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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hands22, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jeffthepony, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

** Note on 12/18/10** I received another bottle from RBald42 over a year ago and just popped it. I think this aged nicely despite the style not conforming to cellaring. I really enjoyed this today. Malt flavors really smooth out and it's a chewy caramel flavor.

Big Thanks to BHalter8 for providing this in a trade. He's an excellent trader!!

Pours a deep brown color. A wonderful tan head that is about a perfect thickness. (2 fingers) the head begins to dissipate almost immediately. Almost looks like a real Root Beer. Maybe a little thicker.

Aroma is sweet caramel and lots of deep malt.

Deep caramel flavor follows the aroma almost perfectly. The slightest hint of spices as well. Not sure if I can pick anything specific out, but it's there. A bit nutty as well. Almost roasted nuts....

Thick full bodied beer. Very light carbonation.

Very drinkable as a Winter Warmer. Definitely warms the heart.

Glad I had the opportunity to try this beer.

Reagan1984, Mar 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

brewdude1982, Dec 17, 2012
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jak, Dec 12, 2011
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EvilAsh, Dec 27, 2012
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muskiesman, Dec 10, 2012
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ethanmc12, Dec 22, 2013
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mrandypandy, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights. The head is a creamy tan that sticks to the glass.

S-the smell is how I think a winter warmer should smell. Rich malts, caramel, light molasses, and spices

T-Tastes of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and caramel, and a slightly sour dark fruit ending. Easy to drink with just a light alcohol warming.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very mellow

Overall its an easy to drink beer and a nice representation of a winter warmer. I would definitely drink again.

ksimons, Dec 29, 2011
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kushlash23, Nov 25, 2013
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Ravencrest, Jan 19, 2013
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.