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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

591 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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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Chaosfiend

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-02-2013 02:41:51 | More by Chaosfiend
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SplitsAtoms

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

12-01-2013 23:46:49 | More by SplitsAtoms
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:29:34 | More by dbrauneis
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-26-2013 23:31:07 | More by Liverpool08
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-26-2013 05:54:33 | More by bmjivi221
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tillmac62

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:13:23 | More by tillmac62
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kushlash23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2013 14:07:25 | More by kushlash23
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DrewLikesBeer

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-22-2013 22:52:18 | More by DrewLikesBeer
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jonothehut

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2013 23:52:58 | More by jonothehut
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zatchv

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2013 21:32:12 | More by zatchv
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:18:36 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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MPSTARR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-13-2013 23:38:22 | More by MPSTARR
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godlessape

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this into monster size thistle glass.
The body has an intensely dark malevolent ruby brown shade to it, just one degree from midnight. It's topped off with a creamy tan head that diminished rapidly.
Aroma is like burnt brown sugar, with maybe a hint of cinnamon toast.
Taste is both malty and fruity and densely so at that, along with a earthy, almost leathery savoriness There's also a minimal hop sizzle on the tail end that works rather well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a fine brew from a great brewery. Caution: This beer will sneak up on you something fierce.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:48:29 | More by godlessape
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Best if Enjoyed by 10/24/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Sweet sugary aroma that has notes of anise, molasses and caramel.

T- Hearty flavor of mild roasted malt, some nutmeg and more anise. Still sweet but the hops put forth a moderate bitterness to balance. Bit of clove. Alcohol is wonderfully hidden.

M- Slightly thick and slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A no-frills, easygoing winter warmer that's dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:46:55 | More by Immortale25
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-04-2013 01:24:02 | More by dbrelsfo
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-02-2013 00:53:05 | More by 100200300
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pheelingIt

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-25-2013 22:56:19 | More by pheelingIt
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jumboj11

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-24-2013 15:38:48 | More by jumboj11
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-22-2013 15:05:02 | More by RBorsato
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swedishmailman

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-20-2013 22:42:04 | More by swedishmailman
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engineerkate

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-07-2013 02:52:13 | More by engineerkate
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TigerOwl

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-03-2013 00:56:57 | More by TigerOwl
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-22-2013 19:01:40 | More by dankjohn
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-15-2013 18:37:20 | More by Cazlo
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.