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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

750 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 87
Gots: 69 | FT: 4
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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Photo of dedrinker
2.63/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of trixdout
2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jwinship83
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of apf
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Vylo
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of far333
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of neuro31
3.2/5  rDev -22%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of mulerofthewhalez
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of NJB145
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of TedSneakman
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cross between dark cherry/raspberry with a firm smooth 1 finger beige colored head that displayed moderately good retention with light raspberry hues. The lacing was clean while the visible effervesce appeared rapid and strong.

S: The nose was light with watery whiskey scents being the most pronounced against a stale malt backing. The barrel aging is noticeable here with light oaky cask notes of alcohol soaked wood, and a light sour malting. Honestly have to say wasn't to impressed here, maybe a bit of aging would of made this a bit more rounded, but as is was average at best.

T: The initial flavor opens with a tart, sourness of stale grains and a semi-tart raspberry fruitiness. A dry alcohol touch of water and whiskey provides an alcohol spicing that gets progressively warmer and more noticeable as you proceed. Warm apple cider and toasted sweet grains with dried honey bread are also evident while the alcohol stays with you to the very end, spicy in nature with a dried warm fruitiness of cooked pineapple. The warming sensation of the drink certainly takes over with noticeably boozy cask notes while the complexity lagged behind. Decent, but nothing that would make me go wow or rush out and buy again, honestly Sam Adams had a longshot version of an old ale I thought was heads and tails above this and much better priced. Yorkshire stingo comes in at $12 a pint, which in no way influenced my perception of the drink, but may for the casual drinker who gets sticker shock.

M: syrupy slick with a medium consistency. A boozy warming sensation of alcohol spicing linger on well after the swallow.

D: I rated drinkability was average, a bit boozy with a limited complexity and particularly didnt make my tongue dance with excitement. Didn't go down as easy as old ale should at 8.0%. I might be in the minority here but this was a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Part of my cellar clearance. Room temperature bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber body with a finger of creamy off-white head that retains poorly. The final result is a thick collar with a scattered film on top of the brew. No lacing that sticks, but it leaves some nice sheets of bubbles down the sides when I take a sip.

S: Caramel, toffee, butter, candied dark fruit (dates, figs, plums). Molasses and brown sugar, as well. The sweetness is lightly tempered by oak.

T: Butter, caramel, toffee start off. The mid-taste is flavored with candied dates, figs, plums, and brown sugar; but the sweetness is held in check by tannins and a light spice. The oak pulls into the finish, which reveals hop bitterness I couldn't pick up in the aroma. Unfortunately it's still heavily sweet and I find it hard to drink.

M: Medium-bodied; slightly chewy and quite flavorful. Finishes with a light astringency. Unfortunately the carbonation is low enough that the beer begins to get very syrupy and throat-clotting very quickly.

D: Not worth $12. On top of that, I found it pretty hard to finish before I was even a third of the way through. Too sweet for me.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nice pint bottle into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown color that is topped with an off white head.

S Kind of a faint sweet fruit smell. Almost like fruitcake.

T This is pretty much fruitcake/maraschino cherries in a glass.Much sweeter then I was expecting. Also while the distinctive Samuel Smith's hardwater taste is there it is quite muted.

M medium body works well with this one. A surprising amount of alcoholic heat.

Overall this is a pretty good beer to have while celebrating the holidays with friends and family as it is essentially fruitcake in a glass. Should be interesting to see how this one turns out after some time in the cellar.

Photo of Premo88
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic glass

L: murky dark orange/brown; very soapy looking head of tan, about 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch; the bubbles are really big, and the foam is whispy ... NOT thick; no stick off the whispy head and no lacing

S: very old ale-like -- malty for sure, some sweeter/lighter bread notes but also the old-ale raisins/figs

T: much like the nose but with a mish-mash of things you can't smell, most notably a twang from the oak-ale casks ... at least I'd swear that's what I'm tasting, just a hint of oak/wood in there; first sip is a really good mix of the bit darker old-ale figs/raisins but with that sweet bready malt goodness of a lighter English ale

F: slick, not much carbonation, comes off a bit flat

O: I LOVE Samuel Smith's, but this brew is not my jams. in fairness, I might have a "bad one" (though there is nothing to suggest it -- bottle has SE28L1 printed on it, and i'm not finding the code translation anywhere) ... but a malty brew like this should age OK, right?

anyway, this brew is not worth it for me for the price. i'll pick up one at a place where i'll know it's fresh later on down the road to give it a fair second chance, but a 6-pack of Old Peculier or even a sixer of Anchor Steam Bock would taste about the same or better -- this brew simply doesn't pop, and i'm not a big old-ale figs/raisins fan to begin with.

sorry Sam Smith ... still love ya though!

Photo of Phelps
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks: a cloudy, opaque amber-maroon with a fizzy head the color of beach sand. It flees after just a few seconds, becoming a ring and leaving little in the way of lacing.

Smells: treacly. Sweet raisins, bread pudding, brandy. Perhaps a bit of toffee and toasted bread. Not bad at all.

Tastes: like raisin, mostly. Very, very lightly roasted, the sweet malt reveals notes of toffee and raisin bread. Light notes of alcohol-ridden brandy poke their heads in the back. Maybe the lightest hints of oakiness in the back, but for a year of aging the amount that's here is just sad.

Feels: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, but nicely mellow across the palate.

Drinks: I was recommended this by someone whose beer knowledge I greatly respect, but I can't see the allure. I can think of several better strong ales.

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.