Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
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
Ratings:
806
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
177
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 806 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of ilikebeer03
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. best by 11/05/15

A: pours a deep brown, almost black with a khaki head; about a half finger. good retention and lacing.

S: christmas-y spices are faintly present. cinnamon, nutmeg,

T: Christmas spices upfront, similar to the nose. cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of roasted malt on the finish with a slight trace of alcohol burn.

M: medium carbonation, decent mouthfeel. nothing special.

O: a decent Christmas beer. The spices are not over the top at all.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that is good enough to drink. I would not seek it out

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Photo of ZEB89
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Tan 1inch head, with a pitch black colored body; Smell: not very pronounced, but I got hits of Cinnamon, Molasses, nutmeg, maybe a hint of Orange; Taste: Mirrors smell with a malty and mellow bitterness throughout. Mouth Feel: Smooth as silk with very little carbonation. Overall, great Winter Warmer!

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this fine ale in a trade.
A - Pours black with a nice head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma of malt, dark fruits.
T - Very tasty brown ale. Minimal spices.
F - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - I've been sitting on this one for a couple months, much better than I expected. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMachine
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was actually surprised by this beer. Was never really a SW fan, but the second I poured this winter warmer I could smell the figs and coco. The taste is exactly how it smells, rich and creamy. Definitely hides the ABV well. Small hints of spices thrown in, but not over powering. Will add this to my list of chilly weather beers to pick up!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a red waxed top bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a tall, creamy, frothy, light tan head that settles into a low profile covering. Aromas of rich caramel, toffee, peat, smoke, cinnamon, hints of chocolate, and a touch of booze. Flavors are nutty, toffee, and caramel rich and sweet forward, with fruity notes of apple, cherry, and fig, and a subtle spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very solid and balanced, with a spiced kick at the end. Light and creamy bodied, with a tangy old world fruit sweet and spice blend aftertaste. The finish is light and smooth, with a sweet and spiced linger. ABV is hidden very well. This is a smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of Nordbier
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fordknox
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBostonBull
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of will_eye_e
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Titanium147
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kettle1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwkdmk
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rwill2001
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/5/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with a khaki head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are loaded with chocolate and cherries. Dark fruits are there. Tons of malts. The flavors are smooth and don't come off as "huge". It's very balanced. More cocoa malts. Lots of cherries. Maybe some orange peel in the mix. Some raisins and plums. Some toffee. This isn't a spice bomb or anything like that. The spices are subtle, if not non-existent. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with low carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Very smooth. Easy drinking and the alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid holiday brew. It's nothing magical, but it's simply a well crafted brew that will hit the spot during the cold weather. It's along the lines of an amped up brown ale.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TexicanMike
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 806 ratings.
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