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

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 110
Gots: 97 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves minor lace.

S - Sweet, thick malt with caramel and some toffee. Juicy red apple notes from the yeast and a hint of oaky vanilla.

T - Very malty and fruity, toffee and plums. Some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon come out in the middle. Finishes with more dark, fruity malt, some apple, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Lingering notes of clove, plum, and bittersweet chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick and heavy, this is not an easy beer to drink. It borders on being overly sweet, and the thick malt is almost too much. It is possible to pick out some oak character, but it is not out in front and only serves to mellow and compliment the malt. The dark malt flavors are quite rich and complex, and it is almost like a belgian dubble or quad. Not bad overall, I like the malt complexity, though I probably won't be looking for another bottle of this.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  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!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was eager to try this beer, picked it up at Quick six in West York, PA. Shared with tenderbranson69, poured chilled into a goblet allowed to gradually warm.

A - A mildly hazed dark honey amber like toffee w 2 fingers of ecru cap. The haziness is mild enough to allow observation of visible carbonation. The head is comprised of tiny beading and a film of lace collects on the glass

S - A sweet apple ester and caramel malt w/ slight vanilla note from the oak is apparent and the nose has a mild alcohol scent. The vanilla is present w/ a light cherry, tobacco odors and mild spice note

M - A sweet fruit texture w/ subtle tannin mild toasted notes and moderate carbonation w/ light alcohol tinge and a clean albeit oaked finish

T - The taste of lightly tangy fruit, red apples and cherry w/ tobacco and mellow oak. The flavors of raisins and caramel come to mind w/ a toffee like vanilla note from the oak w/ mild spices. The flavor is sweet w/ tinges of brown sugar adding a contrast to the tang of the yeast w/ mild currant taste in the finish

D - The beer is very enjoyable, I am glad I got to try this tasty oak aged english strong. Well worth a try, but probably won't be revisiting immediately. The flavors are great and I think sharing the 16oz is the way to go. I found the price to be slightly high, but I recommend trying this ale from Samuel Smith's

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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...

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/28/2011. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, toast, toffee, caramel, pear, apple, brown sugar, bread, oak, earth, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, molasses, bread, light oak, light clove, pepper, earth, and herbal spiciness. Slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, earth, clove, light oak, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt complexity and balance with the light hop spiciness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English strong ale. Very nice amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured hazy, dark amber with an excellent head. The head is durable but left little lacing. Some odd orange particles suspended in the beer.

Aroma: features fruit, grains and biscuit plus some oak barrel.

Taste: ABV partly hidden; oak aging is quite apparent.

M: medium body; medium+ carbonation; smooth; almost no sign of the alcohol.

O: a refined strong ale.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a half finger tall beige head.The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles. There was minor lacing but some visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Upfront the taste is pretty sweet followed by a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of spices, toffee, oak, and plum.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of creaminess.

O: A little too much of a cloying sweetness for me. Alcohol is well hidden but not a sessionable beer for me.

The bottle I tried was brewed in 2010.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

The look on the body is a great dark ruby red, just clear enough almost looking like Stone's double bastard or other strong ales. Nice light caramel yellow head slightly creamy, but mostly foam s'not three fingers off the pour. Clumpy and thick solid top white le drinking. Sexy looking beer.

Slight earth and soil but mostly a good mix of hop green and punchy cinnamon spices. Basic, impressive, not going overboard just solid.

Very sweet with a big emphasis on brown sugar all over the palate. Feeling has some cotton mouth dry tannic sense, just a nice tolerable hint. Brown like sweet spices taking cinnamon and some slight nutmeg. Dark malt sense but without any roast or charring character. Texture goes to almost velvety smooth.

Overall this is a real nice and enjoyable beer. It is working well on a cold night like tonight for me. Not crazy about this one, but it is a very solids brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.