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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Nose was almost non-existant. Flavor was slightly malty with just a hint of citrus. A disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2003
I am not a malt fan, and found the taste a bit overwhelming. Could benefit from a stronger hop finish. Citrus flavor is nice however.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
My least favorite of the Sam Smith's by a long shot. Some caramel flavors. Some citrus flavors also. Aroma was borderline bad as it reminded me of many German lagers that I've tried (i.e. skunky). I have 3 more of these to try and maybe they will grow on me a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Pretty much the same to me every year and I’ve had it since the early ’90’s. Nothing overwhelming. Decent head. Brown in color but not as dark as the Nut Brown Ale. Standard English ale aroma to it. Some bitterness and nuttiness to it. Definite malt but not overloaded. Not sensing the floral-ness mentioned. Definitely worth drinking. The label changes every year for you enthusiasts out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Bright clear orange-amber color topped with a very thick creamy head with good lace. Slightly sweet yet lemony sour aroma with a slight hoppiness. Malty flavor with a good hop balance and a slight sweet smokiness. The finish is dry and hoppy. medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4740) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Golden brown colour, skunky german smell. Fairly smooth and mild ale. No extra seasonal characteristics though!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Over-rated. Crappy winter warmer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2489) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Smells kinda cardboardy and a little cidery? Pretty light brown color. Decent head that lasts.Grainy,slightly oxydized flavors.Thin body. Leaves a funny,grainy aftertaste.Seems to me this used to be a better beer several years back.Maybe not?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - JAN 6, 2003
Samuel Smith"s does it right again. While not as yummy as the Taddy Porter, this is a fine beer anytime of year. Malty, smooth and quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 (05-06 vintage, 550ml bottle, rated 1/28/06) Clear amber body topped by a pillowy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy, some caramel, light nut, wood. Taste is medium sweet, peach, some earthy, caramel, light leaves. Smooth, watery light-medium body that is not especially inviting, but is very drinkable. (6/4/7/3/13)

(02-03, rated 1/5/03) Beautiful clear amber body topped by a long-lasting rocky tan head. Aroma is quite inviting: caramel malty, slightly fruity (peach?), sweet, and floral hoppy. Taste is very malty -- caramel, toasty, and moderately sweet. Bitterness is limited to the aftertaste, and there it’s earthy and quite mild. (8/5/7/4/15)

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