Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale
Reviewed by Greg Zeschuk on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- 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 !
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.