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Winter Spirit | Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

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Brewed by:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Ireland

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by bareju on 11-20-2013

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#41,997
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
57
pDev:
14.98%
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1.46/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of JulianBaughman
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of robebo44
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
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.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Leschber
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
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

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Photo of Richie71
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lukasbane
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of steveh
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.

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Photo of Tanger112
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndrewMichael
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

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Photo of keng1343
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hootie159
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Redrover
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of illpass78
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

14.9 ounce can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby brown with a big, creamy off-white head.

Aroma: Notes of caramel, tea, a little nuttiness and malt.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. It's malt-heavy and has those caramel and tea notes.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light of body for the style, but the taste is rich enough that it doesn't seem flimsy.

Overall: I expected this to be identical to the Generous Ale that came in the same Guinness Christmas pack. Thankfully it wasn't; more flavor and generally sturdier overall. I might not rush back to it, but it's a nice offering.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear dark brown color with a two-finger foamy and creamy off-white head that reduces to a thin layer on top that retains nicely

S- husky & grainy malt with a hint of caramel aroma, very faint tea-like hop bitterness with some nutty aroma to close it out

T- chalky grainy malt up front, tastes similar to an English brown, only lighter. Nutty and grainy malt on the finish with some herbal tea on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth & crisp finish

O- English dark milds are session beers, and that's what this is. It's not complex, but is very drinkable

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Photo of wedge6128
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Its ok, tastes like an off the shelf at the grocery store kinda beer, bud-wiser or some other college frat party yellow piss beer. large hit of nearly flavorless but stinging carbonation and hopes in the beginning mild hint of beer taste in the middle and slightly a mild random grocery store beer taste at the end.

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Photo of aratcliffe
2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another Smithwick's affair. I swear they're all identical, much like Newcastle.

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Winter Spirit from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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