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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kodos (205) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
SS needs to use better glass. Their stuff just doesnt make the trip across the pond very well. 3 bottles of this = 2 skunks and 1 good version. Good version rating: Interesting orange color, well formed lasting head. Sweet with a good drying/bitter finish. Nothing special about this beer at all. Rating given for the good version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Light aroma, skosh of hops. Pour was unimpressive. Sweet initially but finishes very dry and bitter, pine finishes off the flavor. Really spendy where I got it, so Iíll stick to Celebration Ale for this season.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 I wasnít too impressed. Awesome packaging though. It reminded me of, dare i say, Miller cold filtered. It had that ery clean, unasseritve taste. There was some hops in the finish and it reminded em slightly of almonds. However much better than the ghastly miller, this still wasnít TOOOOO impressive. Nice big bottle, nice abv., and a decent effort. Could have used some more xmas spice. And everyone below me is right, there IS a bit of a skunk to the nose. What the previous yearsí efforts yeilded I canít say, but the 2002-2003 was below par for this brewery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1841) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Hey, glad to see that I wasnít the only one who thought the aroma was skunky. Flavor is roasted malt, slight hops, and finishes rather malty and dry. I was quite disappointed with this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Skunky nose but once I got past it, it was a decent brew. Had sort of a coffee smell to it and a mocha drink kind of flavor. Go figure. Well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Good, but not great. Has a bit of hoppiness to it, but not all that much. Slight maltiness too. Hint of spice. Perhaps I was expecting more, but it is a fairly non-dememo beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Nose: skunky. Flavor: kind of skunky, though there was an interesting fruity/hoppy thing going on under the skunkiness. I wish Sam Smithís would stop putting beer in clear bottles to get lightstruck on the shelf. Re-Rate: got a non-skunky one. Nice sweet, caramelly malt flavor. But nothing too special. And not special enough to make me reconsider my low rating when Smiths continues to put this in clear bottles year after year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Been judged by many, nice easy drinking Sammy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Fruity, easy to drink, and a very nice finish... I was kind of in a hurry when I had this, so I didnít have a chance to spend much time thinking about it. Iíd have it again, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2002-2003: Iím not going to jump on the bandwagon and rate this in the 3.5 range because Iím a big fan of Sammy Smith and also because I enjoyed this beer. Great hop balance and malty flavor. Strong nose with fruity/floral aromas and great carbonation. Not Sammyís best, but far from bad... Left me with a ncie winter buzz.

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