Samuel Smith's "Winter Welcome"
The Yorkshire ales of Samuel Smith are legendary, combining reverence for tradition with an uncommon dedication to quality. This beer is brewed in the Winter Warmer style; smooth, malty brews that are a touch stronger, plumper, less bitter and more caramel-scented than the typical British pale ale. "Winter Welcome" is a tawny gold, topped with a froth as white and fluffy as Santa's beard. It delivers just enough richness to soothe the wind-chapped senses, yet doesn't push intensity so far as to limit the beer's drinkability by the pint. Solidly malty, "Winter Welcome" is very dry with a hearty, multi-grain toast quality. Complex earthy aromas worthy of artisanal cheese add depth, while mineral sharpness and herbal hop twang scour the palate clean. This winter beer is a study in restraint, an impeccably balanced brew with class that needn't shout to make its message heard.