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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(Newport Weekend) This was a good beer. I liked the complexity between the hops and malts. A good easy going winter beer. Nothing where you light yourself on fire beer. The deep colors and aroma where good.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (5305) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Red Hook Winter Hook in a 12 oz brown bottle. Pop the lid for an interesting spicy aroma. Dark brown yellow. Taste is not as spicy as the aroma. Can’t get over the spicy herb vegetable smell, though not unpleasant. Feel is a little viscous and strong lagerish. Not in your face with the alky. The only other English strong ales I’ve had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it don’t make it any less enjoyable. This attribute may even make it better. Some hopp or malt bite on the back of the tongue and it even lingers for a while but it is not like strong strong ale. It manages itself without too much trouble. It does seem to be a little less oppressive than the other strong ales. Finish is a medium bitter that is tolerable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 The body is a dark red with more brown without being held to the light. The head iss lightly yellowish and frothy. The aroma has oranges with some light caramel. The taste is light grapefruit along with some roasted peanuts and popcorn. There is also a little note of toffee. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5245) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2008
deep amber pour with a thin cream head. nice chocolate aroma with some caramel. easy on the palate with a bittersweet chocolate taste mixed with coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5111) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Malty aroma has notes of yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pours a warm chestnut (not necessarily roasting on an open fire, tee hee) with a fairly thick and rather persistent pale buff head. Flavor fills the mouth with malty, woody hop, and subtle nutmeg and cinnamon notes - is that a snippet of cloves? Texture is not particularly thick or fizzy, but it does leave a pleasing finish of hops and understated spices. Yep, not getting the same thing year in and year out is very nice!
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2007 Total Score: 4.2
Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2001
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sonnycheeba (5040) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Tap. Pours clear light brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is woody notes, light toffee, cereal malts, and light raisin. Flavor is dry earthy notes, ash, chocolate, and faint dark fruit; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle picked up in the singles section of Total Wine in Alexandria. Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate copper color with some ruby tint to it. Slight off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is sweetness with some caramel and molasses and light wintry spices. The taste brings down a bit more spice, and doesn’t terribly overdo it. Light caramel and malt sweetness. Medium body with good carbonation. For what it is, not too shabby. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-24-2010

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas of malts/citrus. Flavor of hops and some malt. I don’t know if they change this recipe year to year like some breweries. It seems like this has been better in years past.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Sweet, herbal aroma. Smells of herbs, caramel, toasting, dough, and a little spice. Poured amber in color with a small tan head that diminished. Good lacing. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is sweet. Tastes of dough, caramel, malts, toasting, and nuts. Light to medium body. Thin, watery texture. Soft carbonation. Malty, salty finish. Overall, pretty bad.


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