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


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RATINGS: 1587   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Honey amber is a perfect color description for this beer. Aroma is pleasant with some malty caramel notes. I’m not getting much in the way of a hop aroma, but I had a couple of Hop Ottin IPAs earlier this evening and I think my taste buds are still recuperating. Taste is a little on the sweet side with more of a citrus presence than I was lead to believe by it’s aroma. Another decent brew from Samuel Smith’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1274) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle in the Anchor, Guisborough. Amber with a cream foamy head. Fruity with citrus, a little spice and apricot. Some biscuit notes int he background. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (874) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle. Copper pour with a big white head. Spice, caramel, herb, toffee, wheat toast. Spicy carbonation. Toffee, caramel, nuts. Medium body, nutty finish. A bit more body at the end would be perfect

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (762) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Copper colored beer with an off-white head. Aromas of toasted wheat, caramel, and toffee. Tastes of sweet caramel, toffee notes, nutty hints, and toasted barley. Sweet, nutty finish. The flavor profile opens up as the beer warms. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aumentm (44) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
wonderful beer starting december. one of my favorite beers. great amount of malts and it very smooth. a bit heavy and the aroma is great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"always a very nice seasonal brew, until i had a few skunky ones in clear bottles. sam smith’s has realized this error, and has now started bottling in brown only, and the gains are measurable. this is now constantly a good beer again. it pours a rich golden-mahogony color, similar to AV Winter Solstice. It’s actually similar to that beer in it’s malty vanilla goodness, but it’s richer, and more complex...and therefore better. nice blend of spices easily mask the 6% abv. good beer! 2012 version is a hit!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (867) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
550ml bottle served in a Thumbler. A: Pours an absolutely clear copper color forming a medium bubbled and creamy white to yellow head. Medium to low retention and some spotty and molasses lacings are left in the glass S: Extremely malty. Sweet malts, toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts. Some spicy hints. Quite fruity and biscuity too. Honey. Flowery and earthy hops. Biscuity T: Slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of sweet and caramel malts. Toffee, honey, wheat biscuits and dark fruits (plums ans raisins, mainly). Overall a dry taste with considerable hops bitterness. Malts and hops combination is very English style. Not very far from a classic Bitter M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter and biscuity aftertaste O: Easy-drinking beer. Good bittersweet balance. Strong English character. Recommended [ BA Review @ 2/23/2013 ]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie. likes kind of understated low malt. Julie gives a 4. V. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (1514) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle 2014/2015 bier huis ossett. Copper red colour thin head. Aroma is fruits cinnamon taste is same good bitterness. Body bit thin. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - SEP 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-23-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber, lightly brown color with a one finger thick off-white cream colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a great leave of thick lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a rather roasted in nature with a lots of toasted malt and roasted bready smells. Mixed with these aromas are a nice sweeter smell of caramel and some fruit of apple and peach as well as spice aromas of nutmeg and clove. Taste – The taste begins with a big bready and sweet taste of a more caramel and toffee nature. As the taste advances it initially sweetens and then maintains a rather nice level of sweetness throughout. The roasted flavors get a bit stronger as the flavor advances with some notes of toast coming to the tongue. Along with the light increase in roast, spice flavors come to the tongue along with some lighter herbal hop tastes. In the end the blend of roasted, sweet, spice and light hop leaves a nice pleasantly smooth taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The slightly thicker body was very nice for the blend of roasted, spice and sweet tastes, with the higher carbonation level really making of a more easy drinking brew. Overall – A rather tasty winter warmer. It has a nice blend of roasted, spice, and sweet flavors which when combined with the rather easy drinking feel and smooth tastes, produces a great winter brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rperez (144) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Very nice beer full of flavor but easy to drink with strong chocolate notes! Great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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