badgerben (4720) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sub-par winter ale. Aroma was more like an over hopped pils. Very thin and a tad bitter. Some citrus notes as well. Not too good.
Braudog (6113) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a whipped tan top. There's a thin consistency. It's a tad bitter and nutty with a metallic citric finish.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reminds me of an IPA instead of an English Strong. Poured clear red-brown, with a very thin light tan head. Surprisingly weak aroma, with a touch of citrus. Flavor was dominated by grapefruit and pine hops, with a touch of bready malts and hints of fruitiness. Very bitter finish. Rather thin-bodied. A play on SN Celebration Ale? In any case, what are American hops doing in an English Strong Ale?
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Egg white type head, very dee copper color. Very fruity, hoppy aroma, hints of dry-hopping. Nutty, malty flavor with a hop flavor and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. More in style with a thinnish IPA than an English Strong. Good beer, though.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, at the East 23rd Street, Manhattan, NYC. </br>Deep amber colour with a clear lacy white head. Big bitter hop aroma. Purple, violet flavour with a short to medium palate but still very smooth.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 - It's ok, it is very nutty tasting and reminds me a lot of this brewery's Nut Brown Ale. A little bit on the bitter side as well.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sub-standard winter ale. Hints of roastiness and earth. Hopsy and therefore a bit bitter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper with an eggshell colored head. Very fresh hoppy aroma, like a good IPA. Body starts with a nice hoppy kick and trails off into a more caramel malty side. Good crisp bittersweet finish. A very nice hoppy amber. I wouldn't really consider it an English Strong Ale.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Winterhook is a very nice ruby-tan beer with an excellent hop nose, mixed with some underlying malt toastiness. The flavor shows primarily the hops (more than Ballard Bitter, certainly). All in all, a good amber IPA, somewhere between Indica and Hop Devil. It would benefit from more malt flavor.
travise (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Slight floral aroma. Nice warm maltiness followed by a nice hoppy bite. Nicely balanced. I could put down a few of these.