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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 11-14-2002)
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jcone17

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2011 22:37:20 | More by jcone17
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jonothehut

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2013 23:52:58 | More by jonothehut
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bpop23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-06-2013 01:36:55 | More by bpop23
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michaelmgio

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-12-2012 20:18:56 | More by michaelmgio
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-09-2012 23:53:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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meechum

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured dark brown to almost black with just a little light coming through in red highlights. Nice thick tan head that fell slowly and leaves a nice lacing

S - The smell is of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and maybe just a little mocha

T - Very much like the smell..it has a roasted malty taste..with just a bit of bitter chocolate and mocha...with a warm alcohol finish

M - Nice and thick, coating the mouth

D - Overall a very nice winter warmer and a good beer to have on a cold evening

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 16:58:00 | More by meechum
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-12-2013 23:26:52 | More by BeerBucks
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AlCzerik

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-29-2012 03:08:27 | More by AlCzerik
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bhudlow23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-09-2012 01:54:39 | More by bhudlow23
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Swim424

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-28-2011 06:44:04 | More by Swim424
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-19-2011 06:16:17 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-25-2014 06:37:51 | More by Justinbshelton
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fisherbray

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-01-2012 03:33:47 | More by fisherbray
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dharmabum1102

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-05-2013 22:58:25 | More by dharmabum1102
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VaTechHopHead


4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-17-2013 02:06:23 | More by VaTechHopHead
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matzah

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-08-2012 18:48:11 | More by matzah
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-11-2012 00:56:31 | More by bradcochran1234
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IrishFrenchman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-28-2013 22:51:44 | More by IrishFrenchman
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red wax-dipped swing-top bottle is pretty much a pain in the ass to whittle open, but it looks pretty.

The drink pours a dark, dark ruby hue with a fat khaki head that retains well and leaves little gobs of lacing spattered about the glass.

Smell is a bit fruity with a toasty note and a bit of spice.

Taste is warm and friendly with a nice malt backbone. Caramel-covered plums and dark berries are dusted with a little allspice and a dash of fresh-ground nutmeg. Nice spicy finish.

The drink has a fullish-medium body and a nice creamy feel. Superb drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:29:27 | More by cvstrickland
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from waxed bomber into tulip glass. Pours a very deep brown along with a nice medium to thin tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, toasted malts, and maybe a touch of chocolate. The flavor allows for a decent amount of chocolate to sneak in there to go with the cinnamon holiday spice, vegetation notes, and sweet malt. Medium bodied with decent carbonation throughout. Overall, a nice holiday beer and one I wouldn't mind seeking out again!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:18:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-11-2012 23:30:02 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-26-2013 01:57:11 | More by zrab11
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rcontn


4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-15-2012 20:39:11 | More by rcontn
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2011 05:06:44 | More by cadaugherty
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A festive ale indeed. I have learned to expect lighter and more tame brews from Sweetwater. This beer surprises with a heavier malt base, complexity, and spiciness. Looks brown through and through with a tan head and simple lacing. Smells deeply roasted and chocolatey, much like an English Brown. This brew seems to have added chocolates and christmas type spices that are shown equally in the nose and flavors. Flavors continue with a bready / toasty character, caramels, and increasing spiciness. Feels full, but not rich. Never thickens or waters. Finishes with a mild alcohol warmth, and a mild bite comming from the spices and grains. Nice winter brew. Thanks again Ding.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 18:39:18 | More by BEERchitect
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.