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

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 110
Gots: 97 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 eclaycamp
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Most folks, myself included, probably don't know that Stingo is an older word that means old ale or old beer. Seems appropriate for this beer, which is apparently aged for an entire year in Samuel Smith's famous Yorkshire Squares. I'm using a goblet for this one tonight, as a special beer deserves a special glass. Pours a murky and ruddy amber. Carbonation levels are pretty high, as there's a constant stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass. No real head on this beer, just bubbles on the outer rim of the glass. Aroma is rich, deep, and pungent. You can really pick out the oak, which adds a nice earth characteristic. The first taste is simply incredible. Flavor profile is stunningly complex, with loads of molasses, dark cherry, raisin, oak, and tobacco clamoring for attention on the palate. This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the mouthfeel balanced, as the heavy flavor profile and malt profile could easily become syrupy if left alone. Happily that's not the case here, though the heavy alcohol warmth makes this a sipping beer. Samuel Smith's has done it again, creating a textbook example of a classic English style - in the case of Yorkshire Stingo, the Old Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear Ruby Amber colour witha nice tight off White head that retains well and laces well.

S - Small amounts of malts and fruit bread, maybe a little liquor aromas.

T - Up front some nice smooth stewed fruits with some oak, the boozyness is non existent. The finish is a little bitter but for the most part this beer is delicate and yet bold with the wooden flavours.

M - Superb medium to full with low carbonation.

O - This is a top shelf brew albeit a little pricey.

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Photo of Kromes
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2009.

A: A dark amber color with a thick tan colored head.

S: Sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, wood and alcohol.

T: A big sweet caramel malt falvor. The flavor is very smooth up front and then there is a warm alcohol and dark fruit (almost dark cherry) flavor in the finish. There's also a touch of oak.

M: The mouthfeel is quite good. Very smooth and full bodied. The finish is warm.

O: This is good quality beer. I'll definitely look for this again.

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Photo of darkmartin
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a murky, molasses-brown with a thick tan head. Minimal lacing surprisingly.

Smell: Caramel hits me first, followed by some interesting fruit notions. Hops dont seem to make an appearance. Overall smell is very sweet and rich.

Taste: Rather similar to the smell, caramel at first. However the taste progresses to sweet vanilla, then finishes with subtle, fruity hops. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. Fair amount of carbonation that seems to fit the style.

Drinkability: The enjoyable dark, sweet, fruit flavors are nicely paired with the subtle bitter finish. This really is something that can only be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of SudReyCzar
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional On All Levels. Glad I Was Able To Experience This. Balanced, Tasteful And Smooth! Find One, You Won't Be Disappointed. I Highly Recommend Everything From This Masterful Companies Offerings. Will Not Disappoint! At Least Not Me or My Taste Buds. A1+

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Photo of erz316
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into sam smith pint glass. brewed in 2008

good look about the brew. the bubbles are sticking to the middle of the glass for some reason, huh. the body is a ruby orange with slight turbidity and thick cream colour head. the foam is pretty creamy and lasts a good while, forming into big bubbles and breaking up that way. the nose is like that of a esb that has been aged in oak: hoppy, a bit sweet, with a good rustic oak note. the taste is surprisingly sweet, but has a good bunch of hops to even out the taste. the oak also adds a nice touch, adding depth and an additional character to the malts. I would never have guessed this brew had 8% abv, it is just too damn silky smooth. the feel is medium thick, with medium carbonation. I really like this, and wish the price tag wasn't so damn high.

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Photo of IronLover
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber in colodr with autumnlike orange and brown hues and a deep haze. Poured with a thick off-white foam that reduced to a healthy cap. Sweet, sugary caramel malt aromas with ripe, slightly tart fruit notes at the end. Medium bodied with a rich, smooth, oily feel and alighly subdued carbonation. Caramel candy and malt flavors with notes of buttery dark bread. Floral hops thru the middle followed by ripe fruit flavors toward the end. Yeast and fruit flavors are similar to a begian strong dark ale but not as prominent. Finishes incredibly dry with lingering floral hop and dry and ripe fruit aftertaste. Somehow the intense maltiness and hop character subdue the booziness.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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 leaving...ni-i-ice.

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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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!!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of allouez86
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of kscaldef
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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..

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Photo of mdagnew
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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)...

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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!!

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.