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Winter Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ltjska04 on 11-28-2010)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date stamp.

Appearance: Clear dark amber leaning toward brown when on the table. Ruby red notes when held up to the light. Barest thin white head at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon, molasses dominate with a sweetness under it all that makes one think of a snickerdoodle cookie. With a good swirl of the glass I can pick out a tobacco / cigar like smell as well.

Taste: Cinnamon, molasses again with a cookie like malt sweetness. Again reminds me of a snickerdoodle cookie. Mild bitter finish. Leafy and somewhat tobacco like.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue, sticky, but still smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Did not go well with food (at least not what I paired it with - sloppy joes). I think this one may go better with the right type of dessert or just by itself. While it makes me think of winter....I'm actually not finding it to be the type of beer I want to sip slowly and savor to warm me up on a winter's night. More like an interesting winter beer during a party with friends - and yet I don't want another one after finishing it. I'll have to see if it pairs better with some dessert to make it more drinkable, but otherwise I find it interesting, but it's missing something. I almost wonder if it is perhaps too strongly flavored and reminding me of a cookie that I'm missing the beer, which appears to be lost under the other strong flavors.

11-16-2013 23:11:06 | More by damndirtyape
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-16-2013 16:33:44 | More by juicebox
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-01-2013 13:15:57 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of secondtooth


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Clean amber in appearance with moderate carbonation and only light lacing.

Nose is curious -- caramel, molasses, cinnamon, candy sugar. Unusual and unique, and certainly not bad!

Taste is another revelation. I get molasses again, taking me back to my youth, enjoying molasses cookies from the local bake shop. Body is heavy here, with a heavy malt presence and an almost coffee cake vibe.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable experience, like no other beer I've ever had.

01-20-2012 22:59:08 | More by secondtooth
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-15-2014 12:31:09 | More by Jasoncolliver
Photo of Beejay


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Slightly Hazy, the color is a dark amber with red hues when held to the light. The head is thick and tan.

S: You can definitely pick up the cinnamon. Not as sharp as some cinnamon can get. Sweet with a nice spice back.

T: Sweet at first with a nice strong hit from the cinnamon. There is a nice bready quality to this as well. The finish has a bit of a bitter hit from the hops. Nice overall.

M: Medium in body, fairly high carbonation, and a bit slick on the feel.

D: Good, but a bit of a holiday/ cinnamon lovers beer. I enjoy it, but it is not something I am going to do a night of. Bet it would be wicked to cook with too!

02-03-2011 02:16:46 | More by Beejay
Photo of wingman14


4.71/5  rDev +29%

Pours a nice dark orange with an off white head that didn't stick around too long. Smell is dominated by the cinnamon, with some sweet and malty notes as well. A very inviting smell, was hoping the flavor wouldn't overpower and it didn't. The malt and cinnamon work well together for a great taste. A medium mouthfeel, a nice smooth beer, an easy drinker, could easily have a few and the flavor is not going to overwhelm. Overall a good winter warmer, definitely a beer I would get again.

01-14-2012 03:37:35 | More by wingman14
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2013 03:35:53 | More by Rod_J
Photo of Brent


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

In what has been a pretty lackluster season for winter seasonals, this beer shines above the rest. Bright, almost luminous, copper. Aroma was warmly spicy. Moderate, clean bodied mouthfeel. Spicing is prominent but not overpowering. Natural cinnamon, a touch woody, with some other cookie-like background spice. ETOH is well integrated - a little warming and perhaps lending some pepper to the cinnamon. Overall very well done.

12-04-2012 14:36:09 | More by Brent
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-27-2011 09:15:11 | More by Aristotle1
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-06-2014 04:32:19 | More by starkitsune
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-27-2013 21:03:50 | More by tstoll
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

01-01-2013 08:14:13 | More by Martstar
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-20-2013 15:00:01 | More by sgoro
Photo of Jesse13713


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Appearance - A transparent cherry-hued ale. Light red and a slight brown. No head or lacing in the glass.

Smell - Light malt and spice. Faint hints of light fruit.

Taste - Tastes very heavily like maraschino cherries. A bit medicinal in a way. This is a very dessert-like beer that actually tastes like I'm eating strawberry shortcake. It becomes a bit repetitive, but not bad overall. Lightly spiced.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium to heavy-bodied. Makes your mouth water. Well balanced, though it can taste a bit artificial and medicinal at times.

11-05-2011 01:33:32 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Clear deep amber color. I could only muster 1/4 of a finger of beige head that fell almost instantly.

3.5 S: Lots of cinnamon (but not too much) that meshes well with the caramel maltiness. Molasses adds another well integrated layer of depth. Simple, but certainly pleasant.

3.5 T: Like the nose. Cinnamon, caramel, molasses. Malts are slightly grainy and this is very clean overall.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess for how light the body is. Smooth.

3.5 D: Not a bad winter brew. Very simple, but tasty.

01-07-2012 04:57:27 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-05-2014 00:59:52 | More by Zanico
Photo of BB1313


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent copper; not much head and lacing, but nice color and retention. The aromas are very faint and only start to develop as the beer warms up. It's not that the aromas are bad, they're just too subtle. It doesn't really smell like it tastes. The flavors are pretty good though. Cinnamon is the main ingredient, and I think they did a great job with the spices. I've had alot of beers brewed with cinnamon, but none have tasted like this. The spices taste very raw and grainy. There's some ginger in nutmeg in the mix as well. There's a spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is ok, pretty spritzy and on the lighter side. Reguardless, it still drinks pretty smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I wasn't sure what to expect, this was my first time having something from Rivertown. I do like this, although it has flaws. But at the end of the day it does taste good.

01-17-2012 23:21:01 | More by BB1313
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3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

12-01-2013 19:59:35 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-08-2014 14:02:41 | More by bleedblue9150
Photo of BigDRS


3.65/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle (with no freshness date) into a mug. The bottle reads "What ales you? Winter ale: Ale brewed with molasses and cinnamon"

Appearance - Poured with very little head and produced no lace. The beer is dark copper/brown in color and looks fairly dull.

Smell - The nose has a very strong cinnamon smell with hints of molasses and cherry.

Taste - WOW CINNAMON - lots of it. The sweetness of the molasses definitely comes through, but plays a secondary role. Fits the bill of a winter warmer as it goes down the throat.

Mouthfeel - Has a slightly mid to light body. Carbonation level is good.

Drinkability - Don't think that I could have more than one in a sitting. This is a beer best paired with a large holiday meal.

12-11-2010 21:50:36 | More by BigDRS
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-20-2014 17:50:10 | More by Guinnesswasmyfirstlove
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-11-2013 22:50:44 | More by nikbullet
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-26-2013 23:54:07 | More by JustinWhipple
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-29-2013 16:46:59 | More by NW2285
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Winter Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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