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

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 828
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 108
Gots: 91 | FT: 5
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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 TheHammer
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that didn't lace but retained admirably. The body is a deep brown with crimson notes and steady carbonation.

Smell: A high toffee malt presence with cherry and plums walking beside it. A somewhat smokey oak note backs it up, with some boozy raisins out in the back of it. Warming tends to bring more of the malt and fruit and quiets the oak and silences the smoke.

Taste: Toffee malt fruity plum, figs and cherry yeast notes that turns to scotch like vanilla and a mild butterscotch note the complements a sweet oak note that turns into more of a smokey note and the mildest touch of earth hops. The one noticeable downside though is that while it does conceal it's content somewhat, there is a alcohol solvent undercurrent to the whole experience.

MouthFeel: The transitioning of this beer is masterful, as it passes from flavour to flavour with great ease. The carbonation however doesn't seem to have lasted as long as I would have liked and it fell flat a bit quick. That said, it leaves a very nice sweet scotchy aftertaste that I must say I am a big fan of.

Drinkability: On the lighter side of medium bodied and surprisingly easy on the system for its strong ABV presence. Very easy to drink and really ideal for drinking anywhere except a hot summer day. Settles down very well.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith proves to me yet again, that they are without a doubt the best English brewery out there, and certainly one of the best breweries in the world period. I mean, the range of these guys is incredible. This beer I had to pickup in Tampa because I haven't found in here in Canada, and I very much lament that fact. If someone in the Brewery reads this, if you can change your Xmas mix pack to this, the Taddy Porter and the Pale Ale, I would be a VERY happy camper. Two thumbs up.

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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 Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a considerable amount of murkiness. A fingernail of beige is covering the top. I smell a considerable amount of light malt and sweet oak. I taste a blend of heavy lighter malt and sweet oak. The mouth is very dry, warm with alcohol, and slightly chewy.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a chill-hazed reddish copper color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Dark fruits and sweet toffee up front, with some oak and booze-soaked raisins in the back. Esters help the fruitiness pop

T: Follows the nose, but with more depth. Starts off with the dark fruits and sweet toffee, along with some more of the estery and fruity alcohol. Oak makes more of a presence, giving off some tannins as well the woodiness you would expect. Finishes with lingering oaky notes and fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A great English strong ale with plenty of depth and great drinkability despite the 8%. Makes for a solid winter drinker or just an anytime sipper. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of dro7
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a good 1/2 in head. Aroma is good, smell of booze, kind of dark fruits. Look is very think and has sediments from the oak casket. Tastes very smooth, yet think but no too heavy. Overall great barrel aged ale. Lighter than stout barrel aged ales. I like this over American barrel aged ales because it is not too strong in taste. 8% ABV.

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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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Photo of hdtrice
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark amber brown. Small cream coloured head.
Smell: Raisins, boozy, rich.
Taste: Rich (but not too rich) mixture of fruits and oak. Quite sweet, in an understated, dark way.
Feel: Thickish texture, leaves you knowing you've had a mouthful. Lively enough on the tongue - surprisingly so for a rich, fruity ale.
Overall: lovely drop. Doesn't taste like an 8% beer. Fruits and wood and booze all work together. A good'n for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is dark grains, oak and a little candy.
The taste is earthy, dirt, and dark fruits. Mild sweetness.
The texture is medium.

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everything I love about Sam Smith's Winter Welcome, but more so. It has a sort of burnished, round, nutty quality that ties right in to the perfect mouthfeel that clings to every part of your palate. Enough coppery notes from what must have once been fuggles and goldings and some tannins from the oak give the beer structure and keep it from dissolving into a mushy mess.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice English strong ale, very malt driven, lots of treacle toffee caramel. Muted aromas, stronger on taste. Slightly watery for ABV. Very smooth overall. No real booze noted.
Most enjoyable, but xxx-y price wise against similar ales.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

VIntage 2014

This beer is a spitting image of Block 15 Figgy Pudding. It is also a spitting image of real figgy pudding. Definately a rich english ale that is similiar to a blend of old ale and an english barleywine. Nice finesse with barrel aging this beer too. Not boozey at all.

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Photo of Givemebeer
2.49/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Was very excited to pop this open amongst friends. However the bottle that was dated 2013 was most definitely infected. Horribly sour finish. I know its not fair to judge on one bad bottle - it happens. I will revisit and update my review at some time.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy brown with a large head.
Nose shows honey, cardboard, prunes, sultanas.
Sweet and rich flavours, vanilla oak, malt, sultanas, caramel. Dries out in the finish creating a slightly abrasive contrast to the initial flavours.

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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 SudReyCzar
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional On All Levels. Glad I Was Able To Experience This. Balanced, Tasteful And Smooth! Find One, You Won't Be Disappointed. I Highly Recommend Everything From This Masterful Companies Offerings. Will Not Disappoint! At Least Not Me or My Taste Buds. A1+

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

Picked up a 550 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late November for $11.99. Bottled in 2013 - abv is 9.0.

Beer poured a reddish-brown with a very nice head upon the initial pour.

Nose is bready and sweet with some hints of barrel.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the sweet malts and hops. Definitely catching cherry as the dominant flavor along with bread and a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer that I am glad I had the opportunity to try. I am on the fence as to if I would pay $12 again for this. It is a very good brew but does not command a world class price.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt notes with subtle toffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with light toffee notes with a hint of residual sugar notes. Malt notes are really well balanced and showed clear cereal notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good example of a style that should be brewed more often.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

January 9, 2015

550 ml bottle, English dimpled pint

A – Brown, malty, and thick, very hazy to nearly opaque, definitely unfiltered. Looks like fresh-pressed apple cider. Almost no head save a few tiny bubbles on top, with near-zero retention.

S – A bombshell of molasses, figs, caramel, rum cake, and butterscotch pudding. Vanilla and apples are also in the mix, along with golden raisins. Some fresh baked brown bread sprinkled with brown sugar. No notable hop aroma. Very similar to an English barleywine; very inviting.

T – Nearly identical to the aroma profile, with some additional caramel and butterscotch. No discernible hop flavor.

M – Almost no carbonation at all, though not necessarily thin, partially due to it being unfiltered. Juicy with no sense of dryness at any point. Perhaps some light bitterness in the finish, but mostly sweet throughout.

O – As noted earlier, there’s a lot of similarities to English barleywine, but lacks the warmth (additional alcohol) and fuller body, as well as some carbonation, of those brews. Very complex and interesting though.

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Photo of 71ADub
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 2011 18.7 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass. Mine was 9.0%

A-reddish brown, see through, tan head with tight, fine bubbles. Head sticks to side of glass, beautiful lacing. Foams stays around a while.

S-warmth, followed by toffee, fruitcake, vineous. Slightly metallic in the background.

T-alcholoic warmth, immediately dashed away by toffee, bread, and raisins. Finishes with a slightly metallic tang.

F-surprisingly light body. med. low carbonation. Smooth as Kobe Bryant after skanking on his wife (read: like a big diamond!).

O-One of the best big beers I have ever had. The alcohol is nicely balanced with the other traits. Ridiculuously smooth for such a big beer. Good luck trying to recreate a clone, as you need open air stone vats and centuries old oak barrels.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Jaysauras
4/5  rDev -2%

L: Enjoyed in a standard pint glass, this thing poured a beautiful deep red amber color with a nice inch thick creamy head. Decent amount of lace and carbonation, and overall a very very appealing beer upon pour.

Smell: There is definitely a dark fruit smell to it that pops you right up front. It also has a pretty strong liquor smell to it which isn't so bad mixed with the fruity quality of the nose. Slight hint of oak as well.

Taste: The taste is what you would come to expect from an English Strong: Complex. The dark fruit is ever present, just like in the nose. Dark raisin and prune like flavors hit the tongue immediately. Then it slowly drifts into this delightful mix of nutty maltiness with a hint of caramel. The oak nut/earth flavor drifts well into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is a little prevalent at times. Perhaps a little too prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly and carbonated. A little prickly on the tongue. A chewy mouthfeel as well.

Overall: Gotta say, at the start of it I was a bit disappointed. However, like most complex beers it takes a few sips to come around to how good it actually is. The way the flavors work together going from alcohol/dark fruit to a malt caramel nuttiness was superb and truly left me wanting more with each sip. The alcohol is a little too prevalent perhaps but it's still one of the best English Strongs I've had. Sam Smith continues to impress me with their brews.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4/5  rDev -2%

Started with a big barleywine smell, oak was also big on the nose, then I got vanilla, raisins, dark fruits, sweet honey, and caramel. Poured a deep ruby brown color with a beige head, it was full bodied, had a nice creaminess and low level of carbonation. Tasting it dark fruits and raisins were upfront for me, there was plum, pomegranate, caramel and a vanilla finish with a hint of oak. I also noticed a subtle tartness that was similar to raspberries for me. This was very much an English barleywine I thought, it didn't have an astounding level of complexity, but what was there was big and flavorful. Very nice beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 2010 and a bottling date in 2011. Consumed in 2014

Appearance: pours a deep leathery brown color. hints of red and orange. a finger or so of a tannish head with decent retention and leaves behind a spotty lacing. completely opaque with a murky cloudiness. leaves behind a nice yeasty slurry in the bottle.

Smell: dark fruit qualities that are quite liquor like. earthy to leathery notes from a bit of oxidation. molasse. caramel and toffee sweetness.

Taste: opens with a bit of malty sweetness. dark fruits-like liquor comes in next with raisins and plums, can be almost rum like. a strong slightly bitter earthiness comes in along with a slight hint at roasted malts. leathery at times. Oak barrel qualities come in towards the end with molasses vanilla, more sweet toffee. alcohol is sometimes present and a little solvent-like.

Mouthfeel: full and chewy. some bitterness. a little bit of a prickly carbonation.

Overall: I don't know how I have overlooked this beer for so long. its just the kind of beer I love. nice sweet malty notes along with great spirit like character and just a bit of age to it. great balance and taste.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.