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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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952 Ratings

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 99
Gots: 171 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bryanole27 for providing this brew as part of a recent trade.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours an extremely dark brown to black with an almost three finger beige head...wow...

S: Burnt caramel, a bit of fruit, with underlying tones of espresso.

T: Really unique for an imperial stout. Slightly sweet fruitness, a hint of chocolate, perfectly balanced with roasted malt and espresso.

M: A very high level of carbonation that is certainly present, but doesn't disrupt the smoothness of the stout. Perfect medium to heavy body.

O: Impressed. Everything in this brew works and it couldn't be more well-balanced in several categories. Seek this one out.

Photo of One2Remeber
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured really slow into a pint glass, insane amount of head. Creamy tan, espresso colored. Black body with a brownish hue. Looks intriguing.

S: Very hoppy aroma, dank being the most prominent characteristic. Reminds me of a black IPA, creamy chocolate sweet oats with an abundance of hoppy goodness.

T: Well this tastes like a black IPA to me. Debittered chocolate malts, heavy oats, hop bomb. Tastes like they dry hopped the bottle:)

M: Creamy, smooth, light. Feel chalky, powder dry.

O: Almost too one sided with hops, giving off a medicine lingering taste. Its above par for a black IPA. This would fail in a stout competition.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

Photo of lnashsig
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.

Photo of Seanvonjax
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%

Photo of Viciousknishs
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%

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