Rex_Remes (284) - 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. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Not bad. Had this winter ale on New Years eve. Poured dark brown, could just barely see through the glass. There wasn’t much on the nose. The flavor was malty at first, sweet with a raiseny taste which deminished quickly. It was on the lighter side for a winter brew but it was delicious. THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2001
Pretty good winter brew. Not as good as Old Fezziwig Ale. My favorite winter brew. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Strong Cascade hop aroma. Some malt aroma after it warms up a bit. Deep copper color with creamy head that lasts. Clinging rings of lace. Tastes very hoppy when fridge cold, nice roasty malt flavors come through as it warms. Decent mouthfeel. Dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not a typical "winter" brew- no spices- but excellent for sipping away while watching the snow fly(and I am}. Overall rating seems low for this beer, I wonder if this years version is an improvement, since I've never tried it before. BTW, this year's version is 6.11 ABV. Re-rate-2/5/04- Have grown tired of hop dominance-too much for this type of beer. Having a hard time finishing one. MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Copper amber color with a whitish head. Aroma has lots of floral hops in it.... some kind of berry to be exact. I pick up lots of berries..... Im not sure exactly what they are, but I feel certain that they must be blue or black, I dont know why. Those berries are in the taste too along with some malt, a little spice and some toffee and earth. Not nearly as malty as I expected from Redhook, but pretty good non the less. All-in-all, I think Redhook has made better.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2004
Malty nose. Roasted hoppy bitterness. Clean finish. Enjoyable beer. Flavor rolls back on your tongue. swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
This is a deep amber ale that taste similiar to an I.P.A. with a smooth slight hoppy aftertaste. biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern. Poured a dark amber color with a smal tan head. Strong hop prescence in the nose.. I found it to be lacking in malt presentation. Nice flavor that was founde on a strong hopp- bitterness. I liked this one. Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
I'm not a Redhook fan but this is good. Rich malt flavor balanced with roast flavor. Enough hops to ad to the mix without taking over theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, and feels very smooth on the tongue. Mostly malty, maybe a little toasted dryness and a hint of root beer. Simple and boring.