jrob21 (2629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
looks fabulously thick and juicy. tastes not so thick and juicy. well balanced nonetheless. spicing is nice and too overpowering like some of these other pumpkin beers this season.
SSSteve (3805) - - OCT 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2010 Opaque black, small minima brown head. Hops, alcohol, coffee, and dark fruit aroma. Roasted malt and hops with spices. mild cinnamon and raisins. some coffee as well. Slightly flat with full complex aftertaste.
2009 - what happened to this beer? no spices...all chocolate malt, tootsie roll flavors...light carbonated body. no more cinnamon/mace that i used to love. 2009=disappointment.
2010. murky light brown under small, frothy, tan head. aroma is chocolaty with no spice. light/medium body with moderate carbonation. spices may be a little kicked up, but still far from what it used to be. mostly a sweet fudgy chocolate malt flavor. better than 2009. 8.6% is incredibly well hidden. i kept the orginal rating although it probably doesn’t deserve it.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004. Pours dark brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, molasses, licorice, and dark matls. Quite malty but also impressively subtle. The alcohol is hard to detect, I’m not sure I believe that it’s 8.6%. The spices help round out the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feels heavy and sticky, slighty spicy. Pretty enjoyable, some more hop interaction would have been nice. This is a big bottle when drinking by yourself.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 August 05. Sweetwater Brewing Company Festive Ale.
Whoa – malts everywhere… and spicy. Very dark brown, approaching black. Lots of sepia head, which sticks around for quite some time. I think I get some cinnamon and lots of candi sugar. Needless to say, this is way different than the 420 or the Pale Ale, but it’s nice to see something so different and adventurous from Sweetwater.
JDiddle77 (12) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Festive Ale is amazing. It’s Sweetwater’s high gravity Christmas brew. This is an absolute must try for any serious beer drinker.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 edition. Spicy, winey, a good beer in general. Perhaps a little too much cinnamon for me, and maybe a bit thin.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition. Muddy mahogany. Nice tan creamy ring of a head around the glass. Rusty spices, sweet molasses, and sprucy pine tree in the aroma. Flavor has
piney carob, spices, molasses. A little watery, but nice overall balance and flavor.
Halldawg (5) - USA - JUL 16, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great winter brew! Good body and head to it. Liter bottles go fast. Start looking in October for it and grab it when you can find it. Worth buying a few when you can get them.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was a really strange beer that i brought to tha noogfest. had alot of vegetables and wintery spices, like a gingerbread man. this carries over to the body which has some additional burnt caramel and sugars and an interesting rubbery thing goin on, not too bad.
heemer77 (5106) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2004 bottle. Dark brown body. The aroma has slightly ginger and cinnamon. The taste was light carrots and some ginger. There was also a finish of sweet cinnamon. Decent.