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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial StoutSweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

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very good

917 Ratings

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 97
Gots: 152 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 08-26-2004

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Friskybeerrapist
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Publix that always has nothing I want. This American Imperial Stout is pretty good- kinda watery. It has a good Dry-Hopped aroma and a nice hoppy backbone. I and I hope I'm Not alone here- the viscosity is atrocious- I need a syrupy- slimmer from Ghostbuster like mouthfeel. Whatever, Sweetwater never surprises me but its good when there is nothing else to get.

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ahlthe3rd for this one. waxed bottle top, great looking bottle. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a pitch black color, tan/brown head fills the glass, then recedes with a little lacing. Classic looking imperial stout. Smell- not a lot exciting here, one of my only dings on this beer. Some plastic/chemical flavors, some roast and mocha. Not great aroma. Taste- awesome complexity with dark fruit, a tart hit to the back of my throat and waves of roasted malt bitterness. coffee, chocolate, tart ending. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. I liked this beer- a great offering from Sweetwater.

Photo of Holland
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thick, black, with a huge tan head that has great retention.

S: very hoppy smelling, maybe some calmer bittering hops. Roasted malts play second fiddle.

T: caramel, chocolate, and bitter hops collide at once.

M: well carbonated for a big stout. Creates a crisp feel with the hops, which is not desired for me, but it's fine. medium-heavy body.

O: drinkable, but not fantastic. I could skip this at $7 or so per 22 ounce bottle.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite beer. It's a great beer to sip and enjoy. It has just the right sweetness and alcohol content. Makes me want to do a tour at the brewery and try the rest of sweet water's beers. I'm definity going to keep my eyes open for other seasonal beers that they have.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Best by date of Feb. 2012.

A: pours black and, I think, cloudy with just 1 cm of light brown head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing.

S: aromas of roasted malt, for sure, but this also has a substantial hop character of the weedy/herbal sort. Higher ABV is evident even while cold and contributes to floral notes and hints of dark fruits

T: semi-sweet mocha and malt flavors appear initially. Hints of dark toast and molasses. The hop component remains partly herbal in tasting but is less pronounced on the tongue than in the nose, and turns more piney here. The hop contribution grows in power, and comes to the fore in the aftertaste, which is also nicely, if lightly, fruity and bitter. These hop characteristics seem well-matched to the malt profile, producing a stout that is relatively hoppy but still seems well-balanced. The fine and lingering aftertaste has good bit of mocha tint.

M: creamy smooth and full bodied with a soft medium-light carbonation. The high ABV has exceptionally little negative impact on the feel.

D- exceptionally hoppy yet drinkable imperial stout, with a high ABV that is well-hidden in the taste and feel, although fairly obvious to the nose.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to snifter best by 01/26/12

A- pours a jet black color with a finger and a half of mocha colored tight bubbled head. Really good head retention with some spotty lacing.

S- aromas of roasty malt, Light roast coffee beans and dark chocolate blend with a substantially hop character with notes of sweet herbs, dried pine needle and hemp.

T- profound creamy chocolate and subtle mocha flavors abound on the palate initially. Pine and herbal hop notes with a soft roasty malt characteristic bring some round bitterness mid palate. Finishes with cream, a touch of sugar and an iced coffee flavor. Good lingering aftertaste.

MF- creamy round mouthfeel. Medium body with soft medium carbonation.

D- profoundly drinkable for an imperial stout. F-ing hoppy as well!

Overall rather good indeed!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky very dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) mocha brown creamy head that dissipated slowly down to a few puddles and a foamy collar creating excellent sticky sheeting of lace.

The aroma had a strong pine hop presence, a moderate burnt dark bread malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a good strong dose of alcohol.

The taste was mildly bitter sweet with a nice chocolate note at first and finished rather bitter and extremely hoppy with a decent coffee note at the end. The flavor lasted a good long time proceeding the swallow letting one enjoy the nice hoppy espresso flavor that was left to linger.

Mouthfeel was good and full in body with an oily dry texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall an exceptional Imperial Stout with an IPA added, simply delicious...

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into New Belgium snifter, 2012 batch

Appearance is an almost black color with a brown head. Leaves a strong brown and creamy lacing. Smell is lightly roasted malt and lots of bright, citrusy hops. Taste is some nice mellow roasted malt (some coffee, some vanilla) riding on top of a dark hoppy wave. Hops are citrusy, lemon and grapefruit, has some of that almost metallic RIS tone and medium alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full body and extremely creamy, all together a very pleasant and soft mouthfeel.

This one surprised me with its hoppiness given the RIS branding. It manages to stay out of Black IPA territory with its creamy mouthfeel is heavy body. Altogether a substantial beer with lots of hops that keep it from being oppressive.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter
2012 version otherwise no born on date

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, but opaque, with 1.5 fingers of bubbly light mocha colored head, that dissipates down with moderate retention.  Leaves only very slight lacing.

S: interesting aroma, a bizarre astringent almost medicinal hoppiness, certainly not the typical piney or citrusy hop aromas, a legit heavy alcohol aroma, a more subtle smokey character, not typical for the style..really not typical for any style I have had to date.  Very unique and not necessarily pleasant but for some reason I find myself strongly drawn to it and keep taking if whiffs, still though i can't say it's a particularly good aroma

T: roasted malt and a smokey flavor, some bitter chocolate, a little bit of milk chocolate and a hint of coffee, some hop bitterness on the backend but to me the hop presence wasn't nearly as strong as others have said,   Pretty good flavors but not overwhelming

M/D: Medium bodied, but light for the style, with a decent smoothness and slick yet sticky on the tongue. Good drinkability but too thin of  a mouthfeel for my liking.

O: Overall, decent but nothing special.  I wouldnt go out of my way to have another.  

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of cvm4
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a milk chocolate one finger head. Good amount of lacing once drunk down some.

S - It's weird but I get a lot of hops on the nose. Very intriguing for an imperial stouts. I can't detect much else.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little coffee showing through.

M - Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation.

O - A different imperial stout. It's a great change of pace for me. The hops through the off at first but it came together nicely.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.