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

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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 Bung
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.

Bung, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

jeffjeff1, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of JamesS
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.

JamesS, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
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.

BeerSox, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
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

sinstaineddemon, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
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.

msubulldog25, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of corby112
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!

corby112, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of clickpush
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.

clickpush, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of JohnnyWong
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.

JohnnyWong, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
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.

Traquairlover, Sep 09, 2009
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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.

STEG, Sep 09, 2009
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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.

smcolw, Sep 07, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking something called stingo before in England, but I believe was probably not from Sam Smith's. Just as well; I found that offering to be a boozey mess even after 10 pints...

Pours a hugely effervescent caramel/chestnut with 3 fingers of pinkish cream colored head. Stellar head retention & good lacing

S: Tons of dark fruit, a bit of oak, a kiss of booze & apricot pits

T: Dark fruit, oakyness, leafy hops & persimmons & dryness up front. Dryness & fruittyness dominate as this warms, along tannin & vanilla. Finishes pretty darn dry, tart with a kiss of booze & figs & cherries

MF: Fairly chewy with prickly carbonation, decent balance

Drinks fairly well, but I bet another year or 3 would help this more down the road... not sure I would ever cough up $12 for this again...

russpowell, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is always nice to see new beers from the brewers at Samuel Smith. This is a strong ale aged in barrels. This is a rose colored beer, with a good amount of white heading that lasts a long while. As the label indicates, I get smells of prunes and Christmas pudding. More of the same in the flavor, with some mild alcohol notes and a bit of sweet molasses. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced, with the alcohol never seeming hot. A sipper of a beer too, this is one to sit in front of the fire to sip and enjoy. This is a stellar beer from Samuel Smith, and perfectly fits the criteria for what I look for in a strong ale. I highly recommend laying a fwe of these down to age in the cellar. I can imagine a little time would do wonderful things to this beer. Cheers

jamie2dope, Sep 04, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Brown liquid that pours to create a large 4+ cm head of light brown medium to large bubbles. The foam lingers for quite sometime (3+minutes) slowly breaking down.

- A most interesting smell, a slight hint of vinegar and fruitiness and a slight hint of mustiness with an overall toasted malty warmth. No real hop aroma.

T - Mild flavor, brown malt flavors and a mild hint of sourness, but only as an after thought. Just enough hops to balance the malt flavor complements the hind of sour. No notice of the 8% ABV.

M - good- appropriate for the drink. Medium - which works with the profile of the style. After a few moments there is a "dryness" left that makes you looking for the next sip.

D - Very. Despite the 8% ABV I found this 550 ml bottle disappearing quickly. I really like sours and old ales and this is a fine example of an old style brew that deserves plenty of modern attention!

digr, Sep 03, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 38 degrees (warmed as drinking, as always)

Pours a dark, golden amber color. Almost two fingers of light tan foam sit on top. Retention is very good and lacing is solid and fairly sticky.

Huge notes of treacle and raisins. Nice presence of dark fruits and some mildly under-ripe orchard fruits. Mild brown sugar and caramel notes.

Wow, this is young and green.
The treacle notes are already full and delicious, along with raisins and figs. Mild yeastiness. Big oakiness, but it's very fresh and green, giving a tart cherry impression.
It's nicely drinkable now, but you can easily see the aging potential. In 6 months, a year, 3 to 5 years or more, this could become an incredible brew.

Medium bodied beer. Medium level of carbonation. Nice and smooth with a good level of creaminess.

Very drinkable now, while it's fresh, but I think that it will become even more delicious with some extended cellar time. I'll let you know in a few years....

coldmeat23, Sep 03, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber colored brew forms a 2 inch head which dissipates slowly. Small, tight bubbles surface themselves in a hypnotic fashion. Nose is enticingly complex with notes of toffee, malt, sour cherries, vanilla, and bread pudding. Taste has an overall sweetness to it but some mild bitterness sneaks itself in and out of the drink effortlessly. Oak lends itself nicely through the finish. Medium bodied creamy brew exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it.

Nick3, Sep 03, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head tries to dissipate before settling into a medium-sized pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with good amounts of mostly sweet but slightly tart fruits. The tartness is nothing near an American Wild, rather it's fruit aromas without being sweet.

Tastes very similar to how it tastes. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front followed shortly by fruit flavors echoing the aromas above. As it warms the oak influence shows itself but it always stays in the background. Ending is mildly bitter and a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without much problem and could see myself having another.

Overall, I believe this is my first English Strong Ale, and the flavors were a bit of a shock as I was expecting more of an English barleywine. Once you become acquainted with with the fruit flavors this turns into a decently complex beer. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 02, 2009
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.