Sweetwater Festive Ale 2012

Sweetwater Brewing Co


This 22oz bomber comes with the cap dipped in wax, a signature move by Sweetwater with their Festive Ale line. Honestly I could do without it, because the wax is a pain in the ass to remove, often requiring something sharp, like a knife. And do you really want someone desperate for a drink handling sharp knives? Or worse, if this is the 2nd, 3rd or 5th beer of the night? Tragedy and/or hilarity could ensue. Anyway, as always Festive Ale delivers. It appears almost black in the glass, but when you hold it up to the light it's a deep ruby red color, simply gorgeous to look at. When you drink it, it almost has a thick porter-like taste, You can taste roasted malts with cinnamon. Now for the funny part....the bottle's description says "Coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace." Cinnamon and mace-flavored taint? Are we talking about the same definition of the word "taint"?

Reviewed: December 29, 2014

Rating: 8/10

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