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

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 110
Gots: 97 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Reviews: 417 | Hads: 841
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a quarter-inch, off-white head that thins out a little but remains full. Thick lacing.
Smell is bready, slightly buttery malts, with a little bit of hops. Some toasted notes, as well as some toffee and caramel. Figs and raisins as well.
Taste is more bready, buttery toasted malts. Hops are far more subdued than in the smell, being slightly grassy. More toffee and caramel, but again more subdued. Ample notes of oak. Fig and raisin. Malty and roasty on the finish, with a touch of salt.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body. Moderate level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I prefer lower ABV English Ales, but this one is a very good take on the style.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. This beer pours easily a dull and cloudy golden brown with a thick creamy head that settles in nicely.

S. Alcoholic and floral with hints of sherry and oak. It has a malty sweetness with decent hop aroma as well.

T. More malty and sweeter than I expected with hints of figs and some vanilla. Some hop bitterness, and the aftertaste is where you get the oak. Very good.

M. It could have more body, but the 8% alcohol was well hidden.

D. Easy to drink and a real pleasure. This was the 2008 vintage and I wish I had found it sooner. I will be getting another bottle to cellar for a rainy day, great beer!

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 6-10-10 - poured into a pint glass - 550ml./ 1 pt. 2.7 fl. oz - capped bottle - cellared from summer 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy, caramel apple with a thick, foamy, cream head that dissipates to thin. Not much lacing.

Smell: Rich, sweet, malt aroma with notes of dark fruits (raisins and plums), vanilla, and hints of caramel and oak.

Taste: Sweet malt, oak, vanilla, a hint of cherry tartness and a dry fruitiness. The alcohol provides complexity to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to low carbonation. It pours over the palate with a syrupy sweetness and warming alcohol.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A great beer that changes dramatically as it is cellared.

Comments: I was able to procure several bottles and cellar this beer, noting the changes along the way. I believe this beer peaked about six months into the cellaring process. I'm glad I had the chance to experiment with this beer. It really shows that there are pros and cons to cellaring.

Pairs well with venison.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a nice change to focus on a beer that has stood the test of time, rather than the latest uber-hoppy or malt-monster on the scene. After reading the bottle and noting the barrel conditioning and stone-vat fermentation, I expected somethign with an odd flavor profile. My bottle was two years old, and was exceptionally mellow. Raisin and caramel malt, mildly sweet and calling to mind a long-aged barleywine.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

55 cl short-necked brown bottle with an old-looking label in beige and red - black writing.
Looks kind of exclusive.

A: Pours hazy burgundy with a rather large off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves little lacing.

S: Rich sweet malt, a bit caramelly. Dark dried fruits. Some alcohol. Fruity in an English way. Faint vanilla - I'm guessing oak.

T: Sweet rich malt, almost syrupy. Fruits, dark dried as well as ripe red apples and faint citrus. Vanilla. Very English. Some alcohol.

M: Long aftertaste with mostly sweetness. Body is creamy syrupy medium to full and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice beer, but I regret that I didn't put it in my cellar for a couple of years - no it's to alcoholic and a bit unbalanced. This will probably evolve into something great if cellared properly.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This bottle indicates it was brewed in 2008.

Appearance: rich, dense, hazy amber-brown color with two thick fingers of foamy, slightly orange head.

Smell: rich malt aroma with notes of caramel and subtler hints of raisins and plums. It smells quite nice, actually.

Taste: big malt flavors, starting with caramel and working down to a tart, dry fruitiness with the aforementioned raisin and plum, but also some pear and hints of cherry and oak. The tartness is minimal, but I think it adds a little something. Quite a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: big bottle-conditioned carbonation combined with a medium-thick, syrupy body mean big creaminess. Love it!

Drinkability: quite a drinkable beer. I rather enjoy it and would gladly have again.

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Photo of TLJ
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It's a deep, mahongany colour with some lacing and a creamy head which sticks around for a while. The smell is warm and inviting, almost reminiscent of roasting chestnuts. The taste is rich and malty, with flavours of caramel, almonds and bourbon vanilla, although I wish it had a creamier texture. However, the spicy hop finish and slightly lighter feel to this beverage allowed it to be smooth and drinkable, as opposed to syrupy.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/16/10 tasting; 550mL bottle poured to pint glass.

A--murky dull brown, short cream-colored head;

S--smell toffee, oak, malt,

T--flavor is vanilla, fruitiness, oak, almost like wine;

M--medium body, surprisingly carbonated;

D--pretty solid, this was a unique and interesting beer, but a little expensive ($12) so probably wouldn't buy again without loving it

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Photo of DaveHS
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a few fingers of tight tan head, so pour slowly.
Leaves substantial lacing. The coloring is similar to a ruby port. Lots
of toffee, vanilla, and oak in the nose. A little boozy, but it's fresh and meant to be aged, so some booziness is forgivable. Little touches of candied fruit if you look for them. Flavors of oak, vanilla, and candied fruit. Tastes like an old ale to me! The mouthfeel is remarkably soft,with gentle carbonation. Not all I hoped it would be, but I will try it again in a year.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Review from notes.

Pours an impenetrable caramel color with a 2 finger off white head that fairly quickly dies down to a layer of foam on top. The foam eventually disappears altogether as the beer is consumed.

Smells of doughy yeast, some zest, citrusy hops, a bright english ale fruitiness and some toffee in the nose. I expected a little more barrel characteristics.

Taste has caramel, some vanilla, raisins, bitterness, and a pretty substantial hop presence.

Fairly dry. Well carbonated. A pretty sharp bite to it as well.

I barely wanted to finish the bottle. Perhaps aging would allow some of the hop presence to fade, and produce a better beer, but I was a little bummed by the lack of barrel presence.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this today with 2 friends to give it a try, just cause it was expensive. Overall it was pretty good something I've never tried before.

Appearance is a dark honey/amber color with small white bubbles and a thin head.

Smell is of oak, vanilla, fruits, almost a wine scent

Taste is much of the same, an almost wine flavor, very different from what i expected.

Mouthfeel was light on the palate

Drinkability is pretty high, if it wasn't expensive i could easily drink one or more of these, as with any Samuel Smith's.

Worth a try if you have the money, and I'm glad i tried it. Wouldn't buy again only because of the price.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Euro pint. Poured a nice copper color with a two finger off-white head. No lacing was apparent. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a slight oak hint. The flavor of this brew was sweet and had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nicely flavored brew that was quite refreshing. This was a very nice offering from Samuel Smith. Too bad it is a limited release...

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jampics2 for sending this extra my way.

A: Pours a dark caramel-amber with a nice light tan head.

S: Loaded with sweet malt, caramel, and toffee; accompanied by plenty of fruit and hints of vanilla.

T: Doesn't pop quite like the nose, and a little bit of wood makes its way in.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very nice all around. Haven't been disappointed by Sam Smith yet.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an almost cloudy dark amber with a medium size beige head, and good lacing.

smell is of whisky, wood, malt, and some caramel.

taste is thick, toffee, some spice, malt, and some dark fruits hiding in the back, ends smooth and a tad bitter.

overall like most of the samuel smith brews, pretty tasty.

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Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 18.7 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Back label says it's from 2008.

Appearance: Nice khaki colored head with a very cloudy amber/brown body.

Smell: I could smell the oak immediately after pouring. Cherry and a little vanilla. Fairly fruity and sweet.

Taste: Pretty tart, which I wasn't expecting. Green figs, some tart apple, cherry, and raisin. The oak is most noticeable in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's pretty filling, but I can't stop drinking this. It's so dang tasty.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Lightly chilled. Poured carefully from a 550mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Largely clear, somewhat pale, rose madder body topped by a slender buff color head which persists leaving a wake of light soapy lacing in its wake with every sip.

Aroma reminds me of an old ale at first - lots of toffee, a hint of treacle, notable oak, caramel, light fruity esters, and above all - rich lingering malt.

Raw sugar, faint molasses - brings to mind a rum on the palate, but this is balanced by some lighter fruit notes - dates, fresh green figs, and a some other dried fruit element. Malt comes on mid-palate lending a lightly toasted flavor accompanied by an almost vinuous tanginess that seems to come from the yeast interacting with the wood. Finish includes very weak smokiness, vanilla, and alcohol - but all in all is rather brisk despite the sweetness.

Creamy, almost oily in fact, but still medium-light bodied which really boosts the drinkability.

Sort of a more "sessionable" version of an old ale - one of the first examples of the style I recall reviewing, but this seems like a excellent point of departure.

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Photo of Pencible
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. This poured a hazy light mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like raisin and honey wheat, with light caramel and some toffee and delicate oak and vanilla, and a bit of nutty malt and bready yeast. It tasted like succulent caramel and candied cherries and vanilla oak, with some honey wheat and raisin. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a mellow bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a fantastic beer, what I would consider to be the flagship for Samuel Smith. It had a great complex but subtle scent and taste that I could savor for a long time. I wish this beer had more body, but it hid the alcohol very well, so it was super easy to drink and a delight to sip. This is an old ale/barleywine that rivals Harvest Ale or Thomas Hardys, and could probably age for as many decades as those.

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Photo of morimech
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith has never let me down. Brewed in 2008.

Appearance- Pours a very dark, cloudy amber with a large off-white head that had good retention. Just a little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell- This beer is just wonderful in this regard. Notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, Golding hops, vanilla, and some very old wood. Sublime in quality.

Taste- Not as hoppy or boozy as American Strong Ales. A lot of fig flavor. A little caramel and earthiness as well. The hops show up in the finish. No sign that this is 8% ABV. Finishes somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel- I would of liked a little fuller body on this beer. But it is still good with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Not as special as Sam Smith RIS, but this is still a spectacular English classic. Just not a very good value at $12 a bottle.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 4-9-10
2008 Vintage

Pours a semi-cloudy red/orange color, with a super thick off-white head that sticks everywhere. Almost glows under the light.

Smell is slightly sour, huge aromas of caramel, vanilla, raisins, a little toffee and a fruity kick. Very sweet, but extremely complex. Awesome.

Taste is intense sourness and bitterness, which tapers off to not much else. Sharp hops mask almost everything else, and all that's left is a disappointing, thin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with strong carbonation, which adds to the sharpness of the flavors.

Drinkability is only decent, odd flavor and feel.

Overall, glad I tried it, but I won't again.

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Photo of david131
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A cloudy luminescent blood orange liquid with a thin but creamy looking head. This looks like serious business.

S- Pungent raisins, fruit, toffee, and a strong sour quality. There is a lot going on here and the complexity is great. This smells really really nice.

T- Raisins, apples, flowers, citrus, toffee, and an acidic/sour finish. Starts out awesome but falls a little short on the finish.

M- Creamy body with a tart and dry finish. Clean with a lasting acidity.

D- Starts out awesome, but the more I got into it the more I started to think of this as a treat beer that is better in small doses. The alcohol is well hidden and if this had a stronger finish, then this would be a stunner.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stingo pours an opaque dark copper color with a one-finger width creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, oak, and dark fruit (raisin, grape). Very pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slightly chewy with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is fruity with notes of sweet raisin, grape, apple and fig. In the middle is a fair amount of caramel malt sweetness which blends in with oak and a touch of vanilla. It finishes with a touch of alcohol and leaves behind a sticky sweet caramel cherry flavor.

This is one tasty well crafted beer that's meant to be sipped. Lots of flavor which really develops as it warms. It would go great with a steak dinner.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Arrogant Bastard pint glass...

This pours an extremely murky reddish brown with virtually no head... A small one if any... Extremely murky.. Looks very much like a cask ale to me which should be an awesome thing...

The aroma on this is just lovely... Absolutely one of the best smelling brews ever... The woody oakiness mingled with the raisin-like fruitiness and sweet maltiness work perfectly here... This beer is loaded with character and complexities in the aroma category..someone said something about Christmas pudding and they nailed it... This would make an excellent Christmas ale... There's a spiciness here that reminds me of spice cake and a sweetness like the boiled custard that goes over it... Magnificent...

Perhaps the most pronounced oakiness of any oak aged brew I've ever had... This is just a magnificently crafted beer...the deep sweet malty aspects along with that dark fruitiness has this one making me love it... Its a perfect sipping beer to relax on my patio and watch the hickory chips work their magic on my chickens...the vanilla and oak and sweetness mingle together perfectly...hints of booziness here and there... Very very nice...

Could I see myself ordering one of these in a smoky English pub? Damn skippy... A perfect beer for the style in my opinion... Very well done SS...

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding on to this one for about five months. The bottle says "brewed in 2008". Poured into a tulip at cellar temp.

A - For some reason I thought this would be a darker beer - it is a cloudy, medium to light amber. Pours with a creamy bottle-conditioned head of 3 fingers, that hung around for a minute or so.

S - World class. Raisins, sweet fruitiness, definitely some oak - it just smells like dessert.

T & M - I've never been a huge fan of Sam Smith offerings - what I have had always seems a bit watery, with a strange aftertaste I haven't been able to describe. Maybe something to do with the water source? Anyway, this beer has the same "Sam Smithness" going on, but it works really well. The flavors of the nose are all here - it is sweet, but not overpowering, and the mouthfeel is very full and creamy. The oak gives it a nice depth and crisp aftertaste.

D - It warms as it goes down, but doesn't feel overpowering in any way. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Rockatansky
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon first pouring this beer, I was struck instantly by the smoky, oaky essence that was coming forth from my pint glass. A few feet away and my nasal passages were filled with a thick aroma that hung there and didn't seem to want to dissipate.

After allowing this sensation to wash over me, I took the opportunity to place the glass up to the ambient lighting in my kitchen as if it were a prism to see what color I could draw out. Burnished copper, slight reddish hues dancing in the background with faint eggshell white, wispy head that quickly dissipated into a skein on the top of my liquid. After a few drinks, no lacing to speak of is apparent.

Placing the glass to my nose, I am instantly drawn to a pouch of Red Man chewing tobacco, raisins, plums, dates and figs. A slight candy sweetness radiates out as well, giving light to the amount of malts that must have made thier way into this brew. The smokiness that was at once so omnipresent and inviting has slowly withdrawn, only allowing a few fleeting glimpses of that oak cask this beer was laid down in.

At first, the sweetness grabs your tongue and slathers on a nice dose of molasses, malt extract, toffe and prunes. But as quickly as those flavors are pronounced, they recede and a wonderfully boozy middle comes in to play and takes its time before allowing the beer to come to the grand finish. The oak that this beer was aged on seems to have certainly seen its fair share of use. As the flavors subside, a strong prsence of oak and all of the character that it imparts is left. Vanilla, a slight char, just a wisp of smoke and a hint of whisky thrown in for good measure.

The carbonation is spot on and allows for a proper introduction between tastebuds and beer. Not so powerful as to wash the flavor away before full enjoyment and appreciation can be reached. A slightly oily and viscous property to the liquid also promoted fulfillment of the senses, as if velvet were being tantalizingly pulled across your tongue.

Considering this beer clocks in at 8%, I find it to be remarkably drinkable. My mouth is left wanting more, as are my other senses. A beautiful beer, and a great addition to the Samuel Smith stable. While the price may be off putting to some, I can easily see myself justifying that price by my experience with this beer. Higly recommended and worth searching out!


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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 11/26/09

Pours a hazy brown color with a creamy yellow stained head. Forceful pour reveals about a fingers worth of head but minimal retension. Smells of vanilla, oak, malt and the slightest amount of hops. Faint amount of lace clngs to the glass. Taste has a bit of hop bitterness upfront that blends right into a pleasant mixture of oak, vanilla, grain and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium, smooth feel with low carbonation. As it warms more caramel notes come out. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.