Winter Ale | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Snow days. Comfy sweaters. Family and Friends. In search for the perfect balance of spice, warmth and body, we chose to brew this beer with Saigon Cinnamon, due to its unique balance of spicy and sweet, and Blackstrap Molasses known for its robust, rich, slightly bitter notes. Picture enjoying the comfort of freshly baked gingerbread in liquid form on a blustery winter afternoon curled up in front of the fire. With its thick, creamy tan head stacked atop a dark, rich, umber hued body laced with hints of caramel, toffee and cinnamon, Winter Ale is brewed to warm the soul and tame any snow beast on even the coldest of nights.

Added by ltjska04 on 11-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
138
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.61/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Madasyn
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light brown and cloudy. Small head which a couple of minute spots on the glass for lace.

Sweet caramel along with stale yeast to the nose. Some brown sugar and cinnamon as well.

The taste is far better than the smell with the traditional winter warmer flavors of pumpkin spices and cream. Far less sweetness on the tongue. This could be a bit from the high carbonation level. Decent body. The aftertaste has some alcohol warmth to it.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a clear light mahogany with no discernable head. No lacing.
Smell: Molasses, toasted malts, light cinnamon.
Taste: Watery mouthfeel is impossible to not notice at the first sip. Like the aroma, molasses, toasted malts, and cinnamon. Finish is slightly bitter. Cinnamon, despite brewer's notes is actually a little too sweet for my taste.
Feel: Light, waaaay too light. Carbonation is borderline a little too much. Not as heavy as your typical winter warmer.
Overall: I am severely disappointed. Almost a drain pour. Light mouthful is just off-putting enough to make it hard to notice any complexity from the choice ingredients they claim to use.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, slight red highlighting, hazy but mostly clear, very thin white wispy head. No real lacing.

S - Spice spice spice. Cinnamon, molasses, baked apples and a rich bread hit.

T - Follows that nose, with rich flavors. A bit of acidity and bitterness cuts in during the close.

M - Light. Very light. Too light for style. The flavor is full, so a bit more heft would be good.

O - Flavors are good, but I was looking for a bit more heft. The result is a nose and flavor that is lovely, but a quaff that seems should be rich and decadent, but ends up being a bit thin.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanote
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amckeever
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthJustDaTip
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just was not expecting sour, that's my fault.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: Same as above. Drinks well. Nice spice, herbal flavor, and balanced malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy, herbal, a little chewy, and enjoyable.

Overall: I could see myself enjoying another one of these during the holiday season.

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Photo of Strickzland
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vdub191
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head one and a half finger thick, with sheen lacing, and a deep brown body.

Smells like caramelized malts. Not much hop presence, but I wasn't expecting it.

I taste a near-perfect blend of molasses, cinnamon, and roasted malt. A very enjoyable winter flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Winter Ale - Rivertown Brewing Co. a 4.5. This is another seasonal by these guys that's a keeper.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dheldman
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eziel
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rapayn01
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strong taste of cinnamon and too sweet for my taste. Apparently brewed with molasses. It's a Christmas Ale, I guess.

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Photo of KevinL
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Winter Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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