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.
Fatehunter (2615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
Poured into a glass stein. Copper, transparent with a finger of head.
Roasted malt smell, almost smoky.
Good malt all the way through, big bitter at the end. Balanced.
Bubbly (not too much), medium body.
Perfect winter drinker and quite easy to throw back a few with no problems. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger off-white head. Ok head retention but not much in the way of lacing.
Aroma is a big shot of piny hops along with roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Some cinnamon and nutmeg in there too. A little on the light side but pleasant.
The flavor is big on piny hops but that is quickly followed by loads of caramel and toffee. Roasted malt is there along with quite a bit of nuttiness. Cinnamon is buried underneath but it all comes together to give this beer quite the "wintry" feel. Mouthfeel is a little chalky towards the finish and just a little on the thin side.
Overall, I am quite impressed with this offering from Redhook. There are a lot of flavors coming together and they all work really well. One to pick up if you see it.
Cybercat (6160) - Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Malty aroma has notes of yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pours a warm chestnut (not necessarily roasting on an open fire, tee hee) with a fairly thick and rather persistent pale buff head. Flavor fills the mouth with malty, woody hop, and subtle nutmeg and cinnamon notes - is that a snippet of cloves? Texture is not particularly thick or fizzy, but it does leave a pleasing finish of hops and understated spices. Yep, not getting the same thing year in and year out is very nice!Churchkey (16) - Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2007 Total Score: 4.2
Pours a deep chocolaty opaque brown; tan head has fine bubbles and persists some. Aroma is rich and creamy and fairly malty with strong hints of spice and coffee. Flavor is mainly malty and has a roast coffee overtone and hints of spice and hops. Very smooth, perfect for the winter holidays.
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance / Pours darker than honey almost amber colored. Tried as I might all I could achieve was about 1 finger of frothy tan foam. Did not last long but never completely left either leaving thin lace along the way. Nice carbonation.
Smell / Toasted breads with some herbal spicy smells.
Taste / The first thing you get is a wonderful malty sweetness followed by a medium hop bitterness that is really well balanced.
Mouth Feel / Medium bodied that is creamy and slick with a long lasting finish.
Overall / When I had my first one of these I thought it was average but over the next few day I had a few more and each time I discovered something new with it. I find this to be a great example of the winter warmer style as this has become a favorite winter beer for me. Erzengel (9540) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2014
Thanks to SefanSD for this brew. Winterhook #29.
Reddish-brown in the glass, nice roasted nose. The beer starts malty, dry. The mainpart is a bit more dry, nicely malty and very nicely hopped. The bitter-hops get more intense till the end, nicely dry with the roasted malt, and still easy to drink.
a very nice winter beer - not sweet and nicely balanced. --> 12/11/12/12