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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1632   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Clear coppery color with a thin white head. Spicy and slightly bitter nose with floral hints, hops and sweet malts. Sweet and malty taste with a slightly spicy middle and a light, floral finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
55 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange to amber with a huge creamy, tan and slowly diminishing head - leaving a nice lacing on the glass - clearly a 5er. Roasted caramel malty with a light breadish note. Light yeasty too. Flavour is breadish and mild metallic with a lasting yeasty impression. Mild bitterness in an otherwise smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2003
An amber beer with not much head. The aroma is sweet and malty - very nice. And so is the flavor - but maybe a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 55 cl) Light, nutty brown colour with a decent head. Nice, malty nose. Full-bodied with some - as promised - warming alcohol. Classical malty flavours with a note of nuts. More bitter than the same brewery’s Nut Brown Ale. 080401

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (22282) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and spices with notes of hops. Sweet flavour of malts, caramel and fruits with hoppy notes. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (21621) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled. Rubyish amber colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is caramel malts and some sweeter hops. Flavour is metallic, caramelly and grassy/earthy hoppy. Nice but quite watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16890) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
29th April 2008. A pleasantly malty ale with a very light touch of hops at the end. Inoffensive and pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15955) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle at home ... copper colour ... ... quite fizzy ... fruity malt little caramel...little spicyness and some hop linger. Nothing wromng with it just not that exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
Courtesy of Philippe (Bov)
Copper color. A dry Ale, with some caramel and toffee flavor, and a good hopping. Too dry to be suitable for winter, but pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14715) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle.Clear, copper body with a quite nice, beige head on top. The nose is quite sugary and malty, with some dried fruits, and a little fruity hoppiness. And I almost forgot the caramel. The beer should have a fuller mouthfeel I think, as it is a winter seasonal, but it’s far from being watery. There are roasted flavors, as well as notes of dried fruits, a nice crisp bitterness and a wee metallic touch. Quite sweet too. There is a little warming feeling towards the end, and it finishes with some sweetness, bitterness and that little metallic touch. The beer is quite nice, fortunately not in those clear bottles Samuel Adams seems to love, and I’m quite sure it is more suited as a food pairing than as a night cap. (071019)

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