brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Lots of roasted malt on the nose. Slight fruity note, licorice, and citrus hops. Pine, mild ash, and some coffee. Somewhat bitter flavor of roast, pine, and citrus peel. Ash, coffee, and dark chocolate. Licorice, a bit of dark fruit, and some hints of alcohol.
mikedR (862) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice and incredibly balanced "dry" stout. Spirited black pour. Thick but not syrupy mouthfeel. Strong roastiness in malt flavor, with some coffee. Slightly bitter, but in the perfect amount. No syrupy sweetness here -- perhaps the most crisp and clean ending stout I've had. Coffee notes linger. An unusual stout in its dryness and is highly recommended!
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1guywith_aboat (138) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Jet black with medium khaki head. leaves lacing like no other. incredible. Aroma bitter nuts maybe some toffee. Almost resembles a cream stout but without the sweetness of one. Great brew. My first of sweetwater and a damn good choice. Taste is coffee ish with mild hops and an odd sweetness. for the high abv, the alcohol is hidden well in the flavor. Well balanced. Full bodied.If this beer turned into a mystical woman I would have sex with her... Then drink her.
UDBeernut (1402) - 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 (669) - - 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 (1009) - 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 (6087) - Illinois, 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 (784) - 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 (1064) - 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 (571) - 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.