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

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

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1,771 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-01-2012 02:12:52 | More by HoneyLamb
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep gold to amber color with a light almost non existant head,arom is malty and a little spicey-sweet.Taste is a little complex malty and and slightly sweet with some biscuity flavors rounding this out.A slight skunk taste and aroma but I am quite sure it was from the bottle.This was the 2001-2002 offering.

08-29-2003 21:21:24 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

It poured a nice clear amber/orange with a nice light head. The nose was dull with very mild fuity hints and minimal hoppiness. To be quite honest i was very disappointed with the taste...after all, Sam Smith's Oatmeal is world class and the Pale Ale is good....but this one left me wanting alot more.

A light a creamy mouthfeel with some sweet, fruitiness. Nuff said.

11-24-2003 18:30:46 | More by Popsinc
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance – Very clear and thin-looking brown with a nice big head that laced the glass.

Smell – Nice, toasted malt aroma with a lot of sweets. I can pick up mostly molasses and dark sugars.

Taste – A little grainier than I had hoped, but otherwise it is not bad. The sweetness backs up a bit but is still present.

Mouthfeel – Thin in the mouth, which was disappointing for a winter ale. The brown sugar syrup almost films the teeth, though. There’s also a refreshing dryness to this one.

Drinkability – It’s drinkable, but if I’m in the mood for a seasonal winter ales I can find lots better.

Update – I originally had this in 2003 so thought I’d give the ’05 a review. I enjoyed it a little more this year, which may just mean that my palate has changed a bit. I still think it’s thin but will raise some of the other scores up a bit.

11-06-2003 01:36:31 | More by RoyalT
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

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

03-04-2014 07:12:54 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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withliterature

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

A: Beautiful burnt amber color, perfectly clear, with a very thick cream-colored head. Gorgeous.

S: Malt with some raisin/currant scents.

M: Dense but not syrupy. Pleasant level of carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth.

T: Some spiciness in the flavor that I couldn't smell; beautiful malty flavor with some clove, pumpkin, currant, Christmas-y tastes. No discernible hoppiness. Like the previous poster mentioned, flavor got better as the beer reached room temp. My next one will sit out of the fridge for a bit before I pour it. The aftertaste is nice. Not a sweet beer.

O: This is a great cold-weather beer. Very enjoyable. I think I'll be buying it again in December. I can't imagine drinking this with food, it feels like an after-dinner beer. I can't see drinking two in a row, but it would fit in well with some other English ales.

09-23-2011 20:39:39 | More by withliterature
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Shakerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-18-2012 12:14:39 | More by Shakerman
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Sampled the 2006-07 version. Sampled & reveiwed on 1/19/07:

Ap: Hard pour raises two fingers of rocky head. Good carbonation. Copper color sparkles in the light.

Ar: Sweet malt prevalent. Some raisins, dates & plums. No hop profile noted. Buttered caramel toast.

Ta: Sweet malt dominates the flavor as in the aroma. Caramel, toasty flavor. Biscuity. Slight bitterness in the finish nicely balances the sweetness. A bit sweet towards the end of the bottle.

Mo: Medium bodied. Very clean on the palette. No real lingering aftertaste. Carbonation leaves mouth tingling.

Dr: Easy drinking. Smooth & clean. No overbearing flavors to detract its drinkability.

Comments: Very tasty Winter Warmer. Not overdone with spices as in most WW. Almost an Old Ale but not as high ABV as most Old Ales. Good flavor & well balanced. Again, a bit sweet after a full bottle, but a smaller portion would be perfect.

02-22-2007 22:13:25 | More by JMD71
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Dmann

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

I have had good luck with SS beers in the past so I thought I'd give this one a try. It poured a nice amber color with a small head that faded quicky and did not leave much in the way of lace. The smell was a little skunky with grassy and herbal scents comming through as well. The taste was skunky up front, then a really sweet flavor came through that took me by supprise and stayed there even in the aftertaste. Maybe I got a skunked bottle, so I will give this one another try sometime.

11-28-2003 06:27:24 | More by Dmann
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sabitu

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-03-2013 05:37:46 | More by sabitu
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Wow, this is quite an aromatic beer. The scent exploded out of the bottle as I poured. I'm not really sure how to describe the smell. It's reminding me of a stinky cheap macro lager. Not good. Perhaps I got a skunked bottle?

The appearance is great - a deep amber with a small but frothy head.

Taste is very good. Malty, of course. There's a good bit of citrusy sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel has a little bit of creaminess to it, which is a pleasant suprise.

In 2004, I was lucky enough to get a half-price case ($30) of S.S.'s Winter Welcome. It was the first time I had ever tried the beer, and I enjoyed it immensely. I'd love to be able to get that deal again!

01-07-2006 22:56:58 | More by chOAKbarrell
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-09-2014 00:06:38 | More by FadetoBock
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Todd

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

550ml clear glass bottle. 2002-2003 edition.

This ale started off with a rich, bright amber colour ... topped with an impressive two-finger, pure white foam head; creamy consistency with plenty of retention and touch of stick.

Aroma is that of a typical English ale: toasty malts, herbal hops (a touch of coarseness) and that mineral foundation; a bit metallic. This brew's bouquet is quite soft and pleasant.

Malty flavour; toasted malts, touch of caramel. Sharp-ish hop character offsets the malts with a thin edge of citric bitterness, coarse feel, cheesy flavour in the background and a hoppy spice array of flavours helps to round things off while getting lifted into the mouthfeel by the beer's tight and lively carbonation. Notes of yeast throughout. Bone-dry finish with traces of hop flavour.

I've always had a soft spot for Samuel Smith's beers. They were probably one of my first introductions into English ales back in the mid-80's. The Winter Welcome is not only the quintessential winter warmer beer, but it's an old classic and favourite of mine. However, its dryness does get on my nerves after one, making this less drinkable in my opinion, less "wanting of another." A touch sweeter and OBT might have a grand winter session ale in their arsenal of beers.

01-12-2003 10:38:04 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

The Winter Welcome Ale poured copper with lots off lively carbonation that resulted in a thick white head that was fairly creamy and retained well. The aroma was kind of piney, bready, alcoholic smell with some metallic and skunky tones. The taste was sweet, bready malts initially with a hoppy finish. A very smooth drinking beer but not nearly as much flavor as I would expect from a winter brew.

12-13-2003 05:14:08 | More by Beaver13
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babyhobbes

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

Poured with a huge off white head. Brew is amber colored and looks good. Scent was horrible at first..thought we got some weird macro! Oddly enough, the smell is mellowing out over time..but still isn't particularly pleasant.

The is a rather disappointing beer. There isn't much taste and the mouthfeel is like any other macro.

I am going to have trouble finishing this.

02-25-2004 02:28:34 | More by babyhobbes
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-20-2012 02:48:46 | More by TimoP
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

06-09-2013 23:40:43 | More by JakerLou
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Bill2809

Maryland

5/5  rDev +36.2%

02-27-2014 17:26:48 | More by Bill2809
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Presentation: 18.7 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top and raised glass below the neck, no freshness though on the label it has the years for the 2002-2003 winter season.

Appearance: A small-bubbled two fingered lace lies on top of a copper hued brew. Decent clarity with a better than ok head retention.

Smell: Faded butterscotch, fruity esters and a honey/caramel like malt sweetness. Hop aroma grassy with a light oily pungency.

Taste: Smooth as much as it is crisp with in the pleasant mouth feel. Malty palate with a medium body and level carbonation. Bready malt flavours ride on top with hints of caramel and grain. Candied fruit with some buttery diacetyl and light alcoholic esters to boot. Hop bitterness is perfect and balances very well and does not intrude with excessive hop flavour at all. A little dry in the finish with a touch of butterscotch and a slow warming feeling from the alcohol that has a mild peppery flavour.

Notes: A cast and mold for a lot of the US breweries to build from in the past. Now it seems middle of the road in comparison to what is in the American market now.

11-22-2002 17:56:38 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

550ml clear bottle with the really nice label. Pours an almost clear golden amber with plenty of off-white head. Nose seems more spices than malt. Mouthfeel is adequately carbonated with a tang on the tongue. I like the taste, but it's difficult to describe. Nothing at all like any Sam Smith I've ever had. Sweet malts dominate, caramel with a spice background seem to provide most of the taste, with a dry hop finish. Fruits are in the picture as well, but this brew is a puzzler for me to describe, to be honest.

12-07-2003 21:50:18 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%

2006-2007 version, 550 Mil bottle. Pours semi cloudy, lighter, dull orangy amber. Darker tan head, showing moderate retention, and leaving slippery spotty lace, upon a moderate swirl. Toasted whole wheat on the nose. Easy drinking middle of the road ale. Nice caramel sweet malt note in the finish. Nothing really stands out here, balance is what is going. I'm not a huge fan of balance. But this classic British brew from an all time all star brewery. Worthy sessioner.

11-13-2008 01:25:59 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

11-23-2011 15:39:51 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: one inch head, clear, orange-brown in color

Smell: caramel, chocolate, alcohol

Taste: big caramel, small chocolate, dark fruit, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with ever so slight bitterness in the back

Drinkability: A very malty and English tasting beer. Not as spicy as others in the style. I could have a couple on a toasty night.

01-11-2011 16:20:04 | More by tigg924
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donunrue

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2012 21:04:25 | More by donunrue
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captainhowdy39

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

03-21-2013 20:02:24 | More by captainhowdy39
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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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