ChugMan (24) - USA - NOV 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear, rich amber appearance that is almost too placid for my tastes. No sediment or even traces of carbonation to be seen. This telegraphs it’s flavor: crisp, clean, goes down easy, but almost remarkably unexceptional. I was rather let down by this beer’s flavor, or lack thereof. It’s not a bad beer but it certainly does not stand out.
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of hops (both citrus and floral). Balanced taste with an amber hue. Does not remind me of St. Arnolds Christmas ale as much as graham thinks...
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Wimpy flavor. Disappointing for Redhook.
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice seasonal brew for those cold winter nights in the midwest! CHEERS! Nice Hoppy taste.
crabcakes (20) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Unfortunately, this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. Extremely bitter and harsh on the taste buds, this beer was a huge disappointment. I had heard good things about it and was excited to try Winterhook, but I walked away disappointed.
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany colored ale, fine head that lingers and clings, slightly roasty malty aroma with spicy hops, caramel beginning but strong hoppy bitterness and malty finish. Good but not great.
6re99 (19) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Being a drinker of fine Red Hook products as their IPA, and ESB, this somewhat falls short. The end is very heavy, and the metalic taste had me to think I could have possibly bought a bad ’batch’, but after reading these posts, it must just be the flavor they want.. The color; on the other hand, is SUPURB!, one would think the bottle it was packaged in was clear. haha.. as for the whole package.......Too heavy, isn’t as smooth as some of their others, and just isnt a good drink; for the money. =y
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like apples. Shallow off-white head with a lot of lace. Strong carbonation keeps the head up for a long time.
Caremellt-brown color, dry texture. The killer is the sour-alkaline finish that puts the nail in the coffin: not that great a beer.
billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Oddly hoppy aroma for a beer in this style. Smells faintly like a DFH 60 minute combined with the smell of wet leaves. Pours a rich chestnut brown with a half finger width of cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Taste is at first slightly malty with a faint taste of cider spices (a la traditional winter brews). Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery, and the back taste is almost non-existent. Not a bad beer, but I’ve had both better winter brews and English strong ales.
Bakes (17) - Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed the color and taste of this beer. I will definately buy it again next winter.