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RATINGS: 501   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 donít you? Itís time for our WINTER BREWÖ 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (312) - Louisiana, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1191) - 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 Iíve tried. RJT

3.7
   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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
airrick2003 (446) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2013
12oz bottle, from Party Source. Best if enjoyed by 10-24-14. Pretty long shelf-life, there. Nearly pitch black color. Slightly red clear bits. Big thick khaki head, with great retention. Leaves great, thick lace. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Easy-drinking, especially for the ABV. Nice nuttyness to the malt, a good chocolate, and lighter, balanced spice notes, some brown sugar. Very tasty, balanced spice, with a malt profile thatís actually interesting and provides some body to hold the spice. Moderate sweet, light to moderate bitter. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Relatively low spice, for a winter warmer, and more of a darker overall flavor profile. Great stuff. Much better than expected. Deserves itís recent mention in Paste Magazine

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 20, 2013
On tap pint glass. Atlanta airport. Appearance: amber/ruby in color. Opaque. Zero head. Aroma: malty, brown sugar, slight spice notes. Not very strong. Taste: mostly sweet malt in flavor. Not much else. Palate: full/medium body. Thick texture mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Overall: a decent ale, but not very strong in flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1981) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2013
12oz bottle - Cinnamon and roast nose. I really like the coffee/roast addition to the style. Really canít detect the high ABV. I thought this was going to be another overly spicy brew, but Iím glad I picked it up. Very easy to drink. Short finish. Not too sweet and not too bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkweek (100) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Very good beer. Pours very black with mocha head. Very spiced up beer. It has a great blend of sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebos (35) - Eatonton, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Pleasant roasted, spicy scent. Deep chocolate brown color with tan head. Good mouth feel. Dense but not too thick. Flavor matches scent. Robust spicy roasted malt flavor. Delicious. Wish this wasn?t such a limited release. Great winter holiday brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (170) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2013
I just bought this, but the BBD is 10/31/13, so I assume this is last years vintage. Pours an opaque dark brown with a nice tan head that laces well but diminishes fairly quickly. Nose is of dark malt, chocolate and spice, probably cinnamon. Light / medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. For an 8.6% alcohol, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. A nice balance of malt sweetness and cinnamon spice with a chocolate undertone. Clean finish of dark malt sweetness and spice.


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