Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
One of my favorite breweries....let's get started!!
A- Pours a slightly hazed golden/coppery color and appears to have many columns of fine carbonation rising to the top. The head is impressive, being close to three fingers thick upon the pour, and slowly settling down to a eggshell colored thick layer that just sits there! Lacing is also impressive, with lots of creamy dense foam sticking to my English pint glass! Overall a very nice looking brew....right on par with S. Smith product!
S- Typical fruity esters waft their way into my nose...apricot kernel, banana and perhaps some slightly underripe nectarine....very nice. Following this is creamy yeast aromas, and sweet caramel malt sugars. The finish shows a somewhat dry bitter hop smell....nothing very strong but there nonetheless.
T- The flavors I find are very typical of an English Pale Ale, rather than a winter warmer, as I do not find the alcohol warmth on my palate the way I thought I might. I find the fruitiness found in the aromas to take a backseat to the initial flavors of malt sweetness and the hop profile in the middle and finish to takeover. The alcohol shows itself more right after the swallow, blending in a slightly astringent bite with the bitterness....it's quite nice and makes me know that this is in fact a 6% beer.
M- This is a slightly thinner beer than I expected, leaning more in between watery and medium body....not a big deal but it should be noted. The carbonation is plentiful but very fine, and the hop profile is rather leafy and fresh....just the way it should be!
O- This is a highly drinkable ale! I agree with a prior review in the confusion about what style this should be listed as, but regardless, I think this makes a fine English Ale! The alcohol content is slightly deceiving going from nose to palate, but it's very well balanced, if not slightly underwhelming flavor wise, but does the job with the style. I recommend this one and will purchase again in the future!
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 03:38:07 | More by ChrisCage
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3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has got a three finger head, adequate lacing, and a clear, medium light brown body.
I smell malt galore, some type of nut aroma,maybe even a dash of butter. This needs to fuller for a 4. But its a pleasant shift for Christmas in July.
I taste the same characteristics as I did with the smell. Sweeter caramel-y vibe going on here, too. Rich and full. This does a great job of reminding of the frosty months ahead here in Ohio. I kind of wish this was slightly more profound here too.
Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Only a slight lingering element here that lasts only a minute or so. But hey, this is a savory winter brew; so its not gonna be very crisp.
Overall a very good 3.75 for Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster). This would've gotten a higher score if if it were at least just a BIT fuller. I will buy this again
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 03:06:18 | More by Caveworm
3.09/5 rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Sampling a 2011-2012 bottle poured into a snifter. the beer is a gift from my brother Brian.
The beer pours a clear mahogany color with minimal sudsy eggshell head foaming up and receding to a thin edge layer very quickly.
Aroma is a little caramel and some vinous white grape. The nose is fairly muted though and I dont get much even after an agitating swirl and my nose buried in the glass.
The first sip reveals a lighter than anticipated body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
The flavor is similar to nose with some white grape and caramel mixing together. I also get just a little bit of some sort of spiciness, maybe cinnamon? Not sure, but something hits the back of my palate on each swallow. I do get a little peppery booze but no heat on the finish.
A very easy to drink beer, a little light on flavor and nose but otherwise decent.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 02:37:11 | More by sulldaddy
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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