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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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83
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1,751 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 44 | 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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Bill2809

Maryland

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-19-2012 23:06:37 | More by Yehuda
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gratefuld

Indiana

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-07-2011 01:22:29 | More by gratefuld
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
bitterness.

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 00:42:45 | More by pezoids
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Fossilhunter

California

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-17-2012 00:30:13 | More by Fossilhunter
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smartens

Iowa

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-06-2011 23:17:18 | More by smartens
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ifnkovhg

California

5/5  rDev +36.2%

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


5/5  rDev +36.2%

05-12-2012 03:40:49 | More by apocalypsezombie
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Ryan1423

Alaska

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-26-2011 06:20:17 | More by Ryan1423
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putnam

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

The Palate:
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 15:53:03 | More by putnam
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mapman97

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2002 23:42:36 | More by mapman97
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bk3nj

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2002 16:50:17 | More by bk3nj
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GClarkage

California

4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 17:52:35 | More by GClarkage
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javlin624

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-17-2013 01:53:01 | More by javlin624
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Illmaticzx

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

04-22-2012 04:36:46 | More by Illmaticzx
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

04-03-2012 14:53:38 | More by pchalk
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Florya

Norway

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-14-2012 00:21:56 | More by Florya
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

01-06-2013 23:31:55 | More by Trrogm
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-11-2012 19:51:12 | More by Torch20
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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-30-2012 21:33:04 | More by mkh895
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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-30-2012 20:51:53 | More by Peg2009
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-21-2012 01:32:54 | More by Vyronian
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Jaystref

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

11-18-2012 03:47:22 | More by Jaystref
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schusterbauer

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 14:41:39 | More by schusterbauer
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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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