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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

596 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 596
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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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%

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.

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
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rickcrip76

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2014 18:39:43 | More by rickcrip76
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acbe

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2014 17:58:32 | More by acbe
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sleepyteacher

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

01-19-2014 03:08:37 | More by sleepyteacher
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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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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-17-2014 04:12:50 | More by SoCaliC8
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rjknyy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-16-2014 17:07:36 | More by rjknyy
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Tone2467

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-09-2014 23:31:34 | More by Tone2467
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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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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-06-2014 02:18:21 | More by thatoneguymike
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npendres

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-06-2014 01:23:51 | More by npendres
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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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ejohnson654

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-04-2014 23:05:12 | More by ejohnson654
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Tom-Peters

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-03-2014 16:11:08 | More by Tom-Peters
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seavercm

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-02-2014 16:40:27 | More by seavercm
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-02-2014 00:28:34 | More by LouDogg114
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

01-01-2014 18:56:27 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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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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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-31-2013 16:06:13 | More by warnerry
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-30-2013 13:51:56 | More by GratefulEdd
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-29-2013 01:00:09 | More by gritz147
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.