Winter Welcome Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Winter Welcome AleWinter Welcome Ale
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From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #102
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,309
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 11.96%
Reviews:
1,234
Ratings:
1,194
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 02:42 AM
Added:
Jan 29, 2001
Wants:
  43
Gots:
  261
SCORE
83
Good
Winter Welcome AleWinter Welcome Ale
Notes: This seasonal beer is a limited edition brewed for the short days and long nights of winter. The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops with nuances and complexities that should be contemplated before an open fire.
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2022 vintage.

Off white head with lace. Amber golden orange.

It’s like a light old ale. Caramel, toffee, plum, apple skins, light cider, figs. Smooth. British hop profile. Earthy/grassy/floral.

Very enjoyable winter ale. Very malty, very drinkable.
Today at 02:42 AM
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Reviewed by Skabiski from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a light caramel color.Smell is fruity and malty. Taste is of malt and toffee, with dried fruit in the background.Mouthfeel is very good . This is a good enough that I want more!
Friday at 08:29 PM
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Reviewed by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a bit of a disappointment, maybe my expectations were too high - at least my expectations were different.
Poured from a 550ml bottel into a clean Teku. Looks really good, the color is a wonderful copper. Foam recedes too quickly. Carbonation is good. Smell is light caramel and aroma hops, some candy apple. In summary, I find this underwhelming, your experience may be different.
Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased as part of a 4 pack from Wegmans. Poured from a bottle into a glass. Bottle date: SD27V1. 4/27/22 .

Pours a tawny amber. Decent three finger head that lingers. A malty aroma with some dried fruit. Taste is a rich but smooth malty bread flavor with raisins and apricot. Definitely opens up as it warms. Smooth mouthfeel. I always enjoy this beer every year, especially after Thanksgiving!
Nov 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by travelguy from Ohio

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Nov 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bought a single 12oz bottle $3.99 Village Bottle Shop
No bottle date but it has 2022 and 2023 on the label picture so it is this year's version
Smell of raisins, toffee
Reddish-brown color
Medium-Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Tate of malt, caramel, figs, toffee, raisins, honey, some alcohol after taste
Overall pretty good. Not good enough to seek out to make it annual tradition, but if I happen to see it I may buy it again.
Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Purchased as a single bottle from The Blue Door for $4.25. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Clear amber, with an extremely thin off-white head.
S - Dark bread, honey. Golden raisin.
T - Follows nose exactly. Hint of vanilla. Faint apple juice note. Well-balanced.
F - Medium-light in body, with decent carbonation. Refreshing, and super drinkable.
O - I was expecting something a bit more full and complex than what I got - especially from a brewery of this caliber. That said, it was mighty tasty. I'd never turn one down, but I won't go out of my way for it again. Worth trying, though!
Nov 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Nov 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500m bottle poured into tulip. Says "2020 - 2021" on label.

Pours a rich reddish-brown with two fat fingers of tan head that leaves a pretty good sheet of lace as it recedes.

Smells of cold Christmas cake, muddled dark fruit, caramel tarts, spiced black tea, honeyed bread crust, and stonefruit preserve.

Tastes of hot toddy sore throat cure, dark bread drizzled with honey and caramel, more sweet and spicy Christmas cake, more indistinct dark fruit and dried vanilla.

Feels soft and jolly. Medium bodied with restrained carbonation. Finishes a bit sticky.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Might not have been the best idea to drink this during a heatwave, but whatever. It is rich and tasty.
Sep 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by LizT from Texas

Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.77/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Look: Poured from a 1pt 2.7 fl oz bottle into a glass - The pour was brownish almost light brown with carbonation rising to the surface of the glass. The pour left a bit of foam risen to the surface, slowly dissolving leaving a bit of lacing left behind.
Smell: Getting notes of toffee, caramel, a bit of honey, a bit of apricots as well. This beer is very complex with the smell!
Taste: Getting heavy tastes of toffee, honey and a bit of caramel, with a dry finish leaving your mouth to feel you just ate a slice of bread. Very rich in the flavors. Nice!!!
Feel: light bodied drink, very easy to drink. Easy to down this.
Overall: This was a really good buy! This is my second time rating this - although the first time I thought the beer tasted better, I've tried many different beers since that point and I have to say this is a very good beer still. Buy this if you can!
Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.59 by monk2021 from Texas

Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I bet this slapped in the early 1900s .... lol no but for real it does very much have Christmas/Old Ale vibes but it's just....lacking for me? I wouldn't call it full bodied more like medium, not bad but I don't think I need to try this next year...maybe the year after that? 6 percent is kinda low nowadays for the style so maybe that has something to do with my preferences.


As this warms the body is better and the flavor is a wee bit better but still a little something to be desired but for an OG I think I can actually get into this again if I see it.
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1/1/22 - Crisp copper with a nice tan head ; mild pleasant flavor; mildly crisp good mouthfeel. A good beer.

550ml bottle fits nicely in my new Stone Mountain brewery glass.
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.82 by emwilke from Nevada

Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.59 by socon67 from New York

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured at fridge temp into a baby thistle glass. Pours transparent orange with little head. Good carbonation.

Nose is salted caramel, malts, bread, wheat, a bit of vanilla, and some winter spices.

Taste is nice and smooth. Toffee, malts, honey, banana, oak, candy, and bread.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall, this is a nice malty beer. Not overly heavy, but an easy sipper.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a clear amber-orange with a thin, tan head that quickly dissipated to none. No lacing. Extremely light sweet malt and dark fruit nose. A very earthy flavor that somewhat overwhelms the malt, honey and biscuit flavors. Moderate body and carbonation. Overall, a nice warmer but not up to par with some others. But, I would buy again.
Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by Eychung from New York

Dec 08, 2021
 
 
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by arini10 from Oregon

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Crystal clear amber with an orange hue to it. Nice head retention, creamy and off white.

Earthy, little floral, malty, tea like, honey and biscuit aromas.

Taste leans heavily into the earthy, honey and biscuit notes from the nose. The tea like note is there just not as prominent as I thought it would be based on the nose.

Medium body with a full feel to it. Soft creamy like carbonation, has a slight twang to it, same I get from Taddy. No bitterness or sweetness. A warming feel to this beer.
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Jack_14 from Italy

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
55 cl bottle 2020-2021 Edition, bought at the trusted beershop (6€)
"To be consumed by: July 2021". Drank at the end of October 2021.
Immediately after uncorking, aromas of bread crust and pastry. Also scent of honey.
When poured, it releases its sweet scents even more.
Deep amber color, tending to the orange color of apricot.
Abundant foam, of discreet consistency that never disappears completely, furthermore seeing it go down as the beer slowly rises is a spectacle.
Medium-bodied in the mouth, light carbonation.
The gustatory bouquet is very broad and constantly evolving as the beer rests in the glass and changes temperature.
Surely the main notes are those "bakery" (bread crust and crumb) and glucose syrup, which however is not cloying but very balanced: the malts are the masters and the hints of bread, honey and caramel are very well integrated between them without there being a clear prevarication of one taste over the other.
The finish is dry, slightly spicy.
Despite having consumed it some time after the recommended expiry date, it kept very well in the home cellar (fixed temperature 16 °).
All the gustatory sensations are given by the game of malts used, without the actual spices having been added, moreover the dried hops of the "noble" Fuggle and Goldings families have been used.
Beer that with every sip seems to release an aroma that had previously remained hidden.
Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK)

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice rich amber with an off white head.

Roasted nuts, malty bread, and spicy herb hop in the nose.

Roasted nut and toasted bread with hints of caramel balanced by a spicy bitter herb hop. Finishes dry.
Aug 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by Satsuma from Florida

May 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by QuintusHorace from California

May 03, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
just tried their 2019-2020 winter welcome - another great holiday cheer malty and sweet
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just under average carbonation with about a medium body.
Aroma is malt,dark honey,malty yeasty doughy sticky rolls . Dried dark fruit, mild toffee chocolate and an even more mild tart funk.
Taste is weaker than aroma and has a slight vinegar dry bitterness that the aroma didn't suggest. Malt, doughy bread,dried fruit are all there as in the aroma.
Overall its a very good beer that needs to warm up for the taste to develop properly.
Mar 03, 2021
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2020-2021 ed. bottle.

pours a rich and clear apricot gold body with billowing slightly-burnt cream frothy foam head that hangs around 2 fingers with moderate retention that leaves swathes of patchy lacing as it settles to a patchy cap.

very fruity (dried bright fruit) and bready malt aroma with caramel, backed by that classic earthy combo of fuggle/golding hops

taste pretty much follows the nose. lots of dried bright fruit tart/tang/sweetness. little bit of funk towards the end like vinegar. bready and caramel malt sweet. slight spice in the wings. dried apricot is the leading fruit profile that I'm picking up

clean and mineral-watery mouthfeel. moderately high carbonation, medium-light body. goes smooth with occasional carbo prickles. mild effervescence. less chewy and a lighter than most Winter Ale's I've had in the past. slightly vinegary bitter finish.

overall:
what an interesting little winter ale. this thing definitely stands out compared to other's I've had in the style, keeping the fruit cake notes but then shooting off somewhere else completely and setting the piney notes aside in favor of something...else. it's almost vinegary at times, funky and minerally. very different. I'd sip on this thru a sixer and not blink twice. good stuff.
Feb 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Rhetion from Florida

Feb 04, 2021
Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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