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SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kromes on 02-11-2012)
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Reviews by UnderPressure:
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%

Very clear red color. Fluffy white head. 3/4 inch. Decent lacing

Complex malty sweetness in the aroma. Some earthy hops.

Oh, wow! Great flavor! A nice bitterness with a balanced sweetness. Really complex. Oakish flavor.

Smooth, medium thick mouthfeel. A sticky, bitter finish.

This is a great beer. I got two bottles and I wonder what it will be like after a year or two.

09-23-2012 16:59:01 | More by UnderPressure
More User Reviews:
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Gratz on 15 years guys!!

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date.

LOOK: Clear tawny color, great lacing show

SMELL: Herbal, citrus rind, mildly pungent, piney, leafy, biscuits, spicy, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, resin, soft bitterness, oily, biscuity, pineapple, warming alcohol, mango, leafy, toasty, citrus, dry finish

There is something about this brew that makes it unique ... perhaps a few things. Good hopping all around with out being completely aggressive. The toasted grain character is real tasty and adds a layer that many bigger beers don't have. Maybe a bit of time is all this beer needed? Great all around.

07-12-2012 02:33:31 | More by Jason
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pgr2ferrari

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-03-2012 01:49:52 | More by pgr2ferrari
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TylerHagler

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-29-2014 14:36:53 | More by TylerHagler
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Served from bottle into a Funky Buddha snifter. Poured a ruby red orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, earth hop, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, wood, earthy hop, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was a little weak for my liking as it took me quite a bit of effort to pick up some of the things in it. The flavor on the otherhand was a little more robust and enjoyable. A really well done brew for their 15th anniversary, hopefully they keep up the good work for another 15 years.

04-10-2012 20:26:08 | More by thagr81us
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-20-2014 03:43:12 | More by Keith_R
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crownrl28

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-08-2012 01:18:14 | More by crownrl28
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moskal

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-03-2012 20:25:04 | More by moskal
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2378GCGTG

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-11-2012 15:20:47 | More by 2378GCGTG
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jsanford

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

22oz bottle poured into a SweetWater Snifter

A - Pours a dark copper with a dense ivory head that settles to a wispy haze and moderate ring.
S - Big, sweet aromas of caramel, candied apple, toffee, and bready malt with some resinous orange peel and pine hop notes. Definitely smells like an "Imperial ESB".
T - Similarly sweet, lots of malty flavors of caramel, baked bread, brown sugar, and toffee with resinous hops that linger on the palate for some time and a solid dose of warming alcohol. Nice, but definitely not a balanced beer, this is all about the extremes.
M - medium-full bodied, with a fairly sticky mouthfeel and lowish carbonation.
O - Certainly an interesting beer, but not my favorite SweetWater release of late. Still, congrats on 15 years, maybe I'll grab a bottle or two and hold on to them until the next milestone!

03-02-2012 04:44:35 | More by jsanford
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AdamSekulow


4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-21-2012 21:21:10 | More by AdamSekulow
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mattn


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-18-2012 18:55:19 | More by mattn
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.4%

04-04-2012 01:47:00 | More by oline73
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Arborescence

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-15-2012 15:02:09 | More by Arborescence
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Kromes

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

3.5 A: A slightly hazy copper color with a thin tan colored head that leaves a little lacing on the glass and dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

4.0 S: Fruit aromas, peach, pear, grapefruit along with slight caramel and alcohol.

3.5 T: The initial flavor is of grassy and citrus hop and that is quickly overtaken by a rather strong alcohol flavor. I'm not getting too much more than that since the alcohol and hop both have a really sharp bite. Maybe a slight peach and toasted malt in the background. The finish is warm and bitter.

3.0 M: Medium-heavy feel with low carbonation.

3.5 O: An interesting beer. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This one packs quite a punch.

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Update....This review is of a bottle that has been cellared for 8 months.

A hazy amber color with a thin line of soapy bubbles and lacing down the glass. There is a very nice sweet roasted grain aroma with some caramel, oak and a touch of hop in the background.

Initial flavor is of sweet toasted grain and caramel. Then there is some cherry fruit and a touch of alcohol. The beer finishes very smooth with a sweet, oak and smoky caramel flavor and a touch of warmth and bitterness from the alcohol.

Full bodied with smooth, low carbonation.

Much better with age. This beer has matured nicely and is much better this time around.

02-11-2012 19:37:05 | More by Kromes
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CitizenGrain

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-05-2012 20:16:01 | More by CitizenGrain
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Served this 22 oz. bottle in a Tulip pint. The body was clear and bright copper/caramel colored. There was alight tan head that left freckles of lace.

The smell was syrupy malts. Spicy. Stewed fruits. Leather. Leafy/organic matter. Mild alcohol, and increasingly of dark bread as it warmed.

The taste was also syrupy/caramely. Subdued hops. Mild alcohol and dense whole grain bread. Sort of reminded me of Double Dead Guy. It took a while to finish this one.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Silky, slippery texture.

07-08-2012 13:29:12 | More by Cresant
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a SweetWater 15th Anniversary tulip. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Deep copper hue with a twinge of gold, showing off a thick, creamy head of beige froth that hangs determinedly to the walls of the glass, and a sparkling clarity. The appearance certainly hearkens back to this heady brew’s ESB roots.

The nose is full of piney, resinous hop notes, with a touch of earthiness, a slight hint of booze, and a whole boatload of malt character – sweet pan-caramelized brown sugar combines with medium-toasted bread and even a bit of cashew-like nuttiness. All together, the mélange of malt and hops is more than inviting – time to dig in and see what lies underneath.

Up front, the malts lay down a big ol’ base upon which to layer the hops. Sweet caramel-drizzled biscuit is overtaken in the middle by a huge dose of earthy, herbaceous, piney hop character with some grapefruit peel and orange zest; the bitterness is dry and intense, but not overwhelming, as the malt backbone keeps things in check. Toward the back and edges of the palate, the malt picks up momentum again, with rich toffee and bread pudding enveloping the palate before the bitterness kicks back in, finishing with a very dry, toffee-resin character and a bit of light boozy alcohol that all lingers long afterward and screams for a palate cleanser – be it another quaff or something altogether different.

Body is full and heavy, but the mild-to-medium level of carbonation, combined with the fairly high bitterness leaves the brew feeling sprightlier than it really is. Alcohol is, as stated, somewhat present on the palate, and leaves a bit of a slickness in the mouthfeel, but as far as headiness goes – well, this one is really much bigger than it lets on is all I can say. Be aware!

This is one brew that could use some age, no doubt – I’d wager that it could make it at least until the brewery’s 20th birthday, which, at the rate their going, is undoubtedly going to arrive. And I can’t wait to see that party! Cheers to fifteen years of heady beers, SweetWater!

02-28-2012 12:11:15 | More by superdedooperboy
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a nice shade of cherry red with a one finger tan head. Looks solid, though in this style, there's really nothing to compare it to...

S- getting some caramel sweetness....not a whole lot else though. Very mild aroma

T- mild spice flavor, almost like a winter warmer....there's a slight bit of bitterness. I can see why they kind of refer to this as an imperial ESB, because I get a lot of ESB qualities, just cranked up

M- medium bodied, maybe a little syrupy. Not bad

O- really like it. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, nice malt backbone....another good job from Sweetwater

04-27-2012 02:32:18 | More by bigfnjoe
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AlCzerik

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%

I just expected a lot more out of this beer. I liked it, but for their 15th anniversary edition. I was hoping for something as good as one of their dank tanks and I was left disappointed. It poured a golden brown but didnt produce a good foam. Just all in all a little disappointed.

03-04-2012 14:29:47 | More by AlCzerik
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-04-2012 06:44:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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Swim424

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

poured from bomber into sweetwater pint glass

A-pours a clear red orange with a small head with a thin layer retaining on top. appears a nice ruby red up to a light.

S-smells of floral hops and malts. smells crisp. a bit weak, but good.

T-very strong. sort of a powerful alcohol/hop bitterness up front, with a sweet maltiness in the middle going back to the same hoppy alcohol bitterness on the finish. Can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.

MF-medium body with a little hoppy coating in the mouth. definitely some carbonation.

O-This is good. If you dont like hops it definitely is not for you. very strong. Needs a bit more malt balance to it. Pretty good throughout but the finish doesn't taste right to me. Love the hops, just think it could use a bit more malt.

02-20-2012 03:11:59 | More by Swim424
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) to let me try this interesting beer.

It pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some decent lacing, with a hazy coppery reddish colored beer.

Nose is essentially an imperial red ale, with tons of reddish malts, slight toasty malts but mostly sweet, caramel and toffee up the wazoo, the red candy that you get from candy apples, etc. Plenty of sweet malts, reddish malts, with a coppery sweet malt, bringing a hint of booze, and some light reddish fruit aromas. Then a bit of earthy bittering hops.

Taste starts with more copper malts, reddish toasty malts, with plenty of sweetness that doesn't overpower. in comes the sweet additions with plenty of caramel, toffee, light nutty flavors, and the candied apple candy again. It gets slightly juicy as well, as the malts really layer upon itself, and a slight warming booze kicks in. Then slight earthy chewy and a bit spicy hops come through, with fair bitterness that doesn't get too strong and keeps the malts forward. As it finishes the hops gets even more spicy and earthy, as well as chewy, with a bit of sweet caramel, toffee, and candy lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, slightly syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall a nice beer, nothing too special, but does fairly well. Malts come forward with nice flavors and sweet additions, with hops adding a nice touch without overpowering. Booze is there a bit but drinks much easier than 10%. A nice tasty beer that I wouldn't necessarily make an anniversary beer since its more basic imperial red ale, but still a well done beer.

06-03-2012 00:28:26 | More by jlindros
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baklo

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-21-2012 19:13:52 | More by baklo
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-06-2014 02:20:37 | More by thatoneguymike
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SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company
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