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
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Ratings: 1,121 |  Reviews: 425
Photo of AdamSekulow
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours real nice, but the head could stay a little bit longer. There's a nice smoky flavor on this one with some molasses on there as well. This is hearty, but carries the characteristics that help to keep the flavor delivery fluid. I'd say the only detractor is a bit of a boozy thing that burns on the tongue just a wee bit too much. Overall, this is nice though. Nicer than I expected.

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Photo of DerekCarruth
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JottaGibboo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DarkH3lmet
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dorkinajeep
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheAdamConners
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of elspaniard
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Slikpitt
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of abankert12
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of siege06nd
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage.

A. Dark black, impenetrable. Thick, uniform two finger dark brown head. Very good lacing. Retention is top notch, a half finger of head covers the top of the beer. No need for coasters here, the foam will keep it covered thank you.

S. Interesting combination of roasted malt, slightly singed brownie batter, dark fruit, and then a blast of herbal and citrusy hops. Mild roasty quality, but some faint musty and soy sauce like notes as well that I think result from the hops and malts conflicting. Good not great.

T. Much drier and slightly ashy. More of the roasted baking chocolate, some chocolate, even some char. Then the hops hit with a lot of citrus and zest. The age on this has also brought out some dark fruit notes and some mild oxidation. Slight caramel influence and this calls to mind an American barleywine in some ways.

M. Full bodied, moderately carbed, and well integrated. Roast and chocolate notes are well integrated into this hoppy stout.

O. The years have tamed the hop bite on this a touch. Fresh, I recall this having an almost petrol-like quality. With a year and a half, this has mellowed considerably. A very good imperial stout. Age carefully, as this is starting to show some oxidation. Enjoy one fresh and save a few for down the road.

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Photo of Sicem99
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage! Served from 1 liter swing-top bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Unfortunately, this one was not very complex like I would have hoped for. All of the right flavors for an enjoyable brew were present, but it just felt like it was missing something to complete it and take it to the next level. Glad I finally decided to crack this one open and see what it was all about. Worth trying fresh if you get the chance, but I would avoid the older vintages based on my experience.

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Photo of 2lynnes
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of scottfrie
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 bottle thanks to Exiled. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours near black with raisin highlights. Head is very thin, spotty lace.
S: Light vanilla, fudge brownies, touch of caramel.
T: Chocolate, rich fudge, peat, hint of smoke, vanilla in the finish. Rich flavors, very potent and strong. Smokey, roasted and peat filled aftertaste with an underlying sweetness that lingers forever. Not my favorite.
M: Bold flavors, medium-thick body, thinnish mouth, low carbonation, alcohol is slightly astringent.
O: An average stout. Definitely rich and bold, but not that complex. A bit rough at times.

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Photo of Jakers90
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Thanks are due to EgadBananas for providing this bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tall, creamy brown head that dissipates slowly, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. The are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, booze, hops, and coffee. This is definitely on the bitter end of the style. There are big resinous piney hop flavors. The malt tastes charred. I do agree with a previous reviewer that this reminds me of a black IPA more than it does an imperial stout. The body is light to medium, which is disappointing for the style. There is adequate carbonation. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a good beer. If this were supposed to be a Black IPA, I would rate it higher. But as an imperial stout, it falls short.

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Photo of CSQ1111
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark motor oil with a thin light tan head. Good retention.

S - Soy, and some booze. Some roasted maltiness as well.

T - Soy, booze, smoked malt.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium to thin body.

O - Booze and smoke. OK, but somehow it didn't all click together.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

A: Pitch-black pour with a big dense medium brown head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving heavy lacing behind.

S: Super hoppy, lots of pine. Behind that is a wonderful hot fudge aroma. Coffee and some anise as it warms up.

T: Quite hoppy but not as big as a black ale/black IPA can be. Bitter pine up front. Follows with some nice chocolate and lots of char. There is a hint of coffee and char in the aftertaste along with a very resinous hop taste. A little bit of anise throughout. Has an ashy sort of aftertaste. Not your typical roasted malt char but it really reminds of the aftertaste from smoking cigarettes. It's tasty in general but that's definitely a slight deduction.

M: Pretty thick and creamy. Nice and smooth in the mouth but the bitter ash in the aftertaste detracts a bit.

O: An interesting hoppy and oddly burnt stout. It's pretty good but that aftertaste is strange. Too bad, it could have garnered a 4.5 or two in my opinion.

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Photo of speakorspasm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Sweetwater: Imperial Stout (draft)

Appearance: Thick and black, medium head.

Aroma: Some strange mixture of herbs that I can't quite put my finger on, mixed with sweet malt. Not your typical toasty or roasted malt aromas though, I'm not sure what to think...

Taste: It's sweet, although the sweetness doesn't last and it's replaced by a surprisingly dry aftertaste. This is not chocolate sweetness though, possibly because the peculiar herby characteristics present in the aroma are mixed with this sweetness. I'm not thrilled, but it's different.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit soupy.

Overall: Not really what I expected. Seems like they've tried something different with this one with all these herby, almost medicinal aromas and flavours. I can see how some people would be excited about this, and it is quite interesting, but not to my taste really.

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