whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 draught. Dark body and soft, frothy head. Has properties of caramel, fruit, and even tobacco with a considerable dose of piney hops in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit astringent, as if from soap. The 2003 is a hoppy brew and quite unlike any true English Strong Ale. I think the recipe has changed (and improved) considerably for this one.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Strong Cascade hop aroma. Some malt aroma after it warms up a bit. Deep copper color with creamy head that lasts. Clinging rings of lace. Tastes very hoppy when fridge cold, nice roasty malt flavors come through as it warms. Decent mouthfeel. Dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not a typical "winter" brew- no spices- but excellent for sipping away while watching the snow fly(and I am}. Overall rating seems low for this beer, I wonder if this years version is an improvement, since I've never tried it before. BTW, this year's version is 6.11 ABV. Re-rate-2/5/04- Have grown tired of hop dominance-too much for this type of beer. Having a hard time finishing one.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper colored. Hoppy citrus aroma. Taste is of piney hops, with a good malt balance some lingering bitterness. Surprisingly good.
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper with a big eggshell head. Hops filled my nose as soon as the bottle was opened. Flavor is very hoppy and a little bith roasty, with a very slight hint of alcohol and fruit. A very pleasant surprise!
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my favorite winter brew. Dark copper color brew. A little harsh after-taste.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a copper color with a thin white head. Descent tasting beer with a nice clean palate.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Dark copper color. decent head.Malted smells of caramel and deep roast and the flavor delivers the same mesage. Good beer. The one thing that Anheuser did was buy into Redhook. I bought this beer again and liked it even more the second time. I noticed more hops than the first time. Damn good beer.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2003 Bottled on 10-15-03.Pours out a very appealing transparent garnet amber w/a fat head/ very nice lace and good head retention.Aroma of hops(cascade & northern brewer) & some malts(caramel 50/60 & munich).Surprisingly a hoppy brew for a winter effort.Lively yet almost smooth mouthfeel.Surprising since I just didn't know what to expect.More of a hoppy amber that should be available all year.Almost sour but doesen't quite get there.Lacking in any complexities(kinda watery at times)/not the greatest malt back-up yet still good.6.1%
Reid (2138) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok wife took me out to "The Outback" Steakhouse tonight for me birthday..they had not much of intrest on tap ( Newcastle Brown and Black Butte being the best)..so I tried this new keg of Winterhook..what the heck..might as well. Came in the 22 oz mug.
Served slightly too cold , despite me asking for a "slightly" chilled glass..so let it stand a while.
Actually afer the chill haze was gone, its quite a good looking beer ,light chocolaty brown with garnet accents..lovelly coffeen'creme coloured head.
Good malty aroma with wine like smell of alcohol.
Pretty nice taste , malty smooth, chocolate , liquorice then it gets bitter with noticable alcohol warming in the throat.
Nice and smooth on the palate.
A quite enjoyable brew with my Prime Rib..and New York Cheescake to finish!
Tastes though it was stronger than 5.58..but the waitress had no idea!
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 A clear dark ruby amber with a diminishing off white head. Aroma of pine, apricot and cherry. Medium water body with moderate carbonation. Nice flavor. Sweet upfront with fruit and pine notes with a slightly bitter finish with hints of pepper and raisins. This could be a decent session beer.