EithCubes (5437) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
ben4321 (5420) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Location: Had it many times, can find it almost anywhere
Aroma: Malts, dark fruits, some spice
Appearance: Nice looking dark red color
Flavor: Mostly malty sweetness, some roasted flavor
Palate: Medium body, dull mouthfeel
An average, OK, just decent winter ale...Not a lot of very interesting flavor here. Looks better then it is. **Update 12/5/09: Just had some of a bottle of this, but the rating seems about right, so I’m going to leave it here.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Rerate. Looks about the same, perhaps a bit darker and some rudy hues. Flavors seem to match, but I do not have near the appreciation of this one I did in ’03. Nov 1, 2003, 7,4,8,2,15 - 3.6 Dark copper color with a stable tan head. Fresh hops and mild toasted malt aromas. Lightly roasted malt with a vanilla/nutty backdrop. Better then past years. A bitbitter and acidic in the finish. A touch "unclean" in the finish. Better than SNCA this year.
vyvvy (5380) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looking at the style listed here I have to wonder how this is an English Strong Ale clocking in at 5.58%. Oh well. Pours clear bronze with a rocky tan head. The aroma is somewhat spicy, woody / cardboard and lightly roasted malt. Medium body with a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Starts medicinal with some clean roasted malt and some woody hops. There is just a hint of sweetness, it is mainly dry. The finish has some spicy / piney hops that give a quick flash adn then it is over - very quick finish. Ok beer.
dwyerpg (5362) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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)
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Newport Weekend) This was a good beer. I liked the complexity between the hops and malts. A good easy going winter beer. Nothing where you light yourself on fire beer. The deep colors and aroma where good.
thornecb (5321) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
obguthr (5320) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.