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


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 Bottle. Poured a medium amber in color with a super small white fizzy head and virtually had no lacing to speak of. The aroma was almost non-existent with a slight hint of bready malts and doughy yeast with just a very slight hint of caramel and some spice. It tasted slightly bitter with a very, very mild hint of spice in the beginning but the flavor faded quickly and left you with no real flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall nothing special definitely not worth having another. Which I find quite surprising coming from this brewer who puts out some of the best tasting beers in the world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3970) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzurro (152) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Glad to see a lot of christmas spirit beer. This one is a bit spicy, worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Almogabar (27) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - MAR 3, 2017
Botella de 550 ml comprada en Lquidos almacn de cervezas (Zaragoza). Color mbar, 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 lpulo pero esta equilibrado, como una buena ale britnica. Frutos secos (almendra tostada?), especias. Cerveza rica, no muy fuerte para ser una Winter Ale, pero se disfruta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (3000) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CRock (235) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenL8 (151) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ludos68 (50) - - JAN 22, 2017
La birra che ho degustato quella del 2016-2017. Colore: ambrato tendente al ramato, trasparente. Schiuma: non molta ma cremosa, non molto persistente. Aroma: biscotto, miele, frutta secca, toffee. Sapore: attacco dolce, si ritrovano le stesse note riscontrate in aroma: biscotto, miele, frutta secca. Finale amaro erbaceo e terroso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (1050) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle as a gift from my son. Pour was amber, off white head. Aroma of fruits, toffee. Taste of mild bitterness, light spice, malt, raisin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaserov (526) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2017
Color dorado, translcido, con capa de espuma blanca de dos dedos de grosor (no mucha retencin). Carbonatacin mnima. Aroma maltoso y ciertamente especial (no s si es el/los tipo de malta utilizada o las algas), tambin frutos secos. Sabor maltoso con mucho carcter, un toque de frutos secos mnimo, y buena dosis de amargor final (no es el amargor de una IPA, evidentemente, pero es un amargor que le viene como anillo al dedo). Cuerpo medio. Me gustara que fuera un poco ms compleja, pero as, tal y como est, es muy sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Echon (495) - rhus, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Amber. Malty and fruity character with a hint of caramel, and a sweetish taste that finishes dry and moderately bitter. Medium body. Overall, a good strong ale. It is clean and tasty, but also rather simple. I was hoping for something richer.

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