Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch - Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #966
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,361
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
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Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch - Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstoutDrew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch - Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout
Notes: Ale brewed with pecans, wheat, & rye, with one quarter aged in bourbon barrels. Brewed at Stone Brewing Company with Greg Koch, Drew Curtis (Fark) and Wil Wheaton.

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-Ruby red/brown...nice chocolate head..

S-Sweet malt, chocolate cake, touch of vanilla, touch of nuts...

T-Dark cocoa, milk chocolate, black licorice, bourbon notes are light but there is a boozy flavor to it.

F-Full bodied...rich and creamy.

O-This is fine but I'm not blown away by the flavor. Aroma is ok but not great either. It's solid.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 2020 Review
2018 vintage from 12oz bottle. Poured into tulip glass.

Pour: huge 2-3 finger dark tan head. Dark brown; no light gets through. Lots of lacing. 4.75

Nose: surprisingly little nose. Maybe my sniffer is dead tonight. 3.5

Taste: pretty much the same as review of 2019 vintage. I think you really get some pecan or maybe it’s just some hop bitterness but it makes this beer unique. Super complex and balanced. 4.25

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. Some oiliness. Really nice. 4.25

Overall: really like this. 2018 seems a bit better than 2019 but can’t go wrong with either. 4.25

Aug 2019. 2019 vintage. 12oz can dated July 2019. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: jet black with a hint of brown. One finger tan head that leaves a thick ring, some lacing and clouds. 4.25

Nose: sweet malt, rye, maybe pecan or wheat. Don’t get a lot of bourbon or booze but sweet malt could be booze as well. 4.25

Taste: dark roast malt, candied pecan, dark chocolate. Less bourbon than last year but still there. Burnt caramel/molasses, rye spice with slight bitterness and alcohol burn on back end. Well balanced and lots going on. 4.25

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, not oily, maybe even a bit dry. Pretty clean and easy to drink. Maybe less thick than last year. 4.0

Overall: I don’t know if I like it as much as I liked last years. But, still absolutely worth trying/buying. Will look for another can ASAP. Want to drink another and age one as well. 4.25

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Aug 2018. 2018 vintage into a hotel tumbler at Crystal Mountain.

Pour: 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 different 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 jwp777
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 8oz serving:

Dark black color. Initially the head is about two fingers thick, and though it recedes fast, it sticks around the outside. Leaves some lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, licorice, a bit of bourbon, and some sweetness.

Taste follows the smell but I also get strong notes of vanilla and wheat along with the chocolate and booze. The pecans, wheat, and rye present themselves later on. My one complaint is maybe the rye was a bit strong in the batch I had.

Feel: smooth texture, a bit syrupy on the finish. Body is bold, carbonation is light.

Overall, a good stout. I don’t know if I would go out of my way for it, but I would not pass it up any time it is available.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with 4 fingers of greyish brown head.

Smells of grape jelly, chocolate, salty liquorice, and mousse.

Tastes of chocolate, coke, and black liquorice.

Thick, syrupy body with little carbonation.

I got this in Redding, Nov 17th where I am drinking it at home.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2015 vintage bottle and the label says 13% not the 11.5 listed here. Pouring a cellar temp bottle into my snifter, the bottle is part of a trade with my friend Craig. Thanks man!
The beer pours a clear mocha brown color with just the faintest of light passing through my glass. A dense creamy tan head foams up 1.5 cm even with my gentle pour. This foam fades slowly, but sticks around on the edges of my glass, creating very dense lattice during each sip from the beer.
Aroma is malty with molasses and brown sugar dominant from the start. I get a little bourbon and some bakers chocolate with a dose of roasted malt too. Not really too boozy on the nose and no hop presence that I can detect.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet tingly carbonation that rolls across my palate with a prickliness.
Texture is smooth and a little sticky on the swallow. Oh and there is the booze with some warmth after each mouthful hits my belly.
FLavor is roasted malt up front and then some sweetness. I get bakers chocolate first followed by bourbon, molasses and brown sugar. and a little vanilla. The booze is present and warming, but doesnt add any bite or pepperiness which I sometimes get from bigger beers. No hops anywhere here either.
A decent Imperial Stout, but Ive had better ones.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter glass, resulting in a 3+ fingers of brownish head that took a while to fade. Deep brown color, almost opaque. Smell is like mildly sweet burbon, not too strong. Tastes first of bourbon (thankfully not too strong) with a nutty vanilla flavor coming in later. Mouthfeel is moderate with only a bit of carbonation. Very very good bourbon-barrel aged stout.

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Photo of nitoy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Customary Stone assertiveness (aggressiveness??). Thin foam layer in a fluted 10 oz. glass. Poured from tap at Revolution Bar in Morristown, NJ, there listed as a Russian Imperial Stout though at close to 25 proof should be more properly classified as an American Imperial Stout. Take care mates, maybe tonight *isn't* yet the night to propose to her...

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Photo of dsa7783
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Revolution in Morristown. Pours a deep, dark, espresso hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of mocha and chocolate. Similar overall flavor profile. Not bad.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells of spicy rye bourbon with a nutty maltiness. Definite vanilla extract tones. Some chocolate and hints of coffee too, as tends to occur with big imperial stouts. You get bourbon overtones on the tongue; vanilla, caramel and such. Spiciness from the rye. Lots of (perhaps too much?) vanilla. Brilliant, lingering chocolate brownie aftertaste. Going to let it warm a bit and see what else is revealed. Mouth is creamy without being chewy. How in the world is this ranked in the 2200s overall? It's just outstanding. Best beer I've had in awhile.

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Photo of ALHOPLOVER
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh September 2019 can. Pours like a champ! Nice head expectant of a big boy stout such as this.
Looks great, oily and dark.
Smells like a bourbon oak charred caramel stout! Vanilla is present! Come on!
Very tasty, so strong and flavorful but not offensive. Bourbon vanilla caramel malt beer!!!
Feel is perfect! Perfect bite yet so thick and smooth and rich.
Overall you will love it if it’s fresh! After a good IPA or DIPA, this hits the spot!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried a current (2019) can and an aged (2016) bottle. Conclusion is if you have a bottle age it, if it is a can drink it now. The bottle aged VERY well. Nice profile on the aged. Canned was good as well.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz, canned 05/24/2019. Pitch black body it topped with a tall foamy light brown head. Rich aroma of nutty grain, spicy rye, cocoa, roast, oak, and boozy bourbon. Great array of flavors: roasted barley, dark cocoa, nutty pecan, grain, charred caramel, spicy & earthy rye, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and bitter earthy hops. Full body, ample carbonation, quite boozy, and the finish is bitter with both hops and char lingering. I love the uniqueness of this one - great complex flavors!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Is this (2019) the first year that they have CANned this beer? I am unsure, but you CAN bet that when I spied it on the shelf at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) the other day, I snapped one up for The CANQuest (tm)! This has turned into a night of Stouts for me, but this will be my last for the day.

From the CAN: "Stout brewed w/Pecans, Wheat, & Rye one quarter aged in Bourbon barrels"; "A Kick-Ass Amalgamation of Flavors"; "2019 Edition"; Over the years, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout has become one of our most anticipated annual releases - and not just because it's an astoundingly flavorful Stout concocted as a collaboration between FARK's Drew Curtis, nerd royalty Wil Wheaton and Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch. It's the incredible label art adorning this Stout over the years that has elevated it to the pinnacle of beer, geekery and beer geekery. This year's gloriously awesome artwork comes from the talented hands of comic artist Alan Davis, who has worked on some of the most iconic comic series of all time, including Uncanny X-Men and justice League of America. His depiction of a hero who channels our iconic gargoyle's guardian powers to battle against the evils o the world of beer is a fitting representation for this year's label, and for the relentlessly intense flavor of this intergalactic Imperial Stout inside."; 45 IBU.

There was too much verbiage to CANscribe at this hour [now CANplete], but I did not want to delay adding it to The CANQuest (tm) so I CANtinued with a Crack! of the vent & a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it performed a pseudo-cascade, ending up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights visible. Nose was an interesting mélange of bourbon booziness, a nuttiness that I could not define, chocolate, anise, treacle, coffee & light smoke. Phew! My nose hairs tingled in response. Mouthfeel was thick, full & dense, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. Phew! I was in NO hurry to swallow it so I allowed it to roll around & warm before proceeding. The nuttiness was the first to become aggressive & now, it was definitely peCANs. Next, the chocolate/treacle/anise CANbination took their turn in the barrel. Finally, despite the bourbon booziness, the spiciness of the rye beCAN to give it a peppery bite. Phew! Finish was dry, boozy & quite the beer. I may buy another CAN to cellar, as suggested. In the meantime, this was one to be careful with. It drank MUCH easier than its ABV should have allowed. This CAN be dangerous. YMMV.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark and rich looking. Not much head. Smells of light molasses and salty air. Tastes of light molasses mainly and a hint of the Bourbon barrel. I notice a touch of heat which is always pleasant in a stout. Very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall an excellent stout from Stone Brewing. Beer geekery notwithstanding.

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap. Looks like an imperial stout, not particularly black or viscous or otherwise remarkable. Aroma and taste are surprisingly weak and thin. Sure, there are hints of rye and bourbon and nuttiness, but it's nothing incredible. Underwhelming although I will say that the beer grew on me a little bit as I drank it.

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Photo of branham1989
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stone Brewing’s Woot Stout 11.5% ABV 45 IBU. This stout pours a pitch black motor oil color with a half finger width dark mocha colored head that dissipates rather quickly due to the barrel aging and additions of pecans. The aroma is of roasted dark malts big hits of bourbon with rye spice with hints of pecan nuttiness. The flavor hits big with the bourbon and rye spice followed by the slightest hint of nuttiness from the pecan also the usual flavors of raisins plums prunes dates along with dark chocolate that you would expect from a stout with plenty of sweetness from the malts and wheat but is balanced by a nice hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and thick with a spicy finish perfect amount of carbonation. 9.5/10

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Photo of nick_perry
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has that motor oil look when pouring into the glass. Thick red-brown head that quickly dissipates. Sweet aromas. Flavors of pecan, Bourbon, and oak are there, but not too strong, and they all blend together well. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Astringent finish, leaves me with a warming feeling. Take it out of the fridge and wait about 15 minutes - needs to warm up to a good red wine temperature, I think - just slightly below room temp.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2019 bottling, with "Gargoyle Man" beating up other costumed types on the bottle. Served in a snifter glass (and shared with the Mrs.).

Appearance: Black, thin tan ring of foam around the edge. Occasionally island of lacing that slid back down to the ring, as you would expect with a high ABV beer.

Smell: Bourbon, bit of rye spiciness and just a tiny bit of pecan when the beer was fully at room temperature, but only detected with a swirl of the beer.

Taste: Bourbon, hint of pecan, and lots of malt sweetness. Some dark chocolate flavor and bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and nicely thick. Warming and spiciness at the finish. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A good sipping and savoring imperial stout. Rather than a bomb of bourbon + chocolate + coffee notes, this has the bourbon flavor throughout, but with some other flavors that complement the bourbon nicely. Definitely something to pick up again. Went well with Salisbury steaks and mashed potatoes, and I'm confident would go great with chocolate chip cookies.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, leaks quickly to mahogany on the edges and props up a dark tan head. The aroma I get most on the is a toffee/caramel/milk chocolate combo pack that is really nice.

Those notes are present on the taste, but what really elevates this is the subtle barrel flavor and the jackhammer rye flavor. Just an incredible flavor bouquet.

A bit surprisingly, the mouthfeel is a skosh thin, especially for an 11.5% ABV beer, but man is this a joy to drink, especially in a 12 oz configuration. I need to pick up another 6er.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep dark black with light khaki brown foam. Notes of strong brew stout brewed with pecan wheat and rye in aged bourbon barrels. Amazing strong bourbon stout at 11.5% ABV.

Cool comic label and another great one from stone, well done, simply amazing!

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

can poured into snifter.
2019 version with pecans, wheat, and rye; one quarter aged in bourbon barrels
11.5% abv

A: pitch black body and a thick, large dark tan head with low retention
S: slight booze heat quickly swept away by sweet malt and candied pecan with undertones of funky wheat and crisp rye
T: an earthy sweet caramel malt with roasted pecan and chocolate notes and funky grains with a light boozy heat all throughout with a bittersweet finish
F: low carbonation, heavy bodied. mostly lush with a smooth dry finish on the tongue

Overall (personal opinion):
beautifully balanced and epically flavored. pecan notes didn't fall where I expected them to; particularly the subtle bitterness that pecans possess showing up later at the finish to add a well rounded experience that wasn't just all booze heat and sweetness.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 release; Different art work than shown.Poured into a Spieglau stout glass. Looks opaque black with a nice mocha colored foamy/creamy head. Smell is subdued and muted. A malty ,nutty profile. Taste is of pecan, cocoa, toffee,some mild Rye/ hop bite. Feels excellent for a big beer, not viscous,mildly chewy, medium bodied, finishes juicy. Overall a delicious stout-

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time I've had one of these. 12 ounces canned on 5/18/2019 poured into a DFH tulip. Very dark inky body with a nice sized khaki head which disappeared quickly. Smell is intriguing because there's not much booze or barrel but something sweet with a smoky edge to it when it was cold. When it warms up the bourbon and barrel come forward. Taste is of vanilla, bourbon and pecans with none of them overpowering the rest. Mouthfeel is thick but not too much so.

I might pick up a six and stick it in my cellar fridge and see what happens. It tastes kind of young right now and aging it might yield good results. Or not; that's why we experiment.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, tulip, 2019 vintage.

This is the blackest beer I’ve poured in awhile. Highlights are only visible held close to a lamp and the head is minimal in a khaki shade. There is a trace amount of lace even at this ABV.

Root beer comes to mind immediately; vanilla, dark roast coffee, root beer soda syrup, burnt marshmallow, BBQ smoke, and just the right amount of whiskey comes out as it warms.

Sweetened espresso, or better yet, chocolate covered coffee beans. After that things start to head much more toward Bourbon and spice. There’s a nutty undertone and richness. It verges on syrupy, but turns just before that into oily.

Medium bodied, slippery, and coating. The carbonation is pretty high, but mostly comes off as balancing.

This is a dark and sweet beast with just enough nuance to make it stand out. I’d expect nothing less from Stone and crew and they definitely come through here. The fact that the Bourbon barrel doesn’t dominate goes a long way.

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super weak head, but beautiful opaque midnight look. Nice smell with a sickly sweet malty aroma. Taste itself isn’t sickly sweet, but slightly sweet. Super strong flavor reminiscent of a port wine. Not your typical stout (no coffee flavors and only subtle roastedness).

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