Posts Tagged With: Samuel Smith

Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale

Beer: Winter Welcome Ale
 Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Style: Winter Warmer
ABV: 6.0%


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.

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Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale

Beer: Nut Brown Ale
Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 5.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Clear, dark copper body with a dense beige head.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, and walnuts with a slightly metallic tang.

Flavor: While the smell was pretty straightforward, the complexity of this beer is astounding. It’s both bitter and sweet, with prominent flavors of pumpernickel bread, toffee, walnuts, hazelnut, and bitter hops.

Feel: Thin body with high carbonation. There’s a little heat from the alcohol.

Concluding Remark: As we venture into our first encounter with a proper English Brown Ale (the Northern variety, to be specific), all I can say is that I am pleasantly surprised. As you may recall from our little history on the Brown Ale, Northern Ales are characteristically dry and malty. You may also remember that many Northern Brown Ales are also referred to as “Nut Brown Ales”–a name given for color of the beer, not for a related olfactory or gustatory sensation. Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale is the classic Northern Brown Ale. It oozes malty goodness, but manages not to become dull or cloyingly sweet, as many exceedingly malty beers tend to be. You could easily knock many, many of these back in one evening. Way to go, Sam. I do believe that this Nut Brown has made me a Brown Ale convert.

While we don’t give out many 5 pint ratings, this is truly the best of the style. Thus, 5.

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Samuel Smith Taddy Porter


Beer:  Taddy Porter
Brewery: Samuel Smith
Style: English Porter
ABV: 5.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: The Old Bay Restaurant, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa



Sight: Very dark brown body with a thin, pale tan head. Large carbonation bubbles gathered in the center.

Scent: Strong caramel and toffee aroma, with crisp coffee undertones.

Flavor: Initially, the intense toffee and caramel come through, but the aftertaste is like drinking roasted seltzer, if that was a thing.

Feel: Medium creamy body, moderate carbonation.

This Sam Smith “Famous” Porter has a fascinating background: the brewing water is drawn from a well sunk over 200 years ago, and it’s fermented using the Yorkshire Square system (Samuel Smith being the last independent brewery in England to utilize this classic system of fermentation in stone squares).  However, the result isn’t as remarkable: the Taddy is your classic Porter with flavors of roasted coffee and toffee/caramel.  Not too heavy, and just a tad(dy) bit sweet.

Fun fact: All Samuel Smith beers are vegan and registered with the Vegan Society.  Woot!

Concluding remarks: Better Porters have been had, but we can see it being the Yuengling or Sam Adams go-to equivalent when having a pint in England.

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