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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Each year the label has a different picture.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops, seaweed finings, carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Perceptron (32) - USA - OCT 21, 2003
One should not rate this beer if you cannot get it from a sealed case and that's a shame. I got some 2003 last night as a sample from a distributor and when fresh this is a great welcome to the holiday season. Spot on deep color with shifting deep golden and orange hilights. Fine bead rising toward a white crown. The taste begins with malt and some slight fruitiness. About halfway through the big bottle a warming sensation appears in the middle between the beginng malt and the ending 'dusty' hop flavor. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Skunky bottle. Taste is a little offensive. I can taste quality stuff in there. I'm sure it would taste great from tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Golden-copper beer with fruit and flower aroma and a hint of caramel. A malty brew that is quite tart, with moderate honey sweetness and flavor, and a medium body. Includes an unexpected note of spearmint. Billed as a winter brew, but I can't really understand why. Slightly fortified but still more fruity and refreshing than rich and warming. Distinct and interesting anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
(2002-2003 bottled). Orange-amber, brilliantly clear. Toasty caramel aroma with faint peach? Nice balanced beer has sweet malt leadoff, ripe peachy esters with clean perfect bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriate moderate carbonation. Clean finish with gentle alcohol warming. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Sam Smith makes great beer that is very flavorful.I hate their glass bottles though which skunked the aroma a bit. However the taste was not affected and this was a "warming" beer great for the increesingly cold weather. Very smokey and rich perhaps a very small hint of chocalate?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Very nutty aroma, with a little toastiness, too. Fairly light ale, but definitely has Sam Smith's characteristic personality. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Very nice dark amber colour. Does not live up to the "nut brown". Sweet, fruit, honey, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
I pulled this puppy out of the deepest darkest hole of my beer store; I hope it hasn’t spoiled?
This Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome 2002-2003 poured a deep mahogany/amber color, with no head and a ting on light lacing. The aroma and flavor are medicinal and herbal with notes of honey, nutmeg, mint, caramel, and a toasty/nutty maltness, very nice. I’m looking forward to this soon to come seasonal for 2003-2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
A nice amber color. Caramel, hop spice and fruity flavors. Very tasty, an excellent strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2003
A holdout from winter. Still, as every year outstanding. Floral woody scented aroma. Deep cloudy head. Bountiful display of winter flavors, spices malt, flowers blended into a great beer. Look forward to the taste and the labels every year.

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