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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

595 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | 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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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-14-2011 21:28:11 | More by jophish17
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jriggins6

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-28-2011 20:31:12 | More by jriggins6
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RWNewhouse

Montana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-20-2012 22:40:00 | More by RWNewhouse
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Beers9beers

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-01-2014 15:46:54 | More by Beers9beers
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Zorro

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

Massive 33 Oz bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Vintage 2005 Bottle # 804 of 7200. Hard wax dipped flip top bottle.

Exceptionally dark brown beer that is very close to black. Only thing that makes it not black is the small amount of light that can be passed through the edges. Near no head just a tan ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell is a bit sour with lemon and ginger and something like the smell of Coke a cola. Bit of alcohol and pepper in the scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and sour with a good chocolate and coffee taste with some spices added. Decent bitterness kicks in after a while. Something tastes off here. Mouthfeel is OK.

Not my favorite beer here. Just seems off. Not recommended.

04-23-2006 22:26:23 | More by Zorro
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

I purchased this big-ass bottle (33.8oz) from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville around Christmas '08. (Sweetwater brews aren't available in the Durham area, but they can be found in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.

It pours a very dark brown with a rich, thick, deep tan head that lasted for some time. Aromas of bright cherry, caramel, dark chocolate, and alcohol are noted. The flavor is bright indeed, with sweet, dark fruit dominating the front and middle of the profile. The finish is a bit hoppy, and a slight coffee essence lingers here and during the aftertaste. It's certainly more malty than I expected.

It's a nice beverage, although it's not like any winter warmer I've ever had. Very interesting and worth trying again.

07-13-2008 01:18:49 | More by CWiggins
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

Thanks to Scott for this 2010 Holiday gift to the JamMin Shack!

Dark coffee in color with respectable head and cap.
Strange aroma. Spicy, Jagermeister?, liquor? Licorice? Mace? Medicinal? Strange indeed, unpleasant but unique.
Tastes like a dark winter warmer, porter like with a dash of spice and cinnamon/pepper heat.
Medium body and body, spicy finish.

Tastes better as you warm up to it, just not my type of beer.
Share-able? Yes
Will I ever buy it? Nope.

01-13-2011 00:24:19 | More by unclejimbay
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

Aside from this being a bit darker than I would have expected, everything else I was dead-on about. It poured a very dense dark chocolate brown through which light could hardly pass. No head. The smell was hoppier than I care for, which I predicted it would be. A bit of malt present, which is what I enjoy, but plenty of hops. No thanks. The taste was the same as the smell. A greater presence of hops than malt. Mouthfeel is very nice, however. There's little carbonation and it's very smooth and easy to drink. This has a very very slight heaviness to it. Or rather, what I think I'm trying to say is that there is a consistency here that seems a bit thicker than one might expect. Not like syrup, but certainly more dense than water. Overall, I probably will never buy this again. It certainly isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't for me either. I really didn't care for it that much, but it sure does have a smooth finish, and at 8.6%, it'll do the trick in a hurry!!

12-11-2005 03:19:51 | More by SilentSabre
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Schwarzwald

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

Aromas are sweet smelling with lots of richness of fall fruits and winter fruits. I was very excited to try this and it has left me a little bit "wanting more". For such a beautiful bottle and display it had to be great. A perfect winter holiday ale with so much to offer... well... not really. Some spiciness and good mouth feel, but needs more depth. Has a funky bitter (not in a good way) aftertaste.

Not my favorite, but a good bet if nothing else is there for holiday beer.

12-16-2011 21:02:28 | More by Schwarzwald
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Pub 71 (Atlanta, GA):

The beer appeared a deep brown with red hints around the edges when held up to light. It had a tan-ish color head, no retention, no lacing to speak of.

Not much of an aroma, slight malt, that was about it.

The taste is decent, a nice roasted malt taste, with some hints of something sweet and some other spices, none really to strong to mention.

Beer has medium to light body, carbonation level was decent. It was smooth and drinkability is average, I could have another or not. Leaves malty bitter aftertaste. I think the next time that I visited the establishment, I went with something else.

01-12-2009 18:54:05 | More by PhillyStyle
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carlborch

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

03-05-2014 23:16:04 | More by carlborch
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. Some good tan froth and lace.

(S)- A rich raisin and almond spice to it. Simple, but nice.

(T)- A spicy raisin and nut combo (walnut?)

(M)- A good carbonation level. A solid rich balance too without being too strong.

(D)- Overall, a solid little winter warmer. Not the best, but worth trying.

05-24-2012 14:28:10 | More by sweemzander
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

($1.99 12oz. 2007 Bottle @ Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma charged with spices, mostly allspice, but there's some mace and cinnamon in there as well.

Taste: Mild roasted maltiness and burnt toast flavor with a faint hint of chocolate. A spicy-sweet fruitiness kicks in, as does the allspice zing. Finishes dry with a light lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright, but I dare say one's enough for me per year!

11-10-2007 03:24:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

2008 12 oz from the great trader from Utah... Wasatch! I've been looking forward to trying this one for a looong time... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1/4" head dies back very quickly.. the brew looks like an American porter... very very dark.. highlites only when held to the brightest light.

Aroma is dark fruits.. dark dried fruits.... some burnt sugars.. dark cherries and prunes with some caramel and rummy raisins.

Flavor has all the above elements with some subtle (maybe imaginary) spiciness.. orange peel?, cardamom?, cinnamon?! again it's more fruity than anything else and has a fair amount of dark caramel maltiness to it.. This is a "Winter Warmer" that I actually can stomach.... I never care for the overspiced versions (think Anchor).. but even then, this is IMO, only okay.. too much of nothing.. just a descent beer that never goes anywhere... The body may be the best element... smooth and fairly thick with a lite yet ever present small bubble carbonation... Edit: Tooo sweet as it warms.. and the waves of spice really come out killing the drinkability.... I'm trying... but... too much of everything equals too much of nothing and is surprisingly just average.

Thanks John for the try.... Honestly Thanks!! I've thought about trying to trade for the big bottles of these before and am very happy that I've been dissuaded.. I'll try to do you right soon. :-)

03-17-2009 08:32:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-14-2012 02:49:00 | More by Keith_R
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-06-2013 22:08:56 | More by Segelstrom
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SplitsAtoms

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

12-01-2013 23:46:49 | More by SplitsAtoms
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-01-2014 21:54:19 | More by RyanAU
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gtg079x

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-15-2012 00:25:59 | More by gtg079x
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

12-18-2013 21:35:52 | More by emottram
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Chagler


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

06-26-2014 09:16:14 | More by Chagler
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OldTime

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-09-2012 18:42:28 | More by OldTime
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Gobzilla

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-19-2013 04:49:21 | More by Gobzilla
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Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-15-2014 03:27:58 | More by Holland
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-10-2013 05:00:48 | More by RWLawman
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.