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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Winter ale is a big, bold, thick-bodied ale brewed with molasses and cinnamon. It has a creamy head, robust hue, and rich bold flavor. Best served at 45F in a sniffer glass.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Muddy red color. No head. Musty spicy aroma with sweet malt taste. I want something with a little more pizzaz to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steelhead3686 (258) - Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours a clear, amber color with a thin white head. No distinct aroma but a get a slight hint of malts and spice. It has an interesting sweet taste that is almost like drinking tea. The palate is not as advertised. It is not bold, thick-bodied, but it is light to medium in body and somewhat creamy at best. It is not as advertised, but it is a yummy beer and I would probably be willing to pay bar price for one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (9626) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle. Cinnamon/pepper and malt aroma. Amber color with small head. Sweet light brown sugar, cinnamon and malt flavor. Balance is off. Too much spice and not enough malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle, pours clean ruby/mahogany w/ rimy off-white head, aroma of juicy fruit, light spice,plastic, light clean malt with cream soda, light vanilla, light spice, finishes fairly clean, finishes refreshingly light for a holiday beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
A muddy ruby color, no head with some lacing and a few bubbles. Alcohol and cloves are the main aroma with some cinnamon and mild sweet malts. No alcohol in taste, not to sweet for a winter beer. Body is thin and the lack of any head is disappointing. Not a bad effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a deep amber hue with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet caramel and spices. The flavor is a nice spicy cake flavor with caramel, toffee, loads of spices, pumpkin pie, easygoing. I like this beer, it really puts you into a Thanksgiving-Christmas mode. Easy to drink and not over the top in any aspect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12 ounce bottle
Another disappointment from Rivertown makes me wonder if they actually have any quality control measures. Itís not bad but it just feels like they followed some instructions without actually checking the results along the way. Just look at the picture for one reason why most people should pass on this.

Aroma / Appearance - Ruby red and warm the appearance offers promise for a solid release. Like liquified acorns the color is brown and autumnal. A soft ivory head graces the top like a dash of whipped cream. Liquid cinnabon is the story of the aroma which is sickly sweet as if a Krispy Kreme was soaked in molasses.

Flavor / Palate - Molasses, handfuls of refined sugar, and malty breaded fish arenít the combination you would expect. It is distracting with little focus. This tastes like the sweetest aspects of Great Lakes Christmas Ale refined into a syrupy mess. Unbalanced and messy this is only something to try if you are a completionist.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4886) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
looks like iced tea, head fades rapidly. smells like metallic beer with spices. nice rolling co2 in the glass. cinnamon fer sure and the mosaases makes it acceptable. co2 is present but not sizzling. i donít like cinnamon beers per se but the molasses adds a unique flavor that blends well. bold it is, but it doesnít seem to have much alky kick to it. finish is low alky molasses and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
I shudder when I see that a beer is lapped in the spice/herb/veg category. However, this is the best of that category that I can remember. the pour is a nice amber, little to no white head. The aroma is malty sweet. This beer is best enjoyed on a cold winter day. the finish is long and lingering. the flavor is malty with the seasonal spices that one would expect- Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drjohnrock (646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Twelve ounce bottle from Rivertown sampler 12 pack purchased from Remke/biggs in Delhi Township, tasted on May 28, 2011. Medium to dark amber/ruby color, large light tan head that slowly left with good lacing, sweet spicy aroma with notable cinnamon element, somewhat oily mouthfeel, pungent sweet flavor heavy on the molasses--too much so to me. This beer is well made and certainly distinguishable from a lot of samey winter beers, and my reletively low grade reflects my personal preference that molasses flavoring have a supporting role and not a main part. It is well worth trying. Also, this was last seasonís version--perhaps the current version tones down the molassses

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