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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

841 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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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abrand

Illinois

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before date of 12.10.10.

The Happy Ending stout pours a deep brown almost black color. A small tan head pops out after an aggressive pour. No retention remains. Smell of chocolate, coffee and some roasted malts. Taste is very robust and in my opinion would cool down nicely with some age. There is some coffee and in chocolate in the flavor. Faint hints of plums and raisins as the beer cools. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but goes down pretty easily. Drinkability is pretty solid, although I do think it will get better with some age. Definitely my favorite sampling from Sweetwater.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 03:53:52 | More by abrand
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from a growler into an oversized clear wine glass. Purchased from The Lodge (Hilton Head, SC) for $13.

A: Black body with short, 1/2 finger beige head with a short reticulated lacing pattern at the top of the glass.

S: Dark malts with bitter dark chocolate and strong black coffee dominate. Some softer earthy hoppiness also is present. Some caramel/cola aromas are present too.

T: Bitter dark chocolate is the easiest flavor to detect, but other flavors including dark malts, espresso, earthy hops, and alcohol are evident too. A malty beer all the way, but a bit of a bludgeoning type of RIS without much subtlety.

M: Surprisingly thin feel overall with no more than medium body. Carbonation is mid-range for the style and aftertaste is dry with bitter chocolate tones.

D: A fine beer but not close to the upper tier due to the aroma profile (too heavy on chocolate) and light body for the style.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2010 03:28:00 | More by argock
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

12oz bottle into my Orval glass...Black with a dark tan head, good retention and lacing..The aroma is way too sweet, mostly all chocolate, with pine and alcohol. On the boring side... I like the taste better than the nose as it shows off a couple more dimensions, sweet chocolate, coffee, and a piney alcohol finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 02:16:32 | More by jrallen34
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with kirkpjr, thanks for the opportunity and the great trade. Best by 12/31/10
Pours a solid black color with a stingy tan head that recedes quickly to a ring that leaves some lace. This smells wonderful! Roasted grains mixed with spicy citrus hops some chocolate, burnt sugar and a touch of alcohol on the edges especially as it warms. Taste is chocolate up front, some dark fruit follows, more alcohol burn than I expected comes next, followed by a citrus hop bitterness and a fruity roasty lingering finish. Mouthfeel is roasty creamy and oily, Body is a little thinner than I expected, this one does finish rather dry as well. Carbonation is low and ample. I like my Imp Stouts to be thick and chewy and this one is not that. The body on this one is definitely lacking. I think the aroma fools you a bit into thinking this is going to taste differently than it does. The alcohol in the taste is still a bit hot. Overall this is a decent stout and I certainly wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, but world class this is not.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 00:54:35 | More by johnnnniee
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to jyounger30 for this one. 2417 of 3400.

4.0 A: Near black color. Three fingers of foamy tan head with damn good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Whoa! Twould appear that this is an IPA/IS hybrid. The citrus is poured on hard with focus on orange, grapefruit, and hints of mango. Sweet chocolate behind the hops and hints of roasted barley.

4.0 T: While I found the nose to be awesome, the taste is a bit disappointing or is at least a distance departure from what I was expecting. I thought the hoppiness and the roastiness worked well together in the nose (with the hops dominating), but in the taste they compete with the malts not putting up much of a fight. Midway through my second glass I decided to drop the expectation of Imperial Stout and view this as a Black IPA. From that perspective it isn't a bad brew by any means, but as a stout, it's laughable. Hops dominate with orange and grapefruit recurring. Pine is introduced as well, but he mango in the nose is practically gone. Malts are thin, but a moderate roastiness and a touch of chocolate make this different than a regular IPA.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Healthy, if not aggressive, carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Good mouthfeel for the IPA that it is, but it would be terrible if this was actually an IS.

4.0 D: The few SW brews that I've had have all been pretty good, but they need to figure out how to classify their beers a bit better. I would drink this beer again for sure, but wouldn't want an aged one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:25:11 | More by DavoleBomb
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TK5150

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent as an extra by the awesome trader TimmyP....been wanting to try this for a while...

A-Pours a murky very dark brown/black with a beige/light brown head. Brown edges are seen when held up to the light.

S- A hint of grapefruit and orange mixed with caramel and roasted malts.

T- Caramel abounds with a hint of hoppiness, though fairly well balanced. Light roasted maltiness lingers in a sweet finish. The finish is light and ends somewhat abruptly.

M- Medium bodied, especially for an Imperial Stout. Good carbonation.

D- This is one really drinkable Imperial Stout. Its quite light, but enjoyable. Even though 9% is low for an Impy, I wouldn't have guessed this to be that high in alcohol. Not nearly as hoppy as the Smuttynose Imperial Stout, but somewhat hoppy. Overall, an enjoyable beer that I am glad to finally check off the list. Thanks Tim.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 22:14:13 | More by TK5150
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Jet black with a inch of thick mocha colored head composed of too large bubbles. It left just a little lacing behind. Good but not great looking Imperial Stout.

Aroma is great though, full of citrusy/floral dry hops and roast malt and just a bit of alcohol. Very rich nice aroma.

Flavor is rich with many complex, balanced flavors -- citrus, coffee & chocolate, rich sweetness, bitterness. Very nice beer.

This beer is well carbonated and fairly rich but didn't quite have the big mouthfeel I expect from an imperial stout. On the other hand this is such an easy to drink beer that it's dangerous. It would be easy to drink 4 or 5 of these and at 9 or 10% abv that could do some damage!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 02:57:57 | More by mklinger
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

2008 Vintage

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a light layer of light tan head. Color is a dark brown, nothing overly black.

Aroma: rich chocolate. silky smooth. dark dried fruits. very sweet. lots of roasted malt, not to bad.

Taste: Not that big of a flavor as I would expect from an imp stout. Big roasted malt and silky milk chocolate. Some dark fruit notes. Not to much hop profile here. It is very sweet. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, creamy. Medium bodied, a lot lighter for an imp stout. Lower amount of carbonation, but not bad. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, this is a pretty decent imp stout, but not as big as I was expecting. Decent. Fairly easy drinking since its not that big. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:46:35 | More by mothman
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Blazer06 for sending this my way. 2008 Vintage

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a small head. Kind of thin looking body relative to the rest of the style.

Smell is of big licorice and roasted malts, very mellowed out smell due to the age I'm sure.

Taste very smooth, a little lighter in flavor than the rest in the style, but good and smooth. Not a whole lot going, very mellowed and smooth is the best quality it has going.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, light carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, the alcohol is very hard to detect. An enjoyable beer from Sweetwater.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:27:57 | More by pmccallum86
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike Thorpe for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger semi-fine reddish-chocolate head that dissipates quickly. Beer is appropriately opaque black. Lacing is spotty/patchy but stays close to the edge of the brew.

S: Cream-of-hop, raisins, prunes, chocolate, with a light backbone of booze. The nose is very telling here and it informs me I'm in for a hoppy imperial stout with a big dose of alcohol.

T: Toasted malts, cocoa, and vanilla. Hoppiness is all the way in the back. Rather hot with a burnt dark fruit flavor in the middle. Boozy sourness towards the end and finishes medium-dry and pretty clean. Aftertaste is of aforementioned burnt malts and a slight cocoa bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated, and a bit coarse for my taste. More lively than most in its style which prevents the complexities of this beer from really melding together. Finish is dry, with a slightly oily aftertaste.

D: Would I have this again? Probably, but its not one of my favorites. Perhaps a little less or a little more time might change the feel which is the main component lacking here. And its just complex and tasty enough for me to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 01:47:32 | More by SpeedwayJim
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade from marine1975, a standup trader.

A - Pours with a monsterously huge head, four fingers easy. Head really belongs on another beer. Bulk of it faded rather quickly, leaving a more modest head that had some decent retention. Chunky lacing on the sides, pretty random lines that left sheets of stick on the sides throughout the drink.

S - Smells like chocolate milk at first. And seriously, get a load of the hops on this one. Very very hoppy. You get some roasted malts in this but the main thing I notice here is the hops.

T - Tastes like a stout mixed with an IPA. Roasted malts, some coffee, chocolate, and a huge dose of bitter hops. Interesting, doesn't taste bad, but not quite what I was expecting. Finishes with the hops bitterness right before a burnt, roasty malt taste.

M - Slick, don't get the carbonation I was expecting from the head on it, pretty smooth. Medium weight, but a little watery for my liking.

D - It gets so strangly bitter, leaves my mouth puckering, but is not refreshing like a nice, bitter IPA would be. Actually getting through the 12 took some effort, not bad, but would not rate it high on the drinkability scale. This is a unique tasting beer, not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 04:51:27 | More by AgentZero
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chcfan

California

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

Extra received from UGADawgGuy. Thanks, man!

This is more like a Black IPA than an Imperial Stout. It has a nice hop aroma and taste, but really not many characteristics of a Stout. I really enjoyed it and it's definitely a beer I could enjoy a few of in a night, which I can't say about most big stouts. Mouthfeel is more like a porter than a chewy, thick stout, which was expected.

Really, the only thing stout about this is what it looks like in the glass. If you did a completely blind test on this, you would probably think it was an IPA.

A little confused by the style situation, but it's an enjoyable beer that I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 00:46:14 | More by chcfan
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MrStark

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is dark, brown black with dark tan two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving bits of stick lacing and a thin cap.

Smell is full oh hops upfront which is fairly strong almost covering up the milder scents of coffee and malt.

Taste is like the smell being fairly hoppy upfront as well as in the finish. In between there is some good roasted malt and bitter coffee flavors as well. It sweetens up a bit as it warms and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some moderate carbonation at first. Not bad but it is a little thin and not as smooth as others I've had before.

Drinkability is good. It does seem to be pretty easy drinking for the style and is pretty good tasting. Not as complex as other examples from the style but still a good brew. I wouldn't mind having it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 22:33:19 | More by MrStark
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MURF0320

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap. Pi in Ocala, Fl.
Pours black with a tan 2 finger head with little retention but a sticky initial lacing.
Aroma hits first with a surprise burst of dry hops. Chocolate and coffee round it out with a slight alcohol presence.
Roasted malt flavor still dominates. Bitter chocolate and coffee are most prevalent when first hitting your mouth but start to give in to some hop bitterness before finished.
Mouthfeel was a little thin.
Drinkability is good with the alcohol well hidden and the hop presence making it a little more refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 23:05:09 | More by MURF0320
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

Appears a dark brown black with decent tan bubbles and lacing

Smell of Grassy hops, dark roasted malts, some staleness present IMO. Coffee in beers depending on how done - if done improperly, usually lends my mind to thinking of stale day old coffee.

Taste of strong grassy hops followed by chocolate, toffee, black patent malt, astringent ashy black patent malt.

Light carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. The light carbonation is present. As with some other Stouts I have been having lately, the over abundance of black patent is getting to me. Might be me being sick of it or the fact that ashy flavors are not welcome on my tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 13:15:30 | More by alpinebryant
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's in Columbia.

A: Dark black color with a nice tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. A slight touch of alcohol.

T&M: The flavor starts out with a mild hop bitterness which is overpowered by a nice sweet, roasted malt taste. Some coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a very mild alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich.

Drinkability is really good for the style. Overall a very tasty stout.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2010 19:55:14 | More by cdizinno
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

Best before 12/31/10

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Nice dark body with almost a finger of tan head. Gentle lacing on the glass.

A good helping of bitter hops and dark roasted malts on the nose. Some cocoa comes through with a touch of alcohol. Decent aroma, but nothing too special.

Dark malts and hops mix to give a bitter kick to the flavor. Some malty sweetness is apparent as well, but the bitterness typically overpowers it. Grassy, piney hops really steal the show with this imperial stout and give it something a bit different from the mainstream. Reminds me a bit of Storm King Stout. Also tastes like it has some barrel presence.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice, smooth body with a bitter punch of hops. Some warming alcohol, but pretty well hidden.

Drinkability is good, especially for an imperial stout. I tend to like big hoppy stouts like Storm King and '09 Darkness, but for others it may cut down on the drinkability. One bottle is about good for me, but I could be easily persuaded to have another.

Overall, this is my first brew from Sweetwater and I'm finding it pretty tasty. Lots of hops and dark roasted malts contained in a smooth body. Not the most complex IS, but still a great beer. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more Sweetwater brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:21:43 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

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

Pours a dark opaque body with tanned head that starts tall, but fades decently fast. Not much lacing. Smells hoppy. Very hoppy. The enjoy by date is 12/31/10 and I might have waited for that presence to die back a bit, but there's a heck of a lot of floral there! It's nice, but almost disconcertingly overwhelming the malts for the type of brew it is. Beyond that are some sweet and nutty malt notes.

Tastes slightly metallic and quite bitter. Lots of deep roasted and burnt caramel flavors along with hops. Definite hop presence. I bet it would hold up well to aging, but the label suggests this is the way to enjoy it and I can appreciate that. Not much sweetness to balance it out, though enough to make a smooth almost heavy-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is small and rounded. Very drying. Decently drinkable, especially if you don't like cloying sweetness, but the dryness gets to me after awhile.

Overall it's an interesting offering. Not your average imperial stout, but for sure an eye-opening one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:14:54 | More by abuliarose
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black color with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma really kicks things up a notch, with a big citrusy hops explosion upfront, followed by coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. The flavor starts out with a hoppy blast as well with notes of grapefruit and pine resin, followed by some coffee and bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and a decent alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is really good for the style and ABV. Overall a very tasty beer, though it really seems like more of a Black IPA than an Imperial Stout given the lack of complexity in the malt profile and the hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 05:30:35 | More by silver0rlead
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

damn, this beer is great!

pours a unpenetrating dark oily black but seems light...tan head with exceptional lacing...thick head present throughout...

smells very simply of chocolate, caramel, and alcohol...very nice...

whoa, explosion of flavor...the dry hopping gives this a nice finish...robust dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominate with a strong and full flavored finish...damn, this one's good...i thought the high alcohol would give this one a slight burn, but it doesn't...very rich and refreshing...

very bold, lightly thick, and refreshing...again, the hop finish gives this imperial stout an amazing touch...no stale aftertaste which i sometimes get with stouts...

overall, you'll love this one...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 02:22:32 | More by cnjohn19
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Stone RIS glass

A - pitch black with a tan head, leaves a moderate amount of lacing in the glass

S - smells like chocolate malts with a hint of citrusy hops, has a hint of an alcoholic smell

T - citrusy hops dominate at first sip followed by a hint of dark malts. Probably the hoppiest stout I've ever had, if I had tasted this without looking at it then I would sweat that this was an IPA

M - medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Not a super easy drinker but about what I would expect out of a 9% stout. This beer is really hoppy for the style and I think it is similar in flavor to Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. I wouldn't mind picking one of these up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:58:26 | More by jpmclaug
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a deep black liquid, completely opaque, with tons of dark khaki colored head that is pretty thick and creamy looking. the retention is pretty good, it lingers for quite some time leaving a thin lacing that completely coats the glass

S-the nose is different, very sweet with a big hop punch. Some dark fruits, rasisins and prunes, mix with tangerine and grapefruit hops. A touch of dark chocolate in the front is the only traditional stout aroma I am getting.

T-the taste is similar to the nose and has a huge hop presence. The roasted malts are more present in the taste which is something I enjoyed. Roasted espresso right up front with some dark chocolate following right behind. Hints of bitter dark chocolate as well. The hops take over in the back, tangerine and grapefruit with a touch of hop bitterness at the finish

M-medium body, a little thin but not too thin. It is silky smooth with very little carbonation but a slight bite at the finish. It is slightly dry in the back

D-this is a very interesting beer. It is the hoppiest Imperial Stout I have ever had and has a completely distinguishable hop presence in the back. Not enough malty goodness to be a great imperial stout but I think they were going for something different and I apploud the attempt.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:14:51 | More by cpetrone84
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes 3/24
Thanks to gford217

12oz btl poured into Chimay goblet

A: Pours a midnight black. One finger's worth of head from a forceful pour, it diminishes quickly leaving a ring. Decent lacing.

S: Picked up a whiff of coffee as I was pouring this one. Further expoloration unearths a fairly complex roasty aroma.

T: Flavor not as complex as the nose. Even as it warms I'm getting one distinct flavor. Roastiness that is pretty heavy in the bitter coffee department. Finishes with a pleasant hoppiness. This might be a one trick pony, but that trick is pretty darn good.

M: Carbonation is about right. Viscosity is on par for the style given its ABV.

D: Pretty good considering ABV. Unlike the top tier imp stouts out there, Happy Ending doesn't have that something that makes me really want another.

Nice beer. Won't seek it out in the future, but would definitely grab one here and there if it was readily available. Really glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 16:56:16 | More by AdamGarcia
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scifan

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all I absolutely love this beer. I've been putting off reviewing for awhile but now that I'm down to last of it I figured I should give it a proper review.
Pours almost pitch black with a surprisingly light colored head. The initial pour reveals a huge head that quickly settles down leaving chunks of lacing along the glass.
Going in for the first sniff. Big, juicy, citrusy hops dominate the nose. The citrus hops almost create a certain sweetness that blends nicely with the malts. Dark roasted malts linger deep in the background making themselves known just enough to barely shine through. Light aromas of dark chocolate and coffee are also detectable albeit slightly.
Oddly enough I first detect light dark chocolate malts and just a touch of powdered cocoa. Then followed by a blast of hops. Sweet citrusy hop at that. It almost comes across as kind of orange juicy. Then it has a nice bitter finish from the roasted malt.
The mouthfeel is the only place this beer doesn't come through. It's just a tad watery and thin. I like my RIS's thick and viscous. The carbonation is good though. Overall an interesting blend of RIS and IPA styles. It's not a black IPA. It's just a big ol stout with a boatload of hops. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:29:40 | More by scifan
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GregSVT

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter courtesy of Thorpe429

A: Pours a deep black with a large tan head that stays around for a good amount of time and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hops, chocolate, and malt. Not a fan of hoppy stouts so this might not go well.

T: The taste is not bad at all, the chocolate malt and dark fruits take precendence and the hops add a bit of balance and further enhance the flavor. I'm eating (or drinking) my words here. The smell led me to believe this would be an overly hoppy beer like Storm King but it proved me wrong.

M: The feel is creamy, slick, and medium to full bodied.

D: Very drinkable and I'd keep this in my rotation if it was available in my area.

Recommended if you can get it. Thanks to Mike for the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 02:48:48 | More by GregSVT
Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.