Dogbrick (11339) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 bottle: I wasnít expecting too much from this one and I was not let down. It definitely needs to warm a little for any flavor to come through. Pours a dark amber color with minimal head and lace. Aroma is lightly matly and spicy. Flavor is slightly nutty with a little butterscotch or caramel but overall it is thin. Not as robust as I like my winter ales.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Malty unspiced very dark winter ale.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mediocre strong ale. Nothing that makes this a holiday brew...where is the special spice?
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lackluster. Nothing distinguishing about this beer; canít believe theyíre trying to pass this off as a special holiday beer. Bitter malts accented by vomity hops. Strong metallic aftertaste. Pours a toasted amber with virtually no head. I was not impressed.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes vaguely english, but with american hops, to me. Not particularly spiced, which is fine, but not particularly anything special at all. Sort of a lackluster beer, particularly for the holiday season, where brewers tend to bring out something very special for us dedicated drunkards... Iím not very impressed with Redhook so far.
jazz88 (2664) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle of the 2002 vintage. Copper to brown color with a tan head. Malty and a little sweet with little flavor and very thin.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In my opinion, an average beer. Iíve had better, Iíve had worse. Next time I buy something, Iíll buy something else.
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 2003 bottle-i like what red hook did with this one. The dry hop aroma is definately present, but the hops in the palate are lacking. Now, they need to do some more dry hopping and experiment with some of their other brews.
ReRate-on tap-old chicago-rockford, IL-Im not going to change the rating that i have on this one because IMO, it is better than many English Strong Ale offerings for christmas(Capital and Summit are very dissapointing). One of red hook's better brews.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I got all excited about this one last year (3.8) but what can I say, I was young. Pretty much a sweeter stronger version of their ESB with a touch of spice although not enough to put it among the best of the season.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
always had higher hopes for this one - even after the AB aquisition. Not bad at all. usually go for a 12 pack on sale. and then thatís more than enough.