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


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RATINGS: 1701   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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b7j0c's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b7j0c (10) - USA - NOV 7, 2005
I enjoyed this. As another poster noted, nothing special, just a proper English pour. A nice change from other holiday offerings. Crisp and lightly bitter.

GTAEgeek (2497) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2018
Bottle, shared by Joe. Pours a clear, amber color, with a small, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is spruce, cloves, butter toffee, light rye, and green wood. Oddly bitter, with a nice, malty sweetness. Medium to heavy body, with a sticky, clinging mouthfeel. This is a mediocre, abrasive beer.

hohops (1157) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2017
2017-18 edition. Appearance- clear amber, with a 2-3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma- toffee, raisin, malty bread, fruity hop undertones. Taste- fruity hops, caramel biscuit, toasty raisin hints, malts. Sweet caramel finish.

victorsampson96 (169) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2017
6% English Strong Ale - 550 ml bottle - Samuel Smith (North Yorkshire, United Kingdom). Pours a clear, dark-amber beer, with steady and coarse carbonation, and a frothy off-white head. The aroma is dark, sweet, woody and rich: caramel, blackcurrant, strawberry, orange zest, spiced raisins, iron, and oak. Simple, pleasant, smooth, and easy-drinking. (7/10)

Beerandhockey8 (441) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - DEC 23, 2017
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is an amber color, thick white head. Nose is biscuit, malty, caramel, doughy. Taste is medium bodied, sweet. Finishes crisp and long on the mouth.

willisread (3800) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2017
Bottle from Old Town. Pours a clear amber with a full eggshell colored head that lingers. Biscuity malt, light toffee aromas dominate, with some faint grassy notes as it warms. More toffee on the palate, with some light raisin and fig notes. Balanced with a nice sweetness from the malt and peppery hops.

kaserov (1100) - Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2017
Color dorado, tirando a ámbar, translúcido, con capa de espuma blanca de tres dedos de grosor y buena retención. Carbonatación alta visualmente. Textura acuosa y algo chispeante. Aroma a toffee, malta caramelizada, lúpulo herbal y floral, fruto seco difuso e indefinido, galleta y ligeros toques metálicos. En boca hay malta caramelizada, toques herbales y florales, fruto seco, galleta y grano. Entrada casi dulce y final de ligero amargor. Buen balance entre dulzor, acidez y amargor. Más compleja de lo que parece a primera vista. Tiene ciertas cualidades en aroma y en boca que no soy capaz de describir. Sigo sin entender la diferencia entre una English Strong Ale y un ESB.

thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
I like what this reviewer had to say: "This winter warmer from Sam Smith is a refreshing change from the usual sipping winter beers. It is a balanced beer with biscuit and malty caramel tastes melded with earthy Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops. At 6% ABV, it is a very approachable English style winter warmer. I found I could not get enough of this wonderful beer, so I have brewed a few clones over the years, and have one in the carboy right now."

17Beer (447) - 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 (357) - 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 (2379) - 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.

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