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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mchance (2) - USA - NOV 16, 2007 does not count
tAStes like sweet water georgia brown mixed with sweet water hummer? Head - Lacing o Excellent o Good o Fair o Virtually none

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stimmers (1) - USA - DEC 16, 2010 does not count
Malty and delicious! Color, aroma, flavor - it has it all. My favorite seasonal for 2010 holiday!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UGADAWG (3) - USA - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
This is one of my favorite beers ever. Great beer to have around for the cool weather. I stockpile this like no other beer since it has limited availability.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Halldawg (5) - USA - JUL 16, 2005 does not count
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDiddle77 (12) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2005
The Festive Ale is amazing. It’s Sweetwater’s high gravity Christmas brew. This is an absolute must try for any serious beer drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
sabreswin (9) - Newnan, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2008 does not count
Every time i drink this i think of the same thing.... Liquified Christmas Cookies! Take all the different types of cookies you can get during the holidays and throw them all in a blender! Sweetwater Festive Ale! 12oz bottle - 6pack from Publix Grocery store - Pours a minimal light brown,tan head almost looks like the froth of hot chocolate, that dissapates quikly, dark ruby red/mahogony color. Smells like a German dopple bock...Taste like chocolate, molassas, ginger, dark roasted black coffee, figs. Mouth feel is sticky sweet, the alcohol is very well disguised for a 8.6% Get some when you can it wont be around long!!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 2002- I saved this one for my 200th rating and was not disappointed. Pours nice and dark with a lasting head. Flavor is malty with a hint of spiciness. The flavors intensify as the beer warms. Finishes nice and smooth. 2004-Another great Sweetwater beer. 2003 vintage (12/21/2013): Saved this one for 10 years. Pours an almost opaque mahogany red with no head. Minimal carbonation. Aroma of fruit and herbs. Flavor is smooth and fruity (raisins). Finish is light and slightly herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BCMike22 (91) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2007
I like to think of this beer in the same context as I do Boulevard Brewery’s "Bob’s ’47", as it’s a delicious brew that begins a little on the thick side, but before you know it, your pint glass is empty and you’re feeling pretty good, pretty fast ;)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Look is dark brown but don’t be decevied. Smell is sweet and taste is too. Good seasonal full of flavor.

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