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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 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 (699) - 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 (1230) - 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 (29) - - 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 (306) - - 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 (3678) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (2338) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle from the Beers of Europe Christmas case. Copper coloured pour, no head. Figs, dates, walnuts, raisin and orchard fruit make up a Christmassy nose. Toffee apple, strawberry jam and apricot flavour. Unsurprisingly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (699) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance: Copper, white head Aroma:caramel, mild spices, orange peel. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, nice mild smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tandembrauer (515) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
Pours clear amber with small head. Aroma of raisins and white wine. Thin bodied; sweet with some fruity sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (861) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle later in the day,Christmas Day. I had been looking forward to spending some time with a warming, complex juicy old English Ale, and this was a bit of a let down. Copper gold with a beige head, toffee orange aroma. Same sort of flavours. Head disappeared, and taste-wise, that was about it. One dimensional..

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