Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
Sweetwater Festive Ale has a thin, creamy, cream-colored head, a very dark brown appearance with ruby highlights and visible, tight bubble streams, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of spiced bread, bread crust, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with subdued bitterness and syrup of some sort. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, and Sweetwater Festive Ale finishes refreshing, sweet, easily drinkable, mostly dry, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is one of the better spice ales I’ve tried.
12-26-2013 15:22:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.86/5 rDev +0.5%
2013 version, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Pours dark reddish brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Smell is slightly spicy, caramel sweet, and earthy. Taste is slightly alcoholic upfront, not much bitterness, but plenty of rich malty character through the finish. Mouthfeel is quite thick and viscous. Feels slightly syrup like in the finish. Low carbonation, this beer is wonderful as a winter warmer. I would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a rich spicy winter seasonal beer.
12-19-2013 23:45:16 | More by scvance
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
$3 pint draft had at the Tapp Room in Boone NC
A: Really murky brown body, khaki head with medium retention and lacing.
S: Smells medicinal, dark malts, and winter spices.
T: Molasses taste, with some dark fruit and malts.
M: Awesome mouthfeel, alcohol is hidden well and the body is thick and syrupy with very little carbonation.
O: Its decent, better then some I've had , but not as good as others. At $3 bucks for a pint of 8.6 ABV this was a no brainer, and a great value.
12-19-2013 00:43:21 | More by watermelon
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Appearance - dark brown, cloudy, the color of black jesus
Smell - smokey beef jerky smell
Taste - Rauch beers little brother, a slight hint of smokiness, with a fine medium roast
Mouthfeel - not overly carbonated, light mouthfeel,
Overall - it was a nice beer tastey kind
12-18-2013 02:37:53 | More by spense727
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.
Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the initial aroma, with an underlying malty tar character surfacing beneath. Notes of chocolate, cola, and clove add complexity. As it warms, molasses and subtle dark fruit emerge.
Flavor reveals more clove dominance, with dark chocolate and roasty malt dominating the slightly bitter finish. Hints of cola and ginger are subtle initially, but become more pronounced. Cinnamon rounds out the finish.
Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side, and modest alcohol warmth.
Good variety of spice character, with enough malt presence to prevent it from becoming completely overwhelming. Hides the abv fairly well. Still a little too much spice for my tastes. Perfumey notes and a touch of acetaldehyde surface as it warms.
12-12-2013 02:07:15 | More by barczar
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.