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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ERB92 (335) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2014
Caramel, dried fruits and some fruits and hops coming through in the aroma. Amber with a off white head. Medium to heavy sweet with a light to medium bitterness. Medium body with a lively carbonation. Dry finish. Overall a really enjoyable ale, a bit to carbonated for my taste, but i liked this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greenclansman (819) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - FEB 4, 2014
Reddish malty color. Some hops on aromas. Malty taste, thin body, dry malty aftertaste. Not the best beer out there, but an OK one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlihcsnatas (304) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Get at least one bottle every winter for years. kind of suprised I have never rated this one. Anyways, it is a really good brew that is amber in color with a nice head on it that holds for a while then leaves a lace. Aroma and taste is what I would expect from a pale ale with a little less hops. So while it is a plain brew it has become a winter tradition and the bottles look good in the collection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kidobutai (381) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Unusual beer, nice color (darker golden) but no head and minimal lacing. Sweet sweet aroma, hard to discern the taste, fruity, some carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
polaxis (73) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2014
A 550 ml bottle, at home, at 10C Opened bottle, immediately started to fizz over. A light-medium amber beer with a bit of whitish head. Nice classic English ale with a slightly sweet malt flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majek (354) - Ząbki, POLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Clear, amber colour with big and quite persistent head. Light aroma of caramel and bready note. Sweet, caramel taste with medium bitterness (grassy and hay). Medium body and carbonation. Its rather typical english ale than xmas/season ale. Despite of it, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Slightly skunky biscuity base malt with some faint hay and faint fruity esters. Clear copper under a white, wispy ring. Biscuity base malt with some red fruit and sherry like accents. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, slightly nutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marulla (75) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Nice light amber colour, with unfortunately very little to offer on the nose. Sweet if anything, but nonetheless pretty nice. Very drinkable id say. However, i expected something else from a supposedly xmas ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
As a winter warmer, it misleads. It doesn't seem to be a necessarily cold seasoned beer, other than the faint hint of spice. It's very refreshing though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (668) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
A 550 ml bottle from Legacy Liquor in Vancouver. A medium amber beer with a bit of whitish head. Pleasantly sweet and malty with a trace of hop. A lighter winter ale for my taste. More of a fall beer, perhaps. Pleasant, although.

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