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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (1776) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Aroma: Grapefruit. Grapefruit! Seriously, more hoppy than any IS I’ve nosed; this thing could be an Imperial Black IPA. After that, some roast character and a little chocolate. Appearance: Slightly inky black pour with a bubbly mocha head that settles into a bubbly, patchy skin. Flavor: Grapefruit still most apparent, but with a solid roast/chocolate balance underneath, leading to a somewhat bitter, citrusy finish. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Actually enjoyed this quite a bit; an IS with significant hop personality.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8056) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at Sweetwater in the Atlanta airport. Very dark pour with a brown head. Roasty with some dark chocolate and sweetness. This is really good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2284) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle at home while in j'ville. Pours a deep dark brown/black. Aroma has a little coffee coming through some nice green stuff. Medium body, medium carb. Pleasant choc, coffee bitterness, caramel sweetness, orange, grass, salt... Pleasant tasting and booze well integrated. Lighter than expected but a nice drop. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4199) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Rustico, Arlington tap: pours black but the pour I got was without much head. Aroma is chocolate and sugar and a wee bit of roast. Taste is sweet and surprisingly light for an imperial stout. Very creamy. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Black with moderate tan head. A: fruity hops over hints of chocolate malt and coffee. T: mild coffee and dark chocolate, pine hops. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (331) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Draft. Poured dark brown with a tan head that left rings of lace as I drank this stout. It was a little thin for a 9% stout. The flavor of coffee and chocolate was well blanced to make this very easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1315) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Tap @ Mekong. Dark brown with tan head that dissipated and decent lacing. Smells roasty with some chocolate and an antiseptic note. Nice dryness with some bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (693) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured from a 22OZ bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a malt and sweet coffee aroma. Appearance- Coffee black beer with a very small tan head Taste- Definitely taste the malt, with a sweet fruit backdrop; very tasty Palate- Full bodied beer with medium carbonation, has a dry finish. Overall- My favorite Sweetwater offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarleyandVine (56) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Great roasty flavor and aroma! Rich maltiness and medium hoppiness that balances well! A well brewed beer that is well worth enjoying!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3117) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2014
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Best by date of Feb. 2012. A: pours black and thick, with about 1 cm of light brown head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing. S: aromas of roasted malt, for sure, but this also has a substantial hop character of the weedy/herbal sort. Higher ABV is evident even while cold and contributes to floral notes and hints of dark fruits. Fair amount of dark chocolate. T: semi-sweet mocha and malt flavors appear initially. The hop component remains partly herbal in tasting but is less pronounced on the tongue than in the nose, and turns more piney here. The hop contribution grows in power, and comes to the fore in the aftertaste, which is also nicely, if lightly, fruity and bitter. These hop characteristics seem well-matched to the malt profile, producing a stout that is relatively hoppy but still seems well-balanced. Hints of dark toast and molasses. The fine and lingering aftertaste has good bit of mocha tint. M: creamy smooth and full bodied with a soft medium-light carbonation. The high ABV has little negative impact on the feel. O; rather hoppy yet drinkable imperial stout, with a high ABV that is well-hidden in the taste and feel, although fairly obvious to the nose.


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