Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale

Reviewed by on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

  • Origin: England

  • Rated On: December 1, 2012

  • Best Before: None Apparent

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and room temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Based in Yorkshire, Samuel Smith was established in 1758, is still independent and creates some very delicious beers. Every Fall, one of the highlights is their Winter Welcome Ale, another Winter Warmer in our ongoing Holiday Seasonal Beer series.

Winter Welcome Ale pours a clear amber ale with a big bubbly head that quickly compresses down to half a finger. It smells like bready malt, gingerbread with a hint of tart fruit in the background.

The first taste displays some earthy hops with some spiciness, and a moderate bready maltiness. In the finish the bitterness is balanced by some light tart fruit, spiciness and caramel malt. Still subtle in the finish it show a moderate body, light carbonation and light alcohol warming.

This is a very tasty, warming, hearty winter beverage. It’s a pleasure to try it every year as it’s consistent and delightful.

Greg Zeschuk

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