alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Dark copper color. decent head.Malted smells of caramel and deep roast and the flavor delivers the same mesage. Good beer. The one thing that Anheuser did was buy into Redhook. I bought this beer again and liked it even more the second time. I noticed more hops than the first time. Damn good beer. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Very nice. The complexity of the flavors in this beer are quite satisfying. Dark and smooth it is a great beer for a cold winter’s night. Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Nice seasonal brew for those cold winter nights in the midwest! CHEERS! Nice Hoppy taste. BeerKurve (520) - - DEC 7, 2012
Dark Red color. A nice blend of Caramel, Toffee, Grapefruit Hops and Yeasts make the flavor robust and rich. Body is heavy and moderately carbonated and it doesn’t come off quite as well as one would hope. Overall it’s an excellent winter warmer with a nice flavor plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
Good, could use some work, but really quite good
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
This beer is tasty and delicious, but i wish it was stronger since its supposed to be a "robust winter ale." It does go down nice and smooth though. Reid (2673) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Ok wife took me out to "The Outback" Steakhouse tonight for me birthday..they had not much of intrest on tap ( Newcastle Brown and Black Butte being the best)..so I tried this new keg of Winterhook..what the heck..might as well. Came in the 22 oz mug.
Served slightly too cold , despite me asking for a "slightly" chilled glass..so let it stand a while.
Actually afer the chill haze was gone, its quite a good looking beer ,light chocolaty brown with garnet accents..lovelly coffeen'creme coloured head.
Good malty aroma with wine like smell of alcohol.
Pretty nice taste , malty smooth, chocolate , liquorice then it gets bitter with noticable alcohol warming in the throat.
Nice and smooth on the palate.
A quite enjoyable brew with my Prime Rib..and New York Cheescake to finish!
Tastes though it was stronger than 5.58..but the waitress had no idea!
VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2003 Offering: Enticing chestnut color with a large, off white head. Upon the pour, my nose was unexpectedly treated to a very fresh Pac Northwest hop blast. Didn't seem to be "Cascade-y", but definitely American varieties. Nice, malty flavors with a mild roasted malt and nutty quality. Medium bodied, with a sharp, clean finish. It seems almost like a "Barleywine light" or a revved up brown ale. Whatever it is, I just know I enjoyed it and that it is the best Redhook offering I've had. LaFinca (6) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 I’m not very much into spicy beers but decided to purchase a mixed case of ESB and Winterhook today (11/5/03). I purchased the beer at a drive thru distributorship and noticed when I got home they accidentally slipped an entire case of the Winterhook in the back instead of the mixed case. I was a little upset and went on the Internet and read, no surprise, a lot of terrible reviews which even made me more upset.
I was almost ready to take the case back when I went to the Redhook website and seen that the Winterhook was dry hopped (I’m a dry hop freak) and I also read one or two reviews stating that the 2003 batch has changed so I decided to take a chance and pop one open instead of returning the case.
Right of the bat, the dry hopped aroma hit me and it was breathtaking. I’ve never had a bottled beer with this much dry hop aroma unless I had brewed it myself. This is definitely a 10 in the aroma category and the dry hopping, I believe, also gives this beer a clean, crisp, and astringent taste.
As for balance, some reviews of previous years stated the beer was sweet and malty but I found this year’s batch to be somewhat on the hoppy side. Redhook’s website states the bittering units are 29.2 which isn’t too shabby if you love hops and they may have raised the alcohol level somewhat from the last few years to remove the sweetness.
Their website states “Best Damn Vintage Yet” and never having tried any of the others and after reading so many horrible reviews, I guess they made a lot of changes to improve this beer. Although they are not overpowering, I would love to try this one without the spices.
Don’t be hesitant, like I was to try it; you just might be surprised.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Tastes burnt and roasty. There is a nice foamy head on it. More bitter than many brews, and yet, in winter, refreshing - kind of makes me...sentimental.