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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

600 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TylerHagler, May 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Fitze, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rrski198, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kodt, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Gwitt
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose is of black strap molasses, unsulphered. Slight touch of raisin.
Taste -much like the nose, but heavier in the sweet raisin, or of a medjool date. End is spicy, but more pleasant anise and licorice. Good carbonization. Tingly, with syrup on the tongue.
Mild cinnamon and light plum involved in the aftertaste.
Note: having the 2013 festive on 4/2014.
If a waxed bottle could be cellared for a year, I'd expect more sweetness and spice. Would be a good choice for a holiday drink,
left in a one- to two- year cellar, but only in ideal (50 degree range) temps.
Serve with: potato leek soup, turkey and the trimmings.

Gwitt, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Holland, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Kramerbarthomer, Apr 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

mothman, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

eywang3, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

justinthegypo, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Gregwa, Mar 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

JohnTurano, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

EgadBananas, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Brinks, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

irish01980, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rudabegga9, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of carlborch
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

carlborch, Mar 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

RyanAU, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Yoda22, Feb 28, 2014
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.