Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-29-2014 02:28:09 | More by rangerred
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.