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

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 77
Gots: 58 | 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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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-07-2009 04:11:38 | More by prototypic
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

11-06-2009 07:12:51 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

11-05-2009 15:38:11 | More by Otesanek
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

11-05-2009 03:29:54 | More by BEERchitect
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

11-04-2009 02:30:54 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-31-2009 14:40:26 | More by KTCamm
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-30-2009 05:09:22 | More by firkinhophead
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

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!

10-21-2009 04:40:42 | More by DoubleJ
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

10-20-2009 01:28:03 | More by bump8628
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

10-19-2009 20:18:19 | More by scottoale
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

10-16-2009 00:30:02 | More by Wasatch
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

10-15-2009 20:58:38 | More by Sammy
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-15-2009 04:44:24 | More by Blitzstyle
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

10-13-2009 00:08:37 | More by kylejohnson03
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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

10-11-2009 12:56:30 | More by Slatetank
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-10-2009 04:29:56 | More by popery
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

10-08-2009 22:33:28 | More by magictrokini
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

10-06-2009 04:20:14 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

09-30-2009 05:53:19 | More by everetends
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4.43/5  rDev +8%

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.

09-27-2009 03:24:45 | More by Bung
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-25-2009 23:33:52 | More by jeffjeff1
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

09-23-2009 01:25:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

09-20-2009 22:46:18 | More by JamesS
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

09-20-2009 20:38:33 | More by BeerSox
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.