Action Figures & Their Beers - w00t! (There it is)

by Bill Cable
on 2021-07-28, 07:42:40

I did a bit of beer shopping to replenish the stores.  I didn't intentionally seek out anything to review, but sometimes you stumble upon a brew that demands it.

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2021's release is the first I've had the pleasure of experiencing.  Man, I've been missing out!  According to Stone Brewing:  "Over the years, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout has become one of our most anticipated annual releases – and not just because it’s an astoundingly flavorful beer concocted as a collaboration between FARK’s Drew Curtis, nerd royalty Wil Wheaton and Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch. It’s the incredible label art adorning this beer over the years that has elevated it to the pinnacle of beer, geekery and beer geekery. This year’s heroic artwork comes from Tom Raney, who has a history drawing comics at Marvel and DC, from X-Men to Batman. His label art depicts a superpowered, mecha-gargoyle ready to spring into action to protect the sublime sanctity of great craft beer."

"The pinnacle  of beer" - you gotta give it to these guys, they ain't humble.  But I can't disagree with their boast.  This beer is absolutely fantastic.  It starts out boozy-forward, and it's heavenly.  Then it mellows a bit to vanilla.  It presents a very consistent flavor profile from when it first touches your tongue until the aftertaste eventually vanishes.  Mouth feel is rich and silky.  At 11.5% ABV, and with as smoothly as it goes down, this brew is dangerous.  But you won't be disappointed if you take the risk.

I would drink this every day, and twice on Sundays.   It is, quite simply, superb.  Who knew Star Trek dorks could brew even palatable beer, much less something this delicious??

To pair with w00tstout, I chose a Vintage Kenner Stormtrooper.  Sure, he's an armored baddie kind of like the armored gargoyle on the label, but the real reason is to honor my good friend and fellow collector John Wooten.  Wooten was one of the first Vintage collectors I met, when I joined OSWCC back in 1997.  His goal of owning every Vintage MOC Stormtrooper variation was what inspired me to do the same with C-3PO. He was with me on the trip to Kane County when I purchased my first Vintage figure.  And he was a giant in the early days of the Vintage hobby, instrumental in the creation of the Star Wars Collectors Archive website.  If I had to pick a beer to live up to his legacy, I'd have a hard time topping w00tstout.

Drink this if you also like:  Treating yourself to one of the best beers I've had





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