csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Tasted at Jan. KC Bier Meisters meeting. Dark amber red, off white head, nice lacing. Citrusy hops nose, also floral and spicy aromas. Hops driven flavor, spicy, floral notes. nice mouthfeel, "full" body. Dry finish, hops flavor. Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Amber. Nice head. Bold but smooth. Slightly fruity and crisp, kind of dry. Good winter brew. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Aroma:nutty and hops....
Appearance:dark amber,good head...
Flavor:nutty,good hops flavor,bread....
pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This one definitely grew on me as the first bottle emptied. Fruity with a nice bitter edge. It seemed to get hoppier the more I drank, but maybe that was due to something I’d eaten earlier. Probably the best I’ve had from Red Hook. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
On draft at the Wachovia Center. Even though it was poured into a plastic cup, the dark burnt amber color was apparent. Rich, lingering creamy head. Fruity aroma. Full flavored with the winter spices you’d expect, but they were not overpowering. Hoppy and malty flavors delivered a well balanced taste. Creamy texture. Very nice winter brew. I would like to try it out of proper glassware.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 10/9/07 From September ’05 bottle. Aroma is complex, with dark dried fruit (primarily raisins), alcohol, earthy hops and quite portlike overall. Appearance is a deep red with a good off-white head. Flavor is sweet, dark fruity malt forward with same graininess and faint resiny hop flora. Mouthfeel is fairly grainy with a medium/high carb feel. Overall, this is definitely the best Winterhook I’ve had. The recipe jumps around each year, but I think that this ’05 aged to the point that the carb texture drops would be one of the excellent winter warmers; I wish I’d saved my other bottles longer. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
10/15/07 On draught. Aroma is c-hop forward followed by light caramel. Appearance is hazy gold with a medium off white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward with moderate bittering and good hop citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-high bodied with a medium-high carb bite, good graininess, and leaves a dry feeling on the tongue; slightly warm. While this does have very good balance, I find I do miss the winter warmer flavor.
Had this one on draught at Scotland Yard in St. Charles, Illinois. Clear, deep copper color with a thick, orangy-tan head, wonderful nutty and hoppy aroma, a bit of clove and allspice; sweet, piney hops, balanced with nutty maltiness. Mild and bitter finish. Really good, but pricey. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2007
This is a nice beer. Good deep amber in color with a two finger semi creamy froth. Decent head retention with a lingering canopy to look at. Medium nectar w/ good carbonation that comes out on the palate and lays alomost creamy. A good fresh and fruity malt profile balanced by a defined spicey hop component that sticks to the end. Flavors of mildly spiced cherry fruit show forward. The finish is fruity and bittered nicely with citrus rind. I’m not sure if this really is a strong english ale. and the commercial description is way off. HOw can you have rich and hearty then say clean and dry ? Rediculous! This is a nice complex beer deserving a better score. BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 The pour is beautiful crystal red with a medium head. Aroma is simple hops. Light hop and malt flavor in a full body. Not bad. superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/11/2015. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amoutn of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.