Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

very good
1,123 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  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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

12oz. bottle(s) shared by newbrewBB. Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, tan-colored head that dissipates into a pencil thin band around the shoulders. Nose expresses dark malts, roast, cocoa and a hint of lactose. Taste follows nose with the addition of an earthy bitterness and more of the roasted character expressed in the nose; however, not much in the way of chocolate notes evident in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. There's also a bit of acidity. A solid stout, but not something I would seek out again. That said, I'd be interested to try this one on cask if the opportunity presented itself.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, you just gotta love Sweetwater and all their clever names. Anyhoo. Bar pour into a pint glass. Pitch brown color with thin cap, solid tight ring. Nose is sharp, sweet, with indistinct hops presence… somewhat unexpected. Taste is again sharp-sweet with citrus/piney hops up front. Reminds me of DFH 90. Bitter, burnt, malt finish. Slightly cloying and alcoholic, but good. Mouth is incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall: Tasty, not overly complex, bitter, biting, astringent. Good but not stellar.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to rbradley for this one. 12oz bottle into a tulip - best by 1/19/13

A- Pours black with a finger of brown/mocha head. Leaves excellent lacing for a 9% stout. Head retention is above average.

S- Huge floral and grassy hop notes on the first whiff. This really smells close to Stone's 15th Black IPA. A bit of tropical fruit, but mostly dominated by herbal, floral, grassy hops. A bit of a roasted character lingers underneath along with some malt sweetness, but I have to work for them.

T- More big waves of grassy hop notes paired with a bit more roasted character than was observed in the nose. The herbal/floral bitterness is immediately felt on your palate and then sort of buffed away by the sweet malty flavors. Finishes very dry.

M- I think this one is a bit thinner than I'd like along with being slightly over-carbed in my opinion. When I drink a 9% stout I don't want stinging carbonation.

O- This is a really nice take on a hoppy stout, which is a style I'm usually not too fond of.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: near opaque, poured with a great creamy deep tan color that dissipated to a thin veil
S: deep, dark, roasted malt, good hops but malt dominates
T: very good, doesn't taste like a 9%ABV beer, deep roasted, burnt malt up front with not an overwhelming hop bitter finish, tasted like it had a year or two already on it
M: very easy drinking for ABV and well-balanced

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2012 22-oz. wax-sealed bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Huge reddy-tan head clumps up the tulip's neck, about 2 1/2" on top of a big ~16 oz. pour. black beer with red edges, completely opaque (even with the LED flashlight test!). Awesome clumps of lacing. A swirl reveals slow, sticky, foamy legs.

Smells great- incredibly sweet and hoppy. Blindfolded, I might guess this was a DIPA. There are some darker, licorice-y notes, too, and an acidic pungency that suggests a strong brew.

Very balanced hops and malts in the nose, but big and tropical with grapefruit and orange rind hoppiness, with a hop-induced bittering. The mouthfeel is that of a stout, though- a creaminess that opens up lightly roasted flavors further down the tongue. It's got a great lingering aftertaste that's dry, but melds and transforms from hops to roast to sweet malt.

This is like many black IPAs I've tried, and could certainly be marketed as such. Actually, they should just call it the world's first DIBA - Double India Black Ale! Worth trying.

Here's the best description of it-- the one printed on the side of the bottle (seriously):

"Rub figured a hopped roll by dry balanced will stiffy body in ending a explosive lube stout finish the huge full on resulting a mom"

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4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,123 ratings.
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