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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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npendres

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-06-2014 01:23:51 | More by npendres
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Andrew4321

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-24-2013 04:08:46 | More by Andrew4321
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ZDePaolo

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2012 02:50:35 | More by ZDePaolo
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-15-2013 18:37:20 | More by Cazlo
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2012 14:10:19 | More by ohtheguilt
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-28-2013 05:10:05 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2013 20:00:53 | More by AMCPhD
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AlbertVogler

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2014 23:00:22 | More by AlbertVogler
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fishguyac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 20:09:42 | More by fishguyac
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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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stonewild

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2013 19:56:28 | More by stonewild
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kendellmarie

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-28-2011 21:24:55 | More by PEIhop
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beer2day

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a thin 1 and 1/2 finger head. No retention. Laces well enough.

Nose is very dark, dank, and musky. Very deep fruit tones. Earthy, peaty malt notes with overlays of cherries and plums.

Very thick hit. Very little taste in that initial hit, but quickly turns sweet with overripe cherries and plums. Nice when the taste matches the aroma. More tart than bitter in the finish, as to be expected. If you like fruit in your warmer, then this is a good one.

Feel is very thick and heavy, maybe even too much so. And I like thick beers.

As good as this one is, one 12oz bottle is plenty. For the style, though, that's fine. I've bought the flip top liters before and that is just way too much of a beer this heavy for us.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:50:40 | More by beer2day
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qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Held to the light, this ale is the deepest brown and the sediment in suspension makes it opaque and practically black. Upon pouring this ale in a chalice, I got about an inch of off-white head.

Smell -- Licorice, Nutmeg, Coffee, Various Spices

Taste -- Licorice, Ripe Raisins, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Roasted/Burnt Malts

Sweetwater Festive Ale has an overpowering "kitchen sink" taste that causes the drinker to notice new flavors with every sip. Because of the taste profile, I would consider this an "extreme beer" as it is not what I would grab if I was in the mood for your average stout or porter. This is a fantastic brew that everyone should try, but I do not see myself quaffing this beverage often.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 21:57:18 | More by qcitydarkstar
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2012 05:05:42 | More by justinm4bama
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2013 17:00:29 | More by xseanprimex
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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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jakehembree

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2012 18:46:05 | More by jakehembree
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RKel888

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2012 20:55:42 | More by RKel888
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Hands22

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 01:23:25 | More by Hands22
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Cluker

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2012 00:51:16 | More by Cluker
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nalsh


4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2011 22:31:53 | More by MtnDewd
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-05-2012 04:19:43 | More by carrollmel7
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.