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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

589 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
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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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 268 | Display Reviews Only:
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nalsh


4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-11-2012 07:00:51 | More by nalsh
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-11-2012 00:56:31 | More by bradcochran1234
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strohme2

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-07-2012 17:57:48 | More by strohme2
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jmich24

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-01-2012 03:33:47 | More by fisherbray
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

10-25-2012 03:54:57 | More by EdelweissDad
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HairyHood

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-23-2012 22:23:00 | More by HairyHood
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-08-2012 01:29:12 | More by PoolFishGolf
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zacncheese


4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-28-2012 18:28:48 | More by zacncheese
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mttdls

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-19-2012 19:36:07 | More by mttdls
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gtg079x

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

09-15-2012 00:25:59 | More by gtg079x
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DCon

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-12-2012 05:03:25 | More by DCon
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-12-2012 00:57:18 | More by bsuedekum
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crownrl28

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-08-2012 01:19:05 | More by crownrl28
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KMitch

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-01-2012 03:29:30 | More by KMitch
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AdamSekulow


4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-21-2012 21:23:21 | More by AdamSekulow
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-21-2012 18:01:08 | More by slowdaddy
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JottaGibboo

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-16-2012 19:57:52 | More by JottaGibboo
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kendellmarie

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2012 23:52:39 | More by kendellmarie
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bcseda


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-08-2012 13:17:27 | More by bcseda
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RHIN0002

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-25-2012 23:51:51 | More by RHIN0002
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-22-2012 17:39:19 | More by sansho
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birchstick

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours black color with a nice white head

N - rich, caramel malts are all over the nose. There are also some
anise mixed in with some more sticky candy notes.

T - starts off with sweet malty candy flavors that get sweeter as it rolls down the palate. There is also a little bit of charred malt and anise. Nice winter warmer.

M - mouthfeel is full and smooth and coats the tongue - goes down nicely

D - I really enjoyed this winter warmer. Really sticky, candyish, and malty - all the flavors that should be in a warmer. I'll have to get some more for the holiday season this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:21:14 | More by birchstick
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alrighty, found this bottle at random in my closet and it is from way back in 2010!!! Wow!!! Don't worry, I'll be nice...

A. Excellent. Color is a super dark, rich mahogany. Very nearly black. About a half finger of cream colored head that is tight, uniform, and has good retention. Lacing is very good. The look of this beer screams fireplace, snowflakes, and fresh pies. Which is why I'm drinking it in July.

S. Bouquet has held up rather well over the last year and a half. Raisin, caramel, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, roasted biscuit, and just a little bit of sherry-like oxidation due to the age. Smells like a freshly baked shortbread cookie.

T. Spices are up front with brown sugar, cinnamon, and clove. Then roasted malts kick in on the mid and the finish is bread crust, caramel, some vanilla, spice, and maybe just a touch of chocolate. Nice.

M. Thick and chewy, with solid carbonation and a nice balance of flavors. Spices and roasty flavors linger on the palate long after it's gone.

O. A really nice Christmas beer, with a much fuller body than its better known competition (i.e., Schlafly Christmas, Great Lakes Christmas, etc.). Festive Ale is unique in that it has a much more solid malt presence, with some excellent toasted biscuit and subtle chocolate notes that in some ways call to mind a porter. I will definitely be seeking a six-pack of this over the holidays. Excellent work, Sweetwater!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 20:59:22 | More by siege06nd
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.