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


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RATINGS: 1578   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
I really enjoyed this beer. Light ale that goes down smooth and had a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottled: unk Pours tawny brown with a near solid sheet of fine whites. Vanilla, tea, nougat, some almond and sweet malts come through the nose. Tastes fairly simple and subtle. A good malty beverage with some fruity notes from the english yeast, some sweetened plum and bread flavors. Medium bodied with low carb and an overal silkiness I get in most sam smith beers. A nice enough drinking beer, but not likely going to get it again. Reminds me of a thickened kristalweizen. Serving type: bottle 12-15-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (745) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Very mellow compared to American offerings of winter seasonals, but I like it. Easy, mellow and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
Golden pour with a modest head. Caramel honey with some light malts. It wasn’t one of my 2013 favoritres

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear, golden nice white head. Aroma of grain, yeast, caramel and some dark fruit. Taste has a nice bitterness combined with malt and fruit sweetness. quite enjoyable, nice winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jksipa (349) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
550ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small beige head. Nose is earthy vegetables and caramel. A bit of grass and bread. Taste is sweet malts with very little bitterness and an abrupt finish. Medium slick body with soft carbonation. Pleasant enough but nothing to rave about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Amber with a slight reddish hue. Small head. Aroma of spicy apples and cherries covered in brown sugar. Flavor has some nice mild apple with a decent bitterness. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilgrimoutlaw (770) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle has copper pour with white head. Vegetables, citrus, caramel. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full bodied, sticky palate. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (545) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
English ales worry me the same way their football team worryies me during the World Cup: they come into the game with a high pedigree but often choke when they shouldn’t. This one pours dining room table dark with a frothy one finger white cap. Is brisk on the tongue, with a slight edge of sweetness & slightly disappointingly invisible finish. Decent brew. The PRO here is the refreshing wash that each sip brings. The CON is the one dimensional flavour profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Aroma: Nice malt character with rich caramel and nougat; the hop character is slightly woody and earthy. Appearance: Very still copper pour with a bubbly tan head that fades fast. Flavor: Mostly caramel; there is a very slight bitterness toward the finish. Woody undertones are light to non-existent. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, somewhat bitter finish. Overall: Fine, elegant beer, but maybe a little simplistic in regards to flavor.

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