Samuel Smiths Strong Golden

Formerly brewed at Samuel Smith
Style: Barley Wine
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Bottle: Pasteurised.

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The_Osprey (9916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Lovely looking 17cl bottle shared at GBBF. No date or ABV details, but, unscientifically, it looks fucken old. Dirty orange brown, murky, no real head. Aroma is mint, sherry, salty, touch of bovril. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is apple, dry woody and tangy, a little meaty with some booze showing up. Pretty decent, but showing signs of age. Pretty dry.

Leighton (23093) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle shared at GBBF 2015, day 2 - London. Thanks, Daniel. Vintage uncertain, perhaps from the 1980s. Pours clear golden-copper with a slight, bubbly white head. The nose holds dank ripe fruits, toffee, faint earth, leaves, damp wood. Medium sweet flavor with lots of musty old wood, caramel, figs and nips of alcohol. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with soft carbonation. Warming finish, with further notes of old fruits and caramel. Has aged relatively well. Still some interesting characteristics to be had here.

harrisoni (19726) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle at GBBF 2015. Oloroso sherry aroma. Oxidised. And frankly terrible. Some toffee ugh.

mR_fr0g (14241) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle at GBBF 2015 day 2. Thanks! Aroma is minty, caramel, dried jammy fruits. Some age on the nose. Hazed golden copper brown coloured pour with no head. Flavour is composed if musty mouldy wood, mint, alcohol, caramel toffee. Bit age on the this.palate is syrupy. Sweet, low to Bo carbonation. Fun to try.

Scopey (16544) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle big thanks to Dan. Age unknown... It pours clear brown with a small white head. The toasty, musty, meaty, wood, leather, oxo cubes, gravy and spice. The taste is rich, oily, leather, wood, so very drying, alcohol boost, dirt and dry leaves with a very dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Smells very interesting but too dry and boosty. Fun to try.

Beer5000 (6885) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2013
180 ml bottle sampled in 2009. Deep golden body with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, honey and warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, honey, sugar and alcohol. Fine body with a sweet and alcoholic aftertaste. It’s a nice beer and actually tastes better than it seems from this description. Balanced sweet alcoholic.

madmitch76 (26850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
19th June 2010
Hazy brown beer. Short lived white head. Dry palate. Rich malt, spicy. Bitterish toffee and subtle but tart orange fruit. A little brandy in the finish. No the smoothest but a no-nonsense barleywine.

thomat (4242) - Goteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
Golden with a tiny white head. Fruity with malty tones. Fruit, malt, caramel and spices. Full body with a nice, warming, sweet finish.

sebletitje (10547) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2011
25cl bottle, courtesy of and shared with Gnoff. Ambrée, col blanc soyeux. Arôme de caramel, malt, sucré avec note de pomme. Reste caramélisé en bouche, fin houblon, sucre brun avec qcq fruits noirs, riaisns et vineux avec un peu de résine. Un peu décevante.

konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2011
Bottleneck says best before JUN10. The bottle was properly cellared since I bought it in April 2010. Totally overoxidized and with notes of alcohol. Can’t get much of other flavours. Drainpour.

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