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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (5581) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
Clovy aroma. Reddish copper color with a thin head and good lacing. Floral marigold flavor. Nice ingredients but too bitter and floral for my taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Not much to this beer. There’s a caramel malt base with some earthy and citric hopping to it, but little more. Doesn’t come across as an English strong ale, more like an EPA gone bad.

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2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
EithCubes (5551) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle. Sweet and spiced aroma, floral hops with pine, spruce, and sweet corn, and a little herby funk. Amber-copper pour with a short but sticky beige head. Grainy, lightly hoppy, and dry taste, a little gritty from spice. Toasty notes are way down in the mix. A little woody and a little nutty, and pleasantly dry, but a bland disappointment overall. And very light vegetal bitterness. Medium body and slightly acidic. Pretty nasty aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Kind of a soapy aroma, flavor definitely has some funky malts and hops, which makes sense given the style. Taste is okay, just not real good. Don’t see the roasted notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a tan head. Chewy nutty taffy, hints of light woodiness and caramel malt. Some light pine and spices. Decent brew.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
Bottled, lame is a word that springs to mind. Very dissapointing for a supposed winter ale. Light choc, caramel, little hops noticable, grainy and thin, no bitterness, cola like texture.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2003
A nice bark (fir) colored ruby. Head is creamy at first but does dissipate quickly. Appears like a well aged beer. This was the 2002 bottle. Aroma is full of pine and raisin, light hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is semi-sweet but the aging has done wonders for this one. It is smooth and mild, like a session strong ale. This was a surprise beer, I found it in a store hidden from view a year after release covered in dust!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5452) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Pours deep amber into a trappist glass. White micro head with good retention recedes to coat surface leaving spot lacing. Spice aromas. Crisp with dark caramel and a sweet lasting pepper finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Notes of caramel in the nose. Pour is reddish amber with a fizzy white head. Flavors of hops, fruit, mild spice, and malt. A decent ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5357) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 2005 Vintage This English strong ale pours a copper red color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized head. Aroma is slightly malty with some floral hops. A light to medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch floral. Some vegetative and cardboardy flavors as well. Better than the 2000 sample I had, but still can’t recommend this one. Bland, boring a touch thin and watery tasting. I recall when Redhook made decent beers, oh how times have changed. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. 2000 Vintage Dark red copper color, large head. Medium malts, medium hops. Roasted malts, robust/full flavor. Somewhat spicy. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, very slight bitterness. Tastes better when slightly warmer, flavor has a smoother feel. Taste is a little thin? Need to re taste?? Giving it the benefit of a doubt, but its not a very good beer. (4-2-4-2-10)


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