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.

akoeninger's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (686) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
White head that sticks around. Looks like a standard amber beer. Smell is cereal and malt with some hop presence, though not very piney. Taste likes a good amber ale with some malt complexities, slightly warming. Good winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alomtnez (361) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
Clear light brown colour. Sweet malty and slightly spicy aroma. Net and simple acid and bitter taste. Slightly tart acid finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4338) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2016
From 2012 notes. Amber with a bone colored head. Lightly spiced malt. Vague spicing. Similar flavor. At least this is not an over-spiced winter seasonal. A bit disappointing given the typical quality of this famous brewery. Certainly not bad or flawed, but not bold, rich or complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (263) - - MAY 6, 2016
Honey, hoppy, toffee, amber with a creamy white head, medium body, law carbonation, a bit watery, honey, toffee, grass, quietly bitter...not so warming but for me it’s good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (1509) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pretty rustic orange pour w/ a white head & nice lacing. The aroma is quite bland w/ some somewhat sweet malts coming through. The taste is clean & crisp but almost too much. There’s nothing interesting going on here but it is well balanced & easy to drink. Overall, simply boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1509) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 11, 2016
2015-16 version. Beautiful, glassy dark orange color. One finger of head. Sugary molasses/toffee malts in the nose. There is a lovely rosehip aroma at the second sniff, with some tart cherry too. Much more complex than I expected from a Sam Smith. That tartness hits the upper register of the nostril. Some toasted nuts. I really love the scent of this one. Flavor is candi sugars, sour cherry. There is a definite saccharine component to the taste that doesn’t seem to be in the aroma. There is a tad of black licorice in the finish. It’s all perfectly pleasant. Feel is ashy and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle 55cl / Botella 55cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, España. A: Amber / Ambar. T/S: Malt, slightly bitter and watery / Malta, ligeramente amargo y aguado.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AnG_BrgNor (534) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2016
Aroma is malty with yeast and some bread. Taste is dominated by malt and its a fine bitterness that "saves" this one for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1552) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle from Whole foods, a lot of sweet wine notes and some subtle hops. dark golden color and frothy head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (2337) - New York, TURKEY - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Clear dark amber with normal sized foamy beige head, malty aroma, high carbonation, slightly sweet caramel taste, smooth body, medium caramel finish. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2016
Cervesa on destaquen els tocs a caramel tant en boca com en aroma, molt correcte. Cerveza dónde destacan los toques a caramelo tanto en boca como en aroma, muy correcta.

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