Sweetwater Festive Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
805 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:
805
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
177
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 300
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Good Selection for winter. A dark beer with hints of spices. Seasonal beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the 2007 bottling, shared with dkachur and CrellMoset a couple months ago.

A: Chocolatey brown, a bit of sediment (end of the bottle pour), and an off-white, seni-creamy head

S: Sunflower seed???, candi sugar, artificial banana?

T: Sweet and sugary, some nice caramel, sunflower again?! Wtf?? Some soft breadiness, and even a little buttery.

M + D: Very light caebonation... Lacking, really. Sweet and inoffensive drinking... Not too bad.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 4, 2015. Best by 10/07/16. Look is dark brown with good lacing. Smell is chocolate, dried plum, molasses and cinnamon. Taste is dried fruit, chocolate, nougat, roasted nuts, spice and bread crust. Feel is full in body with a smooth and somewhat dry finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. 12 oz bottle. On the bottle it says best refrigerated, but iIprefer this style at cellar temp.

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby, with a frothy off white head. As the head recedes thick lacing rims the glass.

The nose is full of holiday cheer. The malt is very nutty and roasty, witch hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Theres almost an eggnog scent in there as well.

The taste could be more intense (as with most Sweetwater brews) but is full of dark malt with some cocoa and dark bread. It is also sweet with some spices in there as well, just like the scent. There is also hints of dark fruits. The mouthfeel seems a bit water, I would have preferred it to be a little heartier for this style.

Overall a decent beer, warms you up but not to the greatest extent. The drinkability is pretty good on this one.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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