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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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 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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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of HopHeadInOhio
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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

Photo of gmfessen
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Winter Ale is an amber sweet-tea color with a soapy tan head. The nose is all malt and spice; thick, bready with molasses and cinnamon - there is also a faint whiff of alcohol at the end. Gingerbread followed by hot damn! The taste starts out as malty sweet but transitions to overly bitter and dry. The cinnamon does not seem to be overdone but doesn't help the cause on the finish either. Mouthfeel is medium and slick yet drying on the finish. Overall, not a beer I will be going back for.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very clear deep amber/light mahogany. Not much of a head here and dissipates quickly.

S - A bit of a nutty smell, some notes of caramel, apple, and molasses.

T - Quite a bit of cinnamon actually, definitely some molasses in there as well, some bite from the alcohol. Cloves and nutmeg also present here. Balance is a little spice-heavy though.

M - The cinnamon seems to dry the mouth quite a bit, as if you were eating some cinnamon. It's pretty thin actually for having been brewed with molasses.

Overall - It was only average. The balance seemed way off and heavy on cinnamon. I

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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 Aristotle1
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of WolfAlynn
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BeerMeColorado
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of hoffa0922
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Otesanek
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Jesse13713
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A transparent cherry-hued ale. Light red and a slight brown. No head or lacing in the glass.

Smell - Light malt and spice. Faint hints of light fruit.

Taste - Tastes very heavily like maraschino cherries. A bit medicinal in a way. This is a very dessert-like beer that actually tastes like I'm eating strawberry shortcake. It becomes a bit repetitive, but not bad overall. Lightly spiced.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium to heavy-bodied. Makes your mouth water. Well balanced, though it can taste a bit artificial and medicinal at times.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of tgorgz
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Not a whole lot going on here, but the colour's a nice looking one- dark amber honey is what I'd call it.

S: Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice. The cinnamon hits you first, and then you'll get a hint of what can only be the molasses.

T: Good spice going on here. The Cinnamon and clove (slightly) hits you well, and then finish is longer with the molasses undertones.

M: Surprisingly light on the palate. Not as much carbonation as I would have liked or expected. The finish is a little syrupy, but passable.

O: Nothing that makes me go "wow", but certainly a decent beverage. I'd kind of have to be in the mood for something along those lines to go for it again. I may, instead, reach for the Winter Warmer from Long Trail.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a mug. Deep amber in color, with more ruby highlights around the edges. 1 & 1/2 finger off white head that recedes quickly to a spotty layer and no lacing.

Nose is almost predominantly cinnamon, with touches of cooked apple and molasses.

Taste is very much following the nose, with the sugar & spice hitting the tongue first, along with some toasted bread. Unfortunately, there is a very off-putting tartness in the middle that seems out of place. Mildly drying on the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, finishing dry and a little sticky on the tongue.

Overall I'm not impressed. This is the 3rd or 4th offering I've had from this brewery and I've been underwhelmed by each of them. All seem to come out a little thin and bland. Too many good breweries out there for me to keep giving this one another shot. Sorry Rivertown.

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Photo of BB1313
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent copper; not much head and lacing, but nice color and retention. The aromas are very faint and only start to develop as the beer warms up. It's not that the aromas are bad, they're just too subtle. It doesn't really smell like it tastes. The flavors are pretty good though. Cinnamon is the main ingredient, and I think they did a great job with the spices. I've had alot of beers brewed with cinnamon, but none have tasted like this. The spices taste very raw and grainy. There's some ginger in nutmeg in the mix as well. There's a spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is ok, pretty spritzy and on the lighter side. Reguardless, it still drinks pretty smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I wasn't sure what to expect, this was my first time having something from Rivertown. I do like this, although it has flaws. But at the end of the day it does taste good.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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