TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Interesting taste, but not that good. Somewhat fruity...not expected in a beer this dark. bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2003
I'm not sure what they were trying for with this one. It smelled a bit like a barleywine and vaguely tasted like one. But I didn't really enjoy it. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
The last of a sixer, but the first time drinking it while a member of RateBeer. I truly enjoy this beer. Balanced, complex yet no part of it is aggressive. It's hoppy, spicy, and earthy nature makes it a great nightcap to an evening of good beer, good food, and good friends. Still when I see the Redhook label, it first thing to come to mind is A-B. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2003
I enjoyed this beer greatly even though I tried it in late July. The taste was very well balanced and I will have to pick up some more this upcoming winter. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 23, 2003
I really enjoyed the 2002 version of this. Brownish-red color with a short lived head. Smells of hops and spices. Refreshingly splashes the tongue with crisp hop flavors, late-harvest fruits, and well pronounced clove, pumpkin spice and allspice flavors. Detectable bitterness and subdued spiciness make up the after palate. One of my winter favorites. I cant wait to purchase a 2003 6-pack and watch a NFL Sunday double-header.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Nice amber color.Small but long lasting head.Aroma malty sweet,with a hint of hop's.Malty sweet taste,nicely hopped but a little thin in the feel,some what watery.nice after taste,that is mildly spicy with a nice hop bite.pretty decent brew but definately not my favorite.There are better ale's out there. 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 (4247) - 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 (2831) - 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.