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

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with a limited head. No lace.

Toffee, rich malt, some raisin bread, overripe fruit in the nose.

Rich, a bit buttery, some nice sweet bread, bruised fruit, toffee, sweet malt, alcohol, moderate bitterness. Nice balance, finishes a little boozy, a little sweet, a little bitter.

Full body, hint of acid.

Great cool weather sipping beer. 8% seemed like more, but it was most welcoming.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:05:02 | More by OtherShoe2
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sukwonee

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown with two finger frothy head that retains. Good amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruits (figs), some vinegar like aroma, malt.

T: Dark fruits, booziness, malt, sweetness, apples, raisin, and honey (yes I taste honey).

M: Good amount of carbonation. Quite thick.

O: It's nice, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:12:29 | More by sukwonee
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given that I was in a bar in Morgantown West Virginia (Jay's), I was positively excited to see this beer available (even at $18 a pop).

The beer pours a striking reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very intriguing in this beer, as I pick up a strong, vinuous overtone to this beer, that marries well with the toffee and vanilla I'm picking up as well. The beer is every bit as good on the palate, with the vinuous flavor component helping to counter the sweet richness one gets in this beer. Otherwise, there is a strong presence of vanilla, caramel and toffee that is impressive and easy to appreciate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, sweet, very rich finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there, and it wears on you a bit with all the sweetness.

A very rich beer, one that is best enjoyed in small doses. It took me the better part of hour to work through my bottle, and even then, I ended up leaving 3 or 4 ounces in my glass.... just too much of a good thing for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:48:10 | More by johnmichaelsen
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allouez86

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brewed in 2010, poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Pours a dark amber/red with a small off-white head, appropriate size head for a beer of this style and age.

Smell is definitely caramel and dark fruits. Getting a nice sour apple and plum.

Taste is a little more forward with the dark fruits, the sour apple not as apparent as it was in the nose. Very slight hop bitterness, almost has that faded hop taste that comes with a beer of this age, one of my favorite characters in this style. Caramel and toffee is also finding their way in there, although only slightly. Smallest bit of oxidation.

Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin and definitely not heavy or sticky.

Overall this has become one of my new favorites. Just picked up my 5th and 6th bottle of it this afternoon. This beer tastes like it has the legs to last a couple more years and still improve. Would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or 6 of these. Its typical Samuel Smith quality and price.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:45:17 | More by allouez86
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davey101

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage I assume. 550ml bottle into a pint glass. $16/bottle bar price...

A - Very dark brown body, almost bordering on black/red. Nice and creamy two finger head with nice lacing.

S - Toffee, dark fruits, caramel, and some spiced bread. A little oaky with some vanilla. Really smooth aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Christmas spices, bread, toffee and caramel, raisins. Really smooth oak tannin finish. Not overly complex but very tasty. Somewhat chewy and creamy medium bodied mouth feel.

O - Not as spectacular as I was expecting, but very well made and quite delicious on a cold evening. My friend thought it was amazing though.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:43:10 | More by davey101
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown with 1/2" tan coloured head.

S: Caramel malt, figs, cherries, vanilla and oak.

T: Toffee, caramel, oak, figs, roasted malt, as well as a certain bitterness from pine hop flavours.

M: Medium to full viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The last time I tried a Samuel Smith beer was 6 months ago, and I really tasted hard water on this beer. I wish the beer tasted as it smelled, because it was much more subtle and sweet smelling; but it tastes quite dry and somewhat harsh in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:49:18 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Greywulfken

New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle date with an 8.0% abv; slow-poured (per instructions on bottle; to avoid inclusion of the yeast in the bottle) into an Ommegang glass (somewhere between a footed pilsner and a tulip).

A: amber brown body, creamy beige finger of head

S: light, bright oakiness and darker, sweet toffee

T: some lightly boozed dark fruit, molasses and bread pudding; wood/oak notes and raisins

M: leans more toward sweet than dry; moderate carbonation, medium weight; great aftertastes

O: a great holiday beer - would go so well with Christmas goose or a Thanksgiving pumpkin or pecan pie; this is a real treat of a beer with a lot of flavors. I may have benefitted from this being an aged bottle - it was very mellow and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 16:16:54 | More by Greywulfken
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burnt caramel color scattered with slow and steady beading, topped with an off-white to light brown head that retains and laces well.

Loads of charred and fresh oak on the nose. Caramel, smooth chocolate, maple syrup, a slight suggestion of booze, more oak, brown sugar.

I find this MUCH more approachable than I did the first time around. First time I had this I was overwhelmed by oak, not the case here. Smooth, fresh oak, more maple syrup, caramel cake, a touch of coffee even, not much heat to be spoken of.

Way more drinkable than I remember. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:29:58 | More by yamar68
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ckollias

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this tall bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark copper brown hue with a thin white 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with hints of dried fruits in the background.

T: Sweet flavor with a woody fruit like middle and finished on the malty side of dry.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and minimal carbonation.

O: Excellent brew by Samuel Smith. I had been searching for this one for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:46:29 | More by ckollias
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear red-brown with three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Really interesting smell. Caramel malt and sort of musty, but in a good way.

T: Moderately sweet and light bitterness. Matches the nose in flavor. Caramel malt that is sort of musty.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and just slightly warm going down.

O:I really like this beer. I think is might be my first English strong ale, and if this is any indication of the style, I will have to try more. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:32:06 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A murky dark amber copper body with continents of bubbles encompassing the bottom of the glass.  A puffy layer of dark khaki head that quickly escapes into the murky abyss leaving behind a khaki swirl. 

S:   Nose delivers a robust bouquet of roasted toffee, salty caramel apples, rum raisins, musty oak, cinnamon, brown sugar, banana but bread, clove, thick candy syrup, plums, and fruit cake.  Spicy alcohol aroma stings the nostrils. 

T/M:  Thick syrupy feel that has a touch of carbonation and a rich heavy malt base. Roasted malts reign supreme with sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel apples and spices enveloping the palate.   Rum and old oak along with dried/burnt hay bring a welcoming earthy hop flare to the richly malted mixture. Finish is wet with a touch of dryness slowly creeping up.  Aftertaste of fermented plums. 

O:  This reminds me of sitting around a warm fire in the woods. A great warming sensation and a very well hidden ABV. A strong beer that is easy drinking, complex and refined.  I have instantly became a fan of Samuel Smith. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:31:43 | More by Hopswagger
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep orange infused copper color with a very thin quick to faid off white head atop.Deeply fruity and cakey in the nose along with brown sugar,and sweet alcohol.somewhat sweet on the palate but not over done,brown sugar and dark fruits, and light green apple stand out the most,the alcohol plays a role as it warms.It's an English strong ale,it's some what sweet, but also refined and not in your face.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 18:36:25 | More by oberon
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a large snifter. "Brewed in 2010" printed on the label.

A: Pours a deep ruby red, good clarity. Bubbly white head settles shortly into a thin, wispy crown. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Caramel and bread pudding amongst a medley of fruits: raisins, figs, plums, grape skin, fruitcake. Very slightly vinous, touch of spicy alcohol character. Sherry. Fleeting milk chocolate. Vanilla and oak on the nose too. This one really takes time to open up, but once it does there’s quite a bit of complexity.

T: Faint treacle and toffee up front. Oak tannin and vanilla follow. Fruity aspects take over after that. Fig, plum, raisin, and perhaps raspberry. Malt tastes return with impressions of chewy caramel and bread pudding. Very faint acidity in the background. Definite vinous aspect with a strong spicy, sherry-like taste at the back end. A bit of rum in there as well. Dry and rather quick finish of bread crust, bread pudding, faint chocolate, and oak.

M: Thick body, though it doesn’t feel heavy in the mouth. Chewy, full, and very smooth. Not much in the way of carbonation, though it doesn’t need it. Delightfully warming, it feels more potent than the 8% abv.

O: This is a definite go-to as a Holiday beer or a fireside sipper. There are elements of it that remind me of a good whiskey. If there is anything really to critique, it's that the oak comes on just a tad too strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:02:46 | More by ryan1788a5
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle poured into a regular old glass. 2010 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Off-white head that lingers nicely.

Smell - Malty in the form of caramel. Oaky, unsurprisingly. Slightly acidic.

Taste - Nice caramel malt. Creamy at first. Bitter and astringent as it lingers. Oaky in the finish. I was expecting more of a lacto tang.

Mouthfeel - The oak is a little intense. Medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish. Astringent.

Overall - Good. Never had another of the style, so it's tough to compare. Nice English strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 23:55:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this after hearing alot. Pours a beutiful color of cherry amber colors but zero/head retention and the aromas of caramel malts were faint. Great oaky flavor, lots of caramel but not much else. Its a solid beer but the oxidation barrel age flavor is there which i expected from a long barrel aged beer. Apple, aciditc type flavors on the back. Its solid but didnt live up to hype. Id be happy to drink any time but wouldnt seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:59:35 | More by CampusCrew
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny brown body. Thin froth of head.

Nose is rich caramel toffee.

Flavor is smooth, sweet, rich and decadent. Toffee, figs, caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and coating.

Overall, an excellent sipper. ABV is well masked with little or no warming or burning.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 02:06:06 | More by ghostwalker
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StJamesGate

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear cherry amber – paler than expected – with loose than head that’s soon film.
Sweet tea, vanilla, candied orange peel and a bit of iodine – intriguing.
Honey grahams, vanilla cream, some tannic notes, with thick toffee and maybe some baked apples and a mild woody EKG end.
Apricot finish and whiskey linger.
Medium, very soft, round, some chew, no burn at all.

Velvet hammer! Smooth and subtle strong ale flavors in a silky body; fruit and a sweetness like rock candy or simple sugar stick out over anything else, with the oak pitching in at just the right level. Top strong ale, deserves its reputation. Must compare to Fuller’s Vintage.

As a side note, too much sugar and not enough hops to be called an English Barleywine, imho.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 10:56:33 | More by StJamesGate
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque red brown. Light brown head that quickly dissipated. Malty, caramel, mild dark fruit aroma. Flavor is caramel malt and dark fruit up front, caramel malt with hint of whisky middle and a malty, spicy finish with a bit of hop bite. Nicely done. Close to an old ale. Will get this whenever available.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 19:14:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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DavidST

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Smith pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a nice copper color with a large slowly dissipating tan head. The smells are plum full of malts goodness, lots of toffee, some molasses and a little caramel, wonderful. The feel Is medium to heavy. The taste is malts greatness, loads of toffee, caramel, a little bitterness, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 04:39:13 | More by DavidST
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle, split with my brother.

A: Pours lighter than I expected - slightly murky mahogany with a small off-white head.

S: Dryish fruit with a nice amount of oak. Dried apricot and prune, a little sweet booziness and sugar, woody spice, slight vinegar.

T: Very smooth, old ale-like. Plenty of dried fruit (prune, peach, raisin), a bit of leather, oak, brown sugar, vinous grape. Drying and mild in the finish.

M: Light carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Very tasty, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 01:24:45 | More by Etan
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draheim

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 19:46:20 | More by woosterbill
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shand

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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