spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
This beer didn't really impress me that much. It tasted very malty and dry, but it was not horrible. It was hard to drink more than a few of these. OK. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
well carbonated ruby/amber body, uniform tan topper. hoppy nose, spicy and floral with a nice caramely backbone. creamy soft and inviting. front is sweet and caramely yiealing to a spicy hop character. the bubbly effervescence doesn't cover up the thin mouthfeel though. some chocolatey notes underlying, along with light roastey grains. Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Clear, slight metalic aroma, not in the league with real english strong ales but improves as it warms up wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours dark amber with a strong tan head. Strong pine aroma. Flavor is a little sweet with a heavy grass finish. Soapy aftertaste almost ruins the flavor. Not as thick or strong as most winter brews. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Bottle pours red with a large off-white dishwater head. Little carbonation, decent lacing. Hops and major amounts of spruce dominate this one. Taste doesn't behold that Tree scent, it however does reveal the Cascade hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, flavor isn't as bountiful as I would want for a Winter Seasonal, but still not bad. Mild bitterness on the finish. Prior years of Winterhook were better IMO.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Slight hoppy and toasty flavor, and not over sweetened like some winter brews. A little thin, but overall a nice beer. SpringsLicker (3663) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Deep burgundy color with a minimal head. Aroma is a mix of hops, fruit, and subtle spiciness. The flavor is malty with a touch of hops to finish. A bit of spice which is dominated by the malt and hops. Something else is needed here, a little more body would help. Drinkable, but not the best winter seasonal I've had. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2004
bottled: i used to go nuts for this beer, making sure i got it every year at least once. now i dont go seek it out like i used to. dark in color and a thin tan head. some spices going on in there with pretty dry aftertaste. sour. dark warm and robust , not as thick on the palate as it appears. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Dark brown/amber color. Aroma is lightly hoppy and quite spicy. Flavor starts off malty with strong berry tones. Then the sweetness overwhelms you before giving way to a lighter hoppier finish. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2004
Dark amber colour. Sweet, malty, and slightly fruity aroma. Flavour is mainly malty (toffee) balanced by a moderately bitter finish. Lightly spicy. Somewhat watery palate. Not bad at all.