Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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895 Ratings

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 96
Gots: 138 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

The flavor has a mix of pine and tree bark/wet earth up front followed by just a touch of dark fruit. Hops are more prevalent here compared to some other examples of the style. Roast is present but it is in the background and remains restrained. Very light coffee notes along with pretty high bitterness. Sweetness is kept in check with almost not hint of the alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, a very drinkable imperial stout with hops that really push the boundaries for the style. Extremely drinkable and a very nice beer from Sweetwater.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage, with black wax topping. Poured in a snifter, the beer is a jet black coloring, with a light tan, frothy, foamy head, around half an inch. Nose of heavy hops forward, with cannibus, grass, and piney notes, followed by roasted notes, hints of charcoal and bitter coffee, solid earthy notes, and subtle chocolate highlights. Surprisingly hop heavy for the style. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a strong earthy tone, highlighted by dry, spiced hops characteristics of grass, pepper, cannibus, evergreen, and cedar. There are some woody notes, as well, and a touch of heavily roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Heavy palate. The body is robust, but dry, as well. Interesting feel while you drink. The aftertaste is more of the charcoal and evergreen than anything else, with a solid smoke, earthy, and dry hopped character. The finish is slick and dry, leaving a surprisingly little amount of anything on your tongue.

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.