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RATINGS: 885   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5239) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5221) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 2003 draft. Big dark red color with some bright oranges. Moderate sized copper colored head that leaves quickly. Clear. Aroma of light red/orange fruits, some mild hops and a good earthiness. I was very impressed with the flavor. Balanced, enjoyable. Lightl tart cherries and a good malt backbone with some spiciness to it. Very good to style. Faint bready and nutty flavors. No astringency. yum. Now if they could only fix their ESB.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5143) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (5113) - 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. Canít 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 Iíve had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it donít 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
   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 doesnít 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

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.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4937) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2001
This was stinky. It wasnít 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas of malts/citrus. Flavor of hops and some malt. I donít know if they change this recipe year to year like some breweries. It seems like this has been better in years past.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sonnycheeba (4816) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Very sub-par winter ale. Aroma was more like an over hopped pils. Very thin and a tad bitter. Some citrus notes as well. Not too good.


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