Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by phideltashaggy:
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I ordered it at a local bar, I'm not sure if it was from the bottle or on-tap. It was served in a Chimay goblet.
A-Black, unless you look through it at an angle, directly at a light source, then it was a slight red. The head was somewhat fluffy and tan, but didn't last (I blame the quality of the glassware at the bar)
S-I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this, but the nose was very roasty, somewhat burnt. And I noticed something that I couldn't quite place, even though "Jager" came to mind.
T-The Jagermeister taste was affirmed here. There's a definite licorice taste, but it is not at all off putting. Again, roasted malts and a bitter hop finish complete the brew.
MF-Medium thickness, but I think I would have got more out of this if the glass was cleaned a little better.
D-I enjoyed this immensely. If I had the money (and the DD) I could see myself drink a number of these in a row.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2010 02:44:04 | More by phideltashaggy
More User Reviews:
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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