It really is about time that I finally review a proper English ale, and on that note I cannot think of many other English breweries (whose ales are occasionally available in BC) who deserve that honour more than Samuel Smith’s!
Certainly in my experience none of their ales are disappointing; their IPA is incredibly superb, and the Winter Welcome is probably my favourite winter seasonal beer out there. The Winter Welcome comes with a different label every year, and unlike most winter seasonal’s that tend to be heavy, dark, and sweet, this one is light, malty, and hoppy. It is like a part of a meal, rather than a dessert.
Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome 2013/2014
Cellared for one year. Enjoyed with family and friends in early January 2015.
Appearance: a nice copper colour.
Nose: a perfect balance of floral hops and chewy malt.
Palate: continuing to be balanced with caramel and cereals.
Finish: malty undertones with hops in the forefront, a lingering freshness.
Overall: A superbly balanced beer, smooth, delicious.
Rating: 5/5 Fucking Excellent