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

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
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3.67/5
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2,219 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,344
Reviews:
1,160
Ratings:
2,219
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
223
Trade:
0
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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pure_guava_
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer

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Photo of DFLB
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired at Trader Joe’s, Winter Welcome Ale is an English Pale Ale concocted by Samuel Smith Old Brewery.

The scent of caramel, toffee, and figs are smelled as you take a drink. Sweet malt casts a sweet take along with the ingredients of the beer. Fuggle and Golding hops offer an earthiness to the feel. An alcohol content of 6.0% is susceptible and offers a fair warming to the beverage.

The flavor of caramel is sensed from start to finish. Toffee creates volume to the caramel sensation and feel, and blends well with the malt. Figs is experienced along with the caramel and malt body, but is easily depicted in the watery finish. Peaches create a fruity texture and offer a light bitter tang to the beer.

Winter Welcome Ale is a seasonal, English Pale Ale. Caramel is dominate. Toffee enriches the sweet and malty character. Figs provide a pleasing tone throughout the beer. Peaches is a nice change of pace and accent to the experience and mouthfeel. Winter Welcome Ale is a tasteful, toned down warmer seasonal beer. Only wish winter beer is year round.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.”

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in a 550ml vessel
Pours an amber coloured body with red hue and massive foaming white head that diminishes but keep the surface covered
Aroma of blackcurrant raspberry and grape
Yeah winter warmer some nice spice and good body

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Photo of davedog_7
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Really wondering if I got a stale batch or something, although it seemed to be newly placed on the shelf.

Just didn't notice much of anything going on that qualified this as a winter warmer, and left an unpleasant aftertaste.

As it stands, not a fan. But, maybe I'll give it another try one day and see if my opinion changes.

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Photo of BubbaGuppy
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MisterBanks6
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting a darker style but was pleasantly pleased by the actual beer. Nice and gentle taste that is not too basic and not too strong. Very nice and will be my go to beer for the winter. Lovely fruity and sweet smell matches the similar taste.

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Photo of StormAles
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has a nice amber colored body with a very nice clearness about it. A nice two finger foamy white head appears and lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into some nice foamy valleys. Lots of carbonation is seen rising. The smell has some nice peppery/spicy notes up front backed nicely with malts and light cherry.The flavoring takes those smells and adds a bit of breadiness to it. On the palate, not bad, and nothing harsh on the tongue, a nice gentle smoothness that feels great all around. Overall, a nice winter warmer that has a good smell.

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Photo of tmalt
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass this ale has a beautiful amber color with white foamy head an inch thick that lasts for a few minutes. A lovely smell of butterscotch and plums exudes from the ale. The taste is that of well crafted amber ale slightly sweet, heavy malt and fruity with a dry finish. I loved this beer which was very refreshing and gulped down on a hot day. This is an everyday drinker for me , however in the cold winter I would go for something much heavier and higher in alcohol.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a translucent, slightly hazy amber color with a sticky beige head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.
The nose offers plum, cherry, dates, toast, caramel, a slightly sherry/grape must character, and faint herbal hops.
The taste is toasted brown bread with some toffee and caramel upfront, compliment by cherries, plums, and dates. There's a slight sherry and grape must drying character in the middle, followed by gentle zing of herbal and woody hops, and then a sweet finish of gingerbread and fruit cake, with lots of dried cherries and plums.
Pretty light bodied, about medium-light, some smooth carbonation but feels kind of watery overall. Redeems itself slightly on the finish with a subtle coating sweetness.
A pretty tasty English ale, fully of estery goodness and dried fruit notes, but a Winter Warm as such could stand be thicker and more pungent.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted into a tulip pint glass; 2015-2016 per label.
A: Copper color with eggshell white head; 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly.
S: Medium malts with a peach/apricot note.
T: Medium malts with little else. Maybe a touch a caramel.
M: A bit watery.
O: Wasn't sure what to expect from a "Winter Welcome Ale," but this wasn't it. Refreshing, but bland -- wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of tjmiller718
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brocktune
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DarthVorador
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good winter ale. Fat Tuesday. Love that bottle of purple, green, yellow!

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Photo of megamick
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,219 ratings
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