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 (3612) - 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. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Nice deep reddish brown color with a decent creamy off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Fruity and citrusy aroma, smells kind of like an IPA, hoppy citrusy flavors with some caramel. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a sharp bitterness, much better than I remember.
hershiser2 (2982) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Very pretty deep red, small head, lots of carbonation bubbling up the sides.
Strong in scent, cherryish... nice, but nothing overly great.
Thick and malty. Slight coffee and chocolate hints... maybe some raisens in there too. Nice, but there's something that doesn't quite make me really like it.
Well another seasonal tried- OK, but not the best I've had this winter.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Huge hop nose. plentyof hops, hops, and more hops, behind all of which is a decent malt backbone.