ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
no point in drinking this from a trappist glass... slighty hoppy odor. small head that disappears quickly. slightly sweet, a bit nutty, with some hops nipping at your tongue eventually. much thinner than i expected. ok. definitely not robust. -1 point for false advertising. :> wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Medium red/dark amber with a small to negligible head.
Nice hop nose with hints of your traditional spices (which may or may not be in this "strong ale")and maybe some fruit.
The body is pretty thin, and this isn't a warming beer--which is the point of winterfest ales--to warm you up.
The mouthfeel is thin--a nice malt/hop finish. dliberto (217) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Drank from the bottle. Aroma consists of nuts, caramel, toffee, and pine. Taste is resin, metal, nuts, and caramel. Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a slight sticky mouth feel. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Bottle. Great aroma of spices. Laced ok. Dark rugby brown, tasted nice but disappointed because the Sam Adams winterlager was much better i thought. Like Christmas in a bottle...I would reccomend Winterhook though! tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Bottle: pours a nice dark amber red with a nice tan head. spicy nutty roasty chocolatey carmel aroma. taste is of spice, carmel, chocolate with some nuttiness. fruity. and creamy but a little thin
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Glenville beverage. Very little head and almost no lace to speak of. Stored at 50 degrees and served at the same in an English pint. Body is clear, no particles, avergae malts and average hops. Although I read the comments below mine and foun dit interesting that that person thought that it almost crossed over into an ipa territory. Now that they said that I can see it. I agree. Light on the yeast. Palate is a three ok mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little astringent. and a little bitter. Not a ton of flavor. It was ok, I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but would drink it if it were available. Not a bad beer, just would rather not pay money for it. WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a lovely ruby-twinged amber with a tannish head. Aroma is distinctly hoppy, with some added components of juniper, coriander, and a bit of caramel. Taste is creamy and fairly full, with an initial flavor of roasted malt, caramel, and spices giving way to a crisp and very dry finish of hops and rye. I am not usually a fan of hoppy brews in the winter, but this one is a pleasant surprise. shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2007
draught at xaviers in san diego.. amber red color with a decent frothy head.. medium body initial tug to the palate with hints of cherry shards along the way.. the carbination pushes back any other hoppyness. some pine flavoring tries to emerge.. decent finish but nothing great Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Copper and translucent. Not much in the realm of aroma. Faint hop aroma, maybe. The malt and hop flavor is light, what a let down. This one should not be a winter beer. It is neither rich nor hearty. The alcohol is too low and this beer does not deliver the winter goods. DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2001
This stuff has the nice spicy holiday aroma I was looking for, but I found the flavor weak, almost watered down, fading at the finish. Its not bad - just undistinguished. I’m still looking for a great Christmas brew.