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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

589 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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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babaracas

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with one finger of light brown colored head, settles to a thin layer with a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: brown sugar, lots of baking spices, a little plum and toasted bread. Taste: dark brown sugar, gingerbread, end of the sip is soft pear, grape skin, and more cinnamon. Sweet, creamy feel, enough spices and mild spicy and earthy hopping to keep it from being cloying. Easy drinking for 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 04:24:51 | More by babaracas
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

served in a pint glass at the brewery in 2010. I last had this beer 2-3 years ago and remember a less bold and unusual but more drinkable product; reformulated?

A - opaque; black with brown highlights and tan head

S - roasted malt and spices. Nutmeg(?), cinnamon & ??? (later discovered they use mace). I might guess this was a Belgian beer in a blind test.

T - roasted and slighty burnt malts; the burnt flavoring is undesirable. Spices: nutmeg and mace. High alcohol (8.6%) is somewhat hidden but detectable.

D - one and done

(Slight revision with aged bottle served Feb. 2014)

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 02:52:58 | More by chinchill
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Poured from a waxed bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours jet black with a half finger very light brown head that doesn't stick around for awhile. Disappointing

S- tons of holiday-type spices...cinnamon comes through a lot, as well as some ginger. Not too shabby

T- getting a decent bit of ginger in the mouth....some cinnamon, maybe a little bit of clove. Everything is rather muted overall, but I'd rather have it be muted than to choke on the spices. Not bad

M- body is actually really thin. Stunning, disappointing

O- such a strange beer. Very easy to drink, better than many Winter Warmers I've had....yet not blowaway at all

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:37:48 | More by bigfnjoe
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match1112

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to chefmikeanderson for sending this as an extra! pours out a dark cola color. a tan head rises to a fingers height than quickly falls to a thin almost non-existant ring. smells very malty with hints of chocolate and cinammon. the taste is pretty much the same with a slight smokey finish. mouthfeels thin for the style, but has decent carbonation. a little spicy and warm on the finish from the cinammon. overall this is easy drinkin, goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:22:09 | More by match1112
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-22-2013 19:01:40 | More by dankjohn
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-05-2014 20:32:31 | More by TKEbeerman
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-27-2012 00:27:49 | More by ltdantheman
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated 2009 and tasted and reviewed March 2011.

Pours black with light tan head that quickly fades.

Nose is sweet stone fruit and light coffee. Hint of some spice.

Mouthfeel is thin but bright.

Flavors are all sweet coffee/carmel/toffee with a bright almost citric character and a candy sweet undertone. A sweet porter character or an aged Belgian character dominate. Finish is rich coffee bitter and light espresso. There is a light oxidized character that is apparent but not offensive.

Beer should be consumed now and likely not aged further in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:07:43 | More by GRG1313
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cyrushire

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-18-2014 05:48:51 | More by cyrushire
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NWCraftman

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-08-2013 03:02:05 | More by NWCraftman
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to an almost black thin darkness of a body. Yeilds a one inch deep tan head that fades in just a couple of minutes. Nose is a sofr malt feel with rones of candy like coco, and roasty wood. Very smooth as you take first sip with long sweet maltieness and a balance of slightly sour wheat on the back of the tongue. A nice mineral and spice mingling happens twords the end of the palate. The soft sour and minerals team together to equal a nice mouthfeel and tingle on the tongue. Nice and drinkable even as it warms thanks to the 8.6% alchol. A solid holiday style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 20:37:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-05-2014 13:41:59 | More by tjcamm
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CitizenGrain

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-06-2013 15:43:24 | More by CitizenGrain
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C-Dog


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-25-2013 21:54:58 | More by C-Dog
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nofearbeerishere

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-17-2012 17:01:41 | More by nofearbeerishere
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lwoods7

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-26-2012 21:33:14 | More by lwoods7
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-22-2012 17:39:19 | More by sansho
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billhelm

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-09-2014 15:05:01 | More by billhelm
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markasparov

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-06-2012 22:57:44 | More by markasparov
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justinthegypo

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-29-2014 00:45:32 | More by justinthegypo
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EricCioe

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-22-2011 05:56:26 | More by EricCioe
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KMitch

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-01-2012 03:29:30 | More by KMitch
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-11-2014 21:48:49 | More by irish01980
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crowbar540

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-06-2014 04:47:48 | More by crowbar540
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randomjazzr

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-14-2012 03:55:20 | More by randomjazzr
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.