Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Each year the label has a different picture.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops, seaweed finings, carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
bottle to a pint glass: ive had this one every year since about 94. dont think they change the recipe but they do change the picture on the front, the best one was of shakepeare (99?) not what you typically think of when you think of a winter beer. pretty suttle not high in alcohol either. however, a nicely balanced beer. i prefer other sam smiths beer to this one, they are all excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
A nice amber colour from the bottle with a small head,quite fruity and too sweet,an ok seasonal ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
muffled sour smell. bitter skunky bite to the flavor. Not very impressive but the color kind of reminds me of puke and bananas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2004
2003: Deep amber w/a lasting off white head. Spicy and herbal hop aroma at first, then sort of becomes grassy; malty aromas come through as it warms becoming bready; light hints of alcohol and a slight banana ester. Malty and very well balanced; hop flavor is secondary and goes into the finish and aftertaste. Has a caramel malt flavor and a restrained fruitiness. Aftertaste seems to be a little toasted malt. Medium bodied w/ low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Seems more like a more dry hopped pale ale than anything else. Malt character could be more complex and alcohol could be bumped a bit more for a warmer. Complexity does increase as it warms, but it's still lacking a little, but a very solid, drinkable beer anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2003-2004 bottle. Not a bad beer. Nice english strong malt flavor with a hint of spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2003-2004 Vintage: Clear sparkling amber. The off-white head is large and creamy, quite a nice looking beer. Smells like a Samuel Smith's brew (this house aroma shows up in all of their beers that I have tried). Mostly caramel, sweet malt with some hops way in the back. Flavor is sweet and a bit alcoholic. There is an astringency (very slight) in the aftertaste that I am not a big fan of. The finish is very dry and ends quickly with a musty/earthy flavor. The body is medium. The clear bottle can not help the life of this beer. I have had bad bottles in the past so beware.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raymow (1344) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Excellent balance of sweetness and hops. Great color, nice aroma. I'm not surprised, since Sammy Smith's makes some truly excellent beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Very easy to drink. Good caramel flavor and smell. It went down easy. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2004
2003-2004. I like the minimal carbonation and general look of this amber ale but I find the flavour to be lighter than hoped for. Basic hoppiness and slight bitter aftertaste are nice but seems like a fairly standard decent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Decent brew with little head that fizzled out quickly. Color was a deep amber and the taste reminded me of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, however, with less hops. There was a slight skunkiness to this bottle, which is expected because of the CLEAR BOTTLE...why do they do that???

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