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Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout and Old Brewery Pale Ale are available in a three-pack with pint glass at select LCBO outlets.

I’m a day late, but who isn’t these days. (That’s my gruff apology for the day.)

OK, I’m sorry.

So your LCBO Beers Of The World/ Winter Warmers mini-guide is in today and again next Thursday.

Unfortunately, the flu prevents me from giving you my take on the three 550-ml bottled ales in the Samuel Smith Selection Box, so I have turned to ratebeer.com, a terrific website for beer enthusiasts, to help me out with their ratings and descriptions. This Yorkshire, England brewery — established in 1758 — has created a beautifully decorated gift box with a pint. I hope — sniff, sob, snort — you enjoy the $13.95 pubber prize.



Oatmeal Stout

Price $3.75 (550-ml bottle)

(3.96/5, 1,292 votes)

**** (out of 5)

The only of the three available in individual bottles at LCBO stores. "Almost opaque, with an unusually silky texture; complex, medium-dry velvet palate."

Nut Brown Ale

(3.52/5, 782 votes)

*** 1/2

Walnut-like colour, hazelnut flavour, aromatic hops.

Old Brewery Pale Ale

(3.38/5, 497 votes)

*** 1/2

Fresh hops and maltiness.

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