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


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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkempa (24) - - MAR 8, 2015
I really enjoy this beer. I like that it's a winter beer but doesn't have spices in it like many others. A little more robust than a pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Randy4Beer (385) - - FEB 27, 2015
A filtered orangey copper body, with a quickly settling frothy white head. Aromas are breads, malts, biscuits and just a hint of grassiness. Definitely more malts than hops on the tongue, with a grape and raisin centre. Overall, a decent craft brew, but it kind of gets lost in the crowd.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (713) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Pours copper with medium off-white head with lacing. Nose has very light toast notes - maybe some mild herbal hops somewhere in ther very subdued aroma. Mouthfeel is everything here - creamy with good balance between resin acids and soft malts. Flavor is simple - some mild caramel, hazelnut with a fruity, pear/orange hop finish and just a bare touch of bitterness. A simple, straightfoward british ale, if tasted blind I would have said ESB - a rather good ESB but certainly not top of its category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilverfoX (775) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2015
smells of orange! orangey gold body with no head, tastes like smooth sweet orangey beer with a bitterness left on the tongue. not sure how it welcomes the winter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pacv27 (53) - - JAN 31, 2015
Initial taste of corriander and orange. Some spicyness at the end. Moderate carbonation. Not anything special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KoNrRiI (828) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
0.55 bottle. Clear, light brown color and a small, white head. Aroma is composed of caramel, butter, and some malts. Taste is sweet, caramel, malts, delicate roast - not much else to it. Medium body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is also delicate and its difference from the taste is insubstantial. Overall another standard English bitter, nothing to talk about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1430) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2015
550 ml bottle, pours clear light godlen brown with a large foamy white lasting head. Aroma is caramel and biscuit malt, oat and grain, plum, raisin and date fruity notes, Full bodied with creamy texture, a slow sipper with plenty of flavour. Carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlindGuardianco (43) - - JAN 21, 2015
Very tasty beer, one of my favorite winter beers so far, 2014-2015 version, tasted like chocolate, roasty, nuts

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WABeerFiend (332) - - JAN 20, 2015
Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler on 12.09.14. A: Old World hop smell. Flower takes over. A: 1 finger head that is retained. See through gold body with some amber. T: Caramel and bubblegum dominate. P: Crisp and bubbly. O: This was a lot like a cream ale. It smelled and tasted like one. It was simple too. I thought that it would be more malty and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4135) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle from the Bottle Bank. Appearance - deep amber with a nice head. Nose - red fruit, maybe cherries. Also cakey. Maybe dried fruit. Taste - more red fruit and cake, in fact culminating in a marzipan to amaretti biscuit thing. Palate - medium bodied with a rich creamy texture and a long elegant finish. Overall - lovely beer.

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