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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

604 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bcsbeer, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kingmaker, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BeerBeast, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

cjgator3, Dec 13, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

BeerGod27, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

barczar, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Born_Beerknurd, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

DeeMalloy, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bpop23, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dharmabum1102, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

jdavidk93, Dec 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Mannard, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Chaosfiend, Dec 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

SplitsAtoms, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown to black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and ruby red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass with some sudsy spots. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel with lighter notes of anise + nutmeg.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with moderate amounts of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spices I associate with the holidays - nutmeg, cinnamon, and anise/licorice.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick.

O: Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol making this beer fairly easy to drink. A nice combination of the sweetness of the malts and spices.

dbrauneis, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Liverpool08, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

bmjivi221, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of tillmac62
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just bought this, but the BBD is 10/31/13, so I assume this is last years vintage. Pours an opaque dark brown with a nice tan head that laces well but diminishes fairly quickly. Nose is of dark malt, chocolate and spice, probably cinnamon. Light / medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. For an 8.6% alcohol, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. A nice balance of malt sweetness and cinnamon spice with a chocolate undertone. Clean finish of dark malt sweetness and spice.

tillmac62, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kushlash23, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

DrewLikesBeer, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jonothehut, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

zatchv, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Riedel tulip glass. Appearance is nearly black, with hints of red when you hold it up to the light. Tan head fades super quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Smell is bready - kind of like a dubbel. There are hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, but they don't dominate or seem over-the-top. It actually smells pretty pumpkin-y.

Taste follows the nose, with some nice dark fruit added - figs. Spices are really well-integrated - they're noticable, but not at all overbearing. Alcohol is similar - present, but not too much.

What brings this down for me is the mouthfeel. It's surprisingly light-bodied for the taste, and just doesn't really work for me.

MasterfulIdiot, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

MPSTARR, Nov 13, 2013
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.