Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,208 |  Reviews: 1,157
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of caddybuyer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008/2009 version Poured from a 550ml brown bottle.

A-Copper color with marked clarity. Eggshell frothy head that settles rapidly.

S-Bready malts with a bit of hop in the background. Little spices seem present.

T-Sweet strong malts with a touch of citrus, somewhat balanced by a long hop and mild pine finish. Fairly straightforward brew lacking that "welcome" celebratory part that may be imparted by spice, or something else.

M-A tad bit overcarbonated with a medium mouthfeel.

D-Overall I'd say this is a good pretty solid drinkable effort, but not one I'd rush out to buy again. Good, but unremarkable on the whole.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Jon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a nice amber color with an off-white head that doesn't retain particularly well. The smell is rather bland, with a little skunkiness penetrating through. There is a hint of spiciness in the nose, however. The taste is quite malty with some spicy, herbal notes and just a touch of what I presume to be Fuggles hops. The mouthfeel is rather oily, with minimal carbonation present. Not a bad beer, but I wasn't ready for another.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper hue with a big fluffy off white head. Dark fruit cake smells with a hint of spice, touch of cinnamon raisin bread. Crisp and smooth with a rolling carbonation. Medium bodied with buttered toast flavors through on the sides of the tongue. Sweet sugared fruits on the tip of the tongue. Burnt toast ends on the back end of the tongue with english earthy hops that create a super dry yet balanced finish; balance between the semi-sweet fruityness an earthy bitternes, balance between the rich butteriness and dryness. Touch of alcohol heat warms the belly. I like it, much bigger and bolder than i expected from sam smith. creamy rich, meaty, buttery, dry and earthy. kind of tastes like a buttered and toasted piece of cinnamon raisin bread as it warms.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a burnt coppery-orange with a firm, foamy white head. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: a light spiciness (cinnamon) caramel, and sweet toffee.

T: The initial flavor yielded a sweet malty bite with dried fruit and a dry pine hop bitterness. There was a light fruitiness from the yeast (cherries), some dried pears and cinnamon as well a decent breadiness.

M: medium-full, sticky, slightly chewy with loads of carbonation

D: A hearty and spicy and a nice winter brew. above Average flavor and overall drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, 2007-2008 vintage. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a copper color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The aroma is malty, it smells like toasted malt and caramel, with a bit of spice and fruityness too. It tastes the same way to me, but the spicyness in the beer is subdued. I think the beer could use some more spice, it needs to be kicked up a bit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, not hard to drink at all. Overall I think it's a decent, enjoyable winter warmer. I'd pick it up again.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured a brown colored brew with a medium head with equally medium retention. Aroma of hops with light floral and sweet aspect to it is quite pleasant. Taste is very enjoyable with a good mix of hops and malts. A bit thin on spice with a medium body. Overall, I enjoyed this beer but would have appreciated a bit more hops or spice to make it truly great.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden with solid red highlights (against a light) with a huge fluffy head. Aroma is very familiar, but hard to place- something along the lines of anise, licorice, and peppermint. Flavor is standard malty beer with slight hops bite, and a spicy flavor on top. Nice flavor, but this isn't generally my style, so it's hard to get my arms around it to embrace it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 48.9% out of 100 with 2,208 ratings
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