thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
I like what this reviewer had to say: "This winter warmer from Sam Smith is a refreshing change from the usual sipping winter beers. It is a balanced beer with biscuit and malty caramel tastes melded with earthy Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops. At 6% ABV, it is a very approachable English style winter warmer. I found I could not get enough of this wonderful beer, so I have brewed a few clones over the years, and have one in the carboy right now." 17Beer (426) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with a big off-white head. Lots of lacing. Smells of malt and biscuits. Tastes are sweet balanced by a sour finish. Oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Maersk (351) - MOLDOVA - DEC 7, 2017
Dark amber, fluffy medium head, clear. Dark fruit, caramel, a hint of metal in aroma. Easy drinking, bitter. Seems like esb. dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2017
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is caramel malt with bready yeast. Flavor is bready, caramel malt with some fruit and peppery yeast. Earthy hop finish. Scipio (1241) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2017
Pours a clear red with a full, foamy white head. The aroma has quite a bit going on. Here we get toffee, toasted malt, cherry, spice, fig, herbal hops, bread, and cinnamon. Its fairly balanced, though the toffee is a notch stronger than the other impressions. Its both lightly bitter and sweet. I find an herbal base to this one. Toffee and toasted malt are found on top, while cereal, cinnamon, cherry, and molasses are found underneath. Short herbal finish. Medium in body and smooth in texture. Nothing here to offend anyone and I'd say that its solid enough.
Cimbasso (1028) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2017
Sampled on draught at the Windsor Castle (ex-Cardinal) next to Westminster Cathedral. A copper coloured beer, with a faint head. Very malty with of toffee and fig flavours. Good hoppy bitterness. A nice Englsih Strong Ale. Highly drinkable. drshuteye (7) - - NOV 26, 2017 does not count
Just ok. A little malty but too bitter for a malty beer. Not a strong taste. Not very complex.
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English as all get out. If you don’t “crave” English ales, maybe stay away. Caramel malts with a fig fruitiness....delightfully subtle dankness, reminiscent of the pleasant aspects of aged tobacco smoke. Not an everyday drink - but a great way to immerse oneself in the British holiday spirit. tombyars (1776) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2017
500ml bottle, courtesy of Chris - cheers! Sampled on the 18th November 2017. Poured into a chalice glass, Clear pale copper in colour with a thin white head. Malty aroma with a slight note of boiled egg. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts gives a light maltloaf base with raisin fruit and figs, closely followed by Christmas spices of nutmeg, and cinnamon. Dry black pepper note in the hop resins adds another dimension to the earthy bitter aftertaste which lasts well in the mouth. Finish is malty with oak cask and nutmeg notes still evident on the palate. Would have this filed under Spice/Herb Ale rather than the English Strong Ale category. bpreo (2990) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Sampled at the 2017 McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival. Nice to sample something from across the pond for once.