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

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677 Ratings
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Ratings: 677
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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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +5.6%
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 +6.1%
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 -4.1%
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

10-08-2009 22:33:28 | More by magictrokini
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 550ml Victorian Pint bottle; really nice traditional Samuel Smith label, with some nice info on the back of the bottle as well; this is the 2008 vintage. Served at cellar temperature in a 20oz Black Sheep Riggwelter pint glass.

Apperance: Hazy burnt-orange beer with amber tints; high levels of small-bead carbonation keeps an attractive beige 1/2 finger of head on this beer long after the substantial head has fallen.

Smell: Simultaneously intensely malty and fruity. Sweet caramel notes mingle with hints of alcohol and some tart dark fruit (maybe cherries?) There's also just a hint of that earthy yeastiness so typical of Samuel Smith beers. Maybe just a ghostly buttery character. The ONLY gripe here is I'd like juts a bit more intensity here from the aromas.

Taste: A wonderful balance between malty sweetness and mildly tart fruitiness. A light warming alcohol is present from the beginning as well. There are sweet, dark (almost burnt) caramel flavors up front, backed by tart dried cherries. Hopping is quite subdued, but a light fruity tartness keeps this beer from becoming overly sweet. Just the faintest hint of a dry woodsiness on the finish. Malty, fruity, yeasty, and lightly alcoholic...just what I look for in this style. The label says that the barrel-aging of this beer (for over a year) takes place in well-used ale-aging barrels; this suggests why there's not a lot of oak present in this ale; I think the barrel-aging must have been done primarily for mellowing and perhaps to add just a bit of the tart/sour fruity character. At any rate, it seems to have worked well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy; warming alcohol

Drinkability: 1 "Victorian Pint" will be just perfect; not to say this isn't highly drinkable; it's just a style you want to savor and enjoy, not slam down. This is not one I'd drink regularly, but rather makes a great "special occasion" sipping-beer, perfect for when the days start to grow shorter and the weather colder.

Conclusion: This is a very nice English Strong Ale/Old Ale. It's very "English" in style, with the fruity/malty/alcoholic notes accentuated with very little in the way of hops. It's dead on for the style, and quite tasty. The one real detriment is that it's not exactly cheap; a 550ml typically costs around $12.99 and is fairly difficult to find. Thanks to an awesome trade with "Beertracker" and a later lucky find on my part, I have two of the 2008 vintage. One I drank tonight; the other I think I might save for awhile. At any rate, another great beer from Old Brewery Tadcaster. Is anyone surprised?

Additional point: This paired very well with a nicely-aged Mimolette cheese.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 04:20:14 | More by BedetheVenerable
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everetends

Alabama

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

550 ml bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. The bottle put me back $10.99, but I figured Sammy Smith's just oozes quality so its worth a shot. Served up in a mug because it just felt right.

A: Not a bad looking brew. Has a very nice brown color to it that has some really nice and deep red hues to it. Held to the light, it keeps pretty much the same color and I can't see through it. I don't know if it is because it is hazy or if it is just that dark. Its a mystery. Off the pour you get some off white or dirty white foam, but it quickly goes away. No sign of lace, but there is a good amount of carbonation bubbles stagnant at the top of the brew. Very interesting.

S: This is the best part of this beer. There is just a beautiful aroma coming from all that barrel aging. Its so pleasantly sweet and it is noticeable that this was not a whiskey aged beer. Its not as in your face or harsh, just very subtle and sweet. Lots of vanilla and wood coming through wonderfully. Behind that you get the malts, some dark fruits, and a touch of apple. Just so damned good.

T: Well, this is a bit underwhelming. The main flavor I am getting here is the vanilla from the barrel aging. Just a touch of wood is coming across. This does have a boozier flavor than expected but not too crazy to be fair. There is a bit of raisin, more dark fruit, apple skins and toffee coming across. Its good, but it could have more pronounced flavors of those that are there for sure.

M: Medium in body that seems pretty thin at times. Its much thinner than I expect and the carbonation level is pretty high and crisp. This does make this easy drinking but it just seems a bit weird considering the flavors and aromas. ABV is noticeable, slight burn in the throat and some warmth bubbling in the tum tum. Aftertaste is just some nice vanilla and booze.

D: This is much more drinkable than I expected. I was expecting a slow sipper but the flavors aren't as in your face as I was expecting and the feel and carbonation levels really keep it easy drinking. The beer is good, but its not amazing by any stretch. I guess I may have been expecting too much because I love Sammy Smith brews so much. With that said its still a good beer but I wouldn't pay that price again for this thats for certain. Still an enjoyable experience, just not all I built it up to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 05:53:19 | More by everetends
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Bung

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Murky brown pour, slightest little white bubbles premeating to a ring. Nice malty, prune, wood aromas. English tea/hop aroma. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Smooth flavors. Nutty English malt profile. Vanilla, caramel oak and raisin. Finish with some grass and tea, hint of hops. Drinkability is good, just a hint of warming, but not really. Alcohol non-existent. I need to get my hands on some more English strong ales, (Fuller's) to compare to this.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:24:45 | More by Bung
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jeffjeff1

California

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

This was excellent.

Appearance- dark reddish brown

Smell- dark fruit

Taste- dark fruit, malt

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- excellent! I will definitely seek out more of these. Samuel Smith's always does a wonderful job with their fine brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 23:33:52 | More by jeffjeff1
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Ayye, nice to see the "stingo" term revisited!

It pours a clear chestnut-brown body with a ruby cast beneath a short head of creamy beige froth that holds really well given the strength, and leaves remarkable lacing about the glass (again, given the strength).

The aroma suggest rich caramel in both a golden and dark vein, and some dark fruitiness (raisin, plum).

The flavor displays the same rich caramel maltiness, but it's much drier, intertwined within thick fingers of vinous dark fruitiness (raisin, plum/prune, dried cherry, sour cherry) and a bit of woodieness with a hint of cocoa in the background. Leafy and floral hop flavors step in midway to help level it a bit, and a good bit of alcohol and some low-level bitterness keep in in check in the finish. A soft note of anise lingers.

Quite respectable! I need to get another bottle of this as I didn't quite get the whole show first time out! Worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:25:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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JamesS

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a great thick and deep brown color, with great initial head, although no lacing. Great scent, thick and malty with wonderful vanilla tones and a bit of alcohol and bourbon. Very deep flavor, malty and thick, very barleywinish with a very noticable bourbon cask finish. Goes down very well, with perhaps just a bit too much alcohol in the flavor and finish; very warming, very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:46:18 | More by JamesS
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

500ml bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy burnt orange hue with a one finger tan head that settles to an even film over the beer.

A strong amount of vanilla in the aroma, on top of some toasty grains. Some brown sugar is in the background.

Lots of caramel and vanilla in the flavor. A little bit of dark fruit is in the background. A bit of walnut is there as well. Full bodied. The alcohol seeps through more as the beer warms. The feel is a little acerbic.

This one seemed to hold up pretty well in the oak barrel, and could probably last another year in the cellar. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 20:38:33 | More by BeerSox
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very nice to see this offering from Samuel Smith's in the Atlanta area. Really looking forward to this one. Aged in oak casks for over a year. I wonder what sort of casks they used, and if they were new or used previously? A whole year is long enough for some critters to infect the wood and bring a little sourness to the beer, which this has, even in new oak. This has a note of apples in the smell and taste, however and I wonder if a cider or scumpy barrel was used? Or a calvados barrel? This pours a slightly turgid reddish brown with a thin, creamy head that settles to a ring. The beer smells nicely of stored apples, a bit of brandy, and a bit of spice from the oak, and some sweet, rich bready malt on the end. The taste is lean and woody, with more of that apple fruit, dry oak notes, a touch of sherry vinegar, and some very dry crackery malt. Nicely taut in the mouth, this is a very pleasing old ale in my book, of a style not often seen on these shores. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:50:51 | More by Georgiabeer
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark halloween orange, with a rocky finger of wheat colored head, held up to light reveals a few scant streams of carbonation

S - sweet aromas, like golden raisin, with hints of molasses, and treacle (had to look up what that was, saw it on the bottle, and it applies), slight woody/resiny aroma, but not enough that if this were a blind test i wouldnt guess that it was cask-aged....

T - ...until i tasted it, theres the woodiness, strong oaky/vanilla flavors atop a great toffee sweetness, balanced with a deeper sweetness a la the aforementioned molasses and treacle, at the end a perfectly measured hop profile to balance this from being sickly sweet

M&D - Sam Smith doesnt disappoint, a layered, smooth, complex, yet not overpowering, this is a great beer, too bad its $11 a bottle or id get it more

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 17:41:45 | More by sinstaineddemon
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aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was glad I was able to grab a bottle of this. Of course I had to travel across state lines to get it but that is another story.

A: Into my Brooklyn tulip. Very deep ruby color. Quite a bit of particles floating in the glass that I allowed to settle. A half finger of white head with good retention.

S: Very sweet nose. Quite a bit of dark fruit going on as well. You get a little bit of the oak as well. The oak really comes out a bit more as it warms. This was served at cellar temperature.

T: Starts off with a sharp green apple note which is not a good thing for most but worked for me. Then it goes into this nice aged sweetness. The fruit comes out more as it warms as well. On the bottle they said they used the old brewery yeast. Wonder what that is. Just a really balanced beer.

M: Low carbonation but that works for me. Almost has a cask mouthfeel. Would love to have this on cask now that I think about it.

D: I was really exited to try this beer and it did not disappoint. A really nice example of an English Ale with a twist. They should never stop production of this beer. Really great.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 22:54:32 | More by aerozeppl
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new arrival in Portland; picked up a bottle at Beaumont Market. Gold foil-wrapped 550ml bottle, warmed from the fridge for about 30 minutes, poured to a standard pint. Watching the Ducks and Utes play on ESPN; a cool, rainy afternoon - perfect for an ESA.

Says the label: 'Ale Aged in Oak Ale Casks, Matured for Over a Year'. Brewed in 2008.

A: Deep caramel, a faint hazy unfiltered-ness. Starts with a good-sized mound of foamy fizz, well over a finger-high, but fades quickly to a thin cream and spittle of ringing bubbles.

S: Mild sweet malt, tinged with fruit (raisin) and oaky toffee. A whiff or two of rum. Quite interesting, if not terribly strong.

T: Man, that's nice! Oak casks lend a pleasant woodiness, enveloping a sweet toffee, spicy raisin pudding, hints of orange, hot buttered rum; if tasting like 'the Holidays' is such a thing, then Stingo captures that essence very well.

M: Smooth, velvety carbonation. Not a big body, but a sly coating mouthfeel. Long-lasting spiced tingle, warmth in the cheeks. Mellows and relaxes.

D: A wonderful strong ale; possibly my favorite yet from this venerable UK brewery. 8% strength and woody resplendence make this more of a 'sipper' than anything, but it's one I want again..and again. Will definitely pick up more, though lofty bottle prices (around $9, as I recall) prevent this from being the fall/winter staple it otherwise could be.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:41:18 | More by msubulldog25
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at West Lakeview liquors. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Poured with 2+ fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a hazy partial cap. Not much in the way of lacing here. Attractive slightly hazed coppery brown-red color with a touch of orange at the bottom of the glass.

S - Spices, sweetbreads, caramel apple, a touch of oak and vanilla, a bit of leather, and some light floral and slightly dank hops. I really dig the balance and complexity in the smell - it's not a style I usually drink but it's very nice.

T - The taste is more fruity, with sweet caramel, nuts, and rum-cake. Not as wonderfully complex as the aroma, but still quite nice. There are some light tannic notes in the finish, but not as much as I expected.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with some light carbonation tingle. Slightly gritty texture - perhaps from the oak aging. Well hidden 8%.

D - Gets a little too sweet after a while. This is going to take me hours to work through the 550ml bottle. There's some booze and oak when I burp that isn't super pleasant either.

I'm excited to see the English doing some barrel-aged brews, although I'm under the impression these are ancient beer barrels (?). This is definitely a mellow chill-out dessert kind of brew, so don't expect to be putting these back, even with the mid-level ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 03:40:05 | More by MasterSki
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear leather brown body with a faomy tan head that died slowly and left lace on the glass. A rich malt smell of sweetness and breadiness along with roasted and oak/wood and minor floral hops - english beers always give off that slight "tea" smell to me. Taste is more of the same as this a medium-bodied beer that is real smooth and a little creamy. Has some fruit notes and even something like a fig or raisin taste in there as the yeast and oak complements the beer in both going down and taste. Also has that dry breadiness to it along with some minor sweetness like caramel or molasses. Has a easy dry finish and I had no idea that it was an 8% beer - I will have to have this again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 17:14:28 | More by clayrock81
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nickfl

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves minor lace.

S - Sweet, thick malt with caramel and some toffee. Juicy red apple notes from the yeast and a hint of oaky vanilla.

T - Very malty and fruity, toffee and plums. Some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon come out in the middle. Finishes with more dark, fruity malt, some apple, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Lingering notes of clove, plum, and bittersweet chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick and heavy, this is not an easy beer to drink. It borders on being overly sweet, and the thick malt is almost too much. It is possible to pick out some oak character, but it is not out in front and only serves to mellow and compliment the malt. The dark malt flavors are quite rich and complex, and it is almost like a belgian dubble or quad. Not bad overall, I like the malt complexity, though I probably won't be looking for another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 04:19:33 | More by nickfl
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark ruby hues when held to a light source and two finger frothy yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Earthy oak aroma with a nice leathery malt presence along with some dark fruit notes, alcohol and toffee. The oak notes and sweet fruit and alcohol balance out the leathery maltiness very well. Smells amazing.

Flavor is pretty similar to arom but a touch sweeter. Nice oak/vanilla notes with a nice aminut of eathry/leathery and caramel malt. Dark fruit notes; raisin, fig plum as well as some sweet alcohol and toffee. Very well balanced medium body that is very drinkable with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:38:23 | More by corby112
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: An amber body, bright with slight haziness. A hard pour left me with two fingers of off-white head that quickly settles into a thin cap.

Smell: Fruitcake and toffee are the first things to greet my senses. There's a light black cherry tartness beneath that, followed by butterscotch, vanilla, yeasty dough and toasted whole grain bread. Very English in character, displaying both complexity and balance.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toffee and a touch of buttery slickness up front, with solvents lending a slight sharpness. Fruity mid palate, fruit cake more specifically, a bit nutty, with just a hint of that tartness I pick up in the nose. There's a touch of diacetyl, but in that pleasant English way; it pops up for a moment and then disappears before the finish. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, rich without even approaching cloying, and very mellow in the finish, with a subtle tartness balancing the lingering caramel. I don't get a lot of wood from this one beyond a hint of tannin, but from the sounds of it, this one is aged in old oak barrels that have lost much of their natural character. Delicious stuff all the same; rich, mellow, and easy to sip on over the course of a couple hours.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:54:17 | More by largadeer
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: $11.99 bottle to tulip glass. Looks delicious. Nice white head appears immediately over red/amber, slightly cloudy body. Head is super sticky, leaves behind lots of lacing and a hefty halo. Nice bubbling body to boot. Mmmm.

Nose: Heavy on the pale malts, some sweet fruit & grain. Missing the barrel here... Toffee, mint, banana, bran flakes. Smells nice, but not barrel aged.

Mouth: Creamy body, some tannins, plenty of malty goodness. Very solid beer with a gentle hop presence and lingering alcohol finish. I like very much. This really is taking the quintessential English pale ale and adding a kick. The small bubble carbonation is spot on.

Great beer. I will never spend another $12 on it, but if I could get it maybe $10/4-pack I'd be a happy (repeat) customer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 01:05:40 | More by clickpush
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JohnnyWong

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served slightly chilled from .55L bottle. Pours clear, amber color with red hightlights. Thin creamy head. Nose not as pronounced as I anticipated. Bread pudding, raisin, and butterscotch aromas. Lighter body than expected but I like it. Candied/caramel apples, sweet bread flavors. Hints of oak but not a major chacteristic. Devestatingly smooth. Finish is clean with lingering butterscotch/caramel flavors. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 15:48:54 | More by JohnnyWong
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into tulips. Thanks to coldmeat23 for this bottle.

A = Maple brown, small bits of sediment though I did not pour all that vigorously, forms a small yellow head that dissipates quickly but aggressive level of small carbonation keeps a thin layer of small bubbles actively going on surface.

S = Maple syrup, tart green crabapples, butter, caramel, not bad but a little too subdued.

T = I was concerned about the taste when I first smelled this because I was expecting something with more force. I should not have been concerned. The tastes are very interesting and heavy enough not to disappoint my expectations. There is a very tart flavor of green apples, but also a light oak on a maple syrup and walnut base, as the finish sets in there are more caramel and butter tastes.

M = Medium to medium-light body, a little less full bodied than I expected, but decent mouthcoating.

D = This is not the most drinkable beer. It is good and I enjoy drinking it, but I don't want another this moment.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 00:35:50 | More by Traquairlover
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STEG

New York

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a sam smiths pint glass with a 1 finger off white head. Smells of caramel and stonefruit, Tastes of peaches apricots and vanilla with other lurking flavors like oak and plum and I'm surprised that I'm not getting the stony flavor that I've gotten from those yorkshire squares in some of their other offerings most likely due to the oak barrel aging after the yorkshire squares. Mouthfeel is creamy and warming at the same time. Its wonderful to drink and I'm glad I got 2, I will be getting at least 2 more so they can warm me up in those northeast winter months.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 23:31:03 | More by STEG
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

The color is a dark amber/light brown. Very cloudy. Nice two-finger head--closer to white than beige. Surprisingly, very little lace is left on the glass.

The smell features lots of darker malt sweetness--much like molasses or maple syrup.

Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but that's because there's a solid dose of hop in the finish. Thick and slightly oily (from the alcohol). Lots of stone fruit flavors, particularly plum. The aftertaste has a mild sourness mixed in with the malt sugar and bittering hop balance.

Overall, this is a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol level is lower than some, yet it does retain all of the elements of a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 22:52:34 | More by smcolw
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.