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

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664 Ratings

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 72
Gots: 53 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008)
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Reviews by amandebates:
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice foamy off-white head but this dissipated quickly. Somewhat cloudy, brown-copper color. (Although, I didn't follow their suggestion to let it "sit" so that the yeast would settle before the pour)

Smell: Not very much of one until it warmed up a little. Smelled like toffee, and a little caramel, some fruitiness.

Taste: Fantastically balanced. Toffee, caramel, wood, apple, with nice alcohol warmth and hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice effervescence from carbonation, not too sticky, not watery. Medium to full.

Drinkability: Fantastic. Not one I can have too many of just because of the 9% alcohol but I'd recommend it. I'm glad to have tried a English Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:25:18 | More by amandebates
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550ml Bottle from Evil Eye Lounge (York - £6.00 approx.):
Caramel brown with an inch high, foamy head. Retention is excellent with zero movement over the opening minutes before settling a couple of cm high with nice lacing on the sides.

Strong smelling with good malts & toffee plus a nice alcohol edge to it as well. Plenty of ripe & sweet fruits, oak & vanilla featuring. A good smelling beer with a solid balance & the touches of alcohol only improve things, as does the sweetness from the fruits.

Again the sweetness kicks things off with some ripe fruits & vanilla plus the oak from the aroma & I could detect bread & malts with a great balance between flavours. The beer is rounded out with some toffee.

Smooth with an alcohol kick but not much bitterness. Some sweetness is present from the start. The balance of this one was good & despite the strength it was quite an easy one to drink.

Another very good Samuel Smith's beer, strong from the start but it didn't overpower & went down surprisingly easy with a good balance.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), a UK classic. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's mild brown head hikes up fast before descending back down. Impressive lacing and an opaque, medium brown body. Looks daring and inviting all the same :)

Smells like toffee, raisins, perhaps a dash of rum scent. Maybe even a whiff of chocolate. I like this, these characteristics surely are telling me this is what separates the men from the boys across the pond.

A big smack of toffee sweetness is my initial taste, responded by a rum-like alcohol fumeyness. Again, maybe some chocolate tastes here and there along with raisins.

Mouthfeel is an outstanding 4. Not chewy or unpleasant. You do get a bit of alcohol warmth with this brew but its a nice part of the buzz.

Overall an easily-acquired,outstanding 4 for Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) . I felt the "Sting-o" and I loved it! Thanks to my Sheffield-born professor for directing me towards this staple brewing company. I will certainly buy this brew again!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 01:45:47 | More by Caveworm
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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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Live review. Bottle states aged in 2010 and has been at cellar temp for about a year. Unsure of actual bottling date. 550ml poured into matching Sam Smith's tulip pint. Medium-amber body with a thick, frothy, and retentive beige head. Thick but slippery lacing.

Massive toffee and caramel nose; I don't even have to bring the beer to my face to catch a whiff of it. Closer examination reveals vanilla and oak along with a moderate level raisin and implacable generic fruitiness. A touch of grain husks.

Flavor is primarily toffee and caramel. Oak and vanilla are noticable as well. There's a slight "sting" that isn't quite metallic, which as a quick Google search tells me is related to the origin of the "stingo," go figure. It finishes with a bit of dry, toasted malts and just a touch of alcoholic warmness.

Medium bodied and slightly slick mouthfeel. It finishes slightly dry to balance out the malty and alcohol which could otherwise come off as cloying. Low-medium carbonation, about on par with stronger English ales.

If you like English strong ales or barleywines, this will be a treat. It's definitely worth a try and is a very good, if not mind-blowing beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Aroma- Christmas cake and caramelized pears.

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