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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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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 96 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

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

Winter welcome pours a clear, red/amber color with a nice, two-finger off-white head. The nose has a good amount of earthy hops along with biscuit notes and hints of raisins.

The taste is very bready/biscuity, with hints of toffee. A bit of lemon-zest shows up late along with a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty much middle-of-the-road.

Overall, a solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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

pours a vibrent copper with a good finger thick white head that drops into a thin haze.
the aroma is very malty.
the flavor is rich with malt, good hop bitterness, and hop flavor, spicy, little fruity.
winter welcome is something to look forward to every year,

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4/5  rDev +9%

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

Pours a clear amber color. One finger white head from a strong pour. It dissipates quickly, leaving a wispy cloud in the middle of the snifter. Not really any lacing to speak of. Once in a while there’s a streak here or there.

Sweet nose, mostly malts, didn’t prepare me for the hoppy surprise I was about to enjoy. Smells like a snickers bar, caramel and a little chocolate. As it warms the bouquet of hops comes out a bit.

Different old ale style, hops definitely more evident then other winter’s I have had. I think it’s actually quite refreshing. Hops leave a nice strong bitter finish. The malt is definitely there as well. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is like pop rocks. Explosive. Not too thin, not quite syrupy.

I’m a pretty big fan of Sam Smith’s brews. Slightly pricey, but this is on a short list of beers I’d definitely order during the winter months if it’s on the menu.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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

Consumed December 1st, 2012. Reviewed from notes. Served in a Triple Petrus tulip.

This beer is a clear... orange? Copper? Deep amber? You get the idea. Plenty of active nucleation going on in the glass. A one-finger, very fine merengue style head is a nice topper to this good looking beer.

Aroma of vanilla and melanoidins. Biscuity caramel malts as well.

Fairly light flavor like the nose and finishes with more bitterness than expected. Are those bitter orange peels at the end? Like all Samuel Smith beers I have ever had, there is an odd metallic notes lurking in the background.

Medium bodied with slickness. Good carbonation tingle as well.

Solid, drinkable winter warmer on the lower end of alcohol content for the style.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber and very clear, leaving about a finger of slowly dissipating head.

Slightly sweet malt is immediately apparent in the smell, with some nice spices, and hops lingering in the background.

As in the smell, the taste begins with malts, then gives a hint of hops, with spices, fruity notes, and just enough bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness.

Medium bodied beer with a pleasant mouthfeel, this beer is also nicely drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber colored with a white head and decent lacing. Not much to the smell, some bready malt sweetness and very slight hop spice. Got some beer in my nostril during the smell and I can now detect a sweet nuttyness as well.

Some malty sweetness upfront but quickly turns to a mild spice, before turning bitter in the finish. Toasted malts hang around in the aftertaste. Pretty well balanced. Carbonation is gentle and the finish is smooth but not crisp and a little dry. Medium body would put it simply.

All around a good beer and considering I drank a 550ml. bottle in 4 minutes without trying to rush I would say this is very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.