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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

720 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 81
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle of 2012 vintage pours a hazed copper color with an ample off-white head. Modest retention and almost no lace.

Nose is raisins and minerals with a little bit of old wood, caramel, toast and fresh coconut flesh.

Taste is a smooth, fruity strong ale. More refined than most and goes down with incredible ease. The hard water gives it a little something for the complexity that most American Strong ales miss completely. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, though not a distraction at all. Its an excellent beer, bordering on great. I do have a problem with the pricing though, as mine was $14 for a 500 mL. Definitely worth getting once to try...maybe even another to put back for a few years - but as much as I like it, I will likely pass on it in the future. Just too much for my budget.

twiggamortis420, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

TigerOwl, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

randylangford, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this sitting in the fridge for a little while now, not quite bringing it out when I had company, and now, drinking it myself on a Friday night at home. How decadent, because it is so outstanding (and pretty lexpensive).

It looks like a typical English strong ale, partly cloudy golden brown, with just a bit of fizz. The aroma is funky. Like a bunch of fermented fruit. Nice.

The taste is amazing. It is very malty, but also yeasty and funky. Sweetness is big but still appropriate. I am going to savor this like brandy.

The aftertaste is slightly boozy. It could be a little boozier and still be OK, but it is sublime.

This is a brew worth drinking and worth waiting for. NEVER refuse one of these!!

schoolboy, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

ErinGoBraugh, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550ml Bottle from Evil Eye Lounge (York - £6.00 approx.):
Caramel brown with an inch high, foamy head. Retention is excellent with zero movement over the opening minutes before settling a couple of cm high with nice lacing on the sides.

Strong smelling with good malts & toffee plus a nice alcohol edge to it as well. Plenty of ripe & sweet fruits, oak & vanilla featuring. A good smelling beer with a solid balance & the touches of alcohol only improve things, as does the sweetness from the fruits.

Again the sweetness kicks things off with some ripe fruits & vanilla plus the oak from the aroma & I could detect bread & malts with a great balance between flavours. The beer is rounded out with some toffee.

Smooth with an alcohol kick but not much bitterness. Some sweetness is present from the start. The balance of this one was good & despite the strength it was quite an easy one to drink.

Another very good Samuel Smith's beer, strong from the start but it didn't overpower & went down surprisingly easy with a good balance.

flyingpig, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

yesno1011, Jul 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), a UK classic. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's mild brown head hikes up fast before descending back down. Impressive lacing and an opaque, medium brown body. Looks daring and inviting all the same :)

Smells like toffee, raisins, perhaps a dash of rum scent. Maybe even a whiff of chocolate. I like this, these characteristics surely are telling me this is what separates the men from the boys across the pond.

A big smack of toffee sweetness is my initial taste, responded by a rum-like alcohol fumeyness. Again, maybe some chocolate tastes here and there along with raisins.

Mouthfeel is an outstanding 4. Not chewy or unpleasant. You do get a bit of alcohol warmth with this brew but its a nice part of the buzz.

Overall an easily-acquired,outstanding 4 for Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) . I felt the "Sting-o" and I loved it! Thanks to my Sheffield-born professor for directing me towards this staple brewing company. I will certainly buy this brew again!

Caveworm, Jun 26, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Live review. Bottle states aged in 2010 and has been at cellar temp for about a year. Unsure of actual bottling date. 550ml poured into matching Sam Smith's tulip pint. Medium-amber body with a thick, frothy, and retentive beige head. Thick but slippery lacing.

Massive toffee and caramel nose; I don't even have to bring the beer to my face to catch a whiff of it. Closer examination reveals vanilla and oak along with a moderate level raisin and implacable generic fruitiness. A touch of grain husks.

Flavor is primarily toffee and caramel. Oak and vanilla are noticable as well. There's a slight "sting" that isn't quite metallic, which as a quick Google search tells me is related to the origin of the "stingo," go figure. It finishes with a bit of dry, toasted malts and just a touch of alcoholic warmness.

Medium bodied and slightly slick mouthfeel. It finishes slightly dry to balance out the malty and alcohol which could otherwise come off as cloying. Low-medium carbonation, about on par with stronger English ales.

If you like English strong ales or barleywines, this will be a treat. It's definitely worth a try and is a very good, if not mind-blowing beer.

Phocion, Jun 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

NJB145, Jun 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22%

Beefytits4, Jun 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color- hazy caramel. Slight head.

Aroma- Christmas cake and caramelized pears.

Taste- Deep and rich with Christmas cake, mild vanilla and Spanish oak flavors finishing with a lingering silky plum liqueur. This is a unique and quality brew!

Poured from 550 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

utfiero, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bleedsblu, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

NeoClassicist, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

npfisher22, Jun 01, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Scelous, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

akttr, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

KJ2013, May 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

athomasPSU, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

djrn2, May 11, 2014
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.