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Redhook Winterhook - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

813 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27th consecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2003)
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Brent

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Like the sign on a junkyard I sometimes pass: "striving to be above average." Nice brown-copper color. Lots of nutty roasted malt notes, leaning a bit toward the sweet side. Winter warmer? More of a robust brown ale. Pleasant but not memorable.

01-11-2011 00:33:24 | More by Brent
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -14%

Pours a clear mahogany color with a solid, white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts mostly. Malts are characterized by toasted notes with caramel. Slight amount of hops make their way through and add a grassy, leafy taste, but it still is relatively sweet. Overall, the flavors are a little weak and I just want more.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

01-09-2011 03:47:38 | More by ocelot2500
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - Red color, clear, with about a finger's worth of light beige-colored foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - light malty smell, but with the hint of hops. Maybe a hint of nuts.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Malty/Nutty taste at the beginning, sweetness in the middle, and bitterness from the hops at the finish. Texture is a little on the creamier side.

Drinkability - Not a bad brew. A little bitter, but not too much, just right for my taste buds. It seems a little light actually for a Winter Warmer, but the nutty flavor does bring out a bit more fuller quality.

01-05-2011 06:38:31 | More by Nerudamann
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isualum12

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Today I grabbed Redhook's Winterhook. This beer is available October through December. There is a clear red clean crisp looking beer. There is a small lacy head that flows across the top of the beer like a small sheet of ice.

The first taste I could pull out a strong flavor of pilsner along with some low flavor of toffee, caramel and spice. The spice at first came across as coffee flavor but I didn't get it in any taste again after the first. Refreshing is what came to my mind during the aftertaste.

Drinkabliy is great.

give it a chance...

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12-31-2010 04:47:36 | More by isualum12
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climax

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

The nice foamy head crept up on me. The clarity was admirable through the deep amber color. The head retention rocked, and so did the lacy notches as I proceeded. Good start.

The nose had excellent balance. The hop bitterness was up front while the malt rushed in with toasty sweet tones. Toffee, caramel, cinnamon and spice added a festive nature to the pine hop aromas.

I'm starting to think that I have found Redhook's best brew by far. The flavor doesn't knock me out, but it does not disappoint. As for winter warmers go, this one isn't bursting with cozy warmth of alcohol, but it does offer good balance and ample intensity.

The body is medium at most, and has plenty of smooth feel and carbonation to keep it alive. It is by no means a sipper by the fire, but the lingering bitter finish offers excellent drinkability, and enough flavor to satisfy.

12-30-2010 22:46:03 | More by climax
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ramseye4

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +2%

From the winter sampler pack
A=Pours a great looking dark copper color, the head is about a 1 finger that fades away fairly rapidly but the lacing is out of this world, the glass is nearly completely covered in it.
S=Not very strong smelling, some sweet malt, and a bit of hop.
T=A bit of spiced hop combines with the backbone of malt to make a well balanced yet simple taste. The hops rear their heads more in the aftertaste than anywhere else.
M=Medium bodied, good aftertaste
D=surprisingly filling, I'd stick to one or two of these in a night

Another offering from Redhook thats worth a look but not worth any sort of extra effort to obtain

12-29-2010 03:25:08 | More by ramseye4
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tbern007

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.2%

3.0 across the board.
Copper clear. Thin to no head. Undercarbonated.
Light hop/earthy smell, maybe some grass.
Taste is mild all around. Every Redhook beer I've had tastes like a good beer that has been watered down. This one is no exception. Light hop, mal. If this is a winter beer, where are the spices? I detect NONE. Mild sweet aftertaste. This beer is decent and drinkable but I sure had higher expectations. Average all around.

12-27-2010 18:46:42 | More by tbern007
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JK4Stout

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured into a tulip...because I'm fancy.
Also I let Red Hook brew breath for about ten minutes. Just tend to enjoy it more that way.

A: Very nice crystal clear mahoghany. tiny amounts of head, but not anytihng alarming. Bubbling very jovially through the glass.

S: This is new! I get kind of a minty note here. Like when my bro makes Mint tea or something. I know that isn't in it, but that is the cool smell I'm getting...at least tonight.

T: The aftertaste is very refreshing. I know that isn't the prefered phrase you want to here, but it is. I suppose it is that light mint note. Anyway very well balanced malt flavor, and that trademark Red Hook bitterness.

M: Nothing wrong with it, nothing spectacular. I just don't get excited when a beer is appropriate...sorry

D: I am all for getting another 6er of this. That really is the best way to tell if you enjoy a beer. Will I be buying this again? You betcha!

12-27-2010 00:13:50 | More by JK4Stout
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Transatlantic

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangish/light copper color. A tint above a typical pale lager. Heading was practically not there and not much lacing.

S - Sweet malt is a dominant smell with a nutty like characteristic. No hop aromas...and there's a holiday spice in the mix.

T - Bitter upfront to start. Almost getting a citrusy kick towards the middle. Perhaps a grapefruit type citrus. And towards the end, you're left with a strong bready cracker taste.

M - Light to Medium bodied. Not a bad brew in the bunch that i've tried for Christmas.

D - It's a bit on the bitter side, but it's definitely one to sip on and enjoy while watching the snow outside.

It's not an above average beer, but after sampling all the watery beers i've had today, it tastes like a champion.

12-25-2010 23:04:45 | More by Transatlantic
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dogfishandi

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a standard pint. 10 12 10 notched on the label.

pours out a slightly cloudy orange amber color. small white head that faded to a super thin creamy layer with tiny spotty lace.

not a huge aroma, but it displays a nice balance. theres some citrus hops balanced by a nice toasty biscuity malt.

crisp and refreshing, nicely balanced between citrus, spicy hops and biscuity, caramely, toasted malt. decent amount of hop bitterness. simple, but still quite a tasty offering.

bright assertive carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. light to medium in body.

definatly one of the more drinkable winter warmers. its cheap, widely available, offers a sessionable ABV, decent hops, i definatly would recommend this.

12-24-2010 03:14:12 | More by dogfishandi
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle - dated 10 19 10

Poured into beer glass - Red chestnut in color, one finger head that quickly dissipated into a clinging lace that left it's mark all the way down the glass, great carbonation.

Smell -light hint's of toasty malts slight spices ,mild coco.

Taste - Toasted malts with light spicing,light chocolates.

Drinkabilty - Winter HOOK Ale is a rich, full bodied beer. caramels, chocolate and toasty malts, w/a plethora of hops.

Beautifully balanced, very drinkable.

12-05-2010 17:26:46 | More by InebriatedJoker
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DJW

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +2%

Bought the last bottle on the shelf at Redmond Trader Joe's. And the brief:
Appearance: med-dark amber or deep copper - clear, w/ a decent head, and lacing still on my empty glass. I thought the beer would pour a darker color.

Smell: light malts and some Cascade hops... more on the citrus hop side of things to my schnoz, but I'm getting over a cold. Inviting (the beer, not the cold).

Taste: nice balance between caramel malts and the hops, with a little biscuity sweetness peeking in at times only to be brought back by the firm hop presence. Finish is lightly bitter and made me salivate ("watery"), which made me want to take another sip.

Overall Thoughts/Opinions: nice and pleasant but not freaking amazing. I think this little option would fit more in a NW IPA category rather than a Winter Warmer, but who am I to advise Redhook? I'll have to try a Jubelale, Snowcap, Celebration, and Sammy Smith Winter Welcome in the near future to see if the Winterhook is more like an IPA or if my preferences/familiarities have changed.

12-01-2010 06:02:41 | More by DJW
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beerdown77

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev 0%

This poured dark amber with notable head that stuck around for a while. It smelled and tasted malty and toasty. It had a well balanced taste that wasn't too sweet or smoky. I would classify this as moderately crisp and medium bodied, making it easy to have a few of these in a row. However, after i finished, I started to get that sour, muck taste that sometimes follows beer. I still think Winterhook is pretty solid and will come back to it next winter.

11-29-2010 15:45:07 | More by beerdown77
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2%

Well for a winter warmer this one isn't bad, but isn't fantastic either.

Golden copper with nice lacing but not much head. Small rising bubbles and perfect clarity.

Honestly, it smells like a lager with just a touch of spices. If this were a lager I'd rate the smell a bit higher, but for a winter warmer, average is the correct rating here.

The taste is actually pretty darn good. Smooth, sweet caramel malts with a very good but understated blend of spices, floral and tangerine hops flavors.

A complex aftertaste follows the medium bodied, slightly slick and coating feel of this brew. Very nice. Aftertaste is bittersweet and lingering, leaving floral spices behind for a good long while.

Drinks slightly above average for the style. I'd buy again, but not all the time. Would make a nice addition to a holiday dinner.

11-26-2010 17:51:13 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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echoes

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a very thick head with lots of carbonation. Head dissipates very slowly and leaves some lacing. Color of beer is dark amber with little carbonation.

S: Malt/hops, citrus, caramel smell. Smell is noticeable, not great, but not bad.

T: Hops, citrus, caramel, and slight chocolate flavor. Flavors blend well, well enough that the chocolate is barely detectable (to me). A little bitter (but not bad) for a supposed ale.

M: Slightly thick but smooth as well as slightly syrupy.

D: Nothing about it would put me off from another, but then again the flavor and everything else isn't necessarily enough to make want another, if that isn't contradictory.

Fits the winter warmer style nicely. It is certainly distinct though. I like it, but compared to the other winter warmer I've had (Alaskan Winter Ale/Warmer) I prefer the latter.
Overall decent for a winter warmer. Would drink it again but wouldn't necessarily buy it again.

11-19-2010 02:58:52 | More by echoes
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Deep clear (on the redder side of) amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention. Decanted lightly (did use an etched glass). Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Sweet crystal malt. Mild floral hop character and spice.

T: Appealing caramel character; sweet and bready. A little resiny. Even bitter for balance without any serious dose of spice.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich. Good flavor and good balance.

11-17-2010 20:29:13 | More by Haybeerman
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Light amber in color, not much head building and disappearing fast with good enough lacing.
Smell promises a light and thirst quenching beer, with mild sweetness in the air.
You will taste refreshing fruit in the front which is immediately balanced with mild bittersweet hops. very smooth finish and fresh mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. I wish I could drink that one on tab, or from a fresh keg.Nice beer!

11-15-2010 03:04:50 | More by Hopfenpeter
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mbrown26

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

A: A nice amber, clear beer. Small head, but the lacing stays throughout the beer. A moderate amount of bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Has a sweet smell of caramel.

T: The alcohol is a little bit forward to me. I tend to like the alcohol to be well hidden, but this beer is a little less balanced than I prefer. Some would really dig it.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with sharp notes on the front on the tongue.

D: An okay winter warmer. Will probably not buy anymore.

11-12-2010 22:56:27 | More by mbrown26
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5%

Bottle picked up in the singles section of Total Wine in Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with some ruby tint to it. Slight off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is sweetness with some caramel and molasses and light wintry spices. The taste brings down a bit more spice, and doesn't terribly overdo it. Light caramel and malt sweetness. Medium body with good carbonation. For what it is, not too shabby.

10-24-2010 16:09:59 | More by Thorpe429
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philbertk

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

Winterhook--1997 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV? (4.0 / 5.0) ESB Flavor.
1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB? Deep Amber color. Rich flavorful malt body is spicy but not spiced. Tasty classic defining the Winter Ale Style. Sampled 11/4/1998.
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter ESB. Clear dark cherry red color. Smoky toasted hop front. Rustic malt body with light sweetness and strong roasted flavor. Lightly spiced. Rich and balanced. Sampled 11/13/1999.

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) ESB Winter Ale. Clear pretty deep amber red color. Spicy mild malt hop front. Medium body with sweet roasted flavor and cherry fruit notes. Generic flavor. Ends with a bit of malt spiciness. Overly sweet-underly flavorful. Sampled 11/9/2000.

2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter ESB. What a difference a year of aging makes! Slightly hazy rich copper amber color. Lacy head. Mild malty hop front. Creamy incredibly smooth malty roasted mild spice body. Ends with smooth hot hop mild spice. Sampled 11/2/2001.

2000 22 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) ESB? Clear rich red amber color. Mild floral malt hop front. Malty sweet doughy body with slightly spicy ESB notes. Balanced hop spice finish. Nice spiced medium bodied ESB. Tasty Brew but weak as a Winter Ale. Sampled 12/23/2000.

2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich copper bronze color. Light head. Medium lace. Mild hop malty roasted slightly spicy front. Rich sweet roasted body. Caramel cherry biscuit notes. Mild clean smooth hop nutmeg end. Winter ESB. Sampled 10/30/2001.

2002 12 oz. Bottle. 6.11% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild head. Thin lace. Clear thin copper red amber color. Toasted light cinnamon floral hop front. Sweet smooth toasted cherry caramel fruit mild spice nut body. Clean balanced mild earthy hop end. ESBish. Sampled 12/2/2002.

2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Light lacy head. Clear bright ruby red color. Toasted mild spice mild hop front. Creamy sweet thick light toasted caramel earthy fruit mild Winter spice body. Smooth light tangy mild hop end. Bland. ESB? Sampled 1/6/2004.

2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.11% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Clear thin bright dark bronze red color. Mild lacy head. Mild roasted malt spice hop front. Thin dry sweet mild roasted caramel body with light nutmeg citrus notes. Clean mild malt spice hop end. Bland. 10/23/2004.

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Tight lacy head. Clear thin bright copper amber color. Mild roasted floral malt hop front. Earthy crusty rich crisp mildly smoky rich caramel ESB body. Tangy malt spice mild bitter hop end. Wintery ESB. Nice. Sampled 10/15/2005.

2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Creamy lacy head. Thin amber bronze color. Mild hop mellow malt spice front. Clean dry sweet mild toasted caramel biscuit toffee body. Clean mild hop end. Smooth clean but bland. Bad Buds? Better Last Year. Sampled 9/30/2006.

2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. 6-Pack $6.99. Mild head. Clear thin bright amber color. Mild hop malt spice front. Mild sweet creamy caramel malt spice body. Mild tangy cinnamon mild hop end. Clean easy malt spice mild Winter Ale. Mild Amber malt flavor. Sampled 1/20/2008.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (3.85 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Rocky lacy rich big off white head. Clear thin bright dark amber bronze color. Mild toasted mild hop front. Dry sweet thin easy toasted mild earthy burnt malt spice hint body. Crisp hop nutmeg hint dry refreshing mild end. Easy bland somewhat tasty weak Winter. Sampled 3/2/2009. 6-Pack $6.49.

2009--12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--29.2 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Thin lace hint tan head. Clear pretty rich bronze red color. Toasted mild hop delicate Winter spice front. Crisp mild creamy sweet toasted toffee candy mildly earthy roasted doughy Winter spice body. Clean smooth mild hop vanilla cinnamon hint end. Well made. Sampled 10/13/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV. 29.2 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--ESB. Light tan dense medium mild lace head. Clear bright rich copper color. Toasted mild caramel mild hop malt spice front. Rich medium sweet toasted caramel biscuit slightly crusty rich malt body. Clean satisfying smooth mild hop spice end. Well made Winter Amber. Sampled 10/16/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 at Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/16/2010.

10-17-2010 05:30:48 | More by philbertk
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

Drank this one straight out of the bottle. Sue me.

S: Vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, black fruits and clean rain all came through on the nose.

T: Dark, sugary fruit with hardly any sweetness, molasses, light yeasty grains and a refreshing, watery finish.

D: Not sure what makes this "wintery" but it sure tastes good to me.

Value: I paid $3.99 for a sixer on sale. KILLER!

05-06-2010 00:21:55 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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beertunes

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a pretty typical medium brown with a slight reddish tint. The brew only had a thin cap of khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly and left bare traces of lacing.

The aroma was the typical malty/sweet/spicy that is expected from the style. The flavor was good, but not outstanding. The taste featured a nice malt foundation with a pleasant slight spice finish.

The body was good, but on the thin side for this style. It didn't really coat the tongue the way I expect. Drinkability was very good, this is one winter warmer one could drink several of without feeling heavy or suffering from palate fatigue.

Overall, a decent brew. As with a lot of Redhooks brews, it makes for a nice introduction to the style, or to help bring someone over from the light side.

02-21-2010 21:44:34 | More by beertunes
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

A - poured a very deep amber colour with a small amount of foamy white head on top that disappeared almost instantly. No visible carbonation.

S - Smells like sweet malts with hints of spice. The nose didn't impress me at all (for what I was expecting).

T - A very typical ale flavour. Nice malt profile with some caramel. Nothing really jumps out at me for a winter beer (expected more spiced).

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated. A nice mouthfeel for an ale.

D - A very drinkable ale, but also not memorable enough to seek out again.

02-04-2010 03:41:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Chrisco88

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance: Poured deep amber/brown with a small, bubbly beige head that faded quite quickly.

Aroma: Not very aromatic at all, nothing jumps out. With a bit of swirling I picked up some caramel or roasted smells as well as a bit of spiciness of some sort.

Taste: Quite balanced but a little sweet in the end. Caramel flavor dominate with some roasted malts in there as well. Towards the end there's a tinge of bitterness but there's also a nice earthy spice to ponder.

Palate: For the most part it was smooth but below average carbonation left me with a watery consistency.

Overall: Easy to drink and perfect for cold temperatures so can't ask for much more, but it seems all the flavors and aromas are so bland and subtle there's no reason to choose this over another winter ale.

01-31-2010 22:45:15 | More by Chrisco88
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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Clear red mahogany body with a 1-finger tan head that settles to a little cap. Good lacing but no as clingy as I like to see.

S - Not overly aromatic, took some swirling to get the nose to come out in this one. Dark malts and brown sugar with some dry floral hops.

T&M - Caramel malts with a nice touch of brown sugar. Floral hops follow and are more prominent than expected. Adds a nice bitterness to the spice in this beer. Seems to be lacking something, though. I want there to be more flavor but it's just not there. A litle thin in the mouthfeel.

D - A nice-drinking beer but not my favorite winter warmer. Sessionable for sure.

01-22-2010 12:57:28 | More by MrIncognito
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