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

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1,942 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,942
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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Photo of Iz-GOod
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kooz
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very faint amber with some head which leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Smells faintly of malt and slight hops. Tastes slightly sour and bitter. The bitterness may be a little too much; the sourness is nice. Slightly boozy--a little more than I care for--but not bad. Very nice mouthfeel--creamy and rich. It's a nice beer for the winter, and even with better options, I don't think you could go wrong with a bomber of this.

Photo of misternebbie
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AdrianAltine
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not really my style it's probably a good beer I just didn't like it

Photo of Yanknonion
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkrass
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluegrass49
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeff1973
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NCMatt
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pisano
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wicketsmusik
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a pint glass. The eleventh beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with streaming carbonation and off-white head that left splashy lace.

S- Big herbal and earthy notes, fruity English yeast notes, and tea notes. The aroma was a little off. It smelled a little stale and musty.

T- Toffee, light caramel, fruity English yeast, chai tea, bready notes, grassy hops, and finished with a moderate bitterness.

M- Very high carbonation, prickly, very dry, light warming, and medium body.

O- This is my first English Winter Warmer and it is definitely different from the American takes on the style I have had, many which are loaded with holiday spices. I was a bit surprised by how over carbonated the beer was and at 6% ABV it wasn't a big warmer.

Photo of atsir
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mconner666
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a pint glass to a light brown with a two finger dense off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: nose is dark fruits and bready caramel malt
T: taste is surprisingly light bit there are notes of plums, some caramel malt, bready malt, a little spice from some hops and some lingering sweetness throughout. swallow is a little nutty with more caramel and bready malt
M: this beer has a pretty heavy body with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Overall a pretty solid Winter Warmer. The flavors seem kind of soft but the complexity is nice and all the flavors are there. fairly low in bitterness but it's still an enjoyable winter brew

Photo of mick303
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive appearance. Medium caramel brown colour, very clear with quite solid lacing and retention.

S- caramel and a firm minerality, bready grains, earthy hops, some orange citrus, some floral notes also.

T- balanced start with mineral and floral start, grainy malts, medium balanced caramel, honey, fruit cake, quite a nice full malty brew, with spicy hints, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg maybe, dries out on the finish with a firm yeast body.

M- full grainy body, moderate carbonation and then some drying hop bitterness. All around a mild spicy and malty ale, grows in bitterness no spice as it warms, and has nice sessionability.

Overall this was succinct and well put together, mild spicing and hop character and a good balance. Only point was the flavour is a bit mild, lies on the malts and some floral no spice character, drying finish. I think this would be great on cask, from the bottle it is fairly middle of the road.

Photo of Navalartichoke
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, apple, fig, date, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, apple, fig, date, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, apple, fig, date, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English pale ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of danlib21
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattknueven
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,942 ratings.