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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 110
Gots: 97 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing. The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over. The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale but is it over hyped? There’s other beers by SS that I’d take over this.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brewed in 2013, stamped SE23?1:
Pours a murky brown when held to light, lightly cloudy medium brown just sitting on table. Head is a reddish tan, and grows to little more than a finger on a moderate to light pour. A thick film of head lasts into the taste.

Nose is light and reminiscent of old ales, cola, root-y earthiness, licorice, hints of dark fruits and spiciness. As the beer warms I get a little spiced cider note on certain sniffs.

Taste is a muted copy of the nose, heavier spicy bite - like a ginger root. The dark fruits are the most muted, but maybe leaning to unsweetened/mildly bland date. The vacuum of the other flavors are filled with a dessert fruit bread/cake notes, as well as woody notes. The spice bite hits early with a little added punch from active carbonation, which actually might be more of the culprit. Despite this, the bready notes give this beer a slightly heavy body. The wood notes creep in past mid taste and grow into the finish with a light drying feel.

Not sure if this might be a little too old. They age it "at least a year" in barrels, so that would be probably 2014 sometime that process is over. I've had one other Stingo that I'd bet wasn't aged as long, but I likely had fresher. The flavors had a bit more pop and I'd like a little bit more of that from this beer - because the profile is enticing.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately one of my favorites, after already-high expectations from the rest of this brewer's lineup.

Slightly cloudy mahogany pour in a tulip, holding a clingy finger of dense foam. The aromas of raisin, prune, and caramel seem a mix of elements from my two favorite styles: dopplebock and belgian quad. Indeed, I already know this is a favorite before tasting, but the flavor only reinforces the sweet, ripe-dark-fruit flavors and clean non-cloying finish. Wish I'd bought more than one. Back to the store...

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky dark ruby color. The head is a quarter inch of off white foam that recedes into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is big and malty. There is ample caramel, cherry, raspberry, licorice, and oak. The taste has nice oak up front..much more so than in the aroma. There is more caramel and some nice toffee too. The fruit that is so present in the aroma is still there in the taste but is much more muted. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an almost watery texture. This is the only real knock I can give this beer. It would be more enjoyable to me if it were a little fuller bodied. Overall, however, this is a fine beer that I wish I hadn't neglected trying for so many years. I can see myself visiting this beer on occasion in the future. Well done, Samuel Smith.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into an oversized tulip glass.

I give this a vigorous pour and a frothy but creamy head emerges. The liquid is sort of a cloudy raisin color with light trickles of carbonation visible. The persistent head is a nice sight. 4.5

Quite the curiosity of a nose as it seems to cross elements of a Belgian quad and a dubbel. Raisin, plum and figs are prominent, but so too is a floral bouquet. Rich caramel shines too. 4

Interesting how the flavor seems to get away from the nose, as it's far less fruity than I was led to expect. Upfront flavors blend raisins and floral hops before giving way to an almost buttery caramel. Grassy notes close things out. 4

Lighter in body than I would have expected and desire, especially given the rich caramel and fruit aromas, plus there's more of a hop presence which again throws me for a loop. Still it has enough thickness and sweetness to linger pleasantly on the tongue and drink like something you'd want post-dinner. 4

First time with this style and I must say it's unique. Seems somewhere between a barleywine, old ale, and Belgian Quad, I guess. Perhaps lacking the body and bold flavors I expect from the greatest of these styles though. Still, as a beer that preceded so many, this deserves some respect for having standout qualities that would please today's consumer in need of aggressive flavors and feels.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that didn't lace but retained admirably. The body is a deep brown with crimson notes and steady carbonation.

Smell: A high toffee malt presence with cherry and plums walking beside it. A somewhat smokey oak note backs it up, with some boozy raisins out in the back of it. Warming tends to bring more of the malt and fruit and quiets the oak and silences the smoke.

Taste: Toffee malt fruity plum, figs and cherry yeast notes that turns to scotch like vanilla and a mild butterscotch note the complements a sweet oak note that turns into more of a smokey note and the mildest touch of earth hops. The one noticeable downside though is that while it does conceal it's content somewhat, there is a alcohol solvent undercurrent to the whole experience.

MouthFeel: The transitioning of this beer is masterful, as it passes from flavour to flavour with great ease. The carbonation however doesn't seem to have lasted as long as I would have liked and it fell flat a bit quick. That said, it leaves a very nice sweet scotchy aftertaste that I must say I am a big fan of.

Drinkability: On the lighter side of medium bodied and surprisingly easy on the system for its strong ABV presence. Very easy to drink and really ideal for drinking anywhere except a hot summer day. Settles down very well.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith proves to me yet again, that they are without a doubt the best English brewery out there, and certainly one of the best breweries in the world period. I mean, the range of these guys is incredible. This beer I had to pickup in Tampa because I haven't found in here in Canada, and I very much lament that fact. If someone in the Brewery reads this, if you can change your Xmas mix pack to this, the Taddy Porter and the Pale Ale, I would be a VERY happy camper. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth beer with a great aroma and nice mouthfeel and oaky taste. Quite sweet and has an aftertaste of christmas pudding.would be great as a winter warmer.very good.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a considerable amount of murkiness. A fingernail of beige is covering the top. I smell a considerable amount of light malt and sweet oak. I taste a blend of heavy lighter malt and sweet oak. The mouth is very dry, warm with alcohol, and slightly chewy.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a chill-hazed reddish copper color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Dark fruits and sweet toffee up front, with some oak and booze-soaked raisins in the back. Esters help the fruitiness pop

T: Follows the nose, but with more depth. Starts off with the dark fruits and sweet toffee, along with some more of the estery and fruity alcohol. Oak makes more of a presence, giving off some tannins as well the woodiness you would expect. Finishes with lingering oaky notes and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A great English strong ale with plenty of depth and great drinkability despite the 8%. Makes for a solid winter drinker or just an anytime sipper. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of dro7
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a good 1/2 in head. Aroma is good, smell of booze, kind of dark fruits. Look is very think and has sediments from the oak casket. Tastes very smooth, yet think but no too heavy. Overall great barrel aged ale. Lighter than stout barrel aged ales. I like this over American barrel aged ales because it is not too strong in taste. 8% ABV.

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Photo of Kris450
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heavy alcohol on the foretaste, but ends in a heavy but incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Has hints of oak, smoke and wood, similar to a scotch. Poured a half inch head, that disapated to a cream rim with no lacing left on the glass. Great beer. Very much enjoyed it.

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Photo of hdtrice
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark amber brown. Small cream coloured head.
Smell: Raisins, boozy, rich.
Taste: Rich (but not too rich) mixture of fruits and oak. Quite sweet, in an understated, dark way.
Feel: Thickish texture, leaves you knowing you've had a mouthful. Lively enough on the tongue - surprisingly so for a rich, fruity ale.
Overall: lovely drop. Doesn't taste like an 8% beer. Fruits and wood and booze all work together. A good'n for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is dark grains, oak and a little candy.
The taste is earthy, dirt, and dark fruits. Mild sweetness.
The texture is medium.

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everything I love about Sam Smith's Winter Welcome, but more so. It has a sort of burnished, round, nutty quality that ties right in to the perfect mouthfeel that clings to every part of your palate. Enough coppery notes from what must have once been fuggles and goldings and some tannins from the oak give the beer structure and keep it from dissolving into a mushy mess.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice English strong ale, very malt driven, lots of treacle toffee caramel. Muted aromas, stronger on taste. Slightly watery for ABV. Very smooth overall. No real booze noted.
Most enjoyable, but xxx-y price wise against similar ales.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

VIntage 2014

This beer is a spitting image of Block 15 Figgy Pudding. It is also a spitting image of real figgy pudding. Definately a rich english ale that is similiar to a blend of old ale and an english barleywine. Nice finesse with barrel aging this beer too. Not boozey at all.

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Photo of Givemebeer
2.49/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Was very excited to pop this open amongst friends. However the bottle that was dated 2013 was most definitely infected. Horribly sour finish. I know its not fair to judge on one bad bottle - it happens. I will revisit and update my review at some time.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy brown with a large head.
Nose shows honey, cardboard, prunes, sultanas.
Sweet and rich flavours, vanilla oak, malt, sultanas, caramel. Dries out in the finish creating a slightly abrasive contrast to the initial flavours.

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Photo of BWood
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Great look, taste, and feel. Good head that dissolves to a low but laces the glass. First time having this beer and I will definitely keep one in my beer fridge from here on out.

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Photo of SudReyCzar
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional On All Levels. Glad I Was Able To Experience This. Balanced, Tasteful And Smooth! Find One, You Won't Be Disappointed. I Highly Recommend Everything From This Masterful Companies Offerings. Will Not Disappoint! At Least Not Me or My Taste Buds. A1+

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Photo of arizcards
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 550 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late November for $11.99. Bottled in 2013 - abv is 9.0.

Beer poured a reddish-brown with a very nice head upon the initial pour.

Nose is bready and sweet with some hints of barrel.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the sweet malts and hops. Definitely catching cherry as the dominant flavor along with bread and a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer that I am glad I had the opportunity to try. I am on the fence as to if I would pay $12 again for this. It is a very good brew but does not command a world class price.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt notes with subtle toffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with light toffee notes with a hint of residual sugar notes. Malt notes are really well balanced and showed clear cereal notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good example of a style that should be brewed more often.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

January 9, 2015

550 ml bottle, English dimpled pint

A – Brown, malty, and thick, very hazy to nearly opaque, definitely unfiltered. Looks like fresh-pressed apple cider. Almost no head save a few tiny bubbles on top, with near-zero retention.

S – A bombshell of molasses, figs, caramel, rum cake, and butterscotch pudding. Vanilla and apples are also in the mix, along with golden raisins. Some fresh baked brown bread sprinkled with brown sugar. No notable hop aroma. Very similar to an English barleywine; very inviting.

T – Nearly identical to the aroma profile, with some additional caramel and butterscotch. No discernible hop flavor.

M – Almost no carbonation at all, though not necessarily thin, partially due to it being unfiltered. Juicy with no sense of dryness at any point. Perhaps some light bitterness in the finish, but mostly sweet throughout.

O – As noted earlier, there’s a lot of similarities to English barleywine, but lacks the warmth (additional alcohol) and fuller body, as well as some carbonation, of those brews. Very complex and interesting though.

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Photo of 71ADub
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 2011 18.7 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass. Mine was 9.0%

A-reddish brown, see through, tan head with tight, fine bubbles. Head sticks to side of glass, beautiful lacing. Foams stays around a while.

S-warmth, followed by toffee, fruitcake, vineous. Slightly metallic in the background.

T-alcholoic warmth, immediately dashed away by toffee, bread, and raisins. Finishes with a slightly metallic tang.

F-surprisingly light body. med. low carbonation. Smooth as Kobe Bryant after skanking on his wife (read: like a big diamond!).

O-One of the best big beers I have ever had. The alcohol is nicely balanced with the other traits. Ridiculuously smooth for such a big beer. Good luck trying to recreate a clone, as you need open air stone vats and centuries old oak barrels.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, poured to leave sediment behind.
L: More red and lighter than I expected. Clarity is pleasing and a halo of head continues to adorn the surface as I drink
S: Oak, fruit, and simply sweet.
T: Very surprising, but I suppose I'm acclimated to American strong ales. Taste is strongly malt, oak, stone fruit, and a bit of funkiness. The sweetness in the smell is not present in the taste. Aroma hops are non existent, but it's pleasantly bitter. A nice, light site dunno rounds out the profile.
MF: Extremely pleasant. Gentle, but present carbonation, followed by a strong funk as the drink plays to the sides of my tongue. Finish is quite complex, changing from oak, to bitter, to dry, to sour lingering for a long time on the palette.
O: Great beer, albeit quite different from my expectations. Would buy again.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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