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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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1,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | 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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3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

nodder, Nov 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Lee_Hancock, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to cbutova for bringing over this random pickup. Always nice to remind myself that subtle English beers still exist in the midst of coffee bourbon barrel maple 13% stout madness.

This poured a translucent amber color, had decent head retention and left some lace behind. Smelled of biscuity malts, some toasted bread, and light caramel apple. Taste is similar, very straight-up English pale/ESB-reminiscent. Pretty malty with buttered toast and caramel with good balancing herbal and light fruity hops. There is some apple and dark fruit presence going on as well. The mouthfeel is decent, kinda on the watery side though, high carbonation.

This is kinda average-seeming these days, but drinks fine. I give it extra props because it kinda seems like an old-school classic. I do wish it had a more 'winter warmer' feel though (spice, deeper malts), this could pass as an English pale to me.

Chico1985, Nov 11, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Bf_89, Nov 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

error9900, Nov 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Trashcat, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

ThaHealer, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of jahannah
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jahannah, Nov 06, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

noproduction, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

saison90, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

st9647v3, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014/2015. Clear medium amber pour with a nice dark ruby cast. Exceptional massive head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of caramel malt, a bit of biscuit and a classic mineral note. Slightly above light medium body with a smooth texture. Excellent carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The crisp, well constructed, flavor profile is intense, balanced and complex. It begins with toasty biscuit that flows to caramel sweetness. The middle effervesces nicely into a Goldings flavored medium bitterness over a distinct mineral note. The crisp finish effervesces nicely into a somewhat dry slow fade that leaves you with a nice bit of bitter hop flavor over a biscuit sweetness with hints of citrus and dark fruit. As everything fades away, the mineral note dominates over a slight pepper like note of spice.

tillmac62, Nov 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

BDF2000, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: a nice light reddish brown color. a finger or so of a tannish head that sticks around for ages and leaves a strong lacing around the edges of the glass. completely clear and with good brightness.

Smell: a strong and pronounced nuttiness. slightly sweet caramel malts, biscuity to toasted bread malts. a overly strong grassy to musty aroma near the end.

Taste: opens with a malty nut flavor. opens up with sweet red to slightly darker malts. some aspects come off as toasty or bready malts. sweetness is moderately strong. however a grassy musty taste comes through rather strongly.

Mouthfeel: medium light body. little to no bitterness. no lingering sweetness or flavors.

Overall: I had tried some good Sam Smith's lately so I thought I'd give this a try on the first real cold day we had. Unfortunately I was let down with it. I was hoping for a little bit more warmth in some way and the grassy flavor comes off musty and not too good with the rest of whats going on.

SportsandJorts, Nov 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

DouglasWalk, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ariceclemson, Nov 01, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

EdmundBlackadder, Nov 01, 2014
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2.76/5  rDev -24.8%

BcOneSeven, Oct 31, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

juzh12, Oct 31, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

JPowell712, Oct 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Sgtbuck854, Oct 29, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

DrkLgr, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

DoctorBob, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Cycle69, Oct 25, 2014
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.