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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

844 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 84
Gots: 119 | 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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Reviews by meechum:
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meechum

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the All Star Game tonight at Phillips arena. Poured into a plastic cup and still had a decent head that fell slowly leaving a decent lace for plastic.

The smell was mostly roasted coffee beans and a little bit of caramel and toffee along with a hint of floral hops

The taste was pretty sweet and malty with a strong coffee flavor and then moving on to a bit of hops that were a little underpowered but still doing ok. The mouthfeel was thick, but could have used just a bit more carbonation.

Overall it was pretty good for a RIS and it's certainly better than most of the fare offered at this venue. I think I'm going to try it out again in a real glass and see what differences it makes

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2008 05:07:33 | More by meechum
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12oz bottle into a snifter.

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 844 ratings.