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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | 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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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-09-2012 23:53:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at the Sweetwater brewing grill at the Atlanta airport. If it was not for a small poster, I wouldn't have even known this was available. Great style to end the holidays with. Poured into a nice goblet, this winter warmer has no faults. Nice spices, easy to consume, and just the right baance of malts makes this probably the best airport beers I can remember

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 00:41:31 | More by Backer2004
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aubuc1

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep black with a steady light tan head.

Smell is sweet winey, citrusy and strong roast. Very nice.

Taste is a big roasty delight. Not coffeeish like a ris, but very good.

The high alcohol is not even present. This is a great winter beer. I wish it was in FL.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 21:55:36 | More by aubuc1
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Pours a deep brown that verges on black at first sight, but which upon closer inspection shows highlights of ruby and mahogany. A thick finger-and-a-half of dense tan foam rises and falls gracefully, leaving a sticky web of lace on the walls of the vessel.

Aroma is malt-forward, sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses and faint dark fruit. A hint of spice shows up as the beer warms, but is difficult to pin down, and some spicy-herbal hop notes show through as well.

Body is somewhere in the range of medium to medium-full, but adequate carbonation makes the exactitude of the measurement a bit off. Sweet malt up front, with maple, molasses, and a nuttiness following, bringing in a nutty-spicy-herbaceous weedlike middle that flows into a mildly astringent finish with a lingering pecan-maple-molasses character on the back of the tongue that holds tight and refuses to fade away. Alcohol is faintly present but mostly very well hidden.

An excellent, malt-accentuated winter brew that fails a bit in drinkability due to the somewhat cloying finish, but that shouldn't keep anyone from heading out and picking up a few -- this is certainly a decent pick in the pack of winter ales, and for a Georgia boy, it's always nice to see such a beauty born so near to home.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:34:04 | More by superdedooperboy
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jbphoto88

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2010 large bottle sealed in crimson wax. The festive pours a deep wet leather color that's brown and clear during the pour but opaque in the glass. The head is egg cream in color, thick and beautiful. A fine looking brew.

The nose is confusing at first with so many scents wafting up from the glass. A few swirls and repeat sniffs reveal an earthy malt scent with hints of chocolate and cinnamon, there is also a slight tartness in the air. This nose suggests malt bomb.

Taste delivers on the scents promise of grains. BAM!!! Like a punch to the sweet pinchy spot by my molars. A ton of roasted grain that has everything from caramel, coffee and chocolate assault my tounge. The spices are present but not aggressive to really distract from the earthy malts. Slight cinnamon mixed in with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a heavier body and light carbonation. It really let's the malts shine and take the warm, snuggly spotlight. Wow, what a great sesonal and cheap!! This one was $4.99, how can the brewery use all that grain and only charge that for a bottle. A great find, I can't wait for next years.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 23:37:42 | More by jbphoto88
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ColSanders123

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-15-2011 16:44:25 | More by ColSanders123
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-27-2012 00:27:49 | More by ltdantheman
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-15-2013 19:26:47 | More by BigGingDrinker
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Enola

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a little better on-tap. There is a spiced taste to this brew and a slight bitterness. The beer is a deep mahogany color with a small head. There is a hint of liqorice in there too. Overall, fair for the style. I could drink this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2006 01:43:20 | More by Enola
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jriggins6

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-28-2011 20:31:12 | More by jriggins6
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ninaturner

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-21-2013 02:02:51 | More by ninaturner
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is dated 2005. Pours dark brown with some burgundy color as well. Smells of sweet malts, dates, prunes, and caramel. Also some roasty aroma in there. Medium body with sweet malts dominating up front in the taste with some roasty and smoky flavors as well in the background that tingle on the tongue. Good beer, I may enjoy it more during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 22:51:20 | More by hoppymeal
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psmith161

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Dark brown under a very small off white head. No retention and no lace.

S: Nice roasted, toasted, nutty, malty aroma. Maybe a hint of some kind spice and pine. Good aroma.

T: Again, very malty. Roasted, toasted, nutty, hint of caramel, hint of pine and spice, alcohol is slightly apparent and a surprising level of bitterness in the finish (nothing huge, just more than I thought was going to be there).

M/D: Full bodied, smooth, carbonation is low. Drinkability is very good. A tasty beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 02:46:30 | More by NCSUdo
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-04-2012 14:10:19 | More by ohtheguilt
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage from one liter bottle poured into tulip. Light brown head atop a raisin colored body. I say raisin colored because that is the first smell I note, probably due to the 3 year age. Other aromas seem to include dates, brown sugar and plum. Picking up some coffee notes in the taste, no hops, no alcohol (I'm sure due to mellowing)(impressive considering the abv). Low carbonation at this point and very easy to drink. Extremely easy. Makes me proud of myself for having resisted this one for so long.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:14:23 | More by KickbacksSteve
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2013 03:21:45 | More by hellhammermario
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

11-06-2013 22:08:56 | More by Segelstrom
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EricCioe

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-22-2011 05:56:26 | More by EricCioe
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jmich24

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-05-2012 04:13:44 | More by jmich24
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beergod1

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark brown with very little head, some lacing on the glass. Smells Malty with a touch of Cinnamon. Tastes of dark roasty malts, cinnamon and a light alcohol finish. Not a very robust mouthfeel, somewhat light, But made it easy to drink. Worth a try, but not the best in its field.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:11:49 | More by beergod1
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jcalabre

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew is reddish brown with a quickly disappearing head.
Aroma: It's almost a potpourri type of smell.
Flavor: slightly sweet and spicey
Overall: this is a medium bodied, slightly spicey beer. quite tasty. THis is a nicely done winter ale that isn't too overpowering

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 00:35:29 | More by jcalabre
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-20-2013 19:39:59 | More by jeffthepony
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 21:16:16 | More by EasyReader
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-04-2014 17:01:09 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.