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


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RATINGS: 1685   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
moocow9386 (37) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2013
550 mL bottle of 2012-2013 vintage. Pours a clear amber color with a medium beige head with a fair amount of retention and lacing. Aroma is pretty mild and almost non-existent--some spices and hops come through. The beer is pretty sweet upfront; detected some caramel malts and some spicy. The finish has some mild hoppy bitterness--not very watery on the plus size. The beer is refreshing but there’s nothing really exciting about it.

AgentAle (1806) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2017
Aroma is roasted malts, honey, and a touch of citrus. Taste is light sweet malts, toffee and some light herbs. The light earthiness and traditional tasty mineral notes rounds out the profile.

higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Nice beer, A hearty English ale. Sweet and malty with notes of biscuit. Slightly bitter long-lasting aftertaste gives it a nice balance. One of my favorite winter ales July 2017. Really enjoying this beer. This time I am noticing Pepper notes in the very long lasting bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is not offputting it is nicely balanced and refreshing. It kind of reminds me of rogue's dead Guy ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

AleRider78 (1409) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Pours a small amount of foamy head and has a clear, light copper appearance. Aromas of light malts, hops and some spices. Flavours of roasted malts, goldings hops, light spices, a touch of cinnamon and even a little bit of a syrup, like maple but very faint. Fairly bland mouthfeel, not much feeling. Not bad but not much of a winter warming beer. A bit disappointing.

Mister_Li (1527) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2017
Klares Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, süßlich, etwas Karamell, würzig, leicht herb.

goozen (4119) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Bottle 0,5ltr: Clear orange colored brew with an spot-on dry bitter taste with some fruitiness, delightfully British wiith the hints, biscuit, toffee and christmas spices.

azzurro (373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Glad to see a lot of christmas spirit beer. This one is a bit spicy, worth trying.

Almogabar (72) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - MAR 3, 2017
Botella de 550 ml comprada en Líquidos almacén de cervezas (Zaragoza). Color ámbar, dorado, algo turbio. Poca espuma, color beige. Aromas a maltas, caramelo, tostados y una especia fuerte que no logro reconocer. Sabor amargo, se nota el lúpulo pero esta equilibrado, como una buena ale británica. Frutos secos (¿almendra tostada?), especias. Cerveza rica, no muy fuerte para ser una Winter Ale, pero se disfruta.

john44 (3311) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle. Very malty (roasted & biscuity) fruity winter ale. Smooth, full-bodied. Nice hop balance & dry finish. Liked this. Nice beer. (2008)

CRock (262) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2017
Rust in colour with a thick white head. Burnt caramel and sweet bread aroma. The beer is very sweet with a lingering after taste.

BenL8 (245) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Clear dark amber colour, no head. Aroma is sweet and malty, biscuity and full of of toffee. Flavour is very English, malty and nicely bitter. Fuggles and EKG are very noticeable. Very nice!

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