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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1632   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
sweet, malty. slightly spicey. The palate, is light. Not one of the better sam smith beers, I must say.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2003
Beautiful copper colour. Head retention is slightly below average. Light nose of caramel malts and grain. Flavour is grainy,very macro like. Too bad it comes in a 550ml bottle. Alcohol flavour is quite pronounced. Carbonation is quite lively. Some light skuniness (clear bottle). Sam Smith has better products out there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Frank (3197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
On pouring, there is an intitial skunky aroma. Hmmm... maybe Sammy Smith needs to finally switch to brown bottles. Looking past the skunk, there's really not much going on here. Crisp carbonation. Some sweetness. Wine-like notes in the finish. No head. Looks like apple juice with a slight froth on top.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Simple malty, not much hop flavor. Good looking beer. Hides its alcohol to the point that you think 6% is a lie until you stand up. The easiest drinking strong seasonal beer I can think of

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Nose was almost non-existant. Flavor was slightly malty with just a hint of citrus. A disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2003
I am not a malt fan, and found the taste a bit overwhelming. Could benefit from a stronger hop finish. Citrus flavor is nice however.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
My least favorite of the Sam Smith's by a long shot. Some caramel flavors. Some citrus flavors also. Aroma was borderline bad as it reminded me of many German lagers that I've tried (i.e. skunky). I have 3 more of these to try and maybe they will grow on me a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Pretty much the same to me every year and Iíve had it since the early í90ís. Nothing overwhelming. Decent head. Brown in color but not as dark as the Nut Brown Ale. Standard English ale aroma to it. Some bitterness and nuttiness to it. Definite malt but not overloaded. Not sensing the floral-ness mentioned. Definitely worth drinking. The label changes every year for you enthusiasts out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Bright clear orange-amber color topped with a very thick creamy head with good lace. Slightly sweet yet lemony sour aroma with a slight hoppiness. Malty flavor with a good hop balance and a slight sweet smokiness. The finish is dry and hoppy. medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Golden brown colour, skunky german smell. Fairly smooth and mild ale. No extra seasonal characteristics though!

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