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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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It's nice to be able to finally brew some beer without restrictions on it. we came from Colorado where we could brew or try anything. We've been waiting 7 years to make a stout and we harnessed all that frustration into this batch of beer.

We didn't get caught up in the parameters of a specific style we just brewed a big fat hoppy beautiful beer. The timing of the law change couldn't have been better for us, because it has taken until this summer for us to get set up in our new brewery. We finally have some capacity to experiment with some new style. This could lead into a seasonal offering from us in the future. For now we're just glad we can satisfy the demands of the folks who have been on us since day 1 to make a stout.

Malt: 70/80 crystal malt, chocolate malt, black malt, roasted malt

Hops: Centennial, Willamette and cascade - on the dry hop!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (125) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, toast, caramel, Apppearance: black, clear, brown foam, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, chocolate Palate:medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Well done impy stout, pleasantly surprised

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crispy34 (441) - Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Draft. Aroma is a very resin hop with some dry, dark malt. Appearance is black with a tan head. Taste is a very citrus and piney hop flavor with dark malt underneath. Palate is hoppy and dry. Overall, a good stout that has some very interesting hop character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 1/20/2016. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount or pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; wit ha very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American imperial stout. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4088) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Dane. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, citrus, and pine. Unusual in that the hops are so forward. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1368) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Dark fruit and chocolate cherry aroma. Smoky roasty taste with chocolate and dark fruit notes. Very nicely balanced between bitter and sweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffman52 (6) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2015 does not count
This is my go-to beer in the fridge. Pours very dark, brief head on it. Nice roast malt tastes but with good hops as well. Easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12058) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle at the Cads 10th Anniversary bash, picked up at some package store in Georgia, 29/03/15. Light black with a decent tan covering. Nose is light roast, chocolate, smoke, toffee, not a dominant nose. Taste comprises chcocolate, roast malt, toffee fudge, spice, charr, coffee notes, dark fruit rinds, trace of liquorice. Medium + body, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the close. Ok impy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2430) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
Tried this on two consecutive nights. Rich nose. A little booze with cola and coffee. Booze and tootsie roll taste. Meh.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (650) - Louisiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
Appearance: pours with a large nice head, the head is tan but is a tan shade that has hues of gold in it, the beer is black and opaque Aroma: chocolate, coffee, creamy, some hops poke through, Taste: chocolate, not as much coffee, bitterness on the finish Palate: soft carbonation, heavy mouthfeel, leaves mouth wet, bitter aftertaste Overall: this stout tastes more chocolate that coffee to me but isn't overly sweet, hides the alcohol very well, very subtle nose and flavors, lacks complexity, not bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5006) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Dark brown coloured body with a rich, three centimetre tall rich brown head. Aroma of hops, alcohol, molasses, brown sugar, coffee and a good amount of roasted malt - but the hops are strong in the nose. Full-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour with a large roasted malt presence, some vanilla, oak, molasses and a bit more hops on the finish - strong won both fronts. Aftertaste of course shows a ton of sugar and roasted malt with a big bitterness from chocolate and coffee, but even more bitter notes stem from the large hop presence, which is very nice! Overall, a very nice Imperial Stout with a big hop character but still a nice robust chocolate and vanilla flavour. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 31-January-2015 for US$2,79 sampled at home in Washington on 11-April-2015.


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