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Happy Winter Solstice everyone!  When looking through the haul of beers I grabbed for this review series, which in all honesty was mostly compiled in one grab through the singles section at one of my local stores, it seemed like this one had a particular day I should drink it on.

Beer Name: Winter Welcome Ale

Brewery: Samuel Smith’s Brewery (Tadcaster, United Kingdom)

Style: Winter Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Description: A seasonal beer brewed with a variety of malts and hopped with Fuggle and Golding.

Appearance: Reddish light brown body with a lacing of white bubbles across the top.

Smell: Faint hints of toasted malt and sweetness.

Taste: A mix of caramel and lightly toasted malt upfront.  A light, earthy/spicy bitterness came on about midway and mingled with more toasted malt for the ending.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with moderate carbonation.

Hype: None really, but I have had some quietly delicious stouts from this brewery.

Overall: Not bad a brew, but somewhat underwhelming. I personally would have welcomed in winter with something a bit more robust, but it was the luck, or not, of the draw that put this in my glass.  Decent malty ale, but ultimately nothing to write home about.