Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial StoutSweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweetwater in my mind is a very underrated brewery maybe because its in the south and doesnt have the largest ditribution area?I dont know.This brew poured into a standard pint glass a jet black with a nice tight formed dark mocha colored head that left broken lace behind as it settled pretty quickly.Awesome aromas very fruity with notes of bitter chocolate,coffee,and some wood underneath,it seems to go downhill from there a little.Really thin for a RIS in my mind no chewey big mouthfeel here it glides down effortlessly wich is good for alot of beers but in my opinion not this style,flavors have alot of RIS qualities but are muted a little.Dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate are there with some dark fruit but its not real firm,one thing I like is a nice leafy hop profile in the finish wich was the high water mark for me.Man it started out great but just didnt have the goods to be stellar,all in all decent.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit), shared with rudzud.

Small creamy darker barely covering head that fades quite quickly, great legs, pitch black beer.

Nose very malty, lots of sweet brown malts, sweet biscuity toffee and candy like almost brown sugar, some dark candied raisins, mild mild cocoa and black like malt, touch of a caramel fudge, faint roast and coffee syrup.

Taste brings more sweet brown malts, more biscuity toffee, faint candied raisin and fruity slight tangy, with more fig like fruit. A slight spicy earthy hop, fair bitterness, faint pine too. Little fudgey like brownie on the back end, raisin and fig too. Finish is fair bitterness with mild earthy spicy hop, more fudgey brownie, some light raisin and fig, little brown malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, booze hidden well at least.

Overall meh.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Best by date of Feb. 2012. Revisited with a 12 oz bottle (BB date 12/2016) in Feb. 2016.

A: pours black and, I think, cloudy with just 1 cm of light brown head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing.

S: aromas of roasted malt, for sure, but this also has a substantial hop character of the weedy/herbal sort. Higher ABV is evident even while cold and contributes to floral notes and hints of dark fruits

T: semi-sweet mocha and malt flavors appear initially. Hints of dark toast and molasses. The hop component remains partly herbal in tasting but is less pronounced on the tongue than in the nose, and turns more piney here. The hop contribution grows in power, and comes to the fore in the aftertaste, which is also nicely, if lightly, fruity and bitter. These hop characteristics seem well-matched to the malt profile, producing a stout that is relatively hoppy but still seems well-balanced. The fine and lingering aftertaste has good bit of mocha tint.

M: creamy smooth and full bodied with a soft medium-light carbonation. The high ABV has exceptionally little negative impact on the feel.

Overall: exceptionally hoppy yet drinkable imperial stout, with a high ABV that is well-hidden in the taste and feel, although more obvious to the nose.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours completely black with a finger of dark tan head. Retains nicley around the edges with some creamy wisps around the middle leaving lots of lace and oily brown residue down the sides of the glass. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and a combo of dark fruits and hops that gives of a slightly funky smell.

The taste is a thick chocolate sweetness up front with some moderate roasted tones, a twang of dark fruits, and hop bitterness in the finish that lingers. The sweetness and bitterness do an OK job of balancing each other but the overall flavor profile just doesn't feel that deep to me. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a fairly thick and viscous feel. The 9% ABV is present but doesn't detract much from the taste.

I think a little more balance in the aroma and deepness in the taste could have really pushed this guy into a better category of RIS. That being said, I will say that the drinkability is still pretty good for a beer of this thickness and ABV level.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from unclejedi courtesy of the LittleGuy BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not as thick as most in the style nor is it overly sweet, with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and some smokiness. There's a significant hops presence especially given the style of beer and the fact that I've had stored for well over a year. There's no trace of the alcohol. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I'm regretting not drinking this beer fresh but it's still a good one to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style and you want something strong but not over-powering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear pitch black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malts, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts and roasted coffee. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate but with little to no sweetness associated. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy and herbal hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness. Overall there is a moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness that slowly fades away.

M: Full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Maybe a touch more carbonated than I would have expected for the style but otherwise a very enjoyable stout. Pretty easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Nice roasty flavors with just enough comolexity.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.36/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, pitch black body with a medium-sized tan head.

Smell: Well, there's some dark chocolate, cold coffee, and a little bit of soy if you can manage to sniff around the overwhelming aroma of pine.

Taste: The fact that the overpowering pine flavor squashes any chance of savoring the malty flavors is both distressing and exasperating. Is this some kind of prank? The finish is full of a black malt burnt ashiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Its actually bordering on watery, what gives?!

Drinkability: Normally, I have no quarrel with the hops, and have often said, "Come on hop, come all!" but it just seems a bit inappropriate in an Imperial Stout. Who knows, maybe that's how the kids like their stouts these days. If that is the case, how about a little "heads-up" next time?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impervious onyx with no lightening at the edges; not even with bright sunshine behind the pint glass. The compact, whipped creamy, mochachino colored crown is a looker and doesn't buy that shit about high ABV beer failing to generate lace. You want a great looking RIS? Here you go.

The nose leads me to think that Happy Ending is going to be a beautifully roasted, bittersweet, moderately hoppy ale with almost no alcohol presence. Let's hope it's right. Do I smell a hint of caramelized sugar and oak that would suggest whiskey barrel aging?

Hmmm, things aren't so rosy on the palate. What was setting itself up to be a humdinger of a big stout isn't panning out quite like I'd hoped. For one thing (and it's a major thing), there isn't enough malt. For a 6.0% American stout? Sure. For a 9.0% Double American Stout? Not even close. One sip is all it takes to determine that Happy Ending is no RIS.

The roasted malt flavor is as much dark caramel and dark fruit (sour figs and tangy raisins) as it is dark chocolate and coffee. The beer tastes quite a bit like a Baltic porter as a result. I don't usually mind citric hops in my stouts, as long as there's enough roastiness, but the Centennial, Willamette and Cascade seem out of place here. I'm really not thrilled with the way this one comes together. Or, rather, doesn't come together.

As beer, the flavor is above average. As a big stout, it's average. I've decided to go with the former when assigning a score. The mouthfeel takes the brunt of the malt deficit. I've had porters that were more full and more luxurious. Maybe it was more substantial when fresh, but any big stout unable to last 8 months isn't worth much anyway. Too bad it isn't the 'stiffy' that the brewery claims.

Unfortunately, this Sweetwater offering doesn't have a happy beginning, a happy middle or a happy ending. I don't want to slag it too much, but it isn't the beer that I thought it would be and I'm a little bitter as a result. The bottom line is that Happy Ending left me frustrated rather than satisfied.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a modest tan head to it. It wasn't thin, but didn't appear to be as thick as a lot of great beers of the style. A little lacing was evident as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of chocolate to it with a moderate amount of bitter, roasty flavors coming through. I get a pretty big hoppy, citrus flavor to it as well, but it's not overpowering. overall pretty smooth and appealing.

The taste comes off as very hoppy and citrusy for an Imperial stout, even for an American version. I get some pineapple and grapefruit like flavors mixing with chocolate and slight roastiness. Moderate bitter finish with both the hops and roasted grains adding to that. Pretty good stout overall, the hoppiness worked better then other very hoppy stout's I've had.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. It reminded me of fresh Night stalker and some other black IPA's. The hoppiness worked fairly well for it though and things came together pretty nicely.

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Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

update: Had the second bottle & would bump up the smell to a 3.5 & MF to a 3.5 based on the composite of the 2 tastings

BBD of 06/12/07 from Ddarden, thanks man! My label has the trademark trout with a catch relase series tied to it, here goes!

Pours black with 3 fingers of pillowy mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & herbal hops up front & then nothing

T: Choclate with burnt grain & iron up front. Bakers chcolate & a bit of expresso follow once this warms. Dryness & a little coffee cakeyness follow. Finishes with iron, heavily-toasted grainyness & more coffee follow, this is kind of all over the place

MF: Semi-rich, low carbonation & slightlty oily, everything misses by a little bit

Drinks easy for the abv, a little inconsistent, but a great breakfast/dessert beer! This one may mellow with age. Worth a shot

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to inlimbo77 for this one!

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black color with a one finger brown head that has moderate retention, eventually reducing to a bubbly ring around the top. Spotty lacing.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, with plenty of citrus going on. Underneath there is some roasted malt and coffee.

T: At first there is some chocolate, but there is more citrus in the flavor profile. There is some more roasted malt and a little bit of coffee.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth, but a tad thin.

O: An interesting Imperial Stout, I had it about a year ago at Sweetwater, but don't remember what I thought about it then. I like it, but don't love it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition.

A - Poured a thick, opaque black as night liquid with a very full two inch plus head of tan creamy and sticky foamy lace on top. This hung around for a couple minutes before letting go to ample side glass lace.

S - Super sweet with lots of aromas of lactose and chocolate and a bit of coffee. I almost picked up some licorice in there as well. Definatly a very full aroma and no hint of the abv yet.

T - Wow, super sweet stout is the way this one goes. First thing that hits you is the ton of lactose sugar and a wall of chocolate. Deep german dark chocolate mixed in with some bron sugar and a touch of coffee. Definatly some licorice in here too. This was a mightly big RIS and the flavors were very well pronounced.

M - Super creamy. It had ample carbonation which really hung around well throughout the sesson and helped to give it a really full feel. Lots of creamy notes made this a definite dessert beer.

D - Well this was very full and to be honest it would be hard to drink alot of them simply for that reason however, there was really no hint what so ever of the abv and it had such a full creamy feeling that I could easily see myself having one after dinner almost every night.

Overall this was really a quality RIS. I did not find the feel distracting, rather I thought it really helped pull he whole thing together. A really fantastic overall aroma and yaste made this one far above just average. I hope they bottle it again this year as this was really a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 01/14/12 notes. Have had this for a while and finally broke it out. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, pine hops, bakers chocolate, and light coffee. Hoppier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, pine hops, light fruity malts, chocolate, vanill, and coffee. Again, hoppier than expecting, but I liked this a little better than the nose.

m - Body is very light and bit watery for a stout, with moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, but I was surprised by all the recent great reviews. Maybe newer bottles are just better, or it just doesn't hold up well? Either way it had a very thin mouthfeel and was a bit hoppy and faded. I'd recommend not holding onto this one for as long as I did, and would like to try a fresh bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body with dark chocolate and cola highlights. Creamy light tan head has ok retention and lace.

S - Overly sweet. Big molasses nose with caramel, brown sugar, raisin, semi-sweet chocolate, touch of spearmint, warm milk, and a little coffee ice cream.

T - Molasses, caramel, cream, dark roast grains, and coffee. Pine and a booze center. Nice coffee and dark chocolate finish.

M - Creamy, medium/full body that lightens just enough on the backend to lend it great drinkability.

O - Drinks like a double milk stout; sweet and creamy with a dark coffee and chocolate backbone.

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Photo of stakem
2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz brown bottle care of Cashew70. Poured into a snifter it appears a dark brown almost black color with a finger of tanned head that receeds leaving a curtain of lace all about the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes citrus hops, dark fruitiness like plum and alcohol. Also included is a peculiar note reminescent of plastic. Taste is bitter upfront from a combination of burnt grains and hops with an alcohol aspect that is both astringent and warming. However, through the body of this brew is a taste of plastic as indicated by the aroma. The plastic taste lingers in the mouth along with a flavor similar to stale coffee blended with hops. The flavor of alcohol is evident from upfront straight through till the finish and really is not enjoyable as it just exaggerates the plastic taste.

This is a lighter bodied brew than I was expecting with a moderately high level of carbonation. I am struggling to try and get through this brew, it really started off enjoyable but as it got warmer each sip exaggerated both the plastic smell and taste. As the alcohol gets increasingly warmer it gets more fusel-like to the point of just outright being bad.

I am not certain this is the flavor the brewer was shooting for with this stout or if something is wrong with it. Unfortunately I do not readily have access to try this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,120 ratings.
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