Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,123 Ratings
Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy Ending Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rajendra82 on 08-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,123
Reviews:
425
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
256
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Both on-tap in Atlanta brewery, and a hand bottle fresh of a second of three recipies about. I liked the bottle experiment the best as it was more chocolate than coffee in their lateral tasting. The tap was coffee, but lso a sour aroma and more dry bitterness there. The head of all was nice and soapy and suggested fresh. The bottle was creamer and would get a 3.9 rank.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head with nice lacing on a jet black body with little light passing through. Roasted malt and hops. Flavor is similar with a better hop profile than most imperial stouts. I disagree with the reviews though. Imperial stouts are common and many good ones are out there. This is a good beer, but there are so many others to choose from that this one doesn't compare too. Body is too thin as well.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a prodigious head that laces that glass nicely

Smell: Citrus fruit dominates, with burnt black bread elements underneath

Taste: Opens with a molasses and char element that is quickly joined and subsumed by the citrus; after the swallow, some chocolate kicks in to add some balance; surprisingly fruity for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; not nearly full enough for the style

Drinkability: I really didn't care for the combination of the hops and the charred molasses flavors in this brew; seems like it goes a bit overboard in multiple directions

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown body capped by two fingers of lasting tan head. Translucent as it thins; not exceptionally dark but still looks true to style.

Smell: Pine at the forefront - unusually hoppy for the style. Grapefruit oil and resin, a little charred malt and black licorice. Moderate sweetness. Hops really steal the show here; smells more like a black DIPA than an imperial stout.

Palate: Pine and citrus, primarily orange with a bit of grapefruit. Bitter chocolate, licorice, faint burnt malt notes. Molasses sweetness. Medium-full body, fairly bitter with sticky resinous hops from start to finish.

Overall: An interesting take on the style, but not overly palatable to me. The hop and malt flavors aren't entirely harmonious.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 1/20/2016. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount or pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, grapefruit, citrus zest, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; wit ha very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American imperial stout. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a tan head that is a single finger and lasts for a decent time, slowly falling. Nose brings some strong notes of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Some nice hops in there as well. Really interesting. The taste doesn't bring the flavors as strongly as the nose brought different scents forward, but this is a tasty beer. Light hop presence. Hops find their way again into the mouthfeel with a bit of booze and some nice dryness, yet it does not finish terribly so. Drinks quite well and is a really nice offering from them.

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Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
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