Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,121 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:
1,121
Reviews:
425
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
257
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,121 |  Reviews: 425
Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mole628
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

I had a blind tasting. I thought it was a black ipa when i tasted it. I was suprised it was a stout.
I like it alot

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Photo of radius129
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDole
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MjamesL
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of walterk
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bdel34
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClePaul
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-black in color with two fingers worth of tan colored head

S-roasted malt aroma with chocolate and dark coffee

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, chocolate, roasted coffee, and earthy hops

M-medium body, a bit on the thin side for the style, light carbonation

Overall a bit too light in the body for me, overall there are better offerings out there

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Photo of redfish2942
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look of this beer is bang-on - opaque black in color, the head is tan-colored, with the latter having a creamy texture and good retention (though not much lacing is left behind). Aroma wise, it's closer to a classic RIS than an American-style imperial stout. Hops are evident with pleasant piny tones lacking harshness, and it also features assertive notes of smoke, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. I even get some faint stone fruit and umami. An interesting and complex nose, and the flavor profile follows it fairly closely. It starts off with some piny and even citrusy hops, fading into a roasty/coffee-esque middle. Its finish shows a return of the citrusy and stone fruit flavors. This is enjoyably balanced very well, but the general lack of malt nuance keeps it just out of 4 range. I also find the feel slightly thin, but the mouth-filling carbonation and creamy texture compensates. Drinkability is nice and steady - not a chugger, yet hardly a chore. I really like this stout's tendency to show off a hoppy flavor without coming off harshly, though I am missing some complexity. Still, I'll gladly have and buy this again.

3.89/5: Well, it's certainly a million times better than finding out your masseuse is transgender!

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Photo of John44
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Photo of Zazzi82
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PierceTheElder
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,121 ratings.
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