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%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is toasty malts, caramel, and grains. The taste is sweet and malty with some earthy grains and maybe just a bit of hops.

17Beer (425) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with a big off-white head. Lots of lacing. Smells of malt and biscuits. Tastes are sweet balanced by a sour finish. Oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

Maersk (351) - MOLDOVA - DEC 7, 2017
Dark amber, fluffy medium head, clear. Dark fruit, caramel, a hint of metal in aroma. Easy drinking, bitter. Seems like esb.

dlovell2 (2357) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2017
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is caramel malt with bready yeast. Flavor is bready, caramel malt with some fruit and peppery yeast. Earthy hop finish.

Scipio (1236) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2017
Pours a clear red with a full, foamy white head. The aroma has quite a bit going on. Here we get toffee, toasted malt, cherry, spice, fig, herbal hops, bread, and cinnamon. Its fairly balanced, though the toffee is a notch stronger than the other impressions. Its both lightly bitter and sweet. I find an herbal base to this one. Toffee and toasted malt are found on top, while cereal, cinnamon, cherry, and molasses are found underneath. Short herbal finish. Medium in body and smooth in texture. Nothing here to offend anyone and I'd say that its solid enough.

Cimbasso (1024) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2017
Sampled on draught at the Windsor Castle (ex-Cardinal) next to Westminster Cathedral. A copper coloured beer, with a faint head. Very malty with of toffee and fig flavours. Good hoppy bitterness. A nice Englsih Strong Ale. Highly drinkable.

drshuteye (7) - - NOV 26, 2017 does not count
Just ok. A little malty but too bitter for a malty beer. Not a strong taste. Not very complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ricke49 (92) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2017
English as all get out. If you don’t “crave” English ales, maybe stay away. Caramel malts with a fig fruitiness....delightfully subtle dankness, reminiscent of the pleasant aspects of aged tobacco smoke. Not an everyday drink - but a great way to immerse oneself in the British holiday spirit.

tombyars (1776) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2017
500ml bottle, courtesy of Chris - cheers! Sampled on the 18th November 2017. Poured into a chalice glass, Clear pale copper in colour with a thin white head. Malty aroma with a slight note of boiled egg. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts gives a light maltloaf base with raisin fruit and figs, closely followed by Christmas spices of nutmeg, and cinnamon. Dry black pepper note in the hop resins adds another dimension to the earthy bitter aftertaste which lasts well in the mouth. Finish is malty with oak cask and nutmeg notes still evident on the palate. Would have this filed under Spice/Herb Ale rather than the English Strong Ale category.

bpreo (2981) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Sampled at the 2017 McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival. Nice to sample something from across the pond for once.

dflb (53) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2017 Acquired at Trader Joe’s, Winter Welcome Ale is an English Pale Ale concocted by Samuel Smith Old Brewery. The scent of caramel, toffee, and figs are smelled as you take a drink. Sweet malt casts a sweet take along with the ingredients of the beer. Fuggle and Golding hops offer an earthiness to the feel. An alcohol content of 6.0% is susceptible and offers a fair warming to the beverage. The flavor of caramel is sensed from start to finish. Toffee creates volume to the caramel sensation and feel, and blends well with the malt. Figs is experienced along with the caramel and malt body, but is easily depicted in the watery finish. Peaches create a fruity texture and offer a light bitter tang to the beer. Winter Welcome Ale is a seasonal, English Pale Ale. Caramel is dominate. Toffee enriches the sweet and malty character. Figs provide a pleasing tone throughout the beer. Peaches is a nice change of pace and accent to the experience and mouthfeel. Winter Welcome Ale is a tasteful, toned down warmer seasonal beer. Only wish winter beer is year round. Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer. For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.”

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