thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Did I get a skunk? Pours dark brown with some almost-purplish hues. Not a strong aroma but definitely gives a herby, boozy aroma (maybe gin/juniper?). That same bizarre herby mix is very prevalent in the beer, with a metallic twinge. Maybe I just don’t like Winter Ales (this was my first) but I thought it was mostly vile.
TampaBeer (255) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft (was that the problem?) Barely discernible aroma, maybe a slight syrupy smell. Odd flavor, slightly sweet - sticky sweet aftertaste that is not very pleasant. Not very enjoyable.
bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not a fan. Horrible hoppy flavor with notes of citrus. Had to choke the 6 pack down.
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.
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very subtle aroma... very subtle flavor. Slight orange-like spicy notes with a medium-ish body.
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled 20SEP11 (because winter starts in September now?)
A: Copper with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. near cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Caramel malts with hints of metal.
T: Herbal, with a near lavender flavor. Nasty.
M: Thin with moderate carb.
O: Been drinking some shit beer tonight, getting tired of it.
Serving type: bottle
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2001I was kind of disappointed in this one. I was expecting a hearty, dark, rich ale, but I got a watered down ESB dark. Dark copper color, weak head that faded quickly and a dark taste that was reminiscent of burnt, watered down ESB (which I do love however). If you are buying several winter brews this year, and need to somehow limit whicch ones you get, this may be the one to leave off. Maybe next year.
That1Guy (1892) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Smells like nast hops. Tastes about the same. Pretty awful. Not happy. Then again, it’s about what I expected.
jkeller (4) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2003 does not count
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Trying not to be biased against ale, this beer still didnt cut it. Redhook seemed a bit flat for my taste.
realjb29 (27) - olean, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nose is very bland only a subtle hint of cinnamon. Appearance good clarity color is almost mahogany a deep amber hue. taste is bland over all only subtle hints of caramel, black cherry, possesses some sour off flavors. moderate carbonation. Overall not good. I would never drink this beer again.