth the search and the cheap Stone Bomber price of $9.99!! Thanks stone. Hope the 2.0 is this generous :)

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Photo of TruePerception
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (1.0), ale brewed with pecans, wheat, and rye, and one quarter aged in Bourbon barrels. Roughly 1 year aged. 13% ABV.

A: Medium tan head, less than half a finger. Fades quickly. Utterly black in the glass. Very, very dark brown in the dimple, with just a sliver of darker golden brown. Decent head, but most of it slides right off. Very tiny, bright bubbles. Bubbles slide nicely along inside of glass as glass is tilted.

S: Pecans, rich cocoa truffle, nice solid Bourbon-y caramels. Slight oak notes. Very slight alcohol aroma. Faint grassiness.

T/MF: Very smooth texture. Lots of bittersweet chocolate! Paired well with a really strong Bourbon-y caramel presence. Dark toffee, very faint licorice, slight sweet coffee back note. Slight oak and char. Very slight sweet graphite note. Darker flavors coat the saliva, and last there for quite a long time. Quite complex.

Not quite as good as I remember, but that's to be expected, given a years worth a palate building (for a relatively newer drinker).

Damn I wish I was able to get a 2.0 for vertical. Even better: 3.0, as well! Oh well; perhaps I'll get lucky later, and get a hold of one or both...

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Originally rated a 4.5, without review.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing from notes after drinking this one on 3/1/2014. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with the elaborate tribal-looking label (out of the three different labels produced). A faded bottling date of 6/25/13 is stamped near the curve of the neck on the bottle. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a dense, frothy head of about a finger and a half thick, the color of rich cocoa powder. It sits atop an opaque black body with just some hints of walnut brown where the light manages to penetrate. Retention is good, with the foam never fully receding, leaving a generous film across the glass and sparse, sticky lacing intermittently along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Very rich notes of baker's chocolate, brownie batter, pecan pie topping and complimentary notes of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel aging. There is also some spicy grain and roasted barley present to impart a pleasant bitterness to complement the sweet chocolate and pecan notes.

Taste - The smell was good, but the taste is where this beer makes its money. I'm honestly a bit surprised at how distinctly I can taste the rye, pecans and bourbon. It's like a chocolate pecan pie that was soaked in bourbon and flambeed. It's almost too rich, but almost--if you like pecan pie and stouts, this beer is for you. Obviously, there is a fair amount of sweetness, but it's not cloying or overpowering. The bitterness of the roasted malts keeps it in check.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and viscous, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, lingering finish.

Overall, this is another great collaboration from Stone et al. Collaborations can be hit or miss, but both this one and Suede are really quality beers that I would love to see them produce again. That said, I've heard there will be a W00tstout 2.0, so I'll have to keep a lookout for that one with the hopes that it will be as good as this one.

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Photo of kfancher21
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long time drinker/brewer, first time reviewer...

Stone Farking Wheaton wØØtstout
13% ABV

Ale brewed with pecans, wheat & rye, with one quarter aged in bourbon barrels.

Appearance: Black with a medium/dark brown head. Lacing is nice for a stout. Pour carefully as this one will overflow on you if you don't pay attention.

Aroma: Strong alcohol, chocolate and rye whiskey, rye whiskey

TASTE: The alcohol is less prominent in the taste compared to the smell. Rye, whiskey, cherry, chocolate with a slight burnt nutty flavor at the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and lingering. A small sip will coat your mouth and remain for as long as you let it.

OVERALL: I've been a lazy mooching BA member for seven years now and this beer prompted me to write my first review. Not the best beer I've ever had but near or at the top for stouts and is easily an outstanding beer that I would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle, last bottle in my fridge for the first time in a long time.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz (bottled 6/25/2013) into a snifter. Pours a deep onyx black w/ a deep reddish brown head.

Aroma is caramel and vanilla, roasty dark malt, and a kiss of bourbon.

Taste is sweet and malty, roasty, with notes of caramel and vanilla, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, full-bodied.

Overall a big warming sipper of a stout.

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Photo of pants678
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Half a finger of head foam, black body. It's a stout.

Smells of whiskey and rye. Is that a song lyric?

Fairly boozy even after nearly a year past the bottle date. Nuts are hardly used in stouts and these are to the beer's benefit. The whiskey barrel, the pecans, booze and rye make for a rough profile. Bitter chocolate/tobacco whips the back of the tongue. If anything I could do without the rye. I do not like rye beers.

Weight may be a tad heavy even for the style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 7/16/13.

A: Pours near black with a rather thin dark brown head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Smooth and decadent smelling with notes of rich chocolate, mild bourbon barrel, and spicy rye. Not boozy or overbearing in the least.
T: Mellow notes of bourbon barrel, toasted and creamy marshmallow, and a slight nuttiness which, me knowing its pecans, does kinda remind me of sweet pecan pie. Caramel, butterscotch, and molasses are sweet up front, and the finish is full of brown sugar, spicy rye, toast, chocolate syrup, and oak. Rich chocolate and spice linger long after the swallow.
M: Definitely the best part of this beer. I'm starting to notice that Stone's stouts are extremely soft, thick, fluffy, smooth, full and drinkable. Carbonation is soft and velvety; body is thick and fluffy and the mouthfeel is chewy, light and airy. Drinks very well, no trace of booze.
O: Drinks very well, could maybe even be smoother with age. Great flavor, exceptional mouthfeel. Well done.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout
13% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a romantic dark chocolate. Very opaque but not quite a jet black, still some nice brown hues in there. Very nice caramel colored head that had very nice retention.

AROMA: Smells like pecan pie that has been soaked in bourbon. Which equals deliciousness. Getting some sweetness maybe molasses and raisins. Little faint vanilla and for sure pick up the booziness from the bourbon barrel.

TASTE: Very flamboyant, layers upon layers. Right off the bat getting that nice barrel flavor. Slight spiciness that balances well with the sweetness of the chocolate and pecan. As it warmed a bit I pull out tobacco and the alcohol began to show its head.

MOUTHFEEL: medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly oily perhaps from the pecans. Not a super thick beer but surprisingly creamy.

OVERALL: Super solid stout from Stone. Was impressed all around. I am curious to see how this ages. Very easily drinking high ABV stout.

RATING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of BradC
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a tannish head and some lacing

Aromas of toffee, dark fruits, bourbon, some hops

Tastes of vanilla, raisins, dark toffee, a bitter finish from the rye, perhaps with some hops. Don't really pick up on the pecans. I do detect the 13% abv

Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, very light carbonation...definitely a sipper.

Overall, a different imperial stout, very smooth and creamy, I don't know of the pecans really added much for me. Don't know if this will show up again, but I would give it a try.

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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.