Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):
Happy to see more beefed-up versions of the Winter Warmer style? Do you want a mouthful of pie spices, or do you want to drink a beer?
The beer wants to be black, but in the light, it shows its true color. Good lacing on top. Aromas of chocolate, dried plum and molasses with a hint of cinnamon. Thick and slick full body, carbonation is on the lighter side, which brings a smoothness to the table. Fruity with a heavy rounding of chocolate, nougat, nuttiness, mild spicing and bread crust. Hops are mild, yet push the sweetness down a notch. Alcohol is warming. Hint of burnt sugar and more nutty undertones in the semi-dry finish.
Damn tasty, this Winter Warmer is serious, with a festive back end.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2011 15:42:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
2004 vintage. 12oz bottle. No freshness date. Pours a very deep garnet, near opaque. Foam is a snapping tan with large bubbles that bust down to a quarter inch lace that has some decent retention.
Ripened fruits and baking spices in the aroma, and a hint of sour sherry. Estery. Alcohols in the background.
Crisp, snapping carbonation the palate lends way to a creamy mouthfeel. Sharp, fruity character of sweet and sour berries, dark ripe fruits of plum, fig and raisin, followed by a sweet malty flavor with notes of caramel and granola cereal, along with ash and some smoke. Bag of mixed holiday-type spices. Alcohol is well-hidden. Very mild oxidation character in the form of cardboard, which lingers in the finish with a slight metallic note and overall drying character with chalk backing.
Aged quite well. Not bad, and a nice winter brew enjoyed in the summer. Screw seasonal stereotypes.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2005 19:24:30 | More by Todd
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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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