Stone Brewing Co. (United States/CA) – Farking Wheaton Wootstout 3.0 Imperial Stout [13.0%]
‘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.’
‘Wil Wheaton first called us in 2004 to ask whether it’d be OK for him to put the Arrogant Bastard logo on his blog’s website (back when people still asked permission to do such things), and I just so happened to answer the phone (back when I still answered the main line sometimes). Since he was so damn enthusiastic about our beers, I said, “Sure, no problem,” all while thinking, “Hmmm…this guy’s name sounds familiar.”
Months later, in a serendipitous turn of fate, I reached out to our 10,000th email newsletter subscriber…drumroll…Wil Wheaton. Turned out that since his gigs in the iconic “Stand By Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Will had become quite the renaissance man, adding author, w00stock innovator and homebrewer to his resume. His enthusiasm for the fermentable arts and our beer was such that after many occasions of sharing grog over the years, we decided it was time to brew in collaboration.
It was a no-brainer for us to choose Drew Curtis – known by many as the twisted mind behind Fark.com – as our third cohort. Drew was an old friend of Wil’s whom I had serendipitously met (when he saw me and told me, “Dude, I love your beer!”) and enjoyed many beers with at the famous TED conference three years in a row. The beer you hold before you is an Imperial Stout made with wheat (Wil pretty much insisted), and we also paid tribute to Drew’s Kentucky roots by adding rye and pecans to the mix and partially aging the beer in bourbon barrels. The result? Nothing short of serendipitous.
In celebration of the third brewing of this annual offering, we added a mix of the version of last year’s vintage that we aged in bourbon barrels for a year. Consider it a superhero version of this sudsy staple of Hop-Con, our imaginatively titled annual July w00tstout release event!
Brought in to put a personalized stamp on this year’s edition of w00tstout was famed comic-book cover artist Dave “The Reverend” Johnson. The Elsner Award winner, known for his work for DC Comics and the Vertigo series “100 Bullets,” created the fine art for this 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.’
– Malts: Rye Malts* Classified*.
[ ABV: 13.0% IBU: 45 OG: Unknown* ]
– Available: Special Release, 22oz/650ml Bottle.
– Taste: Roasted Cacao, Vanilla pods, Oats, Caramel and slight notes of Bourbon. Rich and full bodied with hints of Smoke and Dark Chocolate.
– Aroma: Smoked Malts, Raisins, Oatmeal, Espresso, Coffee Beans, Cacao, and Oak.
– Look: Opaque Black.
– Overall: Rich, Complex, and Smokey, surprisingly well Balanced and Smooth on the Palate. Full bodied with minimal Carbonation. Intriguingly Complex, Rich, and Robust yet Balanced and Unoffensive.
– Overall: [ 94.5/100 ] – Style: [ 96.5/100 ]
– Stone Brewing Company – Escondido, California, United States –
‘Stone Brewing Co. has come a long way since opening in 1996. We have grown from a small microbrewery into one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, employing more than 1,000 amazing men and women. From the beginning, our goal has been to brew outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, and the art of brewing.
That tremendous growth is strictly the result of word-of-mouth demand for our beers, as we have never paid to advertise our beer in print or broadcast media. That’s correct. Never. We have also never discounted our beer. This is quite unusual in the U.S., as advertising and discounting are two of the primary techniques brewers often use to drive the growth of their brands. But not Stone.
We are also proud that over the years we have grown without compromising our commitment to business ethics. In an industry known for its vigorous—and at times unseemly—competition, we have embraced collaboration, integrity and quality as the hallmarks of our business.
We pride ourselves on being an asset to our region; as such, our community and philanthropic efforts far exceed what can be presented here. We believe that building a strong business means being a vital component of the economic, social, and environmental life of the community.’
– Visit Stone Brewing: http://www.stonebrewing.com/