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

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BA SCORE
92
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673 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 74
Gots: 56 | 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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davod23

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Stone Old Guardian glass.

The pour is a deep orange color, with a huge, billowing off-white head that stuck around for a little while. Beautiful. I have to give it a minute to let the head die down before getting down to business. This would be a perfect 5, but at the tail end of the bottle the head completely disappeared, and was unable to be roused. No lacing on the glass, which is another slight demerit.

Smell is quite nice, if a little understated. Such is the English way, I suppose. Sweet caramel, toffee, oak, and maybe a hint of alcohol. This is very nice.

Taste is also quite good. It's fairly sweet, with toffee and caramel notes leading the way. A woody, oaky component is noticeable. The finish is quite dry, but leaves a surprising orange zest component on the back of the tongue, along with a very slight zing of bitterness. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel could be much better. This wasn't bad by any stretch, but it was pretty thin. It could stand to be a fuller mouthfeel. Also, the lack of carbonation at the tail end of the brew made the beer seem a little limp.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel aside, this is a very quaffable brew. I could put back a few of these.

This is a very solid effort from Samuel Smith. I wasn't surprised that this was a good beer, as this particular brewery seems to put out nothing but solid (if unspectacular) brews. Worth acquiring, unless the $12/bottle price tag scares you.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:11:50 | More by davod23
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Rayek

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A: A careful pour yielded a cloudy burnished bronze beer. A generous and soapy amber tinted cap recedes fairly quickly to a thin film. Leaves just a little bit of lace.

S: Pretty fruity. Grape and strawberry really stand out. Behind them are aromas of toffee, leather and tobacco. Alcohol adds a white wine quality.

T: The green grape from the nose is front and center. Toffee and tobacco flavors are more subdued, but still quite present. An earthy pepper and black tea bitterness provides nice balance. The alcohol gives off a nice warmth to the finish. Ends very dry and white wine like

M: The medium-heavy body is dry and slightly sticky. Carbonation could stand being a touch lower.

D: Letting this beer warm up really does the trick. I let it cool a bit too long in the fridge, which stunted its flavors. The more it warmed, the better it got. A most excellent accompaniment to a cold and snowy night.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:41:28 | More by Rayek
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber colur with tan head. Nose has a delightful candied character, almost reminding me of holiday candy cane peppermint. On the palate the malt comes through with a biscuity quality, perhaps black tea, and a soft candied sweetness. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:41:13 | More by yemenmocha
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange-amber with some suspended sediment toward the bottom and a dishwater white head.

S- Great nose. Fruity yeast esters, english caramel malt, a touch of vanilla and raisin.

T&M- Soft and smooth toffee, dried fruit and not many hops to speak of.

D- Hides the 8% perfectly. One of the best English ales i've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:33:19 | More by brownbeer
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a clear amber with a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and a bit of hops. Medium to full bodied. Malt predominates with dark fruit. Some hops in the finish. Just a hint of the oak. I had really high expectations for this as I am a big fan of British beers, but I found it a bit lacking and overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:00:38 | More by homebrewhawk
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hike20

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. I tried this one at a recent beer tasting and liked well enough to bring one home for a better tasting experience.

Pours an pleasing burnt orange with a thick and bubbly head. It doesn't stick around long though and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice, reminds me of cinnamon and baked apples. The oak conditioning also comes through in the aroma.

The flavor is very intense, initially very sweet but then balances out some. I get the expected oak, with caramel, raisins and a hint of cinnamon too. The finish is only slightly bitter. Mouth feel is nice, not too heavy or light. Slightly oily with mild carbonation.

Overall pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 01:13:28 | More by hike20
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erz316

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into sam smith pint glass. brewed in 2008

good look about the brew. the bubbles are sticking to the middle of the glass for some reason, huh. the body is a ruby orange with slight turbidity and thick cream colour head. the foam is pretty creamy and lasts a good while, forming into big bubbles and breaking up that way. the nose is like that of a esb that has been aged in oak: hoppy, a bit sweet, with a good rustic oak note. the taste is surprisingly sweet, but has a good bunch of hops to even out the taste. the oak also adds a nice touch, adding depth and an additional character to the malts. I would never have guessed this brew had 8% abv, it is just too damn silky smooth. the feel is medium thick, with medium carbonation. I really like this, and wish the price tag wasn't so damn high.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 20:08:56 | More by erz316
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prototypic

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yorkshire Stingo pours a golden brown color. It's moderately hazy, but a little light gives it a slight orange tint. A creamy, vanilla cap tops it off. It only reaches about a finger and a half deep. It receded to a surface covering quickly, but held there for a while. Lacing was light and stringy.

The nose is good. Very good. It's very rich, fruity, and slightly sweet smelling. The roster of fruit notes here is deep. There's apple, pear, and cherry, in addition to darker varieties (plum, raisin, fig, and prune). It's deeper and more complex than I anticipated. The oak aging really has a remarkable impact on the nose. It has a nice wood aroma and just enough alcohol to make it shine. I'm really shocked at how good this stuff smells. If the flavor is even in the vicinity, this is going to be damn good stuff.

It's a close call. This is damn good beer. I'm on the fence with the score at the moment. The vast array of fruit flavors are prominent throughout. Apple and pear are most notable initially, but raisin, plum, fig, and a little sour cherry aren't far behind. It really does have a deep fruit flavor. But they all work well in tandem, with none stealing the limelight. Very synergistic, if you will. Oak aging certainly has impact. It has a nice wood-like flavor, but it evolves into an almost band-aid-esque flavor. I'm not all that crazy about that. Alcohol is easily noted and provides just a little warmth. It finishes a little sweet and warm. It's a damn tasty beer. Very close call on the score. That slight band-aid flavor prevents me from going higher.

Yorkshire Stingo has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and doesn't offend. It's very close to creamy, but not quite. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor quite a bit. It is a little rich and somewhat strong at 8%. I'm enjoying the bottle, but one's enough.

Samuel Smith's really did an impressive job with Yorkshire Stingo. I didn't quite know what to expect from this beer. Suffice it to say it's damn good. Very close to being a flat-out amazing beer. The slight band-aid like flavor is its sole shortcoming. I'm sure that's a natural result of the oak aging and some may find it quite appealing. I'm not so enamored with it. Nonetheless, Yorkshire Stingo is a very nice beer. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle if you have the opportunity. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:11:38 | More by prototypic
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked one of these up at the Boise COOP over the weekend.... Paid a pricey $12... but I had to learn if it was worth it :-) Shared with my brother.

Poured into my Delirium snifter... Great sorta yellow tinged head.. nice lace and retention.. the brew is pretty hazed copper red color.

Nose has a bit of oak out front.. then a ton of great yeasty fruitiness jumps out of the glass... raising and dried cherries are up front.. no mistaking the oak though...

The flavor is wonderfully "English" (at least in my mind's palate anyway).. Again the oak hits at the beginning, then more of a very "cherry" flavor really blossoms.. I like it a bunch from the first sip.. caramel and maybe some vanilla.. but golden raisin helps a bit and then the some sour cherry.. this is sooo very interesting.. I'm having a hard time picking out any hops, but maybe some come as it warms... sorta grassy tends to get blown out by the growing yet lite sour elements.. the oak never really is overdone, instead it just sorta rides the other flavors as a light background player. Better body and carbonation than I was expecting... the flavor though is what makes me want another sip.... My only knock would be that honestly, about half a bottle was maybe a bit less than I would want by myself, but a full bottle probably would have been too much.

Wow.. I did NOT want to like this enough to spring for another bottle... but I will.... Thanks Matt for getting these in.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 07:12:51 | More by JohnGalt1
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Otesanek

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into one of those weird-shaped dogfish pints. 1/2" blonde head, lingers a long time. Murky reddish-amber-brown, tiny beaded very active carbonation keeps a solid cloud-cover. Appearance is hurt by the murkiness a bit. Smells like a nice oaky-tart caramel apple, with a little white pepper pungency. Flavor is biting and delicious, lightly tart with the white pepper coming in dusty and spicy. Alcohol definitely shows, but not in a bad way really, just noticeable. It finishes with a tannic dryness. Mouthfeel is really great, the carbonation is right on, keeps things light, goes down easy. Finish is nice and dry thanks to the oak and tartness. Drinkablity is very high even at 8%, the brits are really good at making these easy to put away beers, this is a great old ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:38:11 | More by Otesanek
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get the impression that this is what real English Stong Ales have tasted like for years prior to the current craft beer movement.

A hazy crimson color shows a great creamy head that doesn't overwhem with size (is true that this doesn't matter?) but impresses with staying power and lacing as it forms the perfect blanket over top the beer. Not sure about the haze but the look is otherwise very handsome and inviting.

Deep and candied aromas of cherries, figs, dates, prunes, grapes, dates, and all other dried fruits that you can fit into a fruit cake. Dark and toasted malts give impressions of toffee, molassas, and English biscuit sweetness. Rum-like alcohols give power to the sweet and fruity nose, similar to barleywines.

Flavors begin to mimic the nose but are interrupted by a muted intensity and a pungent tartness. The beer is definately not as sweet as the aromas suggest but the fruit flavor comes through along side of a sturdy malt and toast flavor.

Creamy up front with a soft, delicate, and masculine maltiness. Barrel aged tannins creep in with a sharp astringency that remainds me of grape skins. The beer struggles to remain malty towards the end with a subtle dryness that eventually out does the astringent woodsy, powdery texture.

The beer is really close to legendary status. The wood stave aging seems to rob the flavor and body just a bit too much. This doesn't kill the beer but it does knock it off of the pedistal.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 03:29:54 | More by BEERchitect
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a murky copper red body with a couple inches of short-lived head. Caramel, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, booze, apple, and hints of wood in the aroma. Apple, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and wood in the background. Medium in body with ample carbonation which aids the drinkability. Less of a sipper than expected, one sip definitely invites another and while the warming catches up to you, this beer goes down dangerously easily. Good stuff, glad to have tried it, though I'm not sure it would be worth the price tag to have regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:30:54 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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seand

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium dark brown, slightly translucent, with a foamy tan head. A few millimetres retains well, and leaves very nice lacing.

S: A bit subtle, but complex and malty. Light hints of vanilla and dried fruits. It's nice, and interesting, but difficult to pick out individual components.

T: Also subtle, but very pleasant. The dried fruit of the nose is present, along with a slightly spiced flavor, something like cinnamon. The fruit intensifies a bit through the finish. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth. It deserves to be drunk slowly and thoughtfully to get the full range of flavors.

M: Fairly high carbonation. Medium body, leaning towards full on the finish. The finish is just a touch dry.

D: Drinks very easily, though it's worth taking your time.

If you weren't paying too close attention, you could drink through this pretty quickly as a drinkable, somewhat average ale, though you might get hit by the 8% ABV. You'd miss a lot of the complexity by doing that, however. I'd buy it again, though I'm not sure I'll make it a regular purchase. It is, however, absolutely a worthwhile beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:55:22 | More by seand
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the classic Sam Smith 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brownish, reddish amber, really brown with red tones with an active ever-so-off white creamy foamy head. Good retention observed. Very picturesque pour.

Smells caramel sweet with loads of malt. Notes of fruit, but buried beneath the layers and hard (for me) to identify.

Tastes oaky sweet backed with a tasty malt. Some chocolate hints, and other fruits - maybe touches of raisins, apricots, and the like. But subtle. Light tasty hop at the finish.

Very light carbonation in the mouthfeel - mostly milky and creamy.

Lots of taste, and a very drinkable brew. This one will set you back a few bucks, but the splurge is worth it. Another top notch offering from the folks at Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 14:40:26 | More by KTCamm
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firkinhophead

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

pours a deep burnished orange with a fizzy khaki head that settles quickly to a thin ring with a bit of random filminess. No lacing.

Nose is fruity with a bit of warm spice and alcohol. Cherry and vanilla, with a vague cinnamon/ginger note. Some orchard fruit (apricot, green apple) as well. very aromatic and suggestive of an aperatif. Refined and inviting.

Taste is fruity out of the gate, with fresh tart apple, black cherry, a hint of orange rind. Graham cracker-like malt and a touch of toffee. Herbal hops and some woodiness dry out the middle and hold through the finish with some cognac and whiskey notes lingering afterward. Very clean and crisp, with no overbearing sweetness or off-putting astringency. The fruity notes seem almost 3-D, if that makes sense. So close you can pluck them off the trees--apricot, apple, a bit of red grape, cherry, tangerine--but without the juiciness of the fruit itself, just their earthy, estery essences. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is lean, but not thin. Somewhat vinous. Smooth, but muscular, with an appropriate alcohol presence. Carbonation is moderate, and tingles on the back of the palate for a satisfying fullness.

Moreish, as the Brits say. A sipper, but one you'll go back to sip after sip looking for another nuance. I wish I had a fireplace and a fur rug right now. One of the best English ales I have had, right up there with Fuller's 1845. Remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 05:09:22 | More by firkinhophead
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DoubleJ

California

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith has a new product on the US market, but at a rather hefty $12.99. But it's aged in oak casks for one year, so that should spark some American beer geek interest. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, the beer holds a caramely dark orange color with adequate head, but limited retention. That soft Yorkshire yeast is noticable as it airs out to the nose. The overall aroma though, is lighter than anticipated. It sure is buttery....maybe with an edge of nuts and dried apricots.

Straightforward on the palate at first greetings, but the more the ale meets the palate, the more I appreciate the flavor. A kick of caramel and dried apricots. The carmel dries and the apricots gain intensity. Nutty. I'm not getting the oak notes, but maybe I'm not suppose to. There are a lot of bubbles in this one....more than I'd like...it's almost fizzy. The aftertaste is pleasant with a mix of yeast, nutty, and fruity flavors. As it goes down the throat, that's where and when the alcohol pinches you with its warmth.

Despite the price, Yorkshire Stingo delievers a beer unlike many of the beers on the US market. The folks at Yorkshire deliever again. I recommend sipping in small doses to stretch the bottle further.

Oh, before I forget, I found the oak everyone!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:40:42 | More by DoubleJ
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle. 2008 vintage. Served at 55 F in a snifter.

Somewhere between garnet and mahogany in color with a finger of bone colored head that persists throughout the lengthy drinking session.

The aroma has notes of dried fruits, raisins, overripe cherries, fresh tobacco, toasted wood, and sharp minerals.

Hints of toffee, caramel, figs, and cherry are evident right from the beginning. As the session progresses and the beer warms notes of vanilla, toast, tobacco, and even hints of cocoa come through thanks to the barrel aging. A strong yeast and stone square derived mineral character that I perceive in all Samuel Smith ales adds a firm backbone. Alcohol is perceptible but melds nicely into the overall profile.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish only semi-sweet lending to a drinkability that sometimes isn't found in this style or oak-aged beers in general. Speaking of the oak, it's much smoother and better integrated into the overall beer than most of the other oak-aged beers on the market, which seem to have a more one-dimensional and straightforward oak character. I think this may be due to the age of the barrels that Sam Smith is using.

Overall this is just a fantastic strong beer. Unbelievably complex, yet very elegant. It's nice to drink a strong beer that isn't over-the-top extreme like many of the American interpretations seem to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:28:03 | More by bump8628
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scottoale

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml. brown embossed bottle with a short history lesson on back label and an inked bottling code on the glass. It pours a darkish honey amber-red with a finger of tan foam. Carbonation looks subtle but fine for the style.

The nose is malty and a tad spicy with some nice alcohol coming through as it warms. Notes of green apple, toffee, treacle, oak and spices give this brew a nice appeal. The flavor doesn't disappoint with good complexity and balance. It starts off sweet and malty with fruits aplenty. The fruit turns to toffee and treacle with a hint of bitter tobacco and a pleasant push of the alcohol, finishing on an oaky note. Nice and warming, especially as it warms considerably.

A medium plus body with complimentary carbonation give this brew a welcomed drinkability. It's a little on the expensive side but if your into Samuel Smith, you must try this one. I honestly think that some additional age on this brew would be a good thing, although it's more than good to go right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 20:18:19 | More by scottoale
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, slight spice note, nice little hint of oak. The taste is malty, sweet, nice touch of caramel, some spice notes, cherries, slight oakyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink. Thanks Wes!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:30:02 | More by Wasatch
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radek's bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Seems like an old ale, this is great for our North American geeky tastes. Big oak, above average mouthfeel. almost soured stops short of that. Some lace.A British version of Jolly Pumpkin. Lightly brown coloured body.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 20:58:38 | More by Sammy
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Blitzstyle

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer glass. Beautiful amperish sap color. Inch and 1/2 head(nice head). Smells very refreshing almost a fall scent to it. Can pick up appple notes and definitely cherry flavor. Very crisp sensation to the smell. Picking up the apple and cherry mixture. Can really tell this is old oaked aged. Very good on the tounge, slight heavyness to the taste. Could not drink more than a pint of this great brew in one sitting but still an awesome ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 04:44:24 | More by Blitzstyle
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008, and poured into a pint glass on Oct 12 2009.

A: Love the way this beer looks. Brownish red, but definately more amber flashes when held up to the light. One finger of dirty-white head on the initial pour, but leaves a faint layer as I drink. Very little lacing on the sides.

S: I could smell this beer the second I opened the bottled. The aroma jumps out and is slap-you-in-the-face good. Very fruity, with oak and vanilla rounding out my initial impression. As it warms, I get more of the alcohol nose I was looking for in the beginning.

T: Fruity-sweet, with not as much oak as I expected. Alcohol and spices linger long after each drink, allowing me to savor the flavors.

A really easy beer to enjoy fresh, but I am excited to try to cellar this one for a while. The price tag makes this one I won't be able to enjoy often, but as I finish this glass I am definately glad that I got to experience it. Sam Smith has never disapointed me, and with great beer like Stingo I don't see how they ever can.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 00:08:37 | More by kylejohnson03
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was eager to try this beer, picked it up at Quick six in West York, PA. Shared with tenderbranson69, poured chilled into a goblet allowed to gradually warm.

A - A mildly hazed dark honey amber like toffee w 2 fingers of ecru cap. The haziness is mild enough to allow observation of visible carbonation. The head is comprised of tiny beading and a film of lace collects on the glass

S - A sweet apple ester and caramel malt w/ slight vanilla note from the oak is apparent and the nose has a mild alcohol scent. The vanilla is present w/ a light cherry, tobacco odors and mild spice note

M - A sweet fruit texture w/ subtle tannin mild toasted notes and moderate carbonation w/ light alcohol tinge and a clean albeit oaked finish

T - The taste of lightly tangy fruit, red apples and cherry w/ tobacco and mellow oak. The flavors of raisins and caramel come to mind w/ a toffee like vanilla note from the oak w/ mild spices. The flavor is sweet w/ tinges of brown sugar adding a contrast to the tang of the yeast w/ mild currant taste in the finish

D - The beer is very enjoyable, I am glad I got to try this tasty oak aged english strong. Well worth a try, but probably won't be revisiting immediately. The flavors are great and I think sharing the 16oz is the way to go. I found the price to be slightly high, but I recommend trying this ale from Samuel Smith's

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 12:56:30 | More by Slatetank
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popery

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oaky, warm, balanced. I'm not the biggest fan of Samuel Smith's beers, but this Yorkshire Stingo has won me over with its intense oak flavor. The beer pours pumpkin candle orange with a small head that disappears quickly. It smells sweet and oaky, like an old rocking chair at your grandmother's house. There are some nice earth and fruit notes lingering in the aroma as well. It reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer, more in the aroma than the flavor but both have that same pervasiveness, almost overwhelming oak note that I associate with JP's beers (and I say that with nothing but affection for oaky beers, particularly JP's). Of course, Stingo doesn't really seem to have been soured at all. The flavor is still quite dry, but there are hints of caramel malt pushing through. It tastes mostly of fruit and oak. The fruit flavors are citric, cider-y and a bit floral in a fruit-ish way. It's an excellent beer and I'm happy to have found myself a bottle. I may just have to go back and see if I overlooked any other beers from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 04:29:56 | More by popery
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magictrokini

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo. Poured dark mahogany with nice red edges. Puffy, creamy off-white head. Minimal lacing on the dimpled mug. Flattish, sticky mouthfeel that is kind of thin. Malty caramel and some crystal malt, but everything is glossed over with a vanilla-oak flavor. Its very pleasant, but I wanted more hops or something to pop out. In all, it is a very nice beer, but left me kind of disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

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