Winter Welcome Ale (Samuel Smith’s)
Purchased at Corti Brothers and poured into tulip glasses
Like all of Samuel Smith’s beers, Winter Welcome was fermented in their trademark stone Yorkshire squares, and the resultant brew has that mossy, distinctly British character. It pours a golden orange with a tight, white head, looking very summery for what is described on the bottle as a “contemplative” winter ale. The sweet, apple-syrup aroma and unpleasantly heavy malt flavor, however, are more in line with what is expected from a prototypical English winter brew. It’s just apples, some pears, and lots of syrupy malt on the nose and palette giving way to mild bitterness and a fairly gross tongue-coating sensation.