Stone Brewing Co.
Ale brewed with cocoa, pecans, wheat & rye, with one quarter aged in bourbon barrels
Having skipped Indiana last year, it was a pleasant surprise to see that Stone would be sending w00tstout 3.0 our way in 2015. If I remember correctly, the inaugural release in 2013 went on to be one of my favorite beers of the year. Here's hoping this collaboration from Drew Curtis, Wil Wheaton and Greg Koch remains the same, if not having gotten substantially better!
Pour is dark brown/ nearly black with a thin cap of light tan colored head that leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing on a snifter.
There is very little cocoa on the nose which is a bit disappointing, but a really great smelling beer nonetheless with strong notes of plums, raisins, vanilla, wood and bourbon. I can already tell that this is going to be another solid offering from the San Diego-based brewery. Let's dig in!
Dark fruits really dominate the palate, as they did on the nose. Notes of bourbon start to shine as the beer warms, though, personally, I prefer this one nice and cold. Thankfully, 3.0 is not merely a bottle of boozy raisins. A lingering nuttiness and notes of bitter dark chocolate on the finish combined with a mildly chewy mouthfeel is enough to keep me happy. And by happy I mean "Wowww this is a super delicious brew!" It will be interesting to see how this beauty changes with a year or two on it. Buy two if you can find them!
Given the the presence of bourbon and a whopping 14% alcohol percentage, it is amazing how incredibly smooth, and dare I say approachable w00tstout really is. A must try for those who want to get into barrel-aged beers!