Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

very good
1,122 Ratings
Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy 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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque onyx with a frothy one inch tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Licorice, chocolate, roast malt, tar, and hints of dark fruit form the initial aroma. Seems fairly sweet. Chocolate and nutty, buttery toffee dominate in the end. Coffee grounds add complexity.

Flavor reveals deep notes of chocolate, becoming roasty and slightly charred mid palate, with a slightly acrid, coffee bitter, nutty finish. Dark cherry and berry notes surface early, but are accompanied by a slightly off, plastic flavor. Notes of grapefruit become evident in subsequent sips, along with char at the finish. Fairly sweet, overall.

Body is light, almost watery, with moderate carbonation and alcohol warmth.

The aroma is incredible, but slight off flavors hurt the overall experience. Body is also too thin. Could use more malt backbone.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into chilled mug. I like stouts colder than is usually recommended. Happy Superbowl Sunday!

A: Black as night, thick as motor oil, monster head of coffee-colored foam that is remarkably persistent for the ABV. Off to a good start.

S: Big hop aroma, especially for a stout. They weren't kidding about the dry-hopping.

T: Hops jump right up, followed by the intense espresso/dark chocolate you'd expect, then more hops at the end and a little boozy warmth. The hops are not as overwhelming as in the aroma, but nevertheless this is probably the hoppiest stout I've ever tasted. It's interesting that pretty much all the bitterness in this beer comes from the hops, not the black malt. I think my taste buds are a little confused by this.

M: not as heavy as some IS I have had, but certainly full-bodied. Definitely a drier finish due to the hops and ABV.

O: a very interesting take on the style. It breaks a lot of rules, but not in a bad way. Not my favorite IS ever, but I certainly won't regret buying the sixpack.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'12 vintage, poured into a stemless wine glass

A- pours black with a one finger brown head. Par for the course

S- whoa, a huge blast of dank, piney hops smashes you from the getgo. Awesome stuff!

T- piney hops and a nice bit of chocolate. Not exactly like an Andes mint, but kinda close. Chocolate covered pine needles, I guess

M- huge body, which is what helps it stand apart from your run of the mill black IPA

O- this is a great beer. Sweetwater doesn't dip their toe into stouts too often, but this one is a definite winner

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 Review- Black with a foamy one-finger of light-brown head. Smells of sweet coffee with cream and woodsy hops at the same time, hints of chocolate. Unfortunately, I don't get much flavor here. On first taste, it seems like I'm waiting for the flavor impression, but all I get is a grip of hops before a bitter finish. As it warms I get more roasted barley flavor up front and can maybe pick up some cola-like flavors also. I get a little cola in the nose once it has warmed as well. I like the hop flavor and balance of bitterness in this beer, but it does leave me wanting a bit more in malt flavor.

2008 Review- Completely black, but looks a little thin on the pour. Dark tan and khaki head that sticks to the glass a bit.

Deep dark fruitiness with a definite salty edge to it. Bacon fat maybe; smoked meat of some sort for sure. Slightly astringent, not quite smoked though. Gets better as it warms, some vanilla comes out, kinda oaky vanilla and the smoked meat edge fades.

Earthy and meaty chocolatiness; Mexican mole. Deep fruitiness, but dry and not too sweet at all. Some vanilla in the flavor, again, coming out more as it sits awhile.

Pretty light for a RIS, but not quite watery due to the soft and creamy carbonation. This beer was initially off-putting, but became more drinkable as it sat and warmed up.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,122 ratings.
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