Sunday, January 21, 2018

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


bottling code: SG13Q1

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 17A British Strong Ale

AROMA: Sweet nose of confectionery notes and classic British yeast esters. Faint earhty/floral hops. Alcohol presence is barely noticeable with a slight rum-like character. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful dark copper hue (13-17 SRM), though body is a little cloudy. Moderate off-white foam retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Begins with fairly sweet confectionery notes of caramel, toffee and perhaps treacle. There is also a general fruity presence from the British yeast (though no one fruit stands out). Hops are a bit subtle with a brief bitterness at the apex and earthy/floral flavor. Aftertaste is malty, but not cloying or sticky. No alcohol flavor. Clean fermentation. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body and medium-low carbonation. Texture is quite smooth; drinkability rather easy at only 6% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though not as bombastic as some BSAs, this still exemplifies the style well and is easy and fun to drink. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/01/samuel-smiths-winter-welcome-ale-chad.html

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