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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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!


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Sample from RBWG. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is pine, coffee, roast, and a boatload of hops. Flavor is similar: earthy, slightly sweet with a shit ton of hops. Finish lingers with more hops. Medium bodied imp stout. Glad I had it, will not seek it out except maybe to age it.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1089) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Tasting notes from Johnís visit in late March, had this at Duckworthís in Ballentyne. 8 oz black pour, little to no head. Very bitter with choclate and dark fruit flavor. Bitter finish. Perfectly good imperial stout but not particularly memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2165) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2014
From a bomber. Pours very dark brown with a bubbly light brown head. Tastes like alcohol, bitter coffee, chocolate, nutty, and earthy malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells earthy, nutty, like roasted malt and burnt coffee. Thanks jheath99!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3568) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2013 bottle thanks to jheath99. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, light earthy notes, faint prunes, and faint raisins. Favor is rich and chocolate heavy with some earthy bitterness, ash, espresso, and faint dark fruit notes; dry dark chocolate finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
MacBoost (1286) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle via phaleslu via homer321 with a best before date of 12/31/11. So, yeah. Itís aged. Thanks guys for finally ditching this garbage juice on a guy who you know will actually drink it! Pours a thinish looking dark brown, almost black with a dark tan head that slowy rises and fades to nothing almost instantly. Aromas of molasses, anise, leather. Some dark fruit. Taste is nearly flat with a wicked dark fruit and liquorish note followed by a huge ash character coupled with a nice dose of wet cardboard and asphalt. Semi sweet. This is borderline undrinkable, buttfuck it, I WILL FINISH THIS BEER IF IT KILLS ME. Mouthfeel is thin and ashy, chalky. Almost no carb. Fuck, this is bad. Finishes on a note of backwoods Georgia cum dumpster trailer trash. Both you guys should feel bad about this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2138) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
650 ml bottle from secret santa. thanks. Pours a blackish with a medium khaki colored head that has good retention. The aroma features roasted grains, barley, dark chocolate and some orange. The taste showcases more dark chocolates, well roasted barley, indistinct fruits, and bitter hazelnuts. The palate was just a bit thinner than I expect for an impy stout and the carbonation was soft. Finished long and dry with lingering dark chocolates. Overall: I like the fact that it was not sweet. Iím probably being a bit harder on this than I should--righteous stout.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcnielsen (2125) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with off white head. Roasty, chocolate, malty aromas. A lot of black licorice in the flavor, also some burnt malts. I am not a fan of this imperial stout

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1255) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sweetwater Happy Ending has a thin-to-medium, beige head, and an extremely dark brown appearance, with a thin lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is a mix of sweet, citrus fruity, somewhat piney, hop oils, and dark-roasted, licorice malt. Taste is of dark-roasted, almost charred barley malt, black cherry, licorice, pine, some citrus pith, black-strap molasses, and mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, and Sweetwater Happy Ending finishes semi-wet and surprisingly drinkable. RJT

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tvail4 (17) - - JUL 30, 2014
citrus, floral, frothy, minimal head, white foam, black, clear, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, average carbonation, bitter,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (927) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2014
12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a very thick one finger dark tan head. Absolutely excellent head retention considering the strength along with a thick ring of lacing all the way around the glass. Aroma is a little lighter on the roast compared to other RIS and has more in the way of dark fruits and some pine from the hops. Tree bark, wet earth, and moss round out the aroma. The flavor has a mix of pine and tree bark/wet earth up front followed by just a touch of dark fruit. Hops are more prevalent here compared to some other examples of the style. Roast is present but it is in the background and remains restrained. Very light coffee notes along with pretty high bitterness. Sweetness is kept in check with almost not hint of the alcohol whatsoever. Overall, a very drinkable imperial stout with hops that really push the boundaries for the style. Extremely drinkable and a very nice beer from Sweetwater.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
finn1918 (194) - Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2013 bottle, aged for about 18 months. Pours a motor oil black with a good 4 fingers of frothy brown head that collapses on itself very slowly, leaving excellent lacing. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, and a little boozy--weak but probably diminished due to its age. Taste is a big chocolaty malt backbone with some licorice (remarkably little for the style) and a faint hoppy finish--finish could be a little longer and stronger. Thick and silky mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation. This isnít the best imperial stout on the market by any means, but at $5.50 a bomber or $9 a six pack, itís hard to beat at its price range. A very well-done stout, but not quite an imperial stout.


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