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

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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Ratings: 663
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 jlindros:
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to oversized snifter.

A: Dark pale brown color with slight reddish hue, pretty clear, huuuge head about 4 fingers that slowly dissipates

N: Medium malt nose, very reminiscent of red ale or Oktoberfest style, a slight sweet brown sugar, slight alcohol, and touch of British hops, a very slight musty toasted malts too, a touch of toffee and dark fruits, but all are pretty subtle and mix to an interestingly light nose

T: Taste starts with a very strange tangy but sweet fruity taste, like plums but not raisin, some dark rich malts, lots of oak and strong warming alcohol, a rich old ale taste that is almost the staple for an "old ale" that dominates, slight yeast taste, some toasty taste finds its way through with a touch of woody esthers, more burnt brown sugar and sweet but soft dark fruits, a slightly juicy center stands out as well, a slight earthy bitter taste starts to come through towards the end

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation, and a slight alcohol burn, but slightly molasses thick and soft on the tongue

F: Finishes pretty sweet and bitter, some British hops seem to come out on the end slightly, more dark fruits and earthy flavors, the bitterness seems to linger for quite a while as the sweet malts and fruit dry off the tongue leaving an earthy bitterness

Final thoughts: This is a really interesting beer, the nose is a little light, but the taste starts very curiously with tangy but sweet and rich fruits as well as deep malts, it's almost like the staple beer for a British old ale, some nice sugary tastes as well as some slight oak and other rich flavors, and follows with a slight bitterness. It's very complex and tasty, but perhaps just a touch too sweet on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:41:26 | More by jlindros
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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