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

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 97
Gots: 77 | FT: 4
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stingo pours an opaque dark copper color with a one-finger width creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, oak, and dark fruit (raisin, grape). Very pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slightly chewy with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is fruity with notes of sweet raisin, grape, apple and fig. In the middle is a fair amount of caramel malt sweetness which blends in with oak and a touch of vanilla. It finishes with a touch of alcohol and leaves behind a sticky sweet caramel cherry flavor.

This is one tasty well crafted beer that's meant to be sipped. Lots of flavor which really develops as it warms. It would go great with a steak dinner.

Photo of arizcards
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of neurobot01
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours copper-amber, slightly hazy, nice creamy and somewhat lumpy 2-finger head with great retention and lacing. more than you would expect for an old ale or English BW, but very appealing.

S: malt, molasses, caramel, dried dark fruit. Terrific.

T: caramel malt, treacle, plums, figs, and alcohol all seem to work together in a nice harmony. Toward the end, a hop bitterness and oak astringency finish it off and balance the sweetness. Very slight yeasty flavor but overall a very well-balanced beer. Alcohol is definitely present but not solvent-like or hot.

M: creamy, carbonation higher than expected for the style. light in body for a high alcohol beer, and an interesting dichotomy when combined with the wealth of flavor.

D: flavor-wise, very drinkable... but then you try to stand up and it hits you. Share with a friend if possible. Extremely tasty and interesting overall presentation, one that I will seek out again.

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into tulip nov5 2010

A hazy deep amber with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger light beige head that just sits on to for ever but leaves no lace

S toffee, some fruity brown sugar and spice with just a little booze

T fairly sweet, quite earthy but no overly woody and some butterscotch on top of what I smell

M enters syrupy and feels pretty thick then the bubbles whip it up after its in your mouth for a few moments, not as sticky as one would guess

D smooth for the strength and the booze is well concealed but I can't figure out if that's a good or bad thing. the booze creeps up though so be careful

curious to how this one ages it might smooth it out even more

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour delivered a finger of lemon cream colored head. Body is a solid brown through and through. Nice lacing noted during consumption.

Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits including figs and raisins, vanilla, a little booze whiff and some wood. Smells great.

A little understated in the flavor compared to the nose. Caramel, malt and dark fruit are all up front, with the vanilla, more malt and oak on the back. Finishes with a slight alcohol note.

This beer is medium bodied. Carbonation is present, and helps the flow of things, but doesn't make a big deal of itself. It is very smooth and the flavor masks the 9% ABV. Good stuff.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A murky dark amber copper body with continents of bubbles encompassing the bottom of the glass.  A puffy layer of dark khaki head that quickly escapes into the murky abyss leaving behind a khaki swirl. 

S:   Nose delivers a robust bouquet of roasted toffee, salty caramel apples, rum raisins, musty oak, cinnamon, brown sugar, banana but bread, clove, thick candy syrup, plums, and fruit cake.  Spicy alcohol aroma stings the nostrils. 

T/M:  Thick syrupy feel that has a touch of carbonation and a rich heavy malt base. Roasted malts reign supreme with sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel apples and spices enveloping the palate.   Rum and old oak along with dried/burnt hay bring a welcoming earthy hop flare to the richly malted mixture. Finish is wet with a touch of dryness slowly creeping up.  Aftertaste of fermented plums. 

O:  This reminds me of sitting around a warm fire in the woods. A great warming sensation and a very well hidden ABV. A strong beer that is easy drinking, complex and refined.  I have instantly became a fan of Samuel Smith. Cheers!

Photo of david131
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A cloudy luminescent blood orange liquid with a thin but creamy looking head. This looks like serious business.

S- Pungent raisins, fruit, toffee, and a strong sour quality. There is a lot going on here and the complexity is great. This smells really really nice.

T- Raisins, apples, flowers, citrus, toffee, and an acidic/sour finish. Starts out awesome but falls a little short on the finish.

M- Creamy body with a tart and dry finish. Clean with a lasting acidity.

D- Starts out awesome, but the more I got into it the more I started to think of this as a treat beer that is better in small doses. The alcohol is well hidden and if this had a stronger finish, then this would be a stunner.

Photo of nasty15108
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550ml bottle (2008) into a goblet.

A - Leathery with a thin head of white foam.

S - Vanilla, Ripe Fruit, Biscuits dominate the aroma.

T - Malty with hints of dark ripe fruit. Hints of oak, bourbon and vanilla. You get the alcohol in the finish.

MF&D - Slightly creamy and very smooth. Went down well dispite the 9%ABV.

Photo of dansmcd
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger of eggshell head that quickly dissipates. Dark red crimson. No lace.

S - Caramel, golden syrup, cooked apple and cinnamon.

T - Sweet malts, dried fruit, raisins, raspberry, spice, alcohol, oak, fruit cake and apple pie.

M - Very smooth moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O - A delicious warming ale. Another win for Samuel Smith.

Photo of DrewHodges
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/16/10 tasting; 550mL bottle poured to pint glass.

A--murky dull brown, short cream-colored head;

S--smell toffee, oak, malt,

T--flavor is vanilla, fruitiness, oak, almost like wine;

M--medium body, surprisingly carbonated;

D--pretty solid, this was a unique and interesting beer, but a little expensive ($12) so probably wouldn't buy again without loving it

Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 2008.

A heavy pour helps form a massive head of thick off white, almost yellow tinged head. Body is a dense brown in color.

Aroma is quite intense with strong suggestions of fig, toffee, oak, and something similar to fresh baked sugar cookies. Flirts with being too sweet actually but manages to stop just short. Really quite something.

Not nearly as intense on the palate as on aroma. Flavor comes through in stages, carmel, raisins, and wood are there along with with an herbal leafy hop character. Also some plums and port wine in the finish. Actually much easier drinking when warm.

Carbonation is light which I think works well here. Alcohol is noticeable only in the port wine flavor in the aftertaste.

A solid beer but doesn't taste quite as good as the aroma had me hoping, also somewhat overpriced. Aside from that, it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber body, bright with slight haziness. A hard pour left me with two fingers of off-white head that quickly settles into a thin cap.

Smell: Fruitcake and toffee are the first things to greet my senses. There's a light black cherry tartness beneath that, followed by butterscotch, vanilla, yeasty dough and toasted whole grain bread. Very English in character, displaying both complexity and balance.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toffee and a touch of buttery slickness up front, with solvents lending a slight sharpness. Fruity mid palate, fruit cake more specifically, a bit nutty, with just a hint of that tartness I pick up in the nose. There's a touch of diacetyl, but in that pleasant English way; it pops up for a moment and then disappears before the finish. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, rich without even approaching cloying, and very mellow in the finish, with a subtle tartness balancing the lingering caramel. I don't get a lot of wood from this one beyond a hint of tannin, but from the sounds of it, this one is aged in old oak barrels that have lost much of their natural character. Delicious stuff all the same; rich, mellow, and easy to sip on over the course of a couple hours.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 550 ml brown bottle, gold foil around neck and cap. Pours a translucent chestnut brown, tight spongy light beige head with good retention.

The aroma exhibits light notes of wood, raisin, treacle, caramel, brown sugar, bundt cake, vinuous plum, some mild grass.

Hello flavour train, this one's a winner right from the first sip! Warming alcohol, brown sugar, mild wood, toffee, plum, caramelized bready notes, with a mild herbal hop finish and some green apple.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, low carbonation.

Picks up a bit of bite as it reaches room temperature, but up until that point it's a great Old Ale, full of character and depth, masking the high alcohol well and having it work to its advantage. Expensive, but worth picking a bottle up if you can.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a dark amber/light brown. Very cloudy. Nice two-finger head--closer to white than beige. Surprisingly, very little lace is left on the glass.

The smell features lots of darker malt sweetness--much like molasses or maple syrup.

Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but that's because there's a solid dose of hop in the finish. Thick and slightly oily (from the alcohol). Lots of stone fruit flavors, particularly plum. The aftertaste has a mild sourness mixed in with the malt sugar and bittering hop balance.

Overall, this is a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol level is lower than some, yet it does retain all of the elements of a strong ale.

Photo of hike20
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. I tried this one at a recent beer tasting and liked well enough to bring one home for a better tasting experience.

Pours an pleasing burnt orange with a thick and bubbly head. It doesn't stick around long though and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice, reminds me of cinnamon and baked apples. The oak conditioning also comes through in the aroma.

The flavor is very intense, initially very sweet but then balances out some. I get the expected oak, with caramel, raisins and a hint of cinnamon too. The finish is only slightly bitter. Mouth feel is nice, not too heavy or light. Slightly oily with mild carbonation.

Overall pretty tasty.

Photo of SteveDavies
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-Conditioned 9% 55cl bottle from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into an oversize Moors Brewery glass with slight lacing on the pour. Appearance is a rich ruby colour. The fruity aroma hits you immediately, prunes, cherries, damsons, with caramel prominent. The aroma is a real promise of whats to come. The complex nature of this ale abounds in the taste. As in the aroma, dried dark fruits dominate the palate. A chewy mouthfeel adds to the experience with lingering soft bitterness. A rather expensive beer that would inhibit drinking it too often, but as it's brewed as a special it's definitely worth a go

Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light cherry red with a large and furious pure tan head which begins to fade quickly, then about halfway down stops, and slowly disintigrates before settling into a thick covering. Some small jagged lines of lace are scattered to and fro. Big sweet malts and spice hit the nose up front as some dark, sweet and sour fruits and some booziness float around in the back. Tastes of spice, big sweet malts, vinegar, brown sugar and sour grapes. A lingering, but not at all bothersome alcohol heat sticks to the tongue and the back of the throat. It's medium bodied, yet goes down fluidly, with a little airiness involved. Our British droogs should be way proud of this one.

Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown red color beer that made two fingers of head with a medium retention.
Very nice aroma of caramels, fruits, oak cherry aging type and licorice.
Sweet malty taste with caramels, wood and fruits, with hints of plum, green apple and licorice. Alcohol has a warming effect, though a bit boozed.
Aftertaste is dry and warming. Full body with light to medium carbonation with small bubbles.
Very well balanced, complex and smooth flavor with a silky feeling while going down. Great for cold weather, felt nice when I had it during a cold day in trip to London.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown with 1/2" tan coloured head.

S: Caramel malt, figs, cherries, vanilla and oak.

T: Toffee, caramel, oak, figs, roasted malt, as well as a certain bitterness from pine hop flavours.

M: Medium to full viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The last time I tried a Samuel Smith beer was 6 months ago, and I really tasted hard water on this beer. I wish the beer tasted as it smelled, because it was much more subtle and sweet smelling; but it tastes quite dry and somewhat harsh in comparison.

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Samuel Smith beers but the 10 dollar price tag has kept me away from this beer but, while visiting a friend in Michigan I found a retailer selling it off for $4.99 a bottle! The beer pours a cloudy reddish-brown color. With a nice creamy, dense somewhat dusty brown head of foam. The nose is strong almost brandy-like the alcohol is evident. Smelling of cherries, plums, and raisins. There is a little sourness going on with the oak, a lot of dark fruits. Very complex nose, suggesting a heavy, warming brew. The taste and body of this beer was crazy. One of the few brews I've had that didn't drink the way it smelled. It was smooth, and creamy with that characteristic Samuel Smith fruitiness. It was very easy to drink with lots of dark fruits, toffee, some sourness, a good vanilla-mellowness from the oak. All around a very drinkable, not to heavy, complex brew that hide it's 8% percent alcohol quite well. I could of easily drank this beer all night. Glad I got it for the price I did but, I would defiantly purchase this beer again at regular price. Wish I would of tried it sooner. Has good aging potential.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stingo is one of those crazy styles thats different every time you see one, which is all too infrequently these days. this is one of the classics, maybe the longest running in our market, and just phenomenal in every way. whether they take some of this out and do it with cherries, or blend some lacto soured beer back into the mix, there is no denying its complexity, dried fruity finish, and tannic pucker uncommon in english beer. amazingly rich, malt forward but so interesting. not chocolate or caramel or normal english yeast, but somehow drawing on all of these. its more mature, aged in oak, and mellowed and better integrated than most others. i get a ton of cherry in the finish through the rich but tannic froth on the back end, and there is just a slight tartness like fruit from the tree a few weeks before its pickable. stingo means something different to every brewer, but for me this is the one by which all others must be judged. the original and still the best, brewed in 2011 was my bottle, thanks for this beauty. best in the morning or in the icy cold!

Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an impressive, almost Belgique head on this tea-colored strong ale. The nose is full and buttery, drenched with caramel, rum, pastry, and toffee. A touch of floral hops and fruity esters lend the softness of apricots, muscat, honey, and wisteria to an otherwise hard ale.

Powerful and rich, thick with raisins, honey, caramel, and sweet wine. Nicely oaked, quite buttery and even a bit coconutty. Complex and quite dense, balanced with a bit of whiskey heat and a lemony hop bitterness in the background. A lovely after-dinner brew. Thanks to Kris at Kris Wines for the bottle.

Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber with a one finger head that doesn't linger too long before diminishing to a foamy head that forms a nice lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Definitely a bit bready with some yeastiness and a light amount of caramel and oak.

T: A little bit lighter on the yeasty but it's definitely present along with a light amount of caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of toastiness.

M: Feels similar to a good Belgian with not a whole lot of carbonation but definitely a big creamy feel.

O: Overall quite good, the alcohol is barely present, which at 9% ABV makes this a little dangerous if you're not paying attention. I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber-hued ody with a medium-small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A nose of caramel-coated, toasted biscuit tops provide a nice sweet-smelling scent accented by notes of dried fruits and spicy English hops.

Taste: Begins with a taste of sweet, luscious caramel with a deep, dark sugary tone to it along with some lightly toasty biscuit hints and a notable fruitiness coming across as raisins and dehydrated apricots ready for the trail mix bag. Mild spiciness and bitterness from the English hops. Only a minor perceived woody character seems to have been imparted by the oak staves. A bit mineral-laden on the back half. There's a little leftover malt sweetness on the otherwise lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a skosh above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! It's quite good, in fact, though, at the price tag of around eleven bucks per bottle (the real source of the sting-o), I don't see myself returning to it anytime soon.

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.