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

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RATINGS: 1695   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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2.9
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2001
Everyone else has pretty much summed it up, a surprisingly bland beer from Sammy Smith.

1.7
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 22, 2001
I did not fancy this ale at all. Buttery, waxy taste through and through, with no flavors really leaping out. Didn't exactly get my excited for the holidays.

3.2
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2001
2000 edition was boring and very thin. Some decent malt flavorings but overall just an average ale. Not a top choice among seasonals.

3
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2001
This beer might be a little skunky like others mentioned.
Decent aroma and intial taste, but the beer seems flat at the end.

2.1
bigred7 (44) - Sarcoxie, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2001
I was really looking forward to trying this beer. Unfortunatley it is so skunked that I don't think I can drink it. And I spent 7.50 for a 4-pack.

3.7
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2001
Good stuff!......... .................. ........

3.9
Shazbat (100) - USA - FEB 6, 2001
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3.8
Sammys (427) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2001
I was surprised at how hoppy this smelled and tasted. Not sure what makes it a 'Winter' brew, but I was impressed. Great hoppy English ale.

4.5
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2000
Wow....this is simply one of the best ales I've ever had. Great beer. Very balanced. This is just a great beer. It's not terribly spicy as I've come to expect from a 'holiday' ale, but the flavor is just out of the ball park. This stuff is great!! When I think of a good ale, this is what comes to mind. Just a wonderful blend of hops and malt. Simply perfect for a cold February evening.

3.7
Bov (13284) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2000
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 2004-2005 (4/7/7/4/15) - clear amber colour, the initial foam quickly reduces, notes of caramel in a subtle hoppy nose, some astringence, solid malt body, decent bitterness, the finish is quite dry with notes of tobacco and caramel - very drinkable, solid and quite complex
2002-2003 (4/7/7/4/14) - clear amber colour, fine head, light hoppy, buttery and fruity, medium-bodied, subtle, sweet and bitter with a long, light fruity finish - very british, very pleasant
2001-2002 (5/7/6/4/12) - amber colour, creamy head, deep herbal aroma, dry and bitter, light, long vegetable finish
2000-2001 (5/8/7/4/15) - orange colour, nice head, well-hopped, sweet, well-structured, dry finish with an interesting bitterness
1999-2000 (2.8)
1998-1999 (3.5)


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