vinivini (2981) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 23, 2017 bwstud (2) - Park City, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winterhook release # 27
First and foremost: rad bottle. Packaging can be a non-factor or a cloying gimmick but this bottle feels good in the hand and, quite frankly, is the only reason I initially inspected it on the shelf.
The beer pours a ruddy copper, a hair darker than expected from an English Strong but attractive and within the seasonal palate. Emptied slowly into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature Winterhook produces one finger of moderately tight foam which dissipates within two minutes leaving weak lacing.
Aroma leaves something to be desired. Munich malt punches through early with developing hints of toasted rye and hay barn. In fact, this beer is strongly reminiscent of a damn cold barn. Not at all a bad thing but I’m stretching for spice or floral aromatics and coming up empty.
Winterhook’s taste is spot-on as expected. Bready, nutty, earth tones abound. Fall into some grass at the edge of your driveway in March while munching whole wheat toast and you’ll come up with the same flavors. While cold, dirty grass and un-appointed toast may seem less than appealing there is nothing wrong with the taste of this beer. A mild bitterness is palpable and pleasing. Red Hook claims 45 IBU’s for this release and while that might be a touch generous I’ll buy it.
The beer carries a decent weight in your mouth. Not watery but towards the lighter side. Easy to drink but of substance. Not much changes as you work your way through the pint. A resinous, quick finish invites continued quaffing.
All done and told a fine, if not remarkable beer. Ideal for stashing in the garage for clearing the driveway or paying your skyrocketing utility bills.
Directly from bottle. Aroma: floral & grassy hops, caramel malts, dried fruit. Medium body. Dry taste. Hoppy. Very bitter. Grassy. Interesting. gripweed57 (2854) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2017
From old tasting notes. Translucent orange amber color with a big yellowish beige head. Sweet molasses, toasted malt aroma. Semisweet malt flavor sports good dry hop character in middle. Well rounded and full flavored. Nicely balanced. daniele (9640) - ITALY - AUG 1, 2017
bottled on oct 8/14 ambratocarico schiuma media discreta persistenza caramello mandorla tendenza dolce frutta secca cotta ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is winter spices. The taste is a lot milder than expected, almost watery. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2017
12 oz. bottle from gregwilsonstl - thanks again, Greg! Part of his generous Free Beer Week box. Can’t tell you the last time I had any Redhook. This one pours a deep, barely cloudy, slightly browned amber with a finger of beige head that settles unevenly and laces the glass. Notes of toasted and caramel malts, earth and grass and leaves, soap, and mild spice. Light-medium bodied, with a malty, earthy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering intense soap-like bitterness. Call it floral if you want, it’s just a bit harsh. Not bad, but a little out of balance.
chinchill (5311) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2017
12 oz 2016-17 bottle.
Pours with a dark mahogany body that has excellent clarity and is topped by a durable, foamy beige head. Soapy lacing.
Aroma mildly to moderately spicy.
Flavor: winter spices, moderate in strength, with earthy hops and faint dark bread. Moderately bitter.
Juks (1047) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2017
330ml bottle, thank Jaanis. Pours dark golden caramel, medium sized beige head, doesn’t last good. Aroma is malty, caramelly, sweet, hoppy. Taste is hoppy, caramelly, some burnt sugar, malty. metal. Lively carbo, medium body. Nothing special. Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Hazy amber brown color, big fluffy tan head that leaves spider web lacing. Aroma of candied dates and burnt caramel. Taste is peppery toasted caramel. Decent enough. My 100th English Strong Ale. Rex_Remes (262) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JAN 19, 2017
(12oz bottle) AROMA: sweet and spicy malt, bread, some hops to balance, herbs, earthy. APPEARANCE: solid medium to dark brown, soft/frothy tan head, reduces down to a oily film, minimal visible carbonation, a tad opaque. TASTE: a little sweetness, dry fruit/prunes/raisins, chocolate, dark toast, citrus peel, roasted nuts, round hoppy middle with dry hoppy finish. PALATE: good balance, medium body, full finish, long bitterness on checks and back of tongue/throat. OVERALL: nice ale. good roastiness without being over the top, substantial bitter follow thru. If you like bitter ales, this could be a very good daily beer. I’d choose it over Guinness since I like dark/coffee/chocolate flavors with ale characteristics. HenrikSoegaard (14542) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Average light bitter finish. Herbal. Oily palate.