Winter Spirit
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

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From:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
 
Ireland
Style:
English Dark Mild Ale
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
77
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 14.98%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
57
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 13, 2016
Added:
Nov 20, 2013
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  16
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Rated: 1.46 by Shaneox from Ireland

May 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by JulianBaughman from Pennsylvania

Feb 14, 2016
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
The CANQuest (tm) is always on the lookout for new & different CANs to be added to the ongoing madness. One of my local bottle shops was selling this as part of a "Limited Edition Amazing Ales Variety Pack" and I kept one of each for myself while gifting (CANtrabanding) the others to my colleagues.

From the CAN: "A Full Bodied Winter Ale"; "Since 1710".

It is shaping up to be a pleasant mid-Winter day on 16 Jan 2016 & it begins with the Crack! of the CAN. I would have liked to have been able to perform an inverted Glug, but a 16-fl. oz. CAN presents too much of an obstacle to do so. Even so, I managed to raise a brief finger of fizzy, light-tan head with limited retention that quickly fell back to a skim atop the liquid. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity and amber highlights. Nose was rich with malt, a sweet caramel-molasses/treacle admixture. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was definitely caramel-malt with a tinge of molasses to add a slight sourness, which actually made it more to my liking. It could have been intensely sweet, but it was held in check. Finish was semi-sweet as one might expect from my earlier descriptions of the beer. It was a decent beer, but unless the Guinness Generous Ale is worthy, I am not going to recommend buying the variety pack.
Jan 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by robebo44 from Virginia

Oct 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by Chucker17 from South Dakota

Aug 09, 2015
 
Rated: 2.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 04, 2015
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Rated by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Came off way too carbonated and a bitter nut. But as you drink it settles into a nice brown nut ale that's easy to put down.
Jun 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.58 by Birdlegs from Washington

May 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Leschber from Texas

Apr 05, 2015
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Typically English beer taste, just not my mainstay
Mar 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by Richie71 from Ireland

Mar 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by BPMeyer27 from Ohio

Mar 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.57 by Lukasbane from Illinois

Mar 06, 2015
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Something new from Guinness; the Amazing Ales Variety Pack -- just in time for St. Pat's... or is it? One of the beers is called a "Holiday" beer. But to the Winter Spirit. 14.9 oz can -- no nitro, 4.5 ABV. Reviewed to the English Mild style.

A -- Poured into an Imperial Nonic pint, color is deep, clear, copper brown with a light tan head that settles slowly.

S -- Light biscuit malt with some light caramel hints, very reminiscent of regular Smithwick's.

T -- Lightly sweet biscuit malts with some mild caramel and dark fruit esters. The biscuit character turns toward toasted bread with warmth. There's a touch of roasted malt character in the finish through the aftertaste. Some light bittering toward the finish, but could be from the roasted malts as much as any hops. A vinous character lingers through the aftertaste -- nearly astringent, but never getting that distracting.

M -- Body is light-medium with little carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

O -- A dryer, rather than sweeter, version of the style, but well worth trying to understand -- and enjoy -- the style and how complex a low ABV beer can be.
Feb 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.54 by Tanger112 from Illinois

Feb 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.68 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Feb 01, 2015
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Rated by AndrewMichael from Virginia

2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
14.9 oz can poured into an English pint, it's okay, tastes pretty similar to regular Smithwick's
Feb 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.12 by keng1343 from Colorado

Jan 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.23 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Jan 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
14.9 oz can poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. The beer is brown with amber highlights. It has a thick beige head.

Not a ton of aroma. There is some lightly roasted malts and a bit of something sweet like brown sugar.

There is some medium roast in the taste. It is backed by sweet crackers. There are no off or odd notes. I get a bit of coffee late, but I would like to see a bit more flavor.

The mouth is creamy with a nice low level of carbonation.

It is easy enough to put down and I certainly wouldn't refuse one if offered, but I am not going to go out of my way to grab more.
Jan 24, 2015