SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
A: A dark amber pour with a huge effervescent light tan head floating on top. Fades very slowly, leaving a solid wall of fluffy lacing all along the glass.
S: Sweet caramel and toast. Toffee and raisins. Some citrus, mainly orange.
T: Orange marmalade up front, followed by caramel. Toffee and toast. Really nice toasted malt - almost nutty. Bit of piney hops in the aftertaste.
M: Pretty heavy but not syrupy or cloyingly sweet.
O: I don't know what style this is. It tastes like a really big ESB is my best guess (imperial ESB?). Nice malty aromas and flavors. I really enjoyed the toasted malt especially. Drinkable and tasty.
05-08-2012 03:47:44 | More by Dope
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Dark amber color, There was an inch of foamy head that stuck around for awhile and had some nice lacing good looking beer.
S: A lot of hops in the nose, I also picked up on some slight citrus hops (grapefruit) and what seemed to a lot of different malts.
T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly heavy amount), malt, citrus (a little grapefruit), and caramel. It has a strong taste I think the malts come out more in the taste and balance out the hops.
M: Good amount of carbonation, Medium bodied
O: Overall a good beer in which I think it will get better with some age on it. Worth checking out if you get a chance.
05-02-2012 02:53:54 | More by LiquidBread219
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
4/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A lot of hops in the aroma, along with some citrus as well.
T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly heavy amount), malt, citrus (a little grapefruit), and caramel. In a way this reminded me of a barleywine: A big, hoppy, thick flavor. Very solid.
M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: An interesting beer that's big, potent, and well worth checking out.
04-25-2012 12:14:26 | More by avalon07
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
A: two finger off white head with nice lacing on a hazy amber with golden hues body.
S: floral, grass, oak, some caramel malts and mild sour citrus.
T: up front the sweet caramel malts and fruitness consisting of pear and orange peel transition to a grassy and piney hop finish.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: fairly complex and dynamic tasting beer. Fairly drinkable. One of the better beers from this brewery.
04-25-2012 00:26:58 | More by kylehay2004
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-18-2012 01:06:22 | More by nickfl
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
2.63/5 rDev -30.2%
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??
04-09-2012 18:54:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured into a snifter, beer is brown but clear, dark with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice retention, decent carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, a little peaty, a nice scotch ale aroma.
Beer is light to medium in body, nice throughout, good integration and a nice finish, the whole beer comes together nicely. A little sweet up front and a mild roastiness at the back. I'd have this again.
04-02-2012 16:07:35 | More by drabmuh
2.33/5 rDev -38.2%
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.
03-26-2012 23:01:41 | More by evilkalla
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Aroma is not particularly strong, but does invite with its firm maltiness and fruity note of apple and pear, along with a hint of caramel. It comes out of the bottle a clear, dark coppery amber with a respectable light golden-tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is more than what the aroma promises: a malty and fruity core, notes of apple and pear, hints of caramel and wood, and a firm alcohol bite that lets you know this is indeed a strong ale. Smooth, firm texture has minimal fizz, and leaves a woody, slightly tinny finish. Though not Sweetwater's best, this is still a worthy brew.
03-24-2012 01:16:27 | More by Cyberkedi
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Nice looking bottle. Poured into a chalice.
Dark ruddy amber. Nice foamy, lasting, tan head.
Nose is really great. Sweet, bready malts. Belgian sugars. A little bit yeasty. Tiniest hints of ethanol and even chocolate malt. Very complex and enticing.
Taste is an OK strong ale. Malty. A bit of corn/grain flavors mix with ethanol on the end. Doesn't match the nose.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall it's still a nice beer. Propped up quite a bit by the great nose and strong appearance.
03-10-2012 01:38:32 | More by shivtim
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
SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company
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