WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a lovely ruby-twinged amber with a tannish head. Aroma is distinctly hoppy, with some added components of juniper, coriander, and a bit of caramel. Taste is creamy and fairly full, with an initial flavor of roasted malt, caramel, and spices giving way to a crisp and very dry finish of hops and rye. I am not usually a fan of hoppy brews in the winter, but this one is a pleasant surprise.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draught at xaviers in san diego.. amber red color with a decent frothy head.. medium body initial tug to the palate with hints of cherry shards along the way.. the carbination pushes back any other hoppyness. some pine flavoring tries to emerge.. decent finish but nothing great
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper and translucent. Not much in the realm of aroma. Faint hop aroma, maybe. The malt and hop flavor is light, what a let down. This one should not be a winter beer. It is neither rich nor hearty. The alcohol is too low and this beer does not deliver the winter goods.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2001
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stuff has the nice spicy holiday aroma I was looking for, but I found the flavor weak, almost watered down, fading at the finish. Its not bad - just undistinguished. Iím still looking for a great Christmas brew.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Huh. The main problem here is that I just had Bell's Old Ale and this beer instantly came on like the whiny, annoying third cousin of that marvelous beer. This is pretty pathetic - quiet, limp, basic stuff.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: Clear ruby red body with a small layer of micro bubble head that exits fast. A thin layer of bubble remain on top but most flock to the edges.
S: Earthy hops, dirt, pine resin, faint cocoa dust, roasted caramel, molasses and candy malt. Butterscotch and peppery spice.
T/M: Follows the nose with a healthy dose of earthy hops , cocoa powder and nice warming sensation. Bittersweet dark chocolate, orange oil and roasted caramel apple peels on the super dry finish. Light-medium prickly mouthfeel.
O: Gotta love a hoppy warmer. Intense earthy flavors bordering dirt in the mouth. Pine and hints of fruit compliment the roasty sweet malts. A great treat for winter that Iím eager to try the slightly altered version next year. Cheers!
POD (198) - USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Free Bottle. Poured beautiful amber with a nice lingering foam head. Aroma was of a rich spice typicl to winter ales. Flavor was citrus and hops. Neither too overbearing. Aftertaste was clean dry slight malt and hops. I drank this ice cold and it really hit the spot. I would drink this again.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clean dry roasty palate iíll agree. Iím not a fan of spicy winter brews so i liked this one
Livendadream (191) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Btl pours a beautiful clear brown color, creamy off white head that leaves great lacing but dissipates quickly. Smells of light roasted malt,toffee and floral hops and a hint of chocolate. Tastes of malt,chocolate, a tad bit of toasted bread and hops.Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, dry,bitter finish. Good beer, nice malty taste with a crisp and clean hop flavor. Decent winter offering from redhook.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber with a frothy but short lived light tan head. Spicy hop aroma. No chance to identify the malt- overly hopped- Resiny aftertaste reminds me of doing bong hits in college back in '75.