Winter Ale | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale
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 30helens
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bpkrippner
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jp32
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a dark, transparent amber in the glass. Looks a little thin, a little fizzy. Smells very sweet, very cinnamon-sugary. Tastes sweet, and again very cinnamon-sugary. Tastes like a Christmas Ale. I'm enjoying this one, would try it again.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a fan of this brew

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was fantastic. I really liked the murky brownish red look. The smell is cinnamon to the core, and the taste is like cinnamon graham crackers with a oatmeal cookie aftertaste. I'd drink it again for sure.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
1.25/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I normally love winter warmers. Ug, what happened with this beer?

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Photo of 2-star
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent Winter Ale.

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Photo of comadiv
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Maxwell_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of dditto2
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iwashmycar
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of drwatson32
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a red-shaded brown that's almost, but not quite, opaque due to its darkness. Held to the light, it's actually fairly clear. The head is a tan one that reaches about half a finger with moderate retention, holding up a foamy layer that drops some spotting.
Sweetness comes out front in the aromas with immediate spicing as well, strong cinnamon that isn't so strong as to string the nostrils, and a little nutmeg and allspice beneath that off of some nicely toasty malts. Caramel comes out with the malts and molasses is more at the end as far as the smell but adds to the sweetness as a dryness comes in to balance.
As with the nose, spices and sweetness come out evenly up front with a bit of bite and a nice, clean cinnamon finish. There's a nice moderate hoppiness in the middle, not enough to take anything away from the main aspects of it but just a little leaf for added depth.
A little sweetness comes up and somehow stays on the tongue even as it dries. The body is fairly crisp and flows smoothly, losing just a touch of its medium body at the very end of each sip, which lingers with a little leafy dryness even as cinnamon gently nips.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter Ale brewed by Rivertown Brewing Co., with an ABV of 7.50% This brew pours out brown color with a nice off white color head. The smell is rich with flavor and spices. The smell also has a nutty smell to it. Now for the taste, it is rich with flavor. You get spices and a hit of nuts in the aftertaste. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Winter Ale has a nice balance to it For being a brew with 7.50% , this brew goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is nice. and clean and smooth. Overall I giving this brew a 4 out 5. This is a clean drinking brew. Rivertown Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Rivertown Brewing Co.in.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.55/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at room temperature.

A: Pours into the glass a sort of ruby-brown, not unlike a watered-down Mr. Pibb. The head is thin and a pale yellowish tan, and dissipates quickly, leaving only a ring. Bubbles rise steadily from the bottom of the glass in the clear brown fluid.

S: This may be one of the least appetizing aromas I've ever gotten from a beer. While there is sweet caramel malt involved, there's something that resembles laundry - the sort of laundry that's been sitting in the hamper damp for a while, but damp with sweat instead of water.

T: And once again, a Cincinnati brewery, proud of its traditional German heritage, chucks that right out the window and hops the ever-living heck out of their beer. Some sort of leafy, nigh tobacco bitterness charges the tongue right out of the gate, biting and clawing and snarling. Somewhere in the midst of that fury, for a brief, shining moment, a burst of sweet caramel malt gets through - and then gets piledriven into hard concrete covered in shards of broken glass by MOAR LEEF HAWP. Throughout the tasting, there's a decided tone of cinnamon to the whole thing, though it seems less involved in the drive-by bludgeoning of malt by hop and more casual bystander who wants nothing to do with the rest of the scene and is just keeping its head down while walking briskly away. The finish is, of course, leafy hops with cinnamon, because why change anything about the flavor at the very end?

M: Sparkly carbonation lends a touch of sharpness to the beer, so the hops aren't just beating the malt senseless, but shivving it in a dark alley for its wallet as well. The finish is watery.

O: Let's just say I am happy that this was one beer of a mix your own six, and move on with our lives. We'll all be happier that way.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Winter Ale from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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