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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chris__hartley (442) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2016
It pours copper with ruby highlights; the head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: raisins, clove, toast, and molasses. The taste is lightly sweet, that finishes lightly bitter. The palate has a medium-light body, with light carbonation; the finish is short. Overall, it was cheap - that is all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (922) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle. Nose is malty, fruity, hint of spice very appealing. Taste is sweet malts, fruit, red berry, caramel, light hops in the short finish. Very faint ash, in the body with a touch of spice. Its a decent beer but not one Id rush to get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Big bottle from World Market - Washington DC. Dark amber body with thin head. Nose is malty, caramel, spices. Taste is malts, caramel, spices, dark fruits. Very prickly texture. Warming and plummy finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclefrito62 (236) - Stow, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2016
550 ml. bottle Aroma:Smells European,not strong. Appearance:Dark amber. Taste:No ingredient stands out in flavor. Palate:Nice smooth beer. No after taste. Overall:Has thicker head. Above average winter ale. Very drinkable. Not overly European tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (403) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Pour is a dark blonde almost amber in coloring. Smell is burnt caramel, butter, bread and sweet chocolate. Taste follows, medium coffee and sweet caramel. nice long brown ale after taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alomtnez (380) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
Clear light brown colour. Sweet malty and slightly spicy aroma. Net and simple acid and bitter taste. Slightly tart acid finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4749) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2016
From 2012 notes. Amber with a bone colored head. Lightly spiced malt. Vague spicing. Similar flavor. At least this is not an over-spiced winter seasonal. A bit disappointing given the typical quality of this famous brewery. Certainly not bad or flawed, but not bold, rich or complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (539) - - MAY 6, 2016
Honey, hoppy, toffee, amber with a creamy white head, medium body, law carbonation, a bit watery, honey, toffee, grass, quietly bitter...not so warming but for me its good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (1611) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pretty rustic orange pour w/ a white head & nice lacing. The aroma is quite bland w/ some somewhat sweet malts coming through. The taste is clean & crisp but almost too much. Theres nothing interesting going on here but it is well balanced & easy to drink. Overall, simply boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1525) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 11, 2016
2015-16 version. Beautiful, glassy dark orange color. One finger of head. Sugary molasses/toffee malts in the nose. There is a lovely rosehip aroma at the second sniff, with some tart cherry too. Much more complex than I expected from a Sam Smith. That tartness hits the upper register of the nostril. Some toasted nuts. I really love the scent of this one. Flavor is candi sugars, sour cherry. There is a definite saccharine component to the taste that doesnt seem to be in the aroma. There is a tad of black licorice in the finish. Its all perfectly pleasant. Feel is ashy and creamy.

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