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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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KajII

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) head that was not around for long and only having fair lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a toasted chocolate malt a very mild resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of allspice, cinnamon, toffee and dark fruit.

The taste was moderately sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and some fruit at first then had the strong effect of spices take hold with a nice note of dark fruit and an alcohol warming sensation at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time while the taste of the dark fruit faded into the background of the spices.

Mouthfeel was just a smidgen below medium in body and a tad watery in texture with a weak carbonation.

Overall a Winter Ale with a nice dose of spices and a superb maltiness. A very drinkable brew even with the noticeably strong alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 17:10:22 | More by KajII
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buckyp

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-10-2011 19:06:14 | More by buckyp
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jcone17

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2011 22:37:20 | More by jcone17
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black colored beer with a light brown head.

A really nice malty, sweet aroma. Roasted grains and spice are also present in the aroma.

A nice malty, spicy flavor. A slight bitterness hits the back of the mouth at first. With a grainy, roasted malt finish.

Nice mouthfeel. Medium-heavy bodied. A perfect level of carbonation.

This has become one of my favorite winter seasonals. A great dark, roasty, spicy beer with plenty to offer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 23:31:13 | More by UnderPressure
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint at the Sweetwater Brewery restaurant in the Atlanta airport.

A-dark murky brown with a thick but sticky light tan head

S-cinnamon. a touch of apples. dark and spicy malts. smells tasty. good strength as well

T-comes in with a great taste of spicy and peppery dark malts. this is really good and full flavored! there's a good and slightly roasted matching after-taste. the tastes are bold and seem to be of high quality.

M-thick and creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-i was really surprised by this. when at an airport, i usually don't expect much but I am here with a great beer of a style I usually don't prefer. this has to be one of the best winter warmers I've ever had. Its definitely and after dinner beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 03:04:07 | More by AdamBear
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sweetwater Draft House and Grill at ATL

A: Pretty standard brown looking winter warmer, but with only a ring of head on tap. That might have been because of how it was served, this place isn't exactly a craft beer bar.

S: A bit of cocoa, some toffee, light spices. A bit muted for the style.

T: Similar to smell, but with a bit more toffee and a bit of dark fruits. No hint of ABV at all.

M: Fairly thick with good carb. Pretty good.

O: A bit boring, but not a bad winter warmer. Like I said above, there is no hint of the ABV at all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 18:47:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Double06

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2011 18:12:27 | More by Double06
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2011 02:41:48 | More by UNCCTDawg
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Swim424

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-28-2011 06:44:04 | More by Swim424
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-28-2011 01:33:23 | More by TheSquire23
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: murky dark brown with some light getting through. Single finger head. Nice lace and little retention.

S: lots of chocolate with some caramel malt and nut.

T: semisweet chocolate and caramel malts with hints of apple. Fig and raisin.

M: medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a very drinkable beer. The finish is a lIttle dry for my liking. The aroma and taste are very similar. I haven't had previous years but I liked this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 21:08:01 | More by kylehay2004
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planbee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2011 05:55:33 | More by planbee
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Igizzle

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-23-2011 19:34:49 | More by Igizzle
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, chestnut in color. Thick, dense tan head that fades quicker than expected. Light lacing on the drink side of the glass. Decent cap.

S: Subtle for such a large beer, but pleasant. Chocolate, mollasses or brown sugar, toffee and lots of spices. Overall, a very sweet smelling beer.

T: Really nice mixture of flavors here. Tart fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee..cinnamon maybe...I always have trouble identifying individual spices. Pretty complex beer.

M: This is on the full side of medium. Sure enough, this does give you a warming effect.

O: Festival Ale is solid. All aspects are enjoyable and it's incredibly drinkable given the ABV...the alcohol is hardly noticeable. I'll pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:43:06 | More by titosupertramp
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2011 17:35:57 | More by freduardo
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-22-2011 10:08:18 | More by Josiah2729
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. Good looking bottle too.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown. Clear with a one finger brown head. Head dissipates relatively quickly with no lacing. Looking like a good cold weather beer so far.

S: Warm alcohol, spices, and malts. Hints of chocolate and sweet toffee.

T: Malty and boozy with a great spice, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. Follows with chocolate and hints of coffee. Aftertaste reveals a light amount of hops that balances nicely.

M: Thick and frothy with light carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that really compliments the taste and overall feel.

O: IMO it's hard to find a true winter warmer. Many that receive that label don't include the characteristics that I typically want. This beer has them all. Perfect cold weather Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:01:12 | More by mattsdenney
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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-21-2011 15:34:18 | More by WillyMac
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-19-2011 06:16:17 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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sommersb

Tennessee

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

Tasted On: 11-18-2011
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic Pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Pours dark brown to black, with garnet highlights. Head is tan with 1+ finger worth of foam. Lacing is good.

S: Malty sweet, with spices I can't identify. Roasted malts are present as well, but overall not much in the way of aroma.

T: Rich and sweet, this is a malt forward beer, with nutty and spicy flavors. Nice alcohol warming.

M: Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes both sweet and nutty.

O: Very nice warmer, reminds me of a stronger version of a nut brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:50:51 | More by sommersb
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-19-2011 03:33:40 | More by brandoman63
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2011 05:06:44 | More by cadaugherty
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-17-2011 18:23:01 | More by mrandypandy
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 21:16:16 | More by EasyReader
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 03:35:44 | More by oline73
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.