jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing. Dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and piney hops. The flavor of the roasted malt was rather mild, with more of the chocolate coming through and the resinous hoppy notes. Good beer, but I really don’t like hopped up impy stouts.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Jimbowood: Im torn on this one. The aroma and flavor are nice, but it’s so aggressively hopped, that it almost tastes sour. Super hoppy imperial stouts don’t really work for me. The hops kind of outshine the malts here, which seems kind of silly for an imperial stout. But, this is still a pretty good beer. I like the overall flavors - lots of coffee and some interesting roasty malt flavor, but the hops are too aggressive and the mouth feel is a little watery. Still nice, though.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in a few trades. This one labeled best before 06/12/07. Poured a dark black color with a larger sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, pine, roast, tobacco, and some coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast, caramel, and very light coffee. Body could be fuller. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth chocolate and lots of roasted malt really stood out in the aroma.Pour was black with a medium creamy tan head.Lots of smooth chocolate and some roasted coffee dominated the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a with a roasted coffee/malt finish.
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweetwater Happy Ending pours an opaque, near black color with a fading small, brown, foamy head/crown. The aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus and some chocolate. I’m guessing that this beer was dry hopped with something like Centennial and/or Amarillo hops. The flavor is kind of unique. It is quite hoppy (fresh and green) with some underlying roasted maltiness and ripples of coffee and maybe some dry dark cocoa. The finish is dry, roasty, and hoppy and leaves a lingering hop bitterness. The alcohol (9% ABV) is completely disguised by the hops and over flavors in the this beer. This beer has a medium/medium-full body, light carbonation, and doesn’t really have any noteable qualities as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall I would say that this beer is almost too hoppy and thin to be considered an Imperial Stout in my book. It really lacks all of those deep, robust flavors that makes a really good stout or porter. This beer is more like an extra dark IPA with some roasted barley and/or black patent malt thrown in. That might just be my opinion, but if I want lots of hops then I will drink an IPA or Pale Ale...
12 oz bottle (Best if enjoyed by: 06/19/07) graciously given to my by SpringsLicker at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007. Thanks Jay! I really appreciate it.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured into tall tulip. good stuff... pours a dark black with coffee brown head that dissipates to a constant ring... aroma of sweet malts, mocha, chocolate, and light coffee... obviously complex... taste is malty with a smoky finish, smoky after that sits on the palate... palate is full and creamy, as you drink you notice a sweetness on the tip of your tongue on the front, and the rest is consumed by a smoky tone... a great stout, complex, and gooood.....
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Ross and TBC2 for the samples. Pours dark brown with a thin initially brown then off white head. Smells of resiny hops, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of chocolate, earthy hops and caramel. Mouthfeel is thick with a bitter finish. The hops totally clash with the malt profile on this one.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is hops and sweetness. Pours black with a nice half inch head. Taste is sweetness with hops at the end. It wasn’t a very balanced beer, it seemed like everything sort of clashed in my mouth. Citrusy, sweet, roasty, hoppy.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Pours opaque, solid black with a medium-sized dark tan head that laces the sides of the glass heavily. The aroma packs a wallop of sticky, fruity, pungent-smelling hops. There is also some sweet, sugary malts in the aroma. But mostly, the beer smells green with hops. The flavor starts off bittersweet from roasted grains, sweet malts, and significant hop flavor. The middle of the flavor continues where the aroma left off: sticky and green with hops. There are also flavors of darkly toasted bread and some sugary malts (honey tastes like it’s hiding in there). All the while, the rich mouthfeel slides across the tongue, while tingling it with a soft but noticeable effervescence. The finish is very roasty and stout - along with a very decent dose of hop flavor and bitterness. The after-taste is thick with hops. The finish is very full-bodied, hoppy, and bittersweet. This actually tastes a great deal like an imperial stout I just made (though mine wasn’t quite this powerful with hop aroma and had a great deal more roasted grain flavor). Very nice, overall. A delight for hopheads that also love stouts!
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via shp555. Pours a pitch black colored body under a foamy one finger brown head that receded very quickly to a thin ring. The aroma is very hoppy for an Imperial Stout, lots of citrusy C-hops. Below that is a heavily roasted and burnt malt base with a good bit of coffee and chocolate, and a hint of smoke. The flavor starts out very roasty with a bit of a burnt/ashy character, proceeding to a very chalky dry and lightly bitter finish. The hoppiness comes out a little very late in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and maybe a little oily in texture with a fizzy forced carbonation feel. This was OK, but I can’t say that I really cared for the choice of hops in this. For my tastes there was just a way too heavy citrusy flavor that kind of clashed with the roasty malt.