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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This is pretty easy drinking. Nothing at all exciting, but some nice hop flavor peeping from under the dark malt flavors. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
I've been hearing that they have redone the formula this year and found the beer a nice surpise for Redhook. Though I thought the beer was still lacking something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2003
This beer pours a dark shade of brown with a nice head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty with caramel and some spice. The flavor reminded me a lot of Anchor Steam, with just a little more strength in the flavor. Malty and hoppy, with caramel and spices. Good winter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
A basic, fairly boring ale. Heavy hop flavoring that was most empty of anything else left me thoroughly dissatisfied. Addendum: One winterhook = one heavy hangover. Normally I'm immune to these, but man ... this one is bad. I'll never touch one of these again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Sparkling clear, burnt orange/ruby ale. Cheap aftershave and vineous notes within the nose and flavor along with toffee and leathery, citrusy and evergreen hops. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, thin, lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Dark amber with a frothy but short lived light tan head. Spicy hop aroma. No chance to identify the malt- overly hopped- Resiny aftertaste reminds me of doing bong hits in college back in '75.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Nice reddish-brown color. Decent white billowy head. Aroma is rich with hops. Bitter and dry in the initial taste. Medium bodied flavor, mellow for a winter beer. Still not too bad for the 2003 version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
I didn't think it was all that great. the ESB is still much better. The brew just isn't the same since I left seattle. For a couple months I had a tower of red hook cases in the coner of my room. they each had a coupon for a tour of the brewery, I never did make it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 (12/10/05, 12oz bottle, bottled on 11/21/05, ABV = 6%) Small beige head topping a clear nut-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, spruce, some pistachio, faint anise, nutmeg -- strange combination. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some caramel, light vegetal. Light-medium body. Definitely seems different from the last time I tried it, and not for the better. (5/3/6/3/11)

(12/6/03, 12oz bottle): Clear garnet body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, spiced, grapefruit, light floral. Taste is medium sweet, spiced, grapefruit/floral. Medium body. (6/4/7/4/14)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
no point in drinking this from a trappist glass... slighty hoppy odor. small head that disappears quickly. slightly sweet, a bit nutty, with some hops nipping at your tongue eventually. much thinner than i expected. ok. definitely not robust. -1 point for false advertising. :>

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