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

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91
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765 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 89
Gots: 73 | 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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Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -2.4%

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +2.4%
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 -2.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +2.4%
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%

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +7.3%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage I assume. 550ml bottle into a pint glass. $16/bottle bar price...

A - Very dark brown body, almost bordering on black/red. Nice and creamy two finger head with nice lacing.

S - Toffee, dark fruits, caramel, and some spiced bread. A little oaky with some vanilla. Really smooth aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Christmas spices, bread, toffee and caramel, raisins. Really smooth oak tannin finish. Not overly complex but very tasty. Somewhat chewy and creamy medium bodied mouth feel.

O - Not as spectacular as I was expecting, but very well made and quite delicious on a cold evening. My friend thought it was amazing though.

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaveStroud
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown with 1/2" tan coloured head.

S: Caramel malt, figs, cherries, vanilla and oak.

T: Toffee, caramel, oak, figs, roasted malt, as well as a certain bitterness from pine hop flavours.

M: Medium to full viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The last time I tried a Samuel Smith beer was 6 months ago, and I really tasted hard water on this beer. I wish the beer tasted as it smelled, because it was much more subtle and sweet smelling; but it tastes quite dry and somewhat harsh in comparison.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle date with an 8.0% abv; slow-poured (per instructions on bottle; to avoid inclusion of the yeast in the bottle) into an Ommegang glass (somewhere between a footed pilsner and a tulip).

A: amber brown body, creamy beige finger of head

S: light, bright oakiness and darker, sweet toffee

T: some lightly boozed dark fruit, molasses and bread pudding; wood/oak notes and raisins

M: leans more toward sweet than dry; moderate carbonation, medium weight; great aftertastes

O: a great holiday beer - would go so well with Christmas goose or a Thanksgiving pumpkin or pecan pie; this is a real treat of a beer with a lot of flavors. I may have benefitted from this being an aged bottle - it was very mellow and easy-drinking.

Photo of thesoftspoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of yamar68
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!

Photo of jacobdensford
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Musicjack
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this tall bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark copper brown hue with a thin white 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with hints of dried fruits in the background.

T: Sweet flavor with a woody fruit like middle and finished on the malty side of dry.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and minimal carbonation.

O: Excellent brew by Samuel Smith. I had been searching for this one for awhile.

Photo of BourbonDork
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.