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

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 71 | 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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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read a review on this beer in Draft magazine. And the rating system at the Total Wine store gave this beer a perfect 100 rating.
Thought it was outstanding and a great compliment to the stuffed lobster dinner I was having.
But it did remind me of some of the regional offerings like the Yard's Revolution Series or the Harpoon Leviathan. Big alcohol and malty character. This is a style I really enjoy especially when I'm sipping just one from my oversive Duvel tulip with a great meal.
It was somewhat expensive at $12 for a 550ml bottle so I don't know that I'll be buying regularly but I'm glad I treated myself to one tonight for my birthday.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip. brewed in 2011.

A: a dark orange, murky. almost more of a brown. slightly off-white head is very frothy. retention is great. tons of frothy lacing left behind.

S: definitely oaky. slightly vinous. there are some undertones of acidity. sweetness as well. you can tell this thing has been aged on some oak that wasn't cleaned out. I appreciate the added layer of depth.

T: sweet to start. almost sour. sweet notes are slightly nutty, chestnuts, as well as fruity, prunes. similar to the nose, there is a slight acidity. a little cidery. apples. woody. a little bit of heat towards the finish but it is very minor. finish is nutty and lingers long after the sip is gone.

M: carbonization is solid. medium/full bodied.

D: a little surprised that this body isn't a bit fuller, however still plenty of aroma and flavor. carb is spot on, nicely done with the bottle conditioning. a nice beer, but I was expecting a little more. if I went into it without any expectations I would have been better off.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/28/2011. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, toast, toffee, caramel, pear, apple, brown sugar, bread, oak, earth, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, molasses, bread, light oak, light clove, pepper, earth, and herbal spiciness. Slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, earth, clove, light oak, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt complexity and balance with the light hop spiciness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English strong ale. Very nice amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown, topped with a two finger head of light tan foam. Head retention is good, and there's a smattering of lacing. Rich caramel, toffee, and candy apple in the aroma. Oak notes from the cask aging are apparent, along with yeast and a touch of fusel alcohol.

The flavor is malty-sweet, but not overly so, as hop bitterness picks up mid-palate to balance things out. A generous amount of woody vanilla from the oak cask aging. Fruity esters of ripe pear and fig. Medium mouthfeel and soft carbonation, maybe a bit too soft. However, this is very quaffable for a 9% ABV ale. Alcohol is apparent but never intrudes into the flavor as an overt solvent character.

Yorkshire Stingo possesses all the best characteristics of a classic English winter warmer, only much more malty and with a smooth, oaky character. It isn't cheap, but it's well worth a try.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.