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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Photo of Bendurgin
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A nice extra from Grant. Thanks a lot homey. Poured into a tulip. Pours a nice clear reddish homey amber color with a small white head that settles down quickly.

I'm not to sure what I"m getting out of the aroma but I'm sure it's not pleasant. I suppose earthy would be my best reach, but kind of like a compost kind of earthy. Not so good here. Boozey grassy flavors with some hints of sweet caramel. Earthy grass flavors with a pungent must.

The body is full good carbonation.

This one is (from what I understand) an imperial ESB Really doesn't come together. Nice idea but it just doesn't working for me.

Photo of evilkalla
2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Serving: Bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Ale glass.

A: Pours a clear, reddish copper color, about an eighth inch of head on it which has dissipated somewhat. A fair level of carbonation is visible, and it laces the glass up fairly well.

S: I smelled and smelled but I don't really smell anything.

T: Somewhat tart and bitter up front, followed by a lot of malt. Bitter again on the finish. Feels lifeless in the mouth. Not good.

M: Feels fairly thick on the mouth, about right for a beer of this gravity.

O: Not good at all. Not sure what they were going for but this doesn't work for me.

Photo of andrewinski1
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bendurgin for this one. Poured into a tulip. There is a nice quarter inch tan head that shrinks to a thin ring. The color is slightly hazy amber, not quite brown.

The aroma is burnt sugar and some kind of odd hop aroma. This doesn't quite blend well together. There is also a bit of a swampiness to the aroma.

The taste is malty and full of caramel flavor. There is some brown sugar in the taste, with a bit of a vegetal hop finish. This is okay at best.

The body is medium-full. The carbonation is very soft.

This seems purposely thrown together as if the ingredients were just doubled (I have no idea if that's the case or not).

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a darkish, amber-tan body with a medium-small, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Lightly bready though fairly sweet-scented malts with a loose candyish quality, a noted booziness, hint of leafy green veg, and scantly tart fruits. Gee.

Taste: Bready malts hit by a blast of cutting unrefined sweetness lightly hinting toffee and light-colored brown sugar, but mainly just sugary. Growing vegetal accent of grandmother's famous braised kale and a quick-warming alcohol presence. Soiled, lightly tart apricot and lightly pithy citrus accents. Medium-high bitterness. Squashed-together, muddled flavors on the bitterish, heated, frown-inducing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'm flabbergasted, Sweetwater. This isn't what I was expecting or wanted at all. Happy Anniversary??

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of rmccomas
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into a stemless wine glass, perfect for splitting beers for tasting in my opinion.

A: pours a hazy amber color
S: smell is an earthy bitterness, not like hops, more of a tea type bitter aroma
T: follows the nose to a tee, it doesnt taste like hops to me, just an earthy generic bitterness going on. not bad at all.
M: par for the style, medium to light, with good carbonation
O; overall this beer is just average all the way. nothing stands out as excellent about it, but its a good rep of the style

Photo of EricCioe
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of yankees31
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of FrankK
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jettjon
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bar pour into a 12 oz glass yields a thick white head with great retention, solid collar and cap. Hazed amber brown with no carbonation. On the nose is a whiff of citrus and not much else… kind of disappointing. Tastes boozy – bitter- astringent. Piney hops are biting, unpolished. Hints of diacetyl and caramel. Mouth is bubbly, full, and creamy.

Overall: A hot mess. Disappointing. Probably would benefit significantly from aging.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, very fresh release. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly cloudy copper/amber with a nice two finger off-white light beige head that leaves really nice sticky bubbles of drippy lacing and recedes to a foamy island and ring. Before long, all head and lacing disappear for a flat appearance. Starts pretty, ends ugly.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, grassy and earthy hops, fairly fruity, bread. Pretty sweet, some alcohol. Decent strength.

Flavor starts with some sweet malt, toffee, caramel, some fruit, some bread, molasses, finishes with a decent hop punch featuring some pine, grass and citrus, good bitterness on the finish at first. Quite a bit of candy sweetness throughout (akin to the recent Dank Tank 420). Sweetness picks up steam as it warms. Decent bit of alcohol at the end as well. Gets messy after a while and I found myself pouring out the last few ounces.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a bit sticky, moderate carbonation.

Initially I was rather meh on this, but let it warm up a bit and it starts to open up. Let it warm too much and it heads south quick. Sweeter than I like for my tastes, and IMHO a style that doesn’t really need to be jacked up to 10% ABV. To be honest I would’ve liked to seen a little more from a big anniversary brew.

Photo of AlCzerik
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of johnqvegas.
Served in Founders snifter.
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Pours a ruddy, practically opaque, very murky diarrhea brown color. Ecru head of 3 foamy fingers settled quickly to a ring around the glass and a chunky film.

Smells... Lots of stuff going on here... This has toffee and caramel malt notes, along with some sweet breadiness. The hops are a little citrusy, tad piney, floral, and a hint vegetal.

There is a mild bitterness on the finish, but it is overpowered by the dry booziness.

Feels pretty full-bodied, little chewy. Firm carbonation.

Overall-- not quite what I'd hope for. If I had another of these, I'd put in the cellar and forget about it for about 3 years. Maybe 5. I do suppose that it has some aging potential.

Photo of Swim424
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Callaghan
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, into a pint glass. I noticed the head built slowly...

A: It pours a nice amber, orange-brown color, though not completely clear. Little, tiny bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass, keeping the beige, two finger head alive for a little while. After 10 minutes or so, the head deflates to a thin film. A little stir of the glass brings back some.

S: Sweet and alcohol. Straight up, like a shot. A little earth element there too, but weak.

T: Almost like someone poured a couple of different beers into one glass. This doesn't remind me of an ESB. Lots of malts and hops. First the malts and then hops on the finish. Caramel, brown sugar, and general sweetness, and as it rolls over the tongue, the hops become more apparent. Pine and citrus stand out to me. There is a lot going on at one time, and it is fast. After the initial hit, a sweeter aftertaste lingers for a little while, and begs for another sip.

M: Thick and sticky. On the lips it get sticky, leading me to believe there is a lot of sugar in this. It is bitter as well, which is a nice contrast, being a bit dry on the tongue.

O: I like it, but have had better. It has a lot going on and through the entire session. From the pour to the last sip, it is different than just about any other beer. Good, but not the best. For a limited, anniversary brew, celebrating 15 years, I would have thought Sweetwater could put out something a little better than this.

Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CitizenGrain
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mweso2000
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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