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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Well, the temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter. You know what that means don’t you? It’s time for our WINTER BREW… A full-bodied, high-octane brew capped off with our use of cinnamon and mace. This beer will warm you all the way to your bones. Brewed only one day a year. We only bottle 4200 liters, 550 12 oz. cases, and a handful of kegs, so get it while you can.

Malt: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, Black, 30/37 Carastan, 70/80 Crystal, Spice, Cinnamon, Mace

Hops: Centennial, Golding

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1206) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jwtinn01 (34) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Pours a dark ruby color. Spiced fill aroma and tast. Medium palaye feel. Solid beer in between a dark and light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1850) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BackyardDogs (41) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle, poured dark brown. Spice notes dominate but has nice malt base. Nice holiday beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmoosey (82) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5548) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (439) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1309) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Very dark brown poured from tap. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Taste of coffee, malt, and chocolate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
airrick2003 (523) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 26, 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, smoky 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, smoke is prominent

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