Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

670 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 96 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 11-14-2002)
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Ratings: 670 | Reviews: 273 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Fordknox
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBostonBull
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of will_eye_e
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Titanium147
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kettle1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwkdmk
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rwill2001
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/5/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with a khaki head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are loaded with chocolate and cherries. Dark fruits are there. Tons of malts. The flavors are smooth and don't come off as "huge". It's very balanced. More cocoa malts. Lots of cherries. Maybe some orange peel in the mix. Some raisins and plums. Some toffee. This isn't a spice bomb or anything like that. The spices are subtle, if not non-existent. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with low carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth. Easy drinking and the alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid holiday brew. It's nothing magical, but it's simply a well crafted brew that will hit the spot during the cold weather. It's along the lines of an amped up brown ale.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TexicanMike
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brackh
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Did a holiday beer tasting with the wife. This was the first winter warmer holiday beer I was ever exposed to. It has a special place in my heart. Pours a nice black with a small head. Smells spicy with some molasses. Bitterness up front and finishes well with the spice (almost tastes toasted). Carbonated well. Done well all around.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Winter Warmer!

Smells like a christmas cookie! Molasses, figs, roasty malts abound.

Those same flavors come through in the taste. The alcohol hides nicely, giving balance and depth.

As others have said, I don't know why this beer isn't rated higher. Lots to appreciate here. Well done Sweetwater!

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Michaelbailey32
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ascags
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of polopaul20
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Brycecarolina
3.64/5  rDev -5%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Jim2000
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of kyleverson
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mlawrence
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.