Beer: Winter Welcome Ale
Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Style: Winter Warmer
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear amber body with a tiny white head.
Smell: This smells like a less sweet Martinelli’s Sparking Apple Cider. Apple juice and cinnamon are the dominant aromas.
Flavor: Its look and smell are quite deceiving. There is a strong, burnt malt flavor that defines the character of the beer, with hints of caramel, toffee, and apple.
Feel: Thin body with high carbonation, making for an exceptionally easy-to-drink beer.
Concluding Remark: In honor of the first day of winter and the alleged end of the world (are you sick of these references yet?), we present to you Samuel Smith’s WELCOME WINTER Ale. Welcome Winter is a Winter Warmer, which is an English-style malty brew produced during the winter months. Authentic English Winter Warmers (this is an example) do not add spices. If you find yourself drinking a spicy beer this December, chances are it is NOT a Winter Warmer, even if it states otherwise (examples soon to follow).
Sam Smith welcomes you to “contemplate its complexities by an open fire.” Hmm…honestly, that would be a waste of your time. The contemplating complexities part, not the open fire. While a completely pleasant and drinkable brew, the Welcome Winter Ale isn’t what I would call complex. It’s a solid welcome mat to the Holiday Ale mansion. I neither urge nor warn you to try this beer. It’s good! Do it! Or try something better, either of the elven variety or one of Sam Smith’s more distinguished ales.