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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Aroma:nutty and hops.... Appearance:dark amber,good head... Flavor:nutty,good hops flavor,bread....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This one definitely grew on me as the first bottle emptied. Fruity with a nice bitter edge. It seemed to get hoppier the more I drank, but maybe that was due to something Id eaten earlier. Probably the best Ive had from Red Hook.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
On draft at the Wachovia Center. Even though it was poured into a plastic cup, the dark burnt amber color was apparent. Rich, lingering creamy head. Fruity aroma. Full flavored with the winter spices youd expect, but they were not overpowering. Hoppy and malty flavors delivered a well balanced taste. Creamy texture. Very nice winter brew. I would like to try it out of proper glassware.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 10/9/07 From September 05 bottle. Aroma is complex, with dark dried fruit (primarily raisins), alcohol, earthy hops and quite portlike overall. Appearance is a deep red with a good off-white head. Flavor is sweet, dark fruity malt forward with same graininess and faint resiny hop flora. Mouthfeel is fairly grainy with a medium/high carb feel. Overall, this is definitely the best Winterhook Ive had. The recipe jumps around each year, but I think that this 05 aged to the point that the carb texture drops would be one of the excellent winter warmers; I wish Id saved my other bottles longer.

10/15/07 On draught. Aroma is c-hop forward followed by light caramel. Appearance is hazy gold with a medium off white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward with moderate bittering and good hop citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-high bodied with a medium-high carb bite, good graininess, and leaves a dry feeling on the tongue; slightly warm. While this does have very good balance, I find I do miss the winter warmer flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Had this one on draught at Scotland Yard in St. Charles, Illinois. Clear, deep copper color with a thick, orangy-tan head, wonderful nutty and hoppy aroma, a bit of clove and allspice; sweet, piney hops, balanced with nutty maltiness. Mild and bitter finish. Really good, but pricey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2007
This is a nice beer. Good deep amber in color with a two finger semi creamy froth. Decent head retention with a lingering canopy to look at. Medium nectar w/ good carbonation that comes out on the palate and lays alomost creamy. A good fresh and fruity malt profile balanced by a defined spicey hop component that sticks to the end. Flavors of mildly spiced cherry fruit show forward. The finish is fruity and bittered nicely with citrus rind. Im not sure if this really is a strong english ale. and the commercial description is way off. HOw can you have rich and hearty then say clean and dry ? Rediculous! This is a nice complex beer deserving a better score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 The pour is beautiful crystal red with a medium head. Aroma is simple hops. Light hop and malt flavor in a full body. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otismulligan (34) - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (989) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 RE-RATE. Poured from bottle. Dried fruit, roasted malt in aroma. Translucent mahogany. Flavors of toasted malt, floral hops, nut, vanilla, pepper, caramel. Dry feel. Different (and better) than it was at last rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (487) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2010
This beer was light brown with a creamy tan head. The beer had aromas of moderate maltiness with caramel and roasted notes. The beer had an initial sweetness that was quickly followed by a dry itterness. The carbonation was light and the bdy medium.

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