Stone Brewing Company Farking Wheaton W00tstout (2015) Imperial Stout at 13% ABV (C$19.34 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, bottle date 20-Jun-2015)
Appearance: deep brown with two fingers of dense mocha head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate, bourbon, nutty, faint coffee. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Palate: full body, low carbonation, silky warming finish. (5/5)
“Drink fresh or age at cellar temp”. Well, I ask you: why does life have to be a series of either/or choices? Why can’t we have both? Why can’t I have my cake and eat it too?
Which is why I bought not one, but TWO of these: so I could both drink fresh AND age at cellar temp. Because sometimes, that’s just how I roll, y’all. And come on – Drew Curtis, Wil Wheaton, and Greg Koch? Three of my favourite dudes ever? Damn straight I’m in! Twice!
And this thing is, already, at a month old, a smooth criminal of a beast. Lots of complexity from the cocoa, pecans, and bourbon barrel ageing, yet nearly zero ABV presence. I’m already drooling at how this will be when it’s mellowed for a year or two. (18/20)