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SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers | SweetWater Brewing Company

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44 Reviews
SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady BeersSweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kromes on 02-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
100
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
21.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 100
Photo of FATC1TY
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Bomber 1 mile from the source!

A: Pours a golden copper color, with a 1/2 finger head on it. Decent lacing on the glass, and a fair bit of bubbles from the bottom coming up. Keeps a thin line of the head till I drink it all.

S: Sweet, maybe a little peach, pear, and citrus in there. Not a ton of smell, but it's sweet, and you know there is some hops in it.

T: Sweet and malty up front, a bit of fruit in there, brown sugar and bready. Malt moves out and then the hops hits you in the mouth and says WHATS UP!. Finishes crisp and da bit of booze on the end. As it warms, it gets a bit stronger tasting, and everything comes out ten fold.

M: Good carbonation, I like it a fair bit. Bit thick and sticky I guess? Coats the mouth, and a lets you savor it all. Smooth though.

Overall: I like this beer! I'll admit, I'm from ATL, and I'm not a massive fan of Sweetwater. Good beer, I'll support them all day long, but it all tastes the same to me. However, this one is different. Packs a punch, it's a big boy brew. I'll also admit, that I planned to share my bomber with a friend, and instead just finished the whole thing tonight. I really like this beer, and makes me really appreciate SW brews more. Very balanced beer in my opionion. Has it all here, and really jumps around to balance it out. Alcohol is there, but at the end, and it's moderate. KUDOS on 15 years SW. This was one big surprise for me in 2012.

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Photo of babaracas
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A doubled/"bumped" ESB.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-red with one finger of dense cream colored foam, settles to a thin layer with sparse blobs on the glass. Smell: caramel, date, evergreen, leafy, candied citrus peel. Taste: lots of toffee, spruce, orange, lemon peel, date bread note and another citrus and earthy hop blast in the finish. Exceptionally creamy feel. Alcohol is hidden in all the right places. Very tasty and also pretty well balanced. Congrats to Sweetwater on 15 years!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, very fresh release. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly cloudy copper/amber with a nice two finger off-white light beige head that leaves really nice sticky bubbles of drippy lacing and recedes to a foamy island and ring. Before long, all head and lacing disappear for a flat appearance. Starts pretty, ends ugly.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, grassy and earthy hops, fairly fruity, bread. Pretty sweet, some alcohol. Decent strength.

Flavor starts with some sweet malt, toffee, caramel, some fruit, some bread, molasses, finishes with a decent hop punch featuring some pine, grass and citrus, good bitterness on the finish at first. Quite a bit of candy sweetness throughout (akin to the recent Dank Tank 420). Sweetness picks up steam as it warms. Decent bit of alcohol at the end as well. Gets messy after a while and I found myself pouring out the last few ounces.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a bit sticky, moderate carbonation.

Initially I was rather meh on this, but let it warm up a bit and it starts to open up. Let it warm too much and it heads south quick. Sweeter than I like for my tastes, and IMHO a style that doesn’t really need to be jacked up to 10% ABV. To be honest I would’ve liked to seen a little more from a big anniversary brew.

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Photo of Kromes
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

3.5 A: A slightly hazy copper color with a thin tan colored head that leaves a little lacing on the glass and dies down to a thin line of bubbles.

4.0 S: Fruit aromas, peach, pear, grapefruit along with slight caramel and alcohol.

3.5 T: The initial flavor is of grassy and citrus hop and that is quickly overtaken by a rather strong alcohol flavor. I'm not getting too much more than that since the alcohol and hop both have a really sharp bite. Maybe a slight peach and toasted malt in the background. The finish is warm and bitter.

3.0 M: Medium-heavy feel with low carbonation.

3.5 O: An interesting beer. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This one packs quite a punch.

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Update....This review is of a bottle that has been cellared for 8 months.

A hazy amber color with a thin line of soapy bubbles and lacing down the glass. There is a very nice sweet roasted grain aroma with some caramel, oak and a touch of hop in the background.

Initial flavor is of sweet toasted grain and caramel. Then there is some cherry fruit and a touch of alcohol. The beer finishes very smooth with a sweet, oak and smoky caramel flavor and a touch of warmth and bitterness from the alcohol.

Full bodied with smooth, low carbonation.

Much better with age. This beer has matured nicely and is much better this time around.

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SweetWater 15 Years Of Heady Beers from SweetWater Brewing Company
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