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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thechasm442 (600) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle to pint glass. Mostly clear amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is malts, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is very malty. Some toffee and mild hints of holiday spices as well. Kind of sour in the aftertaste. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewHaMeister (398) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Straight from the bottle, it has aromas of caramel malt, bread, light hops, and raisins. Flavor is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angelkostvo (1057) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2016
Light ruby colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, malts. Taste is light sweet, well balanced. Light body, oily texture soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1407) - HONG KONG - JAN 3, 2016

550 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Translucent golden amber colour; Two and a quarter finger head and crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Fragrant aroma of rich Ale malt, with strong caramel, toffee, strong red fruits, dark fruits, fruitcakes, molasses, sugar, earth, bread, yeast, light lemon and quite strong grass; Mid to light sweet taste of full ale malt, with strong metallic, caramel, light toffee, red fruits, floral, molasses, earth, bread, strong yeast, light lemon, moderate bitter hops and grass; Mid to light body. Slick and creamy palate; Mouth feel is rich and smooth maltyness in a not too thick background. Strong metallic from brewing water (okay). Tastable red fruits and floral, good moderate sweetness, bready and quite earthy with good touch of lemon. Nice!... Hoppiness is earth, light lemon and grass in nose, and somewhat stronger in taste; Bitterness is light to moderate for a lasting, low astringent malty finish; Fairly dry after taste. Malty, fruity and low bitter to mouth.

Comments: A straight forward but well-made winter ale - very malty with fruitcake aroma, red-fruit and pleasant sweetness and mild English hops. Not as impressive as Fuller’s Old Winter Ale, but still a very solid one to enjoy. Recommended!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshRaburn (104) - - DEC 31, 2015
Nice malty bitter like ale. Possibly a Burton ale? Biscuit and marmalade maltiness. Reminds me of some of the Fullers historical special releases. Decent bottled ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deepeary (404) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2015
Nose is fruity malt, apples and pears. Taste, more malt, fruit, with balanced bitterness and sweet malty notes. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nittanyjim (97) - - DEC 26, 2015
Copper-gold. Thick white head. Apple nose? Sweet, apple taste. Some bitterness at the end. More like a hard cider, less like a beer. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sjohnh (636) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
That’s odd - neither one thing nor another. Clear, dark amber, with a big white head. Body is light, almost watery. Aroma has, strangely, apple, alongside some malt. Flavour - like a very weak barley wine. Great brewery, average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (5795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear amber pour with a big frothy beige head, aroma has nutty action along with toffee and a hint of marzipan, taste has toffee, robust malts, dark fruits, sweet honey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsporrer (415) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Semi clear orange-copper color similar to iced tea with a thin white ring. Thin body with some clingy lacing on the glass. Not much of an aroma, just a hint of bready yeast. Flavor has a light bitterness on the roof of the mouth and not much else. Tastes very watered down and weak without any spice like other winter warmers. Not at all what I expected. Little flavor, flat, watery, and Blah.

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