notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from TBC2 (thanks, Matt!) - fairly opaque poor, with not much head to speak of - very woody (oak), hoppy aroma, with vanilla and spent coffee grounds, and touches of blueberry in the background - quite woody and dry up front, with strong bitterness, coupled with bright berry fruitiness - some cream and coffee arrive after that, along with some vanilla, brown sugar, and a light touch of caramel - fairly dry for an imperial stout, and the higher hop profile actually compliments this pretty well - not a great impy, but nice.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade from Ross. Thanks for the Happy Ending! **snickering ensues*** Best enjoyed by 6/17/07. Pours a deep brown with light brown head that fades quickly. Aroma is of...wtf?? This is an imperial stout? Whatís with the big hop profile? Ya, it smells good but in a imperial stout? Ok, ok, Iíll try it. Aroma is again, a substantial amount of floral hop notes, some roasted malt, light chocolate and caramel. Smells pretty good to me. Taste is citrus hops, light chocolate, roasted malt, light caramel and some light woodiness. This sucker is smooth as silk for being 9%abv. In fact I think this would be an excellent session beer IMHO. The finish is slightly watery, but I wouldnít completely fault the beer for that. This was quite a unique beer, which to me, seems like a nicely woven impy stout and an APA. Iíll gladly take a Happy Ending from Ross any day, just make sure you wash your hands next time. Ok buddy?
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Newer bottle with a different label than the one listed. Despite much of the negative criticism, I did appreciate the intense hop profile of this imperial stout and the aggressive toasted malt character. I actually enjoyed this one. Maybe I got an odd bottle? I would have to agree that the body is on the thin side and not really up to an "imperial" standard, but what they were shooting for in this one is well represented. Hugely complex? No. Layers of wonderfully interwoven flavours? No. Simple stout that makes an attempt at doing something different, but without blowing your mind? Absolutely. If youíre into an intense hop character with your stouts and like alot of dark specialty malt, give this one a try. Just keep your standards low on this one.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from pintocb. The pour is Coca-Cola brown, and formed a black mass with a froathy brown head in my snifter. The cascade dry hop comes through real nice. Past that, there is just a bunch of chared malt. Really watery mouthfeel is the death blow for this beer. With all that said, Iíd sit and drink a sixer if given the chance. Thanks Larry.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 12OZ bottle VIA SHP555 and alexsdad06 (thanksguys!). Pours a near midnight black with a small tan head. Not getting much from the nose, most just some subtle chocolate. Taste is very roasty with a dry bakers cocoa in the finish, as well as a little coffee, and some citrusy hops. Finish is pretty dry with some chalkiness in the aftertaste. This is a pretty simple straightforward Imp Stout. Not bad...just simple. A bit high on the carbonation. Body is light/medium for an Imp Stout. Lower the carbonation and ditch the grapefruity hops, they are great in an IPA, but not in an Imp Stout imho....Average.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark pour, scant tan colored head. Very hoppy nose for an impy stout, sweet caramel under. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, slight carbonation. Hops come through in the flavor, finishes with coffee bitterness.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jrob, aroma had a sharpness to it, slightly soapy malt aroma,upon warming ,it became a little more chocolately, taste was A+W root beer, anise, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol, couldnít really find any chocolate or hop ,a sprite, lively Imp Stout,would do well in warm Southern temperatures
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
So, the beer is called íhappy ending", the label said "stiffy" somewhere on it, and it has an "explosive finish?" Hahaha. Anyway, the pour was black with a light brown head. Nose was pretty generic with some hops and roast. Watery flavor with some chocolate and coffee. Finish was fairly hoppy, but also not significantly noticable. Too watery. Weak!
patrick767 (3718) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from bottle at DLD - Pours black with a very nice pine and citrus hop aroma. Interesting. Iím tasting roast malt, pine hops, and a bit of fruitiness. Itís medium bodied, which seems like for an Impy, and has light carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter. Itís certainly different and pretty good too.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a dark, pitch black body with a medium-sized tan head.
Smell: Well, thereís some dark chocolate, cold coffee, and a little bit of soy if you can manage to sniff around the overwhelming aroma of pine.
Taste: The fact that the overpowering pine flavor squashes any chance of savoring the malty flavors is both distressing and exasperating. Is this some kind of prank? The finish is full of a black malt burnt ashiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Its actually bordering on watery, what gives?!
Drinkability: Normally, I have no quarrel with the hops, and have often said, "Come on hop, come all!" but it just seems a bit inappropriate in an Imperial Stout. Who knows, maybe thatís how the kids like their stouts these days. If that is the case, how about a little "heads-up" next time?