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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
92
outstanding

665 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 72
Gots: 53 | FT: 5
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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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-27-2013 15:24:01 | More by Bnoise11
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appears with light just slightly dakrer than yellow pouring from the bottle, leaving me less than impressed, what did I buy? In the glass a SLIGHT haze, and a mix of ruby and orange color. A light beige head forms, with impressively sticky lacing given the oak that is supposed to be here.

A strong amber beer aroma, mixed with oak and vanilla, with a sharp citrus hop finish. After sitting out the citrus melds in and there are hops but they are hard to really discern from the oak and malt.

I am not sure what style or hell what I’m drinking here. This brings out notes of a strong ale in body and certain characteristics I can’t really describe and I associated with such styles. The oak reminds me of some bourbon barrel aged ales where the oak notes seem out of place, the vanilla doesn’t blending, and the use of hops just don’t’ make senses.

Well carbonated, the body is rather nice for 9% and it is far more drinkable than expected.

I don’t get this beer at all. The oak flavors are off putting. The hops and the malt don’t work at all with this oak. I would like to read what others think but this is perhaps one of the worst uses of oak I’ve had. As it warms it just is too sweet, and the oak doesn’t work anymore than to start. I don’t get this love at all. Value is a part of this score at 12 bucks it really doesn't help anything!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 05:27:57 | More by bobhits
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dedrinker

Kansas

2.63/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugh. Murky dark rusty color.

Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and stewed fruit.

Same on flavor plus yeasty alcohol bite.

full bodied with slightly bitter-sweet/ sour finish.

Can you believe this stuff? For the fat, clumsy, and unfocused character of this beer, it's a cardinal sin to pay what they are asking for this beer.

I am fully dismayed and bummed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:10:29 | More by dedrinker
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-14-2012 21:06:59 | More by rvdoorn
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-06-2013 21:44:18 | More by sludgegnome
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everetends

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. The bottle put me back $10.99, but I figured Sammy Smith's just oozes quality so its worth a shot. Served up in a mug because it just felt right.

A: Not a bad looking brew. Has a very nice brown color to it that has some really nice and deep red hues to it. Held to the light, it keeps pretty much the same color and I can't see through it. I don't know if it is because it is hazy or if it is just that dark. Its a mystery. Off the pour you get some off white or dirty white foam, but it quickly goes away. No sign of lace, but there is a good amount of carbonation bubbles stagnant at the top of the brew. Very interesting.

S: This is the best part of this beer. There is just a beautiful aroma coming from all that barrel aging. Its so pleasantly sweet and it is noticeable that this was not a whiskey aged beer. Its not as in your face or harsh, just very subtle and sweet. Lots of vanilla and wood coming through wonderfully. Behind that you get the malts, some dark fruits, and a touch of apple. Just so damned good.

T: Well, this is a bit underwhelming. The main flavor I am getting here is the vanilla from the barrel aging. Just a touch of wood is coming across. This does have a boozier flavor than expected but not too crazy to be fair. There is a bit of raisin, more dark fruit, apple skins and toffee coming across. Its good, but it could have more pronounced flavors of those that are there for sure.

M: Medium in body that seems pretty thin at times. Its much thinner than I expect and the carbonation level is pretty high and crisp. This does make this easy drinking but it just seems a bit weird considering the flavors and aromas. ABV is noticeable, slight burn in the throat and some warmth bubbling in the tum tum. Aftertaste is just some nice vanilla and booze.

D: This is much more drinkable than I expected. I was expecting a slow sipper but the flavors aren't as in your face as I was expecting and the feel and carbonation levels really keep it easy drinking. The beer is good, but its not amazing by any stretch. I guess I may have been expecting too much because I love Sammy Smith brews so much. With that said its still a good beer but I wouldn't pay that price again for this thats for certain. Still an enjoyable experience, just not all I built it up to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 05:53:19 | More by everetends
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange-amber with some suspended sediment toward the bottom and a dishwater white head.

S- Great nose. Fruity yeast esters, english caramel malt, a touch of vanilla and raisin.

T&M- Soft and smooth toffee, dried fruit and not many hops to speak of.

D- Hides the 8% perfectly. One of the best English ales i've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:33:19 | More by brownbeer
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WakeandBake

Michigan

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

A muddy golden ruby color with a lasting two finger light tan head , some spotty lacong left behind , light to medium carbonation . Aroma of apple skins , raisons, sweet toffee malt , oak , burbon and a hint of horse blanket . Flavor is malty with a light anount of funk , yeasty , bready with a little more of the burbon type note coming through , rasins and at times hints of apple. Fairly bitter , malty , medium body with a slick mouthfeel , and a spicy hop finish . This was a strange brew for sure but the more of it I drank the more I liked it , not sure I would call it sessionable , but quite interesting .

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 16:52:46 | More by WakeandBake
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-30-2012 04:00:43 | More by slimntubbs
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GregSVT

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: The tastes are a bit muted compared to the nose. I get a bit of toffee along with some vanilla, caramel malt, and a hint of hops. The alcohol is pretty subdued in this one which makes it dangerously drinkable.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and the carbonation is big and bubbly which kind of interferes with the taste a bit.

O: While this isn't the best beer out there the nose and flavors are pretty complex due to the oak aging. I wouldn't spend the $9 again but I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 04:20:45 | More by GregSVT
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-21-2013 21:06:11 | More by Jeffrey2310
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vacax

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a reddish tan head, decent retention and fair lacing. Aromas of brown sugar, pear, grape, light oaky quality. Quite fruity with an appealing malt backbone. Flavor has pear, apple, and some brown sugar. Caramelized sugars pop up on the midpalate and the finish brings a bit of earth and light warming sensation. Really nice flavors here, well balanced, strong but not intense. Full in body with creamy carbonation.

I was glad to try a more "extreme" version of an English ale, nice to see such a classic brewery staying creative. Though at 8% for a barrel aged ale, it is still decidedly English in comparison to strong American ales. The main difference here is it maintains balance despite its respective extremes and the drinkability is resultantly still very high. I am a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:16:04 | More by vacax
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-27-2012 01:06:01 | More by Gtg642
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

12-17-2011 18:07:08 | More by mmcnaughton
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DavidST

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Smith pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a nice copper color with a large slowly dissipating tan head. The smells are plum full of malts goodness, lots of toffee, some molasses and a little caramel, wonderful. The feel Is medium to heavy. The taste is malts greatness, loads of toffee, caramel, a little bitterness, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 04:39:13 | More by DavidST
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nick76

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruity and malty with alcohol and a bit of hops to balance. The appearance is hazy medium brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a good beer that somehow doesn't score that high. It just seems rather good at first and declines with time.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:29:21 | More by nick76
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jeffjeff1

California

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

This was excellent.

Appearance- dark reddish brown

Smell- dark fruit

Taste- dark fruit, malt

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- excellent! I will definitely seek out more of these. Samuel Smith's always does a wonderful job with their fine brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 23:33:52 | More by jeffjeff1
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic Samuel Smith bottle into a tulip glass. A dark orange amber brew, looks like moderately strong English breakfast tea, with around four fingers of resilient beige foam. Aroma is sublime. Sweet, dark, and fruity smells greet the drinker, with raisin/grape/plum, buttertart, toffee, herbal tincture, and sour apple notes all blending together to yield a pretty distinctive nose that is not easily forgotten. Palate is similarly sweet and fruity. I might describe the overall impression as more fruity, herbal, and tea-like than expected, although there is certainly a rich rum cake component that peeks out of the mix ... Evokes marmalade and toast, crabapple, lemon, licorice candy, walnut, and floral Darjeerling tea. Some Goldings hop character apparent. Richly complex but weighted towards the fruit and herb flavors rather than the malts. Not particularly sweet, almost light and fresh, with a decent chewy body (on the thin side for the style?) and a very smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel. Faint alcohol presence although this grows over time. Includes the usual Samuel Smith kiss of diacetyl and some oak wood in the dryish finish. Well done and rather unique in the universe of English style "old ales" and barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 16:31:17 | More by CalgaryFMC
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-28-2011 15:49:00 | More by chcfan
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

05-18-2014 06:15:44 | More by akttr
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy cream head over a translucent red body. Head retains decently and laces well.

Smells vaguely stouty, some malt and a trace of vanilla, but not much else... really smells like almost nothing.

Taste is interesting; malt first and foremost, and a bit of hops at the finish. Pretty standard and British, not out of place for an English or Irish stout, but more complex and refined, and stronger. There's some light fruit (fig?) in here, too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite so.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:55:40 | More by zaphodchak
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-05-2014 03:56:48 | More by EvanWilliams
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Radome

California

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brown color, maybe some red. Murky/cloudy. Off-white head was thick and fluffy. It faded to a paper thin layer and a thick ring around the glass. Great lacing.

S - Sweet malty goodness. Graham crackers, raisins, plums, prunes. No obvious oak, but there is an aged sherry note and a strong, sweet alcohol aroma.

T - Initially very sweet with brown sugar, graham crackers and dark fruit, all from the malt. Some oak in the background and lots of alcohol. The finish is surprisingly dry with some earthy hops. Very complex.

M - Medium to heavy body. Sparkling carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol not too hot.

O - This is a big, delicious beer. Very complex, but smooth, clean and refined. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 04:01:06 | More by Radome
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Booner818

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-17-2013 20:44:03 | More by Booner818
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-02-2011 06:26:56 | More by tripledbrew
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.