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

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BA SCORE
91
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675 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 56 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into tulip nov5 2010

A hazy deep amber with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger light beige head that just sits on to for ever but leaves no lace

S toffee, some fruity brown sugar and spice with just a little booze

T fairly sweet, quite earthy but no overly woody and some butterscotch on top of what I smell

M enters syrupy and feels pretty thick then the bubbles whip it up after its in your mouth for a few moments, not as sticky as one would guess

D smooth for the strength and the booze is well concealed but I can't figure out if that's a good or bad thing. the booze creeps up though so be careful

curious to how this one ages it might smooth it out even more

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:29:20 | More by wordemupg
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a medium tan head that fades quickly. Smells of sour cherries. Taste is a tart and sour fruit up front, with a hint of bread in the middle, and a earthy, mouth puckering finish. A taste of butter is present as well. Mouthfeel is rich, nice low carbonation. Good drinkability, I was not tired of the beer by the end of the glass. Though the price is insanely high (over 10 dollars) I doubt I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:50:19 | More by tronester
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle. says brewed 2008 and aged a year in oak barrels before bottling. so I guess bottled sometime in 2009.

a cloudy orangish dark amber color. tight tiny bubbles form a creamy looking 1/2" head. good lacing, and the head stays to the bottom of the glass.

aroma is sweet and spicy, caramel, raisins. taste is fruity, yet spicy and herbal at the same time. all malt, no hops. very complex and tasty.

mouthfeel is extremely smooth. no trace of the increased ABV, and especially tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:16:28 | More by jmdrpi
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color in the middle, with orange and red highlighting. A gentle pour elicits a major tan head of three to four fingers, billowing out of the rim of the pint. Most impressive - if I hadn't specifically been watching the carbonation "smoke" drifting out of the bottle, I might have poured much more aggressively as well. (Potentially leading to disaster.)

The nose is powerful, with a lot of overripe fruit and toffee. Raisin, super-mushy apple, and a hint of fig. Even with this massive head, the aroma still shines through. Thick and sweet.

The flavor can be described with similar adjectives. The body is very syrupy and thick, even when served fairly cold. Toffee runs all over this one, but a surprising number of other flavor notes emerge: toasted wheat bread, the brown part of a red apple, brandy, oak chips, raisins, and marmalade jelly. OK, maybe that last one is just an English stereotype.

For the size of the head and the overall malty ale character (this beer is almost Belgianesque in many ways), the body is shockingly thin. Perhaps served in a cask this is a marvel of beer anti-technology, but from the bottle fizzles just a touch. Still wonderfully fine drinking, and recommended for European-beer fans of more than just the English stripe.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 06:33:03 | More by BretSikkink
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Beejay

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brownish red. Nice fluffy orange tan head on top.

S: Butterscotch and caramel come right out. There is a nice oak smell, as well as some malty syrup aromas.

T: Raisons, caramel and butterscotch in the front. The finish is bready, with an oak and whiskey finish. Malty and delicious with a touch of booze in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel but the semi high carbonation balances it out. A very slick texture to it.

D: Quite enjoyable. Malt, and caramel with some nice oak notes. A good example of the style, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:52:12 | More by Beejay
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Impfan

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 18:58:39 | More by Impfan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samual Smiths Yorkshire Stingo, Aged in 100 year old oak barrels for a year. Pours a hazed ruby in color with little head that recedes to a ring. I am immediately greeted with a complex aroma of oak, cedar, malt and a distant fruityness. In the flavor, English ale yeast with all due fruityness and faintly tart. Oak adds a subtle "wood" flavor to the beer, coupled with a more-ish finish makes this a fine drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 06:03:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pleasant deep amber orange colour, tending towards brown, with a fine and reasonably full head of crusty white foam. Clear body that seems quite fluid, although the bubbles of carbonation seem to have a tough time making their way through it. Looks very decent, and extremely robust for an English Ale.

Nose is potent. There's no getting around it. Big whiffy booze characters, giving off esters of vanilla and cherry. Slightly coconutty oak characters come through as well, with a slightly medicinal phenolic note to it. Whew, this is a strong flavoured beer. No getting around it. I love the raw potency of it.

Palate is quite astonishingly more gentle, with a subtle sweetness like molasses wending its way through the deeper and more striking characters of oak and light phenols. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, and so little harshness it's hard to imagine where that 8% ABV is hiding in this subtle English ale. Just a light whiff of liquor soaked cherries at the end give you any hint of it.

This is a lovely beer. One of Samuel Smith's best, and that's saying something. It has all the big flavoursome characteristics you expect in a strong ale, but done with all the subtlety and self-effacing nature that an English ale provides. Gorgeous.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:54:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 2008.

A gorgeous beer. Color is a thoroughly hazed burnt red/orange color, very much like a fiery autumn leaf. The head is a light tan color, or dirty white, and it's creamy and holds on forever.

Aroma is boozy, fruity and spicy, pretty much in that order. There's a lingering candy-like sweetness pervading all that, almost like snorting a line of SweetTart dust.

A pretty "wet" beer in flavor, in that there's lots of sweet, even saccharine juicy fruits here, at least up front, and that trademark English mustiness as well. Then it dries out quickly on the back of a powdery/chalky sort of flavor/feel. The alcohol creeps through, adding a nice warmth, dancing on the edge of medicinal, but pulling back before it gets to be too much. Toffee-like buttery flavors come in underneath, subdued but very much there. Hints of wood and white wine, in the flavor for sure, but especially in the dryness of the finish.

An interesting and enjoyable beer...perhaps a little too sweet and not as robust/grounded as I'd hoped for, but it is complex, and I feel like by the time I'm at the bottom of the bottle, after it's warmed a bit, some different impressions will shine through...and another bottle a year down the road will likely be quite different than this. Stingo is a beer to practice vertical tastings with, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:52:42 | More by Metalmonk
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown/amber in colour. Failry clear. Full 3 fingers of beige head that stands for some time.

Toffee and herbal hops star in the nose, with vanilla showing up as well. Something in there brings cotton candy to mind. Cinnamon seems to be in there too. Sweet, complex and rich smelling, I am smitten with the aroma.

The instant this hits the tongue I am struck by the unique mouthfeel. "Slick" is the only way I think I could describe it. Seems to glide across the tongue. Carbonation is on the low end.

Herbal tea and spices are tasted throughout, with some toffee and toast. Quite pleasing.

This is a real nice beer, but one is enough to my tastes. Though if it tasted quite as good as it smelled I would probably be stocking up right away.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:01:10 | More by elricorico
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cpanossian

New York

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

Pours with a large beige head that lingers for a long while. Hazy deep honey copper color. Strong aroma of apples (granny smith) and raisons and prunes. Taste is almost like a mellow port or fortified wine, but kinder on the pallate and much more easier to drink than a fortified wine. I'm not overwelmed or overpowered by the 8.0% alcohol, which is a really good thing because I don't generally like real boozy beers. This is a cool weather warmer too. I am drinking my Stingo at around 45-50 degrees F and it's making me warm - at this temperature many new layers of flavors like tea and pure vanilla extract surprise my taste buds. I wasn't sure I'd ever find a bottle of Stingo - I've been searching up and down the east coast US for several months - but I finally found it in Baltimore last week. If you enjoy a complex and rich full bodied beer experience, Stingo is worth hunting for.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:45:59 | More by cpanossian
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zhanson88

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby color with mahogany highlights. Light caramel head that is a hair under 2 fingers. Decent retention, lacing is tight and sticks around nicely.

Smell: Caramel malts, lots of toffee, ripe fruits and some great phenols in there as well. This is an awesome, complex smelling beer.

Taste: A nice caramel malty base up front, with ripe fruit and toffee. The sweetness in this beer is balanced nicely by some alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, good fine carbonation, this beer feels very nice on the palate. You can taste the alcohol on this one, and at 8% ABV it goes down probably too smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:04:41 | More by zhanson88
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Strong Ale, comparable to Fuller's Vintage and equal in many ways I think.

Tawny copper with brown highlights and a creamy brown head. Rich, malty smell with notes of wine, cinammon and brown sugar. Almost, but not quite, a Belgian character to it. Noticeable alcohol burn in the scent, especially as it warms.

The alcohol doesn't pack quite a punch in the flavour. Rich malt, caramel and a hint of spice. Very smooth, and almost fruity as it warms up.

Nice and smooth - low, natural carbonation. Let this one warm a bit and its very nice. My bottling was 9% ABV and you can feel it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 05:35:34 | More by BDTyre
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2008. Released in 2009. Bright cherry red with generous orange edges and an attractive crown of khaki colored cream that reached three fingers at its apex. The foam seems a bit crackly and isn't making much of an impact on the sides of the snifter.

The nose is primarily caramel-like, is musty-earthy (in a good way), and features plenty of fruit on the order of ripe apricots and mushy apples. No appreciable alcohol is a plus, as is more power with head dispersal and warming.

My plan was to review Yorkshire Stingo on the one year anniversary of its release, which was August 1, 2010. For those who are unaware, that date is Yorkshire Day in Merry Old England. Obviously, that didn't happen, due to my forgetfulness, so today is the day.

This English Strong Ale (or English barleywine, if you prefer) is not as deep or as complex as expected. It's still good beer, but Samuel didn't knock it out of the park... or whatever the cricket equivalent to that statement is. Warming is helping to some extent, just not enough to increase the taste score.

Flavors include English toffee, toasted bread crust, a generic fruitiness, bitter tea leaves, a few staves worth of oak, and a tiny splash of port wine. The alcohol isn't completely masked, but is nearly so. In the end, this a pleasant sipper that isn't quite knocking my socks off.

Yeah, this is English beer, but the body/mouthfeel still needs some help. It's way too thin for the ABV and is most likely the result of too little malt. More ballast would help this ale in any number of ways. The carbonation stays in the shadows, which is fine.

My hope was that Yorkshire Stingo would give Fuller's Vintage Ale a run for its English big beer money. 'Twas not to be. The Fuller's beer is amazing and is well worth the purchase price. This one is merely good and is surpassed by any number of Samuel Smith Old Brewery offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 12:03:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 02:25:37 | More by radioscooter
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impending

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml into a tulip. Pours a dark translucent reddish copper. The head was of belgian proportion. Guess this is my first bottle conditioned english ale.

I'm expecting the aroma of a belgian as well but it doesn't have that common level of sweetness and of course the distinguished yeasts. It does have dark fruits and the wood is obvious, no hint of the alcohol. I smell a brown ale backdrop with minor burnt toffee.

Feels sharp on the tongue while still rich and creamy. Bready malts but not much in the dark fruits. Pronounced cask flavoring, peppery and quite dry in the finish. Alcohol comes forward with warmth.

I like this a lot but I was hoping to like it even more because I'm a believer in Tadcaster. I know, sounds kinda stupid since I give an A. Absolutely the most complex brew from England that I've ever had - bar none - in a good way. This is in the category of a sipper. Slip in a selective yeast and encourage some restrained phenols and this would be a first rate belgian.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 05:00:47 | More by impending
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BigBlacke

Florida

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

Poured this into a standard pint glass. First thing I noticed is the tan frothy head that dissipates very slowly. This head sits on top of a dark murky red beer with sediment all throughout.

Smells of rich caramel with raisins and fig. Nice and hearty with spice.

Taste is of plum, raisin, fig and caramel with a subtle alcohol background. Alcohol is very well hidden behind the spice.

Mouthfeel for the most part is creamy, but there is a very small bite from the moderate carbonation.

I find drinkability to be easy, in my opinion it has similar qualities of an old ale. There are only 2000 cases shipped worldwide a year, so if you see one. Buy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 22:43:50 | More by BigBlacke
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Offa

California

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent ale, rich, complex, but smooth.

Faintly hazy red amber, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is a lot of rich fruits, raisin, caramelised apple, lots of leafy earthiness, light spice, hint of sherry, hint of toasted whole wheat bread.

Taste is spicey fruits up front, rich and complex, with caramelised fruits, leafy-toasty after the up-front sweet-spicey fruitiness, then more leafy-toasty character, faint woodiness growing by the finish. Full, rich maltiness is balanced with nice hop character and it finishes balanced and dryish. Feel and body are full and slightly oily but not heavy, slick or truly oily. It is very smooth and yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 21:27:34 | More by Offa
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 550 ml brown bottle, gold foil around neck and cap. Pours a translucent chestnut brown, tight spongy light beige head with good retention.

The aroma exhibits light notes of wood, raisin, treacle, caramel, brown sugar, bundt cake, vinuous plum, some mild grass.

Hello flavour train, this one's a winner right from the first sip! Warming alcohol, brown sugar, mild wood, toffee, plum, caramelized bready notes, with a mild herbal hop finish and some green apple.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, low carbonation.

Picks up a bit of bite as it reaches room temperature, but up until that point it's a great Old Ale, full of character and depth, masking the high alcohol well and having it work to its advantage. Expensive, but worth picking a bottle up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:04:18 | More by IronDjinn
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a nonic. Beer is brown / reddish and kind of hazy. Forms a thin head that breaks made up of small bubbles with moderate carbonation. Tiny head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly caramel but overall light.

Beer is kind of oddly bitter, almost tannic. Its a big beer, just like the other one but its slightly more watery. Interesting mouthfeel overall. Its got some lead off sweetness and some a little bit of fruit flavors in the midpalate. Comparing it to the 1845, its not as flavorful and slightly less body. Both are good but IMO 1845 is better. I would drink this again but its so high in alcohol its not a recreation drink. Generally Sam Smith won't let you down and this is yet another example of a solid English ale. Would be interested to have this on cask someday.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 03:36:31 | More by drabmuh
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Picked up a 550 mL bottle of this at a local store. Poured into a pint glass in two parts.

Appearance: Dark to medium brown in color. Almost burgundy. Two finger beige head with decent retention.

Aroma: Subtle toffee and oak upfront. Not very aromatic at first, but opens up throughout the glass. Some raison and plum notes here too. A sharp alcohol note makes its way in toward the end as well.

Taste: Caramel and plum upfront provide some sweetness. Toffee always pretty noticable here. The oak hits near the end, but is rather astrigent and harsh. The more I drink the more the alcohol really comes through.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not that crisp or smooth. Much more well suited for sipping.

Drinkability: The alcohol was really smooth and well hidden at first, but half way through the glass hit hard. I was all set after one.

Overall, I was dissappointed in this offering. Nothing really stood out as great and the blend of flavors seemed inconsistent. For the price tag, this was one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:11:14 | More by Gosox8787
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) brewed in 2008 aged for a year in old barrels
A- The brown body is dense but clear with a red glow to it. The fizzy boiling head of tan fades quickly. The strong carbonation of big bubbles race to the surface.
S- The slight tart note gives way to wet old wood and brown malt. There is an apple cider quality to the malt with some deep dark caramel hints and a butterscotch aroma that grows.
T- The tart cidery note blends with wet wood and brown malt, all being pretty soft flavors. The finish is a faint alcohol taste with a bitterness in the back of the throat like cinnamon heat. The buttery note and cherry note comes through in the malt as the beer opens up.
M- The medium-light mouthfeeel has a soft alcohol heat and a watery texture with a fizzy bite in the finish.
D- This beer is interestingly odd. All of the off flavors seem purposeful and work together. It would be nice to have a little more malt flavor to add to the buttery, cidery, cherry, oxidized flavors. This is a quarky brew that taste like a historic artifact.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 15:20:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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culver501

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful dark amber color, fat tan head, good carbonation

S-Fantastic, toffee, oak, licorice, hint of cloves

T-Wow, definitely a strong beer, sweet and sour, the words wine like come to mind right away, i'm guessing that's the oak flavors imparted along with the many other beers which resided in the same oak over so many years

M-really lingers even after first sip, really coats, even the aftertaste is complex as hell

D-yes

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:04:58 | More by culver501
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Phelps

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks: a cloudy, opaque amber-maroon with a fizzy head the color of beach sand. It flees after just a few seconds, becoming a ring and leaving little in the way of lacing.

Smells: treacly. Sweet raisins, bread pudding, brandy. Perhaps a bit of toffee and toasted bread. Not bad at all.

Tastes: like raisin, mostly. Very, very lightly roasted, the sweet malt reveals notes of toffee and raisin bread. Light notes of alcohol-ridden brandy poke their heads in the back. Maybe the lightest hints of oakiness in the back, but for a year of aging the amount that's here is just sad.

Feels: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, but nicely mellow across the palate.

Drinks: I was recommended this by someone whose beer knowledge I greatly respect, but I can't see the allure. I can think of several better strong ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:52:57 | More by Phelps
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Manoftyr

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:45:47 | More by Manoftyr
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.