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Beer Review #136 Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager Beer

I haven’t reviewed a lager on this is in a long time, like over 3 months long time. Today’s beer review obviously comes from Samuel Smith. The official name of Samuel Smith is Samuel Smith Old Brewery, but I like to just keep it short. Kind of like how we don’t call Sam Adams Boston Beer, we call it Sam Adams or even Sam. I actually really enjoy a quality lager and when I saw this Samuel Smith brew in their unmistakable bottles, I knew that I had to get it.

This lager pours a nice blond color, almost resembling a cheap Light American Lager. It is perfectly clear and has a thin white head. The nose is somewhat underwhelming. There is some sweetness, but not much to separate it from the style of beer previously mentioned. I have to admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this one after the first few sniffs.

Luckily the nose of the beer doesn’t portray everything that a beer is. There is some upfront honey-like sweetness that was light, but well placed. A nice biscuity finish comes in to really add some complexity to the flavor profile. The hops, which could not be found on the nose, were really nice. They were some type of noble hop variety but I couldn’t put my finger on which one.

This is one of those beers that proves that first impressions are not always correct. While it isn’t a crazy or exciting beer, it is solid in every respect. I will stand by my saying that Samuel Smith does not make a bad beer, although I’m scared to try their fruit beers. I really think this is one of those beers that is great for someone new to craft beer. It offers more than a “normal” beer but not too much. (more…)

Beer Review #45 Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

While I am stuck in Texas my family back home is getting hit with another snow storm, not as bad as last week’s storm though. This one is only going to be dropping a foot and a half on them. When I think of winter or snow, there is only one drink that will help balance out all of that white. That drink is a stout. Nice, dark, rich, creamy, silky, and roasty are all words that come to mind when I think of a stout.

I recently had the pleasure of have a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout again. I first had it a year or so ago and loved it. I finally got the chance to have it again and I did not pass up on the opportunity. It pours a deep black with a brownish/tan head. It is actually clear if you tilt the glass a bit to get a thin cross section of the beer. On the nose there are a lot of roasty aromas. It has a slightly bitter/sour smell like that of unsweetened coco.

The first sip is fully of roasty flavors. It is super malty and has a sweetness, mostly do to the oatmeal grain that it is brewed with. I got a lot of bakers chocolate in there as well along with hints of campfire. That might sound odd, but it is wonderful. The mouthfeel is silky but also thick. It goes down very easy.

Overall I think this is a great stout. It is very drinkable and I could easily put away a few of these things. Some might find it filling, but I don’t have a problem with it. When I think of an oatmeal stout, Samuel Smith’s is what a reference everything to. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a solid stout. (more…)

Beer Review #41 Winter Welcome Ale

I have a few more winter seasonal beers to get though but today’s review comes all the way from Yorkshire, England. It is Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale. I’ve had a few other Samuel Smith beers before and I have liked every single one. I think their Oatmeal Stout should be the standard of the style because it is just so perfect. Samuel Smith’s is also Yorkshire’s oldest brewery and dates back to 1758.

The beer pours a nice amber, copper color with a large fluffy head that quickly fades to a thin lace. It is perfectly clear and looks more the part of a winter beer than my last review did. The nose on the beer is full of a lot of fruity esters. In particular grape and dried fruit comes to mind. There is a bit of malt sweetness in there, but the fruit is the most prevalent smell. I didn’t get much in the way of hops on the nose though.

On the first sip, it tasted like an English pub ale with more than normal fruity esters. The fruit really comes through on the back-end of the beer. There was very limited malt flavor throughout the drink. There was also a bit of the hop bite on the end but it also finishes very crisp. The beer is extremely dry, perhaps one of the most dry beers that I have ever had. And the aftertaste is mostly biscuit and toasty flavors. It is an amazingly complex beer that really allows you to sample each layer.

This beer would be excellent for anyone who loves English ales. It isn’t hoppy at all and is packed with flavor. The flavors are not overwhelming, they are layered and a bit hidden. The more you drink it, the more things you find to taste. This ale comes in at 6% ABV. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you like complex beers or English ales, this one is for you. (more…)