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Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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1,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 1292
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-13-2013)
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dowen17

Alabama

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a tan head. Not much lacing or retention.

On the nose is bourbon. Lots of wheat which is different for a stout. Nutty aromas come through as well.

Tastes is very buttery and nutty. Alcohol presence is huge here. Some bourbon come in on the end to round out the taste.

Thin mouthfeel for a stout but some of it was barrel aged so it makes sense.

Would drink again but personally wouldn't seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:13:36 | More by dowen17
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dar482

New York

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours in a dark black with a tan head.

The aroma is quite interesting. There’s some pecan nuttiness, a bit of the oak, and some spicy rye. Some roasty malt, alcohol, chocolate.

The flavor follows with a bit of a confusing mix of flavors. There’s mostly roasted malt and chocolate. Then it follows with some pecan nuttiness, the oak and bourbon notes, and then a big hit of alcohol.

It’s an interesting brew, but not quite there for me. The mix of everything does not work perfectly together. It’s an in your face Stone beer, but could be some refinement.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 03:56:30 | More by dar482
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy black. Poured like chocolate syrup, yet still summoned the 'head' gods with a big two-incher of mocha foam. Black tar liquid underneath.

Amazingly, I can pick up the wheat in the nose. Mildly nutty, or maybe a placebo effect, but I think I can pick up the pecan meat. Light bourbon barrel presence. Big malty roast with wisps of char and smoke kiss. Otherwise, hints of licorice and sweet cream round out the complexity.

A little sweet, but delicious. Bourbon took the back seat, but the subtlety of it is nice and elevates notes of spicy rye and tangy wheat. This beer is boozy, but 13% is a little hard to believe. Notes of dark chocolate liquor and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is luscious. Super creamy and thick with a light spicy kick and spatter of carb and alcohol fortification.

Very good, but the pecans didn't really show through. Still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 14:43:14 | More by thecheapies
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

W00tstout... from the cellar to the snifter.

A one-finger tan head fizzles away fast. It's your basic black color that most stouts have, but it really isn't as black and thick-looking as I would expect such a huge imperial stout to look.

It smells like vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, milk chocolate, and raisins. Yummy. I think there's some caramel and earthy coffee in the aroma, too.

And the taste... "W00" is right. Vanilla, boozy bourbon, molasses, licorice, roasted earth, and a kind of nuttiness in the aftertaste... must be those pecans. The alcohol is pretty obvious... pretty conspicuous... but I don't mind its bold prominence. The sweetness here is tempered by the nutty, earthy, roasty dimension, making it all meld together quite nicely. Also... it took a while of sipping it, but a spicy rye element DID emerge long into the finish. Impressively true to the ingredients advertised.

The feel is fabulous... it's ridiculously thick and creamy, just how I like it in these kinds of stouts.

An imaginative ale which blends together a nice combination of complimentary flavors. Sip slowly though, or face the hung-over consequences.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:33:03 | More by Kuaff
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold and cola black from the bottle to an upland goblet with a thin and short lasting creamy tan head with a bit of lace after a sip.

Aroma of smoke and earthy hops, maybe a bit of black coffee.

Smoke and heat on the palate. Long lasting heat, like a chili. Big hops presence, big smoky dark malts.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, heat, creamy smooth. And did I mention heat.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 19:33:23 | More by robwestcott
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours a pitch Black Sea capped with a billowing espresso froth. Dense and great retention.

S: Roasted pecans glazed with brown sugar and molasses. Dark chocolate, rye bread, dried wheat grain and play dough. Swirling really releases the sweet bourbon aroma.

T/M: Sweet succulent confectionary sugar, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits are up first. Followed closely by bitter spicy rye, cinnamon, roasted pecan praline and a grainy earth tone to round out the mix. Bourbon swirls around dodging in and out coming and going. After the spicy carbonation slows its attack the mouthfeel and taste is similar to melted Dutch chocolate. Vanilla bean, no bake cookies and old wood. Subtly prickly thick n chewy body.

O: This makes me want to relax under a blanket on a cold day and watch "Stand By Me". Great warming sensation created by the boozy bourbon and decadent pecan praline. Spices mellow out the sweet and craft a beautiful beer. Gordie Lachance would have approved of this intoxicating collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 22:47:36 | More by Hopswagger
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Deep black with highlights of burgundy and brown around the edges of the liquid. A khaki colored head that dissipates into a very thin collar around the beverage. No visible carbonation.

Bold scents of anise, plums, and rye. Hints of vanilla, allspice, and other dark fruits. Dark chocolate and Heath bar are woven in as well. Maybe some port and sherry. However, it is not jumping out at me.

Opens up with anise and rye. Moves onto the sweeter side of the beer; dark fruits, chocolate, and a nutty candy bar flavor. It's much more boozy on the palate but it complements the sweetness.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky, but a bit thin for the style.

Nice bold flavors of rye and anise as well as sweet dark fruits and dark chocolate. A good stout, glad I got to try it. Could use a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:02:54 | More by auroracrisis
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Braseltonage

Missouri

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

Pours as a soul-capturing black, with minimal toffee head. Some lace sticks around, but carbonation not too forward as expected for the ABV. Aroma showcases the pecan. Freshly shelled and toasted. Some dark caramel sweetness and espresso. Tiny wisps of licorice. Searching for barrel, not really finding it. Flavor is once again pecan forward. The toasty nuttiness really nicely knocks perceived sweetness down at the front end. Cocoa nibs, maybe a bit of an espresso shot with a hit of condensed milk. The rye rounds it out bringing a light spice that helps give another faint attempt at drying out the finish. Last 1/3 of the bottle opens up hints of the barrel. Little bits of vanilla and familiar bourbon character. Mouthfeel as expected for the size and style, but remains relatively drinkable. Minimal carbonation, smooth and sticky without being overly cloying. A really great beer. Wouldn't be mad if they brought it out every couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:20:02 | More by Braseltonage
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rye? Bourbon? Stout? OK, sign me up & hit me hard. 22 oz. bottle picked up who knows where for the aforementioned reasons.

The pour dawns as dark as the soul of whoever invented reality TV. Smells...like nuts. Tons of nuts. Touch of barrel, but this is mostly Planters.

W00tstout is like being pelted with acorns by squirrels. And the acorns landing in your mouth. Liquified. Repeatedly. The pecans advertised on the label are spitting nut into the beer, but the barrel manages to rein them in a bit; nice bourbon kick to it. Mild, spare chocolate. Keine hint of rye, nor wheat; they've been mugged by the pecans. Finsh: nuts.

Well, it hasn't been a good night for drinkability. The nut industry must be pissed at Stone for hogging a perfectly good crop. The warmer it gets, the nuttier it gets. A bit disappointed that the components came down to a single component, but hey, what can one do? Pretty good beer, but could have been so much better without the pecan orchard dropped in.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:30:41 | More by maximum12
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 03:59:05 | More by biboergosum
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:51:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Poured extremely dark like motor oil with a thick tan head.

Aroma is a little weak, but you can pick out the sweetness, the cocoa and a bit of the pecans.

Same with the flavor, but more powerful. Milk sweet with dark chocolate notes and aftertaste. Mouth is nice and thick, making a pleasant albeit not extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:18:12 | More by Labeorphile
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly thick and really dark pitch black liquid that produces a nice tan 1.5 inch head. Quite frothy, dense and thick. There are a couple of medium sized bubbles sprinkled about. The head retention is ridiculous. I think i might be able to set a quarter on that head.

Upon first inspection the aroma starts off with some nice dark toasty malts bready and quite sweet. Notes of chocolate covered raisins with some slight grainy and earthy spicy rye notes. Slight fudgey and milk chocolate notes are also present and the finish has a nice oat-like and dare i say pecan finish.

Flavor starts off with some nice cocoa notes blended well with he dark raisin notes. Very delicious and well balanced. Fudgey notes with some boozy barrel wheat mixed in there. Flavor definitely has some burn to it but its not overwhelming. Notes of slight espresso and roasted malts felt through the middle of the brew with the nice earthy and slightly spicy rye notes. As the brew warms the earthy barrel notes and rye spice mingle with the boozy notes to finish with a lively burn with a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Quite filling and a sipper for sure.

OVerall, this is a delicious stout. Great notes of dark fruits with cocoa notes. Enough barrel notes to entice and not scare away. Great blend of different flavors in a very oily and smooth body. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:54:53 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Swongler

California

3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like where this beer is going. It is worth a try now, but I think it will be great and worthy of a 4.25+ rating in 6 months to a year. Consumed from a snifter.

Very interesting beer

A - Pours dark brown. Very little head from this pour. Looks a little watery, but sticks to the side of the glass quite a bit.

S - Slightly metallic. Undeniably stout smell with some unique properties: bitter and nutty. Reminds me of breakfast for some reason when I take a whiff. Not quite enough coffee to call it coffee, but smells like there could be some brewing in the next room or something.

T - Similar to the smell. Bitter, and you definitely taste the alcohol. Bourbon is present and at the forefront along with a mixed bag of nuts. A little bit of metal. Toasted bread comes to mind with a little Nutella. A good, solid stout.

M - This is made for sipping. Slight sting in the nose when it hits the sides and tip of your tongue. Falls to the bottom of my mouth instead of flowing over the top of my tongue. Maybe the taste forced me to do that.

O - I really like where this stout is headed. It isn't quite there yet, but could be with some cellaring. I bought 4 bottles. I will hold on to 2 of them to see how they age. I would love to update this review in another 6 months to 1 year. The flavors are all there. Bourbon, nuts, sugar, whiskey, oats... just needs some time to figure out its identity. I would recommend this to any Stout lover, and recommend they get a bottle to hold on to.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:12:00 | More by Swongler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 12:47:32 | More by stakem
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in color with minimal carbonation and what there was had almost an orange amber hue. This looks a bit intimidating. No light will penetrate this. I mainly smell that bourbon, but also the pecans. Just a hint of the wheat.mouthfeel is silky but thick. Bourbon mainly on the front of the palate. I then get that wheat and pecans. I get the warmth of the alcohol in the Back of the palate. The pecan and wheat tend to linger in the aftertaste. This is pretty unique and I would highly recommend it. Probably better shared. 22oz's at 13%!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:21:09 | More by Franziskaner
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alucardswordlol

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to get this on tap at the common market yesterday. Served in a Southern Tier goblet.

Appearance - The beer retained a good inch of head in the goblet. The body was about typical for an imperial stout. Very dark but you could pick up some brownish hues towards the light. The head had a really nice vibrant colour to it for the style.

Smell - Great smell, lots going on in the beer but you are able to pick up on the pecans which added a sort of caramel nuttiness.

Taste - This beer has some booziness to it but it would be hard to knock a 13% beer, especially when other flavours come out. Immediate roasted malts and other standard flavours for an imperial stout and as they are settling in you get a great caramel finish from the pecans which pleasantly lingers on the tongue. Very well executed.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel on the beer was fantastic and I think the rich flavours of the pecans work very well with the heavy body prevalent in this imperial stout. Extremely smooth mouthfeel which adds some drinkability to such a heavy high alcohol beer.

Overall - I would certainly have another w00tstout in the right circumstance. A great imperial stout with good chocolate/coffee flavours that are enhanced by the addition of pecans, which bring caramel/toffee notes to compliment. If I found myself with another glass in my lifetime, I'd consider myself fortunate.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 20:01:30 | More by alucardswordlol
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StoutHunter

Michigan

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

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Stone/Farking/Wheaton W00tstout about a month ago for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a pretty cool late summer night in Mid Michigan and I'm in the mood for something strong and dark so I thought I would give this one a shot, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, I got the simplest one out of the three different designs But I still think It looks good and in typical Stone fashion it has an in depth description of how this beer came to be. It poured a nice dark black color that really didn't let any light come through with almost a fingers worth of dark tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, it looks pretty dead on for a high alcohol Stout.

S- The aroma starts off with a fairly high amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart some nice roasted aromas along with some coffee and chocolate aromas that are followed by a good amount of dark fruits that seem to stick out the most. Up next I get a light nutty and almost caramel like aroma that could be from the pecans. Towards the end I get a very noticeable alcohol aroma with some light wood and bourbon like aromas. This beer had a pretty good aroma and I thought it was as unique as the ingredients list, I enjoyed it and as it warmed the roasted notes shine through more.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts with some nice roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors coming through that are followed a pretty much equal amount of dark fruits with no one fruit really stick out more than the other. Up next comes the alcohol which shows up a fair amount but it really isn't as warming as I thought it would be and it's followed by some light bourbon barrel flavors with vanilla and oak seeming to stick out the most and there's also a real slight nutty flavor that barely comes through and it must come from the pecans. On the finish there's a somewhat higher amount of bitterness that lingers just for a little bit and it's followed by some roasted, dark fruits and alcohol flavors in the aftertaste. I thought this was a good and unique tasting beer, I enjoyed it but it sure didn't taste like a typical barrel aged stout.

M- Pretty smooth, just slightly warming, creamy, slightly sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and unique and good example of a big Stout, unlike many other big Stouts it wasn't over the top with the roasted malts and it seemed fairly complex with some dark fruits and light bourbon barrel and pecans showing up. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth for as strong as it was, not too filling, and the flavors did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one bomber would be my limit, I would normally split a beer this strong, but for how smooth it is a whole bomber isn't out of the question. What I liked the most about this beer was how unique it was and how drinkable it was, this isn't your normal high alcohol Stout and it drinks way smoother than it should. What I liked the least about this beer was basically nothing, but If I had to choose something I think a little more bourbon barrel and pecans in the flavor and taste would make this a slightly better beer. I would buy this again, I wish i had another bottle to age in the cellar, it's all gone at my local store, but if I see anymore I'll for sure get at least one bottle to see how it develops over time. I would recommend this to people who like stronger beer, I don't think you have to be a huge Stout fan to like this beer. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it's nice to see a beer this strong for under $10 a bomber and I think it's for sure worth the money, I wouldn't say this is the best example of a Stout and it ins't a favorite, but it is a pretty unique and enjoyable beer, as I said earlier I think it's as unique as the ingredient list. Good job guys, I think this was a nice collaboration and a enjoyable beer, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:02:25 | More by StoutHunter
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Heretic42

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Stone snifter

A - Initially poured pitch black with little head. A little more vigorous pour got the tannish head I was expecting.

S - Incredibly boozy on the nose. The bourbon and the rye definitely come through here, though you may have to search harder for the latter. Underneath that, you get the normal imperial stout smells, but the booze definitely overpowers them.

T - Luckily, not just booze! The bourbon and rye actually come through (which is nice), but I also get the dark chocolate and roastiness I expect from an imperial stout. I don't get much of the pecan, but that leads me to...

M - This is where I think this beer shines. I think the pecan and wheat add a nice smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel to this beer. The viscosity I associate with imperial stouts is present, but the creaminess adds another dimension.

O - This is a tasty brew. I'm curious what'll happen with age, but it's drinking like a solid imperial stout if you don't mind, or better yet enjoy, the bourbon and rye parts.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:46:22 | More by Heretic42
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with a one finger creamy mocha head with nice retention and lacing.The aroma is not very strong. I can pick up dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon, but the aromas are all lighter than expected. The beer has been out of the refrigerator for 30 minutes, so I can't figure out why the aroma is so light.

Tastes sweet with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and some dark roasted malt, which adds bitterness to balance the beer somewhat. I do not taste the rye or pecans at all. A little too sweet, and the alcohol is not well disguised.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and creamy. A pretty good beer, but this could have been better. This beer might be real good if it was aged for 6 months or more.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:55:49 | More by hardy008
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Tone2467

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: A nice deep brown with a little light creeping through. A 1/3 inch brownish khakis head . Really a nice stout but, it doesn't stain my fingers as much as I've come to expect from the style.

S: A lot of booze at first. As I focus more I begin finding a nice malt aroma with hints of Bourbon. Maybe I'm picking up some Chocolate as well.

T. I noticed a nice Bourbon taste coupled with a good Chocolate presence. There are defiantly some sort of nuts here. With a good mixture of sweetness and bitterness. Definitely a unique brew.

M: A nice heavy mouthfeel. Very thick but not a so much as to feel like syrup. This one has low carbonation as is expected with the style. Doesn't really leave my mouth coated as I like but very nice still.

O: A unique brew. I'm glad I got to enjoy a bottle and wouldn't mind having another. A solid Stout. I wouldn't go hunting for this one but, if I see one somewhere it's definitely not going to be passed by. A very different brew which is rather refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:13:04 | More by Tone2467
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A friend shared a bottle with me. Poured aggressively into tulip glasses and about an inch or two thick foamy brown head built up. Very beautiful presentation. The beer was jet black, no penetration of light. Very solid appearance for a Imperial Stout.

The aroma was outstanding. I picked up candied pecans and some malt. The aroma actually got me thinking of pecan pie. It had that nice sweet and savory smell that you can just inhale and find it delightful.

Then to the taste, which unfortunately I was not impressed with. At first it was instantly bitter. Kind of like burnt chocolate and coffee. I suspect this might be from the rye being one of the ingredients. But then just at the finish the beer transformed to a taste of umami. It became oddly savory with a dash of salt. Made me think of soy sauce. In my opinion this was not good. Unfortunately it was hard to get pass this while I kept drinking. It starts out with burnt chocolate and then the finish was purely umami. In addition, the beer was quite boozy. The combination of the flavors in this beer is quite bizarre in my opinion and hard to get past.

Fortunately mouthfeel was outstanding. It was very thick and creamy. Kind of like when you drink a thick mocha or hot chocolate. It seemed the beer just stuck to my mouth after swallowing; very full bodied.

Overall I was impressed with the aroma and the mouthfeel but it was the flavors that led me to not enjoy this beer. Clearly other people like the flavors of this beer but I might be one of the few that don't. I have another bottle that I might cellar to see what happens to the flavors as it ages.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:47:30 | More by Benish
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with the cartoon characters, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 9/3/2013, shared with BA member Benish. Review #183.

Looks like an awesome imperial stout- pours an incredibly dark and opaque body with a thick 2cm brown head. Not much lacing. Remains a thick film on the beer with great retention. Stains the glass brown as I swirl it around which produces even more head. Totally great looking imperial stout here.

Smell is eh. Not very pleasant actually, as it warms up I get more straight up rubbing alcohol. I don't even know how to describe the other aspects of the nose- there is some roast malts and a good bit of soy sauce/umami, perhaps a little bit of mellow spiciness which I would imagine is from the rye. But its not really anything I can pin down. No pecans either.

And the taste is truly average. There is a small bit of that roasted malt sweetness, but its subdued in comparison to that massive umami taste. I really do not care for it. It reminds me a lot of Nightstalker in that there is a ton of umami, soy sauce flavour. But I'm really not getting the pecans here. Basically this is Nightstalker, but worse... and there isn't even much bourbon or barrel flavour here either.

Mouthfeel is very good here though. Its a full bodied, and I mean full, full bodied and very creamy and thick. It's smooth on the palate and honestly one of the better mouthfeels I've had on a non-CCB or GI imperial stout. Still, the aftertaste is a lot of that umami flavour, and it runs very hot as it warms up. So, it takes quite a bit away from what would be otherwise a 4.75 or 5 rating on mouthfeel.

Overall, its interesting and I'm glad to have tried it. But its simply not my cup of tea. Its not particularly complex, and its full of umami.. which I find interesting only in 4-6oz quantities. I can't stomach a full pint of this stuff. I'm starting to think I should just start passing over any Stone collaboration from here on... but I liked Dayman, so that makes for a tricky quandary here.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:27:26 | More by Stevedore
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BobZ

Massachusetts

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

22oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black with a 1" tan head that quickly recedes to a thin cap.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of bourbon.

Taste: Like in the nose coffee, chocolate, but also a little bit of dark fruit almost like a Belgian stout, the barrel has a light influence. Very light bourbon and vanilla. Tasty but otherwise unremarkable like a "barrel aged light", meaning it has some of the flavors present in great barrel aged beers just with less depth, much less. Not a bad thing at all as having a lighter barrel aged beer is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Clean and light on the palate.

Overall: Very sessionable BA stout, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 19:16:12 | More by BobZ
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a 22 oz. bomber at Shirley's in Adams Morgan, D.C.

Appearance (4.25/5): Deep black, opaque, and very little head, as you'd expect with a beer of extremely high alcohol content (13%). The khaki, half finger head dissipates quickly. The carbonation is visibly low.

Smell (4.5/5): Some alcohol, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits in the nose. Not detecting much bourbon notes.

Taste (5/5): Wow, this one just blew me away. Vanilla from the oak and some bourbon flavors mix seamlessly with the usual, pronounced dark chocolate, and coffee flavors. Amazing depth and complexity. Dark fruits also make an appearance (think plum and raisins), reminding me of Belgian Quadrupels. A tad boozy but you don't get it until the very end. The flavor elements all work in concert together. More oaky vanilla in the beginning and more bourbony in the late stages as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Thick but not syrupy. Beautifully done body that's heavy but not cloying. Low carbonation due to the high alcohol. This is a sipper.

Overall (4.5/5): Stone has really crafted a winner of a collab beer with the Stone/Farking/Wheaton w00tstout. All of the ingredients and flavors mesh really well. Totally decadent, this is a beer you may want to share. Getting through the entire bottle on your own may land you on your ass, but I'd understand if you guard it jealously and elect to not share.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:35:35 | More by hagbergl
Stone / Farking / Wheaton W00tstout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.