W00Tstout 2.0 | Stone Brewing

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W00Tstout 2.0W00Tstout 2.0

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Last year's w00tstout collaborators are back for round two! Thespian and renaissance man Wil Wheaton, online news guru Drew Curtis and their new cohort, multi-talented actress and comedian Aisha Tyler collaborated on Stone w00tstout 2.0, a massive yet seductive imperial stout brewed with wheat, rye, pecans and stone-ground chocolate (a new addition to this year's recipe), then partially aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had along side Woot Stout and 3.0 as part of a vertical tasting(2013, 2014 & 2015). Roasted Malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, a hint of oak and a nut dryness. Bitterness is toned down by the barrel aged portion. Fairly balanced. It's good.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wootstout 4.0 actually. Deep black on the pour. Finger of deep mocha foam. Nice looking pour,

Aroma is rich and enticing. Light fruity notes along with muddled roast. Vanilla and mocha/sweet chocolate. Taste is chewy and rich but not cloying. More rich berry with exposure. Hint of barrel, clean, light bourbon notes with warming.

Offers decent retention but not enough to last through the glass. As such the aroma profile changes a bit. A sweet beer, but expected given the ABV. Lots of residual malts yet they cover the alcohol well yet calories they all be.

Spritzy and spicy in delivery with a coarse breadiness. Solid.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a used motor oil brown with a thin, brown head that nearly disappears.
Coffee, chocolate and sweet molassas smell.
A wonderful imperial taste with vanilla and Coco nibs up front. The pecan nut taste shows up late, just before the nice bourbon burn.
Great feel with the warming of the bourbon.
Great job.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a goblet.

Pours a viscous deep brown color. In the glass it still looks more brown than black but it's dark. Not much head to speak of, but the goblet surely has to do with that. Lace rings the glass and pools of film sit atop the body. Looks great on all fronts. 5

Even from a distance I get the oaken spice of bourbon, which is distinct from the 3rd rendition I had of this beer last week. If that one was barrel-aged, I sure as hell didn't notice, while with this beer, bourbon aromas leap at me. Closer examination with the nose offers oatmeal cookie, vanilla, sweet nuttiness, and a little bit of that yeastiness I got on the 3.0 version that reminds me of some brown ales or Belgians. 4.25

From the first sips I already feel this beer is miles apart from the 3.0 from last week. Less yeastiness, less cloying, indescribable sweetness and obviously more barrel. It's practically cliché to like barrel-aged beers better---and the truth is they aren't always an improvement or enhancement to a beer---but here the bourbon notes are absolutely welcome. They're wonderful actually. There's a sweet nutty flavor that the bourbon intercepts before it can become annoying and which is offset by some spiciness and then complemented by vanilla and chocolate. The finish is brownie-like. As this warms, it just gets more and more dessert-like and delicious. 4.5

As with the flavor, warmth does wonders for this (which is not to say it was even remotely bad when cooler); it becomes richer, chewier, with a marshmallow-like feel with each sip. It's bourbon-barrel-aged but not the least bit hot. As I mentioned with the flavor, sweetness shows but is restrained by the spiciness from the bourbon. This is drinking really great. 4.5

Well, I was highly disappointed by 3.0, but this 2.0 more than makes up for it. This is awesome. What the hell happened between 2 and 3 I have no clue, but if they ever make this beer again, they should follow whatever they did with this version. It's awesome.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, enjoyable beer but a little hot and could use some more time to age. Otherwise though, all of the flavors advertised are present. The pecan doesn't show up until the very back part of the taste but it is there and adds a nice complexity to each sip.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Bot. 06.13.15. Consumed 12.18.15. Ale brewed with cocoa, pecans, wheat and rye with 25% aged in bourbon barrels.

A: Darkest of oil black pours has a leathery, cowhide colored head of good size and consistency, one inch, that sits for a lazy amount of time. Thick lustrious sheet lace coating smoothers the vessel.

S: Sweet fruitiness of cherries and oaky chocolate first teases the nose along with buttery pecans. Sweet alcohol laced dark fruit of plums with a grapey vinous like aroma.

T: Alcoholic spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg combine with silty chocolate and bourbon flair for flavor. Sweet dark fruit of plums, buttery pecans, and a milky chocolate touch. Dark roast is rich and beautiful, combining with a bourbon-whiskey coffee finish.

M: Full bodied, creamy and thick, low carbonation.

O: An outstanding flavor with a fantastic finish that remains strong from start to finish. Bourbon, rich chocolate base, and buttery pecans add highlights for a lustrious drinking experience. As it warms the bourbon becomes more pronounced, but still maintains a very drinkable rate for its 13% abv nature. An easy A rating beer.

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Photo of rhett7660
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the Stone "Comic-Con 2.0" Brew festival. Had to pick up a few bottles to enjoy.

Thick, delicious, very rich, with a bourbon and vanilla/caramel smell which only intensifies as you keep sipping it. The ABV while high, does not taste like it. I let this one sit for a few minutes to really get all the flavors going. With it a little on the warm side, this beer really shines!

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Photo of CHickman
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours pitch black color with a small tan head that faded and leaves decent spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, coffee grinds, dark chocolate and a general rich malty sweetness. Some oaky, nutty and boozy notes show up at the end, but the nose is really deep and sweet likely from the extra aging.

Tastes is more impressive than the nose with char, espresso, toasted nuts and toffee jumping into the mix along with the dark chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, Hershey's chocolate syrup, coffee grinds, light piney hops, leafy herbs and a general rich malty sweetness. Like the aroma the oaky, nutty and boozy notes trail, yet hide the ABV masterfully. It was really smooth, complex and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is chewy yet smooth and creamy with mild carbonation, a general thick feel and a mildly sweet finish that's got a nice complex mix of malts, chocolate, earthy/oak notes and the syrupy, caramel character which works very well with the charred elements.

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Photo of LouZ
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Rich, bourbon and vanilla/caramel aroma with luscious taste to match. Love the feel on this beer - thick, velvety, chewy. The bourbon and corresponding ABV is not as overt as the number indicates. Dangerously easy to drink. Well done.

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Photo of dd43
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2015 bottling was really good. Head forms with ease according to the vigor of your pour. The wheat in the grain bill helps it stand up over the course of your drink. Big chocolate and vanilla notes in the nose, as well as some booziness. Flavors are very roasty, silky chocolate, rather fudgy in that regard. Pecan notes are present in the flavor much more so than the aroma, and they are delightful. Barrel character is expressed in the mid palate and the finish. Mouthfeel is appropriately smooth and creamy, loved drinking this beer. I'm sad my bomber is gone but I had a nice time emptying it.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black and oily with 2-3 fingers of sudsy head with fleeting lacing. The nose is alcohol, chocolate, nutty with hints of bourbon. The taste is roasted malt, soy sauce, cherry cola and milk chocolate.The mouthfeel is thick, silky and a bit cloying.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour, moderate toffee colored lacing ring, no carbonation.

S - Candied chocolate aroma, light molasses, some spiciness.

T - Molasses, bourbon boozy, some spiciness, dark chocolate bitter sweetness, lingering chocolate, oak.

M - Thick, full bodied, silky, smooth.

O - Bring on version 3.0!

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Photo of neurobot01
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: medium-dark brown, a bit thin-looking, with a small light-brown ring of a head.

Smell: alcohol heat, cinnamon, cherry, cocoa.

Taste: harsh bitter chocolate, boozy alcohol, rye spice, mild vanilla/toffee.

Feel: medium-to-full bodied, nice chewiness with some oily slickness. Highlight of the beer.

Overall: having just had w00tstout 2015 yesterday, this version is clearly inferior to its successor. The bitterness and booze in the front of the taste is just too much, and overpowers the other flavors. Still good, but nowhere near the greatness of 2015.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.27/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Full bodied stout. Way way too sweet. Rye doesn't come through much and the pecans are non existent. If you're into the sweeter beers, this could be right up your alley as the flavor profile isn't bad. But to me, this was just about undrinkable.

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Photo of mabermud
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wootstout 2.0 - 2014

Look: Dark, opaque body, with a fine mocha head. With a twirl of the glass, little islands of melting legs slowly stream down the sides of my favorite 15.5 oz brandy snifter. When held up to the sun, it does not penetrate the body.
Smell: The smell is rich with molasses, sweet malts, chocolate, and a touch of rye. There is a good deal of lactose. For me, bourbon and booze are noticed near the tail end. As the beer warms, the booze and bourbon rear their handsome heads. Balanced sweetness. Nothing overpowers another.
Taste: Of course, the taste follows the smell, plus some dark fruit.
Feel: The feel fits and does not disappoint.

Overall - Balanced and fluid.

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Photo of BigD1975
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love Stone Brewing anyways, this beer is dark, tasty, and obviously if you have enough of them it'll put you on your ass at 13%, very good and would recommend.

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Photo of cdhaines
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of, if not the best stout I have ever had. Very thick mouthfeel, deep, dark look with awesome toastiness...by the way, I had one of the new versions of this - they have just re-released it...

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Photo of hopsputin
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a thick motor oil black. Thin tan head film head - wasn't expecting much

S: thick molasses, rich caramel, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of cola. Real nice aroma

T: a ton of molasses up front. Tons. Following that is oak and vanilla. Then dark AND milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, a hint of dark fig and raisins. At the end is a sharp alcohol tinge, which normally I wouldn't enjoy but this works really well to cut the sweetness. There is a very faint soy and cola flavor at the end as well, but it works.

M: medium, it has a level of carbonation that keeps it from feeling too full. Carbonation similar to a soda

O: you know what. I like this more than I thought I would. I don't really enjoy barrel aged beers normally, but the bourbon flavor isn't that strong in here. It's rich, sweet, full and complex. A real nice sipper - let it get to room temp. My criticism would be that it could lose a little bit of carbonation

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Photo of SteveB24
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-The beer is highly viscous, color is a rich brown, the beer pours a finger of tan head that retains very well and clings the glass tightly.
Smell-Molasses, dark chocolate, burned toast, faint alcohol.
Taste-The molasses is prominent in the taste, but not to the soy sauce extent. There are lingering notes of espresso, cocoa, brown sugar, and tobacco. The alcohol is there but nowhere near the level you might expect from such a "big" beer.
Feel-Very carbonated for an imperial stout, creamy on the finish, not nearly as rich and/or oily as it appears.
Overall- A very decent stout, and the booze is impressively well hidden, not something i'd run to re purchase if i could but it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of oskinker
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Liquid Cracker Jacks. Really enjoyed this beer. A tiny bit boozey but hey, it is what it is. I don't mind the booziness at all, great toffee flavors with the bourbon and chocolate notes. Looking forward to grabbing 3.0

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Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating rating to 4.5 from 4.25 on 9/11/2015.

Pours black with a tan head from a growler. Looks black with ruby-brown at the edges. Smell of molasses, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, plums, peaches, black cherries, strawberry, malty sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, and some alcoholic tones. Tastes like an alcoholic maple syrup with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee liquor, chocolate milkshake, bourbon, and significant heat, but it is balanced by the full body and strong and complex flavor. Low carbonation, probably from sitting for over a year, but still gives off a nice tingle compounded with the alcoholic heat. Drinks like a chocolate milkshake but is so much more - bourbon, complex malts, dark fruit aromas, and a soft mouthfeel. This drink is a warm blanket on a cold night. One of the best big stouts, extremely rich and complex. Just the right balance of bourbon, alcohol, and malt. Bravo!

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Photo of CAPorter
2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't understand the high ranking. Not a bad beer, but it has very unhidden booziness when compared to certain beers that are stronger than it. That isn't the mark of "world class" beer as this has been rated. Maybe I drank it too young and it needed to mellow. My least favorite release ever from this brewery.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Dark chocolate and kinda nutty. Light bourbon. A little fruity.

Taste - Really nice. Dark chocolate. Sweet caramel. Nutty malts, especially in the finish. Bourbon in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm surprised how tasty this is. I don't remember 1.0 being that good.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +1%

A - Black. Can't even shine a strong light through it. No head to speak of, small cocoa lace rim.

S - Soy, molasses, booze, and a little cocoa. There was a briny note there when first opened but thankfully blowing off.

T - Chocolate big time, taste the booze too. Malt tries to keep the balance. Good thing about the booze, it cuts the malt.

M - Heavy body, pretty good balance considering, good carb which is hard to get on a high ABV offering.

D - I didn't realize it was so big. I was planning on drinking the whole bomber myself, now I am not so sure.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

A-black color with a light brown head that leaves a thick lace as the glass goes down
S-bourbon is the main aroma, but you get a mix of hops, malt, and chocolate
T-at first sip the bourbon took over, then came a good hop bitter aftertaste then the bourbon taste comes back
M-creamy full bodied, sticky, highly carbonated
O-great beer that brings out the great flavors that you come to enjoy in a beer like this

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