badhack (483) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I expected something stronger and spiced (although the label makes no claim to either). Pours a hazy amber color with a soap bubble head. Flavor is lager like. Strong bread and malt flavor and a hint of spice and an English hop finish. Thin mouthfeel and seemed a bit flat.
NeilinSeattle (29) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It’s a little weak for a winter ale. Seems more like a standard pale ale and an average one at that.
Subliminal64 (82) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very faint ale smell.
Pours a slightly cloudy amber colour. Head disappears quickly.
Taste is as an ale should be, but has a hop aftertaste. Was expecting more spices.
Good amount of carbonation.
Overall I was happy with this purchase. Great quality ale, that is easy to drink. Being a Winter Ale, I was expecting more spice flavour. I will be looking for this one next year.
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DerGantzel (261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of roasty malt with a touch of spicyness and with notes of caramel, fruits and herbs. White head, not lasting very long. Clear reddish liquid. Medium bitter, medium sweet. Medium body, with a bit watery texture.
MetalNHopHead (1164) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Always great to taste something from Samuel Smith. Interestingly, Winter Welcome doesn’t quite attain the level of malty awesomeness achieved by their other brews. It’s creamy, caramel-y, and lightly hoppy. However, given that most of craft beer’s Winter Warmers are in some way inspired by the English Strong Ale, I expected the Tadcaster brewer to crush this style. Instead, it’s good but not within my expectations for one of my favorite breweries.
ken1 (1600) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: dusty hops and berries.
Flavour: sweet fruits and dark berries with a dry dirtlike aftertaste.
Colour: reddish golden amber with an offwhite head.
jb (2755) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Attractive with a clear copper color and a thick white rocky head with a foamy lacing pattern. Grassy nose with a bit of caramel. Bland and inoffensive fast, nice syrupy mouthfeel. Overall not exciting, slightly above average.
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Three beers in a row reviewed with Winter in the name and 3 strikes... I may be out. This is a mild, smooth and weak brew, fairly lackluster but inoffensive and drinkable enough. Not one of Smith’s better efforts as it is the opposite of complex and interesting.
airrick2003 (846) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: pours with a medium beige head, the beer is very clear, a nice amber color with maroon hues
Aroma: cherry, bread, a bit faint
Taste: very subtly sweet, perhaps some buttery flavor, not very bitter
Palate: lively carbonation, light mouthfeel, sweet aftertaste
Overall: not very complex, I pick up sweetness on the taste and aroma the most on this beer, I'm saying it's grape but could be cherry or some other sweet fruit, not so sweet it's not drinkable though
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kevinator (1790) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft musky malt aroma. Pretty light copper color with a minimal head. Smooth with medium weight. Caramel, biscuit, malty with a little boozy bite.