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Samuel Smiths Strong Golden

Formerly brewed at Samuel Smith
Style: Barley Wine
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Bottle: Pasteurised.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Wim (3092) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
amber coloured body with a white head a roasted alcholic malty aroma a malty spicy bitter alcholic taste with a alcholic bitter finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Yves (2537) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
Clear amber coloured beer with small white head and few carbonation. Alcoholic scotch aroma. Full palate. Finish bitter dry and alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Courtesy of madmitch76. The 6oz bottle pours crystal clear copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma is full bringing up a rich combination of sweet caramel candy and dark fruity esters like dates, prunes, boysenberries and figs. Each draw ends with a touch of alcohol heat. Smells yum! The taste is very similar with a medium body ushering in rich caramel goodness mixing with dark fruity esters. It dries out a bit to midway with a touch of roasted malts and fading caramel and sweet dark fruity esters. It ends with lingering sweet caramel, prunes, dates and ripe cherries. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8568) - Down South, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Clear amber colour, oily texture, small head. Intensive malty nose. Very full-bodied, sweet malty flavours balanced off with a nice touch of fruit and some aromatic bitter hops in the lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14160) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 13, 2009
Bottled (CK, BB 07/2009). Clear amber color, small white head. Strong syrupy aroma of honey and vanilla, also loads of not so pleasant fruity alcohol. Full bodied, quite flat carbonation. Sweet grainy flavor: green apples, honey, some vanilla. Not really complex. Simple alcohol bomber but still kind of ok slow beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
(Bottled) Slightly hazy amber-golden with a small head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, hints of chlorine, vanilla, anise. Sweetish, very grainy-malty flavor with dried fruitiness and brown sugar, some vanilla and light spiciness. Like a sweet dessert wine. Medium to full body with low carbonation. A very balanced and quite enjoyable, although not hugely complex, dessert barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2102) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a clear amber colour with a thin off white head. Seriously floral and sweet aroma...honey, bubble gum, syrup and malt. Niice. Flavour was sweet malt with a hint of fruit and spices. Soothing and warming. Lingering and multi layered finish, that was once more sweet, fruity and slightly dry. Good things do sometimes come in small packages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2009
Bottled (from Cracked Kettle). Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is quite fruity, alcoholic and also has some biscuity notes. Flavour is smooth fruits, some wood as well as alcohol. Not really a complex brew, but indeed very balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6468) - ITALY - FEB 26, 2009
ambrato scarico buona schiuma mediocre persistenza note fruttatre mela etilico distillato in bocca alcolica un po bruciante meno fruttata buon bilanciamento del ben presente malto con lupopolo finale alcolico

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
180ml bottle from Utobeer. Deep amber with a bit of head. Sweet biscuity malt in the aroma, alcoholic but not too sharp. Very smooth in the mouth. Flavours of peach and apricot with a subtle alcoholic warmth. Light palate for a barley wine. Definitely a drink for sipping but overall, given the strength, Id have expected stronger flavours.

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