bwstud (2) - Park City, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winterhook release # 27
First and foremost: rad bottle. Packaging can be a non-factor or a cloying gimmick but this bottle feels good in the hand and, quite frankly, is the only reason I initially inspected it on the shelf.
The beer pours a ruddy copper, a hair darker than expected from an English Strong but attractive and within the seasonal palate. Emptied slowly into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature Winterhook produces one finger of moderately tight foam which dissipates within two minutes leaving weak lacing.
Aroma leaves something to be desired. Munich malt punches through early with developing hints of toasted rye and hay barn. In fact, this beer is strongly reminiscent of a damn cold barn. Not at all a bad thing but I’m stretching for spice or floral aromatics and coming up empty.
Winterhook’s taste is spot-on as expected. Bready, nutty, earth tones abound. Fall into some grass at the edge of your driveway in March while munching whole wheat toast and you’ll come up with the same flavors. While cold, dirty grass and un-appointed toast may seem less than appealing there is nothing wrong with the taste of this beer. A mild bitterness is palpable and pleasing. Red Hook claims 45 IBU’s for this release and while that might be a touch generous I’ll buy it.
The beer carries a decent weight in your mouth. Not watery but towards the lighter side. Easy to drink but of substance. Not much changes as you work your way through the pint. A resinous, quick finish invites continued quaffing.
All done and told a fine, if not remarkable beer. Ideal for stashing in the garage for clearing the driveway or paying your skyrocketing utility bills.
BeerInHeaven (175) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a burgundy copper with a medium off white head. Aroma is floral. Taste is bright and hoppy, hint of citrus. Moderate hoppy bitterness slowly creeps in then slowly fades through the finish. Good beer.
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany colored ale, fine head that lingers and clings, slightly roasty malty aroma with spicy hops, caramel beginning but strong hoppy bitterness and malty finish. Good but not great.
Eirikur (372) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - NOV 28, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours well, thick-ish dark amber, with medium head.
Its one of those non-traditionals.
For my taste its a bit too hoppy for a winter seasonal.
Apart from that, its well constructed and would siut better with food then on its own.
dliberto (203) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank from the bottle. Aroma consists of nuts, caramel, toffee, and pine. Taste is resin, metal, nuts, and caramel. Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a slight sticky mouth feel.
klk343 (87) - - NOV 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A brown amber color. Roasty malt flavors. Some bitterness. I immediately thought red ale.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"a nice nutty malt flavor greets you, but it kind of goes off the tracks after that. better than their average beer, but with the abundance of winter ales out there, this one is easily passable."
scarletfire65 (1001) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. A bit "out of season", but what the hell. Aroma is of spice, wood, toasted malt. High carbonation. Flavors include rye, pumpernickel bread, piney hops, crackers, cinnamon, grass. Dry, roasty finish. A great winter seasonal, even in August.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-4-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance –The beer pours a mahogany-amber color with a big two finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention, fading to leave only a light level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is bready and sweet of toffee. These aromas are mixed with some nutty and pine aromas, balancing out the sweet and malty.
Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and toffee taste. A light citrus and dark fruit flavors are also upfront with a spiced flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg quickly after coming to the tongue. Nutty and some bitter pine flavors then come to the tongue. The mix of these flavors takes the taste to its end where a bready and lightly bittered, but still overall caramel and toffee sweet, flavor are left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average Overall the body was very nice for accentuating the fruit and spice flavors of the brew, while the carbonation maintained an exciting and very drinkable feel for the brew.
Overall – A nice tasty, slightly sweeter, yet still roasty and spiced holiday brew. It has a nice feel and price, which when mixed with the good taste make for a brew to try and one to possibly go back to again and again.
alexsdad06 (6096) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07/08. Pours a mostly clear reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have mild toasted malts, caramel, light citrus, dried fruits with a mild amount of spices. Thin body, flavor is better than I would have expected. I just like my winter warmers to be bigger.
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Pour is brown in color with a small head on top. Nose is of earthy hops and some spice from the grains. Caramel blends with mild nutmeg/cinnamon in the taste. Dark fruit, raisin and mild toffee and tobacco round it out. Decent complexity overall, especially as the beer warms. Tasting notes from 11/2011.