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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (5831) - 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. Dont see the roasted notes.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5774) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5683) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
EithCubes (5665) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Not much to this beer. Theres a caramel malt base with some earthy and citric hopping to it, but little more. Doesnt come across as an English strong ale, more like an EPA gone bad.

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2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (5543) - 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. Cant 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 Ive had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it dont 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a tan head. Chewy nutty taffy, hints of light woodiness and caramel malt. Some light pine and spices. Decent brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sonnycheeba (5486) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
Bottled, lame is a word that springs to mind. Very dissapointing for a supposed winter ale. Light choc, caramel, little hops noticable, grainy and thin, no bitterness, cola like texture.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2003
A nice bark (fir) colored ruby. Head is creamy at first but does dissipate quickly. Appears like a well aged beer. This was the 2002 bottle. Aroma is full of pine and raisin, light hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is semi-sweet but the aging has done wonders for this one. It is smooth and mild, like a session strong ale. This was a surprise beer, I found it in a store hidden from view a year after release covered in dust!


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