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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

596 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | 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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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-10-2014 16:25:12 | More by henryclay_
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Hoppin_mad

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-03-2014 18:32:19 | More by Hoppin_mad
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rrski198

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-29-2014 19:47:34 | More by rrski198
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kodt

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-27-2014 18:07:02 | More by kodt
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agentorangebitter

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-23-2014 02:10:53 | More by agentorangebitter
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Gwitt

Tennessee

3.61/5  rDev -6%

Nose is of black strap molasses, unsulphered. Slight touch of raisin.
Taste -much like the nose, but heavier in the sweet raisin, or of a medjool date. End is spicy, but more pleasant anise and licorice. Good carbonization. Tingly, with syrup on the tongue.
Mild cinnamon and light plum involved in the aftertaste.
Note: having the 2013 festive on 4/2014.
If a waxed bottle could be cellared for a year, I'd expect more sweetness and spice. Would be a good choice for a holiday drink,
left in a one- to two- year cellar, but only in ideal (50 degree range) temps.
Serve with: potato leek soup, turkey and the trimmings.

04-16-2014 03:46:11 | More by Gwitt
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Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-15-2014 03:27:58 | More by Holland
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-09-2014 03:53:57 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-04-2014 00:19:41 | More by mothman
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eywang3

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-31-2014 04:14:10 | More by eywang3
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justinthegypo

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-29-2014 00:45:32 | More by justinthegypo
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-27-2014 01:57:02 | More by Gregwa
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JohnTurano

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

03-21-2014 01:28:44 | More by JohnTurano
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2014 14:11:40 | More by EgadBananas
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Brinks

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2014 16:54:51 | More by Brinks
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-11-2014 21:48:49 | More by irish01980
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-08-2014 02:55:10 | More by zestar
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-06-2014 04:32:09 | More by rudabegga9
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carlborch

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a dense, dark, brown with a 2.5-inch, creamy, tan, head that is persistent, but eventually settles. Deep, rich, warm, spicy nose with hints of burnt sugar and coffee. Medium-full body with ABV warmth on the palate. Spicy (mace, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and malty with dark roasted-smokey notes. Raisin bread overtones. Dried fruit. Figs? Molasses? Nice lace. Slight sourness in the lingering.

03-05-2014 23:16:04 | More by carlborch
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-01-2014 21:54:19 | More by RyanAU
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-28-2014 21:35:47 | More by Yoda22
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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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psmith161

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-12-2014 20:09:20 | More by psmith161
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jayfolly

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 21:46:31 | More by jayfolly
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fishguyac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2014 20:09:42 | More by fishguyac
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.