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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2004
2003: Deep amber w/a lasting off white head. Spicy and herbal hop aroma at first, then sort of becomes grassy; malty aromas come through as it warms becoming bready; light hints of alcohol and a slight banana ester. Malty and very well balanced; hop flavor is secondary and goes into the finish and aftertaste. Has a caramel malt flavor and a restrained fruitiness. Aftertaste seems to be a little toasted malt. Medium bodied w/ low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Seems more like a more dry hopped pale ale than anything else. Malt character could be more complex and alcohol could be bumped a bit more for a warmer. Complexity does increase as it warms, but it's still lacking a little, but a very solid, drinkable beer anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2003-2004 bottle. Not a bad beer. Nice english strong malt flavor with a hint of spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2003-2004 Vintage: Clear sparkling amber. The off-white head is large and creamy, quite a nice looking beer. Smells like a Samuel Smith's brew (this house aroma shows up in all of their beers that I have tried). Mostly caramel, sweet malt with some hops way in the back. Flavor is sweet and a bit alcoholic. There is an astringency (very slight) in the aftertaste that I am not a big fan of. The finish is very dry and ends quickly with a musty/earthy flavor. The body is medium. The clear bottle can not help the life of this beer. I have had bad bottles in the past so beware.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raymow (1565) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Excellent balance of sweetness and hops. Great color, nice aroma. I'm not surprised, since Sammy Smith's makes some truly excellent beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Very easy to drink. Good caramel flavor and smell. It went down easy. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2004
2003-2004. I like the minimal carbonation and general look of this amber ale but I find the flavour to be lighter than hoped for. Basic hoppiness and slight bitter aftertaste are nice but seems like a fairly standard decent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Decent brew with little head that fizzled out quickly. Color was a deep amber and the taste reminded me of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, however, with less hops. There was a slight skunkiness to this bottle, which is expected because of the CLEAR BOTTLE...why do they do that???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 2003-2004 vintage. Small white head. Little carbonation. Nice spicy aroma with a little malt and slight skunk. The flavor is subtle and has a little caramel and some bitterness. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
I thought it was a good ale, very smooth. A good finish to the beer. I'm new to this since I just turned 21, but this is one of the better beers I have had thus far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4739) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2004
Relatively flat looking ale with a strong and caramel aroma, and a fairly basic hopped flavour. Overall a very basic strong ale.

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