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

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 812
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.85%
Wants: 103
Gots: 91 | FT: 6
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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 womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. A new style tick for me in the process!

A: The beer pours a copper sort of color with a thin ring of off-white foam--there's no real head to speak of.

S: Smells quite sweet. Lots of white and brown sugar notes to start. Seems to be some toffee and a lot of sherry notes (including alcohol). I get some miscellaneous fruits, but raisins in particular.

T: Quite a lot of fruit on the palate. I get pears, apples, and raisins for the most part. Again, a strong sugar presence with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. The oak is well represented and there is a definite alcohol flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: Not sure why this one is so talked up, I thought it was pretty mediocre. (734 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruity and malty with alcohol and a bit of hops to balance. The appearance is hazy medium brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a good beer that somehow doesn't score that high. It just seems rather good at first and declines with time. (278 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Chestnut-copper with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, very little lace.

S: Nutty fruit bread, figs, citrus rind, toffee.

T: Nutty, grainy bread, raspberry, hint of a grainy astringency & leather (like a dried out Old ale).

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity.

D: It's intriguing, but not something I'd have pints of. (343 characters)

Photo of montecristo2
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.

I have to say after reading the 100 review from Draft magazine, coupled with the positive reviews on this website, I was really interested in finding Yorkshire Stingo. I have always enjoyed Samuel Smith's other offerings, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight tan colored head.

Aroma is of some fruits and caramel. Feel like it could be more aromatic and I expected a greater aroma of dark fruits/figs/raisins but didn't get it.

Taste was of oak, and that is nice, but I didn't get the vanilla like other reviewers. Slightly astringent, as one reviewer said, and a VERY slight caramel flavor.

I bought two of these and am going to let the one sit. A bit expensive for a smaller bottle. Maybe it was temperature or it was shaken a bit in transport. I trust the other reviewers and am not willing to give up on such a reputable brewery!

Cheers! (925 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a clear amber with a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and a bit of hops. Medium to full bodied. Malt predominates with dark fruit. Some hops in the finish. Just a hint of the oak. I had really high expectations for this as I am a big fan of British beers, but I found it a bit lacking and overpriced. (387 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark brown amber.

S: Malt, Band-Aids, honey.

T: Big toast flavor up front. Raisins. Rye. Caramel. Cinnamom. Soft booze. Star aninse. Bakers chocolate. Light oak note on the back end. It’s a beer that definitely evolves as it warms. Nice complexity.

M: The intensity of the profile plateaus early and holds a steady note throughout most of the sip. Lightly dry / oaky finish.

O: The nose was a major turn-off, but the complex flavor profile roped me back in. After a few sips the flavors in my mouth started to come through more intensely in the nose and it lost most of it’s band-aid character, which made it much easier to drink. (672 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint.

Pours a very cloudy rusty brown. A small 1/2 inch head remains throughout. No lacing.

Smells quite like a whisky. Lots of oak with a little vanilla. A small amount of malt and dark fruit.

Taste is very smooth with oak and vanilla up front followed by some dark fruits. There is a lingering sourness throughout but not to the point of being overbearing. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

Overall this is a good, complex beer. I enjoyed reading about the production and extensive aging but at $10.99 per bottle, I'm not sure how often I will be revisiting it. (609 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle, brewed in 2008.

Poured into a glass, ruby colored with some head. Looks like a nice solid brew.

Smells very sweet. Just like straight up sugar and candy and chocolate. Some caramel and bread shine through as well as oak.

Taste is too sweet. This is more of a dessert beer than anything else. Tastes very oaky and caramelly.

Feels very thick and rich. Not the easiest to get down but not bad by any means. Just a very unsessionable beer that is good but just not my thing. (491 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color and, strikingly enough, when held up to the light it is quite hazy and has the same orange-red hue of ruby-red grapefruit juice. The aroma smells of buttery, vanilla laden oak backed by umami notes that hint at rich aged malt (oxidized, nutty and like a dry sherry). The nose doesn't smell like it has much sweetness to it. There even seems to be a touch of tartness to the nose. The nuttiness seems to accentuate a dry, toasted maltiness, though this is fairly subtle. I don't know what I was expecting from this beer, but the nose is completely different from what I was expecting.

Somewhat light bodied, quite dry and a bit colder than I would prefer. The beer finishes with a rich, nutty, sherry-like character that lingers on the palate after my first sip. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as a touch of spiciness (that might be derived from the oak influence). There is a soft, quite oxidized, toasted maltiness here as well as a spicy flavor that reminds me of Bourbon (the oak influence no doubt). As the beer warms up a sweet, caramelized note starts to pick up a bit and interacts with the oak to boost a vanillin note in the flavor. I do like the relatively light texture and body that this beer has, though it is at the expense of a malt richness that could help add some balance to this beer.

Interesting, but not quite where I would have liked. It could actually use more rich malt character here as the oak really seems to dominate the flavor a bit more than I would prefer. Not bad, and certainly worth finishing if you are happy with just having a beer; and it is not like this doesn't have some interesting flavors in it though. (1,812 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is dark grains, oak and a little candy.
The taste is earthy, dirt, and dark fruits. Mild sweetness.
The texture is medium.
Interesting. (200 characters)

Photo of Luchman
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark amber/red in color with very little light tan head.

S: Cherry, malt, light oak, light vanilla, and some alcohol.

T: A sweet caramel malt/toffee flavor with cherries and a subtle, but present, oak flavor. Some light earthy notes in the end with a slight slight bitterness.

M: medium body with low to medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

O: Very drinkable, but not complex. I like it, but I don’t see myself buying another bottle. (463 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a two-finger, light brown head of creamy foam. It left a little sticky lace.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel, grasses and a little boozy alcohol aroma.

T - Mostly tasted of caramel, toffee and bready malts. There was a very subtle grassy, hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This didn't "wow" me, especailly considering the high price tag. It just tasted like a malty strong ale with little to no complexity. (534 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Review from notes.

Pours an impenetrable caramel color with a 2 finger off white head that fairly quickly dies down to a layer of foam on top. The foam eventually disappears altogether as the beer is consumed.

Smells of doughy yeast, some zest, citrusy hops, a bright english ale fruitiness and some toffee in the nose. I expected a little more barrel characteristics.

Taste has caramel, some vanilla, raisins, bitterness, and a pretty substantial hop presence.

Fairly dry. Well carbonated. A pretty sharp bite to it as well.

I barely wanted to finish the bottle. Perhaps aging would allow some of the hop presence to fade, and produce a better beer, but I was a little bummed by the lack of barrel presence. (740 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy dark orange with a very slight head that quickly disappears completely.

Aroma is grainy malt with raisin and date fruit notes. Mild orange peel bitterness. Woody and earthy. Alcohol comes on strong, and offers a brandy like quality.

Taste is malty as expected. Caramel sweetness, then burnt toffee. Dark fruit from the nose is much more subdued, and is matched with a chocolate sweetness.Finishes with a slight woody bitterness and lingering cedar like perfume. Alcohol is present, but once again not as strong as the nose lead me to expect.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Sticky, and slightly chewy.

Overall flavorful and interesting, but too mild to be great. (673 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While technically not a barleywine, we cracked this open at our barleywine tasting. Big thanks to Eric for bringing over a bottle I've been after for quite some time.

Pours a rich russet with a thin tan head that dropped to a collar in a hurry. Interesting aroma, with nuts, earth, Christmas pudding and grapefruit. Flavour is bizarre, somewhat leathery with a cereal emphasis overlaying the notes that I'd expect to find in there. Some nut, earth and tree fruit. Mild bitterness, and a slight sharpness.

I don't think the bottle is bad, but this isn't my cup of tea. Its an interesting challenging beer, but not up to Sam Smith's usual standards. (649 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, picked up in Buffalo. Cracked it at Robs epic barleywine tasting.

Pours a lightly hazed orange, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a solid ring and layer, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, lots of caramel, treacle, raisins, pineapple and big fruit, strawberries, wood, quite earthy, interesting musty scent.

Taste is similar, light brett funk, touch of sourness, caramel middle, treacle, fruit, earthy, some wood character, raisin, pretty cool.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff. I wonder if they used something like the Wyeast Old Ale strain with some brett in it. (641 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, reddish orange with a short, creamy, white head that has an tinge of orange. No lacing but there is steady, light carbonation.
Smells of oak, orange peel, buttery toffee and sweet malt.
Taste starts off with the buttery toffee flavor as in the aroma followed by a malt sweetness and finishing up with an oak flavor and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium to thick, a bit chewy, pretty dry with a continued, light carbonation.
Drinkability is OK to good. ABV is moderately high enough that I started to feel it at the end.

This is an interesting beer that was somewhat enjoyable though I don't think this is a style I would often choose. It fits a lot of the style components pretty well but seems to lack in the boldness of aroma & flavor. (774 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought by viggo to Rob's great barleywine tasting - thanks Eric for this treat!

Pours a tangerine caramel color with lots of head, terrific retention as well wins this points in appearance.

Nose is musty, fruity, hints of apple, light wheaty grain notes (almost Weizen like).

Caramel and breadiness are met by a similar fresh green apples note - odd. Not very sweet, almost on the drying end of things, slightly tart, faint earthiness. Light body. Certainly a drinkable beer though an odd one to pin down. (522 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: The tastes are a bit muted compared to the nose. I get a bit of toffee along with some vanilla, caramel malt, and a hint of hops. The alcohol is pretty subdued in this one which makes it dangerously drinkable.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and the carbonation is big and bubbly which kind of interferes with the taste a bit.

O: While this isn't the best beer out there the nose and flavors are pretty complex due to the oak aging. I wouldn't spend the $9 again but I would recommend it. (695 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radek's bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Seems like an old ale, this is great for our North American geeky tastes. Big oak, above average mouthfeel. almost soured stops short of that. Some lace.A British version of Jolly Pumpkin. Lightly brown coloured body. (255 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this after hearing alot. Pours a beutiful color of cherry amber colors but zero/head retention and the aromas of caramel malts were faint. Great oaky flavor, lots of caramel but not much else. Its a solid beer but the oxidation barrel age flavor is there which i expected from a long barrel aged beer. Apple, aciditc type flavors on the back. Its solid but didnt live up to hype. Id be happy to drink any time but wouldnt seek out. (450 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this today with 2 friends to give it a try, just cause it was expensive. Overall it was pretty good something I've never tried before.

Appearance is a dark honey/amber color with small white bubbles and a thin head.

Smell is of oak, vanilla, fruits, almost a wine scent

Taste is much of the same, an almost wine flavor, very different from what i expected.

Mouthfeel was light on the palate

Drinkability is pretty high, if it wasn't expensive i could easily drink one or more of these, as with any Samuel Smith's.

Worth a try if you have the money, and I'm glad i tried it. Wouldn't buy again only because of the price. (632 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a nonic. Beer is brown / reddish and kind of hazy. Forms a thin head that breaks made up of small bubbles with moderate carbonation. Tiny head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly caramel but overall light.

Beer is kind of oddly bitter, almost tannic. Its a big beer, just like the other one but its slightly more watery. Interesting mouthfeel overall. Its got some lead off sweetness and some a little bit of fruit flavors in the midpalate. Comparing it to the 1845, its not as flavorful and slightly less body. Both are good but IMO 1845 is better. I would drink this again but its so high in alcohol its not a recreation drink. Generally Sam Smith won't let you down and this is yet another example of a solid English ale. Would be interested to have this on cask someday. (804 characters)

Photo of 7ate9
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2008
a murky dark brown with fluff white head with nice lacing.
a bit restrained nose of dried fig dates caramel a bit better as it warms.
Taste also seems a bit restrained but carries all the same ideas as the nose with some more emphasis on dark brown sugar. Finishes a bit bitter which is kinda nice keeping it from being cloying. now that I drink a bit more I don't know how much I like that bitterness actually. Maybe I just want it straight sticky sweet. alcohol warmth is noticeable at the throat in a mighty pleasing and comforting way.
viscosity is high but not over the top and carries a light and proper carb.
This was the only sam smith I had yet to try. Their oatmeal stout got me on to the style. I like this one. It's good. It's all there, but i suppose not as pronounces as I'd like it to be. Something leaves me wanting more. Perhaps the lacking finish. For an ale like this I want the gooey comforting caramel fig to sit with me at the back of the palate for some time after a gulp. Instead the bitterness is there with just a hint of brown sugar holding on. Ahh..it's pleasing nonetheless (1,119 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy cream head over a translucent red body. Head retains decently and laces well.

Smells vaguely stouty, some malt and a trace of vanilla, but not much else... really smells like almost nothing.

Taste is interesting; malt first and foremost, and a bit of hops at the finish. Pretty standard and British, not out of place for an English or Irish stout, but more complex and refined, and stronger. There's some light fruit (fig?) in here, too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite so. (489 characters)

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.