DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2001
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stuff has the nice spicy holiday aroma I was looking for, but I found the flavor weak, almost watered down, fading at the finish. Its not bad - just undistinguished. I’m still looking for a great Christmas brew.
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2001
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was stinky. It wasn’t skunked, but it was stinkyeasted. Cascade hopped, tinny first taste -- I suggest letting it sit and warm to get the ale flavor. The palate is actually on the higher side of 3, but not a 4. Some butterbread aftertaste. I was disappointed. Tastes like a bad Sierra Nevada brew.
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Wimpy flavor. Disappointing for Redhook.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2001
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It may be my outraged sensibilities talking, but ever since they got in the sack with Anheuser-Busch, the quality of Redhook seems to be diminished. The 2001 Winterhook is strange and frothy in the mouth and curiously weak in body. The tastes are muddy - rancid butter, sourdough bread, badly aged raisins, and pine resin. Not a pleasant beer at all, at all.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2001I was kind of disappointed in this one. I was expecting a hearty, dark, rich ale, but I got a watered down ESB dark. Dark copper color, weak head that faded quickly and a dark taste that was reminiscent of burnt, watered down ESB (which I do love however). If you are buying several winter brews this year, and need to somehow limit whicch ones you get, this may be the one to leave off. Maybe next year.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light copper color with a loose frothy head. A sweet, malty brew, some light hops and spice notes. Light mouthfeel, with a minutely bitter aftertaste. Nice winter brew, agrealby it is very reminscent of their ESB.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is pretty similar to their ESB
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2001
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Malty, toasty, grainy and sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar and caramel and faint hop spice. Medium to dark copper in color, clear, with a fairly robust head but little visible effervescence. Flavor is malty, with some toasted malt, caramel and lightly doughy breadiness. Finish shows some piney, spicy hop at last, but it"s a bit of a ’too little, too late’ situation. Body is light to medium and palate is just this side of watery. In the past I actually looked forward to this beer being available, and I don"t honestly know if the beer or I have changed, but it"s really nothing special this year, although inoffensive. My last overall rating for this was a 3.5, it doesn"t deserve that tonight.
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, could use some work, but really quite good