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Winter Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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83
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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juicebox

Ohio

5/5  rDev +36.6%

12-16-2013 16:33:44 | More by juicebox
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Nick_Foltz

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +36.6%

03-09-2013 11:23:20 | More by Nick_Foltz
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ConorThomas

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +36.6%

01-12-2012 17:21:55 | More by ConorThomas
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Chipster1337

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

01-12-2014 23:48:16 | More by Chipster1337
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wingman14

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 03:37:35 | More by wingman14
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-25-2012 19:59:33 | More by rogueleonardi
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-05-2013 13:54:20 | More by Lukass
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Clowerweb

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Dubious13


4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A; Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Minimal head with little retention and no lacing. Copper colored and very clear. Almost luminous qualities.

S: Cinnamon is the dominant smell with earthy undertones

T: Cinnamon and caramel. For being brewed with molasses, it is suprisingly light. Hops are evident but not overpowering. Very complementary to the maltiness. Extremely balanced flavor, excepting that it may be too sweet for some palettes.

M: Medium body, not too dry for an 8% beer, little carbonation.

O: One of the better winter brews I've tried. Extremely balanced and very drinkable. As far as food pairings, I recommend venison or other "gamey" red meat.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:21:54 | More by Dubious13
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BigPauly


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer, perfect for a winter evening. The molasses comes through along with a hint of spice, cinnamon before the first sip. Not much of a head, small lacing, but that's alright with me. This is a rich amber/ruby colored ale, I used my vintage Falstaff lager glass. At first you have a taste of cinnamon which fades into a spicy sweet flavor. Light mouth feel, with no alcohol bite despite a 7.5%. Like it for the colder nights!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:55:21 | More by BigPauly
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Brent

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 14:36:09 | More by Brent
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Martstar

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

01-01-2013 08:14:13 | More by Martstar
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-20-2014 04:57:29 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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Casey8


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-20-2012 14:03:45 | More by Casey8
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edfish

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried at the tap room, poured in a plastic cup.
A-Even in a cup had a nice dark orange brown look to it.
S-Man smelled like a Christmas cookie ...very sweet smell
T-Just like it smells, sweet and christmas spice, it is an 8% brew but you don't taste the alcohol until it warms up.
MF- Rich and sweet all the way
O-was a little to overpowering with the sweetness and Christmas spice I think it is a good dessert beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 23:27:35 | More by edfish
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starkitsune

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-06-2014 04:32:19 | More by starkitsune
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Guinnesswasmyfirstlove

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-20-2014 17:50:10 | More by Guinnesswasmyfirstlove
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brown2cu

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-22-2011 23:59:58 | More by brown2cu
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zackcr

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-03-2011 01:13:12 | More by zackcr
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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-06-2011 05:26:00 | More by mcorwin
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SPriestle

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-25-2012 18:10:41 | More by SPriestle
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murraymj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-21-2011 01:10:28 | More by murraymj
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright Rivertown! This one works. I know I haven't liked all of their stuff, but this one is very OK. I would definitely buy it again.

As you want in a winter warmer, this has a nice bunch of spice taste. A nice mix of spices, actually, and somewhat unique. The malt and hops characteristics do not seem as complex or interesting, but the are inoffcensive and it is very drinkable. It doesn't taste boozy in the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 22:25:13 | More by schoolboy
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-26-2014 19:38:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Dan3279

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-01-2011 00:48:39 | More by Dan3279
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Winter Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.