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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

846 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 84
Gots: 120 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 08-26-2004)
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JohnQVegas

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip - silk screened and waxed! Classy with a C.

Pours pitch black with a one finger brown head on top; the first sip left a fantastic trail of lacing that never gave way, and the creamy cap left by the head was thick and very long-lived. Impressive.

Nose is - woo - big on hops. Very big. Beautiful mix of roasted grain, espresso, and piney, citrusy American hops. Bit of alcohol spices things up too, but by no means gets out of hand. This could almost be a Black Double - I mean a Cascadian Imperial - er, an India Black Double Imperial Cascadian Pale IPA Black Ale. Or you can call it a really hoppy Imperial Stout, which is what it is, instead of making up unnecessary and awkwardly named new style categories.

Sorry, rant over.

Anyway, taste. Quite tasty - bit of caramel up front melds with hints of coffee and some grapefruit, before the hops really come undone with a big, burly, piny bitterness that lingers long on the finish. Underlying chocolate pairs up with the coffee notes mentioned earlier to linger as well, though not nearly so firmly as the hops. Alcohol is fairly reserved - there's a bit of heat in the back of the throat, but it's again fairly insubstantial. Probably a 4.2 for this one - not quite a 4.5, but probably better than the 4.0 I'm giving it.

Mouthfeel is oily, a bit thinned by the big hops, though still in the medium-full to full bodied zone. Carbonation is reserved, though a bit on the sharp side. Closer to an IPA or DIPA than what I normally expect from an Imperial Stout.

Drinkability is good too - restrained alcohol, fairly well balanced flavor. Hits all the right notes, but the big hop bite and mouthfeel hurt it some for me. Not as smooth, full, or rich as I prefer, but still a good to very good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:59:14 | More by JohnQVegas
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Pours pitch black with a very thick one finger dark tan head. Absolutely excellent head retention considering the strength along with a thick ring of lacing all the way around the glass.

Aroma is a little lighter on the roast compared to other RIS and has more in the way of dark fruits and some pine from the hops. Tree bark, wet earth, and moss round out the aroma.

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.