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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Brilliant amber ó looks like a beer should look. No real head, however. Sweet brew with taste of toffee and sweet spice, offset with hoppy bitterness; clearly a winter holiday brew. I like it, but I donít love it as much as I did when I first discovered it last year. Is it the better beers I have found since that makes the difference, or the effects of an extra year of aging in a clear bottle?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Tastes very yeasty with a hint of spice. For some reason, the more yeast flavor, the better. I believe Iím the only American who has a taste for Vegemite. I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2002
dark orange with a nice frothy, lacy head. aroma of toffee and freshly baked bread. nice buttery mouthfeel. itís a shame that the flavours donít come out quite as vibrant as the aroma because they seem like they want to break out. overall itís still quite an enjoyable warming beer. especially with this canadian weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2002
2002/2003 Bright amber w/ frothy head. Floral, slightly chalky, somewhat spicy nose w/ some caramel as well. Creamy yet slightly oily feel. Moderately malty w/ notes of caramel, butterscotch, & wood. Dry, bitter finish. A little astringent. Leaves an somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Very odd. At first it tastes like a weak scottish ale. Then a burst of floral notes and some hoppiness. A little too sweet, and there is not enough character to set off the high ABV. Mediocre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Nice brilliant amber color with a small bubbly head. Malty arome with a passive wiff of yeast. Aroma is malty with a decent ammount of hop in the finish to round it out nicely. This would be a great year round ale, and Sam Smith should consider putting this on the market full time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2002
Attractive bright amber; aroma of caramelly malts and the chalky yeastiness of Yorkshire squares. Similar profile with more caramel, tobacco, wood - almost a dusty attic character. It is this that, when skunked, turns into the astringent, ashy character Iíve had problems with in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2002
Light sparkling copper appearance topped with an elegant lace. Aroma is of fresh sweet malt and english hops with pleasant apple notes prevalent as well. Body is hopped nicely and balanced by a sweet maltiness. Hints of fruit-apple and spice are here too. Long bitter finish. A nice English Seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 12, 2002
Decent stuff , we had fun drinking that during November-fest . Nice feel , refreshing but neeeds some refinement .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2002
The instant I uncapped this I could smell it. The smell is definitely unusual, and I must admit unappealing. I donít think this is bad, itís just strange. My roomate is somehow obsessed with this beer, but I donít see why. The flavor is really odd: fermented malty something-or-other with a beefed up hoppy Hamms kind of twist. I have heard a lot of these clear bottled Sammyís get skunked, but Iím not sure whatís going on here. This rating is completely undefined, but so is this beer.

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