RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
badhack (492) - 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 (32) - 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 (89) - 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 (289) - 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 (1298) - 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 (1647) - 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 (2871) - 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 (275) - 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.