LarryBeast (616) - - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle. Like a richer, caramel-heavy version of their ESB. Well hopped. Better than I expected. Cakes (436) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
12 oz bottle.
Pours a reddish-brown-mahogany with minimal head. Light aroma.
tastes like an IPA with a few seasons. Hoppy.
Not what I was expecting for a "Winter Seasonal".
Nothing dramatic or even distinctive.
Still I really enjoyed it, and will have it again.
I just think that it was mis-classified as a "winter beer". brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Sort of a copper colored beer with an off-white head. Some sweet brown sugar and fruit, a bit of water, and slight herbal notes. A bit of citrus peel, sort of watery, and toffee. Flavor is lightly bitter. Mostly sweet toffee, brown sugar, and bready malt. Some herbal and citrus peel hop flavors, a bit of water, and some very mild roast. rxeight (3080) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Copper color. Earthy brown taste. Bit of carmel. English bitter finish. mediocre beer. Better than mainstream stuff. Not as good as most craft. steelers (35) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
This years winter hook tastes different then last years brew. Smell of spruce tips and slight hoppie. over all a good beer. No wow factor.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours copper with a slightly off-white head that leaves web lacing. Aroma is mostly malty with caramel, bread, and cereal hitting the nose. There are hints of grassy hops though. Flavor is toffee, caramel, nuts, grassy earthy hops, and cinnamon. On the palate the beer is medium bodied, soft carbonation, with a lingering dryness. Overall an enjoyable and highly drinkable beer. I wish the flavors would linger more, the beer just quickly fades away. sawbuck (732) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Grassy hop aromas. Nice deep amber color. Hops hit you first....then a creamy malt flavor that gets covered too quickly with hoppy bitternss to notice any sweetness or other hidden flavors...detect some black liquorice. Finish is rather long for my taste. Chudwick (3207) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12oz bottle - pours clear amber with thin tan head and modest lacing. Nose is herbal or grassy hops. Flavor adds spruce, light roast character, and caramel malts. Mod sweetness and moderate bitterness. Interesting balance. Light enough to quench the thirst, but flavorful enought to keep me guessing. I had no expectations for this beer since the bottle and packaging were not very helpful in describing the beer. Glad I went for it and the 6% ABV. Wil enjoy these on this chilly camping trip. Sledutah (7530) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2012
GABF 2012 JFParnell (70) - Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, earthy and light caramel
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 Cask conditioned sample at the Redhook brewery in Woodinville, so this is the best that it gets. Natural overtones of dish soap and toe jam permeate this beer with just a hint of castor oil. Nasty aftertaste makes the drinker wish that they had brought some mouthwash with them. Head lays flatter than piss on a platter, and the brown color reminds one of dead leaves. Overall a very undrinkable beer, and well worthy of the Redhook name.