tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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?
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Very nice dark amber colour. Does not live up to the "nut brown". Sweet, fruit, honey, bitter.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber color. Caramel, hop spice and fruity flavors. Very tasty, an excellent strong ale.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorites. Looks wonderful, tastes even better, warms the belly , and gives you that warm feeling in your cheeks. If you've never tried this beer you are depriving yourself.
rockydog (11) - martinsbug, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a Top ten beer ever for me. Excellent flavors. Reminds me of some sort of candy. Very nutty. Now I wish I had some blah.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Beer pours (in Hoegaarden glass) a medium dark orange-red with off-white head that lingers. Aroma is of pine needles, and skunk spray, vegetal. Flavor is of straw with hint of pine needles. Nothing great to like or enjoy about this one. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.