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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1626   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffDaddy (80) - - MAR 21, 2014
Malty, kind of dry, some banana and light tropical on the finish. Maybe my palate is ruined from too many hop bombs, too many experimental over the top strong brews. Underwhelming from every angle. Toasty, dry. modest body. Not terrible, but feels kind of left behind. Would I drink again? maybe. Would I order again? no.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tore_pettersen (195) - - MAR 11, 2014
Enslig flaske som sto igjen på polet, Sørumsand. Gyllen mørk farge med en høy lys skumtopp. Lukt av malt, karamell, frukt, litt gjær og eiketre. Søtlig smak med karamell, sitrus og malt. Medium kullsyre og en god bittersøt ettersmak. Juleøl smaker godt også i mars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. Amber with a foamy off-white head. Caramel, raw dough and light citrus aroma. Bland malty flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Watery, dry texture with average carbonation. Drinkable but really lacking any distinct flavor. Thankfully I bought this on clearance, which makes it taste slightly better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body under a small foamy white head that left some nice lacing. The nose is sweet, toasty, and caramel malt with minimal hoppiness. Some light dark fruitiness. The flavor is pretty simple, sweet caramel malt with a slight huskiness up front. Finishes with some lingering caramel sweetness. Medium bodied, rather thick given the fairly low ABV. Soft gentle fizzy carbonation. Pretty bland and boring overall, probably stripped of what character might have been there after they sucked all the yeast out of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimmythespoon (469) - - FEB 28, 2014
Shared bottle at tasting, amber colour, not much in the nose but quite malty, very thin body not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (617) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle. A- Dried fruit, toast, butterscotch, ginger, spices. A- Copper color, clear liquid, white head. T- Caramel, dried fruit, malty, spices P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, dry finish. O- Not as full bodied or rich as I was expecting. Some nice flavors but still lacking a little something. I think the Winter Welcome title threw me off as I was expecting a solid Winter Warmer. Oops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Waitito (7) - - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
Nice amber color, pleasant carbonation. Crisp taste with notes of spice and sweet malting as. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
yiannnos (957) - , CYPRUS - FEB 10, 2014
Reddish brown colour. Malty aroma. Medium bodied, malty caramel taste, not too impressive

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (327) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
Backlog fra Ticks Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca... Etter best evne...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbopslt (351) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Clear amber pour. Minimal head but good carbonation. Subtle spicy aroma. Taste is also subtle. very drinkable and enjoyable.

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