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


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RATINGS: 1684   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sjohnh (773) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Thatís 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 (6817) - 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 (740) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (534) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NeilinSeattle (32) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Itís a little weak for a winter ale. Seems more like a standard pale ale and an average one at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Subliminal64 (104) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
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. MB The Beer Bearon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DerGantzel (325) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MetalNHopHead (1457) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Always great to taste something from Samuel Smith. Interestingly, Winter Welcome doesnít quite attain the level of malty awesomeness achieved by their other brews. Itís creamy, caramel-y, and lightly hoppy. However, given that most of craft beerís Winter Warmers are in some way inspired by the English Strong Ale, I expected the Tadcaster brewer to crush this style. Instead, itís good but not within my expectations for one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1779) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2015
Aroma: dusty hops and berries. Flavour: sweet fruits and dark berries with a dry dirtlike aftertaste. Colour: reddish golden amber with an offwhite head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2964) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2015
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.

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