drsordr (831) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour dark cola brown with ruby hue. Nose mostly sweet malt, faint spice. Taste some spice up front, possible vanilla. Sweetness followed by toasted malt. A little unpleasant bitterness in finish.
jwtinn01 (34) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark ruby color. Spiced fill aroma and tast. Medium palaye feel. Solid beer in between a dark and light.
bubbleflubber (1699) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark mahogany into the glass, with a fully diminished creamy head that leaves trace, spotty lacing. The nose is of caramel and vegetal notes. Flavors are caramel, spices, light chocolate, dark pitted fruits and finishes with a hint of spices and ABV warmth. The mouthfeel is a bit flat with a medium body. Decent winter brew.
BackyardDogs (32) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, poured dark brown. Spice notes dominate but has nice malt base. Nice holiday beer.
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bmoosey (53) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home. Festive Ale pours a dark carmel color. a nice dark brown color with a thin, creamy, cream-colored head. The aroma is of carmel, hints of coffee and sweetness. Nice overall smell. . Taste is of carmel, with a hint of bitterness and syrup of some sort. Mouthfeel is watery. Smooth beer that is easily drinkable. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and could see myself purchasing again.
jredmond (4847) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Trappeze Pub with Linh, Scarlett and Dad. Pours a light amber body with short head and thin off white lacing. Aroma is light malt, some spice, and faint toast. Mouthfeel is medium to light with decent carbonation on the tongue and notes of sweet malt, light candy character and lots of bland spice. Not a bad beer, but just boring.
GreatDane1632 (129) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle -- Aroma is a very nice roasty malty scent. Pretty dark dark ruby color. Flavor is very nice with layers of flavors that take a while to separate from each other. Great winter drinker.
ronaldtheriot (1059) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweetwater Festive Ale has a thin, creamy, cream-colored head, a very dark brown appearance with ruby highlights and visible, tight bubble streams, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of spiced bread, bread crust, and sweetness. Taste is of those elements, with subdued bitterness and syrup of some sort. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, and Sweetwater Festive Ale finishes refreshing, sweet, easily drinkable, mostly dry, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is one of the better spice ales I’ve tried. RJT
catface5326 (119) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown poured from tap. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Taste of coffee, malt, and chocolate
airrick2003 (388) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Appearance: very dark brown color, practically black,, can barely see thru it when I hold it up to the light, pours with a big tan head that settles into a density after a long wait
Aroma: subtle cinnamon, dark roasted grain, syrup, coffee,
Taste: dark roasted malt, coffee, kind of sweet, some bitterness is layered in there too, cinnamon is there, grain
Palate: average carbonation, slightly bitter aftertaste mixed in with coffee, heavy mouthfeel, leaves mouth dry
Overall: complex beer with many kind of subtle flavors, reminds me of a porter, can taste the cinnamon too