YuleSmith (Winter) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by portia99:
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a dark, chocolatey brown, mostly opaque, but has reddish highlights when held to the light. A thick, 3 fingers of dense, light tan colored head sits atop this beer and hangs around for a good, long while. As it slowly fades, it leaves good, sticky lacing on the glass.
S - Nice, sweet piney aroma...hops are very fresh in this one. Some grapefruit mixes in, but majority of the aroma is pine. Hops overwhelm any malt presence in the aroma. Smells really good. Looking forward to the first sip.
T - Rich, full flavored beer. Hops are prominent in the flavor, but not to the same extent as the aroma. Flavor is more balanced...still tons of hops here - piney and citrusy. Malt is much more present in the flavor. It has a couple layers of complexity too. Sugary sweet and some caramel on one level and a more burnt, darker, roasty character as well. It's almost a coffee like roastiness & bitterness to it. Hop bitterness and alcohol round out the flavors here.
M - Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Alcohol gives quite a warming sensation in the mouth too. Feels slick on the tongue.. Bitterness pervades the entire mouth and lasts well into the aftertaste.
D - Pretty high in alcohol at 9.5%...goes down pretty smooth. Not at all a sipper, but if I had more than one bottle by myself, it would be a problem. Really good winter beer - just strong enough without feeling excessive. Body is really medium, but the overall feel is of a heavier beer. Heavyness limits drinkability a bit, but overall pretty smooth for a beer this strong.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2009 01:15:30 | More by portia99
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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.