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

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RATINGS: 1701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Each year the label has a different picture.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops, seaweed finings, carbon dioxide.

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3.5
Boutip (6633) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
Bottle – Poured a brown colored brew with a medium head with equally medium retention. Aroma of hops with light floral and sweet aspect to it is quite pleasant. Taste is very enjoyable with a good mix of hops and malts. A bit thin on spice with a medium body. Overall, I enjoyed this beer but would have appreciated a bit more hops or spice to make it truly great.

3.4
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Pours with a clean white head and a crisp clear deep golden body. has a fruity and malty aroma that is very wintry and full of cheer. Flavor is smooth clean and satisfying with fruity undertones and a barely noticeable alcohol presence. Cheerful. This beer is a great way to welcome the holiday season for sure. A good old fashioned ale.

2.6
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
2002-2003. A pretty skunky/bitter nose with a cream soda hue and a small, frothy head. The nose is sweet and slightly metallic as well. A fairly sweet presence in the middle with a hop-bitter ending. There are very slight notes of caramel and malt on the end as well. This is probably a little past its prime for sure, or not stored very well. Drinkable.

3.5
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Not a very good selection from Samuel Smith, reminded me of its American counterpart: Sam Adams winter lager, which was probably fitting as I bought this at the only bar I buy Sam Adams winter lager. So to the review, poured nicely, tasted good enough, but that was it, nothing else going on with this one.

3.5
Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 2003-04. Light caramel brown in colour with pleasant with malty vinous aroma. Good fresh malt with lots of woody overtone, a little sweet and decent hoping. A bit thin in the mouth. 6-3-7-3-14

2004-2005 Red copper ale with a thick white head. Sweet caramel with vanilla in aroma, with light pear notes. Sweet caramel with woody notes in mouth, with light hops and alcohol notes, some licorice also noted. Rich and complex. 7-4-8-4-15

2005-2006: Nice amber ale with a nice white head. Nice sweet malt with fruity esters and caramel. Nice caramel malt in mouth, with fruity orange notes. Tingly mouthfeel 7-3-8-3-14

3
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 2003-2004 version. My least favorite to date. Previous incarnations have been pretty good. This one does not have enough malt body and that causes it to lose balance with the hops and spices. UPDATE 11/2006: Thank goodness they are finally putting this in a brown bottle! Slightly phenolic aroma. Still not great, but much better than it used to be.

3.2
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Nice spicy cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, but feels thin and watery. Slight skunk in the aftertaste, but still pretty good.

3.3
DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004
2003-2004 version.A medium to dark amber color with a frothy head.Hints of wood ,nuts and fruits.The finish was clean with very little aftertaste

3.4
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Pours light amber with a moderate white head. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavor is malty, caramel, moderately sweet and slightly acidic. A little orange in there, too. The finish is dry, but not bitter. A little alcohol is present. Very nice. Not a thick or malty as most winter brews, but still a nice warmer.

3.1
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Well well well, what do you know , another skunked sam smith beer in a clear bottle. Ok once you get past the skunk in the bottle, it does have some caramel notes and a slight bitterness, a little different than most other winter ales. Would be good w/o the skunk.


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