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

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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 81
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo is an English strong ale, copper colored with two inches of beige head that has good retention.

The aroma is that of a malt bomb. Heavy, sweet caramel is prominent with a whiff of alcohol.

Well, the taste is not exactly a bomb, but it is fairly malty sweet with lots of dark fruit, there are also some sour notes as well.

The mouth feel is just barely medium bodied and carbonation is light. I was expecting something a lot heavier.

Drinkability is not bad. This is an 18.7 oz bottle, a 22 oz or 750 ml bomber would have been easily doable.

I am generally not very impressed by Stingo, and when the $10.99/18.7 oz price tag is factored in, it cannot be recommended.

kegger22, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy caramel brown with a thick creamy beige head that recedes slowly and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel malts, brown sugar and a surprisingly big wood presence. I'm also getting lots of booze-soaked plums and raisins.

The taste is even oakier with a sticky sweet dark fruits and caramel malts anchoring things underneath. The finish is sweet with toffee but still dry with lots of oaky tannins and spiciness lingering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but still seems slick and sticky nonetheless.

I'm definitely digging this one as it's definitely a very sweet beer but with a nice balancing job being done by the barrel character. Really nice beer.

gford217, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy golden ruby color with a lasting two finger light tan head , some spotty lacong left behind , light to medium carbonation . Aroma of apple skins , raisons, sweet toffee malt , oak , burbon and a hint of horse blanket . Flavor is malty with a light anount of funk , yeasty , bready with a little more of the burbon type note coming through , rasins and at times hints of apple. Fairly bitter , malty , medium body with a slick mouthfeel , and a spicy hop finish . This was a strange brew for sure but the more of it I drank the more I liked it , not sure I would call it sessionable , but quite interesting .

WakeandBake, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of maggotbrain
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance: very attractive--brass colored, beige head, good lacing

smell: dates and toffee--rich and enticing

taste: lightly sweet, flavor generally echos the aroma. Good, but I expected it to be just a bit richer. Maybe with some age.

mouthfeel: slightly more carbonation than I'd like in a strong ale that makes the mouthfeel of this beer seem just a bit thin

drinkability: the easy going nature of this beer makes it very drinkable

maggotbrain, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an impressive, almost Belgique head on this tea-colored strong ale. The nose is full and buttery, drenched with caramel, rum, pastry, and toffee. A touch of floral hops and fruity esters lend the softness of apricots, muscat, honey, and wisteria to an otherwise hard ale.

Powerful and rich, thick with raisins, honey, caramel, and sweet wine. Nicely oaked, quite buttery and even a bit coconutty. Complex and quite dense, balanced with a bit of whiskey heat and a lemony hop bitterness in the background. A lovely after-dinner brew. Thanks to Kris at Kris Wines for the bottle.

soulgrowl, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 09/07/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear burnt amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of oak and lots of sour notes (acidic) and molasses. Flavor is less sour, more sweet and sticky with molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet, sticky fruits (sour apple in particular). Not what I expected from this beer (the sourness) but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber-hued ody with a medium-small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A nose of caramel-coated, toasted biscuit tops provide a nice sweet-smelling scent accented by notes of dried fruits and spicy English hops.

Taste: Begins with a taste of sweet, luscious caramel with a deep, dark sugary tone to it along with some lightly toasty biscuit hints and a notable fruitiness coming across as raisins and dehydrated apricots ready for the trail mix bag. Mild spiciness and bitterness from the English hops. Only a minor perceived woody character seems to have been imparted by the oak staves. A bit mineral-laden on the back half. There's a little leftover malt sweetness on the otherwise lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a skosh above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! It's quite good, in fact, though, at the price tag of around eleven bucks per bottle (the real source of the sting-o), I don't see myself returning to it anytime soon.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, burnt toffee scent along with slightly fruity English yeast aroma. The taste is great! It has an incredibly malty flavor that screams burnt toffee and and oak aging. The oak compliments the warm malty flavor and adds a level of complexity in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is wonderful beer. I'm a big fan of English strong ales and barleywines. The oak aging is a bonus as far as I'm concerned.

WesWes, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/brown amber color, some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose. Flavor is a mellow honey with a hop backbone. Pricey at $11.54 for a 550ml bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

jdhilt, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark coppery amber with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and fruity - mainly pear and banana - with just a hint of malt. Mouth-filling sassy flavor is malty and yeasty with a slightly bitter hoppy undertone and hints of banana, caramel and molasses. Texture is fairly rough and fizzy, and it leaves a somewhat bitter but not nasty aftertaste. Worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, picked up in Buffalo. Cracked it at Robs epic barleywine tasting.

Pours a lightly hazed orange, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a solid ring and layer, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, lots of caramel, treacle, raisins, pineapple and big fruit, strawberries, wood, quite earthy, interesting musty scent.

Taste is similar, light brett funk, touch of sourness, caramel middle, treacle, fruit, earthy, some wood character, raisin, pretty cool.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff. I wonder if they used something like the Wyeast Old Ale strain with some brett in it.

Viggo, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, reddish orange with a short, creamy, white head that has an tinge of orange. No lacing but there is steady, light carbonation.
Smells of oak, orange peel, buttery toffee and sweet malt.
Taste starts off with the buttery toffee flavor as in the aroma followed by a malt sweetness and finishing up with an oak flavor and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium to thick, a bit chewy, pretty dry with a continued, light carbonation.
Drinkability is OK to good. ABV is moderately high enough that I started to feel it at the end.

This is an interesting beer that was somewhat enjoyable though I don't think this is a style I would often choose. It fits a lot of the style components pretty well but seems to lack in the boldness of aroma & flavor.

meatyard, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cross between dark cherry/raspberry with a firm smooth 1 finger beige colored head that displayed moderately good retention with light raspberry hues. The lacing was clean while the visible effervesce appeared rapid and strong.

S: The nose was light with watery whiskey scents being the most pronounced against a stale malt backing. The barrel aging is noticeable here with light oaky cask notes of alcohol soaked wood, and a light sour malting. Honestly have to say wasn't to impressed here, maybe a bit of aging would of made this a bit more rounded, but as is was average at best.

T: The initial flavor opens with a tart, sourness of stale grains and a semi-tart raspberry fruitiness. A dry alcohol touch of water and whiskey provides an alcohol spicing that gets progressively warmer and more noticeable as you proceed. Warm apple cider and toasted sweet grains with dried honey bread are also evident while the alcohol stays with you to the very end, spicy in nature with a dried warm fruitiness of cooked pineapple. The warming sensation of the drink certainly takes over with noticeably boozy cask notes while the complexity lagged behind. Decent, but nothing that would make me go wow or rush out and buy again, honestly Sam Adams had a longshot version of an old ale I thought was heads and tails above this and much better priced. Yorkshire stingo comes in at $12 a pint, which in no way influenced my perception of the drink, but may for the casual drinker who gets sticker shock.

M: syrupy slick with a medium consistency. A boozy warming sensation of alcohol spicing linger on well after the swallow.

D: I rated drinkability was average, a bit boozy with a limited complexity and particularly didnt make my tongue dance with excitement. Didn't go down as easy as old ale should at 8.0%. I might be in the minority here but this was a bit of a disappointment.

beerthulhu, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While technically not a barleywine, we cracked this open at our barleywine tasting. Big thanks to Eric for bringing over a bottle I've been after for quite some time.

Pours a rich russet with a thin tan head that dropped to a collar in a hurry. Interesting aroma, with nuts, earth, Christmas pudding and grapefruit. Flavour is bizarre, somewhat leathery with a cereal emphasis overlaying the notes that I'd expect to find in there. Some nut, earth and tree fruit. Mild bitterness, and a slight sharpness.

I don't think the bottle is bad, but this isn't my cup of tea. Its an interesting challenging beer, but not up to Sam Smith's usual standards.

bobsy, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought by viggo to Rob's great barleywine tasting - thanks Eric for this treat!

Pours a tangerine caramel color with lots of head, terrific retention as well wins this points in appearance.

Nose is musty, fruity, hints of apple, light wheaty grain notes (almost Weizen like).

Caramel and breadiness are met by a similar fresh green apples note - odd. Not very sweet, almost on the drying end of things, slightly tart, faint earthiness. Light body. Certainly a drinkable beer though an odd one to pin down.

ritzkiss, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Chestnut-copper with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, very little lace.

S: Nutty fruit bread, figs, citrus rind, toffee.

T: Nutty, grainy bread, raspberry, hint of a grainy astringency & leather (like a dried out Old ale).

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity.

D: It's intriguing, but not something I'd have pints of.

Derek, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my imperial pint glass, the beer was a cherry amber color with a medium-sized light tan head. It had an aroma of caramel and dark fruit. Taste of raisin, caramel, and a bit of late hops. Other than feeling a little sharp in my mouth, I very much liked this beer. I've always liked Samuel Smith; nice to see they're trying some different things.

lordofthewiens, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a reddish tan head, decent retention and fair lacing. Aromas of brown sugar, pear, grape, light oaky quality. Quite fruity with an appealing malt backbone. Flavor has pear, apple, and some brown sugar. Caramelized sugars pop up on the midpalate and the finish brings a bit of earth and light warming sensation. Really nice flavors here, well balanced, strong but not intense. Full in body with creamy carbonation.

I was glad to try a more "extreme" version of an English ale, nice to see such a classic brewery staying creative. Though at 8% for a barrel aged ale, it is still decidedly English in comparison to strong American ales. The main difference here is it maintains balance despite its respective extremes and the drinkability is resultantly still very high. I am a fan of this one.

vacax, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy crimson/brown color with light khaki colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Scent is of traditional English cask brown ale (biscuity malts, roasted nuts) with hints of dark dried fruits, vanilla and oak, as well as faint spicing. In the taste, the dried fruit (raisin, prune) are more pronounced and balance with the biscuity and nutty flavors. The vanilla, oak and spicing are in the background and it finishes with a distinct shot of boozyness. Medium bodied, fully carbonated, semi-dry finish. Good beer, slightly too heavy on the dark dried fruit and booze for me to appreciate it. Complex, yes... well balanced, maybe not so much.

rfgetz, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a wonderful warm color like stained wood, a small tan/brown head rest atop the brew. Rich but somewhat restrained initially in the nose. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, rum raisin and whiskey fill the bouquet as the beer warms. Creamy mouthfeel, a satisfying candy sweetness finished off by warming alcohol waves. Layered and complex, the wood flavors are interesting. A special beer for sure. Highly Recommended.

ATPete, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very traditional interpretation of the style. The beer pours a slightly cloudy slightly orangey amber color with an off white head that is on the small side. There is no lacing. The beer is bottle conditioned but there aren't clumps of yeast to be found, the beer is filtered pretty well considering. The nose is oaky, toffee, butterscotch liqueur, lots of caramel sweet malts too.

The beer is modestly carbonated, decently so for the style. The taste has a pronounced oakiness, an old fashioned toffee caramel flavor, with sweet malts permeating the beer. There is a definite ABV presence in the beer, a touch of throatiness, a slight sourishness and plenty of boozy retention in the aftertaste. This is a full bodied beer with a nice palate of flavors. This is more of a sipping beer, but it is good, complex, well made, and very drinkable.

albern, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a two-finger, light brown head of creamy foam. It left a little sticky lace.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel, grasses and a little boozy alcohol aroma.

T - Mostly tasted of caramel, toffee and bready malts. There was a very subtle grassy, hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This didn't "wow" me, especailly considering the high price tag. It just tasted like a malty strong ale with little to no complexity.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Part of my cellar clearance. Room temperature bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber body with a finger of creamy off-white head that retains poorly. The final result is a thick collar with a scattered film on top of the brew. No lacing that sticks, but it leaves some nice sheets of bubbles down the sides when I take a sip.

S: Caramel, toffee, butter, candied dark fruit (dates, figs, plums). Molasses and brown sugar, as well. The sweetness is lightly tempered by oak.

T: Butter, caramel, toffee start off. The mid-taste is flavored with candied dates, figs, plums, and brown sugar; but the sweetness is held in check by tannins and a light spice. The oak pulls into the finish, which reveals hop bitterness I couldn't pick up in the aroma. Unfortunately it's still heavily sweet and I find it hard to drink.

M: Medium-bodied; slightly chewy and quite flavorful. Finishes with a light astringency. Unfortunately the carbonation is low enough that the beer begins to get very syrupy and throat-clotting very quickly.

D: Not worth $12. On top of that, I found it pretty hard to finish before I was even a third of the way through. Too sweet for me.

Arbitrator, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of davod23
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

davod23, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Rayek, Nov 15, 2009
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.