Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by phideltashaggy:
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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
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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
86 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.