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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Pours a deep copper with an eggshell colored head. Very fresh hoppy aroma, like a good IPA. Body starts with a nice hoppy kick and trails off into a more caramel malty side. Good crisp bittersweet finish. A very nice hoppy amber. I wouldn't really consider it an English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Had this on tap at an Old Chicago and it just was not good... not good at all. Maybe it was the place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Nothing real special here but nothing really bad either. Nice easy drinking winter warmer. Darker amber color, some light spiciness & roastiness. medium body. Rather smooth & unobtrusive beer. Nice winter session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Draft at the Woodinville brewpub. Crystal clear toffeeish amber with scant gray head. Musty, sweaty, bready nose. Medium body, very little carb. Mild. Roasty, toasty brown bread on the mid-palate, and sour in an almost rye-like way. Are they using a central keg line back there or something? Not much finish. Company says it "tastes like watered-down whiskey."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6906) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 bottling). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber to light brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic. A perfectly acceptable hoppy amber ale (certainly not an English Strong IMHO). Simple, but aromatic and flavorful. A little metallic. Overall better than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
Thick creamy head, dark hooked amber, Aroma of sweet malt. Soft in taste, caramel malt, light theme. Good texture, but somehow to shallow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very bubbly, slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size lasting off-white head -- lookin’ good. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, fruit and a decent amount of hops. Flavour of toasted malt, fruit, hops along with some nuts and light spices -- it could use a bit more flavour. Mild bitter finish. Average bodied. Better then I expected it to be, not bad at all actually.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (6670) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2008
12 oz bottle. Tried this beer right after sampling Troegs Nugget Nectar - which was pretty hoppy. This was a nice contrast. Poured an amber orange red body. Very minimal aroma. The taste was pretty good, nice and smooth. Maybe some roasty notes towards the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark amber coor with a medium off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a light malt with caramel and light hops. Good lacing on the glass. The taste is a sweet hop with a clean dry finish. A good english strong ale from Redhook.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Bottle pours red with a large off-white dishwater head.   Little carbonation, decent lacing.   Hops and major amounts of spruce dominate this one.   Taste doesn't behold that Tree scent, it however does reveal the Cascade hops.   Mouthfeel is a bit thin, flavor isn't as bountiful as I would want for a Winter Seasonal, but still not bad.   Mild bitterness on the finish.   Prior years of Winterhook were better IMO.

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