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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

701 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 25
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 11-14-2002

A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace
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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 283
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose is of black strap molasses, unsulphered. Slight touch of raisin.
Taste -much like the nose, but heavier in the sweet raisin, or of a medjool date. End is spicy, but more pleasant anise and licorice. Good carbonization. Tingly, with syrup on the tongue.
Mild cinnamon and light plum involved in the aftertaste.
Note: having the 2013 festive on 4/2014.
If a waxed bottle could be cellared for a year, I'd expect more sweetness and spice. Would be a good choice for a holiday drink,
left in a one- to two- year cellar, but only in ideal (50 degree range) temps.
Serve with: potato leek soup, turkey and the trimmings.

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Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.