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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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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +26%

03-24-2012 04:07:59 | More by Abe_Froman
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FATC1TY

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Bomber 1 mile from the source!

A: Pours a golden copper color, with a 1/2 finger head on it. Decent lacing on the glass, and a fair bit of bubbles from the bottom coming up. Keeps a thin line of the head till I drink it all.

S: Sweet, maybe a little peach, pear, and citrus in there. Not a ton of smell, but it's sweet, and you know there is some hops in it.

T: Sweet and malty up front, a bit of fruit in there, brown sugar and bready. Malt moves out and then the hops hits you in the mouth and says WHATS UP!. Finishes crisp and da bit of booze on the end. As it warms, it gets a bit stronger tasting, and everything comes out ten fold.

M: Good carbonation, I like it a fair bit. Bit thick and sticky I guess? Coats the mouth, and a lets you savor it all. Smooth though.

Overall: I like this beer! I'll admit, I'm from ATL, and I'm not a massive fan of Sweetwater. Good beer, I'll support them all day long, but it all tastes the same to me. However, this one is different. Packs a punch, it's a big boy brew. I'll also admit, that I planned to share my bomber with a friend, and instead just finished the whole thing tonight. I really like this beer, and makes me really appreciate SW brews more. Very balanced beer in my opionion. Has it all here, and really jumps around to balance it out. Alcohol is there, but at the end, and it's moderate. KUDOS on 15 years SW. This was one big surprise for me in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 00:44:54 | More by FATC1TY
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jchoffman

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice copper into the pint glass with a full finger of light cream colored head, great retention and lacing
S - Sweet crisp malt profile, citrus hops smell

T - pretty seriously sweet malts up front along with a nice blast of citrus and sweet fruit hops. Fairly bitter before transitioning to sweet and fruity. Dry alcohol finish when cold.
M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very refreshing.

O - Excellent brew, a little sweet for me, but excellent qualities to compliment a nice bitter and sweet malty brew
serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 20:52:42 | More by jchoffman
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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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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-06-2014 02:20:37 | More by thatoneguymike
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

02-11-2012 21:50:55 | More by bradcochran1234
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DCon

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-10-2012 20:30:09 | More by DCon
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-11-2012 16:06:08 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Slikpitt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

02-21-2012 22:53:29 | More by Slikpitt
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

02-11-2012 21:46:29 | More by ohtheguilt
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JIsaacMcKelvey

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

11-20-2012 20:24:45 | More by JIsaacMcKelvey
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babaracas

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A doubled/"bumped" ESB.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-red with one finger of dense cream colored foam, settles to a thin layer with sparse blobs on the glass. Smell: caramel, date, evergreen, leafy, candied citrus peel. Taste: lots of toffee, spruce, orange, lemon peel, date bread note and another citrus and earthy hop blast in the finish. Exceptionally creamy feel. Alcohol is hidden in all the right places. Very tasty and also pretty well balanced. Congrats to Sweetwater on 15 years!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:22:02 | More by babaracas
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Kromes

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:37:05 | More by Kromes
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice copper into my tulip glass with a full finger of light cream colored head, good retention and excellent lacing

S - Sweet crisp malt profile, sweet sweet fruits (peach like), citrusy hops

T - pretty seriously sweet malts up front along with a nice blast of citrusy and sweet fruit hops. Pretty bitter before transitioning to sweet and fruity. Dry alcoholy finish when cold. The warmer it gets the less bitter and more sweet, pretty big difference

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very refreshing.

O - Good brew lots of sweet fruit qualities to compliment a nice bitter and sweet malty brew drinkability is phenomenal

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:02:16 | More by MacQ32
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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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Arborescence

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-22-2012 07:49:48 | More by TylerW
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-23-2012 05:35:17 | More by Crimsontider22
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stevegregg

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-04-2012 17:24:48 | More by stevegregg
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ibew443

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-25-2012 13:29:31 | More by ibew443
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 16:59:01 | More by UnderPressure
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle purchased in Atlanta.

A: deep copper color, clear, with nice rocky light-tan head that eventually dissipated with lingering collar
S: deep roasted malt, some heat, reminded me of barley wine
T: deep roasted malt, slightly cloying, good hop finish but not enough for extended aging of more than 2-3 years,
M: rounded, full-bodied with dense roasted malt
O: very good but defies any categoy as stated on the bottle 'there is no style'

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:00:32 | More by wisrarebeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber body. The head settles rapidly and leaves nice lace.

S - sweaty pine hops with some toffee and caramel.

T - thick malt up front with some spicy hops. Notes of mustard, caramel, and burnt sugar in the middle. Finishes with velvety hops, dark caramel, and strong hop bitterness.

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

D - nicely done, no one individual element stands out, but the overall impression is quite pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 01:06:22 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Billed as a double-strength recipe of their Motorboat ESB, the slightly Americanized English ale takes on imperial status as its taste now more resembles Olde Ales and Barleywines... but with that citrusy hop kick in the pants.

The anniversary ale pours a dark and rusty-brown color with highlights of garnet and crimson that pierce through its stern haze. Capped with a dense column of slight tarnish foam, the beer holds its structure to last the session and lacing the glass with separate rings at each sip.

Savory aromatics leap out immediately with notes that's sure to appease the sweet tooth. Toffee, brown sugar and molasses provide a hearty and sweet scent. Nearly fruitcake-like, its dense bread aromas are chocked full of dates, figs, plumbs and raisins. A mild vinous tone peaks through the sweetness just before the hops set in with an acidic citrus and pine note.

Heading into taste, its immense sweetness coats the tongue with bready-sweet taste. Coffee cake, pecans, dark dried fruit and vinous port pull from the malty body at times for complexity and intrigue. But it is that taste of maple, molasses, brown sugar and lightly burnt toffee that captivates the taste buds and carry the beer from early palate nearly to finish. Its long draw of malt concludes with a rise in hop bitterness that carry and inherent citrus pith tone and deep resinous pine.

Full bodied, the beer is chewy and pound cake dense. As its bready armatures wrap around its creamy carbonation, its full effect seems even larger. And this texture extends just a deep as does its taste. But finally, the hop dryness and bitterness slices through the malt for a light semblance of drinkability. But the beer does remain largely a sipping ale, equipped with rummy warmth and a spicy bite in the throat.

It seems that a year in the cellar rounds off the rough edges of the hops and allows the sweetness and warmth to mature. Its a bold and masculine taste that also carries a sense of refinement and grace.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:27:03 | More by BEERchitect
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