Up until today I knew nothing about this beer. I was just walking down the aisles of Jungle Jim’s and boom, there it was. As I read the bottle I became more intrigued as to what the heck it was.
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.
Eisner Award-winning comic-book cover artist Dave “The Reverend” Johnson created the fine art for the 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.
This beer was the brain child of Stone’s co-founder Greg Koch, Wil Wheaton and Drew Curtis, Fark.com founder. Ok…I’m a geek and the name was enough to make me want to grab this and now I see who’s involved in making me? Sign me up. Not only is that what makes this beer awesome, it has a bottling date of 7/10/15 which means it’s seen 2ish years of bottle aging on top of what it did in the barrel. I was totally in at this point.
As I opened the bottle I was met with a rich chocolaty barrel smell. It poured very dark brown, not quite black. Upon the first taste I was pleased with nutty chocolate notes up front with some coffee, followed by bourbon and smokey oak. As it warmed I got a lot more maple out of the glass as well. For a BA blend at 13abv this W00tstout is surprisingly easily drinkable.
Would I drink it again? I probably would, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly epic. It was good though!