Friday, November 16, 2012

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

Winter is upon us and we’re starting to see new seasonal beer hitting the shelves, like Christmas ales, winter warmers, and winter stouts/porters. This is Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale, 6.0% ABV. This ale is only released around Thanksgiving and is available until around new years, in either for packs or 550ml single bottles. The picture you see in the middle of this Samuel Smith bottle changes each and every year. Winter Welcome Ale pours a brilliant copper color with a two-finger white almost beige head that dissipates kind of quickly.  Found that there is a good amount of light coming though with not a lot of carbonation to this, but there is a tiny amount. The aroma on this Samuel Smith’s is malted caramel sweet and has a little bit of a breaded scent with a slight boozy scent like a whiskey almost. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt with a nice boozy and breaded taste. The mouth feel is full and rich and really coats your mouth. This does finish nice with a little alcohol warming feeling on the way down. The after taste is a sweet caramel malted taste that slowly lingers in your mouth then fades nicely. Like the rest of Samuel smith beers I am giving this A+ for how well crafted this beer is. Just a nice well balanced winter beer. Samuel Smith’s always brews great beer. They’re work is awesome all around.  I really highly recommend that you try this now, as well as the rest of the beers in their line up. Very tasty very well done. A great way to spend the winter with a great winter ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

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