Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
Pours a clear dark brown with one finger of light brown colored head, settles to a thin layer with a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: brown sugar, lots of baking spices, a little plum and toasted bread. Taste: dark brown sugar, gingerbread, end of the sip is soft pear, grape skin, and more cinnamon. Sweet, creamy feel, enough spices and mild spicy and earthy hopping to keep it from being cloying. Easy drinking for 8.5%.
01-25-2013 04:24:51 | More by babaracas
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip
A - Pours a deep, dark brown. Much darker than the typical winter warmer. Also, no real head on this one just thin wisps. Hard swirling does produce a light blanket that fades quickly.
S - Roasted malts, toffee, booze, and...gingerbread?! Definitely interested winter warmer spices here.
T - Bit too boozey for me. Light chocolate from the roasted malts, toffee is subded. More of the vibrant spice notes. Super unique, different from the typical winter warmer. Tasty.
M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, slightly on the thinner side with lighter carbonation.
O - If not for the average appearance this would actually be a pretty good beer. All things considered its a refreshing take on a classic style.
01-24-2013 19:15:16 | More by rudzud
3.86/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Expectations are quite high. I received this beer as part of a secret santa gift exchange from a beer-friendly stranger in Atlanta, Ga.
A- One finger khaki head with tiny little bubbles. Retention lasted about 45 seconds, which is alright for the ABV. Ruby red color with low clarity. Very dark. Sliding khaki lacing. Attractive looking brew.
S- Dark chocolate, toffee, coffee and gingerbread. Molasses and deep roasted malts. Rich and dark, with bakery notes. Very interesting and complex beer. Hop profile is negligible at best.
T- Molasses, toffee and deep, dark roasted malts. Alcohol makes its presence felt in the aftertaste, along with the burnt malts.
M- Dry and roasty feel, some chewiness to the thickness. Some slight syrupy feel.
O- Tasty, alcoholic and roasty. I'm glad I got to try this beer.
01-16-2013 03:08:19 | More by Murrhey
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- Dark brown with a small light tan head
S- Dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee
T- Fruits, roasted maltiness, coffee and chocolate.
M- Medium body with good carbonation
O- Nice complexity, not bad for a winter warmer would get again.
01-10-2013 18:41:50 | More by Damian74Shensky
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.