shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweetwater Happy Ending pours an opaque, near black color with a fading small, brown, foamy head/crown. The aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus and some chocolate. Iím guessing that this beer was dry hopped with something like Centennial and/or Amarillo hops. The flavor is kind of unique. It is quite hoppy (fresh and green) with some underlying roasted maltiness and ripples of coffee and maybe some dry dark cocoa. The finish is dry, roasty, and hoppy and leaves a lingering hop bitterness. The alcohol (9% ABV) is completely disguised by the hops and over flavors in the this beer. This beer has a medium/medium-full body, light carbonation, and doesnít really have any noteable qualities as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall I would say that this beer is almost too hoppy and thin to be considered an Imperial Stout in my book. It really lacks all of those deep, robust flavors that makes a really good stout or porter. This beer is more like an extra dark IPA with some roasted barley and/or black patent malt thrown in. That might just be my opinion, but if I want lots of hops then I will drink an IPA or Pale Ale...
12 oz bottle (Best if enjoyed by: 06/19/07) graciously given to my by SpringsLicker at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007. Thanks Jay! I really appreciate it.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured into tall tulip. good stuff... pours a dark black with coffee brown head that dissipates to a constant ring... aroma of sweet malts, mocha, chocolate, and light coffee... obviously complex... taste is malty with a smoky finish, smoky after that sits on the palate... palate is full and creamy, as you drink you notice a sweetness on the tip of your tongue on the front, and the rest is consumed by a smoky tone... a great stout, complex, and gooood.....
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Ross and TBC2 for the samples. Pours dark brown with a thin initially brown then off white head. Smells of resiny hops, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Tastes of chocolate, earthy hops and caramel. Mouthfeel is thick with a bitter finish. The hops totally clash with the malt profile on this one.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is hops and sweetness. Pours black with a nice half inch head. Taste is sweetness with hops at the end. It wasnít a very balanced beer, it seemed like everything sort of clashed in my mouth. Citrusy, sweet, roasty, hoppy.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Pours opaque, solid black with a medium-sized dark tan head that laces the sides of the glass heavily. The aroma packs a wallop of sticky, fruity, pungent-smelling hops. There is also some sweet, sugary malts in the aroma. But mostly, the beer smells green with hops. The flavor starts off bittersweet from roasted grains, sweet malts, and significant hop flavor. The middle of the flavor continues where the aroma left off: sticky and green with hops. There are also flavors of darkly toasted bread and some sugary malts (honey tastes like itís hiding in there). All the while, the rich mouthfeel slides across the tongue, while tingling it with a soft but noticeable effervescence. The finish is very roasty and stout - along with a very decent dose of hop flavor and bitterness. The after-taste is thick with hops. The finish is very full-bodied, hoppy, and bittersweet. This actually tastes a great deal like an imperial stout I just made (though mine wasnít quite this powerful with hop aroma and had a great deal more roasted grain flavor). Very nice, overall. A delight for hopheads that also love stouts!
kramer (4572) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via shp555. Pours a pitch black colored body under a foamy one finger brown head that receded very quickly to a thin ring. The aroma is very hoppy for an Imperial Stout, lots of citrusy C-hops. Below that is a heavily roasted and burnt malt base with a good bit of coffee and chocolate, and a hint of smoke. The flavor starts out very roasty with a bit of a burnt/ashy character, proceeding to a very chalky dry and lightly bitter finish. The hoppiness comes out a little very late in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and maybe a little oily in texture with a fizzy forced carbonation feel. This was OK, but I canít say that I really cared for the choice of hops in this. For my tastes there was just a way too heavy citrusy flavor that kind of clashed with the roasty malt.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade with TheBeerCellar2. Thanks Matt. Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with a medium tan head. Aroma of hops and more hops. Does not smell anything like an Imperial Stout. Taste was very dry and hoppy as well. I could barely pick out some of the coffee and roasted malt flavors. It had a small bit of a smokey flavor down deep in the bottle with a dry, citrus finish. A different kind of beer for me.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Courtesy TBC2. Aroma roasty and hoppy and a sweet chocolate. Poured a nice black. Flavor was much as noted in the aroma, a light smokiness intertwined with the hoppiness. Palate was crisp and relatively clean finishing. Overall pretty good, really reminded me of black sun.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma seemed peaty and smokey with a lot of chocolate and a lot of hops for an imperial stout. Flavor was smooth and hoppy and a descent roasty flavor. Had a little off flavor that threw me for a loop, The body was pretty weak also but the alcohol was well hidden.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Color with Dark Tan Head. The Aroma Has Alot of Dry Hopped Fragrance and Citrus. Is This a Stout or IPA? Light Subtle Dark Roasted Malt Foundation. Alot of Dry Hopped Flavor...Roasts and Dry Hop Aftertaste. Certainly a Nice Beer, But Closer to a Double IPA with Dark Malts Than an Imperial Stout. Worth Trying If You Donít Read the Style First.