Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout | Stone Brewing

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Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstoutDrew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by Alieniloquium on 07-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,027
Reviews:
359
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
470
For Trade:
49
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/16/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streakss of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and slight bourbon and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet cocoa and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice variety of aromas but the taste is pretty alcohol forward at this time.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a beer i was bummed to miss the first go around, so i am pumped it resurfaced at big beers. this baby has a glorious rich velvety black color to it and an inch or so of long lasting tan head, light as a cloud. the nose is quite nutty, the pecans make their presence known early. not super bitter or roasty as i expected it to be, although it does have a nice dense dark malt base. unsweetened chocolate chips and roasted pecans come through first in the taste. i get some vanilla from the bourbon portion, and a peculiar orange citrusy flavor that cannot be explained. the pecans put a nice protein richness layer in here, and wow is it good. really forward nut profile, more than any other beer i can really remember. goes well with the chocolate and orange. also too the alcohol is amazingly well hidden. you would never even know how strong this was, even when its warm. one of the more layered and unique stouts ive had, put together extremely well, and pushing up against the upper echelon of stouts like abyss and bourbon county in terms of overall quality.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The "have mercy" test comes home as the flavors of Kentucky Derby Pie resonates in zymurgy form when the head of Stone's Greg Kock, actor Wil Wheaton and Drew Curtis of Fark.com clang together. I love the theory, but how does the actuality measure up?

As the stout pours, its creamy sweetness portrays a visual texture of velvet and silk. The slow release of foam from beer results in a body of very dark "bark" brown coloration that boarders black. The head that caps the beer is thick, frothy and dense as if being capped by a mocha-stained whipped topping. As each sip is taken from the glass, the beer trails with well defined rings of lace. Its a very classy appearance for any stout.

Its incredible aromas are awash with succulence as soft espresso notes, chocolate, caramel, walnut and subtle bourbon notes. All those dessert-like scents are grounded with a foundation of roasted grain, marshmallowy malts and dark wood characeter.

But as the first sip reaches the tongue, its flavors erupt! Molasses, brown sugar, toffee and caramel all align on the early palate, but does so with a quick follow up of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted walnut character (I know the description says pecan, but I taste walnut). Nevertheless, the taste culminates in a nutty, chocolate, sweet malange that really does capture the taste of Derby Pie and Imperial Stout in equal parts and in high quality at the same rates.

But there's something about the beer's body that really wins me over- The creamy sweetenss that starts the show is velvety, silky and smooth. Rich on the palate, its seductive carbonation lulls the palate into a slumber of confectionery delight which is only lifted by the Kahlua-tyle warmth and milkshake-like fluffiness. Its finish of chocolate and overlooked bitterness concludes with extended cocoa and toffee.

The hype about this ale simply drives me crazy and I have the tendency to reject anything "celebrity" about the promotion of the beers that command attention beyond the taste of the beer. But in this instance, I have to step back and say that this is simply a world class beer despite the personalities involved in its marketing.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The description sure makes this one sound good, but then it's Stone...

13% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $8.49 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given Stone's involvement. But it's a collaboration, so maybe it'll be good.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger wide head of dark tan colour. Reduces to a floater ring within a few seconds; retention is horrid. Floater ring has light creaminess and okay thickness. Okay lacing, I guess.

Body colour is an opaque grey-black. Quite dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for the style, with a below average head. Not much to look at, but there are no overt or obvious flaws. Lots of room for improvement.

Sm: The pecan is lovely, but too restrained. I really want more of that and it seems well integrated here; it suits stouts well methinks. Definite wheat mixed in with some dark and chocolate malts. I do get some spicy rye, but no bourbon notes come through. No oak, vanilla, etc. The hop profile is low-key, to style. No yeast character is detectable. Some alcohol, sure, but it's not hot, boozy, or gushed. The pecan is definitely a highlight; I'm starting to get excited. Unfortunately, no roasted barley comes through in the aroma.

T/Mf: Love the pecan nut, but hot damn does it get boozy and gushed by the climax, continuing through the finish. Diesel alcohol presence is off the charts. All the flavour is up front; boy is this rough on the back end. Notes of off flavours buried in the second act. True to Stone tradition, this is a boozy mess. No sense of balance or subtlety at all. Comes off thrown together haphazardly. Zero cohesion or focus. No yeast character or hop profile is noticeable. Dark malts, chocolate malt. Maybe caramel. Some overly sweet artificial vanillicin. No bourbon notes or oak; what, did they age it for a couple days so they could put "Aged in Bourbon Barrels" on the label? Maybe some spicy rye. Molasses. The wheat is strangely handled here and feels out of place, thinning the body.

Smooth, wet, gushed, harsh, boozy. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate. Overbearing. Too thick. Syrupy. Ugh. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well at all. Poorly executed.

Dr: Not a fan of this one. Definitely wouldn't get it again. Overpriced. The caramelized pecan is a highlight, but it's far from enough to save it. Doesn't hide its ABV well at all. Difficult to drink. I'll finish the bottle with effort, but I'm not excited to do so. Another dud from Stone.

High D+

Age would definitely mellow this one out.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice tan head that leaves a few shards hanging around

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, coffee and moderate roast

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with vanilla and pecan tones developing; some bitterness builds, in the middle, with coffee and hop tones; the high ABV builds, after the swallow, when subtle Bourbon tones appear; chocolate and Bourbon tones, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very nice barrel-aged stout; not a mind blower but nicely blended

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry roasted malt notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes clearly identifiable. Taste is a mix of vanilla and bourbon notes with some roasted malt with black chocolate notes with some well-balanced residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy body and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Well brewed with good complexity and some good drinkability considering the ABV. I can’t say that pecan really stand out thought

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3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Leggy, viscous pitch black. High sugar content is apparent, though the head retains fairly well.

Smell: Plenty sweet. Pecan is blatant, and there's a decent bourbon undertone along with a touch of oaky vanilla. Lots of molasses and burnt sugars, without much roastiness. Black licorice comes out more as the beer warms, reminding me of Stone's IRS. Pecan is an odd addition that doesn't quite work; it lends a bit of staleness as the beer warms.

Palate: Chewy, sugary, a bit astringent. Has a tannic and bitter pecan skin bite to it. Alcohol isn't tasted so much as it's felt. This does hide the booze well, behind layers of sweetness. Caramel, molasses and a slightly stale pecan note are the dominant flavors. There isn't much in the way of roasted malt, though it does finish decently bitter, in more of an astringent, tannic way.

Overall: I find myself liking this beer quite a bit until the finish, when the pecans take on a lingering rancid note and the astringency of the alcohol and grains begin to wear down the palate. At the same time, I really can't see this beer improving with age.

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