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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 100
Gots: 177 | FT: 3
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Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rajendra82 on 08-26-2004

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of MrStark
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of MURF0320
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of abuliarose
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
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...

Photo of jpmclaug
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of scifan
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a small fizzly khaki colored head. Retention is decent, and leaves nice sheets of lacing along the glass. From the look of the poor, the body seems a little light, but we shall see.

S: What?! Aside from the color that the chocolate malt induces- and a few notes I get, I cannot see how Sweetwater could call this a stout! The nose is very similar to Sweetwater's IPA; fruity hops that give notes of pineapple, sweet grapefruit, apple, and a hint of cocoa and lactose. This nose has effectively stumped me because there are very few qualities that have *stout* written all over it. I do not detect any of the "traditional" stout characteristics i.e. chocolate, fudge, coffee, etc., instead I see many IPA/DIPA qualities. Oh well, still a nice nose.

T: This beer is definitely two-faced, I am convinced that this is a black & tan of some sort; a stout mixed with Sweetwater IPA. If you blind tasted this, you would guess that this was an IPA. On one side I get sweet grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, apple, and a delicate bready malt backing. On the other side I find cocoa powder, a touch of lactose, cardamom, milk chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a delicate chocolate malt backing. A slightly bitter twang is evident, especially as it warms.

MF/D: Definitely light in body for the style (which I am not convinced is the correct style for this beer- even though SW bottled this as such). The feel is slightly dry, and even a bit sour mid-palate and finish, perhaps from the bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden, but despite that, still highly drinkable.

*General thoughts for those (like myself 2 days ago) that are wondering if they want to buy this/what to expect:

I do not know exactly what makes this a stout (maybe the color and slight notes of chocolate, coffee, lactose), but this beer definitely resembles more of an IPA or even a well-hopped black & tan than it does a stout.

If you are hoping for an amazing, viscous, traditional style stout, you will not find it here. If you are looking for a delicious beer in general, you might and probably will. But hey, breweries are constantly reinventing beer and pushing styles to new limits, or even creating new ones, so I am no judge.

Either way, for the style this beer should score semi-low; (malt backing is too delicate, traditional ingredients are missing), but in terms of general ratings, this is a delicious beer- definitely recommended.

Photo of mechamifune
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah yes, another 4.0 (almost) across the board. This is a pretty unique stout that falls just a little short of greatness.

Pours a velvety black with light tan head. The smell is very unique for a IS, as it is very hoppy and citrusy, to the extent that if it was a blind tasting I would guess it was DIPA. Moutfeel is very creamy, smooth, but never losing that sense of hoppiness... very unlike any IS i've had in that sense.

As a result the drinkability is hard to really say.... this is not a rigid IS, but i'm not so sure the blending of the hoppiness/citrus works in total. Not hard to drink, but not easy to drink in the way that say terrapin outmeal coffee stout is. A very interesting IS thay i think could be something great with a little more work.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) Bottle number 423
A- This beer pours a jet black deep tan body with a creamy head of coco that last a good bit.
S- The chocolate roasted malt flavor has a green hop pine aroma to follow. There is a earthy roasted char note in the finish.
T- The smooth roasted chocolate malt flavor has some dark roasted coffee hints with a nice green pine hop finish. The hops linger a bit after each sip and start to take on a minty quality as the beer warms. There is a roasted bitterness that blends with the hops bitterness in the linger adding some nice depth.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat except for a very faint spicy hint when the beer is pretty warm. D- This beer is easy to drink and pretty mellow as it goes down quick. I'm not sure I would call in imperial but it is a nice stout.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown/black color. Not totally opaque, though. Head is firm and falls slowly to a nice froth over the top. Sticky rings of lace on the glass add nicely to the appearance. Better than average, for sure.

S: Woah, it smells like their IPA almost. Loads of grapefruit and pine on the nose, with notes of dark chocolate fudge and faint coffee mixed in. With warming some light notes of date and plum come through, as well.

T&M: Smooth flavors of dark chocolate, toffee up front give way to very dank piney and herbal hob flavors. Finish mellows out a touch with a reprise of maltiness and a light fruitiness to boot. A highly interesting imperial stout, but I'm not sure that it's incredibly cohesive. The hops save it, but it could use some bigger malt flavor. Body is medium/full, yet light for a big stout, with a very light carbonation level.

D: Well it's drinkable but it's not so incredibly tasty. Sweetwater definitely brewed a unique stout here, but it's not necessarily that great of a beer. Still, for 8 bucks a 6 pack I'd hit it again soon.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Ding when he came and visited Columbus.
Shared it with my girlfriend. This beer is pretty good. One of the things that stuck out most in my mind was the near surprising lack of carbonation. The bottle was not flat, it must just be really low carbonated. This helps the body feel a lot fuller and very smooth. The taste is very subdued for an imperial stout. It isnt big and boozy or imposing at all. Unfortunately these are characteristics I like in am imperial stout.
In all this is quite a good beer, just not as big as I would like.

This is beer #2 from the blind beers BIF. Sent to me by MMAJYK. Reviewed totally blind.

This one is nicely carbonated. It props up a nice tan head that is sticky enough to leave rings of lace. Its a very dark beer, but not stout thick. Right away I could tell it wasnt an imperial stout. There was too much head and the body was too thin. Light can shine through and show deep deep red/brown highlights.

The smell is a bit weak., but its another clue that makes me think this is a black IPA. There is plenty of roastiness, dark fruits, cherries and rich maltiness but the hops are very strong. lots of orange, spice and tea.

It tastes really good. Hops are really nice and fruity. They are very strong. They almost defeat lots of the dark malts, cherries, and roasty stuff. Theres lots of oranges and pineapple.

The feel is a little weak. Its dry but finishes with a coating all over the palate. Carbonation is sharp and prickly.

This was a big surprise. I obviously didnt pay much attention the last time. I was thinking this was a black IPA.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Dec 31, 2010. Pours very dark brown to black with some red highlights. Starts with a large two-finger foamy brown head, leaves rings of foamy lacing, reduces to a weak cap and a ring.

First whiff was quite a surprise, very hoppy for an imperial stout. Citrus, pine, everything is there plus a healthy dose of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and toffee one would expect from the style. The latter aromas really take center stage as the beer warms.

Flavor starts with rich chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of dark fruit, suddenly moving into a blast of bitter hops. Long bittersweet finish. Alcohol becomes prominent toward the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is high in carbonation, prickly, the body is a bit thin.

Overall, the beer does seem to fall apart in the bottom third in pretty much all departments. Still, it's quite interesting, especially fresh with the hops really kickin'. Even though it only has a one-year best by date, I do plan on aging some out of curiosity to see what happens after the hops are toned down.

Pretty good stuff overall, could use a fuller body and less prickly mouthfeel.

Photo of barleyman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. The dark head leaves a nice lace down the glass. Thick black color allows no light through. Fairly minimal smell for a dry hopped product. Burnt caramel smell with raisins and predominant date aroma. Taste is wonderful, at first full of malt, the hops come on during the aftertaste. Dry hopping is obvious. Mouthfeel is pretty light for this volume. Drinkability is just right for an Imperial Stout of this volume, Bravo Sweetwater, I'm gonna go back and buy a couple of cases of this wondermus Stout!

Just a thought,


Photo of kirkpjr
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a semi-thick black with about a finger of brown head. No light's coming through this one. Lacing develops soon.

S: Quite an interesting smell for a stout. Plenty of hops here - no real toasty or malt scents. Surprising to get a hop aroma out of what should be a chocolate or coffee scented beer. As the beer warms a faint roasted malt comes through. I like where this is going.

T: Hoppy sweet start. Citrusy and grapefruit - reminds me of the IPA hop profile. However this is quickly swept away by a bold roasted malt flavor. A small coffee flavor. Very unique in that it almost has both ends of the flavor spectrum with a potent hop start and a toasty malt finish.

M: Creamy and smooth. Not as thick as another imperial stout would contend but still nice.

D: A nice take on the style. Will pick this up again.

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

thanks to FooFaa for sharing this with me - enjoyed in a tulip

A - Dark cocoa brown color w/ thin ecru head, tiny bead and translucent clarity w/ nice webbing of lace that clings

S - A mild toffee aroma w/ mild graham cracker odor and citrus hop notes that are there enough to be noticeable w/ light toasted nut and orange rind accenting the yeast and malt esters

M - The feel is pretty toasty, yet moderate fullness for the style w/ slight acidity and more caramel than roasted malt texture w/ gentle alcohol nuances w/ mild hop spice and resinous smoothness

T - The flavor has bitter citrus hop notes leading the taste w/ an almost creamy cocoa supplment and there is mild biscuit w/ cocoa like malt tinges and hints of grapefruit and pepper in the tertiary flavor. The toffee quality is there w/ a mild alcohol flavor in the finish

D - A taste that is not your everyday by the numbers Imperial Stout -more like an Imperial American Brown but I liked it and found the combo of hops and caramel malts drinkable -Cheers Dan, thanks!

Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.