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

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756 Ratings
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008)
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoneARye
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, poured to leave sediment behind.
L: More red and lighter than I expected. Clarity is pleasing and a halo of head continues to adorn the surface as I drink
S: Oak, fruit, and simply sweet.
T: Very surprising, but I suppose I'm acclimated to American strong ales. Taste is strongly malt, oak, stone fruit, and a bit of funkiness. The sweetness in the smell is not present in the taste. Aroma hops are non existent, but it's pleasantly bitter. A nice, light site dunno rounds out the profile.
MF: Extremely pleasant. Gentle, but present carbonation, followed by a strong funk as the drink plays to the sides of my tongue. Finish is quite complex, changing from oak, to bitter, to dry, to sour lingering for a long time on the palette.
O: Great beer, albeit quite different from my expectations. Would buy again.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Daniel_Bruce
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mulerofthewhalez
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer was brewed in 2012 and is now about two years old. A moderate pour produces about an inch of a pale brown head. The beer is a slightly hazy, moderately dark copper color with fairly high carbonation.

Lots of enticing bready and molasses-like malt aromas along with that characteristic minerally flavor of Sam Smith ales. Lying beneath is a very distinct dark cherry essence. The aromas carry over into the flavor, and further combine with some oak tannin producing accentuated cherry or rather cherry wine notes. Definitely a little chocolate flavor in there as well. The ABV is well masked except to add a little warmth to the finish which has a mineral dryness but with some lingering dried dark fruit notes.

As far as I know, this beer is not obtainable in my town, but was bought at Worden's Market in Missoula, Montana in the wake of a beatdown by my alma mater University of Montana (the Griz, formerly Bruins) in their old rivalry with the Montana State Bobcats (formerly Aggies). An excellent beer that I just had to try.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stingo is one of those crazy styles thats different every time you see one, which is all too infrequently these days. this is one of the classics, maybe the longest running in our market, and just phenomenal in every way. whether they take some of this out and do it with cherries, or blend some lacto soured beer back into the mix, there is no denying its complexity, dried fruity finish, and tannic pucker uncommon in english beer. amazingly rich, malt forward but so interesting. not chocolate or caramel or normal english yeast, but somehow drawing on all of these. its more mature, aged in oak, and mellowed and better integrated than most others. i get a ton of cherry in the finish through the rich but tannic froth on the back end, and there is just a slight tartness like fruit from the tree a few weeks before its pickable. stingo means something different to every brewer, but for me this is the one by which all others must be judged. the original and still the best, brewed in 2011 was my bottle, thanks for this beauty. best in the morning or in the icy cold!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.