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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

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1,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 1716
Reviews: 1070
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber, lightly brown color with a one finger thick off-white cream colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a great leave of thick lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a rather roasted in nature with a lots of toasted malt and roasted bready smells. Mixed with these aromas are a nice sweeter smell of caramel and some fruit of apple and peach as well as spice aromas of nutmeg and clove.

Taste – The taste begins with a big bready and sweet taste of a more caramel and toffee nature. As the taste advances it initially sweetens and then maintains a rather nice level of sweetness throughout. The roasted flavors get a bit stronger as the flavor advances with some notes of toast coming to the tongue. Along with the light increase in roast, spice flavors come to the tongue along with some lighter herbal hop tastes. In the end the blend of roasted, sweet, spice and light hop leaves a nice pleasantly smooth taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The slightly thicker body was very nice for the blend of roasted, spice and sweet tastes, with the higher carbonation level really making of a more easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather tasty winter warmer. It has a nice blend of roasted, spice, and sweet flavors which when combined with the rather easy drinking feel and smooth tastes, produces a great winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:11:20 | More by Darkmagus82
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2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium brown with minimal head. Smells malty and clean. Not much going on and has a slightly bitter finish. Clean tasting but not much substance at all. Very thin. Carbonation is low to medium. I was expecting a thicker more substantial beer due to the winter ale moniker. A bit disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:22:22 | More by Richardbeerlover
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes of toffee, caramel, malt, toast and subtle English hops prevail throughout the nose. With each sip, the same notes are revisited, though the carbonation carries the flavors throughout the palate. The flavors are never perceived as overly sweet- or "extracty" as some other winter warmers can come across. Finishes a touch dry, but that makes you want to take another sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:42:29 | More by TheBullsHorn
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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into large stemmed ice tea glass. Enjoying after a nice winter/spring hike through the woods in Pocono Pines. Appears bright orange copper with very nice steady carbonation and head that fades to thin film. Some lacing on the glass sides. Smells of chestnuts & hazelnuts with woody, earthy hop aroma. Tastes nutty & sweet upfront with light caramel touch. Some candied fruit seems evident. Sweet malt taste fades to even bitterness that helps round this one out. Mouthfeel is medium to full. This beer reminds me of cracking open some nuts on a cold winter day while tending to a fire.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 18:14:19 | More by jwhancher
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Domaine DuPage tulip it pours a clear red amber with a high froth of white that settles slowly leaving an impressive lacing.

The nose comprises black cherry and rum soaked raisin with sweet malt notes.

The tastes brings a sweet malty flavor but balanced. Some dark fruit and fig and black cherry with some alcohol and some earthy hop in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium with low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice winter warmer and it is just as tasty as I remember it from back in the day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:26:45 | More by 312HopBomb
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-15-2014 00:57:39 | More by h4ger
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-13-2014 02:01:29 | More by TheBigBoy
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-09-2014 14:15:20 | More by badmotorgrunge
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AROMA- light toffee, fresh grain, lightly tasted, dried golden raisin, - all light and subtle, moderate acetylaldehyde, very low D, medium-low floral hop

FLAVoR- medium intenity smooth and lush light caramel sweetness dominates, medium-high spicy/floral/fruity hop presence, medium-low black currant and yellow raisin character, maybe some white grape, acetylaldehyde is moderate, light smack of buttered toast in the finish, no lingering bitterness.

Mothfeel- full-bodied, creamy, medium-low carbonation, no noticeable alcohol,

APPEARANCE- new penny copper, extremely clear, low white head

OVERALL- never got the whole winter angle, not exceptionally warming, just a super-solid UK ESB that goes down smooth

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 07:12:54 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Front label is extremely eye-catching with great colors and nice graphics. Label gives a bit of brewery info, states “Product of England”, “2013-2014”, “Brewed at Yorkshire's Oldest Brewery”. Back label gives a nice description and back story of the beer, ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Neck wrapped in gold foil. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and Bottle at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery Est. 1758” embossed in the glass.

Appearance: Winter Welcome was aggressively poured from its 550ml Victorian pint bottle into a 20oz Imperial pint glass leading to a 2½ finger eggshell white head of a medium-thick density resting atop a clear amber/copper colored beer. Head retention was an excellent 5min 8sec before fading to a thick coating and thick ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is a bit fruity with a nutty buttery malt aroma and nice scents of molasses, brown sugar, and candied fruits. A bit of clove spiciness and a bit of light hops balance out the nose nicely.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of sweet bready malts with a bit of caramel, candied fruits, and toffee on the front-end. Mid-point is still on the sweet side with hints of roasty nutty malts becoming prevalent and a very nice hop bitterness shining through for balance. Back-end is nutty and hop bitter with a nice hop bite with a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick and full bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a perfect carbonation. Extremely drinkable and not over filling despite its full bodied nature.

Overall/Comments: Winter Welcome Ale is a great beer that is done very well on every level. Well balanced with a nice nose and tasty flavor profile. A must try. Consumed 12/25/2013. Classified as a Winter Warmer @ 6.00% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:54:20 | More by thegodfather1076
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02-27-2014 17:26:48 | More by Bill2809
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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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