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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: murky dark brown with some light getting through. Single finger head. Nice lace and little retention.

S: lots of chocolate with some caramel malt and nut.

T: semisweet chocolate and caramel malts with hints of apple. Fig and raisin.

M: medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a very drinkable beer. The finish is a lIttle dry for my liking. The aroma and taste are very similar. I haven't had previous years but I liked this one.

kylehay2004, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of planbee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Igizzle
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Igizzle, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, chestnut in color. Thick, dense tan head that fades quicker than expected. Light lacing on the drink side of the glass. Decent cap.

S: Subtle for such a large beer, but pleasant. Chocolate, mollasses or brown sugar, toffee and lots of spices. Overall, a very sweet smelling beer.

T: Really nice mixture of flavors here. Tart fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee..cinnamon maybe...I always have trouble identifying individual spices. Pretty complex beer.

M: This is on the full side of medium. Sure enough, this does give you a warming effect.

O: Festival Ale is solid. All aspects are enjoyable and it's incredibly drinkable given the ABV...the alcohol is hardly noticeable. I'll pick this up again.

titosupertramp, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

freduardo, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Josiah2729, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mattsdenney
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. Good looking bottle too.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown. Clear with a one finger brown head. Head dissipates relatively quickly with no lacing. Looking like a good cold weather beer so far.

S: Warm alcohol, spices, and malts. Hints of chocolate and sweet toffee.

T: Malty and boozy with a great spice, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. Follows with chocolate and hints of coffee. Aftertaste reveals a light amount of hops that balances nicely.

M: Thick and frothy with light carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that really compliments the taste and overall feel.

O: IMO it's hard to find a true winter warmer. Many that receive that label don't include the characteristics that I typically want. This beer has them all. Perfect cold weather Christmas beer.

mattsdenney, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +30.2%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4/5  rDev +4.2%

SubpoenaDeuces, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-18-2011
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic Pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Pours dark brown to black, with garnet highlights. Head is tan with 1+ finger worth of foam. Lacing is good.

S: Malty sweet, with spices I can't identify. Roasted malts are present as well, but overall not much in the way of aroma.

T: Rich and sweet, this is a malt forward beer, with nutty and spicy flavors. Nice alcohol warming.

M: Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes both sweet and nutty.

O: Very nice warmer, reminds me of a stronger version of a nut brown ale.

sommersb, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +4.2%

cadaugherty, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mrandypandy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mrandypandy, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +4.2%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of harryhood41
5/5  rDev +30.2%

harryhood41, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +30.2%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Hands22
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hands22, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jmhart
5/5  rDev +30.2%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Janderson91, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black with a fingers width tan colored head.

S: Chocolate, coffee and caramel aroma.

T: Toasted caramel malt, chocolate and a little bit of hop in the finish.

M: Heavy bodied and light carbonation. Thicker feel to it. A little alcohol burn in the finish.

O: It's that time of year again and it's not a bad way to start the winter beer season with this beer. Easy drinking for the alcohol content.

Kromes, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 oz bottle vintage 2006. Surprised to find one 5 years old in the store.

A - A dark, but thin appearance. Not much head or lace. But it is vintage 2006, so maybe that has something to do with it

S - Sweet molasses, and dried fruits.

T - Sweet fruits, dried plums. Smooth. But high abv is very prevalent.

M - Fairly thin, not too well carbonated.

O - Not as good as expected. The fruity flavors are nice, but thin, and boozy.

BeerDawgs, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this one from a liquor store in Winston-Salem during Sexual Chocolate weekend. I'm now drinking it.

A: Dark brown with no light passing. The huge 1.5 finger head died down within an hour or so (yep, that's right). HUGE!

S: Spice bomb for sure. Brown sugar, winter ale spice.

T: Like a brown ale around Christmas season. Dark fruit and lots of spice.

M: Not too thick, carbonation.... enough! The lacing was ridiculous.

O: Not my thing. If you're really into Winter Warmers, look elsewhere...

Chaney, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is too thick, too sweet, cloying and doesn't really go anywhere. Oh well, never again.

Beer is dark brown and clear with a thin off white head, no lacing low carbonation, looks like beer.

Aroma is malty sweet, like syrup. Aroma does not excite me too much.

Beer is THICK, sweet like syrup and hard to swallow. Almost no other flavors other than syrup. I didn't really like this beer.

drabmuh, Apr 18, 2011
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.