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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

632 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 75 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Pens1967, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kodt, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Tayloraphilips, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Axnjxn, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

P1ay3rO, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bmoney, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mecmd, Jan 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerBeast, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jeffani, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hellhammermario, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

HairyHood, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Buck6196, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ADTaber, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jucifer1818
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Dark and black, with little head. perfect for a winter ale like this one
4.5/5

S: Very varible and smelling of spice. With each smell someone can smell a differnt spice or detect something new in it. It is very nice, but could be stronger. A bit of yeasty fruityness in the smell as well
4/5

t: smooth for a beer of its ABV, with light spicing and malty backbone. the maltyness comes through in the after taste with some hoppy bitterness.
3.5/5

M: Very light for its dark color and ABV, but still quite nice
but could be stronger
3.5/5

Overall
Its a very decent winter warmer and one of the best deals on a 6 pack you can get. Its good spiceing and high ABV make this one a personal favorite, even with its flaws. If it had a heavyer body and a more pronounced spice taste in the body, I might had given it even higher marks
its s 4/5, but it is still very recommended.

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

gritz147, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BigTrubble, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with tow fingers of brown foam on top of a dark brown body with amber highlights and some suspended particulate matter. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt with some caramel and chocolate. Spicy notes of cinnamon and ginger.

T - Thick, caramel malt up front with a hint of chocolate. Clove and cinnamon notes in the middle. Some light malt bitterness in the finish with a lingering milk chocolate flavor.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice, light spice flavor with a great malt character. Quite smooth and drinkable but it would probably get old pretty quickly if the bottle wasn't being split between several people.

nickfl, Sep 28, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerNoobNC, Oct 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Johnny_Duck, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Tone2467, Jan 09, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head that is quick to dissipate. Lacing is present but very light and short-lasting.

The aroma has a definite smoky note to it along with roasted malt, caramel, and molasses. There is just a slight tinge of metal but it is not really that distracting.

The flavor throws a lot more complexity into the mix. The smoked meat character is quite nice and is complimented nicely by molasses dark, almost burnt, caramel. Some spices start to become apparent as the beer warms with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Some dark bread undertones also make themselves known. Bitterness is just moderate but is enough to counteract the sweetness. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall, a nice winter warmer but for some reason, it just misses the mark for me. The aroma is really lacking and I wish the flavor had a bit more depth. Still it is a very good beer that I would get again during the holidays.

rangerred, Jan 29, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown like Coca-Cola and a dense off white head. Interesting aroma, has some smoky roasted malt and a good dose of hops along with a hint of ginger. Pretty smooth body with a nice crispness to it. Flavor is spicy, sweet with a good malt flavor. Probably the best I've had from Sweetwater.

BierReise, Nov 21, 2003
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.