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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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very good

600 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of babaracas
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%.

babaracas, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

served in a pint glass at the brewery in 2010. I last had this beer 2-3 years ago and remember a less bold and unusual but more drinkable product; reformulated?

A - opaque; black with brown highlights and tan head

S - roasted malt and spices. Nutmeg(?), cinnamon & ??? (later discovered they use mace). I might guess this was a Belgian beer in a blind test.

T - roasted and slighty burnt malts; the burnt flavoring is undesirable. Spices: nutmeg and mace. High alcohol (8.6%) is somewhat hidden but detectable.

D - one and done

(Slight revision with aged bottle served Feb. 2014)

chinchill, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

2010 vintage. Poured from a waxed bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours jet black with a half finger very light brown head that doesn't stick around for awhile. Disappointing

S- tons of holiday-type spices...cinnamon comes through a lot, as well as some ginger. Not too shabby

T- getting a decent bit of ginger in the mouth....some cinnamon, maybe a little bit of clove. Everything is rather muted overall, but I'd rather have it be muted than to choke on the spices. Not bad

M- body is actually really thin. Stunning, disappointing

O- such a strange beer. Very easy to drink, better than many Winter Warmers I've had....yet not blowaway at all

bigfnjoe, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

big thanks to chefmikeanderson for sending this as an extra! pours out a dark cola color. a tan head rises to a fingers height than quickly falls to a thin almost non-existant ring. smells very malty with hints of chocolate and cinammon. the taste is pretty much the same with a slight smokey finish. mouthfeels thin for the style, but has decent carbonation. a little spicy and warm on the finish from the cinammon. overall this is easy drinkin, goes down smooth.

match1112, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

dankjohn, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TKEbeerman, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ltdantheman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dated 2009 and tasted and reviewed March 2011.

Pours black with light tan head that quickly fades.

Nose is sweet stone fruit and light coffee. Hint of some spice.

Mouthfeel is thin but bright.

Flavors are all sweet coffee/carmel/toffee with a bright almost citric character and a candy sweet undertone. A sweet porter character or an aged Belgian character dominate. Finish is rich coffee bitter and light espresso. There is a light oxidized character that is apparent but not offensive.

Beer should be consumed now and likely not aged further in my opinion.

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of cyrushire
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cyrushire, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of NWCraftman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

NWCraftman, Jan 08, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours to an almost black thin darkness of a body. Yeilds a one inch deep tan head that fades in just a couple of minutes. Nose is a sofr malt feel with rones of candy like coco, and roasty wood. Very smooth as you take first sip with long sweet maltieness and a balance of slightly sour wheat on the back of the tongue. A nice mineral and spice mingling happens twords the end of the palate. The soft sour and minerals team together to equal a nice mouthfeel and tingle on the tongue. Nice and drinkable even as it warms thanks to the 8.6% alchol. A solid holiday style.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tjcamm, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BeccaH, Friday at 08:00 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

CitizenGrain, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

C-Dog, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nofearbeerishere, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

lwoods7, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sansho, Jul 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

billhelm, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

markasparov, May 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

justinthegypo, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

EricCioe, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

KMitch, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

irish01980, Mar 11, 2014
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.