RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LaFinca (6) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 Im 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 (Im 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. Ive 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 years batch to be somewhat on the hoppy side. Redhooks website states the bittering units are 29.2 which isnt 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. Dont be hesitant, like I was to try it; you just might be surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rex_Remes (155) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JAN 19, 2017
(12oz bottle) AROMA: sweet and spicy malt, bread, some hops to balance, herbs, earthy. APPEARANCE: solid medium to dark brown, soft/frothy tan head, reduces down to a oily film, minimal visible carbonation, a tad opaque. TASTE: a little sweetness, dry fruit/prunes/raisins, chocolate, dark toast, citrus peel, roasted nuts, round hoppy middle with dry hoppy finish. PALATE: good balance, medium body, full finish, long bitterness on checks and back of tongue/throat. OVERALL: nice ale. good roastiness without being over the top, substantial bitter follow thru. If you like bitter ales, this could be a very good daily beer. Id choose it over Guinness since I like dark/coffee/chocolate flavors with ale characteristics.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (13557) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Average light bitter finish. Herbal. Oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15730) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle @ Lukassens Christmas Gathering, Herning 2016. Pours Dark amber with a small white head. Roasted dry and bitter with a touch of bread and fruit. Medium bodied. Bread and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle from Taniguchi with a date stamp of Sept. 18th, 2016 served in a nonic half-pint glass. A clear mahogany brown color with a thick beige head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The smell is of a rich malty biscuit/rye bread with a tangy citrus glaze that is almost iced tea like (orange pekoe?). The taste is bitter citrus, tannic, cocoa paste, then sweet iced tea notes and some chocolate. Quite an interesting take on a winter warmer with citrusy hops at the forefront then a bitter bread, coffee grounds and chocolate flavor. The coffee/chocolate roast continues in the finish and the hints of acridness tell me Black Patent malt probably played a small role in making this beer. Good to try once but I find the recipe doesnt quite gel together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
svandyke (194) - USA - DEC 3, 2016
12 oz in DC- Not sure color... drinking out of bottle. Caramel and light toast in the nose. Quite a bit of hoppy bitterness in the beginning, a hint of sweetness and then lingering hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (24433) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours a golden pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2016

Bottle 12fl.oz.

[ As Redhook Winterhook ].
Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, sweet malt, toasted, caramel. Flavor is moderate sweet with a long duration, rubber, sweet malt, toasted, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20161112]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (12931) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2016
Sample from a bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, caramel, fruit, spice and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (9664) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen - Amber pour with off white head. Sweet malty and dark fruity aroma and taste, with notes of caramel, toffee, hoppy backing, sweet malty close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (35688) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2016
Bottled. An amber beer with a tan head. The aroma notes of malt, caramel, and a bit of spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and herbal hops, leading to a bitter finish.

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