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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1703   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Coper colored beer with a large off white head, mostly lasting and with lacing. Aroma is malty with signignificant hoppy (floral) aroma. Taste is initally sweet (carmel malts), middle and finish is bitter as the hopps make their presence known. The finish is very dry as well.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 2005 (rated 2.4) : I got the same whiff of skunk Joe got; it surprised and disappointed me. Its an amber brew (but I bet you could tell that by looking at it in its clear bottle-source of the skunkiness?) and pours with a smallish white head; nice lacing. Flavor is unremarkable; good hop/malt balance--but the skunk hovers above. 2004: (rated 2.8) Fizzy and a bit thin overall, but has nicely balanced hop & malt flavors, as well as pronounced alcohol. Despite its 6% ABV, feels light on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Light, effervescent and without some of the overwhelming spices some brewers use on their winter specials. Far from one of Sam Smith's best, but enjoyable none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1124) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2003
I had a couple of these with my thanksgiving dinner. Not bad... one of the better winter beers that I've had so far. Very drinkable... but I worry about the clear bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Nice color. Malty/bready aroma. Not bad but not much seems to distinguish from one yar to the next. Very average but I'll agree to it's merit as a session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Bright orange, grainy/malty aroma. thin head. First taste was sweet, malty, but a bit papery. We suspected it to be old, but the bottle proudly proclaimed 2003/2004. The malty, papery, grainy tatse was all that this beer had to offer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 2004-2005. Clear amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, apricot and butterscotch Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pleasant flavor of caramel, bread, nuts, spice, and a hint of citrus. A good session beer, but not very memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Bottle, 2003-04 Edition. Poured a nice copper color with a creamy off-white head that lasted well. I pulled this bottle from the very back of a lower shelf where it was protected from light, so it's free of skunkiness. Aroma is sweet maltiness, a little spice and mild hops. Flavor is about the same with a peppery finish. Medium body, creamy carbonation. Nice ale!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2003
02-03 edition. skunky smell probably casue of its age. pretty mundane too me. Had a sweet malty character too it, with a little hoppy twang.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
The first whiff after pulling the cap is pure skunk,i hope it gets better.Amber in color,small slightly off white head that had a little staying power.The aroma is malty and mildly hoppy with a very slight fruity side,maybe some caramel or toffee.Highly carbonated with a malty toffee taste,mild hops kind of sweet at first but later changes to a mild bitter sweet taste.The carbonation kind of gets in the way of the flavor but maybe it is helping cover up some of the skunk in the taste,who knows.The after taste is malty mildly sweet and mildly hoppy.Not a bad brew but could definately use a brown bottle to cure some of it's odors and taste woes.

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