clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
argo0 (12854) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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)
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. :>
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy malty aroma, very deep amber, with a small cream coloured head. Soft hops flavour, good bitterness. Good.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern. Poured a dark amber color with a smal tan head. Strong hop prescence in the nose.. I found it to be lacking in malt presentation. Nice flavor that was founde on a strong hopp- bitterness. I liked this one.