Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
BA SCORE
69.2%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 806 ratings
Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace

Added by purplehops on 11-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,286
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
806
Liked:
558
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.57%
Alströms:
3.78
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
178
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 806 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of SilentSabre
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aside from this being a bit darker than I would have expected, everything else I was dead-on about. It poured a very dense dark chocolate brown through which light could hardly pass. No head. The smell was hoppier than I care for, which I predicted it would be. A bit of malt present, which is what I enjoy, but plenty of hops. No thanks. The taste was the same as the smell. A greater presence of hops than malt. Mouthfeel is very nice, however. There's little carbonation and it's very smooth and easy to drink. This has a very very slight heaviness to it. Or rather, what I think I'm trying to say is that there is a consistency here that seems a bit thicker than one might expect. Not like syrup, but certainly more dense than water. Overall, I probably will never buy this again. It certainly isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't for me either. I really didn't care for it that much, but it sure does have a smooth finish, and at 8.6%, it'll do the trick in a hurry!!

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Photo of carlborch
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dense, dark, brown with a 2.5-inch, creamy, tan, head that is persistent, but eventually settles. Deep, rich, warm, spicy nose with hints of burnt sugar and coffee. Medium-full body with ABV warmth on the palate. Spicy (mace, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and malty with dark roasted-smokey notes. Raisin bread overtones. Dried fruit. Figs? Molasses? Nice lace. Slight sourness in the lingering.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas are sweet smelling with lots of richness of fall fruits and winter fruits. I was very excited to try this and it has left me a little bit "wanting more". For such a beautiful bottle and display it had to be great. A perfect winter holiday ale with so much to offer... well... not really. Some spiciness and good mouth feel, but needs more depth. Has a funky bitter (not in a good way) aftertaste.

Not my favorite, but a good bet if nothing else is there for holiday beer.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. Some good tan froth and lace.

(S)- A rich raisin and almond spice to it. Simple, but nice.

(T)- A spicy raisin and nut combo (walnut?)

(M)- A good carbonation level. A solid rich balance too without being too strong.

(D)- Overall, a solid little winter warmer. Not the best, but worth trying.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($1.99 12oz. 2007 Bottle @ Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA).

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma charged with spices, mostly allspice, but there's some mace and cinnamon in there as well.

Taste: Mild roasted maltiness and burnt toast flavor with a faint hint of chocolate. A spicy-sweet fruitiness kicks in, as does the allspice zing. Finishes dry with a light lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright, but I dare say one's enough for me per year!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown, semi transparent.

Can't believe no one has said this. I get Dr. Pepper on the nose and the tongue. Once I pinpointed that note, I really kept coming back to it. Sassafras or tobacco.

Interesting how many different interpretations there are of the holiday flavors, even between different states.

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Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keith_R
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 12 oz from the great trader from Utah... Wasatch! I've been looking forward to trying this one for a looong time... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1/4" head dies back very quickly.. the brew looks like an American porter... very very dark.. highlites only when held to the brightest light.

Aroma is dark fruits.. dark dried fruits.... some burnt sugars.. dark cherries and prunes with some caramel and rummy raisins.

Flavor has all the above elements with some subtle (maybe imaginary) spiciness.. orange peel?, cardamom?, cinnamon?! again it's more fruity than anything else and has a fair amount of dark caramel maltiness to it.. This is a "Winter Warmer" that I actually can stomach.... I never care for the overspiced versions (think Anchor).. but even then, this is IMO, only okay.. too much of nothing.. just a descent beer that never goes anywhere... The body may be the best element... smooth and fairly thick with a lite yet ever present small bubble carbonation... Edit: Tooo sweet as it warms.. and the waves of spice really come out killing the drinkability.... I'm trying... but... too much of everything equals too much of nothing and is surprisingly just average.

Thanks John for the try.... Honestly Thanks!! I've thought about trying to trade for the big bottles of these before and am very happy that I've been dissuaded.. I'll try to do you right soon. :-)

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.2% out of 100 with 806 ratings
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