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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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BA SCORE
83
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1,719 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1719
Reviews: 1071
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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melagnus

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008/2009 Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome 6% ABV
550 ml. bottle Poured into a Brandy snifter

A - Copper (SRM 15), Low carbonation, Head fizzles out to a soapy sud-like look with color hues being a dark off-white. Clear in color. Some lacing on the glass, though not too much. Head retention is minimal, as I pour too aggressively and noticed the head diminish to nothing within a couple of minutes.

S - Alcoholic, nutty malts. Picked up some vinous aroma, possibly from a cab, or some other type of red wine. Even some chocolate nodes are coming through faintly, though could be molasses. Dried fruity esters.

T - Caramel hits you right away with a lingering mild bitterness. Sweet malty flavors with no sign of hops. Medium malt levels. Malty-sweet balance. Some sort of fruit.

M - Syrupy, smooth and seems almost a bit watery at the end. Definitely no bite. Very low carbonation levels with warmness to the sip.

D - Very drinkable and not too boozy at all! Probably wouldn't want to do more than two of these in a night, for the alcohol has a tendency to get to you late in the glass :)

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 04:44:35 | More by melagnus
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Deep red (mahogany) colored brew. Nice white fluffy head hold good retention. Good lacing too

Whoa. Grape juice aroma. Kinda bland.

Wet, thick, fluid, chewy, kinda weird and off. Too much crystal and not nearly enough caramel. Funky bitter dryness. Unbalanced carbonation too. Too much missing with the flavors.

Can't recommend, even at $2/16.9oz. This brew has simply too many parts and pieces missing. Not complex, balanced, blended, or thought out.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 03:12:21 | More by chugalug06
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-16-2014 16:28:14 | More by Jeffwildcat
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bongobeer

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-16-2014 12:57:15 | More by bongobeer
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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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California

5/5  rDev +36.2%

03-29-2014 03:48:51 | More by ifnkovhg
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New Jersey

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Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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Pennsylvania

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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