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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1692   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Temptation (257) - - FEB 21, 2013
Slight watery aroma, a little bit metallic, to spices over a toffee-like malty basis. Spicy taste, hoppy development with a caramel touch. Carbonated, medium bodied and easy to drink. Good, but not great.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
matzou (63) - SPAIN - DEC 10, 2016
Bit sick so probably not accurate but malty toasty dry not much spice as expected from winter ale. Drinks well. Ok...

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
darbeer75 (636) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Aroma: dry and malty, roasty; Appearance: clear amber pour with white head that lingers; Taste: very malty with a slightly dry finish; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: not great, but palatable. Would probably not get again.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmctaster (81) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Orange color with a white head. Aroma is citrus and hops. Taste is citrus and toffee sweetness. Heavy spice and different from last years recipe

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chris__hartley (423) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (873) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclefrito62 (136) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (367) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alomtnez (365) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4442) - 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.


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