Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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1.28/5 rDev -68.8%
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.
04-05-2012 11:16:52 | More by danieelol
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-04-2012 22:50:41 | More by StaveHooks
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.48/5 rDev +9.3%
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!!
04-01-2012 22:57:46 | More by seanyfo
4.18/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-04-2012 17:59:02 | More by enfield249
4/5 rDev -2.4%
I see this bottle all the time, but I had no idea there was a hotel (an inn rather) named the Yorkshire Stingo. There is even a picture in the book of this place. The portrait is from 1770. I hope the beer isn’t that old! This beer is also made in very small batches, with only 2,000 cases sent out each year. Maybe that’s why this bottle is so expensive. Most of the Samuel Smith beers are cheap, but this one is a bit pricey. Oh well, bottoms up!
In the Glass: It looks like a good, copper-colored IPA in the glass. I know it’s not an IPA, so I need to stop thinking hops here. But it looks good, healthy, and easy to drink in the glass. The lace is solid too, as it sticks to the glass all the way up when I swirl it around in the glass.
Nose: It has a clean, wet nose that makes me think of amber ales. Not sure I have had this style before… at least not that I remember. But I do know that EVERY Samuel Smith beer that I have had has just been OK. Nothing to write home about. I hope this one changes my mind.
Flavor: There is an explosion of flavor on the front of the palate, and then the beer turns sour as you swallow on the back of the tongue. There are a lot of bubbles, but the burst of flavor helps. When that sour kicks in… man, that sour is awesome. I didn’t expect that at all.
Mouthfeel: From the second this hits your lips your mouth is on a roller coaster of flavor. You get the immediate bubbles, almost like drinking/chugging champagne. Then you get that sour. I can’t get over how much the sour helps this beer. Perhaps that is part of the aging process, but who cares. It’s awesome! By the way, if you want a good sour beer, Harvey from Brugge in Broad Ripple, Indiana is great.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste has a subtle sour, but quickly drifts. There is a hint of bitterness, but it also quickly leaves the palate. Oh well, I will just take another drink. But be careful, this beer has a pretty big ABV. The 2009 (which this bottle was) has an ABV of 9.0%. Some other years, more recent years, are around 8%.
I like it. I like it a lot. Samuel Smith might have just found a way back in to my fridge!
02-27-2012 01:44:00 | More by rickyleepotts
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
500 ML bottle
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for the bottle
2010 bottling with a expiration date of June 2013
A-- Poured a clear ruby red. One finger of light orangey brown head. Settled to a film. Decent enough lacing. Unassuming looking beer.
S-- Soft oak, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, apple. Great nose to this.
T-- Red apple. Really reminds me of a cider. Soft vanilla, raisin, fig, toffee, and oak. Slightly sweet and coying.
M-- Light carbonation and lighter medium body. More like a lower ABV barleywine or Old Ale. Quite sweet but not over the top. Fruits really carry the sweetness well. No real notes of base beer just what the oak has done to the beer.
O-- More like drinking a pudding really. Slightly sweet but quite decadent. Slow sipper than just draws you in. Even though slightly thin the year in oak casks does wonders for the beer. Good stuff.
02-26-2012 12:26:08 | More by mulder1010
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
Aroma: 10/12 Big bread pudding malt character. Dark fruits present figs. Light floralness.A hint of alcohol.
Appearance: 3/3 Pours big 3 finger Khaki pillowy head.. Color is deep red. Clear. Very little lacing
Flavor: Fresh bready malt flavors. Dark caramel, burnt sugar. Fruits raisins, figs. Light earthy character in finish. Medium low bitterness, balances nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel not sweet or cloying. Moderate alcohol in finish, warming afterwards.
Overall: This is a nice malty complex beer. That being said it was hyped up a lot to me and I’m not sure if it lived up to the hype. I expected a bigger body, the beer seemed thinned out with maybe sugar. Not sure what the barrel aging is doing, not picking up a lot of oak or wood flavors. There is some flavors I really like in it that I can’t quite put my finger on, it could be from the barrel but, I’m guessing it is the yeast flavors from the Yorkshire Squares. Really worth a try if you like big complex malty beers.
02-16-2012 03:18:42 | More by rlshep
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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