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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rockydog (11) - martinsbug, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Spicy with fruit undertones. Hard to find fresh here in Mi. Good hop flavor and nice Belgian lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1569) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4332) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3752) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1097) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2003
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
has a beautiful slightly tan, thick head. aroma is a little skunky, but isn't noticeable in the actual taste. a good, traditional beer.

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