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Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Festive AleSweetwater Festive Ale
BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
811 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:
#13,309
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
811
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
3.78
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
180
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 811 |  Reviews: 302
Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of scvance
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 version, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Smell is slightly spicy, caramel sweet, and earthy. Taste is slightly alcoholic upfront, not much bitterness, but plenty of rich malty character through the finish. Mouthfeel is quite thick and viscous. Feels slightly syrup like in the finish. Low carbonation, this beer is wonderful as a winter warmer. I would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a rich spicy winter seasonal beer.

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Photo of Kerne
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of watermelon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

$3 pint draft had at the Tapp Room in Boone NC

A: Really murky brown body, khaki head with medium retention and lacing.

S: Smells medicinal, dark malts, and winter spices.

T: Molasses taste, with some dark fruit and malts.

M: Awesome mouthfeel, alcohol is hidden well and the body is thick and syrupy with very little carbonation.

O: Its decent, better then some I've had , but not as good as others. At $3 bucks for a pint of 8.6 ABV this was a no brainer, and a great value.

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Photo of emottram
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of spense727
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark brown, cloudy, the color of black jesus
Smell - smokey beef jerky smell
Taste - Rauch beers little brother, a slight hint of smokiness, with a fine medium roast
Mouthfeel - not overly carbonated, light mouthfeel,
Overall - it was a nice beer tastey kind

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerBeast
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerGod27
1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the initial aroma, with an underlying malty tar character surfacing beneath. Notes of chocolate, cola, and clove add complexity. As it warms, molasses and subtle dark fruit emerge.

Flavor reveals more clove dominance, with dark chocolate and roasty malt dominating the slightly bitter finish. Hints of cola and ginger are subtle initially, but become more pronounced. Cinnamon rounds out the finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side, and modest alcohol warmth.

Good variety of spice character, with enough malt presence to prevent it from becoming completely overwhelming. Hides the abv fairly well. Still a little too much spice for my tastes. Perfumey notes and a touch of acetaldehyde surface as it warms.

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Photo of Born_Beerknurd
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DeeMalloy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bpop23
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dharmabum1102
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jdavidk93
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Mannard
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Chaosfiend
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown to black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and ruby red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass with some sudsy spots. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel with lighter notes of anise + nutmeg.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with moderate amounts of brown sugar and molasses sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spices I associate with the holidays - nutmeg, cinnamon, and anise/licorice.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick.

O: Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol making this beer fairly easy to drink. A nice combination of the sweetness of the malts and spices.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 811 ratings
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