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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

829 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 82
Gots: 118 | FT: 3
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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cetherid

Indiana

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

poured into a tulip

A.

your run of the mill Imperial Stout. Pitch black body with a thick mocha colored head. A little similar to the head of rootbeer, but more dense and frothy. Great lacing on the glass as well.

S.

roasted malts with hints of caramel, chocolate and a slight touch of molasses. A touch of hops are in there which is pleasant.

T.

A one/two punch of bitterness and sweetness, all at the same time. Bittersweet chocolate with a small bit of caramel along with some slight piney hops. There is a little booze in the finish as well. This beer kind of reminds me of expedition stout, however not as flavorful. Not sure how this one would age with only 9% ABV as well as the hops.

M.

definitely full bodied with great carbonation. A nice creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

O.

A pretty solid American Imperial Stout. Great flavor/aroma, not to mention it was free as an extra! Unfortunately you can't really find Sweetwater here in NW indiana. Doubt I'd seek this out as it's very similar to Expedition Stout which I can find at practically any beer store near me. If I lived down south this might be a go to stout for me however.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 18:06:23 | More by cetherid
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Bennettrox

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really appreciate the wax finish for the fairly inexpensive price.

A - Pours a midnight black body with a larger head than expected. Too much carbonation or just a wonderful head? Going with the latter.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, and that's about it. Was hoping to pull more from the nose.

T - A good Imp Stout but lacks the 'bang' I was hoping. Taste similar to your run of the mill Imp Stout, not that it's a bad thing but I guess I was hoping for more. A touch of caramel and sweetness.

M - Thinner than you would think. Carbonation is there but it's almost silky

O - A good offering from Sweetwater but I think I over hyped the beer in my mind due to the wax tip. I'm not sure why but I always associate the wax with top caliber beers; damn you DL and the like! All in all though, for the price you can't go wrong with this. Good stuff from Sweetwater.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 07:14:12 | More by Bennettrox
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mavajo for this extra.
Poured into an De Dolle Tulip.

A: Pours midnight black with a slow to rise two finger head, nice gradual carbonation. It hangs around for about a minute and then fades leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: Some piney, citrusy hops jump out first followed by the dark side of the nose; chocolate, caramel, raisins, figs, and coffee. As it continues to warm the chocolate, and dark malt becomes the focus, with the hops fading into the background. There are hints of the ABV, but overall the strength is well hidden.

T: Pine and citrus hops upfront followed by a heavy dose of roasted malt and chocolate. It shifts to coffee and dark fruit mid palate and finishes hoppy and bitter.

M: A bit thin for the style with good carbonation.

O: This was an interesting take on an imperial stout, but in the end it came off too hoppy and thin in the mouthfeel. That said I will finish the rest imagining it is a CDA...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:54:25 | More by Neffbeer
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chilly460

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, as close to black as possible, with a medium mocha-cream one-finger head. The lacing is quite nice, with intricate patterns forming on the sides of the glass.

S - Wow, plenty of citrus hops hit first I get sweet orange and some lighter lemon/lime. As it warms, getting darker fruit as well, plums. Sweetness in there like honey and a lot of toasted malts. Unique imperial stout.

T - Roasted malt flavors are first and foremost, roastier then the smell indicated. The citrus and tropical fruit flavors find their way in as well. Sweeter milk chocolate blends with the roasted malts and citrus.

M - Medium with a good amount of coating, not as thick as some RIS.

O - Drinkable and very different from other Imperial Stouts that I have had. It was quite a bit hoppier, complex, and sessionable. Nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 18:28:51 | More by chilly460
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nkersten

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for leaving this one behind after beer and hockey night. Poured into new belgium globe, pours black with a tan head, pretty good retention. Smells mostly like artificial sweetners, some licorice, black patent and roasted malt, spicy hops. Taste is thankfully much better then the smell, especially as it warms. Spicy hops, chocolate, bitter malts. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with a light carbonation. A decent stout, very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:33:56 | More by nkersten
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than expected! Served in a shaker pint. Beer is black with a thin tan head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is like molasses. Sweet, mildly alcoholic, lots of syrup.

Beer is thick on the palate, sweet up front, not much alcohol in the mouth, tastes really nice. Really heavy beer, great sweet mildly roasty finish. Really nice overall. If you like really sweet stouts that are super heavy this is a beer for you!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:22:46 | More by drabmuh
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bklyn1rr

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great color, smell, and no strong after taste. I really enjoy drinking this beer; especially when compared to other popular stouts. The name alone helps with the enjoyment of the brew. Please advise if you have one that compares to this and within the same price range.

On to the next one!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:36:10 | More by bklyn1rr
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a completely opaque inky black. It settles with two fingers worth of tan head. Good retention. Lots of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - much hoppier than expected. Huge amounts of citrus and pine aromas. As it warms the hop scent melds with the rich malts. Lots of chocolate. Some mild roasty scent. Some dark fruit esters at the tail end.

T - there is huge amount of chocolate flavor along with some mild coffee roast. As the beer warms in the mouth the hop bitterness swells to a nice piney citrus flavor that mixes unbelievably well with the chocolatey malts. The finish is long and hoppy.

M - the body is on the lighter side of medium. Very slick, yet still has that creamy stout texture. Medium carbonation.

D - this is not only one of the hoppiest stouts I've ever had, it is one of the most delicious. It paired amazingly well along side brownies with cinnamon cream cheese fronting and I could see it pairing equally well with some barbecue. There is barely a trace of alcohol and dangerously easy to drink. All around excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:36:12 | More by Teleweizen2
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this single up at the Gateway Grill.

A - Pours a bountiful deep black with a nice inch of tan head.

S - Smells of slight hops, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

T - A very balanced stout. Taste of bittersweet chocolate first then the roasted malts play along side of the hops which are mild and it finishes with a touch of coffee. Creamy and smooth.

M - Wow it drinks with a great medium body. Alcohol well hidden.

Overall I really enjoyed this one especially after so many hop forward Imperial Stouts I have had lately. I believe they have a couple more left and at 3.00 a bottle it is a bit steep but definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 20:42:49 | More by DrDemento456
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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap(!) at Jocks N' Jills, Vinings, GA ~March 2011

Appearance: Dark Mahogany. Head reminiscent of crema on a good cappuccino. very persistent.

Smell: Hoppy, roasted malt undertones. "Bright" for a stout.

Taste: Initial rush of fresh hops followed by dark roasted malt. Fruity toffee. Toasted figs? Sweet candied (caramel/toffee) fruit finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, High carbonation for a Stout IMO.

Overall: One of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Could be mistaken for a Black DIPA though.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 17:23:49 | More by sweetwaterman
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't resist the urge to start this before my review, so here's an abriged version:

Thanks to Briann44556 for this nice extra.

The basics: 9% ABV and no idea on price (part of a trade)

Dark, viscous, nice lacing.

Roasty, muted, not as robust as I would like.

Creamy, velvety smooth texture. Wonderful roasted chocolate malt flavors abound. Not as in your face as other Imperial Stouts, but also not as flavorful, overall...Nice malt Tang in the middle.

What I like most: The price (heh heh) and creamy texture.

What I like least: The lack of nuance and uniqueness.

Verdict: Average but good. Probably not as good value as many others.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:41:37 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got one of these as an extra from both GatorBeerNerd and BulbMan. Thanks Donnie and Jon. I really wanted some Sweetwater IS beer love!

A: Poured almost a pitch black color, with absolutely no light showing through.... even around the edges. The head was a VERY frothy and pepper mocha colored one that stuck around and then some.

S: Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a good presence of teriyaki sauce. Very bright and hoppy.... for an IS anyway.

T: The first thing I noticed after first sip was the very smooth finish on this thing. I mean.... wow! This is definitely on the bright, hoppy, and fruity side as opposed to the deep, roasty, coffee one. Craft beer lovers candy!

M: Velvety and creamy +! Low carbonation, and this was definitely a thick, sludgy beer.... that happens to also be extremely fruity.

O: I could actually taste the Sweetwater IPA imbedded in this mother! I loved that beer... and I loved this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:53:39 | More by Chaney
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mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of thick coffee coloured head; not great retention but leaves some lacing.

S: The first thing you notice is the smell of hops which is odd for an imperial stout. Buried beneath this are some booze and coffee/chocolate aromas.

T: The hops present a blast of fruit flavour upfront but then we sink into familiar stout territory: sweetness and roasted flavours.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly creamy with medium-full body and suitably low carbonation.

D: A very tasty stout with well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:58:11 | More by mrnobody
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to J2Brew2 for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black color with a 1 inch khaki head made up of tiny bubbles. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and herbal hops. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, with very minor hop essence. There is a bit of an acidic/tangy flavor on the tongue after each sip. A tiny bit of alcohol burn in the throat. Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a prickly sensation in the throat after each swallow. A little too much carbonation for this beer style. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that suffers a little from the acidic/tangy taste and the over carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:07:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jpro

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz wax dipped bomber from Total Wine, West Ashley... looks cool with the silkscreen "label" and other graphics & tidbits.

A: Pours a deep, rusty uber-mahogany with a coca-cola head that even with a heavy handed pour, only yields about half a finger of tight, bubbly foam... Not much lace gets left behind, despite a small amount of creamy retention.

S: Hmmm... interesting. A lot of rich, sweet malts and a lot of sugariness. Raisins in there, too. Some notes of dark chocolate and minty / grassy hops. Piney hops lurk in the background.

T: When it hits your lips, you're thinking hop bomb, incoming... but almost immediately you get a pre-emptive, sugary malt strike which takes the edge off. Not too roasty or chocolately... just burnt sugar, brown sugar and a tiny smidge of dark cocoa. Big, piney finish rounds things out (and maybe a touch of citrus, too). Its bitter, but not overbearingly so.

M: Pretty dern full, yet highly carbonated... good combo as you get something that coats the palate and does a good job of cleansing it - I like it.

D/O: Wow... pretty drinkable if you want to call this an Imperial Stout! I think of it more as a Cascadian Dark Ale with a big mouthfeel... Seriously, though - where's the roastiness, the chocolate, the coffee, etc?? Pretty interesting / weird for an Imp Stout, but enjoyable nonetheless. Good stuff - glad I picked it up, and'll probably grab some next year, too.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:54:18 | More by jpro
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beerdown77

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours black with dark tan head. It doesn't smell over chocolaty or coffee-y. I think I faintly smell hops, but definitely dark malts and sugar. The taste is pretty mild for being a 9%. The aftertaste is where most of the flavor hits you with a lot of bitterness, burnt coffee, and woody toastiness. I don't consider myself to be overly versed in imperial stouts, but I like this much better than the sweeter versions, i.e., Samuel Adams Imperial Stout. The body is pretty heavy, but there is a surprising amount of carbonation and bite; I was expecting this to be more syrupy. One or two of these would be my limit.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 05:06:19 | More by beerdown77
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up today at Hop City in Atlanta. This is one of the few readily available Sweetwater beers I haven't tried yet, so let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a small head of tan bubbles that faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds and ended up as a small ring where the beer meets the glass. Looking through the corner of the glass, you can tell that this beer is pretty clear overall.

Aroma: Pretty well blended aroma with Chocolate and cocoa mixed with ample floral hops. The malts have significant sweet caramel and some toasty notes. In the cold beer, I don't really get any alcohol yet.

Taste: There is some pretty significant hops in this beer, and is probably one of the hoppier representations of this style that I have tried. The malt is there in the flavor, but it is playing a supporting role. The body is quite thin for the style with low carbonation, and the alcohol is also lightening the impression of this beer up and it is coming across the palate quite watery. The finish is balanced, and I am hard-pressed to say who wins in the end. I think that I would go with malt, but only by a nose. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer from the perspective of warming and flavor, but it is thinning out the mouthfeel and definitely adding warmth to the back of the throat after the sip.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but there are numerous other examples in this style that I prefer over this. This beer comes across more like a dark IPA, or maybe bordering on Imperial IPA, but as an imperial Stout, they are up against some serious contenders...and fall short in my opinion. This beer isn't bad and I will finish it and all that, but I wouldn't drink this thinking that it will stand up to The Yeti or anything like that.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:19:11 | More by SkeeterHawk
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dam0ne4

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a dark color (almost black) with 1/4 - 1/2 finger of head, minimal carbonation

Smell - a roasty hop smell is prominent with a hint of chocolate/caramel

Taste - Has a very hoppy taste with a stout aftertaste- like an IPA and a stout mixed together. I could also taste a hint of chocolate

Mouthfeel - Almost no carbonation and very thick

Drinkability - I enjoyed this, the chocolate, hops, and roasted nutty taste blended together nicely. Good hearty beer with a lot of flavor. The 9% alcohol does sneak up on you after a couple, so I probably wouldn't drink more than 1 or 2 at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:35:02 | More by dam0ne4
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baconsausage

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that doesnt lace much. Aroma of piny hops and burnt sugar. More hops in the taste, very hop forward, joined by some roasted malt flavors of chocolate and brown sugar. lots of layers here alternating between hoppy bitterness and roasty malt sweetness. Complex, but i feel it is more like a double black IPA than a stout. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout as well. Very drinkable for the ABV, but not as a stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 19:06:48 | More by baconsausage
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before 12/31/11, poured into snifter. Thanks goes out to GPHarris for including this one as an extra in a trade. Thanks Gabe!

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a finger of dense light brown head; decent retention and a touch of spotty lacing. Standard quality imperial stout appearance.

S: Extremely strong pine aroma here; my mind has me alternating between the Christmas trees of winter and the piny lakes of summer (which resemble the bottle art quite well actually). Once you get past that, there's a good deal of roasted and chocolaty malts, along with a hint of coffee.

T: Pine upfront again, though there's a bit more balance than I picked up from the smell; a good deal of chocolate and coffee both come out easily here. Not a whole lot else going on; this is a bittersweet in the favor of sweet flavor- well balanced and easy to have sip after sip.

M: Medium-bodied and rather light for the style, with very light carbonation. Quite smooth, with a moderate stickiness lingering on the finish to keep the flavor around.

D: For a 9% stout this goes down very easily, but I'm not quite sold enough on the flavor to give it a 4 or higher for drinkability. A good beer, and if you like hoppy stouts (or pine hops), it's one to check out for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:48:37 | More by AwYeh
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shrek806

New York

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a DFH snifter

Pours a oil dark black with a thin head and a slightly tan lacing. Once it settled, there was almost no head and not alot going on

Smells of hops right away, not what I expected to smell from the color of the pour.Some Chocolate, maybe coffee bean as well

Tastes like a light stout. Not overly creamy or smooth. Almost zero hoppy bitterness. Some mild malt flavor with an alcohol finish

The mouthfeel is thin. it feels more like a soda in my mouth and finishes with a minor alcohol burn

This one is not my cup of tea, lacks depth in just about every direction.

3.5/4.0/3.0/3.0/3.0

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:27:25 | More by shrek806
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haddon

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Mellow Mushroom.

pours a black onyx color with brown mocha head. doesn't stay around long but much lacing down the

sweet like licorice with a bit of roasted coffee bean. bit of woody undertone, perhaps oak. to be fair, MM does serve their beer too cold in frosty pint glasses but didn't change much even after it warmed.

sweet notes at first: light malts, caramelized sugars & oak. ends with hop bitterness and salty. almost tastes like soy. a bit off- putting and strange for an RIS.

Medium body that comes across as light and watery for a stout at 9% abv.

not really my thing. for a class of beers that is loaded with legends, I'll probably pass on this one next time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 22:33:58 | More by haddon
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black like night with a dark brown head, it levelly laces my Sweetwater pint glass. Hops leaving lacing with a color as dark as the pitch, only the froth's dissipation before I pull this up presents a problem.

The aroma is malty and hoppy. Sweet like candied balls and bitter like aspirin with a headache, things are looking better. It's a hop stout.

Bitter like the smell, hops dominate this freshly poured stout. It's reminiscent of GI Night Stalker as the hops pierce thru the stout in the making. Just as a chocolate glaze suitably complements a donut, this hop stout is balanced like a ballerina.

The hops really dance--a bittering dance--on the tongue, as malted sweetness coats the palate. It's a chocolate beer without going dessert. The aftertaste is lip-smacking good. After instinctively calling it "exceptional," I'm going with the 5!

It's neat enough--core principles of Sweetwater marketing at work here--that it's worth always having around for the unexpected beer advocate visit AND to enjoy with frequency. Unlike the greatest of stouts, however, I don't see considering two consecutive. It is, nonetheless, an impressive beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:17:54 | More by marvin213
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birchstick

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Atlanta Fish Market

A - pours a deep dark black with a half finger mocha head

S - smells of dark chocolates and a lot of sweet grapefruit hops

T - starts off with milk and very rich dark chocolates that fades to a nice burnt malt / roasted coffee flavors. Hidden beneath these flavors are some grapefruit flavors. This is more sweet than roasted, dark chocolates being the dominant flavor.

M - thick as a milkshake without much carbonation

D - this is a really good dark chocolate stout. More hoppy than your typical stout too. I was very excited to hear this was one tap and had one with the breaded pudding, which was an awesome pairing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 03:33:16 | More by birchstick
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass. Thanks for the trade, CrookedStill!

A: Black with root beer colored highlights near the head and base under a one and a half finger head of creamy, espresso brown foam which settles slowly and leaves a good trace of lacing on the glass.

S: Creamy, roasted black malt sweetness, licorice, bitter coffee grounds and an earthy, floral hop aroma. A hearty sweet bread aroma mixes in with the spicy scent of ginger root and anise.

T: Bittersweet, creamy roasted malt flavor up front that throws bold flavors of fresh brewed coffee and earthy, chocolate notes. A very spicy, herbal, fruity bitterness creeps through mid-palate lending flavors of raisin, chicory and alcohol. The finish is almost meaty, with a certain smoky cigar taste. The aftertaste leaves bitter hop resins and a roasted malt slick on the palate.

M: Big, rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel with decent balance and an expect, although well-blended alcohol sting relative to the brew's strength.

D: I can see why Happy Ending is an award-winning American stout and a heck of an Americanized RIS clocking in at 9% ABV. A happy ending indeed, I thought this brew was well-crafted and balanced between roasted malt bittersweetness and just the right hop profile. Very good indeed!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 03:05:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.