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

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rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
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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 lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pleasant deep amber orange colour, tending towards brown, with a fine and reasonably full head of crusty white foam. Clear body that seems quite fluid, although the bubbles of carbonation seem to have a tough time making their way through it. Looks very decent, and extremely robust for an English Ale.

Nose is potent. There's no getting around it. Big whiffy booze characters, giving off esters of vanilla and cherry. Slightly coconutty oak characters come through as well, with a slightly medicinal phenolic note to it. Whew, this is a strong flavoured beer. No getting around it. I love the raw potency of it.

Palate is quite astonishingly more gentle, with a subtle sweetness like molasses wending its way through the deeper and more striking characters of oak and light phenols. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, and so little harshness it's hard to imagine where that 8% ABV is hiding in this subtle English ale. Just a light whiff of liquor soaked cherries at the end give you any hint of it.

This is a lovely beer. One of Samuel Smith's best, and that's saying something. It has all the big flavoursome characteristics you expect in a strong ale, but done with all the subtlety and self-effacing nature that an English ale provides. Gorgeous. (1,261 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, Ale aged in oak ale casks, matured for over a year.

Gimme some sting.

In a nice Imperial pint glass, ruddy brown appearance, crimson highlights...thick, rich, creamy beige head, lace

Aroma: nuts and caramel, big into the malt, deep and rich, dark fruit and leather, burnished wood, brandy...gets bigger and deeper the more we sniff in. This is a barleywine in wolf's clothing, as it takes time to emerge, and reveal it's full flowering.

Taste: all that and more, rich roasted malt, full fruity flavoring,raisins, dates ,fig, cherries, port wine, deep and dark, intense alcohol levels (9% is a bit high for the Samuel Smith's brand) Feels like an English barleywine in almost every way. Full-bodied, full-flavored, and incredibly rich, long lasting finish, unending taste.
Dangittigang, so rich, sweet, deep, and delicious. Too, too tasty.

Damn! I have been waiting for a Samuel Smith's beer like this for, since forever...just wish it weren't so terribly expensive.

But, still, it's ridiculously tasty. Way too much goodness. Mmmm, give me more, give me more, give me more. (1,137 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy, two-finger, eggshell colored head. Fantastic retention. Huge rings of lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of caramel malts, candied sugar, buttered bread, chopped wood, and leather. Inviting.

T - Rich sweet malt tastes of raisin, date, toffee, and butterscotch. Oak comes in around the mid-palate to offer a welcome bitterness and prevent cloying. Oak more of a kiss than a wallop. Some mild/earthy English hops way in the background, providing a "musty cellar" quality. A strawberry fruit ester comes out as it warms. Hint of buttery diacetyl in the finish. Delicious.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with a creamy, silky mouth feel. The creaminess works wonders with sweetness of the flavor profile bringing an almost pillowy delicateness. Moderate carbonation.

O - A definitive English Strong Ale. Rich and flavorful, with a damn near perfect mouthfeel and that lovely touch of butter common to many a British Ale. (961 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this sitting in the fridge for a little while now, not quite bringing it out when I had company, and now, drinking it myself on a Friday night at home. How decadent, because it is so outstanding (and pretty lexpensive).

It looks like a typical English strong ale, partly cloudy golden brown, with just a bit of fizz. The aroma is funky. Like a bunch of fermented fruit. Nice.

The taste is amazing. It is very malty, but also yeasty and funky. Sweetness is big but still appropriate. I am going to savor this like brandy.

The aftertaste is slightly boozy. It could be a little boozier and still be OK, but it is sublime.

This is a brew worth drinking and worth waiting for. NEVER refuse one of these!! (713 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for 550ml. Bought in Milwaukee, WI.

A: nice lighter copper color, the creamy, lasting head is what impressed me more than anything
S: very mild and well-balanced, hints of vanilla, toffee, very, very good
T: again, very well-balanced, great taste between malt and oak aged qualities, probably one of the smoothest oak-aged beers I've ever had, mellow and warming, warming alcohol taste in finish
M: great mouthfeel, rounded, velvety smooth
D: deceptively drinkable for a 8.1% beer

Probably one of the surprise beers I've had in awhile. (544 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 550 mL bottle. I think this was around $12.
A: Poured a dark amber with a good creamy head that died to a steady collar and film.
S: Orange extract pops out at first, fruity pineapple and apple cider, very slightly acidic, a slight rosemary hops, a nice mild wood character. Really good.
T: Milder than the smell, with a taste of mostly apples and cider, creamy caramel, and a mild woody gin finish. Very nice and mild.
M: Moderate body with a frothy/creamy consistency until a quick cleanse.
O: Really good. This is a great English Strong. (557 characters)

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer glass. Beautiful amperish sap color. Inch and 1/2 head(nice head). Smells very refreshing almost a fall scent to it. Can pick up appple notes and definitely cherry flavor. Very crisp sensation to the smell. Picking up the apple and cherry mixture. Can really tell this is old oaked aged. Very good on the tounge, slight heavyness to the taste. Could not drink more than a pint of this great brew in one sitting but still an awesome ale. (458 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Murky brown pour, slightest little white bubbles premeating to a ring. Nice malty, prune, wood aromas. English tea/hop aroma. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Smooth flavors. Nutty English malt profile. Vanilla, caramel oak and raisin. Finish with some grass and tea, hint of hops. Drinkability is good, just a hint of warming, but not really. Alcohol non-existent. I need to get my hands on some more English strong ales, (Fuller's) to compare to this. (455 characters)

Photo of allouez86
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brewed in 2010, poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Pours a dark amber/red with a small off-white head, appropriate size head for a beer of this style and age.

Smell is definitely caramel and dark fruits. Getting a nice sour apple and plum.

Taste is a little more forward with the dark fruits, the sour apple not as apparent as it was in the nose. Very slight hop bitterness, almost has that faded hop taste that comes with a beer of this age, one of my favorite characters in this style. Caramel and toffee is also finding their way in there, although only slightly. Smallest bit of oxidation.

Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin and definitely not heavy or sticky.

Overall this has become one of my new favorites. Just picked up my 5th and 6th bottle of it this afternoon. This beer tastes like it has the legs to last a couple more years and still improve. Would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or 6 of these. Its typical Samuel Smith quality and price. (975 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle. 2008 vintage. Served at 55 F in a snifter.

Somewhere between garnet and mahogany in color with a finger of bone colored head that persists throughout the lengthy drinking session.

The aroma has notes of dried fruits, raisins, overripe cherries, fresh tobacco, toasted wood, and sharp minerals.

Hints of toffee, caramel, figs, and cherry are evident right from the beginning. As the session progresses and the beer warms notes of vanilla, toast, tobacco, and even hints of cocoa come through thanks to the barrel aging. A strong yeast and stone square derived mineral character that I perceive in all Samuel Smith ales adds a firm backbone. Alcohol is perceptible but melds nicely into the overall profile.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish only semi-sweet lending to a drinkability that sometimes isn't found in this style or oak-aged beers in general. Speaking of the oak, it's much smoother and better integrated into the overall beer than most of the other oak-aged beers on the market, which seem to have a more one-dimensional and straightforward oak character. I think this may be due to the age of the barrels that Sam Smith is using.

Overall this is just a fantastic strong beer. Unbelievably complex, yet very elegant. It's nice to drink a strong beer that isn't over-the-top extreme like many of the American interpretations seem to be. (1,371 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

mahogany color, little foam, not transparent, and leaves some 'soapiness' on the sides when tilted. very stately though and beautiful to look at.
aroma is all sweet malts, plum, raisin. typical british malt mix, which is good.... absolutely love this smell and can keep my nose in the tulip glass for hours...
same as the aroma, for sure, but with some alcohol bitterness. sweet. dark fruits. plum and raisins. dried fruit? the higher abv is very noticeable in this. by higher, I mean we all know all their beer is 5%, even the stouts and brown ales. but they are delicious standards. apparently, going the extra is just like adding the extra in pure alcohol tones....
overall, this is a very nice brew. I always wanted them to do something bigger than a 5% (not knowing this was out there) and now I know what it would taste like. still haven't tried their strawberry or fruit stuff but i'm afraid i'll lose the respect for everything I've tasted from them so far. they are always a safe 'go-to' when i'm not sure what I feel like drinking! (1,041 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an imperial pint. Good amber color, touch of cloudiness, like one might expect from a cask draw. Healthy head which recedes leaving a thin layer of foam on the beer.

S: Bready notes initially, then pick up some raisin and toffee.

T: Lovely, rich old ale flavor. Dates, molasses, bread pudding.

M: A very pleasant thickness to this in the mouth. Carbonation is mild, but contributes nicely to the fullness.

O: Very nice. A sipper, but good through the whole bottle. (483 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly active pour... Two fingers worth of tightly compact fizzy tan head is slow to form and rises post pour... The head sticks around for a while, but ultimately fades and leaves a full creamy lacing... Seems quite still, but upon closer examination some of the smallest carbonation bubbles that I've ever seen rise very rapidly... The pace of the carbonation seems to slow throughout the session... A translucent medium brown color with some minor ruby highlights... Very attractive brew...

S - Absolutely terrific aroma... Rich caramel... Toffee... Raisins... Fig... Slightly fruity... A mild alcohol booziness...

T - The taste isn't as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe... The effects of the oak aging are evident, but not overpowering... There is a solid toasted malt base... Some minor spiciness was detected... Quite complex and enjoyable...

M - Slightly creamy at first sip... Lots of carbonation on the tongue and throughout... Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... A faint burnt texture... The warmth of the alcohol comes through on the finish...

D - Exquisite and worldly... This is a sophisticated brew... An enjoyable experience... Slightly more than a sipper, but a beer to be enjoyed and relished slowly.. (1,239 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep coppery amber colour with a slight haze. Creamy head with coppery tinge poured fairly thick and bubbly then faded quite quickly to decent one finger covering... barely any carbonation bubbles... some light lacing lines...

Aroma - Toasted bready / caramel malts mixed with nutmeg and light ginger spiciness, cola notes, noticeable oakiness, woody, lots of brown sugar sweetness, rich Christmas cake notes, dark dried fruits and candied peel, piney resin notes, lots of treacle, quite nutty...

Taste - Pretty much as above... hints of Jamaican ginger cake, nice warming alcohol, vanilla, definite oakiness, lots of treacle, brown sugar, toasted bread...

M&D - Smooth and fairly creamy with a little sharpness coming through... medium / full bodied... dangerously drinkable at 8%...

Overall - A superb example of an old ale and also of barrel aging done well... my favourite S. Smith brew along with their Impy stout. At over £5 a bottle though not something i'd be drinking everyday (sadly)... (1,071 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2010.

A: Pours a slightly hazy brick red/almost brown color. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: An amazing aroma. Dark fruits of cherries, plums and raisins. Even some apples mixed in. Toffee and toasted malt. Like oak aromas. Just excellent.
T: Again, this is excellent. Dark fruits that follow the nose along with some tart apples. Toasted malt, brown sugar, and toffee flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Very smooth. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day long.

This is a great English Strong Ale. Right up there with Fuller's Vintage Ale, and without a doubt the best I have had from Samuel Smith. I can see this being a great warmer/sipper for a drab and cold night or a special occasion. Excellent and highly recommend. (906 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have here a bottle that was released in 2009, but brewed in 2008 (it's that year of cask-aging)... poured into a mug at cellar temperature.

A one-finger, fizzy tan head on a pretty clear reddish-brown body. Somehow the deep hue seems slightly purple to me.

The aroma is extremely brandy-like, and there's most definitely a mix of vanilla, caramel, and raisins, too. It's a killer combination. Very reminiscent of dark fruit cake. It actually smells almost exactly like a brandy-soaked dark fruitcake which I had last winter.

It tastes like rich butterscotch and toffee with some lingering raisin and cherry sweetness. A sweet and bready beer.

The feel isn't overly hefty, but fairly full-bodied.

I think this is the oldest beer I've ever imbibed, and it was quite, quite good. This Stingo stuff ain't too shabby. (819 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding on to this one for about five months. The bottle says "brewed in 2008". Poured into a tulip at cellar temp.

A - For some reason I thought this would be a darker beer - it is a cloudy, medium to light amber. Pours with a creamy bottle-conditioned head of 3 fingers, that hung around for a minute or so.

S - World class. Raisins, sweet fruitiness, definitely some oak - it just smells like dessert.

T & M - I've never been a huge fan of Sam Smith offerings - what I have had always seems a bit watery, with a strange aftertaste I haven't been able to describe. Maybe something to do with the water source? Anyway, this beer has the same "Sam Smithness" going on, but it works really well. The flavors of the nose are all here - it is sweet, but not overpowering, and the mouthfeel is very full and creamy. The oak gives it a nice depth and crisp aftertaste.

D - It warms as it goes down, but doesn't feel overpowering in any way. I like it a lot. (967 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new Sam Smith beer, named after, I presume, the English country dance tune. I served it in a Chimay chalice. It made for a murky brown pour, with a very modest head. The aroma is a very good Old Ale scent, with lots of malt, little hops, and a hint of iron acidity.

Very good flavor as well! Lots of good caramel maltiness, but it's well attenuated so the sweetness is not cloying, despite the strength and very moderate hopping. It has a great aged flavor too it--a little bit of oxidation, a hint of hops past their prime, and a light acidity, less than I expected from the nose but still certainly present. There's not much oak character, so I presume the casks were pitch-lined first; it does have oakiness but it's subtle. The body is a bit thin, but that's what you expect from an aged beer.

Personally, I rate this as a very good beer--it tastes like a well-aged strong beer. I've cellared many a strong ale, and many have come out far worse than this. Very good addition to the Sam Smith line-up!! (1,011 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear red-brown with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Really interesting smell. Caramel malt and sort of musty, but in a good way.

T: Moderately sweet and light bitterness. Matches the nose in flavor. Caramel malt that is sort of musty.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and just slightly warm going down.

O:I really like this beer. I think is might be my first English strong ale, and if this is any indication of the style, I will have to try more. Very good. (566 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith has never let me down. Brewed in 2008.

Appearance- Pours a very dark, cloudy amber with a large off-white head that had good retention. Just a little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell- This beer is just wonderful in this regard. Notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, Golding hops, vanilla, and some very old wood. Sublime in quality.

Taste- Not as hoppy or boozy as American Strong Ales. A lot of fig flavor. A little caramel and earthiness as well. The hops show up in the finish. No sign that this is 8% ABV. Finishes somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel- I would of liked a little fuller body on this beer. But it is still good with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Not as special as Sam Smith RIS, but this is still a spectacular English classic. Just not a very good value at $12 a bottle. (799 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Mahogany reddish brown with a 1 finger khaki head leaving nominal lacing.

Aroma of raisins soaked in Amontillado Sherry.

Mouthfeel: solid, well constructed.

Taste: Vinous sherry, toffee with a heavily toasted caramel malt. some alcohol ester and a brush stroke of bitterness.

Notes: drinks like a fortified wine, complex, woody, fruity. A sipper, a Winter warmer. (432 characters)

Photo of djbow
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dusky brown color. Two finger head formed then the cascading magic was almost like a nitro pour was happening...after it settled a creamy, white head sat three fingers above a clear, amber body...very nice retention with sticky lacing left behind

S - A sweet nose composed of caramel, dark fruits, raisins, oak, vanilla and mild alcohol.

T - The caramel adds a lot of sweetness, but the beer never becomes overly sweet. There is toffee sweetness vanilla and oak that lingers in the background while the dark fruit comes out in the middle. Allot of flavor is packed into this beer. At the finish a bit of alcohol cleanses the pallet readying you for the next sip.

M - Medium / Full body. Smooth as glass. Just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

O - Yorkshire Stingo is a very complex beer that lives up to its hype. It is both a big beer and light and refreshing one at the same time. I goes down smooth each and is as close to a true to a traditional style British as you can get. (1,016 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008, poured into a snifter on 08/22/2011.

Looks like an aged English strong ale: Tawny highlights on a slightly browned tobacco sunburst stained body under an initially bubbly head that soon falls to a creamy layer.

The nose of this particular bottle is a aged-English-ale-hunter's fantasy dream. Imagine blending figs, dates, and dark plump raisins in a ratio of 2:1:1, and heating them to a syrup and then dumping that mixture into a pot of English toffee. Next to the pot of toffee is a huge loaf of dense bread that has been freshly cut on an oak cutting board. What you would smell standing near this plethora of olfactory stimulants is something like what I smell in this beer. Awesome!

From as sweet as the nose was I was expecting a syrupy bomb of a flavor, but this beer instead shows an artistic restraint. Now I am pumped. The flavor is subtle in almost every way, and I imagine this accounts for the often average scores awarded this beer by bold-palated American beer drinkers. Patience, to appreciate this beer's flavor takes patience!

Instead of bold toffee flavors to start with, dusty plums and something quite like dried figs take the lead. They don't make it cloying as can sometimes happen with aged strong ales, and I love how the flavor is mostly fruits and toffee notes but isn't overly sweet. The toffee is subtle and has a taste that reminds me of the smell of toffee (which is less sweet than the actual flavor). With concentration I think I can pick up oak, but it is not bourbony or young in any way, and it might just be the aged malt flavors taking on notes of vanilla that my palate can't distinguish from oak. My only area of complaint with the flavor of this beer is that there is little aftertaste of any substance, but perhaps that is my American palate haunting me despite my efforts to balance it out with internationally-minded tasting. There is an extremely subtle aftertaste of caramel/crystal malts and brown sugar, but this is faint at best.

The mouthfeel is still holding up despite the 3 years this has survived since its brewing, but it is beginning to show slight signs of thinning with age. I would like to think this could stay together till around the 5 year mark with a reasonably full mouthfeel, but I lack the knowledge of aging to know with more than guesswork.

Conclusion: I hoped that I would enjoy this beer as much a I enjoy the idea of it... and I wasn't let down. I love this beer. It is mellow and complex and wonderfully subtle. Aged strong ales from England are for me some of the most pleasing drinkable liquids on this planet, and this beer is one of the greats. For me it trounces J.W. Lee's because it doesn't sway to far into the syrupy-sweet/headache area (although I respect that as I know many people love it). Thomas Hardy's still holds the gold medal in my book, but this, Fuller's Vintage Ale and Fuller's 1845 are all solid alternatives (which are still produced). (2,957 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2009.

Inviting appearance. Dark copper with a thick and creamy head which remains attractive even as the beer sits in the snifter for a while.

As I get a whiff of this beer I can't help to think of a carmel bread pudding and figs. There is some oak in the nose too.

Man, this thing is complex as far flavor goes. Sitting in an oak cask for a year has done this thing wonders. Starts with sweet toffee, cocoa and caramel flavors that work into really vinous and oaky flavors. Vanilla and cherry in there too. The finish has a very subtle twang. Bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel is intermediate with a nice amount of natural carbonation. There is absolutely no sign of this thing being 9% ABV so smooth and drinkable. This is the most exciting beer I've had from the UK since Meantime IPA. Highly recommended. (821 characters)

Photo of essie
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe chalice. Nice red body with a creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smells of malt caramelization with fruit and a tiny bit of oak. In some ways, it reminds me of an oude bruin or one of the more fruity styles of dubbel.

Taste is like the aroma, but much more complex. Fruit, raisins and caramelized malts are the most dominant, but there's also a subtle oakiness and roasted malt presence in there too. The finish is somewhat dry, with a grassy hoppiness that works well but was unexpected given the style.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy without being cloying or too thick, and the carbonation is great.

This is definitely a sipper, so drinkability is somewhat limited (as expected).

Overall, I found this to be a fantastically complex beer that is perfectly balanced and has a lot of unique flavors going on. Whereas many oak-aged beers I've tried have been overpowering, the oak here takes a back seat and provides a wonderful background for all the other flavors. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try if you can get over the high price. (1,073 characters)

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