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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerNutBob (10) - - DEC 7, 2012
Light for an ale, lots of spice, particularly cinnamon. Great aroma if you like a spiced ale. My wife's favorite ale, probably the only ale she likes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8247) - Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Draft to taster at Rivertown. Looks good; a hazy orangish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; cinnamon and related spices with a semi-sweet backbone. Average on the palate. A pleasant version of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (1061) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
This ale poured a cloudy deep amber colour with a quickly disipating, light tan coloured head. To the nose there are scents of ripe fruit, cider, apple pie, plastic and brown sugar. Quite complex bouquet. First sip was very carbonated with flavours of apple pie with cinnamon. This beer is literally apple pie in beer form. Medium bitter finish with cinnamon lingering on the pallet.

1.6
   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.

3.6
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shrubber85 (10879) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pellegjr (396) - 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

2.8
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8535) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brigadier (3580) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12 ounce bottle
Another disappointment from Rivertown makes me wonder if they actually have any quality control measures. Its 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 arent 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.


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