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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

880 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 90
Gots: 131 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 08-26-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black color with a 1 inch khaki head made up of tiny bubbles. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and herbal hops. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, with very minor hop essence. There is a bit of an acidic/tangy flavor on the tongue after each sip. A tiny bit of alcohol burn in the throat. Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a prickly sensation in the throat after each swallow. A little too much carbonation for this beer style. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that suffers a little from the acidic/tangy taste and the over carbonation.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to - damn, not sure - Photekut, maybe? This is what happens after too many trades. Anyways, served in my brand new Pisgah pint glass, which definitely was from Photekut! Best before 12/31/09.

A - Dark, dark, slightly translucent brown, with a one finger dark mocha foam that lives some solid lacing after slowly dissipating. It's pretty solid, but nothing spectacular.

S - Surprising amount of citrus, floral, and dank earthy hop notes. There's also some chocolate, Whopper's malt balls, and a hint of umami and soy that I don't totally enjoy. The smell is quite potent, and while busy it actually works surprisingly well.

T - Starts with the sweet citrus hoppiness then quickly morphs into bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt/espresso bitterness at the back end. Again, it's pretty good and I do like the dry-hopping, but it's not mind-blowing.

M - Medium bodied, almost porter viscosity. Very creamy, but with moderate carbonation that has just the right amount of tingle to it. Lots of residual stickiness. It should probably be a little denser.

D - It didn't take me long to down 12oz of this one. The aftertaste has only mild bitterness, moderate carbonation, and the texture lends itself to bigger sips. There's something intangible that just made this brew easy to drink.

Definitely recommended to fans of hoppier stouts.

MasterSki, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of rudzud
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing, 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice oily black hue with a thin mocha head that leaves light suds.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light dark fruit, caramel, light chocolate, faint char.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light char, sweet malts, dark fruit, caramel, milk chocolate, faint roast. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, still, a bit heavy on the carbonation, lightly thin.

O - Overall, the stout wasn't bad, just not quite as chocolatey as I'd like. Could be worse though.

Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Today at 01:17 AM
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Roland, Tuesday at 06:22 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

sunofneurot, Oct 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Dicers, Oct 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GACalvin, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

KevinDixonBeer, Oct 11, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit), shared with rudzud.

Small creamy darker barely covering head that fades quite quickly, great legs, pitch black beer.

Nose very malty, lots of sweet brown malts, sweet biscuity toffee and candy like almost brown sugar, some dark candied raisins, mild mild cocoa and black like malt, touch of a caramel fudge, faint roast and coffee syrup.

Taste brings more sweet brown malts, more biscuity toffee, faint candied raisin and fruity slight tangy, with more fig like fruit. A slight spicy earthy hop, fair bitterness, faint pine too. Little fudgey like brownie on the back end, raisin and fig too. Finish is fair bitterness with mild earthy spicy hop, more fudgey brownie, some light raisin and fig, little brown malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, booze hidden well at least.

Overall meh.

jlindros, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

chmize, Oct 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.