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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Tadcaster LS24 9SB
Telephone: +44 (0) 1937 839201
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Notes

Opened: 1758

U.S. Importer: Merchant du Vin

Contributor: Mario Kornmesser

Why do people rave about these beers? At least the recent samples have been better than the earlier ones.

Updated: May 29, 2020

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Beer List

  • Awards:

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    • Date: September 20, 2008 (#7356)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hy-Vee Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs IA
      Score: 16½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Golden. Slight haze. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Sweet, fruity, grassy.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, smooth. Huge biscuity malt flavor. Mild grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Biscuit character lasts a long time.
      Overall Impression (2½)

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    7.00% abv.
    • Date: January 5, 2008 (#6794)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Jet black. Moderate dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Burnt. Sweet roasted-scorched malt. Chocolate. Some solvent.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Big body, smooth. Huge chocolatey maltiness. Fairly bitter and intensely roasty. Some solvent. Huge grassy hop flavor gets even huger at the end.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: March 20, 2001 (#3848)
      Package: bottled
      Place: BJCP Training Course, De Pere WI
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Black, moderate head. Licorice aroma, ethyl acetate odor. Medium-big body, bitter and black, lots of acetate (nail-polish). Very warming - fusels? Oxidized - cardboard.

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    English-Style Dark Mild Ale
    5.00% abv.
    • Date: May 10, 2008 (#7003)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright copper color. Thick head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Grassy hops, and...cookie dough?
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, smooth. Lots of sweet caramel malt and lots of grassy, resiny hop flavor. Moderate bitterness fades in the finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: February 13, 1998 (#2394)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Shipley's Alehouse, Manoa HI
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden, low carbonation, thick white head. Sweet aroma, maybe herbal if you try really hard. (Although my first impression was "ketchup".) Good body. Very one-dimensional oily bitterness. Not as bad as some of the other Smith's beers, but only barely drinkable.

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    English-Style Brown Ale
    5.00% abv.
    • Date: January 11, 2008 (#6810)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 15 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright red-brown. Huge creamy head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Enormous distinctive grassy English hops.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium creamy body. Intense grassy hop flavor up front. Biscuity sweet malt, toasty. Fairly bitter — finishes grassy and resiny and just a bit warming.
      Overall Impression (1½)
    • Date: February 27, 2001 (#3777)
      Package: bottled
      Place: BJCP Training Course, De Pere WI
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-brown, good head. Fairly smoky aroma. Medium-light body, big skunkiness, mildly roasty.
    • Date: March 18, 1996 (#1334)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Moloka`i Wines and Spirits Unlimited, Kaunakakai HI
      Score: 9 points
      Overall Impression (2)
      Dark copper opaque, good head. Very sharp odor, much worse than Pale Ale (17-1333). Smells like grass clippings fermenting in the sun. OK brown flavors, reasonably nasty hops. Sticky.

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    Oatmeal Stout
    5.00% abv.
    Awards:

  • Samuel Smith's Organic Cherry
    Garden (Fruit) Beer
    5.10% abv.

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    Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
    Chocolate/Cocoa Flavored Beer
    5.00% abv.

  • Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry
    Garden (Fruit) Beer
    5.10% abv.

  • Samuel Smith's Pale Ale
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    5.00% abv.

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    Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager
    International-Style Lager
    5.00% abv.

  • Sovereign Best Bitter
    (Special) Best Bitter
    Awards:

  • Strong Golden Barley Wine
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Taddy Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Winter Welcome 1995-1996
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Winter Welcome 1996-1997
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

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    Winter Welcome 2007-2008
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    6.00% abv.

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    Winter Welcome 2008-2009
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    6.00% abv.

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    Winter Welcome 2009-2010
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    6.00% abv.

  • Winter Welcome 2010-2011
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    6.00% abv.

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    Yorkshire Stingo
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    8.00% abv.