Giddyup Stout | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 01-13-2010

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Photo of Boone757
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhilHeinricke
1.36/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

For Coffee Lovers

First the description: this pours out very dark and chocolate covered. It doesn't have much of a head as it is quite thick. It has an unmistakable aroma of coffee and a hint of chocolate. The taste has such a strong bitter coffee flavor that it overwhelms any malt or hops taste that one would be hoping for. If you like the smell and taste of cheap coffee, then you might like this beer. But then again, why would you just go get some coffee?

I've never poured an entire growler down the drain before.

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Photo of Navalartichoke
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass. This was filled @ the Merrifield location.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with some ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and about 2-3 big frothy fingers of mocha colored head. Retains with the thin and relatively creamy look, leaving a light smattering of foamy lacing behind. The aroma is an even mix of coffee and smoky smelling roast that has a bit of a burnt astringent feel going on with it. Sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel sit underneath, adding a sticky layer to the nose. That smoky character really starts to come out as this warms up.

The taste is roasty and dark up front, with plenty of hops and bitter coffee being present. A sweet presence of bitter chocolate and caramel malts (towards the back) helps give this some balance. This finishes burnt and bitter feeling with a good bit of that astringency hanging around in the mouth for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe even a bit lighter, with a sharper crispness to the carbonation. The more I work on this, the more it occurs to me that this is way too thin for a Stout that is trying to pack this much flavor into it.

A decent enough effort I guess from Sweetwater Tavern. While I appreciate the sub 5% ABV for sessioning reasons, this definitely could have used some more beef to really lend those dark flavors some richness. Worth a pint but I got bored with this growler pretty quickly.

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Giddyup Stout from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 5 ratings