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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
judge (8) - New Cumberland, USA - MAY 2, 2003 does not count
Beautiful color. Clean finish and great fruit flavor. A great winter brew. Never had a problem with skunked bottles with this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Another brew that I found to have a bitter taste to it.Not a brew at the top of my list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5142) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 28, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
I was pretty impressed with this beer. Golden brown with a light fizzy head. Can taste the alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Discofish (152) - USA - MAR 14, 2003
A tasty beer, but nothing extraordinary. A mild hoppyness blended with malts

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