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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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1,741 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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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
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber-gold. Clear. Medium tall cream-colored head with good retention.

Smell - Rich malts. Raisin and prune. Toffee.

Taste - Dark malt. Chocolate and coffee bean with dark fruit. Seems a little thin. A little sour hops is evident in the finish. Alcohol isn't evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Certainly drinkable and likely warming, but not one of the best examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:32:09 | More by scaliasux
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jeffthepony

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-12-2014 03:38:11 | More by jeffthepony
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Nick_RobertsM3

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-12-2014 01:21:07 | More by Nick_RobertsM3
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-11-2014 03:18:46 | More by Boone757
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memphischas

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2014 02:50:42 | More by memphischas
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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Winter is Coming! I guess its already here for those in the northern hemisphere. I look forward to this one every year. I used to pick up the bomber or two and have one on the solstice day to bring it on in. This year I waited a few days because of various reasons. Nevertheless I was turned on to this beer over a decade ago by a good friend who loved it dearly. On to the review. What a pretty beer this is, it pours a beautiful toffee color. The head remains pretty well intact over the several minutes I gave it to settle. The smell is of Christmas candies and malt, very little hop character shows up in this one. I am a hop fiend if you didn't already guess, but I do like this one for reasons unbeknownst to me. The taste is very similar to the aroma, it has a nice thick sweet mouth feel, almost cloying, but not. It takes you to the edge but reels you back in at the last minute. Overall, I do have a special place in my heart for this one and it brings back a certain time in my life where things were better than I ever would have realized they were while living them. Nevertheless, I do not oversell this one, it is a good beer and one to search out to warm you on those long winter nights that could very well last for years.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:45:13 | More by humuloner22
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-10-2014 17:57:41 | More by dillon_1005
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LADYBEAST

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-09-2014 06:42:26 | More by LADYBEAST
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SuperMario

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-09-2014 02:28:36 | More by SuperMario
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-09-2014 00:06:38 | More by FadetoBock
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mfl620ks

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-08-2014 23:20:52 | More by mfl620ks
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

02-08-2014 16:36:40 | More by Wobbly
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GatorCoop

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-04-2014 02:08:38 | More by GatorCoop
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jwg782

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-02-2014 12:38:26 | More by jwg782
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-01-2014 16:23:13 | More by Griffith
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-01-2014 12:25:34 | More by Mojoman8561
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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