Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch-Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2015
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Stout - American Imperial
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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TychoNDC from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 09, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled 6/27/2015.

Deep creamy brown espresso, with hints of whipped light chocolate foam top colors bubbly and rich looking. Classic dark walnut brown/black with an opaque character. Real nice looking stout, great colored top.

Spicy notes on the front with a bit of dry tannic nut. Hints of some sharp booze but toned down with a bigger nutty dry tannic shell quality. Pecans are doing a real big job on this thing, and seem to be the dominant note. A bit of prickly pine, spiced rye and lots of dry nuts. Charring and roast seem to be very mellow and relegated to the background, but still present. Pretty solid.

Palate makes me a big surprise. Silky bodied just enough, but lighter feel, and big on coating the palate. The spicy quality is real evident but is quickly tamed by hints of chocolate and malt sweetness. Cake like chocolate and nutty chewy in the mid palate, with a real nice dryness of char with hints of mild hop astringency in the finish. Slow building warmth in the stomach, a real slow creeper.

Third times the charm folks, wonderfully put together here. I am usually not a big fan of rye malt, but the aging and blending has really seemed to tone it down, without killing it's classic spiced character. Really well done creation and mix.

Jul 18, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like any good BA stout this features a black body and a cinnamon colored velvet head that unfortunately fades entirely. Smell is good but flawed; the desired chocolate/malt/wood is plagued by a bit of wet dog and alcohol. Taste steps up, chocolate, cinnamon, lots of milk chocolate, barrel-derived vanilla, more chocolate and that's real stuff not artificial, some pleasantly grain-like malt thrown in, only slight alcohol, with a cinnamon chocolate finish, this is realtime Hollywood-level yumyum. Not all the additives (pecans, Elton John's spit, rye, angels' tears, bourbon barrel, Miranda Kerr's eyelashes) are readily detectable, but I am sure they are all doing their part to bring the more obvious flavors into beautiful harmony. Leans on the sweet side. Depending on the temperature, the mouthfeel varies from liquid velvet/silk to heavy milkshake with a bit of carbonation bite, I'm sure the pecan fattiness is doing its fair share here. Damn good.
All in all.... Why the F are people not chasing down these trucks? For that matter, why have I only bought 7 bottles so far? 22 oz 13% stout for $9? Best value I've ever seen. Oh, and it is delicious. It doesn't bring to bear everything it advertises, but I'm not sure I want it to when the result is already so good. The flavor is rich, varied, and well balanced, and the body... oh, that body. I like them thick and this just about flattened me. The aroma could use some work, but that is about all. Best part is, there's 13% alcohol hiding behind all this goodness (you're a fool if you are turned off by alcohol in your beer). Ok, I have embarrassed myself enough. This thing completes my soul. Grizzly out.

Nov 09, 2015
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BodiesLexus from New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hoppy stout done right, traditional stout notes are there, with accommodating hops for a bracing sharpness that differentiates this beer from the norm, and just a tad of smoothness from the portion of aged stock mixed in ...... quite enjoyable, please make more in the future!

Dec 26, 2015
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wdberkley from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not going to lie - I absolutely LOVE this beer. Gordie Lachance & Stone hit a home run. No Ace....just you...

Pours dark brown/black, skinny little khaki head.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon.
Tastes wonderful - chocolate, booze, malt, coffee, pecans. It's sweet, but almost bitter at finish.
Feel - it's a thick beer, like a good stout should be. Not to the point that you've got to chew it, but you know you're not drinking a session ale.

You don't know you're drinking 13% bombers until your knees buckle and you stumble a little walking toward the bathroom. Not that that happens....I heard it happened to a friend of a friend. This is a totally affordable, easy to locate stout that everyone should have laying around.

Oct 13, 2015
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark chocolate color going to black in the glass. 1 finger darkish khaki colored head. Head vanishes fairly quick. Minimal lacing.

Smell is rich chocolate and cream. Hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Some spicy rye malt.

More rich chocolate in the taste. Spicy rye malt is surprisingly noticeable. Vanilla, cream, and dark molasses. Oak and bourbon around the edges.

Thick mouth feel with low carbonation. Sticky, leaves the tongue coated.

A good beer from Stone which maybe could have used a bit more...something. I think either going more heavily on the barrel aging or cutting it out altogether might have worked better as it's caught in a weird in between place. Mouth feel was the highlight.

Aug 25, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

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

This is a fantastic stout.as other reviews have indicated, the alcohol taste is there, but not overly so. However, this beer is going to give you a nice buzz so no surprise it is 13% a abv. It puours pitch black and chocolate dominates with some hints of coffee as well. This beer lives up to the hype.

Oct 07, 2015
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akolb from Colorado

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.

Apr 21, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really good stout.. Maybe my favorite and I'm not one for such high abv's.

Pours dark brown/black with a light brown head. Smells of roasty chocolate goodness with a hint of nuttiness. The taste is abundant in dark chocolate, coffee-like flavors, a little oak, slight warm booze, and pecans. An almost maple-like, nutty, chocolate oak flavor melds with a warming, but not too strong booze hit. It's fair to say that for 13% the abv was masked pretty well. It feels creamy and thick, almost chewy. This was truly an amazing stout and I'm glad I got to try this 2015 version. Top-notch beer with true natural flavors and a warming high abv that is almost too much for a 22 oz. Overall, an exceptional stout.

Oct 31, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In honor of national Stout day, I raise a snifter of this beer.

L : Dark chocolate mahogany black body, 100% opaque. The head initially pours a macaroni-and-cheese colored orange, and then red, and finally beige-almond.

S : Sticky aromas with plums and figs and dates, a bit of glazed pecan, and toasted malts. This is mostly reminiscent of a strong Scottish ale, and is very heavy on sticky fruits. Need to wipe my nose because I feel it has gotten sticky just from smelling it.

T : Those sticky fruits come out in the flavor as well, with a fireball of burning alcohol love and buzzing citrus hop. It's actually not bad, and the more I drink it the more I realize I kinda like it. By the time I decide I love it however, I'll probably be on the floor passed out.

F : Dense body, bordering on full, and a burning hot alcohol presence with tons of buzz. The burn is left behind on the palate long after the swallow.

O : Pretty good for a one-off. I need to find my bottle stopper or else I may not finish it. If it were in six packs I probably would not buy it again, but for a once-bought beer for a special occasion, this one makes a good choice.

Nov 06, 2015
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich: raisins, bit of cocoa powder, banana-chocolate milk, cashews, and rum-cake. Big rum and cream nose, plenty of heat, surprisingly light mouthful. Short head, with thin-ringed lacing, but more buoyancy than those notes would suggest. Great dessert brew.

Oct 06, 2015
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EEscobar from Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark black with a brown hue and thin brown head.
Feel: thick perfect coating of the tongue.
Smell: mmm rye and it's spices, nutty, bitter chocolate.
Taste: bold flavor on the first few swallows. This is a very complex and pleasing flavor profile. As it slightly warms it comes alive even more. The rye dominates this beer and I love it. As it warms it becomes more caramel, bitter chocolate, nutty, and malty.
Overall: I've been sitting on this beer since the week it came out. I didn't think it would be this good. It was delicious. If I had known it was this good I would have aged it for another year!

Oct 30, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/7/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, fudge, spicy rye, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, nuttiness, licorice, raisin, fig, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. A touch of booze shows up as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, fudge, spicy rye, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, nuttiness, licorice, raisin, fig, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, fudge, spicy rye, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, nuttiness, licorice, raisin, fig, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweeetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. This definitely has more barrel presence and complexity than the 1.0 version I had previously. A really amazing offering.

Feb 16, 2016
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dcotom from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22-ounce bomber into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Deep, opaque mahogany colored body topped by a smallish tan head. Alcohol is present, but hidden quite well for 13% ABV. Notes of cocoa, spice, dark roasted malt, maybe a little espresso. Pleasantly bitter finish. A very well-done offering, except for the ridiculous-looking bottle art :)

Oct 27, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours pretty much straight black into the glass. A decent sized, 1.5 finger thick head forms and retains for a little bit. The head is a medium tan to chocolatey brown in color. Lacing is decent. There is a fair amount of carbonation that continues to rise in the glass.

S- Big, dark, and mildly bitter malts greet the nostrils right up front when you smell this beer. This initial, bitter scent subsides a bit and allows a bit of nuttiness to introduce itself to the middle of the smell. The chocolate and sweet portions of the beer are noticeable at the back end of the scent. There is the slightest amount of barrel character detectable at the very end of the smell.

T- First taste that hits the tongue here is the rye in my opinion. A light, crisp, and snappy flavor of the rye dances across the tongue before the dark malts come blasting onto the scene. Moderately dry and bitter cacao flavor mixes with some dark malts, keeping the flavor balanced between sweet and bitter. The barrel characteristics move in at the middle to back end of the drink and provide some oak and light whiskey notes to the taste. Underneath most of these flavors is just a light nuttiness from the pecans. The drink ends with a lingering combination of chocolate, dark malts, and light bourbon barrel spice.

M- Well, if I were to say that the alcohol was prominent, I would be lying. The heavy flavors and thick feel of this beer hide its potency very well and provide for a very smooth drinking experience.

Overall, version 3.0 is just as good as the past iterations. I really wish that more breweries embraced the partial barrel aging technique to impart more subtle flavors on their beers. This beer will not disappoint stout lovers of any style preference.

Oct 23, 2015
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TruePerception from California

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, on to the main course. And a blast from the past.

Stone's w00tstout 2015, brewed with cocoa, pecans, wheat & rye, and a quarter aged in Bourbon barrels. 13% ABV.

A: Over two finger of chocolate milk brown head; slight darker closer to the beer. Slow to dissolve. Sheet is light, but holds well. Nice lacing. Black in the glass; dark honey brown in the dimple.

S: Nice dark cocoa and warm pecan aromas apparent immediately. Bourbon, rye, and wheat, at slightly decreasing amounts, just behind that. Bourbon gives off a nice toffee character. The cocoa seems to round out the other flavors nicely, compared to (my memory of) the first w00tstout. Overall, smell is not overpowering, but neither is it subtle. It's a nice happy medium.

T/MF: Bourbon is far more aggressive this time around. A decent amount of char edge, and more aggressive dark toffee. It's not bad, but not as well balanced. Slight rye note. Dry cocoa cereal, and a bit of pecan. The taste, though still good, leaves a lot to be desired.

Overall, I would say it's a clear step back, but still a great beer. A shame it's gone up over $5 bucks in the last two years.

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

Jul 08, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass.

A: Brownish black with a tan two finger head that slowly dissipates to foam. Light lacing.

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, pecans, caramel, molasses.

T: Mercy! Sweet, robust, So many levels of tastes flow through as it warms. Nice bourbon coverage, chocolate, caramel, anise and licorice. Smooth and lusty.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation. Lighter than I expected.

O: Wish I could've purchased more of this beast. A terrific sipper for the back porch. Very recommended.

Aug 25, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. bottled 7/3/15. Probably like everyone else's.

Pours dark, kind of a ruby tint in the light. Small, dark head, some foamy cling. Pretty good looking beer. Smell is a nice blend: bourbon, malt, rye, some chocolate and molasses. Taste leads off with a little more malt and rye than the nose; bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. There is a subtle, nutty flavor underneath. Also some molasses, oak, raisins. Smooth, great body, coats the tongue.

This is a delicious beer and this year's edition seems to be every bit as good as the 2013 issue. Good thing I have a few more bottles to debate that. With the strong bourbon presence, it's hard to believe it's only 25% BBA. With the low price point, everyone should give this a try.

Aug 26, 2015
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Zraly from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark as night with a mocha head. Boozy vanilla note up front. Thick and rich, it is the liquid form of a walnut fudge brownie with buttercream frosting. Full bodied and no joke if you are trying to take down the bomber by yourself.

Dec 29, 2015
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight pitch black no light getting through even when held to the light. Thumb sized coco colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice light bourbon, roasted nuttiness, coffee, vanilla and chocolate mingled perfectly together. Very smooth and balanced smelling, very light booziness also mingled in.

Taste is pretty much like the nose, smooth and balanced roasted. Lots of sweet chocolate smooth then nuttiness and vanilla take over and spice it up a bit. Finish is lingering chocolate, vanilla bourbon coffee, hops are present but more or less just to keep it from being cloying. Only very light booze notes which is great for it being 13%.

Mouthfeel is bigger medium not quite full for a big beer, but its smooth which is no doubt aided by the mellow carbonation.

Overall for the price be hard pressed to find a better stout, wish I had a cellar for of them.

Dec 13, 2015
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Stebbimacdaddy from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DARK Black opaque minimal tan head no lacing with a nose full of currants and cocoa and coffee. Taste is full of chocolate and coffee with an almost buttery mouthfeel and malt sweet malt. Carbonation is minimal and this is pretty full bodied. Hard to believe this is a 13%+ beer. I can tell the alcohol is there, but it doesn't overpower or leave my head shaking. Will be interested to see how this one ages.

Oct 06, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 07/07/15

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, with a small fizzy light tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee, roastyness, dark fruits, BB notes. The taste is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, figs, raisins, vanilla, with some nice roast notes, BB notes. Full body, ABV is definitely present. Overall, a very tasty Impy for sure, be careful with this one, definitely can sneak up on ya.

Oct 14, 2015
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BIll_Currie from Wyoming

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

Stone had the friendliest pouring staff bar none. they were very happy to talk about any beers they had. this one was really good. Stone is world class in all ways

Sep 30, 2015
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a stout glass.

The pour is straight black, with no hope of light ever shining through. The head is caramel colored and fizzes away rather quickly.

The smell is bourbon up front, vanilla, dark chocolate, with the spicy rye burning the nose on the very end. Picking up very, very subtle notes of pecan. This is an extremely well-balanced nose and I love it.

The taste is surprisingly heavy on the vanilla and bourbon, with notes of burnt chocolate and dark fruit. Not getting as much pecan as I did on the nose but it's there, albeit very subtly. There is honestly a lot going on here and I keep getting more and more notes of oak and pecan as the beer warms.

The feel is full-bodied like chocolate flavored motor oil. The alcohol is certainly present but not as much as expected given the ABV.

Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic stout. There are a ton of aromas and flavors present yet they are mixed in beautifully. I can't wait to see what comes forward with this beer after 12 months of waiting in the cellar.

Aug 25, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

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

Phenomenal stout, so smooth it's hard to believe it rang in at 13% ABV. Strong bourbon aroma and flavor is what really made this a standout in my opinion.

Aug 24, 2015
Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch-Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 2015 from Stone Brewing
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