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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Amber. Nice head. Bold but smooth. Slightly fruity and crisp, kind of dry. Good winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, 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 (1275) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Churchkey (16) - Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation. Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells. Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced. Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish. Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (7928) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2014
Thanks to SefanSD for this brew. Winterhook #29.
Reddish-brown in the glass, nice roasted nose. The beer starts malty, dry. The mainpart is a bit more dry, nicely malty and very nicely hopped. The bitter-hops get more intense till the end, nicely dry with the roasted malt, and still easy to drink.
a very nice winter beer - not sweet and nicely balanced. --> 12/11/12/12

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