1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours black with little head. Coffee aroma. Very thin, smooth ending. Fully enjoyed.
sloth (2648) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle supplied by OhioDad, thanks Scott! Pours a small light brown head with fair retention and some thin stringy lace is evadent. Black bodied brew. Nose is lighlty citrusy, heavily roasty and malty. Body is medium, lightly oily on the palate with a smooth carbonation. Plenty of roastiness up front backed by semi sweet chocolate flavors, light fruityness and a hint of coffee grains. Nice hopping, more piney in the flavor dept. though. Finish is a touch sweet though the bittering hops work just right, lightly fruity, plummy. A solid Impy Stout. Thanks again Scott!
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice looking pour, but not much comes of it. Kinda flat. Smell is good, chocolate malt? Light bodied brew, but smooth to drink.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bmartin08 for the bottle. Pours near black with just a thin wisp of a head. Aroma of liquorice, coffee with bitter, grassy and citrus hops. Liquorice taste works very well with the American hops. Either I’m getting used to big, hoppy impy’s, or this just fits my taste. Either way, it’s damn fine.
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick, pocked, sepia head. Molasses and brown sugar up front, cola and tobacco behind. Taste echos the nose with licorice, French Roast and Juicy Fruit sweetness. Medium body, light carb. Bittersweet chocolate finish. Solid brew.
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Rerate; I think this bottle was from the same batch as my old rating; just with some age on it. Bottle said best by June 07. Poured a thick black with only a thin layer of light brown head. Aroma of oats, chocolate dust, caramel and roasted malt. I again didn’t like how the hops meshed with the other flavors. Liked it a bit less than last time; 3.6 to 3.5.
(Bottle; thanks to KieferUGA and kleyland for this one from Georgia. Pours black with a smallish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffe, chocolate, and a hint of hops. Initially smooth, but ends a little watery. Another complaint is that floral hops are too pronounced and it doesn’t mesh with the other flavors that well. Some good roasted malt and chocolate flavors; hints of vanilla and coffee. All in all, probably rated about where it should be in my opinion.)