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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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Ratings: 2,000
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 30
Gots: 131 | 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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of elNopalero
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Poured this into my imperial pint glass. Came out looking auburn-tan, with an amber head. Has a aroma reminiscent of a red ale, or perhaps a Scotch ale on the lighter side of thing. Perhaps that’s the base? There’s a muted to barely perceptible hop aroma, a malty-caramelly sweetness that develops as it warms, and a sticky/chewy finish that reminds me of a DIPA without the hoppiness, or a light barleywine. Definitely a winter warmer in all sense of the term.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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

a-pours a clear golden amber with zero sediment and a half finger creamy colored white head. head at first dissipates but then hold right before completely fading and then leaves some lace.

s-bananas, pear, dark fruit, malt, and some hops as well. smell subtle spice but it smells more on the sweet than spicy side.

t-a very subtle hit of hops at first that turns into an orange like flavor mixed with honey. there is underlying maltiness through out and then a very very small amount of warming alcohol and spice. nice.

m-easy drinking and very light bodied. low to medium level carbonation that at first fizzes up then quickly fads away leaving your palate covered as though you drank a very thick bodies beer. odd but enjoyable.

o-a good offering from one of my favorite international breweries. never enjoyed it too much in the past but feel as though my palate developed and can now appreciate all the subtle flavors in this winter ale.

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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 FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

965th Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed mug
550 Ml to Stemless mug

Shared with friends at our 2nd annual Way before Xmas, Xmas dinner

Purchased at Bevmo Chino Hills

App- A very dark yellow with some orange and light browns with a 1/2 finger of head. Zero cling and lace.

Smell- A whole bunch was in this glass. A bit of honey, a bit of bitter hoppiness and a lot of malts to balance things out.

Taste- Same as the nose. A bit more honey on the flavor from the balance of the fuggels and golding. A little bit creamy. Not a big beer by any means. A lot smoother and creamier and lighter than I thought.

Mouth- A light medium body and a medium carbonation level with a lot of residual honey.

Drink- A whole lot lighter than I thought and a lot different than I thought. I was expecting a dark roasty malty warming beer. This was way off from that but still better than average in flavor and feel.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Vashtar
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma was a bit dirty, but somehow classy at the same time.

It tasted gritty.

The mouthfeel was like going down a slide. It also had the "rope tied around your tongue" feel as well.

The appearance was nice. There was nothing specifically wrong, but it looks dull. It had nice head retention.

Overall, it was okay.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Copper in color with a hard pour yielding a 1 inch fizzy head that doesn't stay around as long as it probably should have

Smell: Lots of caramel on the nose with hints of cinnamon and all spice with just a touch of bitter hops

Taste: Almost identical to the nose. The flavor is a bit more complex with lots of caramel and toffee backed up by a mild amount of baking spices including nutmeg and all spice

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall After years of drinking this I still look forward to it each and every year. There might be some winter welcomes out there with more flavor but this is one that I use as the bar for judging winter welcomes

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Bready caramel and toffee malts giving a biscuit like aroma. Some nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Hints of orange peel and vanilla. Also a little butterscotch and some earthy hops in the background. Mostly malt forward.

Taste: A strong biscuity taste of caramel and toffee malts with a much more noticeable presence of fruits than in the smell. Some orange citrus and dark raisin and plums. Some hints of spices including nutmeg and cinnamon. Also a little vanilla. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Malty, creamy, and smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A solid winter warmer. Nice mix of malts and fruit flavors.

Photo of Steedee
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, but a little light for a winter warmer.
Really, it reminds me of a strong red or amber ale.
Pours with no head, but bubbles rise up from the bottom.
Nice evenly balanced flavor, nothing to malty or hoppy.
What I really liked about this beer was the flavor of the alcohol.
I know that sounds weird, but it's hard to explain... the alcohol in this beer tastes good, probably from the type of yeast strain used. I wish it had just a little more kick, and a little more holiday spice. But overall a very good, reasonably priced, highly drinkable beer, that goes well with food.
I will probably get this again.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thick mountain of white head that has decent retention. The nose has some caramel and red apple notes and there are some yeasty tones as well. The taste is caramel, sweet, and fruity (mostly red apples) as well as some earthy, woody notes. The hop bitterness is a nice contradiction to the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and pretty smooth.

This is a decent beer, but it's hardly complex. Honestly, this is a typical beer. It's not intricate or special as one would expect from a seasonal. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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