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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 Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was brewed in 2009.

A- A creamy looking off white bordering on a light tan head which holds for sometime. Not much lace after initial pour, a little better when swirled about in my tulip glass. The body appears to be a clear amber brown, but when held to the light it's a hazed burnt orange.

S- Wonderful nose, really complex. Sweet caramel malt greets aromas of sour and tart fruits such as green skinned apples, pears and grapes. Becomes increasingly sour as it warms, the sour and oak characteristics are very reminiscent of a Flanders Red Ale.

T- Beautifully balanced and not nearly as sour as the nose. The green fruit in the nose is nearly gone, in it's place is darker fruits consisting of raisins and cherries. Caramel malts more subdued, bready biscuity malt more pronounced. Oak, spiced rum, and some bittering hops on the finish.

M- Body is a little thin for my liking, carbonation feels alright though. Dry alcohol warmth present.

D- Really dug this for the first half of the bottle, but it started to get a little tiresome after. I think this may be due to the weight of it. Overall a really nice brew from Sam Smith.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Most folks, myself included, probably don't know that Stingo is an older word that means old ale or old beer. Seems appropriate for this beer, which is apparently aged for an entire year in Samuel Smith's famous Yorkshire Squares. I'm using a goblet for this one tonight, as a special beer deserves a special glass. Pours a murky and ruddy amber. Carbonation levels are pretty high, as there's a constant stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass. No real head on this beer, just bubbles on the outer rim of the glass. Aroma is rich, deep, and pungent. You can really pick out the oak, which adds a nice earth characteristic. The first taste is simply incredible. Flavor profile is stunningly complex, with loads of molasses, dark cherry, raisin, oak, and tobacco clamoring for attention on the palate. This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the mouthfeel balanced, as the heavy flavor profile and malt profile could easily become syrupy if left alone. Happily that's not the case here, though the heavy alcohol warmth makes this a sipping beer. Samuel Smith's has done it again, creating a textbook example of a classic English style - in the case of Yorkshire Stingo, the Old Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense, cloudy dark amber with a thick off-white head which recedes rather quickly but does leave lace on the glass as you drink. The nose hits with a malty-oaky bomb of white raisin and baked fruits with numerous bourbon, spice and ripe tropical notes throughout. The palate starts as a splended malty mix of Italian Christmas panettone and caramel latte leading to an oaky dryness before finishing sweet again with butterscotch and nutty notes. Highly complex and wonderfully sweet.

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Photo of Impfan
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing like the Watney's Stingo of old. The color is a particularly refractive cognac/amber, and there are esters of raisin, plum, cherry, treacle, toffee, vanilla, plum pudding in hard sauce, and oak. The body is medium and oily, and the flavor and carbonation are very soft. It's a sweet brew, on balance, but never cloying, with just enough flowery hop dryness in the finish, and a lot of finesse.

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Photo of STEG
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a sam smiths pint glass with a 1 finger off white head. Smells of caramel and stonefruit, Tastes of peaches apricots and vanilla with other lurking flavors like oak and plum and I'm surprised that I'm not getting the stony flavor that I've gotten from those yorkshire squares in some of their other offerings most likely due to the oak barrel aging after the yorkshire squares. Mouthfeel is creamy and warming at the same time. Its wonderful to drink and I'm glad I got 2, I will be getting at least 2 more so they can warm me up in those northeast winter months.

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

Poured a translucent hazelnut brown with a good finger of foamy off-white head that laced and retained well. Sugary notes of leather and molasses with a good dose of toasted malts. Toffee and caramel up front, with the alcohol warmth right in the middle, and a nutty tobacco-like finish. Medium-bodied with carbonation that fades quickly, yet retains well enough to give a trademark English bite to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but it may not be a true everyday staple for me- not because it's bad, but because of personal preference. Still an awesome beer for those who take interest in traditional-style beers.

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Photo of Steamer
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, almost dirty amber; nice, root beer like, beige head. Rich apple cider aroma and hints of sour dough. Very distinctive flavor; the oak is noticeable, spices, grapes, no bitterness, smooth and malty, excellent. Leaves the mouth a little dry, but no unpleasantly bitter. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of allouez86
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brewed in 2010, poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Pours a dark amber/red with a small off-white head, appropriate size head for a beer of this style and age.

Smell is definitely caramel and dark fruits. Getting a nice sour apple and plum.

Taste is a little more forward with the dark fruits, the sour apple not as apparent as it was in the nose. Very slight hop bitterness, almost has that faded hop taste that comes with a beer of this age, one of my favorite characters in this style. Caramel and toffee is also finding their way in there, although only slightly. Smallest bit of oxidation.

Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin and definitely not heavy or sticky.

Overall this has become one of my new favorites. Just picked up my 5th and 6th bottle of it this afternoon. This beer tastes like it has the legs to last a couple more years and still improve. Would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or 6 of these. Its typical Samuel Smith quality and price.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Stew Leonard's in Clifton, NJ. Brewed in 2009. Poured into a pint glass a murky reddish brown with a frothy cream colored head. Great retention. Smell very fruity. Sweet raisins, plums, burned sugar. Taste sweet bready malts up front, then sweet like a fruit cake, finished with some roasted barley dryness. Very complex, fantastic winter beer. Scarily smooth and drinkable for 9% abv. Definitely going to pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Half a 550 ml into a pint glass. My first Stingo, bottled in 2010, so a few years on it. From open, pour, and throughout the first glass, the aroma is amazing. Very precise smell, won't forget it. Taste is so mellow and sweet, very smooth. Not much to not like about this. Cheers!

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Photo of jbonapar
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery, so i had to try this interesting sounding beer. Aged in Oak Ale Casks for over a year! Sweet..Literally.

Poured a hazey copper/red with a wonderful head.
Smells on some dark fruit and a nice oaky almost peaty overtone.

Taste is very interesting. A Mix between a belgian strong ale and a nice British ale. Dark fruits meld with a hard minerally water bite. Slight oak in the flavor. a nice lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue but is balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

A very nice ale indeed!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth beer with a great aroma and nice mouthfeel and oaky taste. Quite sweet and has an aftertaste of christmas pudding.would be great as a winter warmer.very good.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a half finger creamy light brown head that dissipates to a crater in the middle. Color is a cloudy murky swamp reddish brown.

S: Sweet malt, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dried cherries. Similar to the wafting aromas of grandma's fresh baked fruitcake.

T: Nuts, cocoa, spicy hops assault the palate first. The next flavors indicate a huge dark fruit (apricot, cherry, grape) backbone that is struggling to break free. Ends with a smoky oak essence.

M: Incredibly smooth and medium bodied. Creamy with a slight burn from the ABV. Really nice.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity and drinkability of this beer. Samuel Smith's is one of my favorite brewers and they did not disappoint with this one.

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Photo of Riggo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very attractive ruddy, orangey-amber. A nice creamy beige head.

Smells wonderful. Dark fruits--orange candy, caramel, and cherries (cough syrup). Woody, peaty sourness with some "christmasy" spices--clove, cinnamon, orange and cedar or pinon wood.

Creamy and silky in the mouth with a good body, low carbonation--perhaps too low. Tastes of orange candy, caramel, perhaps some subtle cedary hops. Pretty sweet, with an alcohol hit on the back end. Finish seems to drop off quick. Not much lingering in the mouth.

A sipper. Wouldn't want more than one of these. Interesting--particularly in the nose. The wood from the cask aging really comes through in the smell. A bit cloying and oddly sort of boring in taste. Not one I would seek out again but worth a try.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Amber brown, one finger, off-white head, quickly dissipates.

S- Sour cherries, leather, malt, vanilla, slight chocolate.

T- bourbon, oak, nice mellow aged taste, doesn't overpower the palate, hints of vanilla.

M- Very smooth for an aged ale, decent carbonation, rather light.

O- A tasty beverage. It's a little steep in price but I'm pleased.

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Photo of trixdout
2.82/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I just realized I saw the brewed date and it was 2010. At first I thought the brew could have been an one off bad one, but the brewed date is from last year. Correct me if I'm wrong and if so beer mail me, but a beer from last year regardless of the 8.0% abv won't be that good. Now on to my review....

Appearance - reddish brown color with NO head whatsoever. I got a thin centimeter thick head with very very little to no carbonation at all. (I was surprised to have no head and I vigorously poured it into a duvel tulip glass.) Not sure what went on here.

Aroma - I get at first a strong raspberry scent, some caramel and raisin, toffee, and even some vanilla scents all through and well balanced, and get some oak with some alcohol coming through.

Taste - I got raisins, some sweet caramel, oak as well as the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - no carbonation like a beer should have, oily, light bodied, watery mouthfeel on the finish. not dry at all.

Overall - I got another one of these and I'm going to try it in a few days or weeks. if it's different than I will know it was just that one bottle. If not then this beer, brewed in 2010, definitely lost its carbonation over time.

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a Dark amber with a light tan head died rather quickly.

Smell of caramel and malt with some spice.

Taste of malt and very sweet caramel along with whiskey overtones.

Mouthfeel starts syrupy then with malt sweetness and lastly an alcohol bite.

Drinkability very enjoyable the high gravity at 8% makes it a bit heady after a full bottle

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Photo of BWood
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Great look, taste, and feel. Good head that dissolves to a low but laces the glass. First time having this beer and I will definitely keep one in my beer fridge from here on out.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a rich deep red-mahogany color into the glass, really love the color, about a finger of thick and densely bubbled/packed beige head rises and lowers very slowly. Some lacing is left but it has trouble sticking to the glass instead sticking to the top of the beer along with a prominent ring and some dabs along the middle. It's a damn good looker of a beer, that's for sure.

Aroma-Oak and vanilla upfront, overpoweringly so as a matter of fact, I can't really smell much else. Maybe something of a buttery/malty undercurrent, but I've gotta look for it.

Taste-When I first take a drink it kind of tastes in between their Taddy Porter and the Oatmeal Stout with reminiscent flavor profiles plus a hint of vanilla, but then after I swallow the aftertaste kicks in, and wow, this is perhaps the best aftertaste I've ever tasted on a beer. A wave of oak and vanilla comes through with such force that I swear I can smell it from the back of my tongue. Really nice.

Mouthfeel-Medium-plush body with above-average carbonation, I might've liked slightly less carbonation but, eh, this works just as well anyway.

Drinkability-Drinking it more slowly than I could to savor the flavors and that glorious aftertaste but it's a struggle to wait between sips; gotta rate this high on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper with about a 1 inch tan head.

S- Sweet malts. Roasted toffee, a hint of vanilla.

T- Amazingly complex and smooth. Roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Wonderful smoky oak flavors. Just a slight hint of booze. This is one of the best examples of an ale being aged in oak. The cask adds such a deep, complex flavor to this beer.

M-Very light for the bold flavors that this beer offers.

D- Each sip left me wanting another. You could get a little full on this one, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

pours a deep burnished orange with a fizzy khaki head that settles quickly to a thin ring with a bit of random filminess. No lacing.

Nose is fruity with a bit of warm spice and alcohol. Cherry and vanilla, with a vague cinnamon/ginger note. Some orchard fruit (apricot, green apple) as well. very aromatic and suggestive of an aperatif. Refined and inviting.

Taste is fruity out of the gate, with fresh tart apple, black cherry, a hint of orange rind. Graham cracker-like malt and a touch of toffee. Herbal hops and some woodiness dry out the middle and hold through the finish with some cognac and whiskey notes lingering afterward. Very clean and crisp, with no overbearing sweetness or off-putting astringency. The fruity notes seem almost 3-D, if that makes sense. So close you can pluck them off the trees--apricot, apple, a bit of red grape, cherry, tangerine--but without the juiciness of the fruit itself, just their earthy, estery essences. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is lean, but not thin. Somewhat vinous. Smooth, but muscular, with an appropriate alcohol presence. Carbonation is moderate, and tingles on the back of the palate for a satisfying fullness.

Moreish, as the Brits say. A sipper, but one you'll go back to sip after sip looking for another nuance. I wish I had a fireplace and a fur rug right now. One of the best English ales I have had, right up there with Fuller's 1845. Remarkable.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours copper-amber, slightly hazy, nice creamy and somewhat lumpy 2-finger head with great retention and lacing. more than you would expect for an old ale or English BW, but very appealing.

S: malt, molasses, caramel, dried dark fruit. Terrific.

T: caramel malt, treacle, plums, figs, and alcohol all seem to work together in a nice harmony. Toward the end, a hop bitterness and oak astringency finish it off and balance the sweetness. Very slight yeasty flavor but overall a very well-balanced beer. Alcohol is definitely present but not solvent-like or hot.

M: creamy, carbonation higher than expected for the style. light in body for a high alcohol beer, and an interesting dichotomy when combined with the wealth of flavor.

D: flavor-wise, very drinkable... but then you try to stand up and it hits you. Share with a friend if possible. Extremely tasty and interesting overall presentation, one that I will seek out again.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heath Bar in a glass.

Got this with no prior knowledge or propaganda. Saw it at Giant Eagle (Market District) and liked the description. Just opened it and am describing as I go.

Refrigerated and then poured into a standard bar pint glass. Crass, I know.

550ml. Bottle conditioned

Presents: Typical Brit darkish red ale body with Belgian top. Reddish, caramelly, 1.5" head drips into beautiful pub lacing quickly.

Smells excellent, old and primitive. First sip is too cold. But am getting a lot of alcohol, great syrupy (but not too sweet) toffee taste. A little chocolatey, maybe? Carbonation pleasantly just right. Tasting the oak for sure. Maybe some fruit tastes. Very buttery. Expected some bitterness, but none present. CRAZY smooth.

As it warms up, toffee becomes predominant. I'd say it was a sipper, but the carbonation is so low it goes down too easily.
There are some great complicated nuances here. Very surprising for a Brit brew, IMO. (no offense meant) Best Sam Smith I've ever tasted.

Cons - 9% ABV seems almost too high for the taste. The alcohol is quick to the punch. "Heady" which you may not expect from the style. Personally I prefer it.

Great aftertaste and mouthfeel. All around surprisingly good. I was expecting to feel stupid for buying yet another Brit that I didn't favor and now I'm going back for more. Next time will treat like a lady and pour into a tulip or goblet instead of a pint glass.

Well done.

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Photo of Nick3
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colored brew forms a 2 inch head which dissipates slowly. Small, tight bubbles surface themselves in a hypnotic fashion. Nose is enticingly complex with notes of toffee, malt, sour cherries, vanilla, and bread pudding. Taste has an overall sweetness to it but some mild bitterness sneaks itself in and out of the drink effortlessly. Oak lends itself nicely through the finish. Medium bodied creamy brew exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Kris450
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heavy alcohol on the foretaste, but ends in a heavy but incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Has hints of oak, smoke and wood, similar to a scotch. Poured a half inch head, that disapated to a cream rim with no lacing left on the glass. Great beer. Very much enjoyed it.

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