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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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677 Ratings

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 75
Gots: 56 | 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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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No idea what a stingo is, but this bottle caught my eye and I bought it on impulse.

550mL into an imperial pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear amber w/ a 1-finger beige head that settles to a thin film, no lacing, some fine carbonation rising from the bottom.

Unique, subtle aroma. Sweet fruit and a floral, almost perfumy essence I can't quite identify. Vaguely reminds me of rose petals.

Taste is both bitter and fruity with a slightly minerally quality. Floral hops with a bitter, slightly numbing finish. A general spiciness I can't identify. Dryness from the oak becomes more prevalent as it warms to room temp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Perhaps the best thing about this beer. Utterly drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, certainly a good beer but I'm not sure it was worth the $14 I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 06:12:56 | More by draheim
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from 2010; shared with friends at NEBCO, poured into a plastic sampler cup.

A: Clear warm walnut body under a finger of frothy tan head. Good retention, strong lace. Great.

S: Sweet, fruity, and oaky. Apple, pear, apricot, vanilla, and some flinty minerality. Lovely.

T: Follows the nose, with some more purely sweet taffy and treacle in front of the fruity esters and vanilla-drenched oak. Light booze on the finish. Very tasty, but a big cloying.

M: Very soft, frothy, and fully carbonated. Pleasant, but sticky despite the bubbliness.

O: Great beer, but not a terribly good value. I'm glad I finally gave it a shot, but I certainly won't be revisiting it unless I find it on sale.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 19:46:20 | More by woosterbill
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

05-17-2012 19:58:49 | More by TedSneakman
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-14-2012 20:06:14 | More by theminutemen
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours out a hazy amber color with a tiny head. The aroma is fantastic, it's full of fruits, caramel, oak, and the mineral quality that threads together all of the Samuel Smith's beers. The taste is full and complex, with bright fruits, caramel, and oak comprising the bulk of the taste. There's a slight bit of roastiness, and a little bit of sourness as well. A whole lot of everything, all held together by the mineral water taste. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a very complex and interesting ale that's worth trying for fans of British ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:12:28 | More by shand
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Samuel Smith – so glad I found their cask-aged ale, though I wish it wasn’t $15. Oh well, I’m grateful to have found it, anyway.

Bottled over a year before the date of this tasting (bottled on February 16, 2011). Plus, it sat in a cask for over a year before that; says “Brewed in 2008” on the back label.

A: One hell of a head on this one – a thick, powerful blanket of foam rises up, reverse-cascading from the body to a full four fingers. This foam is rich and bubbly, looking like the sugary foam on top of a root beer float. Minutes go by and the head relaxes, deflating to leave some abundant lacing. The body is a rusty red, essentially blood red/orange; I love the way it looks. Awesome appearance.

S: Oak, caramel, smoke, whiskey, peat, and all the vanilla and toffee scents I’ve come to love from Samuel Smith. It’s one of the most mature, most complex, most satisfying British nose I’ve ever come across. The wood-aging is so apparent that it literally breathes life into every whiff – spicy Scotch whiskey, fiery and strong. Absolutely divine.

T: Tastes just like Hershey’s chocolate syrup at first: that sugary, chocolaty, slightly burnt flavor. Soon enough, it moves to a thicker, more astringent profile of peaty Scotch, raisin, toffee, and bold cinnamon and pepper. At times, it also has a sour character, like lactic acid or fresh cherries. The cask comes through via oak humidor, coffee, nutmeg, gingerbread, and dark plum and fig; the description “Christmas pudding” on the back of the bottle is an excellent explanation, though I’d add fruitcake to that character as well. Bitter with some hoppy British pines and mineral water, too. The aftertaste is fruity, a bit like cough syrup, with some woody vanilla.

M: Feels cask-aged, with a slick and full body. It covers the mouth in an oily residue.

O: Complexly delicious! Yorkshire Stingo is just what I thought it would be, only more pungent in its alcoholic tendency. Cask-aged British ales should definitely be a part of my drinking routine from now on.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:44:39 | More by BarryMFBurton
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District of Columbia

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

On ratebeer.com this beer has a score of 98. I really like this beer! When I'm not having a hoppy beer, this would currently be my 1st choice! It def has a raisin taste but not overpowering. Product of UK, etoh 8%, aged in an oak casks for over 1 year, makes this beer unique. I haven't had a beer similar to this one yet. I bought my 1 pint bottle at Whole Foods for $12.99. My Whole Foods is close to Churchky so they def have a great selection.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 15:54:18 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-15-2012 04:46:39 | More by bigbeerfan
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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber almost reddish, body looks bold but with rich carbonation, head is not too impressive but dissipates slowly but not many traces are left behind on the glass, color is light brown and a permanent layer remains on top of the beer.

S: Balanced aroma, mainly barley and fruity, maybe some dark fruits like prunes can be identified and some hops are present but not in first line, also alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

T: Flavor is complex, nothing easy to process but this is not an easy style, it has fruits, high alcohol, malt and hops, the good thing is that is well balanced and generates a full flavor beer.

M: Complex, balanced beer, sensation is as should. Start sweet and a little bitter at the end changing slowly on the pallet, for a long ending.

This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 03:54:23 | More by karait95
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-07-2012 01:59:14 | More by cisteve
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New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-06-2012 04:23:07 | More by smi
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1.28/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to the staff @ IBS

Reviewed from memory

Pours an admittedly not unattractive amber with reasonable head and lacing.

Smell is a vile conglomerate of Belgian yeast and the English barleywine malt and hop profile I hate so much.

Taste is much the same, amber malt sweetness coming through more so.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent and even here those Belgian esters are rearing their ugly head.

Overall: Distinctly unpleasant beer, even independently of the price. Brings out the worst aspects of both Belgian and English brewing. Didn't really get a sense of the barrel. I really hated this beer deeply and drainpoured the vast majority of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 11:16:52 | More by danieelol
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy copper brown with 2.5 fingers of cream colored head.

S - Toasted/burnt caramel, sweet nut bread, hints of oak wood, incredible aroma.

T - Dense toasted caramel malt, slight tart fruit notes, dark sweet bread, toffee, mild wood flavors.

M - Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Very complex nose and delicate but bold malt flavors. Truly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 22:50:41 | More by StaveHooks
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-04-2012 01:09:26 | More by Falcone
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-02-2012 15:36:34 | More by EROCK75
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle served into standard pint glass

BBE June 2012

A- Chestnut brown body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head has good retention and lacing considering abv.

S- Hint of almonds, some madeira cake sweetness, milk chocolate but a more vinous raisin like note comes through to take slight domination as i fill my lungs

T- Hint of Christmas pudding richness alongside the sweeter madeira cakelike note balances with some toasted malt and this almost sour vinous raisin note coming through in the finish providing surprisingly excellent balance. Very smooth indeed, no hint of alcohol

M- Its full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D- More balanced than expected, didnt expect this almost sour raisin vinous like note at all. Lovely sweetness provides excellent complexity. Dangerously drinkable!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 22:57:46 | More by seanyfo
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-29-2012 17:49:18 | More by gleemonger
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5/5  rDev +22%

03-24-2012 19:24:11 | More by Dweedlebug
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

03-23-2012 06:04:40 | More by ChrisPratz
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-22-2012 21:08:28 | More by szmnnl99
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-21-2012 03:03:00 | More by EinWeizenbitte
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-17-2012 02:42:25 | More by JohnnyP3
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-10-2012 22:13:22 | More by bark
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-10-2012 02:43:43 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy rust red, with a khaki colored foam head. The head fades to a thin sheet, but sticks around.

S - Caramel, toffee, slight brown sugar and malty.

T - Very malt forward, with lots of caramel and toffee. Very slight woody flavor.

M - I can feel the wood more than taste it. Slightly boozey, but a fairly clean profile.

O - A really amazing beer, very complex, and kind of the style example.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 17:59:02 | More by enfield249
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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