Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale

2007-2008 Vintage (upddated review 02/08)
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Thanks to Penney for this gift. 500 mL bottle. Biscuit malts still there behind the great copper colored pour. Very tasty. Aroma is VERY delicious. Sweet and actually slightly alcoholic – nice AND surprising!
2006-2007 Vintage
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Same, clear glass, 500 mL bottle. Just as magnificent as ever with the great copper colored pour and the lingering biscuit sweet malts. this years offering has little bit more of a bitter bite I think.
A re-visit thanks to SilentSabre, this time a 2005-2006 vintage. The smaller 355 mL bottle as part of the 4 pack. The light, warm buttery biscuit malts are even bigger than I ever remember and the sweetness and the smoothess are even bigger and better than before. Delicious.
2003-2004 Vintage (original review 02/04)
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Nice example of a typical English bitter product. Sam Smith’s is one of my least favorite English brewers but they have produced a really nice beer in the Winter Welcome Ale. This beer has a certain cleanliness and clarity about it. A beautiful amber pour with a really refreshing taste dominated by a hoppy start, fading to a more mild malty overtone, going back to a bitter finish. I thought this was quite complex in taste and enjoyed the different experiences I got as I got down through the bottle.
Nice lingering head with lacing too.
The English bitter flavor was complimented in an unusual way by the lightness of his beer. Normally I prefer the heavier, darker bitters and the Belgians, but this proved to be refreshing and light without losing the taste and becoming watery. Well done.

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02/24/2004
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.00 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.43
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