Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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5/5 rDev +36.2%
The sample I tasted was the 2002-2003 version.
I must give this beer a perfect score. The reasons are: 1. I have had this beer many times before in the past and have never been dissapointed. 2. in my opinion, this is the perfect example an English ale that I would like to drink (and brew!). In other words it just doesn't get any better than this.
The beer poured out with perfect clarity, a bright copper color.
A pleasant citrus aroma rises from the tall dense white head.
The head slowly laced the glass as the beer was consumed.
This beer has a good malt body to match the perfect hop
Very clean aftertaste with an excellent drinkability. I wouldn't change a thing with this beer. There's no wonder that I wait for this one to come out every year. A superb beer and worth waiting for every year.
03-15-2003 00:42:45 | More by pezoids
4.93/5 rDev +34.3%
The Nose: (the beer's, not Gogol's)
What perfection. Deep, alluring, sophisticated and subtle, the aromas offer a hint of the trademark Tadcaster blueberry and cream, but with a well of roasted and polished sugars as anchor: Asian spices, date syrup, toasted sesame, new leather, fruit wood...wow. And concise! No clumsy hop intrusions, canned fruit, or mustiness to blur the statement.
Subtle as opposed to decadent. Creamy, milky texture allows the aforementioned traits to dance and glide across the lingual plateau. No beef. No glitzy hops (but enough to dry up the finsh.)
I want more. And I fault the beer for not being more concentrated.
A perfect drink.
12-27-2002 15:53:03 | More by putnam
4.9/5 rDev +33.5%
This is more a classic English Bitter than a winter brew in my opinion but never the less a fine ale. Pleasantly bitter with a smooth finish, medium amber in color with a thick head that goes away to a small froth that clings in rings all the way down the glass. Very drinkable. I always look forward to this comming out in the late fall and then I stock up quickly because it is highly sought after here in central Texas and disappears around Christmas. This the Winter Ale all others aspire to.
04-12-2002 23:42:36 | More by mapman97
4.88/5 rDev +33%
An excellent winter beer; very tasty, with caramel and butterscotchy notes giving way to a malty aftertaste...and with enough alcohol to warm you up without knocking you out. (A great replacement for a glass of milk before bed though..) Another excellent beer from Tadcaster.
01-27-2002 16:50:17 | More by bk3nj
4.8/5 rDev +30.8%
12/31/04- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- Poured into my Hangtown Brewery pint glass. 16.7 oz bottle with no expiration date.
Appearance- An inch head with average lacing. Nice light brown ale color pour.
Smell- Mmmm, a sweet soft candied scent. I guess maybe caramel, but a candy one rather than the typical malt caramel smell.
Taste- One of the best mixes of malt and hops I have tasted. Perfect combo for me. Sweet caramel and other candy tastes abound with a bit of a roasted flavor in the background.
Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and an average mouthfeel. Aftertaste is just a tad bitter and hangs around a bit longer than expected.
Drinkability- This has always been on of my favorites. I love just about everything from Samuel Smith. I will always have a few of these each holiday season.
01-01-2005 17:52:35 | More by GClarkage
4.6/5 rDev +25.3%
appears a very clear orange/brown color in the glass, with a 1-finger off-white head that leaves hints of lacing. smells of buttered rum, caramel, and a slight hint of bread/yeast. tastes like buttered rum/butterscotch; lots of biscuit flavor; a very nice peppery finish with hints of nutmeg, and a good amount of hops bitterness. these flavors, playing off of one another, put me more in the mind of winter and the holidays than the candied sweetness of other winter warmers. mouthfeel is quite buttery and oily, which actually seems just right to match the flavors. drinkability is high. this is a very understated and classy beer that truly does make a nice winter warmer. the spices seem right for a cold night by a fire, and the abv is just enough to give you a kick of warmth without overdoing it.
12-04-2006 14:41:39 | More by schusterbauer
4.6/5 rDev +25.3%
Presented in an 18.7oz bottle with gold foil around the neck. Very decorative and informative label!
A - Pours a deep ruby color into a brandy glass with a beautiful two finger off white fluffy head that lasted. Lacing was awesome as well as carbonation.
S - Carmel aroma as well as toffee and nutmeg. Malt tones dominate with hints of hop in the back. From what I can smell this is a very balanced offering.
T - Sweet up front immediately followed by toasted malts and finished with spicy hops. What an array of flavors, it really covered the palate well.
M - Full bodied carbonation was perfect, finish was clean. What a great beer!
D - Highly drinkable. To be honest this beer really surprised me. I will be picking a few more of these up soon. Recommended!
02-19-2008 17:32:43 | More by shabbtastic
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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