Sweetwater Spice Of Life | SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 02-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, I was blown away by this beer. Unbelievable how the spiced rum added to the original Festive and elevated it to a whole other level. The fact that this was on cask as well just added to the whole package by adding a creaminess and silkiness to the whole thing. Pours a dark brown with a particularly fine head for a cask beer- there is a even a nice bit of lacing. The spiced rum really hits you in the nose, but not harshly, instead you get a warming, sweet rum aroma redolent of spices and malt. Very nice. The taste is even better- beautifully integrated malt, rum, and spice. The rum brings a sweet fruitiness, a creaminess, and nice spice that overlays the underlying malt very nicely. A nice shot of clove especially plays nicely with the other flavors. Rich, strong, and integrated, this is a special beer- and the best use of rum in a beer that I've ever had.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting a while back.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a pretty solid head for a cask ale which recedes to a small collection of bubbles along the top and a tiny collar.

The aroma really surprised me as the spiced rum is really dominant with some dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness mixed in. Honestly, a really complex and well-integrated nose.

Like the aroma, the taste is excellent and much better than any Festive I've ever had. I really think the spiced rum has taken a good beer and made it great. There is some spices from the underlying beer as well as dark chocolate, but it's the rum that really sets the taste apart. Sweet, spicy and damn tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft carbonation that keeps it from getting too heavily sweet on the palate.

Well, this was definitely one of the best beers at ACAT and miles better than the original Festive for me. One of Sweetwater's best.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown body that's clearish and given a thin, fine layering of beige foam.

Smell: Rich, delightfully aromatic nose smelling of shaved chocolate, spices, rum-soaked wood, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: The dark maltiness lends a pleasant sweet sip of chocolate milk which slowly grows into an even bolder chocolate flavor. Earthy spiciness. A subtle taste of spiced rum and soothing vanilla give the beer a real dessert-like quality to it. Mixture of chocolate and additional spice on the smooth, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fairly low, easy-going carbonation.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable! For me, it had just the perfect amount of hand-crafted rum character. And it was a delightful surprise, as I've never been particularly enamored by the standard yearly Festive Ale. This, however, is a treat, and really embodies something FESTIVE. It's a beer I want more of and I want with a quickness.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. This is the Festive Ale aged in Pritchard's Spiced Rum barrels.

Pours a hazy brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of spices and larger amounts of vanilla. The vanilla aromas sweeten the more I smell them.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts with hints of milk chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by nominal amounts of spices. Midway through the sip the vanilla, with a lighter flavor than comes with bourbon barrels, comes in with a slightly boozy kick. A mild rum flavor carries through to a slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall this isn't my favorite seasonal made by Sweetwater (Motorboat) but the addition of the rum brought everything together well while also adding another dimension. Hopefully we'll see some more of this in the future.

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Sweetwater Spice Of Life from SweetWater Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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