Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy Ending Imperial Stout
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Happy Ending Imperial StoutHappy Ending Imperial Stout

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rajendra82 on 08-26-2004

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Ratings: 1,129 |  Reviews: 426
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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From CurtisMcArthur as an extra in a trade. 12oz bottle, best before 12/12 into Southampton IRS release snifter (it's big).

Stright hops when I opened it. To the point that I double checked I had grabbed the correct bottle from the fridge. Big piney sticky hops. With a very present ethanol alcohol nose underneath. Damn, that is boozey for just being 9%.

Great color, midnight (how original) with caramel lacing that covers the top of the glass and sticks nicely to the sides. After the initial hops burst and the subsequent booze rush, this is aroma recedes to smell more like an IPA than anything else, albeit with a nice malt backbone.

The flavor is also hoppy. Clearly this is cellarable and probably could use a good 11 months to make it more 'stout' but really happy to be drinking this, as I presume, fresh. A friend makes a big hoppy monster of a beer and this reminds me of that, tons of hops, but just as much malt leaving nothing out but without muddling the final product.

As this warms the mouthfeel rounds into 'stout' with a mellow creaminess that carries the middle but the prevalent hops keep this crisp at the end with only a touch of bitter residue.

Really enjoyed it, would love to get one with a few years on it to compare.


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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of danedelman
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BulbMan for including this extra in the trade.

A-black as night with a tan frothy head.

S-Hops are right up front and personal. Piney hops, cannot really get past those hops on this one.

T-again, like a stout IPA. Lots of piney hops. If you blindfolded me, I would sware I was drinking an IPA not an IS.

M-crisp and clean, very thin body.

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Photo of Dano420
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Swim424
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into terrapin cask glass

A-black with a very slow falling cocoa brown head.

S-mostly hops. much different than I expected from a stout

T-lots of hops. to much hops for the style. a bit of roasted malt up front finishing with lots of hops

MF-fairly thick. slightly creamy.

O-I love hoppy beers but the hops dont mix well with the style. very average.

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Photo of jnjander
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheBigE5
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with no light getting through. Caramel brown head, about a finger.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, note of alcohol.

T - Malty at first. Not as roasty as the nose. Chocolate and dark fruit. Hops in the finish.

M - Much lighter than i expected, very smooth and creamy.

O - Very easy drinking for an imperial stout, delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of Merkur
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a nice black color with a bit of brown head that dissappears over time.

Beer smells of rich, malty chocolate.

Beer tastes like the nose. Very rich chocolate flavor, followed by a hoppy finish that provides a nice kick mid-way through and helps hide the booze.

Very rich and thick, which makes it even more interesting to taste the hops.

Very unique stout. Delicious.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Edition Bomber w/ Purple Wax Seal.

A: Pours slow and heavy. Pitch Black with a dark brown finger of bubbly head. Head slowly subsiding leaving thick sticky lace.

S: Roasted Barley, Floral and Grassy Hops, Cocoa.

T: This tastes fantastic. Heavy flavors of chocolate malt, coffee, smokiness. All followed with a solid shot of grassy herbal hop bitterness.

M: Thick and creamy, low carbonation. Perfect consistency and mouthfeel for a beer of this style.

O: Overall a perfect mixture of sweetness, maltiness, and hops. Was very glad to see this finally make it to TN. Had previously only had it on tap in Atlanta.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black with a half an inch of thick, brown head that has fantastic retention. The nose is extraordinarily hoppy; piny and floral. There are hints of chocolate and roasted malt as well. The flavor is rich and chocolaty up front followed by some very faint coffee notes and finishes with a strong astringency. The hops are intense in the finish as well; very bitter and piny. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

I like this beer, but I have to say I was caught off guard. I was not expecting such an intense hop presence. This definitely, in my opinion, drinks more like a black IPA than an imperial stout. Nonetheless, the flavor is solid and this an enjoyable beer all around.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, dark and oily. A large, chocolate milk colored head and lots of big sticky lace.

Spicy and floral hops with a mix of charcoal, burnt sugar and dark chocolate.

All those floral hops from the aroma are immediately evident in the flavor. So is the burnt sugar and lots of dark malty sweetness, mixed with vanilla, coffee and alcohol. The beer is heavy, and the alcohol is warming. The floral hops come back in the finish and it is joined in the aftertaste by a mix of burnt and caramelized sugar.

This is a big, delicious beer. The dark malt flavors, the big floral hops and the alcohol warmth screams big American stout. All of this comes together in a very excellent brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JayS2629
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing, hoppy stout. Actually very balanced. Similar to a black IPA but with a motor oil thick, beefed up stout. Rich, thick and velvety with dark chocolate covered raisin and coffee beans. Some rich, sweet toffee in the middle with big, spicy, floral hop bouquet of clover, evergreen, and citrus spray of orange and pineapple. Sends the taste buds into an explosive amount of different directions. Quite interesting combination and balance. I see a lot 5 reviews on this one. I can't quite do that. It has a few rough edges to work out. The hop bitterness lends a medicinal, chewed asprin like flavor that I could do without.

Beautiful beer. Rich and smooth. Chocolate covered hops! Candied oranges covered in dark chocolate, resiny pine and dark roasted coffee. Toffee sweet middle of milk chocolate and caramel like a milk stout but highly hopped up. Amazing.

Thick, syrupy heavy stout. Chewy.

Pretty interesting. I advise to give it a try.

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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Happy Ending Imperial Stout from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,129 ratings