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

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91
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787 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 98
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Ratings: 787 | Reviews: 403
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4.15/5  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 -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Jaysauras
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BrewChatKen
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Modernrickk
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the arrogant bastard of England!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
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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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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