dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours a red-amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of malts and hops. Flavor is along the same lines, with some caramel and a light bitterness in the finish. VALIS (235) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Strong malty scent. Malt is the dominant flavor as well but not as strong as in the scent. Some nice spices, too. Palate is decently thick, pleasant aftertaste. Another solid, underrated offering from Redhook. Eberndt (235) - - DEC 6, 2013
Dark brown with a very strong roast flavor. Just bitter enough and pretty enjoyable. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2005
A good beer with a pale-ale flavor. red-orange color with a small head. Hints of citrus. Pretty good, and even better because I got it on special.
As for strong ales, I still prefer Eye of the Hawk Ale. oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Metallic aroma some hops present. Pretty amber color. Well carbonated thick fluffy head. Some citrus in the flavor a little bitter in the finish. The palate is rather dry and unappealing.
epf33 (228) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2008
it’s the best "winter" beer i’ve had. it’s a fruity flavor with roasty afternotes, i don’t know how they pulled it off eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2003
A sub-standard winter ale. Hints of roastiness and earth. Hopsy and therefore a bit bitter. ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2007
A pretty flavorfull brew for the redhook guys. Pours a light roasted color with not much head, but pretty good lacing. Aroma is sweet with butterscotch and malt. Flavor is a bit different, a spicy hop flavor comes through as the beer warms to drinking temperature, the yeast can be a little too fruity though. wulfhere (218) - 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. 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. :>