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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

779 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 97
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sarunas7
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could have sworn this was an old ale. I'm not sure why it's listed as an English Strong ale. It certainly tastes like an old ale and was barrel aged for a year. The primary difference I noticed was that it was the best old ale I had ever tasted. This thing was like a meal in a glass, which was perfect because I was HUNGRY at the time. Each sip was like the next bite into a hamburger. It was quite sweet, with flavours of rotting fruits, but it was also malty and earthy at the same time, but not in a sweet Belgian brew sort of way. It was a tiny bit sour like someone added a few drops of warcestershire sauce into the beer and had an umami flavour to it as well. These are really what distinguished it as tasting meal-like. It could easily vie for the position of the most well-balanced high-alcohol sweet beer that I've ever had. Though Boulevard's dark truth and probably a couple others would still provide stiff competition. This beer definitely exceeded my expectations. I knew it must be good, but it was absolutely astounding. Only 11 oz of it really made my night.

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dokupe
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ALLISON01
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have has this bottle in the cellar for about 2 years and the extra age has really created a wondrous beer that is rounded yet full of flavour. The young Stingo was a bit scattered IMO but I loved this bottle. The nose is full of hops and malt but you can tell that a British brewer made it rather than the new world hops often found in North American barley wines. The finish is long and very smooth but I never felt a thinness of mouthfeel in this beer. With Thomas Hardy no longer made this might be my favourite British barley wine

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of HKUSPC40
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle. Bought at Neds for $13. Brewed 2009, so its a 2010 release.

Appearance: Light brown amber with some chill haze. Off white head with nice retention. Some very attractive lacing with sips, but it doesnt stick.

Smell: Rummy raisins, sweet bread, toffee, light toast.

Taste: Dark fruit, bready malt is sweet and slightly toasted. Booze is not hidden, but not the least bit hot. A little port-like. Some slightly dry oaky notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its just a little thin feeling. The carbonation seems appropriate, but the body could be a little bigger.

Overall: I like this beer. This aged one is better than fresh.

Photo of bryang002
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on October 4, 2012.

It pours a medium to dark amber with a bottle-conditioned cloudiness and a moderate hjead that settles a little but sticks around.

On the nose there is black licorice in with that toffee and caramel with a very notable woody character thanks to the oak casks I imagine and I am not imagining it.

The body is creamy and full.

The taste is powerful with a barley-malted sweetness almost akin to a barleywine toward the front followed by a short-lived lingering finish. This tastes good now but it is one of those beers I should buy now and stash it away for a year or so and try it then.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, deep, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, off-white, ring of film. Aromas of rich, dark toffee, honey sweetness, old world fruits (fig and date foremost), and some earthy overtones. Flavors are bold and forward on a surprisingly thin body. Roasty first and foremost, with a toffee underlay that supports the earthy, old world fruit sweetness. Fig, raisin, and date all impart a subtle blending of rich and sweet that is kept balanced by the clean, thin body. Oaky highlights also add a rustic feel to the palate. Smooth, rich, sweet aftertaste blending all of the fruit and earth characteristics into a nice, balanced bouquet. Smooth, clean finish that is light and only slightly lingering.

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with a limited head. No lace.

Toffee, rich malt, some raisin bread, overripe fruit in the nose.

Rich, a bit buttery, some nice sweet bread, bruised fruit, toffee, sweet malt, alcohol, moderate bitterness. Nice balance, finishes a little boozy, a little sweet, a little bitter.

Full body, hint of acid.

Great cool weather sipping beer. 8% seemed like more, but it was most welcoming.

Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown with two finger frothy head that retains. Good amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruits (figs), some vinegar like aroma, malt.

T: Dark fruits, booziness, malt, sweetness, apples, raisin, and honey (yes I taste honey).

M: Good amount of carbonation. Quite thick.

O: It's nice, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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.

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.