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

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 89
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
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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 Blakaeris
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy dark orange with a very slight head that quickly disappears completely.

Aroma is grainy malt with raisin and date fruit notes. Mild orange peel bitterness. Woody and earthy. Alcohol comes on strong, and offers a brandy like quality.

Taste is malty as expected. Caramel sweetness, then burnt toffee. Dark fruit from the nose is much more subdued, and is matched with a chocolate sweetness.Finishes with a slight woody bitterness and lingering cedar like perfume. Alcohol is present, but once again not as strong as the nose lead me to expect.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Sticky, and slightly chewy.

Overall flavorful and interesting, but too mild to be great.

Photo of bashiba
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty and cloudy orange/brown with the thinnest of heads.

The nose is very dark and fruity with an almost belgian quality, hints of dates, raisons, and oak are all evident.

The flavor is mild with a heavy malt backbone and sweet dark fruit flavors along with toffee, tobacco, and a light mild spicyness, has a light almost minty bit of hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and almost a touch syrupy.

A nice complex old ale, but didn't knock my socks off, especially with such a high price.

Photo of beerhan
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle, brewed in 2008.

Poured into a glass, ruby colored with some head. Looks like a nice solid brew.

Smells very sweet. Just like straight up sugar and candy and chocolate. Some caramel and bread shine through as well as oak.

Taste is too sweet. This is more of a dessert beer than anything else. Tastes very oaky and caramelly.

Feels very thick and rich. Not the easiest to get down but not bad by any means. Just a very unsessionable beer that is good but just not my thing.

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. A new style tick for me in the process!

A: The beer pours a copper sort of color with a thin ring of off-white foam--there's no real head to speak of.

S: Smells quite sweet. Lots of white and brown sugar notes to start. Seems to be some toffee and a lot of sherry notes (including alcohol). I get some miscellaneous fruits, but raisins in particular.

T: Quite a lot of fruit on the palate. I get pears, apples, and raisins for the most part. Again, a strong sugar presence with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. The oak is well represented and there is a definite alcohol flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: Not sure why this one is so talked up, I thought it was pretty mediocre.

Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep red, orange highlights. Foamy white head disappates to quarter finger.
S- Smells of raisin, plum, caramel.
T- Taste isn't as deep as I would've expected. Raisen, plum, caramel, warming alcohol in the finish.
M- Body is quite a bit below average for english strong ales. Carbonation is medium.
D- A decent beer, but probably not worth the price tag. Decently drinkable at 9%.

Photo of jwinship83
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

550ml bottle drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. bottled in 09 is typed on the back label.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a darkish amber colored body with a decent sized eggshell colored head on top. the head has nice retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the nose starts out with plenty of caramel and biscuit malts and quickly moves into a small amount of nuttiness and vanilla (from the oak barrel). there is a small amounts of spicy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and biscuit malts i could smell. the vanilla from the barrel comes through alot stronger in the taste than the smell. the nuttiness i could smell is nowhere to be found. im able to taste some cherries, dates, and figs i couldnt pick up in the nose. there are some spicy hops at the end.

M- this is a solidly medium sized body with ample carbonation. there is a slight warming from the alcohol.

D- this one has lots in common with a barleywine. i think it was just OK. i dont think i will ever drop another $13 on a second bottle. pretty mediocre if you ask me. too strong to consider having another one.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a mug.

A: This pours a deep mahogany-red color with a billowing finger and a half of slightly off-white head built by heavy carbonation and riddled with little brown specks of sediment.

S: Banana, sweet caramel and bread malts, various spices, and orange peel.

T: Sweet berries and dark fruits, spiciness, vanilla, oaky notes, breadiness and caramel.

M: It has a medium-thick body with heavy carbonation and a somewhat sticky finish.

D: Wow! All of the notes blend together so well in this delicious and complex brew. I wish Sam Smith took more chances like this.

Photo of bruachan
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

chestnut hue with a decent sudsy froth

wayyy oaky nose. bread crust, brown sugar, port, dried apricot

deep malty sweetness. breadcrust, date, raisin and a whole oak tree (ok, not that oaky). an easy 9% to drink, for sure. quaffable while hearty and thoroughly delicious

Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruity and malty with alcohol and a bit of hops to balance. The appearance is hazy medium brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a good beer that somehow doesn't score that high. It just seems rather good at first and declines with time.

Photo of socon67
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Bottle brewed in 2009.

A - Pours with a fingertip of foam. Looks like cream soda; clear, amber-brown color.

S - Smells of oak and raisins. Also gives some toffee like nots.

T - This reminds me of a good tawny port. Has a cognac-like taste. The sweet flavor of fruit gives to a caramel & english toffee presence.

M - Darned good. The alcohol is not overwhelming. It is present but there is no burn. Perfect for a cold winter day.

D - Wow. Exceptionally drinkable for such a complex beer. No problems finishing this one.

I am a big fan of other Samuel Smith Beers and the Stingo is perhaps the best of the bunch.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was brewed in 2009.

A- A creamy looking off white bordering on a light tan head which holds for sometime. Not much lace after initial pour, a little better when swirled about in my tulip glass. The body appears to be a clear amber brown, but when held to the light it's a hazed burnt orange.

S- Wonderful nose, really complex. Sweet caramel malt greets aromas of sour and tart fruits such as green skinned apples, pears and grapes. Becomes increasingly sour as it warms, the sour and oak characteristics are very reminiscent of a Flanders Red Ale.

T- Beautifully balanced and not nearly as sour as the nose. The green fruit in the nose is nearly gone, in it's place is darker fruits consisting of raisins and cherries. Caramel malts more subdued, bready biscuity malt more pronounced. Oak, spiced rum, and some bittering hops on the finish.

M- Body is a little thin for my liking, carbonation feels alright though. Dry alcohol warmth present.

D- Really dug this for the first half of the bottle, but it started to get a little tiresome after. I think this may be due to the weight of it. Overall a really nice brew from Sam Smith.

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper with about a 1 inch tan head.

S- Sweet malts. Roasted toffee, a hint of vanilla.

T- Amazingly complex and smooth. Roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Wonderful smoky oak flavors. Just a slight hint of booze. This is one of the best examples of an ale being aged in oak. The cask adds such a deep, complex flavor to this beer.

M-Very light for the bold flavors that this beer offers.

D- Each sip left me wanting another. You could get a little full on this one, but it is very drinkable.

Photo of PBoegel
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2009, bottled in 2010, drank in 2011.

Beer was recommended to me by BA Kendo.

Poured into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter. First pour roused a decent inch or so khaki tinted foam, not much staying power very little lacing to speak. Beer is a hazy copper to light amber in color.

Aroma gives wafts of cherry, dates and plum right upfront. Then a lot of powdery malt, moss, earthiness. If you have ever poured boiling or near boiling liquid on slate or stone you know it creates a very tangible aroma, this beer carries that. So touches of chocolate and tart sour fruit in the back. So port wine and belgian dark ale aroma as it warms. Very complex and rich. A bit of cognac with a good swirl as it warms as well.

A surprising bitterness and apparent carbonation upfront, tart cherries, raisin and bittersweet cocoa in the middle with a souring tart and very oaky tannin finish. There is caramel and toffee upfront too with some touches of grape and a bit of a grassy/hay tone (English Brett?)

This beer has mouthfeel in spades, luscious depth, medium full bodied, oaky tannins that blend with tart characteristics and sweet caramel malts, finishes semi-sweet but balanced with carbonation, alcohol and tannins.

Absurdly drinkable for the 9% abv with loads of character and depth. There should be three in your beer cellar to surprise the next three guests in your home who have not tried this beer yet.

Photo of montecristo2
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.

I have to say after reading the 100 review from Draft magazine, coupled with the positive reviews on this website, I was really interested in finding Yorkshire Stingo. I have always enjoyed Samuel Smith's other offerings, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight tan colored head.

Aroma is of some fruits and caramel. Feel like it could be more aromatic and I expected a greater aroma of dark fruits/figs/raisins but didn't get it.

Taste was of oak, and that is nice, but I didn't get the vanilla like other reviewers. Slightly astringent, as one reviewer said, and a VERY slight caramel flavor.

I bought two of these and am going to let the one sit. A bit expensive for a smaller bottle. Maybe it was temperature or it was shaken a bit in transport. I trust the other reviewers and am not willing to give up on such a reputable brewery!


Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)

A - Poured a dark copper color with a tan head

S - Is of oak vanilla dark fruit and toffee

T - Follows the nose starts off with the oak and vanilla then the toffee comes through finishes with fruit flavors and a hit of alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body and higher carbonation to it

D - This is a wonderful beer and one that I'm surprised Sam Smith makes this is a big beer with a lot of good flavors working together making it very easy to drink worth picking up sometime to give it a try

Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2009.

Inviting appearance. Dark copper with a thick and creamy head which remains attractive even as the beer sits in the snifter for a while.

As I get a whiff of this beer I can't help to think of a carmel bread pudding and figs. There is some oak in the nose too.

Man, this thing is complex as far flavor goes. Sitting in an oak cask for a year has done this thing wonders. Starts with sweet toffee, cocoa and caramel flavors that work into really vinous and oaky flavors. Vanilla and cherry in there too. The finish has a very subtle twang. Bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel is intermediate with a nice amount of natural carbonation. There is absolutely no sign of this thing being 9% ABV so smooth and drinkable. This is the most exciting beer I've had from the UK since Meantime IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of emmasdad
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked for and received a bottle of this one as a Christmas gift, after reading an awesome review. Poured a nice reddish brown color with a big creamy tan head. Aromas of oak, leather, dark fruits and wine soaked wood. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and slightly tart, with nice vinuous flavors, figs, plums, oak and caramel. A very good beer.

Photo of compass40204
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is admittedly one of my favorite beers. At 8%abv it really isn't a session beer, but it's my favorite session beer. This beer has a very pronounced oak character. Malty, but the sweetness isn't derived solely from it. Finishes clean, not boozy. Very slight warming sensation. Slightly tart as it warms up. Love the caramel and toffee notes. That's why I have a case of it in my basement. Wish it cost a lot less...

Photo of nasty15108
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550ml bottle (2008) into a goblet.

A - Leathery with a thin head of white foam.

S - Vanilla, Ripe Fruit, Biscuits dominate the aroma.

T - Malty with hints of dark ripe fruit. Hints of oak, bourbon and vanilla. You get the alcohol in the finish.

MF&D - Slightly creamy and very smooth. Went down well dispite the 9%ABV.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oaky and light bourbon like notes. In the taste, vanilla, oaky, light bourbon notes without the burn. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hint of oak and vanilla. Nice oak, and like the bourbon notes without the burn. It lacks depth, but does hide the alcohol well.

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice cherry wood reddish brown color with ½" off white fine head that recedes to a 1/8" surface covering. Sipping leaves little or no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aromas include some nice apricot backed up by light caramel and a bit of woody oak with no trace of alcohol or hops.

Taste: The flavors include some caramel or toffee mixed with a nice fruitiness that seems most like raisins and apricots. There are also traces of vanilla and some dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with smooth fine carbonation that persists. The finish is really where the effects of the oak aging show themselves most clearly. There is a subtle, woody dryness that comes to the fore and then just fades slowly away.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer in that I've enjoyed sipping my way through it and I'd certainly be willing to have it again. That said, it is a good but not a great beer, so in this case I'm not likely to buy it all that often at $11 per 500 ml.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Painfully expensive at $10.99/550ml bottle. 9% ABV. These guys rarely disappoint, though, so here we go...pours a deep amber with a slight haze throughout. Well carbonated and reveals a nice, foamy head that quickly retires into a short crown. Some spotty lacing. Robust, malty aromas in here. Some sweet candy notes, like candy corn or cotton candy in the way back. Also a touch of vanilla. Nice so far. My oh my - the flavor is unique. It's certainly British, and you can taste the alcohol most of the way through (except right in the initial burst of flavor). The flavors are tough to pin down on this one. Obviously a lot of malt...roasty caramel malt especially. Some tangy, charred notes are way in the back. Probably the barrel aging. Not nearly as heinous and upfront as yesterday's debacle, though. These accentuate rather than dominate. The carbonation makes this really spritzy and festive, for lack of a better term. It's really drinkable for 9% ABV. Some sweetness, a lot like honey, fills out the middle and a nice, hoppy bitterness clambers its way out of the cellar at the end. Very good beer, but super hard on the wallet. Worth tracking down.

What I like most: The wonderful, unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The price.

Verdict: Very good and worth tracking down.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Most folks, myself included, probably don't know that Stingo is an older word that means old ale or old beer. Seems appropriate for this beer, which is apparently aged for an entire year in Samuel Smith's famous Yorkshire Squares. I'm using a goblet for this one tonight, as a special beer deserves a special glass. Pours a murky and ruddy amber. Carbonation levels are pretty high, as there's a constant stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass. No real head on this beer, just bubbles on the outer rim of the glass. Aroma is rich, deep, and pungent. You can really pick out the oak, which adds a nice earth characteristic. The first taste is simply incredible. Flavor profile is stunningly complex, with loads of molasses, dark cherry, raisin, oak, and tobacco clamoring for attention on the palate. This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the mouthfeel balanced, as the heavy flavor profile and malt profile could easily become syrupy if left alone. Happily that's not the case here, though the heavy alcohol warmth makes this a sipping beer. Samuel Smith's has done it again, creating a textbook example of a classic English style - in the case of Yorkshire Stingo, the Old Ale. Highly recommended.

Photo of far333
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Caramel colored, slight haze, orangey highlights and a thick beige head of meringue that lingers long and leaves long arcs of lace around the glass.

Aroma of raisin and ripe fruit, some cinnamon and woody vanilla notes.

Flavors of caramel, smoke, dried leaves, cinnamon, ripe fruit, orange rind, metallic note, some diacetyl flavors, very strong flavors with some unexpected astringency, boozey like cooking sherry lending noticeable harshness.

Full and rich mouthfeel, a bit tingly, some warming of the cheeks, finishes tannic.

Tasty at times, overbearing at others. Drinkability suffers due to harshness.

Photo of NStLincoln
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, slightly hazy with a creamy white tan head that bubbles down to a thin film rather quickly.

Caramel is the #1 flavor here, like those squares you use for cooking, but there is a lot more too this nose. Some nice black cherry, some decomposed earth, and a touch of sweet pipe tobacco.

Starts sweet with pumpkin spice and then transitions beautifully to waves of oaky caramel. The slightest hint of alcohol relents to a lasting tobacco finish. The oak is woven into every fruit and candy flavor.

Nice carbonation, want to go back for another drink to find more flavors.

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.