December 21, 2011
Beer Review: Sweetwater Festive Ale
I am back with the long awaited beer review for Sweetwater Festive Ale.
To start, I was immediately taken back with the color of this beer. It seems to be a dark ruby red more than a brown color. Very little tan head, if any.
The aroma is all spices with some rich malt notes thrown in there for effect.
The taste is very heavy. It is spices, a nutty flavor and then the malt kicks in on the end.
I noticed that the aftertaste is a little bitter with a lingering coffee or cocoa flavor to it.
The alcohol content is high, but you cannot put your finger on it from this beer. It is nonexistent.
I liked this beer, but it is one of those beers that you really have to be in the mood for if you are going to drink more than one of them.
I rate this beer a 3.6 out of 5. Disagree? Say so in the comments field below.
Tomorrow I will rate this year's version of Anchor Brewing's Our Special Ale.
It's a pity that RateBeer.com has decided to stop giving this beer its own year rating, because this beer goes through subtle changes each and every year.
Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow!