Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by WoodenNickelPub:
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into an 18oz pint this beer was dark brown to almost black with a decent head that didn't hang around for too long. Smelled of roasted malts and barley and ?cinnamon? or ?cloves? Tasted like winter to me..those smells translated nicely into tastes and for being 8.6% you can't really taste the alcohol, but it does catch up to you quick. Mouthfeel was kind of silky with light carbonation, very appealing. Drinkability was, like I said, probably not to many in a sitting, especially if I have to drive. 1 1/2 made my knees weak.
All in all very good beer. I'd never had this before but will definitely buy one when I see it after mine is gone.
Serving type: on-tap
11-14-2010 16:25:40 | More by WoodenNickelPub
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3.13/5 rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a dense, dark, brown with a 2.5-inch, creamy, tan, head that is persistent, but eventually settles. Deep, rich, warm, spicy nose with hints of burnt sugar and coffee. Medium-full body with ABV warmth on the palate. Spicy (mace, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and malty with dark roasted-smokey notes. Raisin bread overtones. Dried fruit. Figs? Molasses? Nice lace. Slight sourness in the lingering.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 23:16:04 | More by carlborch
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head that is quick to dissipate. Lacing is present but very light and short-lasting.
The aroma has a definite smoky note to it along with roasted malt, caramel, and molasses. There is just a slight tinge of metal but it is not really that distracting.
The flavor throws a lot more complexity into the mix. The smoked meat character is quite nice and is complimented nicely by molasses dark, almost burnt, caramel. Some spices start to become apparent as the beer warms with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Some dark bread undertones also make themselves known. Bitterness is just moderate but is enough to counteract the sweetness. The alcohol is completely hidden.
Overall, a nice winter warmer but for some reason, it just misses the mark for me. The aroma is really lacking and I wish the flavor had a bit more depth. Still it is a very good beer that I would get again during the holidays.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 02:28:09 | More by rangerred
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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