HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2010
Cask @ 2010 ATL Cask Ale Tasting. Poured a murky brown color with a loose egg shell head. Nose is malty with notes of chocolate, spice, wood, vanilla, and boozy rum. There are a lot of things going on in this but for me they never quite came together. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavor is primarily dark malts, chocolate, spicy rum, and wood. Finishes slightly sweet. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting a while back.
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a pretty solid head for a cask ale which recedes to a small collection of bubbles along the top and a tiny collar.
The aroma really surprised me as the spiced rum is really dominant with some dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness mixed in. Honestly, a really complex and well-integrated nose.
Like the aroma, the taste is excellent and much better than any Festive I’ve ever had. I really think the spiced rum has taken a good beer and made it great. There is some spices from the underlying beer as well as dark chocolate, but it’s the rum that really sets the taste apart. Sweet, spicy and damn tasty.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft carbonation that keeps it from getting too heavily sweet on the palate.
Well, this was definitely one of the best beers at ACAT and miles better than the original Festive for me. One of Sweetwater’s best. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Cask. Poured a cloudy brown. Decent sized off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, spice, oak. Taste is malty, chocolate, oaky vanilla, spice, light booze, rummy sweetness. Mouth is pretty full, though very easy to drink. Overall, a very complimentary oak, and a tasty brew. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Cask. Dark brown. Aroma of spice, dark fruit, cough syrup. Flavor of mulled wine. Spice, Alcohol, oak, vanilla extract. Nice sweet rum character. Finishes with a very nice flavor of Rum & Coke. jrob21 (3687) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Another very good treatment to an already pretty solid beer that gives an added depth and complexity to their festive ale. On cask at ACAT 2010. Other than the forward spice there is a nice vanilla aspect that smoothes things out a bit. A tinge of extra alcohol here with some wood notes in the flavor as well. Tasty.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Date: January 30, 2010
Source: Brewfest, ACAT
Appearance: opaque dark brown, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet spicy chocolate aroma, sweet dark rum
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice spicyness, sweet rum character adds great richness and depth, light oak, just a hint of the alcohol
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Appearance: Very dark brown body that’s clearish and given a thin, fine layering of beige foam.
Smell: Rich, delightfully aromatic nose smelling of shaved chocolate, spices, rum-soaked wood, and a hint of vanilla.
Taste: The dark maltiness lends a pleasant sweet sip of chocolate milk which slowly grows into an even bolder chocolate flavor. Earthy spiciness. A subtle taste of spiced rum and soothing vanilla give the beer a real dessert-like quality to it. Mixture of chocolate and additional spice on the smooth, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fairly low, easy-going carbonation.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable! For me, it had just the perfect amount of hand-crafted rum character. And it was a delightful surprise, as I’ve never been particularly enamored by the standard yearly Festive Ale. This, however, is a treat, and really embodies something FESTIVE. It’s a beer I want more of and I want with a quickness.