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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:
No notes at this time.

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

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours relatively well, a very bright golden copper. Thin white head that lasts.

Aroma's very malty, almost sour smelling.

Taste is supremely malty, without any of the spice present in some of the American winter offerings such as Boston Beer Co's Old Fezziwig. Small hints of earthiness... Clove, tea leaves. But not very present in the beer. Still enjoyable, but I definitely prefer the spice be a bit more present -- Pretty American of me, I suppose.

The consistency is a bit thin but passable. Finishes smooth without any hint of alcohol.

Overall, average brew. I tend to prefer the American version due to the much fuller and more complex taste, but I can understand the draw here.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:38:41 | More by Vendetta
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

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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TheBullsHorn

Florida

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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Modernrickk

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

04-07-2014 23:17:06 | More by Modernrickk
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-07-2014 20:43:56 | More by harpus
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

04-03-2014 21:20:39 | More by Karibourgeois
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

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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JavierGC

Spain

4/5  rDev +9%

03-29-2014 18:17:50 | More by JavierGC
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ifnkovhg

California

5/5  rDev +36.2%

03-29-2014 03:48:51 | More by ifnkovhg
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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-27-2014 10:04:15 | More by themind
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dsl72701

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-26-2014 17:17:44 | More by dsl72701
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-23-2014 14:51:16 | More by swgwilt
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

03-22-2014 23:11:47 | More by afsdan
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-22-2014 22:29:01 | More by DerwinWentworth
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312HopBomb

Illinois

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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h4ger

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-15-2014 00:57:39 | More by h4ger
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-13-2014 02:01:29 | More by TheBigBoy
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badmotorgrunge

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-09-2014 14:15:20 | More by badmotorgrunge
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-08-2014 23:35:35 | More by jduprey007
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Unchi

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

03-08-2014 18:48:05 | More by Unchi
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Motozappa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2014 04:23:23 | More by Motozappa
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

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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squack

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-28-2014 23:26:40 | More by squack
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

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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Bill2809

Maryland

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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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