War - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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3.28/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a very dark reddish-mahogany color with a massive frothy head. There is a ton of effervescence. I can hardly believe this came from a a brewer whose beers I frequently find to be under-carbonated. The nose, while faint, has hints of smoke, chocolate, and leather.
The beer is pretty light-bodied considering the presentation. The flavor is quite mild and unfortunately does not give the complexity promised by the nose. There is just a hint of toasted malt and a well-tempered smokey undertone that carries through the finish. Hop addition is well-done and is true to the style. The finish is dry, but not overly so. Unfortunately, the feel is quite thin and the nice toasted malt flavors one looks for in an Irish red are muddled and the beer almost tastes watered-down.
This is the second in Rivertown's series of ``4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse'' beers to commemorate the end of the Mayan calendar (the first being the aptly named ``Pestilence''). Like a few other Rivertown beers I could name, I think this beer was a great idea that was poorly executed. It doesn't taste like a smoked Irish-style red ale should. I don't get enough toasted malt to make me think this is an Irish-style red ale. It drinks more like a mild, slightly smoked English-style brown ale. I hope Rivertown can pull it together and hit a couple of dingers with the last two beers in this series.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2012 01:10:54 | More by deadonhisfeet
War from Rivertown Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.