YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by emagana:
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I got this a few months back. Now the bottle indicates it's a 8% beer but the above discription says it's higher. The letters on the bottle are green and red so I'm assuming last years vintage 09.
Pours a brown light red. A thick white foam of almost 3 fingers.
I get some hints of cinnamon and earthy notes. I can smell some small hints of hops but very subtle. Very inviting. Has some nice sweet maple notes as well.
Taste compare to some pine and burn caramel. Has a dry finish with a balance warming alcohol. I suggest this for those who like strong ales. I wonder what a fresh one will taste like. I wouldn't want to age any longer.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2010 03:00:00 | More by emagana
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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 640 ratings.