Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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1.28/5 rDev -68.8%
Thanks to the staff @ IBS
Reviewed from memory
Pours an admittedly not unattractive amber with reasonable head and lacing.
Smell is a vile conglomerate of Belgian yeast and the English barleywine malt and hop profile I hate so much.
Taste is much the same, amber malt sweetness coming through more so.
Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent and even here those Belgian esters are rearing their ugly head.
Overall: Distinctly unpleasant beer, even independently of the price. Brings out the worst aspects of both Belgian and English brewing. Didn't really get a sense of the barrel. I really hated this beer deeply and drainpoured the vast majority of the bottle.
04-05-2012 11:16:52 | More by danieelol
1.73/5 rDev -57.8%
Aroma- fresh cut apples, yellow raisins, and seriously...radish. Very fresh and appealing. Very faint oxidative note if you look for it but hides well behind the more in-your-face nose salad. overall very appealing aroma.
Appearance- Lively carbonation, big creamy head with excellent retention, and poor clarity are all unexpected for the style. ruddy maple color. Once again, unusual for old ale, but appealing none the less.
Taste and mouthfeel - Quite sherry-like. Heavy malt sweetness draws flavor sensations to the tip of the tounge but solventy alcohol carries grassy hop flavor into the nose, making both disharmony and distraction. Sam Smith's trademark acetylaldehyde ester (usually endearing in my book) is not helping the situation and becomes rather shrill at this ABV. If you you can clear your mind of all this and force some beer to the mid palate, you can glean some notes of pear and a very thin caramel tone, but it is kind of lost in the mess. Medium-full bodied with high levels of carbonation but you won't notice that with astringent, even tannic, dryness bludgeoning your entire mouth through the painfully long finish and aftertaste. Yikes.
Overall- This is like somebody's first high ABV homebrew. I am usually a big fan of this brewery and the old ale style so I was really psyched when I finally got my hands on a bottle and paid pretty handsomely for it. I was ready to love this brew all night long but most of it will be destined for the drain. It really pains me to slam a Sam Smith beer when I so often defend them to other beer nerds, but this is just bad news. If you are an English Old ale fan, Fuller's vintage is cheaper, easier to find, and far superior.
02-02-2010 05:34:44 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.25/5 rDev -45.1%
Appears with light just slightly dakrer than yellow pouring from the bottle, leaving me less than impressed, what did I buy? In the glass a SLIGHT haze, and a mix of ruby and orange color. A light beige head forms, with impressively sticky lacing given the oak that is supposed to be here.
A strong amber beer aroma, mixed with oak and vanilla, with a sharp citrus hop finish. After sitting out the citrus melds in and there are hops but they are hard to really discern from the oak and malt.
I am not sure what style or hell what I’m drinking here. This brings out notes of a strong ale in body and certain characteristics I can’t really describe and I associated with such styles. The oak reminds me of some bourbon barrel aged ales where the oak notes seem out of place, the vanilla doesn’t blending, and the use of hops just don’t’ make senses.
Well carbonated, the body is rather nice for 9% and it is far more drinkable than expected.
I don’t get this beer at all. The oak flavors are off putting. The hops and the malt don’t work at all with this oak. I would like to read what others think but this is perhaps one of the worst uses of oak I’ve had. As it warms it just is too sweet, and the oak doesn’t work anymore than to start. I don’t get this love at all. Value is a part of this score at 12 bucks it really doesn't help anything!
05-06-2011 05:27:57 | More by bobhits
2.63/5 rDev -35.9%
Ugh. Murky dark rusty color.
Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and stewed fruit.
Same on flavor plus yeasty alcohol bite.
full bodied with slightly bitter-sweet/ sour finish.
Can you believe this stuff? For the fat, clumsy, and unfocused character of this beer, it's a cardinal sin to pay what they are asking for this beer.
I am fully dismayed and bummed.
01-06-2010 05:10:29 | More by dedrinker
2.7/5 rDev -34.1%
I just realized I saw the brewed date and it was 2010. At first I thought the brew could have been an one off bad one, but the brewed date is from last year. Correct me if I'm wrong and if so beer mail me, but a beer from last year regardless of the 8.0% abv won't be that good. Now on to my review....
Appearance - reddish brown color with NO head whatsoever. I got a thin centimeter thick head with very very little to no carbonation at all. (I was surprised to have no head and I vigorously poured it into a duvel tulip glass.) Not sure what went on here.
Aroma - I get at first a strong raspberry scent, some caramel and raisin, toffee, and even some vanilla scents all through and well balanced, and get some oak with some alcohol coming through.
Taste - I got raisins, some sweet caramel, oak as well as the alcohol.
Mouthfeel - no carbonation like a beer should have, oily, light bodied, watery mouthfeel on the finish. not dry at all.
Overall - I got another one of these and I'm going to try it in a few days or weeks. if it's different than I will know it was just that one bottle. If not then this beer, brewed in 2010, definitely lost its carbonation over time.
09-20-2011 02:53:19 | More by trixdout
2.93/5 rDev -28.5%
550ml bottle drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. bottled in 09 is typed on the back label.
A- this one pours out of the bottle a darkish amber colored body with a decent sized eggshell colored head on top. the head has nice retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing.
S- the nose starts out with plenty of caramel and biscuit malts and quickly moves into a small amount of nuttiness and vanilla (from the oak barrel). there is a small amounts of spicy hops at the end.
T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and biscuit malts i could smell. the vanilla from the barrel comes through alot stronger in the taste than the smell. the nuttiness i could smell is nowhere to be found. im able to taste some cherries, dates, and figs i couldnt pick up in the nose. there are some spicy hops at the end.
M- this is a solidly medium sized body with ample carbonation. there is a slight warming from the alcohol.
D- this one has lots in common with a barleywine. i think it was just OK. i dont think i will ever drop another $13 on a second bottle. pretty mediocre if you ask me. too strong to consider having another one.
01-25-2011 04:57:29 | More by jwinship83
3.1/5 rDev -24.4%
Appearance - This is a clear, dark brown in color with a modest off-white head.
Smell - The malts are rich and full of caramel with some strong wood notes that together produce hearty fruit smells such as prune and fig. There's a big vodka smell as well.
Taste - The wood is much bigger at the taste, too big actually, so the malt is a bit trumped but otherwise true to the nose. The alcohol is a little much as well.
Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied with a sharp alcohol sting and relatively flat.
Drinkability - I thought they missed the mark on this. The ale was thin and the booze overpowering and one-dimensional.
03-17-2011 03:34:23 | More by RoyalT
3.1/5 rDev -24.4%
Caramel colored, slight haze, orangey highlights and a thick beige head of meringue that lingers long and leaves long arcs of lace around the glass.
Aroma of raisin and ripe fruit, some cinnamon and woody vanilla notes.
Flavors of caramel, smoke, dried leaves, cinnamon, ripe fruit, orange rind, metallic note, some diacetyl flavors, very strong flavors with some unexpected astringency, boozey like cooking sherry lending noticeable harshness.
Full and rich mouthfeel, a bit tingly, some warming of the cheeks, finishes tannic.
Tasty at times, overbearing at others. Drinkability suffers due to harshness.
12-10-2010 04:03:48 | More by far333
3.13/5 rDev -23.7%
Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a very thick kinda funky brown color with two fingers of head with fine bubbles that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: sour, dark fruits and a bit of apple zest
T: sour, very interesting, a bit intense, dark fruits, pretty complex but kinda odd too
M: intense carbonation tingle, a bit single through the middle, doesnt linger at all on the palate
O: an interesting brew, pretty sour and zesty, odd, a bit intense, needs to warm up a bit before it really hits its prime i think, gonna age a bottle for a year and see where we end up
10-12-2011 23:24:46 | More by BigPlay1824
3.2/5 rDev -22%
Presentation: Picked up a 550 mL bottle of this at a local store. Poured into a pint glass in two parts.
Appearance: Dark to medium brown in color. Almost burgundy. Two finger beige head with decent retention.
Aroma: Subtle toffee and oak upfront. Not very aromatic at first, but opens up throughout the glass. Some raison and plum notes here too. A sharp alcohol note makes its way in toward the end as well.
Taste: Caramel and plum upfront provide some sweetness. Toffee always pretty noticable here. The oak hits near the end, but is rather astrigent and harsh. The more I drink the more the alcohol really comes through.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not that crisp or smooth. Much more well suited for sipping.
Drinkability: The alcohol was really smooth and well hidden at first, but half way through the glass hit hard. I was all set after one.
Overall, I was dissappointed in this offering. Nothing really stood out as great and the blend of flavors seemed inconsistent. For the price tag, this was one and done for me.
09-19-2010 01:11:14 | More by Gosox8787
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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