BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a translucent gold-brown. Nose is more or less roasty, chocolatey, and some light hops. The taste, however, is almost non-existent. I mean, there is some ultra light woodines and roasted malts, but you’ve really got to concentrate. "A rich, hearty ale...." it is definitely not. swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
This is a deep amber ale that taste similiar to an I.P.A. with a smooth slight hoppy aftertaste. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2005
From a bottle. Pours a clear brown with a decent sized white head. Good lacing. Aroma is dominated by this one spice that I can’t place..... sort of reminds me of a single needle from a christmas tree. You get a bit of that pine stuff in the flavor (and with each belch this beer creates) but the watery finish makes it very undesirable. Very boring and very thin. Looking at some of the other ratings of this, I’m having trouble figuring out where people get this myriad of different flavors from. All I get is water and pine. thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured cola-brown with little head, but at least what little head there was stayed there for a while. Smell and flavor is of caramel, spice, and sour cherries. Watery finish leaves something to be desired. Decent, but I’m sure there are better winter brews out there. robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Average, average, average, average, average. What else is there to say? Pours fine, smells ok, tastes decent, but with no real character. "Hearty" it is not. Not distinguishable from a mediocre summer ale.
jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle: Reddish brown color with a smaller head. Aroma is very light, bready with some spice. Taste is malt with a hint of spice, some metallic notes and a dry finish. Not what I expect of an English Strong Ale... Holdwine (1232) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Let the overhopping begin (or, I should say, continue). Decnt enough Mallt and spice base gets overwhelmed by hops. Not very true to style. Still, it does have its bright points- looks good in the glass and some thought did go into the malt. troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle poured a clear tarnished copper. Aroma of bread, citrus and very piney, almost like a cleaning solvent. Bready flavour with malt and spice. Hoppy flavour with a metallic tang. This doesn’t remind me of any English strong ales. aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Expected more than what I got...but not bad. pale golden color, nice malty flavor. Probably won’t buy again, easy on the spice. I like beer with lots of stuff in one direction or another. Red Hook is all very moderate to light. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Single from Total Wine. Had this just before Thanksgiving dinner and was disappointed. Dull and flavorless. It’s a drinkable beer but there is no excitement. And 5.58% is a long way from ’strong’. So boring I almost didn’t finish it. I sure am glad I didn’t buy the six pack.