Happy Ending Imperial Stout | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,123 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:
1,123
Reviews:
425
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
257
For Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rbroccoli
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle poured into pint glass.

Picked up from Kendrick Spirits in Florence, Alabama

I waited for the beer to warm to room temperature before drinking.

Appearance: DARK. Like really really dark. I took my bicycle headlight (as bright as a car's high beam) to the glass and the light still didn't come remotely close to penetrating. Beautiful beer. Espresso colored. About 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, dissipated to leave behind a sticky lacing. No lacing as the beer drinks though, only remains where the head was.

Smell- Roasted malts, syrup, subtle coffee beans, a hint of brown sugar, warm alcohol

Taste- Smokiness, oak, malted barley, espresso bean accompanied by smooth high percentage dark chocolate. Some nuttiness and even toasted marshmallow. Warm alcohol finish with some booziness. The dark chocolate sticks to your palate. The build up is reminiscent of rocky road ice cream.

Mouthfeel- Fairly viscous. Subtle carbonation while not prickly. Very satisfying. Ideal for an Imperial Stout.

Overall- Surprising result from Sweetwater Brewery. While all of their beers aren't bad, I've had a hard time finding an offering from them worth raving about. Happy Ending is it. This could easily be their flagship seasonal beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe

A - opaque black with a large caramel colored head, average retention, and good lacing.

S - chocolate and molasses

T - earthy with sweet chocolate, molasses, and a generous helping of hops. The finish is roasted nuts and coffee. Not much aftertaste and the alcohol is well hidden.

M - thinner than I expected.

O - good but not great.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with thin head and spotted lacing left behind.

S - Hops are immediately obvious, with some roasted malts and coffee hidden in the background.

T - Pretty much follows the nose. A little bit of cocoa nibs in there as well, but this one is mostly hops, malts, and coffee. Hops stand out to me more than anything, probably because I'm not a huge fan of a heavy hop presence in my stouts.

M - Medium-bodied, with a prickly touch, but a sticky finish. Not bad.

O - For a heavily hopped stout, this wasn't all that bad. Drinkable, at least. I usually end up pouring a heavily hopped stout down the drain, but this one was enjoyable enough to finish.

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