RATINGS: 582   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!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Lovely. This delicious, dark, hoppy beer just might lead to a situation tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Opaque black body beneath a dense tan head. Coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma with wisps of roasted malt and a touch of citrus hops. The flavor is also a mocha java sensation with some roasted nuts. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2008
On tap at a bar in Athens, Ga. Pitch black color and slightly burnt aroma. Had a great smooth texture and a decent taste, but for some reason the flavors didnt blend well. Reminded me a lot of Left hand milk stout because of that sweet lactose taste. Overall not bad but not my favorite either. I dont know why but Sweetwater has yet to impress me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle, thanks to unclemattie! Thick tarry black pour with little head. Nose is tobacco, hickory smoke, bacon, and charcoal. Dry charry taste. Palate is fizzy and thin. The impact fades. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
deep dark black pour. smaller carmel tight bubbly head. roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate in the aroma. similar in flavor. roasted bitter chocolate up front as burnt coffee grounds lingered behind that. the hops came through a bit in the finish. alcohol was greatly hidden and it was super easy drinker for such a big style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2008
12oz bottle from JW77 (I think...). Roasted malt, dark, bitter chocolate, light coffee notes and a hint of smoke on the nose. Pours pretty much thick black with a nice sized thick khaki head. Bitter malt, bitter chocolate, a wisp of smoke, coffee, liquorice on the tongue. Nice mouthfeel, though. Fairly lush and silky. Without that, this would be average at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Bottle thanks to jrob_21. Poured into a Guinness glass. A jet black body with a powerful light brown head. The aroma is mostly brown sugar with some hops. I really think there is a strong meaty and smoked aspect to the taste, it could be the Liquorice perhaps. A strong hop component and some dark chocolate. I really liked this one, but hey I like Impys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2008
12 oz bottle. Thanks TikiE. Poures a dark tan head and the color is pitch black. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. The carbonation gives a good mouthfeel. Notes of roast in the finish. Very good beer, not as good as Victory Storm King.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Delicious! Poured dark oil color with a beautiful tan thin head. Smelt of chocolate and malts, tastes of chocolate and hops. DANK!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle via jrob_21 - thanks! Some sweet bubblegummy notes in with the more typical roast and chocolate notes of aroma, with a mild Cascade presence. Pitch pour with a yummy rocky light brown head. Only medium-bodied, creamy with some grainy roast and a touch of acidic sourness (which does not agree too well), drying out nicely to a lightly bitter, mocha-inflected toasty finish. A little too much black malt, and too-transparent alcohol. Touch of casky wood and lesser lactose, with pine sol rushing in late. This is hard and dark, takes some effort to get into, but worth the effort; the mocha-coffee bg is of a high quality, with a nice espresso aftertaste, but this definitely suffers in comparison with the last two stouts Ive had.

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