Sweetwater Happy Ending Imperial Stout

Updated Review 01/08

$4.50 16oz Taco Mac, East West Connector, Austell, GA, USA – AGAIN!

MUCH, MUCH more mild than a couple of years ago in terms of bitterness. In fact, almost relegated to a Porter! Still has that mild green tinge on the head. MUCH less bitter than a couple of years ago, BUT really lacks the punch of an American RIS. RIS lite.


Original Review 02/06

$4.50 16oz Taco Mac, East West Connector, Austell, GA, USA.

Jet black pour with a tan/mocha head and a faint green tinge to it around the edges; a bit like algae on the surface of a stagnent pond! The head is not retained well and there is very little lacing. As usual this is served way too cold in most establishments and needs time to warm.

Some serious upfront bitterness with some prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel. The bitterness lingers, and although the mouthfeel is decent this most definitely not a smooth drinker.

Quite a pronounced, hoppy, bitter finish. Way out of line for the style.

I’m delighted that Sweetwater is trying this type of beer and I look forward to other experiments soon. The truth is, is that this is not a great beer, but it’s a decent effort. It needs the edges taken off a bit.

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02/26/2006
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.4
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