Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

Yorkshire, England's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith's, was founded in 1758 and the original well is still in use today. They use very interesting fermentation vessels called 'stone Yorkshire-squares' that are 100% solid slabs of slate and they boast of using the same yeast strain from the nineteenth century. Quite a storied operation, to say the least. Let's see how they've done with this special seasonal.

Behind door #7: Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale, 6% alc., 12 oz. bottle

C: Bright copper with a foamy white head

N:  Instantly reminiscent of Newcastle Brown Ale but not as cloyingly sweet -- Malty/Beery opening with clover honey and red berries

P: Sweet with rich malt textures and just hints of spice around the edges

F: Good length with lasting malty sweetness and a general warmth

In conclusion: A really cracking winter ale. Neither too spicy nor sweet nor alcoholic. An easy drinking holiday release that really would be tasty next to a roaring fire (sadly absent given our 75F Xmas eve).