Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch-Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2015
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
906
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Stone Brewing
 
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Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch-Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2015Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch-Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2015
Notes: First Release: July 2015

This righteously flavorful imperial stout has been a favorite among our fans—and us—since its inception in 2013. In celebration of its third brewing, we’ve upped the barrel-aging quotient for 2015, adding to the mix a version of last year’s vintage that we aged in bourbon barrels for a year. This whopping, complex stout will cellar beautifully—if you can wait that long.

Eisner Award-winning comic-book cover artist Dave “The Reverend” Johnson created the fine art for the bottle in exchange for our donation to The Hero Initiative (heroinitiative.org), a charity organization that provides retirement funds for golden-age comic book artists.
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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cracking this bad boy after 4 years, doing cellar clean-out duty.

A - Pour dark brown-black body, slight red highlights, tan head, minimal, with no sign of lacing.

S - Pungent dark fruit and chocolate hits. As you might expect, huge alcohol and barrel notes over this core.

T - Follows the nose. Raisins and chocolate, cherry and vanilla, barrel wood and slightly dry ash in finish. Age has softened this, but everything is soaked with a boozy note.

M - Low carbonation but moderate weight for something this big, strong alcohol warmth, lingering through the close.

O - A well-built heavy beer, with lots of flavor notes that still meld nicely into a cohesive whole.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

July 18th, 2015 - There's a back story here that I never bothered to look up, but I am delighted at the idea that Greg Koch and Will Wheaton have met at some point. Is the beer as delightful? It is a healthy deep brown-red that lets just a shred of light peek through, and gives off that classic Stone smell, rich with malt and bubble gum and the extra sharpness of charred barrels. And that last element comes out hard in the flavor, which is rough and boozy, and reminds of the bourbel barrel aged Arrogant Bastard. It is only slightly sweet, grape at that, which I enjoy, but the ethanol might be just a bit much.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 2018 vintage into a hotel tumbler at Crystal Mountain. Jet black with a two finger tan head. Head only slowly dissipates leaving plenty of clouds and decent lacing. Very attractive.

Nose: bourbon, caramel/molasses. Some sweet malt. Maybe some pecan but hard to tell. Somewhat typical BBA stout aroma. A little surprising given the adjuncts.

Taste: unlike the nose, taste is more unique. Definite bourbon upfront but also notes of bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, dark malts. I get some pecan notes but lost a bit with the more pronounced flavors. Some rye spiciness comes through as well. Pretty well balanced. Nice sweetness on the backend.

Mouthfeel: really stands out here. Thick, rich, milkshake texture. Yet a relatively clean finish. Fairly high carbonation but suitable.

Overall: this is just diffeeent enough to make it interesting. Complex but not overdone. Not sure the pecans make a big difference but the rye does seem to add some spice and the wheat mellows out the strong bourbon and enhances the mouthfeel. Will probably look for another bottle to drink fresh and an extra to age with the one in my cellar. I would imagine this gets better with age.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great stout for your buck. $16.99 6 pk, sign me up and drink it cellar into a snifter:

This is 2018 version so month old:

Look is chocolatey, dark coffee body, mocha beer with beautiful creamy head

Aroma is bourbon, pecan pie, molasses, chocolate

Taste is very similar to aroma as I can taste pecans and chocolate with some bourbon, oak flavors on the back end. very drinkable and besides bourbon flavor there is no other harsh alcohol bite.

Has a thick creamy mouthful and is a great value. I will be drinking 1 or 2 more fresh before putting some away as I heard it ages well but is delicious fresh.

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Photo of MileHighBeerMike
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy dark beer Batman, this beer is effing fantastic! The taste that lingers on the back of your tongue is ridiculous! Kinda sad I opened it finally but like all good beers, they must be opened and they must be drank. I will take one for the team and enjoy it. Cheers.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2015 bottle (2.5 years of age), had on 12-31-2017 with a friend in a tasting of other imperial stouts (including a 2017 Willettized Coffee Stout).

Beautiful pour, nearly pitch black, with lots of brown, creamy head.

This was one of the richest and most amazing aromas in a beer I have ever encountered (I remember saying, "This is the shit!"): bread, coffee, chocolate, and roasted notes, that balanced incredibly well with a slight aroma of alcohol.

Nice thick, creamy, rich mouthfeel.

The flavor wasn't as pronounced as the aroma, yet still it was very well balanced: chocolate, roasted dark malts, vanilla, caramel (?) sweetness, molasses, perhaps a bit of dark fruit, with some very nice barrel characteristics.

I remember I loved it when I tried it fresh; I'm not certain cellaring it helped. My guess it is did help in the aroma/mouthful department.

The slightest of criticisms (when compared to my perfect beer) is that I wish it tasted as amazing as it smelled. Still, this was one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/20/15. Black pour with almost no head. Lots of bourbon in the nose. Taste is chocolate, molasses, little vanilla and some bourbon. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. Glad I waited a couple years to open it

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Photo of Harrison8
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of foamy, caramel-colored head on top. Good head retention with a layer of foam lingering around the edge of the glass for a while after the pour. Lacing is splattered about fairly well, but sinks into the beer after each sip. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and nutted malts with milk and dark chocolate, and caramel behind. Flavor profile is dark and milk chocolate, caramel, toast, with a nice balance of roasted, and toasted malts. While the flavor profile is dark, and flavorful, it's incredibly easy to sip and gulp. Nicely constructed. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a velvety, creamy texture that is shear pleasure to sip even on a warm day. Overall, a well constructed stout that brings about a great display of notes and characteristics without being overly bitter, or tough to sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with reddish rimming. The short head laces brilliantly.

The smell is quite subdued, but swathes of complexity reveal themselves on the tongue - dark, toasty, bitter, sweet. The barrels/booze are aggressive, but generally reigned in by sweetness.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a ruby black with thin cocoa foaming. Roasty and smooth. Espresso nibs and cocoa, with a warming kick of booze. Delicious. A real sipper to share.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a good minute before leaving some nice looking foamy lacing trying to stick to the sides of the glass. The smell had a wheaty/grainy like aroma over top of a light vanilla/chocolate coating some nuts here and there. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined to enrich a nice subtle sweet nutty flavoring encapsulating my taste buds. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be fairly smooth and velvety as just seemed to round out all of the flavors. Overall, wow, what a nice mesmerizing beer well worth my time and money.

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Photo of LarryMyers
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22 oz bottle a few years ago from a friend. The beer pours a very thick black oil with no head. The first sip don't reveal the alcohol content or how strong this beer really is, but after a several sips the alcholol and barrel aging really started to come through. The cocoa is very subdued and the bourbon barrel aging dominates the flavor for me, which is what I like. If there really is any pecan in it, I can't tell. Overall, I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up almost 2 years ago now when I first visited the brewery. Finally cracking this one open now. Poured out of the 22 oz. bomber bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, color that has absolutely no interest in letting in any light whatsoever. Has a tan brown head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some pretty good lacing. Aromas of roasted caramel malt sweetness along with come definite coffee, a bit of nuttiness, and some chocolate that's followed by oaked bourbon goodness. The taste is the same, and it is superb, with roasted caramel and chocolate malt sweetness that gives way to some coffee and roasted nuts along with a very apparent oaked bourbon flavor. Although the 13% AVB is masked fairly well here, it still is a bit boozy. Very good balance of flavors overall here. Has a fairly crisp, somewhat oily and chewy, smooth and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. To quote my very good friend Passow says "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." No disagreement here at all. Another very exquisite beer from Stone and friends.

Eric

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Photo of akolb
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: oil-thick deep black with a dark tan head, 1 cm high and fading. Aroma: sweet bourbon, mild roast and chocolate, slight nuttiness. Taste has caramel, toffee, rich bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, ginger, bourbon, moderate alcohol burn. Taste initial seems one-note, but slowly reveals a deep malty complexity. A big hot, spicy aftertaste. Rich-bodied. A great BA stout.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-nitro tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Pitch black in color, it comes with massive tan head that endures very well with great retention before slowly collapsing to an eternal foamy crown and leaving numerous lacing wave all around.

Soy sauce, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, woody, smoke, roasted, charcoal, cherry, good aroma.

The taste has big sweetness and booze covering throughout while the rest follows the aroma with notes of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, woody, smoke, roasted, charcoal, and cherry, quite complex.

Full and thick body with some sticky touch through the palate, the mouthfeel is smooth with some crisp carbonation while the finish is dry.

Very sweet but not that cloying with good mixture of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and BA character, be one with the force now or never.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Comic-Con inspired collaboration, each year features a new label designed by a different comic book artist. Obviously w00t Stout has fantastic packaging, but the liquid itself looks impressive too. Pure unyielding opacity, there's probably more light at the bottom of the ocean. Dark as deep space, this pitch-black beer certainly fits the theme.

I'm going to need more fingers and toes if I'm to count all these aromas. Where to being? Things certainly don't end with cocoa, pecans and bourbon... crème brûlée, dark roast coffee, Irish Cream - sounds like an ideal dessert! In all this decadence, however, there's still a definite alcohol presence (despite that this 2015 vintage has over a year of age under its belt).

But that's a small compromise when you consider all the lush vanilla, toasted coconut, spiced fruitcake, creamy caramel and smoky char flavours that those bourbon barrels contribute. Add to that list high-grade dark chocolate, proper Italian espresso, butter pecan cookies, and the underlying earthy/spicy notes afforded by English hops and the addition of rye.

For a partially bourbon barrel-aged 13% stout, this is an exceptionally creamy and velvety treat. The aftertaste has a pleasant lingering quality that isn't overly hot, harsh or astringent; the finish is practically as good as the mid-palate. It's apparent there's some strength behind this beer but the exact alcohol content is elusive; it really doesn't taste double digit.

Stone's brewmaster called w00t Stout "a monster" but it's more the "My Pet Monster" kind than anything like those of Stranger Fiction, Alien or The Descent. Adequately endowed with thick and tall flavours of coffee, chocolate, licorice and honey-roasted nuts, it's perfect designed for aging in bourbon barrels. And this makes it a very worthy collector's item indeed.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: pour not quite black with a finger of tan head
S: molasses, slight bourbon and some sweetness
T: big molasses little barrel, not what I look for in a ba stout
F: slick feel, a fairly thin feel

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 months old and in beer fridge since new. Pours dark brown with the tan head. Smell is cocoa, bourbon, wood and ?walnuts. Taste is muted cocoa, dark malts and cheap whiskey. A bit too much carb and kind of thin for 13%

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Photo of arizcards
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead 7-19-2015 for $9.99. Bottled on 6-13-2015.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is complex, cocoa, fruity, lightly roasted, and boozy.

Taste is surprisingly easy drinking. Roasted malts that have a cocoa tinge, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, and hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this brew has aged very nicely in the 50-58 degree wine fridge over the last year. Definitely worth the price of admission if you are an impy stout fan!

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Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06/20/15: Pours pitch black with a 1-2 finger foamy brown colored head that was full of tiny bubbles, dissipating slowly as the bubbles popped and the head went down. Settles into a layer on top and leaves good spotty lacing and foamy rings as it went down.

Smells sweet and of soy sauce and maple syrup up front, followed by cocoa powder, dark chocolate, vanilla, pecans, molasses, brown sugar, coffee grinds, charred wood, bourbon, espresso beans, piney hops and peppery spices. The spicy notes that trail the malty sweetness must be the rye, which seems hidden among all the roasted malt and chocolate aspects. The barrel aging lets out more earthy and woody notes, staying true to this series with complex and confusing malt elements which always kept me guessing. No sign of the alcohol in the nose, but the oaky and bourbon barrel notes adds a nice rich sweetness.

Taste is where this beer really stands out. It's nutty, it's got coffee and chocolate, yet there are hints of piney hops which then shift to a syrupy sweetness. After the mind-fuck of all those flavors, there is some mild alcohol burn which gets washed away by bourbon barrel notes, earthy tones, vanilla, sharp rye, peppery spices and soy sauce. I want to say I taste dark fruit like raisin, but just as my taste-buds tried to hone in on it the chocolate malts came back and brought Hershey's chocolate syrup, bourbon (again), peat moss and mocha flavored creamer to the party. A lot of earthy and woody notes linger as the complexities expand the more this bad boy warms up.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and almost buttery, with a chewy weight but it's not super heavy. It's thick, it's hardy, and it is no pushover, but it's so smooth and easy drinking that you forget it's 13% ABV until your smashed. Real mellow carbonation, the chocolate and lightly smoked aspects allow the malts to shine and bring in the hops for balance, the barrel for brawn and excitement, and the rye and pecans for wonderful flavor dynamics. The wheat used must tie it all together along with the ever so present cocoa listed on the bottle. The chocolate and cocoa flavors never fade, they are always present and make this a pleasure to drink.

8/25/16: Had a second bottle with 2 more months of aging and found it a bit more boozy but still extremely tasty and complex. Mouthfeel was smooth yet chewy with a lot of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts which then lead to a spicy finish.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on July 10, 2015 and enjoyed on June 18, 2016, so just short of a year old.

This beer poured a deep brown/black with a minimal thumb's worth of brownish head. It looks like darkness in a glass once the head dissipates. The smell is sweet bourbon up front, with chocolate and roasts also present. It's very rich. The taste is quite sweet on the front end, bourbon notes followed by bitterness of coffee, chocolate and then a nuttiness. The feel is on the heavy end, but quite smooth.

I had this beer when it was first bottled, and reserved judgment as I found it a little unremarkable. Here it is at a year, and it is a fantastic sipper. The only downside of this beer is the punch from the 13% ABV, which sneaks up on you and does a number. I can't wait to try the next version.

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Photo of vic21234
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 2015 Variant, and it was bottled on 07/03/15.

A- Pours black with a small amount of light khaki head which sits on the sides of the glass.

S- Bourbon and chocolate on the nose.

T- Notes of coffee and chocolate come about before the bourbon kicks in. Great bourbon flavor for being only a quarter barrel aged.

M- Heavy and smooth, a great sipper.

I must say this is one of those beers which absolutely does better with age. With almost a year on this one, the bourbon notes shine through much more than what I remember drinking it fresh.

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Photo of n_kritz
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this right now...

Look: Black. Held it up to a light, couldn't see through. Brownish/tan head. Didn't last long at all.
Feel: Very smooth. Like a velvety stream of black goodness.
Taste: Bourbon overriding with hints of coffee, chocolate, and (deez) nuts.
Smell: Bourbony, hint of chocolate.

Overall: Enjoyed this beer a great deal. The superhero bottle makes it even better.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Sits black in the glass. Frothy tan head.
Smell - Bourbon, chocolate, roasty coffee, toffee
Taste - Bourbon, nutty, toffee, vanilla, coffee and chocolate.
Feel - A nice creamy/viscous mouthfeel

Overall - I enjoyed the hell out of this one!!! A phenomenal BA stout and I cant wait until it comes out again in 2016!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The is one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I've had the pleasure of trying. The balance and drink ability are off the charts, bourbon flavors are perfect without harsh booziness. It's sweet, but no cloyingly.

Overall this is excellent at like 9 months and I think I'm going to need to search for a couple more of these!

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Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch-Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2015 from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 906 ratings