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

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675 Ratings

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 56 | 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.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 11/26/09

Pours a hazy brown color with a creamy yellow stained head. Forceful pour reveals about a fingers worth of head but minimal retension. Smells of vanilla, oak, malt and the slightest amount of hops. Faint amount of lace clngs to the glass. Taste has a bit of hop bitterness upfront that blends right into a pleasant mixture of oak, vanilla, grain and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium, smooth feel with low carbonation. As it warms more caramel notes come out. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 12:38:55 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a wonderful warm color like stained wood, a small tan/brown head rest atop the brew. Rich but somewhat restrained initially in the nose. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, rum raisin and whiskey fill the bouquet as the beer warms. Creamy mouthfeel, a satisfying candy sweetness finished off by warming alcohol waves. Layered and complex, the wood flavors are interesting. A special beer for sure. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 01:42:56 | More by ATPete
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was glad I was able to grab a bottle of this. Of course I had to travel across state lines to get it but that is another story.

A: Into my Brooklyn tulip. Very deep ruby color. Quite a bit of particles floating in the glass that I allowed to settle. A half finger of white head with good retention.

S: Very sweet nose. Quite a bit of dark fruit going on as well. You get a little bit of the oak as well. The oak really comes out a bit more as it warms. This was served at cellar temperature.

T: Starts off with a sharp green apple note which is not a good thing for most but worked for me. Then it goes into this nice aged sweetness. The fruit comes out more as it warms as well. On the bottle they said they used the old brewery yeast. Wonder what that is. Just a really balanced beer.

M: Low carbonation but that works for me. Almost has a cask mouthfeel. Would love to have this on cask now that I think about it.

D: I was really exited to try this beer and it did not disappoint. A really nice example of an English Ale with a twist. They should never stop production of this beer. Really great.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 22:54:32 | More by aerozeppl
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice orangey amber color with a nice just off white head that lingers quite well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is full or some raisiny malt, slight tart oaky vanilla notes, and clear british influence.

Taste follows. Nice and mildly sweet raisiny malt profile. Oak aging is apparent but nowhere near as blatant as many american styles. Nice and smooth. There is a slight bit of hop bite on the finish, but really this is a malt driven brew. Certainly not oversweet, in fact quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel is right about where it should be for how the beer feels. Many of the style are a bit more viscous, but this one is still nice and chewy with a good body.

Drinkability is solid here. Even though the abv is not exactly large for the style, this is still drinkable. Could easily put away a couple of these.

Overall a very pleasant and very drinkable strong ale from SS. A clear british influence in this beer, and the barrel aging is nice and subtle leaving one able to enjoy quite a bit of it rather than 12oz followed by heartburn. I love me some bourbon soaked US gnarliness, but a good traditional strong ale is good for the soul. A fine beer, however the $13 pricetag is pretty damn ridiculous. Give it a shot though, its pretty good, and could probably do a couple years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 06:11:58 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Lightly chilled. Poured carefully from a 550mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Largely clear, somewhat pale, rose madder body topped by a slender buff color head which persists leaving a wake of light soapy lacing in its wake with every sip.

Aroma reminds me of an old ale at first - lots of toffee, a hint of treacle, notable oak, caramel, light fruity esters, and above all - rich lingering malt.

Raw sugar, faint molasses - brings to mind a rum on the palate, but this is balanced by some lighter fruit notes - dates, fresh green figs, and a some other dried fruit element. Malt comes on mid-palate lending a lightly toasted flavor accompanied by an almost vinuous tanginess that seems to come from the yeast interacting with the wood. Finish includes very weak smokiness, vanilla, and alcohol - but all in all is rather brisk despite the sweetness.

Creamy, almost oily in fact, but still medium-light bodied which really boosts the drinkability.

Sort of a more "sessionable" version of an old ale - one of the first examples of the style I recall reviewing, but this seems like a excellent point of departure.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:37:39 | More by augustgarage
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yorkshire Stingo pours a golden brown color. It's moderately hazy, but a little light gives it a slight orange tint. A creamy, vanilla cap tops it off. It only reaches about a finger and a half deep. It receded to a surface covering quickly, but held there for a while. Lacing was light and stringy.

The nose is good. Very good. It's very rich, fruity, and slightly sweet smelling. The roster of fruit notes here is deep. There's apple, pear, and cherry, in addition to darker varieties (plum, raisin, fig, and prune). It's deeper and more complex than I anticipated. The oak aging really has a remarkable impact on the nose. It has a nice wood aroma and just enough alcohol to make it shine. I'm really shocked at how good this stuff smells. If the flavor is even in the vicinity, this is going to be damn good stuff.

It's a close call. This is damn good beer. I'm on the fence with the score at the moment. The vast array of fruit flavors are prominent throughout. Apple and pear are most notable initially, but raisin, plum, fig, and a little sour cherry aren't far behind. It really does have a deep fruit flavor. But they all work well in tandem, with none stealing the limelight. Very synergistic, if you will. Oak aging certainly has impact. It has a nice wood-like flavor, but it evolves into an almost band-aid-esque flavor. I'm not all that crazy about that. Alcohol is easily noted and provides just a little warmth. It finishes a little sweet and warm. It's a damn tasty beer. Very close call on the score. That slight band-aid flavor prevents me from going higher.

Yorkshire Stingo has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and doesn't offend. It's very close to creamy, but not quite. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor quite a bit. It is a little rich and somewhat strong at 8%. I'm enjoying the bottle, but one's enough.

Samuel Smith's really did an impressive job with Yorkshire Stingo. I didn't quite know what to expect from this beer. Suffice it to say it's damn good. Very close to being a flat-out amazing beer. The slight band-aid like flavor is its sole shortcoming. I'm sure that's a natural result of the oak aging and some may find it quite appealing. I'm not so enamored with it. Nonetheless, Yorkshire Stingo is a very nice beer. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle if you have the opportunity. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:11:38 | More by prototypic
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burnt caramel color scattered with slow and steady beading, topped with an off-white to light brown head that retains and laces well.

Loads of charred and fresh oak on the nose. Caramel, smooth chocolate, maple syrup, a slight suggestion of booze, more oak, brown sugar.

I find this MUCH more approachable than I did the first time around. First time I had this I was overwhelmed by oak, not the case here. Smooth, fresh oak, more maple syrup, caramel cake, a touch of coffee even, not much heat to be spoken of.

Way more drinkable than I remember. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:29:58 | More by yamar68
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a half finger tall beige head.The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles. There was minor lacing but some visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Upfront the taste is pretty sweet followed by a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of spices, toffee, oak, and plum.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of creaminess.

O: A little too much of a cloying sweetness for me. Alcohol is well hidden but not a sessionable beer for me.

The bottle I tried was brewed in 2010.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:53:55 | More by dbrauneis
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jampics2 for sending this extra my way.

A: Pours a dark caramel-amber with a nice light tan head.

S: Loaded with sweet malt, caramel, and toffee; accompanied by plenty of fruit and hints of vanilla.

T: Doesn't pop quite like the nose, and a little bit of wood makes its way in.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very nice all around. Haven't been disappointed by Sam Smith yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 11:27:30 | More by Thorpe429
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark hazel,head puny,admit poor bad....Good aroma,sweet fruity,bread odor with a hint of smoke. The taste similar,reminded me of a quad. Maybe its considered a quad for all I know,but not as flavorful. Good sensation,tingles as it goes down. Definitely would have again especially with the right foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:20:12 | More by K9AleingPiss
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given that I was in a bar in Morgantown West Virginia (Jay's), I was positively excited to see this beer available (even at $18 a pop).

The beer pours a striking reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very intriguing in this beer, as I pick up a strong, vinuous overtone to this beer, that marries well with the toffee and vanilla I'm picking up as well. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with the vinuous flavor component helping to counter the sweet richness one gets in this beer. Otherwise, there is a strong presence of vanilla, caramel and toffee that is impressive and easy to appreciate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet, very rich finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there, and it wears on you a bit with all the sweetness.

A very rich beer, one that is best enjoyed in small doses. It took me the better part of hour to work through my bottle, and even then, I ended up leaving 3 or 4 ounces in my glass.... just too much of a good thing for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:48:10 | More by John_M
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/28/2011. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, toast, toffee, caramel, pear, apple, brown sugar, bread, oak, earth, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, molasses, bread, light oak, light clove, pepper, earth, and herbal spiciness. Slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, earth, clove, light oak, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt complexity and balance with the light hop spiciness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English strong ale. Very nice amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:19:02 | More by superspak
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy orange/brown...murky with a short-lived head that barely managed 1/4". Carbonation continues to bubble at the surface without sustaining much foam or even film. The rise of the bubbles is so slow that I'm anticipating a pretty viscous body.

The smell is very singular...this is my first English Strong so I've never smelled this before. It smells like treacle, oak, raisins and old, worn-out leather. You can definitely get an alcohol presence in the nose. The smell is akin to an oaked Belgian tripel and not that far off of a barleywine. This smells like a serious beer.

The flavors come through in the taste, but in different proportions. The smell was stronger in raisins or currants, but the taste accented the treacle and oak more. The leather is subdued as is the alcohol heat. Both are there, but not in a way that is unpleasant. The taste is surprisingly mellow in direct opposition to the power of the smell.

I was expecting viscous, but this beer has a lighter mouthfeel than that, but it's still mouth filling. I'm amazed at how easy it is to drink at 9% and I should stop this review before my spelling really takes a downslide. I'm wishing the bottle was a wee bit smaller because I WILL drink the whole thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:12:44 | More by Naugros
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 19 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Picked up for $5.99 (!!!) on sale at my local beer place.

A: Nice brown/red color with a nice, thick off-white head and great lacing.

S: Some dark fruits, malt, a tad, tad bit of oak.

T: Whoa! This is a weird one! Starts off with dark fruit, then shifts to a really sweet tropical fruit. There's a maltiness and butter/toffee flavor throughout with the slightest hint of woodiness at the end. It's really an enigma...It's not bad at all, but it's odd. There is also a moderately hot alcohol taste that sticks around for awhile.

As it warms, it becomes sweeter and the alcohol and woodiness comes through a lot more.

M: Creamy, moderate-heavy body, and a little bit of carbonation.

O: I honestly don't even know where to start...This is one of the more interesting and complex beers I have had in quite awhile. It's definitely the best offering I've had from Sam Smith's so far. It's definitely an odd mix of flavors in my opinion, but the overall result is pretty decent.

I only picked this one up because it was $5.99. Normal price is $13.99. I really doubt I'd pay $14 for this, but it's DEFINITELY worth it for $6.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:05:33 | More by TTAmod
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

55 cl short-necked brown bottle with an old-looking label in beige and red - black writing.
Looks kind of exclusive.

A: Pours hazy burgundy with a rather large off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves little lacing.

S: Rich sweet malt, a bit caramelly. Dark dried fruits. Some alcohol. Fruity in an English way. Faint vanilla - I'm guessing oak.

T: Sweet rich malt, almost syrupy. Fruits, dark dried as well as ripe red apples and faint citrus. Vanilla. Very English. Some alcohol.

M: Long aftertaste with mostly sweetness. Body is creamy syrupy medium to full and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice beer, but I regret that I didn't put it in my cellar for a couple of years - no it's to alcoholic and a bit unbalanced. This will probably evolve into something great if cellared properly.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 20:00:00 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Poured a massive 3" head which was slow to dissipate. Hazy light brown color. Quite nice smell with malt and caramel. Taste has that again plus a tart zing and a sort of raisin or fig fruitiness. I respect the tradition behind the way it was brewed in stone "Yorkshire squares" and then aged a couple of years. A unique dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 12:56:44 | More by MoreThanWine
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged about two years. Maybe two and a half.

Dark caramel color with a cap of half an inch of bone white head. Retains well with a few popping bubbles. No real lacing.

Musty English malts with lots of figgy dark fruit notes and a slathering of gooey toffee. Light oakiness imparts a woodiness. Date, raisin, fruit, brandy, apple, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and creme de cacao. Earthy hints, like tobacco. Very nice nose.

Toffee, vanilla, oak, raisiny grape, date, Cognac, fig, bready malts, some buttery flavors, and dried tobacco leaf. Hearty, like a good strong English ale, with a slurpy mouthfeel filled with textured carbonation. Delicious plummy flavors add to the sweeter malt notes which spring up everywhere. Robust, and not candied. Keeps an easier drinkability. The body is merely medium, but it feels a bit fuller than that. Alcohol tries to peak, but the aging has really mellowed that out. This drinks great, and I recommend laying down a bottle or two for a few years for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:18:33 | More by thecheapies
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a brilliant but slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a one-finger whitish head.

Aroma is fruity and malty mostly. Raisin, cherry, oak, and caramel stand out.

Flavor is very nice and fruity. Cherry, raisin, and other fruits, oak barrel, caramel, toffee, and spiced pudding. I had heard this described as a bit sour, but I found it to be only mildly tart.

Smooth on the palate with medium-body and no hint of the 8% ABV.

Very drinkable. Nice beer overall, I like this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 21:35:10 | More by nickd717
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red black in the glass with a very thing white head.

Nose is very Belgian fruit character with hints and undertones of vanilla (the oak in which it was aged-a nice character here on the nose).

Mouthfeel is mixed. Starts a bit thin but then developes a little creaminess and character.

Flavors are malt, sweet carmel and toffee, Belgian fruit and sweet creamed coffee. A bitter carmel/toffee finish. Nice characteristics when you take them one at a time.

The beer is good and a decent drink. Yet, the parts are actually better than the whole on this one. It's decent; in fact, it's very good; but there is a body, texture, solidity missing. I confess that it gets better and better and seeminly more complex and attractive the more one drinks it. I'm generally not a fan of most English brews. This is one of England's best; even with criticism, this is a complex, well made and well conceived brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 07:32:13 | More by GRG1313
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked one of these up at the Boise COOP over the weekend.... Paid a pricey $12... but I had to learn if it was worth it :-) Shared with my brother.

Poured into my Delirium snifter... Great sorta yellow tinged head.. nice lace and retention.. the brew is pretty hazed copper red color.

Nose has a bit of oak out front.. then a ton of great yeasty fruitiness jumps out of the glass... raising and dried cherries are up front.. no mistaking the oak though...

The flavor is wonderfully "English" (at least in my mind's palate anyway).. Again the oak hits at the beginning, then more of a very "cherry" flavor really blossoms.. I like it a bunch from the first sip.. caramel and maybe some vanilla.. but golden raisin helps a bit and then the some sour cherry.. this is sooo very interesting.. I'm having a hard time picking out any hops, but maybe some come as it warms... sorta grassy tends to get blown out by the growing yet lite sour elements.. the oak never really is overdone, instead it just sorta rides the other flavors as a light background player. Better body and carbonation than I was expecting... the flavor though is what makes me want another sip.... My only knock would be that honestly, about half a bottle was maybe a bit less than I would want by myself, but a full bottle probably would have been too much.

Wow.. I did NOT want to like this enough to spring for another bottle... but I will.... Thanks Matt for getting these in.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 07:12:51 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 06:58:12 | More by berkey
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:54:17 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:04:18 | More by IronDjinn
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 00:46:33 | More by david131
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a delirium tulip, initially pours a large head that reemerges nice and big upon agitation. Creamy lacing as I tilt; a body mahogany in color, with an overall look that makes it appear almost like a cream-soda float. Very cool.

Aromas are sweet, malty, exhibiting a bouquet with strong hints of cherry lollipop. Also some fruits including apples and raisins. It's all so very pleasant, with more oak and biscuit coming through as I agitate.

A broad spectrum of flavors from first sip to last, and includes toffee, raisins, pudding, biscuit-y malts, some oak, and a nice bitterness as the warming progresses. Read BA's description of an English Strong Ale and Stingo matches it perfectly.

Mouthfeel is thin, tingly in the beginning but more juice-like as I continue sipping.

Overall, I am a big fan of Stingo. Unmistakeably English in its character, and exhibiting such a fine balance of ESB-'esque bitterness with a splendid dessert quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 07:27:12 | More by jminsc76
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.