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YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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YuleSmith (Winter)YuleSmith (Winter)

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645 Ratings
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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2009)
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10-12-2009 copied and deleted from old "Yulesmith" that was all inclusive. Now there is a distinction between the two and my review shall reflect it.

Thanks a ton to iconoklaztor for sending me this sweet extra! Thanks Don!

Winter 2008 version I think.

This one was a gusher...as soon as the bottle was cracked, it drooled foam all over the table and the floor on the way to the sink. It didn't settle down until I poured a glass.

Poured into a pint glass, it's a murky orange brown color with a huge thick and chunky tan head. Excellent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is completely void of all hops and has a very complex malty nose. I get caramel and nutty malts, almost an english barleywine type maltiness. Very sweet. Alcohol is only present in a warming sense.

The taste is similar to the nose, very sweet and malty with a nice complexity. The taste deviates only slightly, and I get a slightly fruity taste, possibly a glimce at what the hops once were like. This is tasty for sure, but I would love to try a fresh bottle to compare.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Kind of sticky, and the taste stays with you for a while.

Drinkability is good, I can definitely see this as being a nice holiday beer.

I'm very glad I got the chance to try this. This bottle is at least a year old, who knows it could even be a 2007 for all I know. There was no hops left whatsoever, which allowed the malts to come forth and combine for an excellent complex mixture. Great stuff. I would love to try a fresh bottle to see what this was like in it's prime, but I'm happy with this bottle as it is.

Thanks Don for a mega want! Thanks for the chance!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 04:41:26 | More by Mistofminn
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Pours a pleasant clear amber hue, with a thick and frothy head of yellowish-white. This stays around for a while, eventually maintaining itself as a very fine film with islands of larger bubbles. Lacing is minimal but fine. The body certainly has some heft to it as well, looking very nice overall.

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YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.