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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

591 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
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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Gwitt

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:46:11 | More by Gwitt
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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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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-09-2014 03:53:57 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-04-2014 00:19:41 | More by mothman
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eywang3

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-31-2014 04:14:10 | More by eywang3
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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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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-27-2014 01:57:02 | More by Gregwa
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JohnTurano

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

03-21-2014 01:28:44 | More by JohnTurano
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2014 14:11:40 | More by EgadBananas
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Brinks

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2014 16:54:51 | More by Brinks
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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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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-08-2014 02:55:10 | More by zestar
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-06-2014 04:32:09 | More by rudabegga9
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carlborch

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:16:04 | More by carlborch
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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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Yoda22

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-28-2014 21:35:47 | More by Yoda22
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AlbertVogler

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2014 23:00:22 | More by AlbertVogler
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psmith161

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-12-2014 20:09:20 | More by psmith161
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jayfolly

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 21:46:31 | More by jayfolly
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fishguyac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 20:09:42 | More by fishguyac
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4amepiphany

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-03-2014 05:07:47 | More by 4amepiphany
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ToAleWithYa

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-01-2014 15:51:33 | More by ToAleWithYa
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head that is quick to dissipate. Lacing is present but very light and short-lasting.

The aroma has a definite smoky note to it along with roasted malt, caramel, and molasses. There is just a slight tinge of metal but it is not really that distracting.

The flavor throws a lot more complexity into the mix. The smoked meat character is quite nice and is complimented nicely by molasses dark, almost burnt, caramel. Some spices start to become apparent as the beer warms with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Some dark bread undertones also make themselves known. Bitterness is just moderate but is enough to counteract the sweetness. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall, a nice winter warmer but for some reason, it just misses the mark for me. The aroma is really lacking and I wish the flavor had a bit more depth. Still it is a very good beer that I would get again during the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:28:09 | More by rangerred
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Antonius08

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-28-2014 01:46:03 | More by Antonius08
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-25-2014 06:37:51 | More by Justinbshelton
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.