foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Mediocre beer. Tasted like a watered down Fullers 1845. Not impressive. Malty flavor, some fruitiness. Weak palate and aroma. Of all the creative things they could do with a winter beer, they choose this. I suppose a lot of my disappointment is because of the packaging though. I get excited when I see "Winter Ale". Re-rate 10/24/03: WOW! Big improvement. Hops, bitterness! A good surprise. The best Redhook I've had. I think they changed their recipe for the better. Hoppy finish. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2003
2002 bottling. This was disappointing. It has a mild aroma with some caramel and spice. In the mouth, this wasn't so much watery as thin, with weak flavors notably only for its metallic bitterness and lack of charm. It wasn't horrendous, but it is a weak cousin of proper English strong ales. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 re-rate 2003 edition ok either the original i had was a way dif recipe... or this went down hill really fast, a stale malt aroma that is kind of doughy - with a bit of light hop scent, very nice ruby color with an offwhite huge rocky head that dissipates to a thin ring, man the flavor used to be so good! but now it tastes very metallic and very bad medicinal bitterness - has hints of fruity sweetness but is majorly hidden behind the metal and bitter, my thoughts are this bad boy needs some time to age, ill stuff 2 in the closet and rate in 6 and 12 months later and see how it goes!
definitely ESB's big brother, better than all the other redhook brews, just too bad they dont make it year round.. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2004 Amazingly, this beer has taken me over a year to locate, even though it’s distributed by Anheuser-Busch and has 125 ratings! Remarkable. Word is that this brew changes a bit from year to year. I’m sipping it while watching "The Bourne Identity" and it’s a good spy-thriller movie beer. Fairly sweet malt and a decent amount of spiciness. Quite good.
2004 vintage: wickedly bitter. Bitingly so. Unforgiving, like a black Imperial IPA. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nothing special very plain drinkable. Light malt and hop flavor. Finishes clean and dry.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2003
What the hell was this all about? I thought i bought myself a winter ale, not a wussy brown ale? Whattup guys??? So this thing poured a reddish brown mix..mostly amber with no head. The aroma was mildly malty, some hints of fruit, but nothing that said, smell me!!!! The taste was heavily malty, a lil' nutty, and all disappointing. It went down smoothly, with little carbonated value or any other exciting qualities. Truly boring. It may have had the slightest bit of spice, but given that it was so tiny, i could not distinguish it by any means. Wake me up when Redhook wakes up and listens to the fine beer drinkers of the world. Panzuriel (2256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Mildly disappointing ale. A little whimpy and run of the mill for a winter ale. Amber-brown. No head. Decent aroma and flavor. Nothing special. texture also middle of the road. jkeller (4) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2003 does not count
Trying not to be biased against ale, this beer still didnt cut it. Redhook seemed a bit flat for my taste. Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Amber with no head. Aroma is minimal, if that. Flavor is bland with some malt flavors. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. It's not that bad but I expected much more. Probably if you feel like drinking a ton of beer this would be a good one. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Bottled. A rather disappointing beer. Nothing wrong with it. Just didn't do anything for me. Had a little spice flavor, but mainly it was just a beer.