BBB63 (6449) - 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.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Once again I got a skunked bottle of this. The damn lights in the beer store fridge never shut off! Some caramel aromas and flavors, but more prevalent was the woody skunked taste.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another brew that I found to have a bitter taste to it.Not a brew at the top of my list.
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not up to par with many Sam Smith's offerings. A good aroma even with a stuffy nose. Taste is spicy caramel malt. Im not into these winter spicy/sweet beers but I thought Sam Smith would change my mind. Well it didnt, Im not interested in trying again. I just dont think I care for the style.
thedm (5142) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Another aroma I cannot place. Its initial pour yielded a frothy off white head of small to medium bubbles that lasted a long while with a very nice transparent amber brown body. Initial taste was not full of flavor, but was not bad. There was the hint of an aftertaste that caused me to keep sipping it to try and place it. It was sort of smooth with an aftertaste that was hard for me to place. Not a bad beer, but not a great beer either.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fino sherry like nose. Bronze hue with large off white head. Hoppy flavour with a long bitter/dry finish. Initial taste is like sherry with hints of raisins. A good winter warmer and another beer from Samuel Smith with loads of character.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was pretty impressed with this beer. Golden brown with a light fizzy head. Can taste the alcohol.
Discofish (152) - USA - MAR 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A tasty beer, but nothing extraordinary. A mild hoppyness blended with malts