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

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 99
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Ratings: 787 | Reviews: 403
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, brewed in 2008. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a copper/brown color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting, I can smell caramel and bready malt, dark fruit (cherries, raisins), oak, booze and some tart apples. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (figs, raisins), oak, caramel, tart apples, molasses and some pears. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and it's easy to drink. I'd buy this again in the future, I think it's a good overall brew.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 8/28/09
Sam Smith
Yorkshire Stingo
8% English Strong Ale
550ml into oversize wine glass

Appearance= Beer pours a deep redish brown. Not opaque. Solid 1 finger off white head, that dissipates quickly. Good lacing but it doesn't cling to the sides.

Smell= Sweetness on the nose. Dark fruits?

Taste= Sweetness, a nice flavor though. Fruits and oak come through. Figs?

Mouthfeel= Active carbonation balances out the sweetness. If it was thicker, this beer would be gross. Nice lingering flavor in the mouth.

Drinkability= A sipper, not a quaffer. Good flavor, good nose, good mouthfeel. This is the kind of beer you get when you want to mix it up a bit.

Photo of yuriruley
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice golden/red colors, not much of a head when it settles, but it stays with it.

Smell - mainly getting an apple smell, but it smells good.

Taste - Apples like I was getting on the smell, not sure if this is from the yeast they use, but I get it from a couple of their beers and I love it. Also some caramel and a bready flavor in there.

Mouthfeel - pretty crisp carbonation wise, thicker than I expected. Reminds me of some of the barley wines I have had.

Drink - going down easy for me could probably drink a couple.

I have wanted to try this beer many times, but it is always like $13 around here so I always decide against it. But I was feeling down tonight so I got it as a treat to myself, and I am glad I did because it is delicious.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle, great late 19th century style label, by far the most expensive Sam Smith's beer, but I got a BevMo gift card for Christmas, so I picked this up,

A: Pours a beautiful Burton amber with a nice cask-like soft head with very good retention.

S: Complex and rich. A nice mix of dark sherry soaked cherries and mild lemon, bread pudding, almost Flanders Red like at times with the sour oak components. Light notes of cheese/funk and mild oxidation notes, but works wonders in the nose of this style of ale.

T: Definite English/Maris Otter type malt hits first. Delicious oak and acid flavours mid-palate. Some sweetness at the end with raisin and caramel candy. A contemplative effort.

M: Perfect. The carbonation is there, it hits, is crisp but dances on the tongue and glides away leaving you wanting more. Great complex aftertaste of oak and fruit. Smooth and silky throughout. Alcohol is non-existent.

D: This is fantastic beer. Man I wish this was $5-6 a bottle, but alas it's not to be. I can only see this getting more complex with time. I don't know how long it will last, but I'd like to be with it on the journey. Sam Smith's introduced me to English beers, and with this effort is reminding me that the English make some of the best beers in the world, especially with their strong/olde/barleywine type ales. This is a beer that harkins back 200 years to tradtional English brewing with true lactic character, minerality and complexity. A must buy even at the $13 price-tag, open up a book of Tennyson or Hardy and relax and reminisce on a cool winter evening.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours copper-amber, slightly hazy, nice creamy and somewhat lumpy 2-finger head with great retention and lacing. more than you would expect for an old ale or English BW, but very appealing.

S: malt, molasses, caramel, dried dark fruit. Terrific.

T: caramel malt, treacle, plums, figs, and alcohol all seem to work together in a nice harmony. Toward the end, a hop bitterness and oak astringency finish it off and balance the sweetness. Very slight yeasty flavor but overall a very well-balanced beer. Alcohol is definitely present but not solvent-like or hot.

M: creamy, carbonation higher than expected for the style. light in body for a high alcohol beer, and an interesting dichotomy when combined with the wealth of flavor.

D: flavor-wise, very drinkable... but then you try to stand up and it hits you. Share with a friend if possible. Extremely tasty and interesting overall presentation, one that I will seek out again.

Photo of cooncat
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a std. pint glass right out of the refridgerator.

The pour produces an amber/chestnut colored brew, with some cloudiness. Definitely not filtered. Nice sized head, given the higher alcohol content; creamy, foamy and will give you a nice mustache. Head reduces to a thin cap, and minimal lacing adorns the glass.

The nose is rich and sweet; malty and filled with fruit flavors, like dark fruit (raisins, plums and dark/tart cherries). Perhaps a touch of floral hopiness present in the nose.

Taste follows the nose pretty close. Lots of dark fruity tastes, and huge sweet caramel maltiness. A little on the dry side, the carbonation is higher than expected; thus the mouthfeel is lower than expected. Still, this is an excellent brew, with dangerously high drinkability. Even at 8%, I could see having several of these (slowly) over the evening.

Samuel Smith is noted for its classically styled brews, and this is another fine example. Definitely worth seeking out. I think the wonderful flavors will keep on increasing as this beer warms. "Get you some .... !"

Na Zdravje!

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.87/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Aroma- fresh cut apples, yellow raisins, and seriously...radish. Very fresh and appealing. Very faint oxidative note if you look for it but hides well behind the more in-your-face nose salad. overall very appealing aroma.

Appearance- Lively carbonation, big creamy head with excellent retention, and poor clarity are all unexpected for the style. ruddy maple color. Once again, unusual for old ale, but appealing none the less.

Taste and mouthfeel - Quite sherry-like. Heavy malt sweetness draws flavor sensations to the tip of the tounge but solventy alcohol carries grassy hop flavor into the nose, making both disharmony and distraction. Sam Smith's trademark acetylaldehyde ester (usually endearing in my book) is not helping the situation and becomes rather shrill at this ABV. If you you can clear your mind of all this and force some beer to the mid palate, you can glean some notes of pear and a very thin caramel tone, but it is kind of lost in the mess. Medium-full bodied with high levels of carbonation but you won't notice that with astringent, even tannic, dryness bludgeoning your entire mouth through the painfully long finish and aftertaste. Yikes.

Overall- This is like somebody's first high ABV homebrew. I am usually a big fan of this brewery and the old ale style so I was really psyched when I finally got my hands on a bottle and paid pretty handsomely for it. I was ready to love this brew all night long but most of it will be destined for the drain. It really pains me to slam a Sam Smith beer when I so often defend them to other beer nerds, but this is just bad news. If you are an English Old ale fan, Fuller's vintage is cheaper, easier to find, and far superior.

Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (bottled in 2008) poured into a large fluted pilsner glass. Poured carefully to leave the sediment in as recommended on the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy coppery color, with a persistent light tan head. Not a lot of persistent lacing as I drank it down, but the 1/8" thick foam across the top stayed the whole way down.

Smell: Incredibly complex. Starts off fruity (grapes, apples, pears), with some bready and boozy smells in there. Once warmed to room temp it is white grapes with some must.

Taste: Equally complex as the smell. Sweet (but not overpowering) with lots of fruit flavors, maybe some molasses, some alcohol, some bitter, and a tart/hint of sour finish. I want to say raspberry at the end. There are so many flavors in here it's hard to pick them out. It's almost (almost) cider-like in its qualities.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation goes away quickly (within 10 minutes) off the bottom of the glass. What is left is a tiny bit prickly on the tongue, but otherwise thick, a hint sticky, and maybe a hint oily too. It lingers in the mouth.

Drinkability: I view this as an experience beer. I'm glad I tried it, but either I have to develop a better palate, or this beer just has way too much going on for me to appreciate all of its nuances. It's good, it went well with a meal (Quiche Lorraine and salad) and I'm glad I tried it, but it will be awhile before I try this again. It's certainly like no beer I've had before.

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, cloudy amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here. Looks tasty.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a strong hint of plum/raisin and alcohol warmth.

Taste is a bit sour for some reason with raisin/plum standing out the most on the tongue. Malt seems like it's toasted in some way.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and unappealing for some reason. Alcohol lingers in the mouth but the flavors somehow fade.

Could be much better. Thicker. It's certainly a strong ale but I wonder if this batch is off or something?

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is marked "Brewed in 2008 - Aged in Oak Casks for over a year" and was purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA.

Appearance: Pours a nice red brown with a 2 finger dirty beige crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Loads of oak, nutty notes, caramel sweet notes, and fruity esters.

Taste: Caramel sweetness meets oak.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: The 8% abv is the only thing holding me back from scoring this one at 4.5 in this category.

Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 2008.

A heavy pour helps form a massive head of thick off white, almost yellow tinged head. Body is a dense brown in color.

Aroma is quite intense with strong suggestions of fig, toffee, oak, and something similar to fresh baked sugar cookies. Flirts with being too sweet actually but manages to stop just short. Really quite something.

Not nearly as intense on the palate as on aroma. Flavor comes through in stages, carmel, raisins, and wood are there along with with an herbal leafy hop character. Also some plums and port wine in the finish. Actually much easier drinking when warm.

Carbonation is light which I think works well here. Alcohol is noticeable only in the port wine flavor in the aftertaste.

A solid beer but doesn't taste quite as good as the aroma had me hoping, also somewhat overpriced. Aside from that, it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Copper color, expansive foam which settles flat.

S- Caramel malt, dark fruits, vanilla, yeast.

T- Diacetyl/vanillin barrel character, caramel, toffee. Sweet dried fruits: fig, date, raisin. Inviting, seductive, rich maltiness. Restrained, well integrated hops. Long, lingering malty finish.

M, D- Smooth, full, rounded flavors for a mid-weight beer. Nice, palate-coating viscosity. Perfect CO2. Wonderfully drinkable with very alluring flavors.

Comment: I consider "The Yorkshire Stingo" as a historical brewing artifact. This is what I believe a quality English brown ale was like 250 years ago, and drinking this is like a trip back in time. The methods, materials, ingredients are essentially a replica from that period, and the necessary economy then would call for the long-term reuse of expensive oak casks. These old barrels imparted a unique character, and I believe it to be shown skillfully in this brew. Good stuff!

Photo of hardy008
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a large off white head with large bubbles and good retention. As is almost always the case with Samuel Smith beers, this one is beautiful when poured into a glass. Smells of sweet caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, oak, and alcohol. The taste is just like the aroma, except not as sweet as I expected. The caramel and toffee flavors are the stars here.

Has a sweet, sticky aftertaste, medium bodied, and properly carbonated. This is smooth, creamy, and easy to drink, even though the alcohol is somewhat noticeable.A good beer, but a bit pricy for what it is.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by TimmyP, thanks Tim!

It pours a cloudy maybe murky medium brown colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty islands in the middle.

The smell is fairly light but with very good caramel malt notes and maybe some hints of vanilla.

The taste is delightfully malty. Lots of caramel malt sweetness and a brown sugar like sweetness with some notes of vanilla hanging around in the background as well as a light touch of oak/wood. Little bitterness to be found and not needed at all but what's there tastes like light bits of dark chocolate. Nice. And tasty.

Mostly medium bodied but at times feels like right on the edge of full bodied. The carbonation is on the light side and works well with this one and most examples of the style.

Drinkability? Some warming ensues after the first few sips, most welcome with the temps outside being in the single digits, but other than that, it is hidden pretty well. I like it a lot and if you like malt forward brews as much as I do, you will favour this one. A firm thumbs up from me.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for 550ml. Bought in Milwaukee, WI.

A: nice lighter copper color, the creamy, lasting head is what impressed me more than anything
S: very mild and well-balanced, hints of vanilla, toffee, very, very good
T: again, very well-balanced, great taste between malt and oak aged qualities, probably one of the smoothest oak-aged beers I've ever had, mellow and warming, warming alcohol taste in finish
M: great mouthfeel, rounded, velvety smooth
D: deceptively drinkable for a 8.1% beer

Probably one of the surprise beers I've had in awhile.

Photo of dedrinker
2.66/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugh. Murky dark rusty color.

Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and stewed fruit.

Same on flavor plus yeasty alcohol bite.

full bodied with slightly bitter-sweet/ sour finish.

Can you believe this stuff? For the fat, clumsy, and unfocused character of this beer, it's a cardinal sin to pay what they are asking for this beer.

I am fully dismayed and bummed.

Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 .

Photo of maggotbrain
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  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.

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