TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
djd07 (3877) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JStax (3233) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lourdes on draft into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark amber with a thin white head of foam. Aroma is very reminiscent of pie crust and filling. I can’t quite figure out the pie filling, but if I would venture a guess, it would be cherry. Taste is sweet like a pie filling with a rounding out of the drink with the pie crust again. Not a bad winter beer.
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Clear orange color, thin off-white head fading to minimal. Light carbonation - maybe even a little flat or watered down, tasting. Some sweet, spicy taste. Strongly on the cinnamon side (even more so with the ones I drank from the bottle). Not bad, but kind of uninteresting
wxman (1472) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Clear amber color with a thin disappearing off white head. Almost no aroma, perhaps some breadiness. Flavor is malt sweetness along with noticable cinnamon and very mild hoppiness. Their website lists the ABV at 7.5%, to which I exclaim a hearty NFW! A good ale, but too thin in texture for what should be a robust winter seasonal.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear, deep amber body with a frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Spiced aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, with notes of caramel and toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery turning sticky texture, moderate carbonation. The spice overpowers the other characteristics this beer may have making it pretty much a one-dimensional spice bomb. No thanks.
Dogbrick (8657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JaBier for sharing a bottle. The beer is a clear reddish-amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing. Sweetly spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and ginger plus some caramel. Medium body with flavors of cinnamon, malt and vanilla. The finish is sweet with honey and cinnamon left behind. Above average seasonal from Rivertown overall.