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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

916 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 399
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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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mschantz
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 EConnOG
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 Jobin_24
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corninajar
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 1.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of QuentinCall
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
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
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarrettBoots
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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%

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.