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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
91
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 thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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 stevegregg
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of moskal
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

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.

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 Abe_Froman
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of robieobie1
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of shivtim
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 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 pgr2ferrari
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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

Pours an orange amber with a sticky look against the glass, and a fairly short head that fades away to a thin ring. Smells sweet, like taffy, with lots of residual sugar and a hint of spiciness, as well as a light toffee or molasses note. A little spicier and dryer in the taste, but there is an almost fruit juice-after-toothpaste note here that is a bit jarring. Not that well integrated, but some interesting flavors do poke through from time to time. Some fruity notes, a bit of bubble gum, and an underlying bready layer are present in the mix. A bit watery on the edges, and a bit too sweet at the core, this is a bit of an odd duck. I usually enjoy strong ales, but I could have given this a miss. I would have liked to have seen something a little more special for the 15th anniversary.

Photo of bcal16
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mmmIPAs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hodgin
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.