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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial StoutSweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

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998 Ratings

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 197 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 998 | Reviews: 421
Photo of larryarms847
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and jet black with a frothy finger of light khaki foam that sticks.

Coffee, light raisin/dark fruit, subtle chocolate, citrus, and light roastiness.

The raisin/dark fruit definitely stands out more in the flavor, as does the citrus. The chocolate, coffee, roasted malt is a tad subdued, but still present.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, sticky, chewy, nice.

Overall, I was much more impressed with this than I anticipated, and the $4.99 price tag doesn't hurt!

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with fair amount of tan head and good lacing. Aroma of floral hops,citrusy, roast malts. Sweet malt forward, nice citrus/floral hop bit mid note, hint of coffee, cocoa, smokey with dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is a bitt thin for a stout, with a good amount of carbonation (unexpected for the style, but not unpleasant).
Overall, I rather enjoyed this stout - had characteristics of all my favorite beers - RIS + stout + black IPA - a reasonably priced and delicious beer.
I would definitely purchase again.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to taster glass.

A: Dark black with a tan one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa, malts, caramel and a touch of coffee.

T: Sweet, very smooth and robust with a light bitterness at the finish. The cocoa and chocolate malts really pop with some caramel action in the background. This was a nice surprise.

M: Medium with medium to heavy (chewy) mouthfeel. Nice.

O: I would drink this on a regular basis if and when I can find more. A damn fine stout. Well done.

Photo of Thrashers
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is a bit to hoppy for me. Slightly bitter & dry - I think if that's what you gravitate towards it would be a good choice

Photo of cjgiant
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated enjoy by 1/2016:
This beer seemed more like a porter to me (I know the lines are quite blurry, but on my scale, this is a porter). Nice medium tan head, little soapy, but somewhat sustaining also. Nose is a tad smokey, like artificial bacon flavor, with some typical roasted notes underneath (coffee, tobacco), but not appropriate for an imperial stout.

The taste, thankfully is less "cured meat" than the smell, but some of it is still there in a colder beer. I waited for the beer to warm before continuing, and a bitterness grew - grassy and resinous and dry. However, the more predominant tastes are tartly bitter lemon notes against a weak bitter coffee backbone. This is what makes me think porter more than stout. Add to this a rather thin mouthfeel (moderate carbonation), and it doesn't fit the proposed style, to me.

Even if I ignore style and look at this as a porter, I'm not sure I'd adjust my ratings much... maybe a tenth higher. This is definitely not a beer for me, as reflected by overall. I am a little confused by the high overall ratings to wonder if my bottle is off. I will probably try this again to verify my rating if the right situation arises, but with so many other options out there, I'm not sure that situation will ever arise.

Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma has milk chocolate, lots of hoppiness, with a touch of cocoa and coffee, along with some caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with that hoppiness. Up front, milk chocolate, medium roasted malt, cocoa, then onto woodiness, herbal of the hops. The mouthfeel is medium minus and slightly lacking on the back end of flavor.

Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Parish Tulip.

Looks great with a 1 finger off white head. Smells pretty hoppy with lots of roast. Taste is more of the smoke and roasted coffee. A lot more than I was expecting. It has a medium mouthfeel with equal if not a little more carbonation. Overall, it was different than I was expecting, but I was a pleasant surprise. A nice, and unique take on the style.

Photo of Sgtgroath
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Verry hoppie beer for me.

Photo of lemonadeandtea
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent! Not a chewy imperial stout, has an interesting smoke and dry hopped presence.

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall a solid 4 from me. I was very skeptical upon the nose (crazy hoppy), and the first few sips i maintained my bias, but it grew on me.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.01/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A lot more hoppy than I thought decent stout but a one and done for me

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

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear pitch black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts and roasted coffee. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate but with little to no sweetness associated. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy and herbal hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness. Overall there is a moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness that slowly fades away.

M: Full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Maybe a touch more carbonated than I would have expected for the style but otherwise a very enjoyable stout. Pretty easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Nice roasty flavors with just enough comolexity.

Photo of Gator_Nation
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointed with this one. Hoppy black lager-ish. $10.99/6

Photo of HarryHamburger
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not heavy. Smooth and flavorful.

Photo of GinDC
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

unusually hoppy for a stout. Very nice taste, a little too much carbonation. Not a heavy stout it all.

Photo of bmeGT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had it in a bomber originally and personally, it was much better for some reason. I went out and got a 6er of it and didn't seem quite right.

Photo of Jfn
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from 12 oz bottle and enjoyed this unique stout. Quality stout that leans more hoppy but still has provides enough chocolate flavors to satisfy typical stout tastes. Unless you read the bottle you'd never know it's high octane at 9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate and hops. Taste is surprisingly hoppy, some chocolate, a bit of sweetness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of JDW4195
2.76/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This isn't a stout by any stretch of the imagination. Black IPA, possibly. There's absolutely no trace of coffee, chocolate, barley or any of the other ingredients you would expect in a stout. If there were any of the above, the hops would easily overpower any other flavor. Hop-heads...you'll love it. Stout Drinkers....don't waste your money.

Photo of tlema1
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice creamy stout with a hoppy quality to it

Photo of ZBowden
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark pitch black dark brown head, smells hoppy chocolatey, tastes chocolatey toasted malts slight hops slight booze, smooth mouthfeel, lasting finish.

Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Classic dark walnut brown to black body, and totally opaque. Thick whipped up mocha head, hits nearly three fingers with big smooth top and retention, some light lacing, and huge staying power. Big, controlled, aggressive, and large. Real nice looker.

Sweet fruit hop like sense and a bit of malt char. Hints towards a sweetened plum and cherry but moves to enough roast to bring some real charring character along with it. Comes off with a bit of fleshy tone as well, almost juiced. Light hints of smoke as well, real nice.

A real interesting palate. Hits with classic charring and roast, big and classic to imperial stout with thick roast body. Finish is really impressive, wonderful notes of penny candy and sweetness. Hits with lots of fruit and a big dry licorice notes that come throughout the body. Simple bodied, with a nice almost cascadian dark fruit quality that really coats with some oily sheen. The sweetness comes with some real unexpected character, peppermint, white sugar with a good controlled juiced hop bitterness of wood and spice.

This is a real neat Imperial stout, very impressive. Not wizz bang bowl you over, but very memorable.

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

A Very Interesting Stout From SweetWater, Smell Is Very Hop Foward More Like A Black IPA.

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 ilikebeer03
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.