It is December 20th and therefore 5 days until Christmas! Did you ever notice that when you are little there seems to be twelve months between December 1st and 20th and when you are old there seems to be 12 hours between December 1st and 20th? But I digress so let’s open door twenty and find our daily beer…
Hark! It’s Winter Welcome from Samuel Smith’s Brewery.
Winter Welcome pours a very clear amber gold colour with tons of cream coloured head on the initial pour; the head dies off to some lacing a little head. It is yeasty and a bit malty on the nose. First couple of sips are light bodied, malty and a bit funky from the yeast taste. As you drink the hops come into play making this a nicely balanced ale. Very clean tasting with not much happening on the finish perhaps a slight bitter taste. The character of this beer changes as it warms at times letting different flavours (malt or hops)come to to the forefront. At 6% Winter Welcome is a nice counter point to some of the bigger holiday brews out there but for me this one was a little to thin for a Christmas offering.
I am giving Winter Welcome sis candy canes.