UDBeernut (868) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle muled back from my trip to Atlanta. Pours deep amber capped by a small tan head. Nose of roast. Taste adds roast, chocolate, caramel. Some astringency. Body is moderate, but seems thin and watery at times.
Johnsense (454) - - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, fairly large tan head. Getting a lot of roast and hops in the aroma. Dark chocolate followed by an ipa-like blast of citrus, coffee, cocoa. Medium body, a bit thn for the style. Somewhere between a thin stout or a black ipa on steroids.
AWISLguy (667) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ck1 from his FLA trip - thanks bro! Pours an opaque black with a tan head leaving nice wedding lace dripping down the sides. Aroma has chocolate, caramel and citrus. Taste is of dark chocolate, sweet caramel and grapefruit/oranges. Medium thickness with some roughness. The citrus is an interesting if a strange bitterness in a stout. Perhaps a bit thin. Tasty and a solid Sweetwater offering.
crossovert (4563) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted cocoa, chocolate, not too boozy, not the thickest baddest or boldest but good.
DoublEE (509) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black color with a small tan head. Very nice, deep hoppy aroma with a slight underlying roasted smell to it. Huge roasted malt flavor and a big blast of floral and hoppy goodness. Mellow-espresso like flavor. No harshness from too much roasted malt or alcohol. Good body. Very drinkable and dangerously so. I knew nothing about this beer.
Chad9976 (884) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an expiration date of 1/25/14, leading me to believe it was about two and a half months old.
Appearance: Jet black opaque body. Forms a large, brown, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Pine, flowers, citrus, some candy. Odd considering itís an imperial stout. In fact I donít get much of the stout in the aroma.
Taste: Iím surprised SweetWater Happy Ending is marketed as an imperial stout rather than a double Black IPA as itís a beer thatís all about the hops and not so much the beefy stout body. Though only 51 IBUs, it drinks like a California-style hop bomb with intense piney bitterness from beginning to end. It only grows stronger and drier as it reaches the apex, and then gives way to some milk chocolate and black licorice and leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. If I let it linger on the tongue, the pine character grows a little stronger, as does a chocolate candy taste. These are two flavors you wouldnít think would work well together, but they do here mostly because itís not a 50/50 ration (more like 90 hops/10 malts).
As it warms the classic imperial stout character becomes a little bit stronger, but not all that much. You could easily give this beer to someone under the guise of an imperial Black IPA and they would have no trouble believing you. In fact, itís kind of disappointing that I donít get more of the base stout character like roasted malt and a stronger chocolate presence (no coffee either).
Drinkability: SweetWater Happy Ending doesnít taste like an imperial stout and it doesnít drink like one, either. Though rather potent at 9% ABV, there is no alcohol presence whatsoever. The body is more crisp than your average impy stout with a body thatís more on the medium side rather than anything viscous and sticky. Itís easy to sip or drink in bigger gulps and the palette makes it rather versatile as it can stand up to a strong meal or be enjoyed as a liquid dessert.
Daytonbeer (389) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with tan head and no lacing. Aroma of hops, roasted malts and musk. Taste of pine hops, cocoa, and coffee.
WortMan (15) - - MAR 31, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like used 50 weight motor oil but has a nice hop aroma. This beer taste like an an IPA on steriods, lots of smooth stout beer taste with a hop finish. Sweet Water thanks for another banging beer!!
RABinVA (684) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber into a snifter. Pours nearly black with a nice, persistent tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy. Overall itís a really strong black IPA more than a stout. Everything is a lot more grassy than roasted. Hops overpower the malts at every turn. Incredibly good, dangerously drinkable.
atlrizzob (83) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark dark brown with a tan head. Smell is hops and roasted malt. Flavor is heavy on the hops with a slight roasted coffee finish. Doesnít taste like any imperial stout ive had but i dont really care because it is delicious.