French Toast Stout | Wicked Weed Brewing

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French Toast StoutFrench Toast Stout

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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is quality stout, the adjuncts arent over the top in it, and even though the barrel aged version of this is a big step up, i enjoyed this one. it doesnt really conjure images of maple drenched french toast to me though, and im not sure it could being a stout as a base beer, lots of dark roast and coffee flavors in this, which, while compatible with the added ingredients, does not necessarily scream french toast to me. the cinnamon is subtle in the nose, with the vanilla being by far the most forward and obvious element. the flavor is more balanced between the three, and i do get the maple in the finish. lots of sweetness here, on the edge of a novelty item rather than a beer to reach for more than once, but its super well made, just perhaps intentionally a bit overdone. dark chocolate from the grain, sweet vanilla, definitely desserty more than breakfasty, but i see the line of thought and think the execution is pretty darn good. having the barrel aged one right after this really diminishes my overall appreciation for it, that one just tastes like a totally different beer, truer to the french toast itself, and far more original and memorable. good beer, but i think this one lacks the signature wicked weed "oh my gosh no other beer tastes like this at all" component that they often deliver.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a charcoal color and a two inch tan head; plenty of lacing sticks to the tulip

Smell: Chocolate fudge, toasted bread, cinnamon sugar, vanilla and a touch of maple

Taste: Crusty bread and chocolate fudge, up front, with the cinnamon sugar and maple tones building; finishes rather sweet with a wallop of vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, Wicked Weed hit what they were going for but after half a glass, the sweetness of the beer gets to be overwhelming; I wouldn't try it again but will keep the rating up because it is still a good beer

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8.4% ABV. per growler label.Pours a dark chocolate brown with some deep brownish hue,a thinner beige head atop.Cinnamon toast really stands out in the nose along some vanilla,yeah it really does smell like French toast.Warming cinnamon spice and syrup flavors with a tinge toast,vanilla takes over into the finish and lingers.Wow this is pretty cool,although it gets a bit sweet after awhile the flavors are great.Great concept and a great beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Creamy thick head, nice lacing, dark brown color

Nose sweet brown sugar, maple, cinnamon, little booze, ester, biscuity dark malt, cocoa,

Taste sweet candy, maple syrup, cinnamon, a little vanilla, hint citrus and some esters, touch booze, dark malts and toffee, little caramel, cookie dough notes, little bitterness.

Mouth is creamy like, lighter carb

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed goblet glass. Bottled December 28th 2016.

Dark walnut blackened red body color. Half finger of tan head that settles to a nice thick and bubbly tall collar. Good coating of lacing and webbing as well, very nice looking stout.

Nice aroma, but not as diverse as the ingredient list seems to hint at. Vanilla and creamy roast body mostly, touches of an almost hazelnut quality to it. Spice and maple not really so much. Decent and solid stout aroma but with a nose that's more centered on creamy roast character than anything.

Palate gets the job done. Light yest solid rich body with a crispy waffery flavor. Chocolate and vanilla in the mid palate wash on a nice dark cocoa body, that just barely touches coffee character. Large amounts of soft cinnamon on this and almost with a good amount of heat from powdery brown warmth of spices. Good controlled spice on the finish that gets into touches of leafy herbs, mint and sugar. Crispy to its namesake as well, with a bit of husky and crackling grain too.

Very well named and tasty brew. Sweetness isn't too out of control on this either, very nicely put together.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown, opaque pour with a thick toffee lacing ring.

S - Vanilla, maple, cinnamon.

T - Cinnamon, vanilla, some chocolate malt, maple, and some chocolate bitterness on the back end.

M - Big medium body with silky mouthfeel.

O - ABV well hidden and too enjoyable.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is roast malt and vanilla dominant. Cinnamon emerges late.

Flavor is maple syrup sweetness throughout, with roasty, lightly bitter undertones. Cinnamon dominates, here, with a hint of vanilla in the finish. Damn drinkable at the high abv.

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Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big vanilla, cinnamon, graham cracker, and cocoa. Sweet, medium-heavy bodied, and moderate carbonation. I get a big s'more taste from this one--moreso than French toast. That said as a dessert beer this one is fantastic. Love all the graham cracker taste in this one. I will be getting this again.

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Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Good Bottle. Very dark brown pour, off white on top. Sticks just barely.

Aroma, yep there's cinnamon. Vanilla, dark toffee. Bready toasted malt. Chocolate, very minor roast presence. It's just too spicy for me.

About medium body, could be considered a bit thin. Drinks easily enough, just too much for me.

Overall I just don't like Christmas or pumpkin spice brews, you need to like them to really like this.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.74/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am probably the outlier on this one but I poured it out. Dark black color. Aroma was mild spice. The flavor was like cola, not french toast. I just couldn't drink more than a couple sips.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap:
Beer looks wonderful - dark brown near black with a nice tan head. Halfway down the glass it's still there I both thin coverage and almost uniform splotchy lace.

Nose isn't grabbing me, even with my nose in the snifter. I'm getting a little spice and syrup over a stout base.

Taste is roasted malt, coffee more than chocolate to open. A syrup flavor comes on, and brings some sweetness, but not enough to destroy the stout. The end seems to make be bring a little cinnamon or similar, bringing back the stout feel.

A nice tasting beer where the inspiration food is alluded to more than overrun, and that's ok with me.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Tasty Beverage

Black with some beige stickiness on the surface that collects at the edges. Starts off smelling heavy on the cinnamon, but soon opens up with a convincing crusty toast quality and faint maple and vanilla. Flavor starts out roasty and dark with bread, light vanilla and maple well-integrated, finishing with a spicy wash of cinnamon. I was expecting something rich, but this was more toasty and bread-crusty with probably a little too much roasted bitterness to be really impressive. Medium bodied and dry with fluffy carbonation. A little booze blending into the bitterness. I usually don’t complain about a strong stout being not sweet enough, however I think it would improve things here (which is odd, seeing as how others found it too sweet). Solid and entertaining, but overrated.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter, canned 1/18/16

A- pours a jet black color with a thin foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- cinnamon forward up front with hints of vanilla, toasted bread, actually smells like cinnamon toast

T- cinnamon forward flavor up front with notes of cocoa and a hint of vanilla. Toasty mid-palate with a dry finish of more cinnamon

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, crisp dry finish

O- pretty tasty but somewhat one dimensional, with the cinnamon primarily taking over

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

Had this on 2015-01-10 at the brewery.

Aroma is french toast and mapke syrup. Taste is similar but wirh more char. Not a ton of maple but pleasantly present. Rich thick feel.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black with a nice texture to it. It's a good look that was done well but doesn't really make you go wow!

The smell is good. It has a nice cream note mixed very well with a subtle cinnamon spice and maple syrup that give a nice sweetness to it. There is also a cocoa powder note.

The taste is good. It has a nice vanilla cream note with bits of powdered coco with a very light cinnamon running through it all. The beer has a nice maple syrup note that gets stronger as the beer warms but gets a little lost in the other notes. Still, the various create a very good and interesting tasting beer that really does resemble french toast. Also, a very light sweet dark chocolate note.

The feel is good. It has a nice medium body that feels a bit thin but not bad. It has a nice tingling carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a pretty decent stout worth getting. It's a nice variant of a regular stout and worthy of pairing with breakfast as well.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 12/28/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown but rests in the glass essentially black. Two fingers of pale tan head gradually fade to a thin veneer and fluffy crown, imparting some scattered, thin wisps of lace.

Aromas os cinnamon, maple, chocolate, roast and some faint vanilla. I'm not sure that I get French toast but it smells pretty good.

Cinnamon greets the palate right up front. That ubiquitous breakfast spice is joined by chocolate malt, mild coffee, maple syrup, old caramel, a whisper of vanilla and a subtle booze heat. As in the nose I'm unsure of just how much French toast I get but the end result isn't bad.

Medium body with soft edges and moderate carbonation. Vanilla creeps in more in the finish, complementingthe cinnamon, chocolate and maple syrup.

Wicked Weed's French Toast Imperial Stout is some pretty good stuff. It's far from the best I've had from the brewery but still a quality offering.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - decadent label. *homer simpson* pours a robust chocolatey brown with the slightest of crimson hues. Double layered head: course meaty bubbles on the bottom, silky tan cream on top. Really cool how the two blend together and you have dark spots interspersed around the large bubbles.

S - vanilla, spice, and everything nice. Coffee and roasted malts. Some metal. Nutmeg and allspice.

T - creamy latte up front. Vanilla cream. I'd say this is coffee, but it's tipping the scales between coffee with "cream & sugar" and "cream & sugar with coffee". Milk chocolate and a teensy touch of maple. It's there, but not exactly a key player. A bit of black coffee smoke on the finish intertwined with cinammon. The cinammon only came out after the beer warmed.

F - smooth, creamy, and silky, but a little thin. Goes down too easy.

O - tasty and decadent, but not as robust as I hoped. The advertised flavors are there, but it feels like they were added in; the beer was not built around them.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/10/17

A: Deep, dark brown, could pass for jet black at first glance - pours with a medium sized, creamy, light brown head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

S: Solid imperial stout base with some roasty chocolate malts, lightly burnt aromas, dark chocolate - semisweet chocolate, cocoa, some milk chocolate - roasty, hints of coffee - vanilla aroma seems more prominent, followed by equal parts cinnamon and sweet maple - some caramel as well

T: Decidedly reminiscent of French toast, perhaps more like eating French toast while drinking coffee - range of chocolate, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa - chocolate malts, roasty, hints of roasty coffee - cinnamon is more obvious in the flavor than the aroma, adds an underlying spice that works well - some vanilla and some additional sweetness from the maple - dark caramel and some bread

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth, borderline crushable

O: Let's get some f----in' French toast!

It's easy to write this off overly gimmicky, but it's actually solid enough to warrant genuine respect. The imperial stout base is nice, and the cinnamon and vanilla flavors are nice, and I suppose not everyone uses as much maple syrup as I do on French Toast.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Inky brown beer with a fluffy, light tan head that leaves lacing everywhere as it recedes. The aroma is heaven which apparently smells like coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and pale syrup. This tastes like a piece of french toast with maple syrup and a little chocolate sauce and a steaming cup of java. There is a perfect amount of smoky maple syrup and vanilla to remind me of French toast. I really love this beer as it hits so many flavors I love.

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Photo of mntlover
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black even when held to the light, no highlights on this baby just darkness. Coco colored head is small and fades fast with some lacing.

Aroma is nice sweet roasted malts extra sweetness for molasses/caramel like notes or in this case i guess maple syrup. Some light spicy cinnamon notes mingle with chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is peppier then expected the carbonation brings the cinnamon and vanilla to the front of the chocolate and sugary maple syrupy malt. Good roasted notes lots of lingering vanilla and maple sweetness. Guess French Toast stout is an appropriate name. Overall a good brew little to much carbonation for me personally but it does seem to highlight the spice some.

Mouthfeel is only medium for me the carbonation just more then I like in my big stouts.

Overall good flavors and a nice beer like the cinnamon kind of a nice touch. Would have on occasion if available but not something I would have to have.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a usual stout.

Smell is great: tons of maple, cinnamon and coffee.

Flavor is all about the hints of maple. Not to sweet, though, with the dark chocolate and coffee drying things out.

A fantastic offering for a canned maple/cinnamon stout.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle with a bottle on date of 12.28.16

L - Pitch black with 1 finger of head and no lacing

S - Maple syrup and cinnamon. Just as the label prescribed!

T - Sweet, cinnamon, syrup, nice grainy malt aftertaste.

F - Low carbonation and medium body

O - Well it is just as they intended. Definitely french toast in a bottle! A little too sweet or desert beer for me to buy consistently

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Publick House for the Wicked Weed launch party on Wednesday, February 3rd for EBF week. This one really stood out to me. A fantastic stout with the perfect amount of sweetness. The name is quite accurate, as you get the maple sweetness, brown sugar, some caramel. Super smooth and only gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a stout. Pours with a head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Smells terrific. Lots of cinnamon, dark sugar, hint of vanilla. Like French toast.

T - tastes great too. Taste follows the nose, but sugars are a bit muted and vanilla comes out more.

M - A little thin and dry. Not up to pair with the taste and smell.

O - terrific stout that does indeed taste like French toast.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottled on 12.28.16

Pours black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, roasty toasted bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, roasty toasted bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice french toast stout.

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