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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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1,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 31
Gots: 129 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour delivered a finger and a half of lively almost cream colored head. While this took its time dying down I contemplated the copper color of the body and very small amount of bubbles rising to the top. Light lacing tries to cling but ends up sliding back down into the beer rather quickly.

The aromas detected include a lightly roasted malt, a hint of caramel, a nice breadiness and a pinch of spice. A bit of dark fruit and a bit of yeast also seem to complement the nose here.

Bready malt with a hint of caramel was the first impression to wash over my tongue. This passed over to a light floral hop flavor that was a nice surprise as I didn't detect it in the nose, even with deep searching. The end was a nice spiced bread flavor. After a while an aftertaste was noted which was a rich malt flavor with dark fruit notes.

The beer is light-medium bodied. It has light carbonation and coats the mouth rather nicely without leaving a sticky residue.

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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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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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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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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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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.