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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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874 Ratings

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 89
Gots: 131 | FT: 2
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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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is so worth the money to buy beer with flavor. Anyway this beer is very dark as most stouts are quite inviting with 1/2 in. head when poured into glass. The smell it strong of hops and hint of malts. It has an excellent taste it starts with a spicy taste of hops with a balance finish with the malts. The beer has quite the mouthfeel very warming. Overall a great beer World Class in my book. Anyway don't take my word for it get one for yourself!!

kdawg105, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Fulkrum78
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I snagged a bottle and poured it not expecting a whole heckuva lot. Aroma is all hops. Much hoppier than I had expected. Mouthfeel is a lill thin, but very nice overall. Flavor is hoppy and tasty while being rather excellent. Alcohol is felt more in the belly than in the mouth. I'll definitely look to get another one of these to cellar. Great beer!

Fulkrum78, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of godlessape
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the name, love the brewery, thus had to give it a try.

Poured this one into proper pint glass.

Darker then dark in appearance--laser beams and 50 caliber tracer rounds could not penetrate this level of blackness. The head is light chocolate brown and sinks down fast but never leaves.
The aroma is pure West Coast hop explosion. If I were to try this blind folded I'd swear it was a really good IPA. Somewhere in this glass I detect some barley malt and sweetness, but it's smothered with citrus and piney hops.

The hop bitterness dominates unlike any other stout I've encountered before but the roasted barley malt, chocolate and coffee flavors are still there and present themselves boldly.

The mouthfeel is velvet smooth, with spot-on carbonation.

Overall this is one of the best stouts I've ever had--and my expectations were high with this brewery.
Warning: Given the 9% ABV, Do not drink this beer while operating heavy machinery, preforming brain surgery, walking a tight-rope or doing long division.

godlessape, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours pitch black with almost two fingers of light brown head. Carbonation is very thick and seems to stick around forever. Beautiful.

S: Strong piney and citrus hoppiness - almost smells like an IPA. Underneath, I smell roasted malt and a hint of milk chocolate sweetness.

T: A great mixture of hoppiness and roasted malt. Some milk chocolate sweetness helps to sweeten the beer a bit. I wish there were a bit more stout characteristics here, but the taste is good nonetheless. It's just more an American black ale than an imperial stout. As it warms, it gets better and better. I get more dark and milk chocolate flavor.

M: A bit thin, but good carbonation.

O: This is an extremely hoppy imperial stout. Not only is it quite bitter, but the later hop additions are very strong. It's also a bit thin. It could use some body and dark chocolate notes to help it out. It's a very good american black ale, though.

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +2%

IrishColonial, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Kavon
4/5  rDev +2%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of fantasyroach
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

fantasyroach, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +2%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -23.5%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of BeerDocT
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

-Appearance 4.0: Another stout that gets it right. Jet black with a half-inch, khaki head. Head dissipated and left some interesting looking foamy residue.

-Smell 3.5: Very subdued bouquet, but I pick out lots of hops and a slight toasted/smokiness. Promising.

-Taste 2.5: Slight hoppiness up-front that fades to a deeper hoppiness in the middle. Finish is even more hops and a very, very slight smokiness. Dry finish, too. This is an Imperial Stout? I taste no chocolate, dried fruit, coffee...you know, those things that Imperial Stouts taste like. Very strange.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Good mouthfeel. Standard amount of carbonation and body.

-Overall 2.5: I don't know what to say, except that this tastes more like an IPA than a stout. The dry finish and the overall lack of the hallmarks of an Imperial Stout force me to give this brew a low grade. If you like this beer, good for you. Sorry, but I didn't and I have tried to be fair.

BeerDocT, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

acurtis, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mweso2000
5/5  rDev +27.6%

mweso2000, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +2%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: Best before 12/31/11 so I figured today was the best day to drink it

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch brown head and really good retention and lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles are all over the glass

Smell: Roasted malts mixed with some chocolate brownies

Taste: Lots of floral hops greet you right away and damn if it doesn't create a sweetness that I am not that big of a fan of. The backend has some roasted malt chocolate and coffee but they are fairly muted

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: This actually reminds me more of a CDA than a Imperial stout due to that I had to mark the score down a bit. It is a decent beer and I would drink it again

DarthKostrizer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ezSaintsFan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ezSaintsFan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of kizyle
4/5  rDev +2%

kizyle, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of thespk2011
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

thespk2011, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Jawn
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


poured jet black under a half inch tan head into a Sweetwater SAVE THE HOOCH pint glass. Trailing throughout are rings of lace. The piney hops exceed the aroma of chocolate. The taste brings a minor citrus quality with roasty malts, and more of the hops and bitter chocolate. Happy Ending is pretty thin, and a bit too carbonated for my taste. It's easy for me to find though, and will probably not be my last six pack as it's very drinkable.

Jawn, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ALifeWellWasted
5/5  rDev +27.6%

ALifeWellWasted, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of whitekiboko
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MtnDewd
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

MtnDewd, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of wolfeman007
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

wolfeman007, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +2%

ColSanders123, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

EricCioe, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of miga
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

miga, Dec 21, 2011
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.