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

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706 Ratings

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 78
Gots: 61 | 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 CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic Samuel Smith bottle into a tulip glass. A dark orange amber brew, looks like moderately strong English breakfast tea, with around four fingers of resilient beige foam. Aroma is sublime. Sweet, dark, and fruity smells greet the drinker, with raisin/grape/plum, buttertart, toffee, herbal tincture, and sour apple notes all blending together to yield a pretty distinctive nose that is not easily forgotten. Palate is similarly sweet and fruity. I might describe the overall impression as more fruity, herbal, and tea-like than expected, although there is certainly a rich rum cake component that peeks out of the mix ... Evokes marmalade and toast, crabapple, lemon, licorice candy, walnut, and floral Darjeerling tea. Some Goldings hop character apparent. Richly complex but weighted towards the fruit and herb flavors rather than the malts. Not particularly sweet, almost light and fresh, with a decent chewy body (on the thin side for the style?) and a very smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel. Faint alcohol presence although this grows over time. Includes the usual Samuel Smith kiss of diacetyl and some oak wood in the dryish finish. Well done and rather unique in the universe of English style "old ales" and barleywines.

CalgaryFMC, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Paincane
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper colored body topped by a creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing.
S: Caramel, oak, fruit and bread aromas.
T: Toffee, raisin, fruit and biscuity malt flavors abound in this hearty ale. Ethanol presence is moderate.
M: Smooth and creamy with a warming finish.
O: Excellent Strong Ale.

Paincane, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Joshmistake, Mar 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39%

mpalestino, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

dmorgan310, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Nayr, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

iannutter, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Half a 550 ml into a pint glass. My first Stingo, bottled in 2010, so a few years on it. From open, pour, and throughout the first glass, the aroma is amazing. Very precise smell, won't forget it. Taste is so mellow and sweet, very smooth. Not much to not like about this. Cheers!

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Morey, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Steamer
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, almost dirty amber; nice, root beer like, beige head. Rich apple cider aroma and hints of sour dough. Very distinctive flavor; the oak is noticeable, spices, grapes, no bitterness, smooth and malty, excellent. Leaves the mouth a little dry, but no unpleasantly bitter. Overall outstanding.

Steamer, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Andonato, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of JimiO
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little cloudy... but great color... dark amber

Subtle on the nose... honey sweet and a bit musky

Love the flavor... malty... burnt caramel... a nice journey

Well balanced in mouth... medium/heavy in body... smooth and velvety... easy to drink

I am not a big fan of IPA's or other hoppy beers... I really like this style

This is right up there in my top ten

JimiO, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SC_Beer_Drinker, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Schmoog, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

psoriasaurus, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Bobhoya, Jan 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

waddellc2, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of KajII
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with some red highlights and a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that diminished rather quickly, leaving behind basically nothing in the way of head or lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums & cherries), a mild odor of oak cask and a light alcohol tinge.

The taste was malty sweet with a touch of caramel and toffee from the get go, progressing with a moderate fruitiness, a hint of oak and a light alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a nice candi sweet taste left lying on the palate for just a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry yet syrupy texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and delectable brew. It possessed a very nice balance, which obviously helped in hiding the high ABV that this beer possesses. On top of that it was the first brew I have had from Samuel Smith's that was over 5% ABV...


KajII, Jan 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Scepter, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

zenithberwyn, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

KevinGordon, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Axnjxn, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DCgolfpro, Jan 10, 2014
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.