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

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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BA SCORE
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637 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 20:15:26 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayye, nice to see the "stingo" term revisited!

It pours a clear chestnut-brown body with a ruby cast beneath a short head of creamy beige froth that holds really well given the strength, and leaves remarkable lacing about the glass (again, given the strength).

The aroma suggest rich caramel in both a golden and dark vein, and some dark fruitiness (raisin, plum).

The flavor displays the same rich caramel maltiness, but it's much drier, intertwined within thick fingers of vinous dark fruitiness (raisin, plum/prune, dried cherry, sour cherry) and a bit of woodieness with a hint of cocoa in the background. Leafy and floral hop flavors step in midway to help level it a bit, and a good bit of alcohol and some low-level bitterness keep in in check in the finish. A soft note of anise lingers.

Quite respectable! I need to get another bottle of this as I didn't quite get the whole show first time out! Worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:25:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 2010 edition, 8% ABV at this juncture.

This beer pours a clear, dark burnt amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, silky beige head, which leaves a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells relatively lightly of fruity, bready malt, a bit of toffee, brown sugar, some warming Christmas spice - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg notes, and earthy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, some soft vanilla and wood tannins, dark, fleshy fruit, a bit of lactic sourness, some earthy dryness that I'll continue to attribute to a quite understated hop presence, and a very subtle warming alcohol. The carbonation is rather sedate, the body a solid medium weight, nicely smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the oak-tinged malt still the center of attention, though having picked up a bit of a dusty character, with the big Anglo-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 to say that the sticker price was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:43:15 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 11:18:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at West Lakeview liquors. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Poured with 2+ fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a hazy partial cap. Not much in the way of lacing here. Attractive slightly hazed coppery brown-red color with a touch of orange at the bottom of the glass.

S - Spices, sweetbreads, caramel apple, a touch of oak and vanilla, a bit of leather, and some light floral and slightly dank hops. I really dig the balance and complexity in the smell - it's not a style I usually drink but it's very nice.

T - The taste is more fruity, with sweet caramel, nuts, and rum-cake. Not as wonderfully complex as the aroma, but still quite nice. There are some light tannic notes in the finish, but not as much as I expected.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with some light carbonation tingle. Slightly gritty texture - perhaps from the oak aging. Well hidden 8%.

D - Gets a little too sweet after a while. This is going to take me hours to work through the 550ml bottle. There's some booze and oak when I burp that isn't super pleasant either.

I'm excited to see the English doing some barrel-aged brews, although I'm under the impression these are ancient beer barrels (?). This is definitely a mellow chill-out dessert kind of brew, so don't expect to be putting these back, even with the mid-level ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 03:40:05 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking something called stingo before in England, but I believe was probably not from Sam Smith's. Just as well; I found that offering to be a boozey mess even after 10 pints...

Pours a hugely effervescent caramel/chestnut with 3 fingers of pinkish cream colored head. Stellar head retention & good lacing

S: Tons of dark fruit, a bit of oak, a kiss of booze & apricot pits

T: Dark fruit, oakyness, leafy hops & persimmons & dryness up front. Dryness & fruittyness dominate as this warms, along tannin & vanilla. Finishes pretty darn dry, tart with a kiss of booze & figs & cherries

MF: Fairly chewy with prickly carbonation, decent balance

Drinks fairly well, but I bet another year or 3 would help this more down the road... not sure I would ever cough up $12 for this again...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 04:34:00 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, burnt toffee scent along with slightly fruity English yeast aroma. The taste is great! It has an incredibly malty flavor that screams burnt toffee and and oak aging. The oak compliments the warm malty flavor and adds a level of complexity in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is wonderful beer. I'm a big fan of English strong ales and barleywines. The oak aging is a bonus as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 20:34:11 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a nonic. Beer is brown / reddish and kind of hazy. Forms a thin head that breaks made up of small bubbles with moderate carbonation. Tiny head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly caramel but overall light.

Beer is kind of oddly bitter, almost tannic. Its a big beer, just like the other one but its slightly more watery. Interesting mouthfeel overall. Its got some lead off sweetness and some a little bit of fruit flavors in the midpalate. Comparing it to the 1845, its not as flavorful and slightly less body. Both are good but IMO 1845 is better. I would drink this again but its so high in alcohol its not a recreation drink. Generally Sam Smith won't let you down and this is yet another example of a solid English ale. Would be interested to have this on cask someday.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 03:36:31 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity and is also has a lot of sugar notes. The flavor is strong cherry with some toffee and caramel malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:40:46 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:29:23 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to oversized snifter.

A: Dark pale brown color with slight reddish hue, pretty clear, huuuge head about 4 fingers that slowly dissipates

N: Medium malt nose, very reminiscent of red ale or Oktoberfest style, a slight sweet brown sugar, slight alcohol, and touch of British hops, a very slight musty toasted malts too, a touch of toffee and dark fruits, but all are pretty subtle and mix to an interestingly light nose

T: Taste starts with a very strange tangy but sweet fruity taste, like plums but not raisin, some dark rich malts, lots of oak and strong warming alcohol, a rich old ale taste that is almost the staple for an "old ale" that dominates, slight yeast taste, some toasty taste finds its way through with a touch of woody esthers, more burnt brown sugar and sweet but soft dark fruits, a slightly juicy center stands out as well, a slight earthy bitter taste starts to come through towards the end

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation, and a slight alcohol burn, but slightly molasses thick and soft on the tongue

F: Finishes pretty sweet and bitter, some British hops seem to come out on the end slightly, more dark fruits and earthy flavors, the bitterness seems to linger for quite a while as the sweet malts and fruit dry off the tongue leaving an earthy bitterness

Final thoughts: This is a really interesting beer, the nose is a little light, but the taste starts very curiously with tangy but sweet and rich fruits as well as deep malts, it's almost like the staple beer for a British old ale, some nice sugary tastes as well as some slight oak and other rich flavors, and follows with a slight bitterness. It's very complex and tasty, but perhaps just a touch too sweet on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:41:26 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color and, strikingly enough, when held up to the light it is quite hazy and has the same orange-red hue of ruby-red grapefruit juice. The aroma smells of buttery, vanilla laden oak backed by umami notes that hint at rich aged malt (oxidized, nutty and like a dry sherry). The nose doesn't smell like it has much sweetness to it. There even seems to be a touch of tartness to the nose. The nuttiness seems to accentuate a dry, toasted maltiness, though this is fairly subtle. I don't know what I was expecting from this beer, but the nose is completely different from what I was expecting.

Somewhat light bodied, quite dry and a bit colder than I would prefer. The beer finishes with a rich, nutty, sherry-like character that lingers on the palate after my first sip. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as a touch of spiciness (that might be derived from the oak influence). There is a soft, quite oxidized, toasted maltiness here as well as a spicy flavor that reminds me of Bourbon (the oak influence no doubt). As the beer warms up a sweet, caramelized note starts to pick up a bit and interacts with the oak to boost a vanillin note in the flavor. I do like the relatively light texture and body that this beer has, though it is at the expense of a malt richness that could help add some balance to this beer.

Interesting, but not quite where I would have liked. It could actually use more rich malt character here as the oak really seems to dominate the flavor a bit more than I would prefer. Not bad, and certainly worth finishing if you are happy with just having a beer; and it is not like this doesn't have some interesting flavors in it though.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:04:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 02:54:38 | More by Knapp85
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: loads of caramel, wood tones, and malt rise from the glass.

Taste: big malt presence with some toffee, wood tones, dark fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. The flavors linger on the tongue for a bit.

Overall: a great English ale that is easy to drink and full of flavor. Nice change of pace from the world of hop centric beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 17:33:27 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a dark amber/light brown. Very cloudy. Nice two-finger head--closer to white than beige. Surprisingly, very little lace is left on the glass.

The smell features lots of darker malt sweetness--much like molasses or maple syrup.

Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but that's because there's a solid dose of hop in the finish. Thick and slightly oily (from the alcohol). Lots of stone fruit flavors, particularly plum. The aftertaste has a mild sourness mixed in with the malt sugar and bittering hop balance.

Overall, this is a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol level is lower than some, yet it does retain all of the elements of a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 22:52:34 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle, great late 19th century style label, by far the most expensive Sam Smith's beer, but I got a BevMo gift card for Christmas, so I picked this up,

A: Pours a beautiful Burton amber with a nice cask-like soft head with very good retention.

S: Complex and rich. A nice mix of dark sherry soaked cherries and mild lemon, bread pudding, almost Flanders Red like at times with the sour oak components. Light notes of cheese/funk and mild oxidation notes, but works wonders in the nose of this style of ale.

T: Definite English/Maris Otter type malt hits first. Delicious oak and acid flavours mid-palate. Some sweetness at the end with raisin and caramel candy. A contemplative effort.

M: Perfect. The carbonation is there, it hits, is crisp but dances on the tongue and glides away leaving you wanting more. Great complex aftertaste of oak and fruit. Smooth and silky throughout. Alcohol is non-existent.

D: This is fantastic beer. Man I wish this was $5-6 a bottle, but alas it's not to be. I can only see this getting more complex with time. I don't know how long it will last, but I'd like to be with it on the journey. Sam Smith's introduced me to English beers, and with this effort is reminding me that the English make some of the best beers in the world, especially with their strong/olde/barleywine type ales. This is a beer that harkins back 200 years to tradtional English brewing with true lactic character, minerality and complexity. A must buy even at the $13 price-tag, open up a book of Tennyson or Hardy and relax and reminisce on a cool winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:35:42 | More by Halcyondays
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) brewed in 2008 aged for a year in old barrels
A- The brown body is dense but clear with a red glow to it. The fizzy boiling head of tan fades quickly. The strong carbonation of big bubbles race to the surface.
S- The slight tart note gives way to wet old wood and brown malt. There is an apple cider quality to the malt with some deep dark caramel hints and a butterscotch aroma that grows.
T- The tart cidery note blends with wet wood and brown malt, all being pretty soft flavors. The finish is a faint alcohol taste with a bitterness in the back of the throat like cinnamon heat. The buttery note and cherry note comes through in the malt as the beer opens up.
M- The medium-light mouthfeeel has a soft alcohol heat and a watery texture with a fizzy bite in the finish.
D- This beer is interestingly odd. All of the off flavors seem purposeful and work together. It would be nice to have a little more malt flavor to add to the buttery, cidery, cherry, oxidized flavors. This is a quarky brew that taste like a historic artifact.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 15:20:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:54:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/brown amber color, some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose. Flavor is a mellow honey with a hop backbone. Pricey at $11.54 for a 550ml bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 23:30:01 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed burnt orange colored ale. There is a small tan colored head.

This is a powerfully aromatic ale it hits you the moment you open it. There is a STRONG candied fruit smell here. Candy dates, pineapple, cherry, and a raw tobacco scent. This smells strongly of pipe tobacco. There is a rum and grape smell here. About the most aromatic beer I have smelled in at least a year, maybe more. Can't think of a beer I can compare it directly to, this isn't a DIPA. Pliny the Younger and Three Floyds Dreadnaught are the only two on the same level of complexity.

Starts out sweet and sour spices with a mushroom after taste. Tobacco appears in the flavor. There is some vanilla in here and some fig but the flavor isn't as good as the scent.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. It is hurt some by that slight sour taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 00:33:31 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, slight spice note, nice little hint of oak. The taste is malty, sweet, nice touch of caramel, some spice notes, cherries, slight oakyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink. Thanks Wes!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:30:02 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark ruby hues when held to a light source and two finger frothy yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Earthy oak aroma with a nice leathery malt presence along with some dark fruit notes, alcohol and toffee. The oak notes and sweet fruit and alcohol balance out the leathery maltiness very well. Smells amazing.

Flavor is pretty similar to arom but a touch sweeter. Nice oak/vanilla notes with a nice aminut of eathry/leathery and caramel malt. Dark fruit notes; raisin, fig plum as well as some sweet alcohol and toffee. Very well balanced medium body that is very drinkable with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:38:23 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 11/26/09

Pours a hazy brown color with a creamy yellow stained head. Forceful pour reveals about a fingers worth of head but minimal retension. Smells of vanilla, oak, malt and the slightest amount of hops. Faint amount of lace clngs to the glass. Taste has a bit of hop bitterness upfront that blends right into a pleasant mixture of oak, vanilla, grain and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium, smooth feel with low carbonation. As it warms more caramel notes come out. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 12:38:55 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith has a new product on the US market, but at a rather hefty $12.99. But it's aged in oak casks for one year, so that should spark some American beer geek interest. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, the beer holds a caramely dark orange color with adequate head, but limited retention. That soft Yorkshire yeast is noticable as it airs out to the nose. The overall aroma though, is lighter than anticipated. It sure is buttery....maybe with an edge of nuts and dried apricots.

Straightforward on the palate at first greetings, but the more the ale meets the palate, the more I appreciate the flavor. A kick of caramel and dried apricots. The carmel dries and the apricots gain intensity. Nutty. I'm not getting the oak notes, but maybe I'm not suppose to. There are a lot of bubbles in this one....more than I'd like...it's almost fizzy. The aftertaste is pleasant with a mix of yeast, nutty, and fruity flavors. As it goes down the throat, that's where and when the alcohol pinches you with its warmth.

Despite the price, Yorkshire Stingo delievers a beer unlike many of the beers on the US market. The folks at Yorkshire deliever again. I recommend sipping in small doses to stretch the bottle further.

Oh, before I forget, I found the oak everyone!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:40:42 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a UK based beer shop; this bottle was brewed in 2007, BB 12/2009, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: this ale is aged in old oak barrels for more than a year before bottling! Also, the ingredients include cane sugar.

A: pours an ultra-elegant ruby-russet colour like a cup of lightly-infused black tea, coming with semi-lively but fine fizziness as witness to the natural work of bottle-conditioning, while the 2cm-thick, beige creamy froth retains the perfectly tight texture throughout the drink. Marvellous.
S: true to an English Old Ale (or old Barley Wine), the aroma features rich caramel-, amber- and/or brown-malts, underlined by a bucketful of complex, sour-sweet & also savoury fruitiness (to name a few: sour prunes, sour grapes, sour raisins, dried black cherries, black dates, dried Chinese hawthorn-fruits...), while a lightly lactic-sour woodiness as of oak-barrel ageing (not unlike its counterpart in Belgium - Flanders Brown Ale) provides a nice nuance in the background. Overall, the sour elements are so enjoyable and never astringent, providing a "refreshing" whiff even to help lighten the dense sweetness. (As the beer warms up a bit, an aromatic edge of Styrian Goldings is given away... or so I guess!)
T: a mouthful of rich preserved fruits comes almost "perfumy" (but not in the same fashion as any Belgian ale) yet a tad vinous as well, featuring a soothing flavour of dried-herb/licorice-flavoured red prunes with a restrained level of sourness slightly reminiscent of a (less sweet) Malmsey Madeira. The foretaste is laced with a fine touch of pale & amber malts (yes, like SS' Old Brewery Bitter!) and the kind of chewy woodiness & herbal sweetness that I usually find in the aftertaste of a well-aged Oloroso sherry. In the finish, the slightly powdery-textured hop bitterness tunes up a level (albeit w/o much hop aroma) with a fine spicy edge as well, rounding up the whole palate skilfully and satisfyingly.
M&D: being aged in SS' beer oak-barrels means that this is not the type of big, oaky/vanilla-ish, honey-ish or peaty whisky-barrel aged ales that are leading the beery fashion of late; rather, the oak-ageing here enriches the flavour in a conventional manner, where the sweet edge of malts is greatly softened by the attack of sour elements accumulated in the oak barrels through decades of service, showing the similar kind of smooth woodiness to the brewery's Old Brewery Bitter (not in the same way as Wadworth's 6X - more aromatic & sweet-woody, or Marston's Pedigree - more sulphurous). Importantly, through the ageing process, the alcoholic content has been totally tamed - what ends up in the glass is a truly mellow malt wine for my palate, benefiting a lot from the creamy carbonation, too. This "Old Barley Wine" has some really lovely finesse that requires patience to unwrap and fresh palate to appreciate. Just give it a try! (* Beware of the price, though, as I paid almost 6 quid for this bottle...)

Serving type: bottle

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