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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Bottle, 2003-04 Edition. Poured a nice copper color with a creamy off-white head that lasted well. I pulled this bottle from the very back of a lower shelf where it was protected from light, so it's free of skunkiness. Aroma is sweet maltiness, a little spice and mild hops. Flavor is about the same with a peppery finish. Medium body, creamy carbonation. Nice ale!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2003
02-03 edition. skunky smell probably casue of its age. pretty mundane too me. Had a sweet malty character too it, with a little hoppy twang.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
The first whiff after pulling the cap is pure skunk,i hope it gets better.Amber in color,small slightly off white head that had a little staying power.The aroma is malty and mildly hoppy with a very slight fruity side,maybe some caramel or toffee.Highly carbonated with a malty toffee taste,mild hops kind of sweet at first but later changes to a mild bitter sweet taste.The carbonation kind of gets in the way of the flavor but maybe it is helping cover up some of the skunk in the taste,who knows.The after taste is malty mildly sweet and mildly hoppy.Not a bad brew but could definately use a brown bottle to cure some of it's odors and taste woes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Initially, the aroma was especially skunky, but the beer turned out to be pretty good. I wouldn't call this a winter beer though, much different than other winter brews I've had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Light copper, Fluffy white head. Malty nose. Taste is dry malt with a bare kiss of hops. This is a Winter beer?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
2003-2004 bottle. Pours a transparent copper color with a 2.5 cm off-white head. Aroma is unpleasant...smells skunked to me...Not a good beer. I think this one skunked out on me. Start is a bitter hoppy flavor with a decent maltiness, but the finish just tastes all skunky.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Skunked! Get rid of the clear bottles, damnit! Skunked smell turned me off. The only Good samuel smith I have had was oatmeal stout from a closed cardboard box. DO NOT buy anything fram sam smith if it has been sitting on a shelf!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Pours amber with a foamy white head that thins out quickly leaving a decent coat of lacing. Malt aroma with some floral accents. Big malt flavor in the beginning, going a bit toward citrus hops at the finish. A tangy mouthfeel is left behind. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Aroma is of carmel and toasted malts. Apperance is a clear amber color. Small tight head. Flavor is a bit boring, strait up malts without much else coming through.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2003
by the aroma i was expecting some whimpy lagerish beer, so i was REALLY suprised. First impression was really,really sweet. After then second tast i was thrilled with the flavor, alcohol, a little nutty, a little malty and still very sweet. Pleasent, but i'm still getting over the initial shock.

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