DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Hoppy malty aroma, very deep amber, with a small cream coloured head. Soft hops flavour, good bitterness. Good. biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern. Poured a dark amber color with a smal tan head. Strong hop prescence in the nose.. I found it to be lacking in malt presentation. Nice flavor that was founde on a strong hopp- bitterness. I liked this one. Radek Kliber (7352) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
Thick creamy head, dark hooked amber, Aroma of sweet malt. Soft in taste, caramel malt, light theme. Good texture, but somehow to shallow. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Golden/red appearance, thin tan head, lingering hop taste, slightly burnt malt taste, i would've guessed this was an amber ale. bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2003
copper with a small off white head. mild herbal hop and spice aroma. thin bodied with a mild hop bitterness, with hints of nutmeg and some fruitiness. OK but nothing special.
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Copper hue, no head. Spice and malt in the nose, but not very strong. Taste of nutmeg and spice. Too thin bodied and weak for a so-called strong ale. It's pretty good, but nothing special stands out. wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Medium red/dark amber with a small to negligible head.
Nice hop nose with hints of your traditional spices (which may or may not be in this "strong ale")and maybe some fruit.
The body is pretty thin, and this isn't a warming beer--which is the point of winterfest ales--to warm you up.
The mouthfeel is thin--a nice malt/hop finish. koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
This is a really nice seasonal entry from the folks at Redhook. Not crazy strong like a lot of winter brews. Hops at the start remind me of Flying Dog Pale, but the finish is much stronger and balanced. Check it out if you can get it. raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Nice dark copper color and slightly hoppy aroma. Decent flavor - tastes like an IPA plus (I just made that up). kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Off white/light tan head on a light copper body, but it just doesn't stick around very long. Herbal hop aroma, but it lacks a malt presence in the nose as an English Strong ale should. But at 5.58% ABV, it's not that strong! What little malt aroma there is seems caramelly with hints of roast and chocolate and only mildy fruity. Flavors seems rather sweet and lightly acidic, but well balanced with a hop flavor that dominates mid palate into the finish. A light fruitiness comes into the finish as well as it warms; The malt flavors seem muddled and one does not dominate over the others as in the aroma making this a fairly non complex winter brew. Medium bodied wiht moderately low carbonation and dry mouthfeel, borderline astringent. This isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not terribly complex for what it's supposed to be. I can't say I'm not disappointed in this one.