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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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1,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,741
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 40 | 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-14-2013 16:30:23 | More by FrancisT
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-14-2013 23:54:50 | More by jcoulighan
Photo of Hobbz

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the labels more than the beer and always have (though I do think Sam S. the brewery is a top-notch operation and though I do drink several of these Sam Smith Winter Welcomes by tradition each year).

Appearance/smell: Poured with good heading into the glass. Color was light a ruby-red. Little aroma, evidence of malt and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel/taste: Thin mouthfeel at first, but with medium-high carbonation (helped the score). Taste was of English and crystal malts with a fruity, real ale flavor. Good balance with hops serving only to detract overt sweetness.

As I stated, I do drink several of these each year. I don't have to drink the best at all times, and with this one, I don't. But it is a pleasant "eternal-return," albeit a too-expensive one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 05:26:16 | More by Hobbz
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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ale poured a copper-amber color. Thin 1-finger head with sparse spots of lace. Smelled of malt and caramel. The taste was caramel and malt with a very faint grassy hop presence. Butterscotch with a touch of spice. Easily drinkable, but not what I expect from a winter brew. As far as it being called Strong/Old Ale style, it wasn't strong at all and perhaps tasted a little old.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 19:09:31 | More by irishmoss
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-03-2014 19:07:39 | More by Dimitri
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-04-2013 20:36:51 | More by Lord_of_the_Rinks
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty, absolutely clear copper fills my Old Guardian goblet. A large, creamy beige head forms and dissipates quickly. Errant streamers support wispy remnants of the head.

Nose is subdued earthy maltiness with tinges of caramel and metal poking through. Warming in the glass produces more of the caramel and butterscotch with a faint herbal backdrop.

Taste is distinctively British malts upfront; caramel (made with some Devon Cream) and a distinct butterscotch twinge; soft, herbal and floral hops then meld, producing a lovely earthy balance of sweet and bitter. A spicy and buttery finish lingers – the spiciness is a sharp prick of fresh grated nutmeg and the buttery is pleasant. I kept getting impressions of a cool, hot-buttered-rum, really.

Fine conditioning make this a smooth and easy drinker and a welcome one at that. While not as gimmicky as many winter warmers, this one makes a casual, yet interesting appearance which I will certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 04:08:47 | More by GimmeAles
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-04-2012 20:23:16 | More by Anything
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009-2010 edition, 12 oz bottle to glass. Color of iced tea. Fairly good head. Smell was very inviting, very malty. Taste was pretty average though, very middle of the road flavors, basic malt/cereal like flavors, dry finish. Fairly well carbonated. This is the 2nd Sam Smith I've had (the other being oatmeal stout) and they sound awesome but sort of ordinary in the bottle for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 05:16:49 | More by kpoole25
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4/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2012 21:04:25 | More by donunrue
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

11-29-2013 23:57:13 | More by lilmul123
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4/5  rDev +9%

01-07-2014 21:55:04 | More by tjb27
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-20-2012 01:41:20 | More by lightfool
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-07-2013 05:09:09 | More by gmerrick
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2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A hazy, pumpkin orange with a rich, off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

S: A malty, bready aroma, with some alcohol and no hops in the nose.

T: Strong malty flavor and some sweetness that is nicely balanced with some hops biterness.

M: The body on this is much lighter than anticipated, but the bitterness remains in the aftertaste. A dryness as well. There is also a sort of saltiness and astringency.

Notes: I am not very impressed with this offering. My friends have raved about Sam Smiths, but this was not the greatest.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 21:36:53 | More by kevinjosephlee
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2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours similar to a Newcastle, with a bit more head. The color is dark ruby and large bubbles of carbonation are present.

Smells fruity, with plum and cherry hints on the nose. Hops are present, but smell more metallic than piny or citrusy.

The taste is good, but not overly impressive. It keeps me thinking of a Newcastle or, dare I say it, a Heineken. The 6% ABV warms it up a bit, but you don't find yourself craving it.

Overall, not worth the 3.99 I paid for it. When I'm getting sixer's of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale for 7 bucks, I'm not going to waste time on this.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 22:59:19 | More by cerveza5150
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-11-2012 19:51:12 | More by Torch20
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-07-2013 17:22:35 | More by vipguy814
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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This light-colored barleywine pours a transparent orange color with a gigantic fluffy, nearly white head, mostly of small bubbles, but with a few big ones in there. The head dissipates, but very slowly. The aroma is pretty malty-sweet. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth -- it seems that most of the bubbles have risen to the head, although it's still a bit effervescent. Initially there's a very nice balance between the base-malts and the hops, and a flowery fruitiness is very quickly the dominant flavor. This fruit evolves into a very noticeable, though mild, earthy hop finish, whose bitterness and dryness become more evident as the malt sweetness fades.

This certainly isn't as big in body, sweetness, or alcohol as most barleywines I've had, but its sweet floral hoppiness is particularly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 03:50:43 | More by Stopper
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle with gold foil topping it off. There was no freshness date to be found. Really neat looking bottle with all types of interesting designs on it.

Appearance: Copper tone hue to the beer with slight hints of amber. A huge head that retains really well.

Smell: A hopy aroma with a malty sweetness with touches of nutmeg and oregano, very nice

Taste: Very malty palate with caramel and fruit overtures that balance well with the hop bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: A smooth and crisp feel that ends up a little dry.

Drink-Ability: A great seasonal beer that I really need to stock up on.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 14:42:44 | More by mnesporov
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and clear. Enormous, frothy white head that barely goes away as you drink. Lots and lots of lacing.

S - Fruity and light smelling. A little bit of apple, and a sweet honey-like scent but not much else.

T - More bland than I had expected. Fruity, malty sweetness but kind of light on flavor. Again, I detect apples (?).

M - A little light and watery/fizzy, but not too bad.

D - Overall not quite what I was expecting. A little bit lighter, fruitier and fizzier than I bargained for. Easy to drink, however, and drinkable for the ABV number. I'm confident that this one would taste way better on the other side of the pond.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:20:17 | More by hossua34
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-14-2013 21:55:15 | More by cujim
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4/5  rDev +9%

12-13-2011 00:51:43 | More by delzer13
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, not quite dark enough in my opinion for a winter ale, with a decent head lacking in retention. Nose is medium sweet malt, not particularly bold, with a few misc. spices nestled in taste is much different. The hops hit directly, followed by a sweetness not stong in malt. Some happy spice follows. In general, not a bad brew. Nothing to be joyful about, and not particularly characteristic of other winter brews. In a pinch, it will do, but not this winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 06:32:39 | More by gnaussea
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color with no visible head.

Smelled wonderful, deep malty scents with a lot of citrusy goodness thrown in. Also had a slight caramel scent.

On the first sip, you're hit with a strong hop slap in the face. Take another, and you'll notice the bitterness has mellowed and the gentle malt profile has come through. Slight caramel and citrus flavors. The scent gives you the impression of a malty monster, but the taste is rather light and satisfying. Not exactly what I was expecting from a Winter Warmer.

This is a descent brew, but doesn't fit the description of "winter warmer" very well. As a beer, it's awesome though! Enjoy this wonderful beverage anytime of the year, it's light enough to fit right in during a summer grilling session!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:33:32 | More by pavandal
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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