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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

910 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 97
Gots: 150 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: rajendra82 on 08-26-2004

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Jobin_24
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corninajar
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - black, not even seeing light at the corners. More head that I'm used to seeing for stouts, decent lacing
S - hops, IPA-like
T - more hops, with some coia-ish taste (but not sweet)
M - quite highly carbonated for a stout
O - compares more closely with black IPAs than any stouts I've had. Sweetwater is hop-heavy on a lot of things they do, and this is no exception. This is not a stout to have as an accompaniment to a rich dessert

Photo of BEER32
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dark black with a finger of tan head. really good retention an lacing.

S: dank hops dominate the nose, likely simcoe. slight bitter chocolate.

T: hops upfront. dank, cirtusy, piney hops. followed by a bit of smoke and dark, roasted malts.

M: decent mouth. more like that of an ipa...light and crsip.

O: a really interesting, unique take on imperial stout...i feel like its more like an imperial black ipa.

Photo of QuentinCall
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweetwater just isn't sure what they want to do here.

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilfluff
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm normally an ipa guy

Photo of Keene
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 release. This big-bodied Impy is as black as they come. A thick, inky pour releases a persistent head the color of wet sand. Pungent and somewhat dank hop aromas greet your nostrils immediately (thanks, Simcoe), promising to disappoint anyone looking for a malt-heavy chocolate bomb of a beer. With that said, this year's dry hopped Happy Ending is well-balanced to the taste. Licorice, black bread and coffee meld nicely with pine, black currant and a mild degree of spiciness. A prickle of carbonation and a bitter finish complete the experience. Definitely an American take on the style.

Photo of jroberts8811
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyrojack
2/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is dumb. Liquid licorice.

Photo of Brycecarolina
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grover37
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarrettBoots
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BeerGuy09
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of wbeaver
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ballard7003
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of camartin27
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 79beckmatt
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of chcfan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.