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

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754 Ratings
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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 87
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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:
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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008)
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer was brewed in 2012 and is now about two years old. A moderate pour produces about an inch of a pale brown head. The beer is a slightly hazy, moderately dark copper color with fairly high carbonation.

Lots of enticing bready and molasses-like malt aromas along with that characteristic minerally flavor of Sam Smith ales. Lying beneath is a very distinct dark cherry essence. The aromas carry over into the flavor, and further combine with some oak tannin producing accentuated cherry or rather cherry wine notes. Definitely a little chocolate flavor in there as well. The ABV is well masked except to add a little warmth to the finish which has a mineral dryness but with some lingering dried dark fruit notes.

As far as I know, this beer is not obtainable in my town, but was bought at Worden's Market in Missoula, Montana in the wake of a beatdown by my alma mater University of Montana (the Griz, formerly Bruins) in their old rivalry with the Montana State Bobcats (formerly Aggies). An excellent beer that I just had to try.

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stingo is one of those crazy styles thats different every time you see one, which is all too infrequently these days. this is one of the classics, maybe the longest running in our market, and just phenomenal in every way. whether they take some of this out and do it with cherries, or blend some lacto soured beer back into the mix, there is no denying its complexity, dried fruity finish, and tannic pucker uncommon in english beer. amazingly rich, malt forward but so interesting. not chocolate or caramel or normal english yeast, but somehow drawing on all of these. its more mature, aged in oak, and mellowed and better integrated than most others. i get a ton of cherry in the finish through the rich but tannic froth on the back end, and there is just a slight tartness like fruit from the tree a few weeks before its pickable. stingo means something different to every brewer, but for me this is the one by which all others must be judged. the original and still the best, brewed in 2011 was my bottle, thanks for this beauty. best in the morning or in the icy cold!

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L: Enjoyed in a standard pint glass, this thing poured a beautiful deep red amber color with a nice inch thick creamy head. Decent amount of lace and carbonation, and overall a very very appealing beer upon pour.

Smell: There is definitely a dark fruit smell to it that pops you right up front. It also has a pretty strong liquor smell to it which isn't so bad mixed with the fruity quality of the nose. Slight hint of oak as well.

Taste: The taste is what you would come to expect from an English Strong: Complex. The dark fruit is ever present, just like in the nose. Dark raisin and prune like flavors hit the tongue immediately. Then it slowly drifts into this delightful mix of nutty maltiness with a hint of caramel. The oak nut/earth flavor drifts well into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is a little prevalent at times. Perhaps a little too prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly and carbonated. A little prickly on the tongue. A chewy mouthfeel as well.

Overall: Gotta say, at the start of it I was a bit disappointed. However, like most complex beers it takes a few sips to come around to how good it actually is. The way the flavors work together going from alcohol/dark fruit to a malt caramel nuttiness was superb and truly left me wanting more with each sip. The alcohol is a little too prevalent perhaps but it's still one of the best English Strongs I've had. Sam Smith continues to impress me with their brews.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.