peyre44 (7) - - MAR 19, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2019 Pours with a 3 finger head, dark amber in appearance with aromas of raisins, biscuit and berry. Extremely quaffable considering the Strength at 6%. Malty taste but well balanced with the flavours above. A good Christmas dinner ale, Samuel Smiths again delivering great heritage product at great prices. Jabah (2000) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2019 Appearance and aroma weigh this beer down a bit, otherwise is slightly above average. For the style though, average at best. Shocking b/c this is the first beer that didn't quite work for me from Samuel Smith. Flavor is decent, balanced ok. Maybe a tad too sweet with the spices but hop finish cuts it down. More like a spiced ESB versus an 'English Strong Ale' as listed here. Aroma is subpar, not much with the appearance (a light semi-cloudy brown). On clearance for a buck, so aroma and flavor could be not so fresh. Not really eager to try this again, but worth the dollar for the experience and review. cervmagpt (1240) - PORTUGAL - FEB 27, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2019 Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 30C). Bottle 55 cl - Batch L18208 (BBF JULY.19). AROMA: low fruity aroma with slight citrus notes, medium butterscotch, slight background of alcohol. APPEARANCE: deep gold to light amber colour and clear. medium beige head, moussy, with good retention. TASTE: initial medium-low butterscoth note, followed by a low caramel malt background. faint fruitness (orange-like), medium bitterness with a dry and slightly bitter finish. PALATE: medium-light body with medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a winter ale-type beer without much complexity. anstei (3704) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 12, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2019 Bottle, vintage 2018. Pours amber. Aroma is malts sugars, ethers. Body is medium, sweet, sticky, fruity, boiled juice, bubble gum. Spices and sugar water, not much else. Okay. b3shine (10240) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2019 Draft to taster at The Pint Room. Looks solid; a mostly transparent golden orange with foamy off-white head. Smells malty with notes of winter spices alongside a mildly to moderately semi-sweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with some mild bitter hops as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and mildly bitter. Decent.
katrinaez (3281) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2019 Lots of over ripe fruits, apricots, plums, and dates in aroma and taste up front. Deep golden yellow and clear. Full body palate. Bitter ending with earth. Bottle. janubio (1247) - SPAIN - DEC 27, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2018 Tasted at Coriasso's in a chalice glass. Pours an amber colour, big head with medium retention, normal lacing.
Almost of caramel, bananas, apples, spices.
Medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Bitter finish.
Taste of caramel, apples,, bananas and some spice or herbs that I can't remember now, that adds a bitter
touch, like in a jagger.
Good. MarkoNm (3810) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - DEC 27, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2018 Pours hazy dark amber, coppery, topped with medium large though not so lasting offwhite head. Medium malty nose, biscuity with some honey presence. Medium bitterness, medium malty sweetness, honey finish and peppery, herbal aftertaste, a bit roasty as well. Didn't age perfectly, but still decent. Medium body. Highhopes (89) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2018 De botella en L’Europe (en anteriores ocasiones también la probamos envejecida). Color ambarino cobrizo oscuro nada filtrada, con una corona de espuma blanca de burbuja grande y muy duradera. En nariz se nota alcohol, dulzor (pasas, plátano), y cierto toque picante, como a clavo o jengibre. En boca es muy poco carbonatada, toques dulces a plátano, pasas y ciruelas, alcohol o bizcocho borracho. Considerable presencia del lúpulo. Retrogusto amargo suave y sensación seca. Buena ale, pero espectacular si se sabe envejecer. robinshute123 (176) - Torquay, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2018 Light brown/copper coloured winter warmer beer. Tastes are complex and of sweetness and dried fruit, but still a bitter! Nice English ale!