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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

743 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 84
Gots: 65 | 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.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radek's bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Seems like an old ale, this is great for our North American geeky tastes. Big oak, above average mouthfeel. almost soured stops short of that. Some lace.A British version of Jolly Pumpkin. Lightly brown coloured body.

Sammy, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2011.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and candied fruit aromas. There is also a bit of a sour aroma that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with a woody flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

djrn2, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, May 15, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color with some brownish hues. It poured with a quarter finger-high beige head that died down but never completely faded away and left thick wispy lacing floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel, toffee and fruits in the nose.
T: It has flavors of toffee and plums along with hints of spices in the finish. Hints of oak from the barrel aging are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The alcohol is very well masked and not very noticeable in the taste. This is not a bad beer to sip on a cold winter day.

metter98, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottling

Appearance; Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an impressive head; not a lot of lacing though the retention is good

Smell: Christmas pudding, toasted brown bread, vanilla and raisins

Taste: Opens with a rich blend of caramel, raisins, vanilla, nuts and spices - like a liquid crème brûlée; by mid-palate, the earthy hops and oak staves add complexity; after the swallow, there is a nice tannic character that offsets the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy with a slight sense of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Just a whit shy of an English Barleywine, this is an excellent brew that has a lot of complexity

brentk56, Apr 16, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get the impression that this is what real English Stong Ales have tasted like for years prior to the current craft beer movement.

A hazy crimson color shows a great creamy head that doesn't overwhem with size (is true that this doesn't matter?) but impresses with staying power and lacing as it forms the perfect blanket over top the beer. Not sure about the haze but the look is otherwise very handsome and inviting.

Deep and candied aromas of cherries, figs, dates, prunes, grapes, dates, and all other dried fruits that you can fit into a fruit cake. Dark and toasted malts give impressions of toffee, molassas, and English biscuit sweetness. Rum-like alcohols give power to the sweet and fruity nose, similar to barleywines.

Flavors begin to mimic the nose but are interrupted by a muted intensity and a pungent tartness. The beer is definately not as sweet as the aromas suggest but the fruit flavor comes through along side of a sturdy malt and toast flavor.

Creamy up front with a soft, delicate, and masculine maltiness. Barrel aged tannins creep in with a sharp astringency that remainds me of grape skins. The beer struggles to remain malty towards the end with a subtle dryness that eventually out does the astringent woodsy, powdery texture.

The beer is really close to legendary status. The wood stave aging seems to rob the flavor and body just a bit too much. This doesn't kill the beer but it does knock it off of the pedistal.

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2008. Released in 2009. Bright cherry red with generous orange edges and an attractive crown of khaki colored cream that reached three fingers at its apex. The foam seems a bit crackly and isn't making much of an impact on the sides of the snifter.

The nose is primarily caramel-like, is musty-earthy (in a good way), and features plenty of fruit on the order of ripe apricots and mushy apples. No appreciable alcohol is a plus, as is more power with head dispersal and warming.

My plan was to review Yorkshire Stingo on the one year anniversary of its release, which was August 1, 2010. For those who are unaware, that date is Yorkshire Day in Merry Old England. Obviously, that didn't happen, due to my forgetfulness, so today is the day.

This English Strong Ale (or English barleywine, if you prefer) is not as deep or as complex as expected. It's still good beer, but Samuel didn't knock it out of the park... or whatever the cricket equivalent to that statement is. Warming is helping to some extent, just not enough to increase the taste score.

Flavors include English toffee, toasted bread crust, a generic fruitiness, bitter tea leaves, a few staves worth of oak, and a tiny splash of port wine. The alcohol isn't completely masked, but is nearly so. In the end, this a pleasant sipper that isn't quite knocking my socks off.

Yeah, this is English beer, but the body/mouthfeel still needs some help. It's way too thin for the ABV and is most likely the result of too little malt. More ballast would help this ale in any number of ways. The carbonation stays in the shadows, which is fine.

My hope was that Yorkshire Stingo would give Fuller's Vintage Ale a run for its English big beer money. 'Twas not to be. The Fuller's beer is amazing and is well worth the purchase price. This one is merely good and is surpassed by any number of Samuel Smith Old Brewery offerings.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. A new style tick for me in the process!

A: The beer pours a copper sort of color with a thin ring of off-white foam--there's no real head to speak of.

S: Smells quite sweet. Lots of white and brown sugar notes to start. Seems to be some toffee and a lot of sherry notes (including alcohol). I get some miscellaneous fruits, but raisins in particular.

T: Quite a lot of fruit on the palate. I get pears, apples, and raisins for the most part. Again, a strong sugar presence with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. The oak is well represented and there is a definite alcohol flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: Not sure why this one is so talked up, I thought it was pretty mediocre.

womencantsail, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had been one that I wanted to try for quite some time. The beer poured out as a deep red color with a fizzy cream colored head on top. The head quickly vanishes and doesn't leave any lacing. The smell is of some soft earthy notes, nothing too extreme here... I expected the smell to be much stronger than it was. The taste of the beer is pretty good, not sour like I expected. There is some semi-sweet caramel flavors with some earthy malts and a light wooden barrel flavor in there too. The mouthfeel has a pretty good body to it, the carbonation isn't too bad. Overall this brew wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. It's a decent brew, but I'm struggling a little bit to see the hype.

Knapp85, Sep 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber-hued ody with a medium-small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A nose of caramel-coated, toasted biscuit tops provide a nice sweet-smelling scent accented by notes of dried fruits and spicy English hops.

Taste: Begins with a taste of sweet, luscious caramel with a deep, dark sugary tone to it along with some lightly toasty biscuit hints and a notable fruitiness coming across as raisins and dehydrated apricots ready for the trail mix bag. Mild spiciness and bitterness from the English hops. Only a minor perceived woody character seems to have been imparted by the oak staves. A bit mineral-laden on the back half. There's a little leftover malt sweetness on the otherwise lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a skosh above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! It's quite good, in fact, though, at the price tag of around eleven bucks per bottle (the real source of the sting-o), I don't see myself returning to it anytime soon.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep orange infused copper color with a very thin quick to faid off white head atop.Deeply fruity and cakey in the nose along with brown sugar,and sweet alcohol.somewhat sweet on the palate but not over done,brown sugar and dark fruits, and light green apple stand out the most,the alcohol plays a role as it warms.It's an English strong ale,it's some what sweet, but also refined and not in your face.

oberon, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Sep 12, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

You gotta try somethin' that goes by the name of Stingo. Sounds like some crappy spaghetti western from the '70s. It pours, though, a lightly hazed russet-amber topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises light chocolate, walnut, oak, and flowers. The taste hold notes of toffee, caramel, wood, and greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and fluid feel. Overall, a very nice bit o' Britishness. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Feb 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, 2010 edition, 8% ABV in this particular 'vintage'. Hard not to pronounce this one's name in its native dialect, or at worst, with an Aussie inflection.

This beer pours a clear, dark burnt amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly, and yet silky beige head, which leaves a low ebbing ring of coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells relatively lightly of fruity, bready malt, a bit of hard toffee, brown sugar, some warming Christmas spice - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg notes - a touch of ethereal wood astringency, and earthy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, some soft vanilla and wood tannins, dark, fleshy fruit, a hint of lactic sourness, some earthy dryness that I'll continue to attribute to a quite understated noble hop presence, and very subtle warming alcohol.

The carbonation is sedate in its cheeky frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, nicely smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the oak-tinged caramel malt still the center of attention, though having picked up a bit of a dusty cellar character, with the large (for Anglos) ABV impressively well stowed.

Traditional Old World oak treatments sure seem laid back, compared to upstart New World versions (and those who would emulate them). Wow, where have I heard that before, cough, Australian, cough, red wine, wheeze... Anyways, this is a lovely, warming, but not boozy, strong ale, lots going on with the native grain, and piled on further in the barrel exposure. It's quite nice to be able, once in a while, to say that the dear sticker price was surely worth it.

biboergosum, Nov 08, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a two-finger, light brown head of creamy foam. It left a little sticky lace.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel, grasses and a little boozy alcohol aroma.

T - Mostly tasted of caramel, toffee and bready malts. There was a very subtle grassy, hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This didn't "wow" me, especailly considering the high price tag. It just tasted like a malty strong ale with little to no complexity.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2009
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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.