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

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 101
Gots: 91 | FT: 6
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Photo of stcules
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry red color, clean and bright- Beige foam, creamy, persistent.
In the smell at the beginning, orange and vanilla, then malt, woody notes and fruitinees (raisin, candy fruit).
Same notes in the taste, raisin, blueberry. Then a good maltiness.
Panettone. Toffee notes, light caramel.
The fruity notes grow bigger while the beer warms, raisin over all. Then orange, wood, vanilla.
Full, complex, interesting.With a long warm aftertaste, malty, toffee, a alcohol warming.
Good.

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could have sworn this was an old ale. I'm not sure why it's listed as an English Strong ale. It certainly tastes like an old ale and was barrel aged for a year. The primary difference I noticed was that it was the best old ale I had ever tasted. This thing was like a meal in a glass, which was perfect because I was HUNGRY at the time. Each sip was like the next bite into a hamburger. It was quite sweet, with flavours of rotting fruits, but it was also malty and earthy at the same time, but not in a sweet Belgian brew sort of way. It was a tiny bit sour like someone added a few drops of warcestershire sauce into the beer and had an umami flavour to it as well. These are really what distinguished it as tasting meal-like. It could easily vie for the position of the most well-balanced high-alcohol sweet beer that I've ever had. Though Boulevard's dark truth and probably a couple others would still provide stiff competition. This beer definitely exceeded my expectations. I knew it must be good, but it was absolutely astounding. Only 11 oz of it really made my night.

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have has this bottle in the cellar for about 2 years and the extra age has really created a wondrous beer that is rounded yet full of flavour. The young Stingo was a bit scattered IMO but I loved this bottle. The nose is full of hops and malt but you can tell that a British brewer made it rather than the new world hops often found in North American barley wines. The finish is long and very smooth but I never felt a thinness of mouthfeel in this beer. With Thomas Hardy no longer made this might be my favourite British barley wine

Photo of rapidsequence
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle. Bought at Neds for $13. Brewed 2009, so its a 2010 release.

Appearance: Light brown amber with some chill haze. Off white head with nice retention. Some very attractive lacing with sips, but it doesnt stick.

Smell: Rummy raisins, sweet bread, toffee, light toast.

Taste: Dark fruit, bready malt is sweet and slightly toasted. Booze is not hidden, but not the least bit hot. A little port-like. Some slightly dry oaky notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its just a little thin feeling. The carbonation seems appropriate, but the body could be a little bigger.

Overall: I like this beer. This aged one is better than fresh.

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on October 4, 2012.

It pours a medium to dark amber with a bottle-conditioned cloudiness and a moderate hjead that settles a little but sticks around.

On the nose there is black licorice in with that toffee and caramel with a very notable woody character thanks to the oak casks I imagine and I am not imagining it.

The body is creamy and full.

The taste is powerful with a barley-malted sweetness almost akin to a barleywine toward the front followed by a short-lived lingering finish. This tastes good now but it is one of those beers I should buy now and stash it away for a year or so and try it then.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, deep, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, off-white, ring of film. Aromas of rich, dark toffee, honey sweetness, old world fruits (fig and date foremost), and some earthy overtones. Flavors are bold and forward on a surprisingly thin body. Roasty first and foremost, with a toffee underlay that supports the earthy, old world fruit sweetness. Fig, raisin, and date all impart a subtle blending of rich and sweet that is kept balanced by the clean, thin body. Oaky highlights also add a rustic feel to the palate. Smooth, rich, sweet aftertaste blending all of the fruit and earth characteristics into a nice, balanced bouquet. Smooth, clean finish that is light and only slightly lingering.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of allouez86
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of yamar68
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!

Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +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!

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of ghostwalker
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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