TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours a Copper body with a small white head. Nose is surprisingly citrusy and semi-sweet. Light toasted malt notes as well. Taste is toasted malts, orange juice, light toffee, and a bit of caramel notes. Thin spiciness throughout this one. Body seems thin with light carbonation. Finishes with more citrus and light toasty malts. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Kind of a soapy aroma, flavor definitely has some funky malts and hops, which makes sense given the style. Taste is okay, just not real good. Don’t see the roasted notes. thedm (6176) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a strong bubbly carbonation transparent copper brown colored body. The aroma was hoppy and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of sharp hops nutty malts and brown malt. A quaffable decent one that I would consider drinking again. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
This was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect much, but this beer has a good bitter hop aroma. Light malt body and refreshing, citrus hops in the flavor. Taste of bailey’s as well, which was strange but somehow worked. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 31, 2013
It pours a chestnut brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. There wasn’t any head and it left ring-like yet spotty lacing around the glass. The smell has an abundance of nutty malts and a bit of alcohol. The taste is basically the same with just some sweetness and hints of spice. There is a slight bitterness but it isn’t anything overbearing.
The palate is about a low to medium sort of feel with nothing harsh on the tongue. It has a dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, it is a drinkable beer. Its good for its style and decent for me.
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Tap. Pours clear light brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is woody notes, light toffee, cereal malts, and light raisin. Flavor is dry earthy notes, ash, chocolate, and faint dark fruit; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. thornecb (5906) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Pours deep amber into a trappist glass. White micro head with good retention recedes to coat surface leaving spot lacing. Spice aromas. Crisp with dark caramel and a sweet lasting pepper finish. ganache (5893) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle. Sweet and spiced aroma, floral hops with pine, spruce, and sweet corn, and a little herby funk. Amber-copper pour with a short but sticky beige head. Grainy, lightly hoppy, and dry taste, a little gritty from spice. Toasty notes are way down in the mix. A little woody and a little nutty, and pleasantly dry, but a bland disappointment overall. And very light vegetal bitterness. Medium body and slightly acidic. Pretty nasty aftertaste. notalush (5873) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Hearty this is not. This is a very weak english strong ale. The aroma has a faint roastiness, but not really anything else. The flavor is thin. all the roasty, malty and sweet flavors that should be present are there, but in such minute amounts that this tastes almost like they watered-down the beer. This is a beer to be avoided. cheap (5854) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Red Hook Winter Hook in a 12 oz brown bottle. Pop the lid for an interesting spicy aroma. Dark brown yellow. Taste is not as spicy as the aroma. Can’t get over the spicy herb vegetable smell, though not unpleasant. Feel is a little viscous and strong lagerish. Not in your face with the alky. The only other English strong ales I’ve had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it don’t make it any less enjoyable. This attribute may even make it better. Some hopp or malt bite on the back of the tongue and it even lingers for a while but it is not like strong strong ale. It manages itself without too much trouble. It does seem to be a little less oppressive than the other strong ales. Finish is a medium bitter that is tolerable.