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

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

706 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 78
Gots: 61 | 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 BEERchitect
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
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
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 womencantsail
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 spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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 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
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 TMoney2591
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
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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3.6/5  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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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

nickfl, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

russpowell, Sep 05, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 19, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Slatetank, Oct 11, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 19, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jlindros, Aug 23, 2009
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4.22/5  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.

WesWes, Dec 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.