Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by jampics2:
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
2009 big one liter bottle, opened by me about 22 months after it's brew date and shared with the boys watching football. Poured into a snifter.
The beer looks good in the glass - a black liquid fills the snifter and is pretty close to totally opaque. The beer is topped with a mocah colored head. There's some good head retention and lace - overall, a nice looking beer.
The smell is full of roasted malt and more hoppiness than the average American Double stout. Huge notes of pine and citrus (grapefruit and orange) make this beer seem like a bruiser. The chocolate from the malt and the orange make me think of one of those chocolate orange candies that break into wedges. I bet this is a bruiser with less age on it, though.
The beer is unique in that, at this time in its life, it really tastes like a toned-down black IPA. Huge tastes of roasted malt end up giving chocolate and roast qualities, but they certainly aren't up to the level of most big American Stouts and end up just above average. There's also some sweet caramel and nice bitterness from the hops. Speaking of which, some citrus as well as tea leaf end the experience - I'm assuming these are from the hops. I like the way this has come together, but it's not what I think of for a stout as I think it could use more roast.
The mouthfeel is thin for the style, and, unfortunately for me, that makes me a little unhappy with the ending. There's also a splash of booze. Overall, this was OK but isn't something I'd recommend except if you're looking for Cascadian Dark Ales.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2010 18:40:20 | More by jampics2
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3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from bomber into snifter at about 55-58 degrees
A - nice black licorice color with surprisingly thick tan head. Good-lasting lacing
S - not so bad but not what I was expecting. Lots of piney hop aroma. Pretty hop forward
T - again, the hop profile dominates with subtle notes of roasty, nutty malt.
M - very light on the tongue, almost slick. Hop bite lingers awhile on the tongue.
O - this smells, tastes and feels more like a black IPA than an ImpStout. Not a bad beer, but really not a top of the line Black IPA either.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 23:27:03 | More by JamesStreet
3.29/5 rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A: rich dark brown to black color. Very good lacing.
S: strong roasted malts aroma
T: strong dark chocolate flavors along with the roasted malts flavor. Lacks the imperial stout flavor I have come to appreciate in other imperial stouts.
M: not as thick as I would have liked from an Imperial Stout, but not too thing. Carbonation is good.
O: it is a good beer but lacks many of the characteristics of imperial stouts that I grown to love an crave.
Serving type: on-tap
02-16-2014 23:01:54 | More by banglin
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2013, vintage, 22oz, black wax
A: From the 22oz bottle to a snifter glass the beer poured a thick two finger head made of fine bubbles. Tan color with a light brown hue, as the foam fell it got chunkier and left spots on the side of the glass. Great retention. The resting layer of foam held for minutes. The black opaque liquid has no light shining through. Legs I can't determine.. the foam is getting in the way when swirled.
S: Roast and bakers chocolate upfront. Moderate pine hop aroma comes off very dark, dank. Slight noble earthy hop character also. Caramel and sweet raisins detected when it warmed up a bit.
T: Dark chocolate bitterness with the pine is an interesting combo. Some boozyness comes through in the flavor. Caramel, toffee and toasted bread crust flavors in the middle. Roasty, a hint of smoke, and more cocoa flavors. Fairly refreshing with the hop flavor as it warms up.. interesting.
M: Carbonation is moderate, higher then I'm used to in this style. Body is large and thick feeling. A tad bit of astringency and alcohol warming.
O: Boarders on a imperial black IPA with more roast and chocolate flavor. The hop flavor is nice compliments the beer well overall, however some of the harsher flavors I would have liked to drop out with a year of age.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 01:16:44 | More by guityler83
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
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