NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I look forward to the Sam Smith Winter Welcome every year. Itís light, creamy character is untouched by any other brewery. The gentle caramel malt flavor is perfectly balanced. Not too bitter, not too sweet - but with lots of room for hop flavor.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium copper color, pleasant aroma, a slight touch of bitterness and sharpness, well-rounded flavor.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well - not much to say here. I had the same slightly skunked bottle Dogbrick had - so I feel like I should give it another try sometime.
Dogbrick (6863) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like the Pale Ale I had the day before, this bottle was slightly skunked. They really need to leave the clear bottles to their Stouts. Skunking aside, this had a decent spiced aroma. The flavor was kind of lacking though and I was not really all that interested in finishing the bottle, which is never a good sign.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn clear bottle, I avoid buying SSís because most of the lighter stuff Iíve had from them is skunked,stouts and porter the exception.This beer is usually skunked when I get it, but Iíve had a few bottles out of the lot.I almost wish they had been skunked.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wouldnít consider myself a fan of english ales, but I have liked this one since the first time I had it in 1997. Despite the clear bottle I have only had one skunked WinterWelcomeAle and it came from my local grocery store. I still buy it every winter. Yum.
Nate (3464) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
No strong aroma. Smooth palate, not too fizzy. Small, diminishing head. Slightly sweet with hints of malt and yeast? Pleasant.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops are happening in the smell. Deep amber, big creamy head. Strong bitter taste, but then the malts come into play. Good mouthfeel. Mellowing finish. Terrific!
igneous1 (1476) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
lots and lots of malt would describe this effort...malty beers typically arent my favorites, but this isnt bad
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice, well rounded beer. Slightly sweet while still having enough hop to keep it balanced. It is a shame it is only available during the winter months.