Happy Ending Imperial Stout
SweetWater Brewing Company

Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy Ending Imperial Stout
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From:
SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
705
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 09, 2019
Added:
Aug 26, 2004
Wants:
  123
Gots:
  254
SCORE
88
Very Good
Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy Ending Imperial Stout
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Rated: 2.62 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by Juno106 from Florida

May 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Unknown vintage; drank 7/21/15 @ Village Inn.

Brown/black appearance.

Tan nitro head; frothy lace. Peanut butter & milk chocolate notes in the nose. Smooth, medium thick mouthfeel. Peanut butter & milk chocolate flavors; no booze heat. A drinkable Reese's Peanut Butter Cup; not subtle but enjoyable.
Apr 01, 2019
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Reviewed by tobelerone from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 vintage, surprisingly satisfying imperial stout with an assertively hoppy character. Never had this fresh but this three year old bottle coalesces very well, bitterness buffered by a faint sweetness and a robust malt flavor.
Feb 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by emottram from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Black pour, thick, light does not penetrate this one, good 3/4" brown head on top of the black liquid. Aroma was of chocolate heavily roasted malt. Appears to be no adjunct going into this judging from the smell.

Taste, more roasted malt, not acrid or super bitter, around 70 ibu that has melded well with the rest of the beer after a few years in the cellar. Still finished dry. The alcohol was hid ok, close to average. Any chocolate feels are from the barley and of the unsweetened impression set. Feels like they went with chinook and cascade hops here for the bitterness. Its a decent beer and I don't think someone who is big into stouts is going to hate on this one. Middle of the road to slightly better consistently when I've had this a few times.
Apr 10, 2018
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2015 collared bottle.
Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by IRAhopbomb from Georgia

Jan 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by Pinginn from Georgia

Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Jason_cs from Florida

Nov 24, 2017
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
11-7-17
Nov 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by JintheHam from Alabama

Jun 14, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I am really starting to see progress in the eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, plus as an unexpected bonus, I am able to do a number of brewery horizontals, some more extensive than others. This beer marks the beginning of one such occasion with three more of SweetWater's beers to follow.

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned for Fresher Taste"; "Put a Smile on Your Face!"; "Don't Float the Mainstream!"; "An impressive thick-headed specimen of an Imperial Stout."; "This stiffy is dry hopped to the rim with centennial [sic] and cascade [sic] hops, delivering a face full of 69 IBU's, resulting in an explosive finish."; "It put a smile on Kirfabulous's face!"

I was not smiling since this is the kind of adolescent nonsense that led to the Brewers' Association calling for censorship, which I do not agree with either. I bought this a while back, but I might not be so quick to do so now. If the flip side of free speech is censorship, I would prefer to vote with my wallet & pass up this beer in favor of others in the style.

I Pop!ped the cap & I have to cop to needing to hold myself in check in order to perform a gentle pour. It was marked as bottle-conditioned, which really required such a pour, no matter how angry I might be. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, rocky, deep-brown head with decent retention, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a sharpness of treacle and Geritol along with coffee, smoke, baker's chocolate & a light mintiness. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was big, thick, dense & simply a dollop having been dropped onto my tongue. I allowed it to roll around and warm slightly to better gauge its flavor. It had a medicinal sharpness that was very reminiscent of the time that I tasted my grandparents' Geritol as a kid. It was not helped by that taste of treacle which only compounded the sharpness. Phew. I looked at this site's style description, but this was neither infused with anything nor cleaner in flavor. In fact, this struck me as not clean at all. There were a lot of clashing, discordant tastes that added up to less than a good time. Finish was dry, but that was more a result of its ABV than anything else. I'm sorry, but I am doomed to be an outlier on this one.
May 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by GregBarleycorn13 from New York

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by travelguy from Ohio

Jan 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BeerTest from Florida

Jan 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by T_Hass from Georgia

Nov 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Oct 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by vande from Illinois

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by Lucnifter from California

Sep 06, 2016
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Rated by RBorsato from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very hoppy when fresh !!
Aug 25, 2016
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Color is black with moderate khaki colored head. Lots of lacing. Smell is roasted malts, cocoa and a bit of coffee. Taste is definite cocoa nibs with a roasted medium darkness coffee. Solid beer but I wish this had a deeper body. Flavor leaves you wanting another sip and hoping for a bigger punch that never comes. I love stouts n this is solid but there are better ones. Would love to try this on tap though. Beer is much better as it warms. My advice is drink this one at close to room temp.
Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by Marklaker from Florida

Aug 14, 2016
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Rated by Truck67 from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
It's better after few months of aging!!
Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Jul 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by malfunxion from New York

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by qcghost from North Carolina

Jun 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by ananddullabh from California

Jun 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.54 by HopintheSouth from North Carolina

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by 3-Ball from Georgia

Apr 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by CWCrisman from Georgia

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by mwckiltedsavage from Virginia

Apr 13, 2016
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, raw cocoa powder, and some light toast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, and a little rough around the edges. Finishes with more raw cocoa powder and roast.
Apr 12, 2016
Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1134 ratings