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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It's nice to be able to finally brew some beer without restrictions on it. we came from Colorado where we could brew or try anything. We've been waiting 7 years to make a stout and we harnessed all that frustration into this batch of beer.

We didn't get caught up in the parameters of a specific style we just brewed a big fat hoppy beautiful beer. The timing of the law change couldn't have been better for us, because it has taken until this summer for us to get set up in our new brewery. We finally have some capacity to experiment with some new style. This could lead into a seasonal offering from us in the future. For now we're just glad we can satisfy the demands of the folks who have been on us since day 1 to make a stout.

Malt: 70/80 crystal malt, chocolate malt, black malt, roasted malt

Hops: Centennial, Willamette and cascade - on the dry hop!

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Black in color, thing brown head, spritzy, dissipates rather quickly, spotty lacing.   Nose of sweet carob, roasted coffee beans, sugar, and cream.   Moderately hopped start, sweet roasted malts from start to finish.   Not all that robust, a little thin in body and also on the tongue.   Somewhat dry, a little chalky, with moderate milky sweetness.   Some dark pitted fruit aspect, but very light.   Slight soy, very slight.   Overall its decent, but simply isnt that robust as most others in the style.   Tasty, but just not all there.   Thanks Larry for the bottle!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Name: Happy Ending
Date: September 01, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: light roasted aroma
Body: thin body
Flavor: roasted malt flavor with light bitterness, very simple, not much malt character other than the roasted, almost bland
Overall: a disapointing first big beer offering from Sweetwater

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Name: Happy Ending
Date: January 28, 2006
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, acat
Vintage: 2006
Aroma: sweet oaky aroma
Flavor: sweet bourbon chocolate roasted flavor, oak bitterness

Name: Happy Ending
Date: February 09, 2006
Source: Wild Wing, Marietta
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: black
Aroma: roasted and earthy hop aroma
Flavor: lots of bitter roasted flavor, touch of sweet chocolate

Name: Happy Ending
Date: May 20, 2006
Mode: growler
Vintage: 2006
Score: ii to iii
the body has grown and turned to cream, the hops and roasted flavor have gotten into a really nice balance, a huge improvement

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Happy Ending
Date: February 23, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Pops
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet chocolate and licorice aroma with a hint of alcohol
Flavor: sweet milk chocolate and roasted flavor, only a touch of roasted, only a light bitterness in the finish but mostly sweet
Overall: continues to progress from the original big bitter roast to the now sweet creamy milk chocolate, better every year

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Happy Ending
Date: March 02, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with lots of sweet citrus hops
Flavor: rich milk chocolate malt flavor, nice milky sweetness really brings out the chocolate, touch of citrus for balance goes surprisingly well with the rich chocolate, light balancing bitterness does not detract from the rich malt

Name: Happy Ending
Date: March 05, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: bullochs
Vintage: 2008
Aroma: hop character in the aroma is almost over the top to the point of being a touch grassy
Body: body appears thinner in the bottle
Flavor: flavor is more roasted than chocolate, more of the citrus hops as well to the point of hop burps
Overall: needs age

Name: Happy Ending
Date: March 11, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac crabapple
Vintage: 2008
mellowing out nicely, citrus hops have faded enough to allow a rich and creamy dark chocolate character to emerge, touch of winey fruit and sherry,

Name: Happy Ending
Date: June 04, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2008
big bitter dark chocolate, light winey sweetness, muddy

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Happy Ending
Date: March 04, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Vintage: 2009
Aroma: big citrus aroma is tuned in perfect with the roasted malt
Flavor: sweet roasty chocolate flavor works well with the big citrus
Overall: this batch is in perfect balance

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Happy Ending
Date: December 29, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, lots of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, touch of dark chocolate, light caramel sweetness, citrus and pine
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, big citrus, dry dark bitter chocolate

Name: Happy Ending
Date: January 10, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac kennesaw
Vintage: 2010
citrus and pine, roast and dark chocolate, blending the line between black IPA and hoppy imperial stout, keeps getting better every year but the bar keeps rising causing the score to drop,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Happy Ending
Date: January 15, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Vintage: 2010b
Appearance: black, fine tan head, sheets of drippy lace
Aroma: citrus and pine aroma appears stronger than ever, roasted plays backseat to the sweet citrus
Flavor: big citrus flavor combined with the roasted malt for a double black IPA

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Pours a opaque black colour with a medium tan head. Aroma first poured was extremely hoppy that moves into a roasty chocolate. Initial taste is chocolate and creamy. Finishing with a bitter hops and chocolate that has a good palate duration. Great head retention and very well balanced, really enjoyed this one from Sweetwater.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle from JMichael. Pours opaque black with a tan head. Sweet chocolate and coffee nose. Medium body and light carbonation. The taste starts sweet and chocolaty and ends with a soft espresso finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7656) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2007
12-ounce. Thanks BitBucket! Pours deep black with a thick, bubbly tan head. Big chocolatey nose with hints of roast and licorice along for the ride. Nice medium body with firm but unobtrusive carb. Big roast-forward chocolate flavors right from the attack through the mid-palate; everything from all these notes holds together consistently until a bit of ash and resin join for a light finish. Lovely stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Dark brown, almost black, with no head or lacing. Bitter roasted flavor and aroma. Light coffee notes but the hop are way too bright in this beer. Thinner body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
(Bottle) Trade with Ughsmash. Thanks Jason. Dissipated beige head with an opaque body. Nose of soya sauce, molasses and fig. Flavour is tart and coffee. Decent.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (15821) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
Glad they changed the label on this one - that old one is...wow...holy shit...what can you say about that? Black body with a sparse dark brown head. Big roasty aroma with some chocolate and stinging alcohol. Fairly simple, burnt roast, peanut shells with a bit of alcohol and chocolate. Kind of watery as impies go. Bland, uninteresting, this ticks off a couple of the styles requisite flavours but thats all it does.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2007
Poured a dark black with a tan head, cant believe this is 9%, very easy drinking, even abit watery, subdued for the style, good enough though, some chocolate comes through, along with hops, and some roastedness, glad I only have 1 bottle from Mystery swap 2.0, or Id be in trouble tonight!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 4, 2007
Actually, I expected less from this beer. But surprisingly this was a very good Stout. Thruthfully, before this a I had the Yetis, but still this was smoky and chocolaty stout. Great Stout Sweetwater.


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