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Sweetwater Festive Ale


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Winter Warmer
Sweetwater Brewing Company
Atlanta, GA
8.6% ABV

Brewed in limited quantity on only one day each year, this spiced ale pours a dark, cola brown with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The aroma of spruce, nutmeg, brown sugar, and chocolate-covered cherries is inviting and very, well, festive. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of dark fruits and a cola-like brown sugar sweetness that pushes aside the spices. The spices return in the finish, along with a piney hop bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden, but warming. Although somewhat lacking in malt complexity, this is a relatively light-bodied, easy-drinking winter warmer that will pair nicely with Thanksgiving dinner or holiday nuts and sweets.


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