ben4321 (5693) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Bottled shared with dbarnold, jcos, and Pinsky, 10/3/13
Aroma: The nose is bourbon, vanilla, wheat, bread, oak, nuts, and a bit chocolate
Appearance: This one pours a mostly black color with a small tan head
Flavor: The taste is mild sweet, lots of bourbon/oak, nuts, malts, wheat, and a little roast
Palate: The body is medium-full, it feels a little sticky, and has some burn from the high ABV
This was a solid one for sure, though I canít imagine wanting to drink it too regularly considering how huge it is. Still though, Iím happy to have gotten to try it. Thanks for the share guys.
S_Side_Smitty (707) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma is heavy dark malts and molasses. Taste is rich roasted malts, a hint of coffee and molasses up front with a little bite of alcohol. The molasses and alcohol flavors remain in the mid-palate and smooth out for a dark chocolate finish.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I split a 22oz bottle with a friend. It was bottled on 6/25/13. I got the bottle in a trade with a friend.
Appearance: Opaque black body, no visible carbonation. Pours to a small, brown, soapy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Surprisingly fruity, almost berry-like. Sweet aromas of vanilla and licorice, though alcohol is quite prominent.
Taste: Thereís a long story behind this beer and Iím not going to get into it now. Not that it should persuade me one way or another. This is a one-off collaboration brew - an imperial stout brewed with rye and wheat with some of it aged in bourbon barrels. As seems to be the case with a lot of Stone beers lately, I donít get the rye or wheat, though the barrel aging is noticeable. Regardless, itís still an excellent imperial stout that tastes great.
Much like the nose, the palette here is remarkably fruit. And not just grape like so many other imperial stouts, but an almost berry-like taste (blue, red and black), which is odd considering the beer isnít brewed with any of these additives. Thereís some licorice or anise-like spiciness through the middle, followed by deeply roasted barley and dry bitterness on the back end (likely from the rye, though I donít get a lot of rye taste per se). The alcohol is a major player in the palette, too. It imparts a woody, vanilla-like flavor throughout the drinking experiences, as well as significant warmth. Iíll bet a bottle of this would be amazing a few years from now, but since it was a one-off brew and bottles were scarce, I doubt Iíll have the opportunity to find out. In the end, itís a great imperial stout that can hold its own with a lot of other comparable brews.
Drinkability: At 13% ABV, Stone Farking Wheat W00tstout is a beast of a beer. To call it robust is an understatement. Yet, I wouldnít go so far as to call it "hot" or difficult to drink. The alcohol is noticeable, yes, but itís warm and smooth and works with the body well. The mouthfeel itself is soft, smooth, and the aftertaste is bitter but tolerable. I had no trouble drinking half a bottle, though any more than that would be a challenge.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This is a big, bomb of a brew and Stone has absolutely hit it out of the park with this beer! Served out of a bottle with a nice dark brown color and light tan head. Aroma is really in your face with nuttiness/pecan, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, & whiskey. As the beer warms in the glass, the aroma REALLY starts to penetrate. Suprisingly (for Stone) the hops werenít as forward with this brew. Flavor is initially sweet with a really nice bitter following. This is a full-bodied stout with a nice chewy consistency. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite beers that Iíve ever had. After trying it, I purchased a case to cellar. I look forward to trying this as it ages through the years!
Bule (1836) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color with a bit of brown head. Aroma of sweet toffee. Taste of sweet burnt toffee and a slight hop flavor. Not tasted a beer like this before. Love it.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a viscous looking dark brown. A very modest tan heads, subsides to a pin stripe ring. Even after some serious swishing the beer gets still quick.
Aroma: Dark chocolate. Pecan, light woodsmoke and lumberyard, caramel.
Taste: Dark chocolate dark roast coffee, pecan, spicy bitter hop, burnt caramel, alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little sticky with very active carbonation.
Overall: Big, flavorful, strong. Something you could definitely revisit in a year. I also anticipate the 100% barrel aged version to be something to look forward to.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color, hazy with a thin tan head. Big stout flavor and aroma with lots of extra wheat added. Nice gimmick beer sure got me to buy.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Rating 1300! Bottle on 10/3/2013 split with Dave, Ben and Jordan..
Appearance: Pours a black opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of light whisky, pecan, chocolate.
Taste: Light pecan, no bitterness, chocolate, light vanilla.
Palate:Medium body, slick, light lingering aftertaste. Covers alcohol well.
Summary: This was an interesting beer. Not quite sure I ever will need a 13% beer, although this covers it well.
ThirstyBird (2600) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Jason for getting me this bottle! 66cl bottle @ RBBSG II. Pours a dark brown with orange highlights. Small light brown head. Smell is sweet dark malt, rich cherries, licorice, vanilla. The taste follows the nose with pecan and a hoppy dry finish. Full body with great, smooth carbonation.
kyzr (1379) - Montana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown pour with creamy brown head. Nutty bourbon nose. Slight notes of toasted nut with chocolate and touch of dried prune. Big warm finish.