Winter Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.71/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2013 23:11:06 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
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.