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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Looking at the style listed here I have to wonder how this is an English Strong Ale clocking in at 5.58%. Oh well. Pours clear bronze with a rocky tan head. The aroma is somewhat spicy, woody / cardboard and lightly roasted malt. Medium body with a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Starts medicinal with some clean roasted malt and some woody hops. There is just a hint of sweetness, it is mainly dry. The finish has some spicy / piney hops that give a quick flash adn then it is over - very quick finish. Ok beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours a translucent red/amber with an average foamy/bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of sweet fruity/maltiness along with some spices and toasted malts. Flavor was kind of metallic, malty, light hop bitterness, some spices. Kind of dry and a bit on the thin side.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badgerben (4596) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (4537) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Similar to an American Amber Ale with more hops and spices, although its a little more subdued in comparison to other, more hoppy Ambers.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (4535) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
Clovy aroma. Reddish copper color with a thin head and good lacing. Floral marigold flavor. Nice ingredients but too bitter and floral for my taste.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4525) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright brown body with a moderate, off-white head. Smell: The unfortunate aroma is formed by an offensive mixture of berries, soured citrus fruits, and dirty metal. Taste: Bland, plain-tasting malt flavor with a slight nuttiness to it. The small amount of hops present provide a bit of grassiness. Finishes sour and with the taste of stewed greens. Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with moderate carbonation and an exceedingly watery palate. Drinkability: Something to keep in mind: there are many far better winter beers. This oneís a total washout.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Bottled. Appearance: dark brown, clear, medium somewhat frothy head. Nose: pretty weak; more malty than hoppy. Flavor/palate: sweet, fairly full-bodied, not terribly distinctive. Slight spiciness, also a bit of unpleasant metal/bitterness on the end. An OK Winter beer, not really recommended.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (4398) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at the Brew pub. Pours a hazy dark rusty red color with a medium head. OK retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, fruity notes, a bit of chocolate and bitter, peppery hops. Taste is caramel, cinnamon, bitter leafy hops. Medium bodied. There is some drinkability here, just not a style I care to much for. But itís worth a try for the people who like this style

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Rated on 11-29-2009 (Bottle) This beer forms a medium sized fizzy beige head that mostly diminishes, transparent red with brown tint body, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, citrus and pine hops. The Taste is lightly bitter, caramel malt, and citrus hops. This is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a session beer as it is very easy to drink, has a nice hop presence as it is not overly hoppy tasting which suits me just fine!


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