beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Great aroma of spices. Laced ok. Dark rugby brown, tasted nice but disappointed because the Sam Adams winterlager was much better i thought. Like Christmas in a bottle...I would reccomend Winterhook though!
tobias (206) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours a nice dark amber red with a nice tan head. spicy nutty roasty chocolatey carmel aroma. taste is of spice, carmel, chocolate with some nuttiness. fruity. and creamy but a little thin
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Glenville beverage. Very little head and almost no lace to speak of. Stored at 50 degrees and served at the same in an English pint. Body is clear, no particles, avergae malts and average hops. Although I read the comments below mine and foun dit interesting that that person thought that it almost crossed over into an ipa territory. Now that they said that I can see it. I agree. Light on the yeast. Palate is a three ok mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little astringent. and a little bitter. Not a ton of flavor. It was ok, I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but would drink it if it were available. Not a bad beer, just would rather not pay money for it.
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. I’m 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 I’m 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.