rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy with fruit undertones. Hard to find fresh here in Mi. Good hop flavor and nice Belgian lace.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful golden almost pink hue with beautiful lacing--not to mention 40 oz bottle!!! Taste crisp and wine like, dry yet sweet with a apricot peachiness; delicious complement to vegetarian meal, would prefer a little more meat and a little less flower.
guzzler67 (1526) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze appearance and a medium sized head that left good lacing. Fruity aroma. Predominately smooth malt taste with enough hops to blend in well. Tasted a bit of cherry in the flowery, fruity finish.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle. 02-03.
Fresh saaz hops aroma with some barley malt aroma as well. Small head. Wonderful reddish-brown color. Initial taste is full of saaz hops with some sharp notes followed by some even, full malt notes. Ends with a warm, pleasing round flavor almost like a light honey chocolate bar. The body carries through and there is some syrup taste that is not unpleasant in the aftertaste. True to the style, i would never guess it was 6 ABV, as its round medium-full body with earthy, hoppy and barley notes suggest little harshness. A little too carbonated, but I have come to expect this from bottled Samuel Smith products and let the beer sit longer. While writing this I have a slight honey taste in my mouth that is peculiar as an aftertaste for this style, but enjoyable nonetheless. Could be a bit more complex, but that is more just being constructive, this is certainly a well made beer.
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002-2003 Pretty light orange color with a nice fluffy head. Fruity malt flavors with apple and apriocot notes. Well balanced hop finish. Very tastey beer.
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 creamy dense head gives off a nice aroma of malt, nuttiness and florals. Big, mouth feeling, dense maltiness. Lingering and shifting flavors, light and dark fruits, caramel, hop spice. Delicious.
NEW 03/04 : Perhaps affected by its clear bottle but a slightly skunky aroma on this year. I found the flavors a bit muted compared with my earlier experiences. Still, a pleasant beer that looks beautiful in the glass.. Downgrading aroma/flavor/overall from 6/7/16 to 4/6/14
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
has a beautiful slightly tan, thick head. aroma is a little skunky, but isn't noticeable in the actual taste. a good, traditional beer.
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002-03 Offering. Nice color and head. Aroma offers a sweet and flowery scent with a touch of oak aged sherry. Taste is long lasting, a bit bitter, but not overpowering. I always look forward to the issue of Winter Welcome, while this isn't the best vintage released by Samuel Smith, it's still a darn good beer. P.S. I've never had a skunky Welcome, maybe it because I buy mine as soon as they are released.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 batch. Great aromas of malt, caramel, and oak. I got a case of this elixer just to age & do a vertical tasting with later on.
Pours out a darker shade of pale, with a classic tight, white head. Strong malty backbone, with a subdued hops finish to it.
Highly drinkable, watch out for this one, it's a kick ass beer.
judge (8) - New Cumberland, USA - MAY 2, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful color. Clean finish and great fruit flavor. A great winter brew. Never had a problem with skunked bottles with this brew.