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Ratings: 1,555
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 313 | FT: 42
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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 Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Will Wheaton! Awesome! In any case, not sure what the beer connection there is. That said, I really enjoyed this beer- very different, and very deeply flavored. There is a deep roastiness here accented by the roasted pecans and the chocolate and spice notes of the rye, and a bit of sweetness for balance. A bit on the thick side, but not obnoxiously so. The pecan note coupled with brown sugar and some nice bitterness works. I keep coming back for another sip even though it's such a big beer. Nice.

Photo of Brob245
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours black with a slight carmel color head.

Smell - slight malty smell but nothing overwhelming. Could be a result of cellaring for around 6 months.

Taste - malt and chocolate start with a slight bourbon, maybe licorice finish.

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated and a light mouthfeel for a stout.

Overall - a very drinkable stout. An interesting complexity of flavors from start to finish. I'm a big fan of bourbon and didn't get the intensity noted by some of the other reviewers but overall I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Donco
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle of this was cellared for about 7 months from bottling date.
Lovely jet black color of beer poured into my stout glass.
Predominant smell was of dark fruit, toffee, hint of nuts and bourbon.
Taste and mouthfeel were lovely and warming. An excellent IS that didn't overwhelm with any particular ingredient. Nice combination of warming bourbon, pecan nuttiness and roasted dark coffee/chocolate.
Overall this collaboration lived up to my expectations and I highly recommend it. I have one more bottle that I plan on opening on it's one year anniversary of bottling next May.

Postscript: I am now drinking my last bottle on 10/24/14 so this bottle is about 16 months aged. I have to say it is far better at this point than the last review. Very close in bourbon taste and mellowness to BCBS. Fantastic!

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark- pretty much black as night. There's, just barely though, some light that picks up a dark brown color on the bottom of the glass, but not see through. The head was about two and a half fingers length and dissipated into a tan thin film covering the rest of the beer.

S: Damn. The smell alone is excellent. Coffee, toffee, caramel, bourbon, char. I can smell it from even a couple feet away.

T: This is a damned good stout. I say 96 or 97 out of 100. I get chocolate and caramel up front. Then comes pecans, rye, bourbon, wood, oak, raisins, nuts, cream, milk. Jesus this is good stuff. Like a dark desert in liquid form.

M: Oh man... I'm always afraid of a thin mouth on any stout I buy, but this does NOT disappoint. The w00tstout is not only thick, but creamy as well. It's got sort of a stickiness to it that lingers, and I like it.

O: Awesome beer. Wasn't disappointed. I'm not a fan of the roasty-type stouts (where the taste is nothing but char and burnt coffee). This beer was not like that and even surpassed my expectations. Too bad this isn't year-round.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown. Very near to black. Coffee colored head settles quickly. Tiny spots of lacing.

S: Dark fudge sauce, semi sweet dark chocolate, dark caramel, pecan pie. Raisin and currant darkfruit. Strong whiff of bourbon and very subtle barrel notes of woody char.

T: Chewy dark caramel and chocolate, Rolos candy, hints of chocolate wheat malt. Pecans compliment nicely, but are by no means obvious. One would probably miss them if not for knowing they were there. Dark fudge sauce. Touch of smoke and acrid roasted malt char. Hints of chocolate covered raisin. Bourbon is a constant, though the barrel tastes themselves are subtle. Slight rye spice hides behind the bourbon. Stiff jab of alcohol. Bourbon, spent coffee grounds, and some char on the finish.

M: Thick and big in body. Wheat picks it up and softens the texture just enough to keep it from feeling too weighty and sludgy. Warming alcohol throughout, but this is not hot or boozy in the least. Low carbonation.

O: The bourbon is more prominent than I would have expected, given that only a quarter of the blend was barrel aged. It doesn't suffer from it though. All the grains and adjuncts work well together. It's a good beer all around, and feels just a little bit fresh and different.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pours a solid dark black.

There’s a smoothly mellow aroma of chocolate. Specifically dark, bitter, coffee-tinged chocolate.
The flavor has a chocolate-coffee roast in spades that comes together for the most part until, bam!, that boozy kick at the end reminds you this is still a beast of a beer. Great for sipping. Plays well with others. Just watch out for its strength.

Photo of cwguy5
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured black with a rich, thick head that faded quickly. aroma of dark malt, brown sugar, a touch of alcohol, and some nuttiness after it warmed some. tasty stout with bourbon and pecan notes becoming more evident as it warms. med thick on the palate with higher than average carbonation. complex aftertaste of barrel, nuts, bitterness.

thought they did a great job with this one. enjoyed more than i thought i would.

Photo of arizcards
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in mid-July for $8.49. Bottled on 6/25/13.

Beer poured black as night with a brown head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is nutty, roasty, boozy, and sweet mocha.

Taste is very warming on the first sip, nut forward, sweet roastiness but not too sweet as the hop level evens things out.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty interesting take on the imperial stout style with the pecan element. Kudos to the brewing team on this one. And ironically i am watching Big Bang Theory as i write this and Wil Wheaton is on the episode.

Photo of chugalug06
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice slow growing tan colored dense soapy head, nice long lasting power. Brew is thick and deep black. Lacing isn't too bad either for being 13%.

Chocolate, vanilla, roasty, coffee. Kinda up tight aroma.

Flavors are very deep and well roasted. The nuttyness shines though and is very well done. Caramel, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, dry rye flavors all dominate. Carbonation is too high by quite-a-bit and moderately detracts. Sweetness is dead on and bitterness is well placed and backed nicely with sweet bready nuttyness. I'm not sure the Pecans are an asset, nevertheless a great brew.

This is a solidly unique and complex brew. A great collaboration which all parties should be elated with. This is a damn fine and well thought out brew. Pecans add unique flavors...

Photo of corby112
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Draft at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very dark chocolate brown color that's completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring.  Nice retention for the style and ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Boozy, slightly acrid aroma with subtle oak, burnt sugars and deeply roasted dark malt notes.  Takes a while to open up but once it does there's a slight toothpick/dry oak character along with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, espresso bean and a faint hint of bourbon sweetness.  Somewhat bland and one dimensional being mostly boozy(not much bourbon character though) with burnt malt.  

Medium body but lighter than expected with slight viscosity and a strong acrid/burnt malt flavor that lingers over the cocoa and oak barrel into a dry finish.  Very bitter and toasty with strong ash, burnt coffee bean and extremely bitter dark chocolate.  Not picking up any wheat flavor at all but there is some dry tooth pick/oak and a prominent spicy bourbon.  More heat than flavor from the bourbon but that's somewhat expected given the small percentage of the blend.  Some resinous bitter hops underneath but this beer is just too dry, acrid and burnt for many of the other flavors to stand out .  Bourbon flavor isn't complex or interesting.  Lacking in spicy bourbon sweetness and just tastes like strong ethanol.  In addition, this beer is in desperate need of some balance to cancel out the char, burnt malt and stinging alcohol.  Not very good at this stage.  Will possibly improve with time as it mellows out.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(bottled on 7/16/13 ... and I let it cool off in the fridge until today; couldn't hold out any longer)

L: black; does not look clear -- so black and it's nighttime so I'll have to say even up to the light, BLACK ... slight red/brown/purple darkstyle highlights; small head of reddish brown foam that is thick but not overly thick, about 1/3 of an inch; very nice stick; some lacing but not much to start off with ... the stick is very cool, though

S: coconut ... it's uncanny; the combination of everything is pushing vanilla into whiskey and pecans and coming out like coconut; no alcohol note in the nose ... it smells like sweet dark-malt ale; butter; as it warms, perhaps a pinch of rye is showing up

T: coconut ... seriously, I'd swear I'm tasting coconut; vanilla; big huge dark malt in super sweet form; does NOT hide the booze, but it's amazingly smooth despite the obvious alcohol taste -- all the typical big stout notes of chocolate, coffee and lots of sweetness; dangerously boozy because you can taste it but it's not sharp or off-putting ... it's farking good!

F: motor oil slick with enough carbonation to make it work; plenty thick, approaching that lumpy milk stout feel that i can't describe any other way than to say "lumpy"

O: love the shot these guys took with this brew; very interesting and DEFINITELY different ... doesn't taste like any other big stout I've tried, though it obviously fits into the American imperial category because it touches all the right bases.

If it hid the alcohol just a bit more, I might give this all 5s ... it's that close. But it's boozy, and I'm a wimp -- I drink beer to taste beer, not booze.

With that said, Greg Koch gets huge bonus points for hooking up with a pro geek squad, trying something different that works and giving it to the masses.

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/25/13; consumed on 11/15/13.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1-finger chocolatey (think Yoo-Hoo) colored head that settles quickly. Good splotches of lace left behind on the glass.

S: The bourbon is the first scent noted. However, I'm also getting some chocolate, molasses and dark fruits.

T: Again, the bourbon and high alcohol provide the first impression. But there's a lot going on here. Chocolatey malt foundation, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, tannic wood and a good bitterness at the finish. I don't get the pecans at all, however. Finishes with heat from the ABV on the back end of the palate and felt as warmth in the belly.

M: There is a silkiness to the feel that is quite nice. In fact, I'm bumping up the score on the mouthfeel even higher than where I started it. The body is heavy in weight, but feels so smooth that it almost seems lighter.

O: Too hot to get a higher overall score. I believe the bottle says one-quarter of this beer was bourbon barrel aged. If that's correct, for my tastebuds I suspect I'd rather see about one-eighth (maybe one-sixth). That 13% ABV is obvious, in the nose and the taste. But all in all, I'm impressed with this collaboration.

Photo of Furlinator
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 07/16/13.

Pours opaque black with 1/2 inch of khaki head that quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is dominated by an astringent, alcohol presence with faint dark chocolate and a hint of molasses. Somewhat disappointing. No noticeable nut aroma in the nose.

Taste is of sweet malt, dark chocolate and a hint of rye. There is noticeable bourbon bite on the back end. I'm not picking up any pecan here either.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with high carbonation.

The smell on this one almost killed it for me. A very boozy, almost chemical aroma. The taste wasn't all bad, just a little too bitter from start to finish for my taste. This might appeal more to the bourbon, whiskey and rye drinker.

Photo of Mitchster
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

$9.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans with 1/4 aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels. 13% ABV, 65 IBU's.

Pours out to a rich but not oily black, forming a nice sized light cocoa colored head with mousse-like bubbles of foam, superior retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, @2.5 carbs or so. The nose is quite nice, more delicate than I was expecting...dark chocolate, carob, some subtle dates and prunes, some herbal hops, a subtle whiff of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pillowy soft with a big dense body and slightly syrupy. The taste opens big with prunes and dates, followed by dark chocolate, rum balls, medium roast but quite acidic, mild bitterness all things considered which is very herbal in nature, some warmth and drying pepper in the finish and lingering notes of prunes in the aftertaste. I don't taste pecans or any kind of nut for that matter. I would not get that this is aged in bourbon barrel until 1/2 glass into it, but it's the acidity and booze that gives me that impression, not a bourbon flavor.

I have to say I'm not a fan of this. The very strong acidity of the bourbon and roast malts mixed with the booze and green leafy herbal hops really messes up this beer, creating an smattered mix of unbalanced flavors that don't sit well with each other.

Photo of LABrewjourneyman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This collaboration is everything I look for in a stout and more. I read an article on some various site about the story behind how this brew came about and when perusing my local bottle shop noticed that they had it (very easily noticed with the w00t amber print against the black bottle) so the geek in me had to try it out. I've bought it two more times since then. I don't usually go for the imperial stouts, though I've sampled a fair amount. This is one that I hope goes beyond the limited run. If you encounter it - read the plethora of information supplied on the bottle. It prepares you for what it is with humor. A straight black stout that isn't messing around in flavor, stature, or ABV. I was surprised by the back end/aftertaste that left me less with the expected alcohol-hit and more with a hearty and smooth brew of nuts and roasted malt. Less mealy than many other imperial stouts and crisp on the upfront. Pair with nothing for a beer dinner. Or if you must, pair with an acidic green for counterbalance.

Photo of beerbully
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. poured into snifter

A-Jet black with thick creamy 1+ inch mocha head that slowly dissipates leaving thick lacing

S-bourbon booze out of the gate followed by chocolate, mild nuttiness and molasses

T-bourbon booze, notes of chocolate, anise, nuts, some warming alcohol. somewhat sweet finish with some lingering nutty, woodiness

M-mild to thick body, some creaminess, alcohol well hidden given the 13%

O-improves as it warms, lots of flavor, some lingering sweetness

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of kaseydad
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well that bites! I got the silkscreen without the cool faces. Boo! Oh well, it's still beer. I press on...

Bottled on 7/16/13

Pours a motor oil black brew with a succulent beige foamy head that stays, then leaves and reappears easily when agitated. Slight ring around the glass. Almost no lacing.

Getting nice bourbon barrel whiffs right out of the gate in the aroma. Chocolate, marshmallow, molasses, nuts (not sure it's pecans), wood and booze. A great smelling brew. Find myself sniffing more than sipping. I correct myself.

The taste is fantastic. I'm getting the nice chocolate/coffee presence of the stout and a great, just the right amount, barrel characteristic. Wheat is there but blends well. Not getting a bunch of rye but it can be tasted within the aftertaste. All the components are present and gosh darn it....it works.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Oily too. Full bodied brew.

Overall the threesome hit it out the park with this. 13% allowed myself to sip and enjoy this while getting everything I could, and should, get out of this session. It was difficult to find in the Bay Area, but I am overjoyed to experience. Really good stuff.

Sheldon Cooper's got nothing on this!

Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy dark brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is boozey, earthy and nutty. The taste is more of the same. Bourbon up front with some earthy/nuttiness as well as oak and vanilla. Dark chocolate. Roasty. Really drinkable considering the high ABV and the bourbon. I can't believe the ABV is 13%. The bourbon flavor isn't overpowering and mixes well with the chocolate and nutty flavors. Mouthfeel is a tad on the lighter side. I missed this when it came around in bottles so I was pumped to see it on tap. Overall, fantastic beer.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

W00tStout - hmmm... Raul ponders. Beer meets nerds? Nerds meet beer? Beer meets Raul's lips? Yep! And that's all that matters!

Raul first had this sucker served devilishly cold and because of that, it definitely was at neWb status. But once this sucker warmed up...BOOM! Headshot!

Now, sweet it was - a lil too sweet if you take this players opinion - but it still had pretty good balance like Dumbo rolling around on a beach ball.

Silky, creamy, smooth... Did Raul just walk into the building? Nope, it was W00tStout. And Raul is ok with that.

Photo of Opie1knoche
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark and intimating appearance. But, once it is on your tongue, it is nutty and delicious! It's not one of the typical dark beers that you have one glass and your done. This beer kept me wanting more! Not to mention, one glass of this beer gets you feeling pretty damn good!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Roast, semi-sweet chocolate, spice and a light bourbon presence. Not getting any pecan.

T - Roast and a big spice presence dominate. Chocolate, bourbon, char and a light vanilla flavour also come through. There is a slight nutty flavour, but I'm not sure I would have found it if I wasn't looking for it. As I continue to drink this the spice really begins to come to the forefront and becomes almost distracting.

M - Full body. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,555 ratings.