Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy Ending Imperial Stout

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rajendra82 on 08-26-2004

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is so worth the money to buy beer with flavor. Anyway this beer is very dark as most stouts are quite inviting with 1/2 in. head when poured into glass. The smell it strong of hops and hint of malts. It has an excellent taste it starts with a spicy taste of hops with a balance finish with the malts. The beer has quite the mouthfeel very warming. Overall a great beer World Class in my book. Anyway don't take my word for it get one for yourself!!

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite beer. It's a great beer to sip and enjoy. It has just the right sweetness and alcohol content. Makes me want to do a tour at the brewery and try the rest of sweet water's beers. I'm definity going to keep my eyes open for other seasonal beers that they have.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of brewmasterrr
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts around. This beer is as dark as motor oil, with a beautiful darker brown head. It has hints of coffee, chocolate, with a nice, slight, and subtle hoppy finish. this beer will warm you up when its cold because its thick and high gravity at 9%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my 3rd favorite beer It is great in the bottle or on tap.

You really have to try this one beer. It's a very flavorful beer which everyone loves.

Pro's= its between $11 to $12 for a 6 pack.

Con's = Once a year :(

Sweet Water Brewing Company!!!

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hopsbreath for this one. 2010 batch. Bottle number 1207 of 3400. 34 oz bottle poured into a NB globe.

Appearance- Black even when held to the light. Big bubbled tan head. Good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Creamy dark chocolate with hints of coffee. Bits of alcohol 5/5

Taste- Creamy dark chocolate with coffee flavor. There is a booziness that extends into the sinuses. Small amount of dryness to it. Earthy bitterness at the end. 5/5

Mouthfeel- Creamy and thick. Not so much as to coat your mouth, but enough to make you think about the last sip you took. 5/5

Overall- Very good beer. Glad to have had this. Thanks goes to Jason. All of the great points of an Imperial stout are in this beer. Coffee, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. 5/5

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4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Jet black with a tan head that dissipates. Good lacing around the glass. Slight alcohol aroma, not overpowering.

S - Hop-Forward. Slight aromas of maltiness and coffee.

T - Aggressively hoppy, with roasty aftertaste. Mildly sweet, but mostly strong hop bitterness upfront. Warm alcohol taste is present, but not solventy.

M - Somewhat thin for a stout. Good carbonation level.

Overall, I love this Imperial Russian Stout. Not as sweet or full or malty as some other varieties I've had, but this category has a lot of room for complex, American-style hop-forward beers. Very drinkable.

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4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeffro96
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer defies all attempts to label or define it by style. Just what a great beer from Sweetwater should do!
This beer pours onyx black with a think full head the color of chocolate milk.

It smells of hops and pine with fruit and malt and coffee on the nose.

Layered with hops and balanced perfectly with rich malty goodness.Lots of fruit here, dark and roasted smokey fruit. Coffee and chocolate notes give way to a slightly dry finish.

Smooth and rich. Well carbonated with a silky mouthfeel that nearly had me wanting to chew it(think dove dark chocolate).

Surprisingly drinkable given the big alcohol. Drank several if but slowly.

The only down side is that it is a seasonal. Guess I'll have to buy a small stock pile.

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4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Edition Bomber w/ Purple Wax Seal.

A: Pours slow and heavy. Pitch Black with a dark brown finger of bubbly head. Head slowly subsiding leaving thick sticky lace.

S: Roasted Barley, Floral and Grassy Hops, Cocoa.

T: This tastes fantastic. Heavy flavors of chocolate malt, coffee, smokiness. All followed with a solid shot of grassy herbal hop bitterness.

M: Thick and creamy, low carbonation. Perfect consistency and mouthfeel for a beer of this style.

O: Overall a perfect mixture of sweetness, maltiness, and hops. Was very glad to see this finally make it to TN. Had previously only had it on tap in Atlanta.

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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rarely review beers on here without epiphany, but this one got me. It's one of the most well balanced beers I've had ever, and it's rare I appreciate "balance"... but with a grain of salt since this is an imperial Stout and keeping with the style, it does have high alcohol and such, but it was only at the end of tasting that I figured out what perfect balance really does, it makes other beers afterwards taste like crap!... And this beer is perfect for that. Its got a perfect flavor profile for a beer-o-phile to love as balance to the extreme... Meaning high malt level, high hop level, high milk/chocolate/coffee level, and sure a slightly high alcohol level (but doesn't overpower anything, particularly considering the ABV).... but the important thing is that though all levels are "high" here, they don't overpower each other and this turns out to be a crazily easy to drink beer which only seems to manifest its greatness when trying a different beer afterward and whatever beer that is will taste distinctly different (or bad) since the inbalance of that followup beer is amplified by perfect balance of this beer... Keep it up, and please don't change anything about this beer... EVER!

Here's the kicker.. I reviewed this beer as Founders Imperial Stout initially since that's what I thought it was based on the slips I handed in at the Flying Suacer!.... but it turns out it was Sweetwater, which I'm quite familiar with their other beers and was not until now impressed by their selection. This beer is quite good and masterfully made to be subtle yet powerful... And any beer guru should be able to see it in this beer. So I went ahead and transferred my review to the correct location!

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4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Mainly pitch black, but has a little red, too. Poured a huge, super creamy, tan, 3 finger head. Excellent lacing.

S- HUGE floral, tropical fruit and grapefruit! Took me completely by surprise! When you really dig in, you get some nuttiness and a little pine. If blindfolded, there is nothing about the smell that would suggest stout. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T- Big floral/tropical fruits over coffee and roasted malts hit first. Grapefruit washes through next, followed by dark chocolate, earthy hop spices, and pine. Aftertaste is a mix of pine, rind, and spice. Awesome.

M- Medium body. Super creamy on the tongue with nice, oily residue. Medium lingering citrus and pine bitterness.

O- What in the hell just happened?! This thing says "American Double / Imperial Stout" on its BA page, but it is much more IPA than Stout! No wonder the best if enjoyed by date is only a year away; this thing is loaded with hops! Its probably best defined as a Black IPA. Huge flavors! Fantastic, no matter the category confusion!

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Photo of John44
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe my favorite imperial stout. It just hits the sweet spot for me for whatever reason. I've enjoyed it on draft and from the bottle. Definitely better on draft, but still nice from the bottle.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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