Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +13.8%
Serving type: Bottle poured into pint glass.
Picked up from Kendrick Spirits in Florence, Alabama
I waited for the beer to warm to room temperature before drinking.
Appearance: DARK. Like really really dark. I took my bicycle headlight (as bright as a car's high beam) to the glass and the light still didn't come remotely close to penetrating. Beautiful beer. Espresso colored. About 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, dissipated to leave behind a sticky lacing. No lacing as the beer drinks though, only remains where the head was.
Smell- Roasted malts, syrup, subtle coffee beans, a hint of brown sugar, warm alcohol
Taste- Smokiness, oak, malted barley, espresso bean accompanied by smooth high percentage dark chocolate. Some nuttiness and even toasted marshmallow. Warm alcohol finish with some booziness. The dark chocolate sticks to your palate. The build up is reminiscent of rocky road ice cream.
Mouthfeel- Fairly viscous. Subtle carbonation while not prickly. Very satisfying. Ideal for an Imperial Stout.
Overall- Surprising result from Sweetwater Brewery. While all of their beers aren't bad, I've had a hard time finding an offering from them worth raving about. Happy Ending is it. This could easily be their flagship seasonal beer.
04-14-2014 05:46:41 | More by Rbroccoli
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.