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Samuel Smiths Strong Golden

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


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Bottle: Pasteurised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4700) - 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 (2108) - 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 (23691) - 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 (6927) - 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, I’d have expected stronger flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (4599) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer in London. Amber body. Sweet nose. Quite strong in taste with a harsh bite. Reminded me a bit of cognac. Small bottle, nice experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<b>In short: </b>A extra-sweet and bland beer. Between bad and boring.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 180ml (you read that right). Vintage, about 2 years old
<b>The look: </b>Clear dark golden body topped by a small but persistent beige head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of bread and sweetness. Taste doesn’t go much further. Bland bready/cake malts, sugary caramel sweetness, barely any fruity notes, brown sugar, no hops. Very little alcohol presence except for an annoying bit at the very end. Surprisingly not tasty and bland for a 10.2% beer. Just unrefined sweetness followed by a quick alcohol bite. Thankfully the bottle was small, very small, even smaller than a Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Still this tiny little bottle is enough for someone like me (or 8 Danish raters) to get a good feel of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
<i>Bottled at Monks Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. </i> Clear amber, brief head. Resiny hops up front. Sweet and dense, quite hoppy. Gets drier underway when the intense doughy malt takes over. Salty resiny finish. Warming, but not very complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 12, 2008
Hazy amber with a veil of foam on top. Flowery ethylic, sweet malt. Full bodied, sweet, warming fruity. Ends quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2008
0.18 l bottle. Dark amber color with creamy head. Thick, sweet, tart, berryish, toffeish, raisiny and very dessert wine like aroma with notes of dark sugar and licorice. Sweet, toffeish, nutty and vinous aroma reminiscenting port wine. Vinous, bitter and toffeish finish. Thick chewy palate. Nice dessert, very vinous.

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