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 (40) - South Dakota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s cold and snowy here in SD today so I picked up a six of this at the local market. I’m 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
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.
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:
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.
oldpainless (34) - fort mill, South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I dint know what to expect from this one..I liked the bottle label so I got a 12.
It starts rather hoppy & does mellow quickly. To me it almost crosses over to IPA territory. So it may be a good starter for one looking to try something a bit more hoppy but, not so much so that it scares one away from moving foward to try other " hoppy" beers.
All in All..I would buy it again & found it to be okay.
otismulligan (34) - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle- poured pint glass. Very nice head that stayed around.Golder brown ameber color. A nice subtle hop amber tasty ale, very very nice. Not over flavored, as tends to be common w/ winter creations. would do be as year round, than a winter brew!
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, could use some work, but really quite good
elamericano (32) - Moscow, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Pours pretty dark, nice frothy head that lasts forever. Slightly fruity, slightly spicy. Dry. Nothing fantastic, nothing terrible.