In this beer blog, we are going to get into a special limited release and special beer to me. It is from Stone Brewery and the beer is their Wootstout. This brew was team brewing process from Drew Curtis, Greg Koch, and Wil Wheaton. If you read my early beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not read those posts, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know this brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It has a jet black color with a constant tan to light brown head on the beer. The smell is chocolate cover pecans. The taste of this light to medium body beer is chocolate cover pecans notes. There is some vanilla notes that blends nicely with the pecans. The aftertaste is a dry coffee to toffee pecan aftertaste. For being a stout, this is scary and extremely drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
“Wil Wheaton first called us in 2004 to ask if it’d be OK for him to put the Arrogant Bastard logo on this 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 the 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. Since his gigs in the iconic Stand By Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wil has become quite the renaissance man, adding author, w00tstock 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 no-brainer for us to choose Drew Curtis – who many know as the twisted mind behind Fark.com – as our third cohort. Drew was an old friend of Wil’s that 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 confenece three years in a row. The beer you told 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.”
Greg Koch @stonegreg CEO and Co-founder, Stone Brewing
“Being a geek isn’t about what you love: it’s about how you love it. I’m a sci-fi geek, a disruptive technology geek, and a tabletop game geek. I’ve been lucky to do lots of work in those fields, but this is the first time I got to be a professional beer geek, and it was awesome.”
Wil Wheaton @wilw Actor, Homebrewer and Professional Geek
“Beer tastes like my website … all over the map, but I’ve never met a beer I didn’t like.”
Drew Curtis @drewcurtis Founder, Fark.com & News Geek
Here is a description from their website (www.stonebrewing.com/collab):
From the most unlikely yet intensely imaginative trio that is actor and uber-geek champion Wil Wheaton, alternative news website Fark.com creator Drew Curtis and Stone CEO/Co-founder Greg Koch, comes an imperial stout unlike any ever made. Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans and partially aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels, this viscous yet silken brew erupts with an oaky, nutty bouquet and rich flavors of vanilla, toast and bitter chocolate. Enjoy now or cellar this celebration of nth degree passion and geekery applied most gracefully to the craft of brewing and collaboration-Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: @stonegreg @wilw @drewcurtis and @stonebrewingco
Closing out, many of these beers hit the shelf and go pretty quickly. In most cases, these beers let many of the beer drinkers down with the liquid. This brew is totally different. These three guys put a ton of thought behind it and put their stamp on it, which you can see the details above in description from the beer bottle selection. This is a great brew. I love the stout and the wheat malt makes this stout light in body. I love the chocolate and the pecans gives this brew another element. It blends nicely with the beer and then age the beer in barrels that gives some nice vanilla notes. If you can find this beer, I highly recommend this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser