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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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83
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1,757 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 48 | 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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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-27-2014 10:04:15 | More by themind
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dsl72701

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-26-2014 17:17:44 | More by dsl72701
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-23-2014 14:51:16 | More by swgwilt
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

03-22-2014 23:11:47 | More by afsdan
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-22-2014 22:29:01 | More by DerwinWentworth
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Domaine DuPage tulip it pours a clear red amber with a high froth of white that settles slowly leaving an impressive lacing.

The nose comprises black cherry and rum soaked raisin with sweet malt notes.

The tastes brings a sweet malty flavor but balanced. Some dark fruit and fig and black cherry with some alcohol and some earthy hop in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium with low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice winter warmer and it is just as tasty as I remember it from back in the day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:26:45 | More by 312HopBomb
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-15-2014 00:57:39 | More by h4ger
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-13-2014 02:01:29 | More by TheBigBoy
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badmotorgrunge

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-09-2014 14:15:20 | More by badmotorgrunge
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-08-2014 23:35:35 | More by jduprey007
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Unchi

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

03-08-2014 18:48:05 | More by Unchi
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Motozappa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2014 04:23:23 | More by Motozappa
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AROMA- light toffee, fresh grain, lightly tasted, dried golden raisin, - all light and subtle, moderate acetylaldehyde, very low D, medium-low floral hop

FLAVoR- medium intenity smooth and lush light caramel sweetness dominates, medium-high spicy/floral/fruity hop presence, medium-low black currant and yellow raisin character, maybe some white grape, acetylaldehyde is moderate, light smack of buttered toast in the finish, no lingering bitterness.

Mothfeel- full-bodied, creamy, medium-low carbonation, no noticeable alcohol,

APPEARANCE- new penny copper, extremely clear, low white head

OVERALL- never got the whole winter angle, not exceptionally warming, just a super-solid UK ESB that goes down smooth

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 07:12:54 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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squack

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-28-2014 23:26:40 | More by squack
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

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

Presentation: Front label is extremely eye-catching with great colors and nice graphics. Label gives a bit of brewery info, states “Product of England”, “2013-2014”, “Brewed at Yorkshire's Oldest Brewery”. Back label gives a nice description and back story of the beer, ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Neck wrapped in gold foil. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and Bottle at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery Est. 1758” embossed in the glass.

Appearance: Winter Welcome was aggressively poured from its 550ml Victorian pint bottle into a 20oz Imperial pint glass leading to a 2½ finger eggshell white head of a medium-thick density resting atop a clear amber/copper colored beer. Head retention was an excellent 5min 8sec before fading to a thick coating and thick ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is a bit fruity with a nutty buttery malt aroma and nice scents of molasses, brown sugar, and candied fruits. A bit of clove spiciness and a bit of light hops balance out the nose nicely.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of sweet bready malts with a bit of caramel, candied fruits, and toffee on the front-end. Mid-point is still on the sweet side with hints of roasty nutty malts becoming prevalent and a very nice hop bitterness shining through for balance. Back-end is nutty and hop bitter with a nice hop bite with a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick and full bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a perfect carbonation. Extremely drinkable and not over filling despite its full bodied nature.

Overall/Comments: Winter Welcome Ale is a great beer that is done very well on every level. Well balanced with a nice nose and tasty flavor profile. A must try. Consumed 12/25/2013. Classified as a Winter Warmer @ 6.00% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:54:20 | More by thegodfather1076
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Bill2809

Maryland

5/5  rDev +36.2%

02-27-2014 17:26:48 | More by Bill2809
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-24-2014 20:43:59 | More by drdiesel9483
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timoteo833

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-23-2014 19:22:30 | More by timoteo833
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RoyFokker

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-22-2014 22:58:59 | More by RoyFokker
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from an 18.7 ounce bottle into a 10 ounce sampler. I like the white (Tudor?) rose on the label and the big white draft horses that they still use to deliver beer.

I tried a moderately aggressive pour, but backed off as the suds threatened to overfill the glass. The head is off-white in color and appears plenty sticky. The beer itself is a copper color, crystal clear, with above average carbonation.

I get that semi-sweet, mineral flavor and aroma typical of these English ales, and which I really appreciate and enjoy. I also notice some subtle fruity flavors somewhat like peaches or apple. The hops are very noticeable on the back of the tongue, and provide good balance, but I would say there is very little hop character overall (rather typically). I agree with that, because this is a beer where you want to taste that malt. It does have a dry finish, and the alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms (though it is not all that strong).

This is a very tasty ale, but probably best to limit it to one. Cheerio!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:33:09 | More by archyquaffer
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-19-2014 02:43:03 | More by kkmiller76
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TheDrunkenDeer

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-17-2014 06:06:54 | More by TheDrunkenDeer
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

02-16-2014 22:55:54 | More by heerboth
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lorenwhite7

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-15-2014 07:02:16 | More by lorenwhite7
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kushlash23

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-12-2014 22:20:09 | More by kushlash23
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
83 out of 100 based on 1,757 ratings.