Winter Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Clowerweb:
4.47/5 rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served from a 12oz. brown bottle with no visible date, poured aggressively into a pint glass.
A: Pours an amber dark orange/brown color that resembles the color of iced tea with about a finger of head. Not a lot of retention or lacing, so I docked a point, but it's a very nice color regardless, very nice clarity and well filtered.
S: I smell more cinnamon than anything, although this beer isn't very strongly aromatic, but I do catch notes of sweet molasses and earthy malts, perhaps a bit of floral in there as well. Smells really nice, I just wish the aroma were amplified a bit.
T: Cinnamon comes through right away on the front of the palate, mid palate is very sweet with bready malts and molasses and it finishes clean with sweet cinnamon and a light hop bitterness. This is a fairly high ABV beer, coming in at 7.5%, and there is almost no alcohol coming through in the flavor at all, so they get huge kudos from me on that one. Very high drinkability and goes down smooth as silk. I'm really enjoying this.
M: Creamy and full bodied, moderately carbonated, carbonation will stick to the gums and tongue after the finish which I find delightful, leaves a slightly sweet and tingly mouthfeel behind, no astringency despite the higher ABV is a very respectable accomplishment.
O: This is my first Rivertown brew, and I must say, it has so far been a positive experience. The only way this beer could really be improved would be in head retention and lacing, although I I don't really give too much weight to how a beer looks anyway (taste and mouthfeel are the most important aspects of the experience IMO, and this brew comes away solid in both of these areas).
This is a fantastic winter ale, especially for cinnamon lovers, although it's definitely a niche beer, so if you don't like cinnamon or sweeter brews, you probably wouldn't find much enjoyment in this beer.
Overall highly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2012 00:21:14 | More by Clowerweb
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3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
This requires an aggressive pour. I got s thin, off white head over a brown body with ruby distinction. No lace noted.
They note cinnamon and molasses on the bottle and they do not lie. Malt, cinnamon and molasses come rolling through on first sniff. Earthy hops back it up.
The malt and spice combination work together to introduce you to a roasty flavor up front. Molasses flavor is in there, and dances with the cinnamon. Very mild earthy hops intermingle with these near the end.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation pricks the tongue ever so much but doesn't scream at you. Goes down rather easily.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 19:59:35 | More by CFHMagnet
Winter Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.