ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very subtle aroma... very subtle flavor. Slight orange-like spicy notes with a medium-ish body.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Its not what Iím expecting from a winter ale. Its more like an IPA to me because of the strong, and somewhat bitter hops taste, which Iím really not that fond of. Iíve bought IPAís before and some of them are enjoyable when Iím in the right mood for them, but this one has a hops taste that doesnít have alot of character and reminds me more of soap. But its definitely drinkable. I can easily finish this six pack, and if someone gives me some, Iíll happily consume that as well, but I probably wonít buy any more of it, because its just not that memorable to me, and its not what I envision as a winter ale, which is usually less better.
thelandstander (46) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured cola-brown with little head, but at least what little head there was stayed there for a while. Smell and flavor is of caramel, spice, and sour cherries. Watery finish leaves something to be desired. Decent, but Iím sure there are better winter brews out there.
sandygoonie (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent amber with fruity esters and a light ctirus hop nose candy. Very big carmel taste and warm mouth palape. Some type of spices finish off this decent beer
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color. Great thick taste. Good amount and color of head. Good amount of alcohol.
poorbastard (42) - Bokeelia, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown in color with a quickly diminishing tan head, this beer is bland with a bitter bite from the roasted malt. No spice. No character.
tatinek (41) - South Dakota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís cold and snowy here in SD today so I picked up a six of this at the local market. Iím sitting at the the computer now wondering how it tastes compared to their standard ESB. I should have picked up one of those too. Really quite a nice beer for a cold wintery day. I will buy it again. Thanks Redhook
brewbattles (40) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:
sdcourtney (40) - Berlin, Germany, - JAN 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at BW3. Not even close to being a conventional strong ale, but a valiant attempt - more of a Brown ale. Nice color and head, flavor has a subtle fruity undertone with a moderate malt backbone.
steelers (35) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This years winter hook tastes different then last years brew. Smell of spruce tips and slight hoppie. over all a good beer. No wow factor.