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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
War is a smoked Irish-style red ale, brewed with a wonderfully potent domestic cherry wood smoked barley. Rye and roast barley are there to remind you that war means fire as well as smoke, and a liberal dose of traditional UK amber malts provide the bold body war deserves. Save one for December 21st 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thick tan head that laces well. Aroma brought notes of nice cherry wood, campfire, hints of caramel, toffee, pretty nice smelling. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, some metallic notes, hints of smoke, touch of oak, slight rye notes in there with some spice, unfortunately some ash comes through on the back end, finishing fairly bitter, dry. Pretty nice, a bit overroasted in flavor but pretty well done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle, pours clean garnet with meringue almond head, aroma is chipotle with some mineral tones. Light nutty malt with smoked green peppercorn flavor dominant. Finishes clean and dry with just a bit of creaminess. A really nice unique smoked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours red with a soft off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruit, floral and most notably salt-pork. Taste is smokey and fruity; pretty tasty. Also pretty light-bodied. My criticism is that I want more of everything. I would have liked a more full bodied beer. More aroma. More smoke. More sweetness. More alcohol. There just wasn’t enough for me. This is supposed to be a horseman of the apocalypse for goodness sake. Still, tasty and drinkable. Try it if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Dilly Deli. Pours a deep reddish-amber with a finger of rocky, frothy off-white head that laces the glass heavily. Aroma of smoked malts, leaves, rye, and toast. The flavor sneaks up on you. The smoke takes a while to kick in but leaves a nice, long satisfying finish after an indistinct start. Rye, leaves, toast. Some mineral and earthy notes. Light-bodied, with soft carbonation and a smooth, watery, then lightly smoky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2013
12oz bottle. This is a really enjoyable Smoked beer. Filtered amber body, creamy off-white head. Rather mellow and medium bodied, sort of leaning towards a UK feel. The cherry smoke flavors are very balanced and judicious, not overwhelming. Really nails the Rauchbier in it’s medium body, drinkability. This really gives the Irish Red style some life, and remains balanced. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle
Another forgettable release from Rivertown, this one should be glossed over for Mt Carmel or something else local. It is not overly flawed so much as dull with no focus. Try at your own risk (of disappointment).

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black body is the best part of the beer. Glowing with a ruby warmth it traps the remnants of the creamy legs. Hammy peanut brittle is not smoky so much as it reminds me of walking through a smokehouse. Red vines lurk in the background sending even more mixed messages.

Flavor / Palate - Thin bodied and very mild this is boring from the first sip. Cigar ash and bacon crumbs do not make a smoked beer. The red ale aspects would have been better without the additional touches. Another meh release from southern Ohio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Thanks JSquire! Pours a clear dark amber with a small biege head. Aroma of smoke and caramel malt. Taste is smoke, caramel malt, rye, wood, and spice. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle from Party Town. All of you people who have rated this beer are wrong. War is a very, very impressive and savory, delicious beverage worthy of praise. An Irish amber ale with rye and cherry wood smoked malt is so ingenious that I never thought of it in my wildest smoked beer dreams. There are no massive malts or hops to mask the delightful smoke, the rye gives it a little tart edge, the yeast is appropriately mildly fruity. Huge smoke is in the aroma and throughout the flavor. It’s like meat and campfire everywhere on a medium palate with little fruity suggestions making things interesting. The finish is like smoked meat, cigars, camping and awesome. This is definitely one of the best American smoked beers I have ever had. Huge props to Rivertown, now officially my favorite brewery in Ohio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Big Beers. Honestly this washed the taste of Pestilence out of my mouth. Great smoked ale...how is this not higher scoring?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle purchased at Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clear red pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of firewood smoke, malt and some ham. Malty and smoky flavor with a bitter grassy hop and firewood smoke finish.

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