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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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704 Ratings

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 77
Gots: 61 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

FightinIrish88, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

akttr, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Scoot1969, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Jmick28, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

bsuedekum, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

The aroma is fruity and malty with alcohol and a bit of hops to balance. The appearance is hazy medium brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a good beer that somehow doesn't score that high. It just seems rather good at first and declines with time.

nick76, Jan 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

djrn2, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

OKCNittany, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

randylangford, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jborg, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of montecristo2
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.

I have to say after reading the 100 review from Draft magazine, coupled with the positive reviews on this website, I was really interested in finding Yorkshire Stingo. I have always enjoyed Samuel Smith's other offerings, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight tan colored head.

Aroma is of some fruits and caramel. Feel like it could be more aromatic and I expected a greater aroma of dark fruits/figs/raisins but didn't get it.

Taste was of oak, and that is nice, but I didn't get the vanilla like other reviewers. Slightly astringent, as one reviewer said, and a VERY slight caramel flavor.

I bought two of these and am going to let the one sit. A bit expensive for a smaller bottle. Maybe it was temperature or it was shaken a bit in transport. I trust the other reviewers and am not willing to give up on such a reputable brewery!


montecristo2, Jan 11, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

550ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a clear amber with a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and a bit of hops. Medium to full bodied. Malt predominates with dark fruit. Some hops in the finish. Just a hint of the oak. I had really high expectations for this as I am a big fan of British beers, but I found it a bit lacking and overpriced.

homebrewhawk, Nov 11, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

550 mL bottle, brewed in 2008.

Poured into a glass, ruby colored with some head. Looks like a nice solid brew.

Smells very sweet. Just like straight up sugar and candy and chocolate. Some caramel and bread shine through as well as oak.

Taste is too sweet. This is more of a dessert beer than anything else. Tastes very oaky and caramelly.

Feels very thick and rich. Not the easiest to get down but not bad by any means. Just a very unsessionable beer that is good but just not my thing.

beerhan, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color and, strikingly enough, when held up to the light it is quite hazy and has the same orange-red hue of ruby-red grapefruit juice. The aroma smells of buttery, vanilla laden oak backed by umami notes that hint at rich aged malt (oxidized, nutty and like a dry sherry). The nose doesn't smell like it has much sweetness to it. There even seems to be a touch of tartness to the nose. The nuttiness seems to accentuate a dry, toasted maltiness, though this is fairly subtle. I don't know what I was expecting from this beer, but the nose is completely different from what I was expecting.

Somewhat light bodied, quite dry and a bit colder than I would prefer. The beer finishes with a rich, nutty, sherry-like character that lingers on the palate after my first sip. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as a touch of spiciness (that might be derived from the oak influence). There is a soft, quite oxidized, toasted maltiness here as well as a spicy flavor that reminds me of Bourbon (the oak influence no doubt). As the beer warms up a sweet, caramelized note starts to pick up a bit and interacts with the oak to boost a vanillin note in the flavor. I do like the relatively light texture and body that this beer has, though it is at the expense of a malt richness that could help add some balance to this beer.

Interesting, but not quite where I would have liked. It could actually use more rich malt character here as the oak really seems to dominate the flavor a bit more than I would prefer. Not bad, and certainly worth finishing if you are happy with just having a beer; and it is not like this doesn't have some interesting flavors in it though.

Gueuzedude, Mar 26, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a two-finger, light brown head of creamy foam. It left a little sticky lace.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel, grasses and a little boozy alcohol aroma.

T - Mostly tasted of caramel, toffee and bready malts. There was a very subtle grassy, hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This didn't "wow" me, especailly considering the high price tag. It just tasted like a malty strong ale with little to no complexity.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

2009 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark brown amber.

S: Malt, Band-Aids, honey.

T: Big toast flavor up front. Raisins. Rye. Caramel. Cinnamom. Soft booze. Star aninse. Bakers chocolate. Light oak note on the back end. It’s a beer that definitely evolves as it warms. Nice complexity.

M: The intensity of the profile plateaus early and holds a steady note throughout most of the sip. Lightly dry / oaky finish.

O: The nose was a major turn-off, but the complex flavor profile roped me back in. After a few sips the flavors in my mouth started to come through more intensely in the nose and it lost most of it’s band-aid character, which made it much easier to drink.

vfgccp, Apr 10, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

A: Clear, dark amber/red in color with very little light tan head.

S: Cherry, malt, light oak, light vanilla, and some alcohol.

T: A sweet caramel malt/toffee flavor with cherries and a subtle, but present, oak flavor. Some light earthy notes in the end with a slight slight bitterness.

M: medium body with low to medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

O: Very drinkable, but not complex. I like it, but I don’t see myself buying another bottle.

Luchman, Jan 09, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint.

Pours a very cloudy rusty brown. A small 1/2 inch head remains throughout. No lacing.

Smells quite like a whisky. Lots of oak with a little vanilla. A small amount of malt and dark fruit.

Taste is very smooth with oak and vanilla up front followed by some dark fruits. There is a lingering sourness throughout but not to the point of being overbearing. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

Overall this is a good, complex beer. I enjoyed reading about the production and extensive aging but at $10.99 per bottle, I'm not sure how often I will be revisiting it.

rangerred, Oct 23, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours cloudy dark orange with a very slight head that quickly disappears completely.

Aroma is grainy malt with raisin and date fruit notes. Mild orange peel bitterness. Woody and earthy. Alcohol comes on strong, and offers a brandy like quality.

Taste is malty as expected. Caramel sweetness, then burnt toffee. Dark fruit from the nose is much more subdued, and is matched with a chocolate sweetness.Finishes with a slight woody bitterness and lingering cedar like perfume. Alcohol is present, but once again not as strong as the nose lead me to expect.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Sticky, and slightly chewy.

Overall flavorful and interesting, but too mild to be great.

Blakaeris, Feb 08, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

While technically not a barleywine, we cracked this open at our barleywine tasting. Big thanks to Eric for bringing over a bottle I've been after for quite some time.

Pours a rich russet with a thin tan head that dropped to a collar in a hurry. Interesting aroma, with nuts, earth, Christmas pudding and grapefruit. Flavour is bizarre, somewhat leathery with a cereal emphasis overlaying the notes that I'd expect to find in there. Some nut, earth and tree fruit. Mild bitterness, and a slight sharpness.

I don't think the bottle is bad, but this isn't my cup of tea. Its an interesting challenging beer, but not up to Sam Smith's usual standards.

bobsy, Nov 30, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

500 ml bottle, picked up in Buffalo. Cracked it at Robs epic barleywine tasting.

Pours a lightly hazed orange, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a solid ring and layer, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, lots of caramel, treacle, raisins, pineapple and big fruit, strawberries, wood, quite earthy, interesting musty scent.

Taste is similar, light brett funk, touch of sourness, caramel middle, treacle, fruit, earthy, some wood character, raisin, pretty cool.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff. I wonder if they used something like the Wyeast Old Ale strain with some brett in it.

Viggo, Dec 03, 2009
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.