Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
served in a pint glass at the brewery in 2010. I last had this beer 2-3 years ago and remember a less bold and unusual but more drinkable product; reformulated?
A - opaque; black with brown highlights and tan head
S - roasted malt and spices. Nutmeg(?), cinnamon & ??? (later discovered they use mace). I might guess this was a Belgian beer in a blind test.
T - roasted and slighty burnt malts; the burnt flavoring is undesirable. Spices: nutmeg and mace. High alcohol (8.6%) is somewhat hidden but detectable.
D - one and done
(Slight revision with aged bottle served Feb. 2014)
Serving type: on-tap
11-09-2010 02:52:58 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nose is of black strap molasses, unsulphered. Slight touch of raisin.
Taste -much like the nose, but heavier in the sweet raisin, or of a medjool date. End is spicy, but more pleasant anise and licorice. Good carbonization. Tingly, with syrup on the tongue.
Mild cinnamon and light plum involved in the aftertaste.
Note: having the 2013 festive on 4/2014.
If a waxed bottle could be cellared for a year, I'd expect more sweetness and spice. Would be a good choice for a holiday drink,
left in a one- to two- year cellar, but only in ideal (50 degree range) temps.
Serve with: potato leek soup, turkey and the trimmings.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 03:46:11 | More by Gwitt
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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