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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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841 Ratings

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 84
Gots: 119 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

11-22-2011 17:36:35 | More by freduardo
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 13:41:45 | More by nathanjohnson
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-19-2011 03:33:45 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 05:08:59 | More by cadaugherty
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2011 21:16:23 | More by EasyReader
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-16-2011 02:09:06 | More by meich75
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

11-15-2011 17:27:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-15-2011 01:24:20 | More by Hands22
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-14-2011 22:16:29 | More by jmhart
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 21:28:20 | More by jophish17
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-14-2011 15:05:52 | More by shuajw
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 2010 bottle being consumed in November 2011.

The first thing I'll mention is how black the beer is. There's no light getting through this stout. Poured leaving a nice head in a Sierra Nevada nonic glass. Lots of lacing, too.

The aromas easily stood out despite my cigar. Huge whiffs of lactose, chocolate and cold coffee.

The flavor is dominated by lactose as well. In other words it's milky, creamy and chocolatey. There is also hops making an appearance. Nothing drastic, but it surprises me that they held up to the aging.

The mouthfeel borders on being too creamy, but the alcohol saves it with a welcome bite.

I'm not a great judge of Russian Imperial stouts, but this seems like a good one, but maybe I'm just a homer. Living in Atlanta I've got to pull for the home team, right?

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:29:13 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a 1/4" thick brown, slightly fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving very little lacing. Beer is black in color with no light showing through

S- First wiff is a little peculiar with some light floral hops. After some swirls of the snifter, some more chocolate and sweet malts are evident, but I'm still getting some hints of floral and citrusy hops. Not the aroma I'm used to from an imperial stout

T- Like the smell, a little more hops present in the flavor. It's evident from start to finish and it unfortunately blocks alot of the chocolate and sweet malts from coming through. One thing I will say is that the 9% abv is masked very well

M- Seems a little thin, with light carbonation

O- This one didn't really do it for me. I like hoppy beer, but I don't like it to step on the sweet malts, chocolate, and coffee notes of an imperial stout


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:01:43 | More by bbeane
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle

Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Almost pitch black, just a bit of light in the pour. A perfect two fingers of tan head. Looks beautiful.
Lots of citrus on the first sniff, then a thick layer of chocolate.
Strange tasting. Layers of malt, black and burnt; then a punch of hop bitterness; ending with alcohol heat.
Quite smooth and creamy with a low level of carbonation throughout.
I thought it was disjointed at first, but after a couple of drinks I am really enjoying it. It is an excellent sipper for a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:16:55 | More by Fatehunter
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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up some time ago, likely at Total Wine in Tampa, FL. Bottle claims to be best before 12/31/2009 so I'm nearly 2 years behind schedule. Here goes…

Poured into the SF Beer Week flute, this is a deep, dark brown with a 2-3 finger medium tan head that collapsed down thin but retains and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Big, boozy nose shows signs of dark chocolate, plums, roasted grains and chicory. Difficult to detect any hops.

Chocolate/cocoa powder like flavor propels forward on the palette with a slightly sweet dark cherry in the middle. Coffee lingers in the medium finish. Hop flavor isn't being picked up here and the bitterness, at a moderate level, has likely diminished over time.

Medium-bodied, moderate-low level of carbonation. Smooth.

It's tricky to review beers like this, well past their noted "best by" date. Unfortunately, I would suspect father time hasn't dealt with this particular brew in a favorable way. Flavor lacks the complexity this style demands with the coffee/chocolate notes playing a lackluster two-trick pony. All in all, not a terrible beer, just not anywhere close to the top of the heap. Will revisit down the road with a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:47:27 | More by BrewerB
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3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: handsome imp stout. I do like the jet black stouts. Tan head. Not head turning but nice looker.
Smell: listed as an American imp but sure smells like an ris.Roasty coffee some Hops to keep ya awake.
Taste: this is an ris. Not the most impressive ris but even a passable one is a good things.
Nice balanced bitter sweet imp.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:39:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick opaque black, a 1.4 inch of dark brown foamy head forms on top. Film dissolves quickly and leaves spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is dark fruits, licorice, vanilla, and a good caramel base with minor bitter chocolate notes.

T: Taste starts with a... rum, raisin flavoring, and licorice. Vanilla and caramel fill through the middle before a touch of bitter chocolate comes in. Finish has light carred notes and coffee, light smokey notes are present as well.

M: Fuller bodied, medium carbonation, rich yet crisp and dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, ok representation of style. Decent beer, I'd go for others of the style as the sweetness may have been a bit much, but I wouldn't turn this away. This would be an after dinner beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:45:26 | More by Jayli
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Sweetwater Curtis hook-up for this bottle.

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A single finger of dark caramel colored head formed quickly on top of the coal black body. The foam dissipated down to a skim coat, leaving behind a moderate amount of lace.

The nose is molasses heavy...meaty almost. Dark fruits, raisins, and coffee round things out.

The dark fruits starts the flavor off...the middle is where the molasses comes in and the finish is roasted malts and coffee. The booze is hidden well...

Medium mouth feel...slick with moderate carbonation.

This stout is complex, flavorful and very drinkable. Another very nice offering from the Sweetwater guys!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:55:46 | More by mgbickel
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version. Poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with mocha colored head that drops to a nice cap of foam. Leaves nice lacing behind.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa, dark roast coffee, toffee, and licorise. No hops to speak of.

Flavors of dark cocoa, rum raisins, vanilla, dark fruit, dried figs, prunes. Finish is short, rummy, cocoa and vanilla linger. Balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, a bit thin for an imp, light bitterness coats the mouth. Still has decent carbonation.

Overall a flavorful impy stout. Lots of fruit on the tongue, roastiness is very restrained.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 02:10:18 | More by JamnesCameron
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel chalice. Label is painted on and bottle is sealed in black wax. Label is predominantly white and depicts a fish jumping out of the water. Bottled in 2010; nothing more specific.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles slowly, never dropping below a thin, nearly complete layer of foam. Distinct ring around the glass and some lacing. The beer itself is dark brown but definitely not black.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted barley and bitter coffee. Hints of chocolate and plums. Very mild note of alcohol in the finish.

Taste: Mild flavors of roasted barley and bitter chocolate with a medium hop bitterness in the finish. No alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is a little thin, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Drinkability: Certainly not a bad drink, but not up to the intense level of flavors I would normally expect from such a style. If readily available would I drink it again? Maybe, based on price, but this one is never going to take up room in my luggage when I travel again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 18:36:40 | More by beveritt
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West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with caramel-brown highlights. Initial light-medium brown head that lingers as a thin film. Moderate lacing.

S - Pleasant,hoppy bitterness in the nose. Citrus and pine, mixed with some roasted malts.

T - The taste mirrors the nose with malts and bitter citrus and grapefruit coming together. Hops are present on the front end, but fade towards the finish to highlight sweet chocolate and roasted malts.

M - Silky smooth with moderate carbonation. Malty mouthfeel compliments the high hoppiness.

D - Not at all what I expected. I picked this up as a single at Brews & Ales, but thought that the bottle said "Hoppy Ending". I assumed it was an IPA. Needless to say I was surprised when I poured it in my pint glass. Although it wasn't the refreshing summer IPA I was hoping for, it was a very tasty Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:17:34 | More by MaxBrewell
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque inky black with a khaki head and ample lacing.

Roasty grainy goodness that has a heaping helping of citrus hops that have aged well, drinking a 2010 bottle.

Very smooth grain bill that screams of chocolate and coffee with a hint of godlyness. The grain seems the player but the hops DO IT.Toting the grain is a very american hop bill that brins alot to the party,with an ample supply of good bitter grapefruit and herbal goodness.

Creamy full bodied goodness and just the right carbonation.

This one is a keeper, no catch and release from this fisherman. Drink up everybody!

2011 bottle on 2/21/12 happy fat tuesday y'all

Seems when younger that this fantastical elixer is more hop oriented for sure.Way american hop character shines well with the roasty goodness.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:43:07 | More by welldigger888
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, courtesy of gford217. Best by December 31, 2010. Oops…

A: The stout is dark, a murky blackness that envelops all colors. Runy red glimpses peak out of the base of my glass. A tan head, just over a finger in size, is lacing all around the glass.

S: A rich nose, the best by date is a lie! Dark grains, semisweet chocolate, anise, coffee, graham and booze. The nose seems to have it all. Smoke, spices and even some fleshy fruits pop up.

T: Rich chocolate, sweet and luxurious, is a dimension that the nose didn't really hint at. Graham, nuts, bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast follow quickly. Vinous strength and dark fruits take a turn as well, adding a sweetness that cuts into the full malts. Raisins and apples are sweet. Plenty of dark malts linger, ample booze backing it up. A pretty taste imperial stout.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't disappoint, plenty of malts and, thanks to the yeast, a sweet fruity presence. The age has done the stout considerable good.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:35:24 | More by akorsak
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is black, opaque, and carries a thin medium brown head. Initially its about a 1/2 inch high, but it quickly fades to a ring with a center of thin swirliness and bubbles. Aroma is interesting. First thing I get is spicy woodiness, hickory maybe, smoke and some kind of dry wine. Other smells include raisins and perhaps other dark fruits. This beer's taste reflects the smell accurately. Dry smokey wood, spice, cherries, and raisins. The alcohol isn't hiding itself, but its not overwhelming either. Mouthfeel is a weeee bit thinner than I want it to be. Nice smooth texture though. Overall I am enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 01:30:43 | More by tastybeer
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
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