YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
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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4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz brown bomber purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.
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.
Smell is also good: pleasant bright hoppy characters encapsulated by a robust malt structure that seems to assert its dominance. The result is a pithy melange of the two: bright and fragrant, but deep, with sweet/savoury malt as well. The combination is almost spicy as a result. Nice stuff.
Taste is also good. Here the malt provides roundness and cushioning, but the hops provide the flavour, especially on the back, where they give a pleasant resiny bite. Slight almond characters develop from the malt notes when the hops become more dominant. Finish is long and smooth, which really helps mask the alcohol, which is genuinely fairly high. Feel is great. Languid and thick, but with a crispness from the hops.
Overall, this is genuinely cracking stuff, and I guess I'd expect no less from AleSmith. It's fragrant and bright, but with depth and gravitas. A really well-crafted beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 00:07:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
YuleSmith (Winter) from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.