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

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1,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,973
Reviews: 1,104
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 117 | 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 beerandcycling88
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Iron Horse mug.

A Pours a clear copper color that is topped with an off white head.

S Some caramel malt with a metallic note that seems to be present in all Samuel Smiths beers.

T More caramel and metal along with a bit of a fruity taste and a bit of bread.

M Medium body that is well carbonated.

Overall this is a solid winter beer, its fairly complex and a nice break from the various spiced beers that come out this time of year. Plus the price is excellent for what you get which makes this beer worth buying.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper color with one-finger, white head that lasted a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Caramel, bread, and grass.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dark fruit and bready malt. Slight taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Not a bad winter warmer. Not my favorite but I will try this again.

Photo of despond
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MightyMonk
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ML bottle.
The beer pours light bronze clear with a bit of an off white head that quickly dissipates.
The smell is fruity and malty
The taste is rich roasted malt and sweet fruit while having a bitter aftertaste. (metallic off flavor may be due to storage.)
complex and overall enjoyable.
Good seasonal ale.

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rangerred
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small white head that clings to the side of the glass.

The smell is fruity and yeasty with not much grain or hop smell detectable.

The taste is very rich and on the heavy side. There are flavors of banana, strawberry, and some darker fruit as well. There is a slight grassy hop flavor and there is a bitterness throughout. The finish is on the sticky side.

This beer is definitely a sipper and drinks stronger than the 6% abv would imply. It is a unique beer and a pretty good representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of afrokaze
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's a bit of a celebration, as it was officially cold as shit today & I got some good news about my possible future as a photographer, plus my buddy's birthday. Time for a beer.

A - A nice light golden amber, 1 finger of fluffy head, some lacing.

S - Bready, slightly roasty malt balanced with grassy, floral, lemony hops. Alcohol is noticeable.

T - Roasted nuttiness & caramel malt accented by bready yeast. Hops are subtle as expected, slightly spicy & grassy. Finish is slightly sweet with fading bitterness. Alcohol is present in finish, maybe more than 6% implies (I guess it does the "warmer" part well).

M - Smooth but maybe a bit sticky in the finish. Palate is a little hot after finishing the 550mL bottle.

O - A bit like a cross between a spiced brown & an amber ale, but with those subdued British hops. Everything is in balance and it drinks nicely, but somewhat muddled & slightly sweet after a full bottle. Certainly classic, but probably not quite to my tastes.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Poured into a shaker pint: Clean, transparent copper body under two fingers of loose, fluffy white head that foams up over the rim of the glass. Head retains well at about a finger, some slow nucleation.

Light fruitiness in the nose, like strawberry ice cream, with a lot of lager-ish notes: grainy bread, grape jelly, a little bit of wet stone. On the weak side, but not bad.

Taste is surprisingly sharp & forthcoming given the restrained smell, but is compromised of pretty much the same notes. A subtle honey taste shows up, which is cool. The lager-like character follows through with bitterness in the finish, that's kind of earthy & musty. A little tea-like hop. Very similar profile to a best bitter, just a bit more pronounced.

Medium-bodied, feels thin at first but then a fullness builds. Ends pretty clean.

Can't say there's anything real special about this one, but it's pleasant enough without any real strikes against it. I'd love to try this on cask.

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hreb
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011-2012 edition. 550mL Sam Smith bottle (perhaps over chilled) poured into a Chimay chalice. Beer is crystal clear and the color of red brass. Thin white head with some big bubbles in it. Subtle but malt-heavy aroma.

Tastes like it smells: solid malt backbone with a hint of roast, not too chalky, and English style hopping to balance it out. Suggests orange peel and spice.

Good ale but not great. I give it a solid B.

Photo of Hershdawg
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-2012 bottle into large snifter.

A- Small finger white head on a deep ruby/amber body. great lacing. Great clarity.

S- Caramel, plum, earthy hops probably fuggles. A little sweetness but definatley not over the top. If this was larger it would be their Stingo

T: moderate bitterness, followed by dark toffee, a little earthiness, and some dark fruit. Great complementing flavors to an English pudding.

M: Medium-high mouthfeel. Doesn't coat but lingers enough that you want more.

O: Great winter beer. Its not spiced, but complex enough to keep you interested. The ABV is medium(aleast for americans) but really does a good job a warming you up. Great beer.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark copper color with a craggy head that goes nowhere. Very nice looking beer, it is a bit fizzy. Scents of slight sweet spices but nothing that grabs me. Very smooth medium bodied beer. Very pleasant. No overwhelming spices like most winter warmers these days. A bit of mint and cinnamon hit the nose. Very easy to drink. I was more pleased with this one than I expected. Definite buy every winter season!

Photo of Zonthark
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

when I opened this beer and poured it out I could smell it from a foot away, has a one finger off white head, and its a clear redish brown. It has a nice roasty taste, and I get hints of wine, you can really taste the hops especially the fuggles. The body on this beer has a great body it sticks in your mouth for a while.

On the negative side of things it is a bit too carbonated for my liking, but besides this I really like this one.

I will buy this again tomorrow probably! This is my first Samuel Smiths beer ever I am really looking forward to trying more from there range of beers.

Photo of jrenihan
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 25, 2011

Beer is copper with some reddish hints. A fairly vigorous pour results in a moderately sized off-white head that starts receding quickly. Moderate lacing.

Caramel and bready malt is the most notable scent. Characteristically British hops are present as well, imparting earthy, woodsy scents. I don't get a lot else.

Beer is very malt focused. Bready, with some caramel and biscuit flavours. The hops leave an earthy flavour. There is a distinct metallic flavour to the beer that is not particularly pleasant. Beer is fairly balanced, but certainly on the sweet side- the hops (perhaps faded) do not impart a lot in the way of bitterness. Aftertaste is malty and pretty good. Some nice though not exciting flavours but the metallic flavour really detracts.

A little too much carbonation- on the high side and is a bit irritating. Medium bodied.

Overall, a disappointing beer from Samuel Smith. Not bad, but it doesn't stand out in any way, and the metallic aspect of the taste is unfortunate. I will stick to the Oatmeal Stout, thank you very much.

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