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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Black pour w/ thick tan head & thick lacing. Lightly grass & citrus nose followed by a dry roast malt some coccoas and a touch of vanilla. Palate is pretty avg thinner than I’d like in an IS. Flavor was a bit of a let down, dry roast malt light coffees.. almost a bit stale. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottled, BB 6/12/07, thanks to Jmichael! Poured a clear, mahogany with a short-lived cap of medium brown head. The aroma picked up moderately-roasted dark chocolate and soy with some overt alcohol coming through.. got better as it warmed up. Flavor had well-roasted dark chocolate and espresso at the core with grainy soy and caramel spreading toward the edges.. picked up some alcohol as it warmed... a bit weak on several facets. This was about medium-bodied, fizzling out as it hit the finish, leaving some residual dark roast. This was OK, but could use some work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7741) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours black in color with a mostly lasting foamy tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is much hoppier than most Imperial stouts. I get citrus and grassy hops with some chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is also extremely hoppy for an Imperial Stout. It has the roasted malt character with a hint of coffee as well. This one is also a little thin for an Impy. The alcohol, however, is well hidden mainly by the hops. I am having a discussion in my own head on how to rate this. As an Imperial stout I think it is lacking in a few things I would expect in this style. As an extremely dark IIPA this is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Opaque with a espresso head. Aroma is roasty with raspberries, espresso. Taste is caramel, light hoppiness, chocolate, light mocha. Pretty goo, havnt been big on I.S.’ lately but this is pretty good. Thanks Dad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4486) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 Pours a dark black, nice appearance. Not a very good consistency. The head was thin, light tan. The aroma was sweet, woody, roasted, molasses, slight sodium aroma. The flavor is not up to par with the nose, has a harsh roastiness, a tad of alcohol. Cool in the mouth and a little thin, definitely enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
The color was very dark chocoalte/black. The head was creamy, medium tan, frothy, and laced a little. The aroma was soy sauce, vanilla, roasty, and coffee. The flavor roasty, coffee, flowery, soy sauce, and chocolate. The palate was very smooth and thick-bodied. The finish was warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Best by 06/12/2007. The beer pours to a black body with a dense creamy dark brown head. Nice lacing. The aroma is chocolate, anise, and citrus hops. The flavor is chocolate malts and lots of grassy and citrus hops. The palate is moderately bodied with a dry roasty feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 2009 bottle. This is one hopped up Imperial Stout - although could be a black IPA like Stone’s 11th Anniv. Pours a nice black with a 2 finger creamy and whispy tan head. wonderful pine and citrus hopped up aroma... this is the most hoppy stout I’ve had to date. medium body with a nice bitter front with some coffee and chocolate coming through quite well. very nice bitter finish lasting as long as a hopped up IPA ... Sweetwater has something special here.... This one smacks you and does leave you with a smile on your face.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle. This one traveled from Georgia to Virginia then from Virginia to CA (thanks alexanderj). Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and some coffee. Flavor is similar with some sweeter chocolate, but a little light on the palate. Some hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocalate mixed with piney hops. Goes down smooth with hints of roasted coffee. Hops hit you at the end and linger, but in a good way!

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