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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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 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 (7426) - 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 (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12 ounce bottle
Another disappointment from Rivertown makes me wonder if they actually have any quality control measures. It’s 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 aren’t 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 (4673) - 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 don’t like cinnamon beers per se but the molasses adds a unique flavor that blends well. bold it is, but it doesn’t 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 (562) - 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 season’s version--perhaps the current version tones down the molassses

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
pours reddish-brown, clear with quick tan head. Aroma of bread, cinnamon....it’s light, nearly watery. More residual flavour than while drinking it. an average experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2.5 A: Clear deep amber color. I could only muster 1/4 of a finger of beige head that fell almost instantly. 3.5 S: Lots of cinnamon (but not too much) that meshes well with the caramel maltiness. Molasses adds another well integrated layer of depth. Simple, but certainly pleasant. 3.5 T: Like the nose. Cinnamon, caramel, molasses. Malts are slightly grainy and this is very clean overall. 4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess for how light the body is. Smooth. 3.5 D: Not a bad winter brew. Very simple, but tasty. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-07-2012 04:57:27

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber woth small tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a raisin malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a spiced malt with nutmeg and cinnamon. A decent spice brew from Rivertown.

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