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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

952 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 99
Gots: 173 | 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 ZEB89
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brevbin
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmjivi221
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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 HookemHoos
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BcOneSeven
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of quang_dam
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.