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

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 110
Gots: 97 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 Riggo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very attractive ruddy, orangey-amber. A nice creamy beige head.

Smells wonderful. Dark fruits--orange candy, caramel, and cherries (cough syrup). Woody, peaty sourness with some "christmasy" spices--clove, cinnamon, orange and cedar or pinon wood.

Creamy and silky in the mouth with a good body, low carbonation--perhaps too low. Tastes of orange candy, caramel, perhaps some subtle cedary hops. Pretty sweet, with an alcohol hit on the back end. Finish seems to drop off quick. Not much lingering in the mouth.

A sipper. Wouldn't want more than one of these. Interesting--particularly in the nose. The wood from the cask aging really comes through in the smell. A bit cloying and oddly sort of boring in taste. Not one I would seek out again but worth a try.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty brown with some reddish hues and a light tan head.

S - Some dark fruit esters as well as alcohol.

T - Dark fruits like prunes and raisins and some spiciness from the phenols. There is also a hint of toffee/roasted caramel flavors. The finish is mostly the alcohol kick and some remnants of the initial dark fruits.

M - Pretty thin body and some medium carbonation make it a nice feel on the tongue.

O - Not the best beer I have had, but pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith has a new product on the US market, but at a rather hefty $12.99. But it's aged in oak casks for one year, so that should spark some American beer geek interest. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, the beer holds a caramely dark orange color with adequate head, but limited retention. That soft Yorkshire yeast is noticable as it airs out to the nose. The overall aroma though, is lighter than anticipated. It sure is buttery....maybe with an edge of nuts and dried apricots.

Straightforward on the palate at first greetings, but the more the ale meets the palate, the more I appreciate the flavor. A kick of caramel and dried apricots. The carmel dries and the apricots gain intensity. Nutty. I'm not getting the oak notes, but maybe I'm not suppose to. There are a lot of bubbles in this one....more than I'd like...it's almost fizzy. The aftertaste is pleasant with a mix of yeast, nutty, and fruity flavors. As it goes down the throat, that's where and when the alcohol pinches you with its warmth.

Despite the price, Yorkshire Stingo delievers a beer unlike many of the beers on the US market. The folks at Yorkshire deliever again. I recommend sipping in small doses to stretch the bottle further.

Oh, before I forget, I found the oak everyone!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy crimson/brown color with light khaki colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Scent is of traditional English cask brown ale (biscuity malts, roasted nuts) with hints of dark dried fruits, vanilla and oak, as well as faint spicing. In the taste, the dried fruit (raisin, prune) are more pronounced and balance with the biscuity and nutty flavors. The vanilla, oak and spicing are in the background and it finishes with a distinct shot of boozyness. Medium bodied, fully carbonated, semi-dry finish. Good beer, slightly too heavy on the dark dried fruit and booze for me to appreciate it. Complex, yes... well balanced, maybe not so much.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Strong Ale, comparable to Fuller's Vintage and equal in many ways I think.

Tawny copper with brown highlights and a creamy brown head. Rich, malty smell with notes of wine, cinammon and brown sugar. Almost, but not quite, a Belgian character to it. Noticeable alcohol burn in the scent, especially as it warms.

The alcohol doesn't pack quite a punch in the flavour. Rich malt, caramel and a hint of spice. Very smooth, and almost fruity as it warms up.

Nice and smooth - low, natural carbonation. Let this one warm a bit and its very nice. My bottling was 9% ABV and you can feel it.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color with some brownish hues. It poured with a quarter finger-high beige head that died down but never completely faded away and left thick wispy lacing floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel, toffee and fruits in the nose.
T: It has flavors of toffee and plums along with hints of spices in the finish. Hints of oak from the barrel aging are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The alcohol is very well masked and not very noticeable in the taste. This is not a bad beer to sip on a cold winter day.

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Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra from BarTrash.

a - pour is a cloudy brown with a huge beige head. nice retention and lacing.

s - brown sugar, caramel, and malts. At 9% I would expect more booze on the nose.

t - lighter flavor than i was expecting. caramel. bitter roasted malts. some faint spice.

m - medium to light body. good carbonation.

overall - pretty solid beer. easy to drink.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) brewed in 2008 aged for a year in old barrels
A- The brown body is dense but clear with a red glow to it. The fizzy boiling head of tan fades quickly. The strong carbonation of big bubbles race to the surface.
S- The slight tart note gives way to wet old wood and brown malt. There is an apple cider quality to the malt with some deep dark caramel hints and a butterscotch aroma that grows.
T- The tart cidery note blends with wet wood and brown malt, all being pretty soft flavors. The finish is a faint alcohol taste with a bitterness in the back of the throat like cinnamon heat. The buttery note and cherry note comes through in the malt as the beer opens up.
M- The medium-light mouthfeeel has a soft alcohol heat and a watery texture with a fizzy bite in the finish.
D- This beer is interestingly odd. All of the off flavors seem purposeful and work together. It would be nice to have a little more malt flavor to add to the buttery, cidery, cherry, oxidized flavors. This is a quarky brew that taste like a historic artifact.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 4-9-10
2008 Vintage

Pours a semi-cloudy red/orange color, with a super thick off-white head that sticks everywhere. Almost glows under the light.

Smell is slightly sour, huge aromas of caramel, vanilla, raisins, a little toffee and a fruity kick. Very sweet, but extremely complex. Awesome.

Taste is intense sourness and bitterness, which tapers off to not much else. Sharp hops mask almost everything else, and all that's left is a disappointing, thin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with strong carbonation, which adds to the sharpness of the flavors.

Drinkability is only decent, odd flavor and feel.

Overall, glad I tried it, but I won't again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured hazy, dark amber with an excellent head. The head is durable but left little lacing. Some odd orange particles suspended in the beer.

Aroma: features fruit, grains and biscuit plus some oak barrel.

Taste: ABV partly hidden; oak aging is quite apparent.

M: medium body; medium+ carbonation; smooth; almost no sign of the alcohol.

O: a refined strong ale.

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Photo of sneakybird
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't familiar with this beer, but picked it up on a whim. The bottle proclaims that the beer has been aged for "over a year" in oak barrels, some of which "date back more than a century". There's a lot about the barrels, but very little on the beer residing within. I was actually expecting a stout or something and was surprised by a English strong ale.

The beer pours a dark, muddy copper with some ruby highlights. There's a finger of off white/light tan head that fades to a thin film. Some of the muddy/cloudiness is probably my fault for disturbing some of the yeast sediment. The aroma is lovely and strong. Dark fruit up front, plum and raisin; with fresh baked banana bread behind.

The dark fruit flavors come through in the taste, though somehow not as strongly as in the aroma. There's a good amount of caramel malt and earthy hop flavor there to balance. No alcohol warmth. I would call the body medium to heavy, but very smooth; it clings to the glass like a wine. The carbonation is pretty high, but not over the top.

I split a 550 mL (lousy Brits) probably 70/30 with my wife and was able to knock back my... 13 oz. or so pretty quick, so this is a nice, easy drinker. As the carbonation dies down and the glass warms up, it feels less like a beer and more like a nice brandy. A very nice surprise with this beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice English strong ale, very malt driven, lots of treacle toffee caramel. Muted aromas, stronger on taste. Slightly watery for ABV. Very smooth overall. No real booze noted.
Most enjoyable, but xxx-y price wise against similar ales.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking something called stingo before in England, but I believe was probably not from Sam Smith's. Just as well; I found that offering to be a boozey mess even after 10 pints...

Pours a hugely effervescent caramel/chestnut with 3 fingers of pinkish cream colored head. Stellar head retention & good lacing

S: Tons of dark fruit, a bit of oak, a kiss of booze & apricot pits

T: Dark fruit, oakyness, leafy hops & persimmons & dryness up front. Dryness & fruittyness dominate as this warms, along tannin & vanilla. Finishes pretty darn dry, tart with a kiss of booze & figs & cherries

MF: Fairly chewy with prickly carbonation, decent balance

Drinks fairly well, but I bet another year or 3 would help this more down the road... not sure I would ever cough up $12 for this again...

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey brown color with a smallish airy tan head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma has some pruney notes, bready malt, and a hint of brown sugar. Nothing mind altering here. The flavor is definitely more bold. There is a big prune presence. The malt is bready but fairly unassuming. There is some honey and other non-descript fruity flavors. There is some slight dry oaky flavors but they are very subtle compared to some of those oak aged monsters out there. The prune and oak actually blend to a very smooth and mellow flavor. The feel is moderate with spritzy carbonation, abv well hidden. Drinks and finishes sweet, perhaps a tad dry from the oak. A subtle yet tasty brew. Nothing earth shattering but the flavor profile works so it drinks quite well.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of those times when expectation exceeded the reality no matter how much I may have wanted a deeply intoxicating experience of the senses. There's a nice deep brown colour to the eye, some malty medicinal caramel notes to the nose and tongue and a suprising zing too but the yeast is really miscast and the mediumish body just struggles to deal with all that weight and content. Disappointing considering I was really expecting epicness though any UK BA who doubts the quality of Sam Smiths products must feel vindicated by this.

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Photo of BDJake
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent hazelnut brown with a good finger of foamy off-white head that laced and retained well. Sugary notes of leather and molasses with a good dose of toasted malts. Toffee and caramel up front, with the alcohol warmth right in the middle, and a nutty tobacco-like finish. Medium-bodied with carbonation that fades quickly, yet retains well enough to give a trademark English bite to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but it may not be a true everyday staple for me- not because it's bad, but because of personal preference. Still an awesome beer for those who take interest in traditional-style beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had been one that I wanted to try for quite some time. The beer poured out as a deep red color with a fizzy cream colored head on top. The head quickly vanishes and doesn't leave any lacing. The smell is of some soft earthy notes, nothing too extreme here... I expected the smell to be much stronger than it was. The taste of the beer is pretty good, not sour like I expected. There is some semi-sweet caramel flavors with some earthy malts and a light wooden barrel flavor in there too. The mouthfeel has a pretty good body to it, the carbonation isn't too bad. Overall this brew wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. It's a decent brew, but I'm struggling a little bit to see the hype.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy reddish caramel color with light tan head that slowly falls.
S - Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, some spice as well as a woody note.
T - I get dark fruit and sweet caramel malt up front. The oak fills in the middle with a little alcohol burn. Some spice lingers.
M/F - The body is rather round and slippery. It's at least medium in body. The carbonation is active yet delicate which makes the brew very smooth.
D - I was very excited to try this brew as Sam Smith's has always been a quality brewery. I did enjoy this beer though the flavor wasn't up to the standard that I am accustomed from S.S's especially considering the high price tag.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves minor lace.

S - Sweet, thick malt with caramel and some toffee. Juicy red apple notes from the yeast and a hint of oaky vanilla.

T - Very malty and fruity, toffee and plums. Some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon come out in the middle. Finishes with more dark, fruity malt, some apple, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Lingering notes of clove, plum, and bittersweet chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick and heavy, this is not an easy beer to drink. It borders on being overly sweet, and the thick malt is almost too much. It is possible to pick out some oak character, but it is not out in front and only serves to mellow and compliment the malt. The dark malt flavors are quite rich and complex, and it is almost like a belgian dubble or quad. Not bad overall, I like the malt complexity, though I probably won't be looking for another bottle of this.

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Photo of ricke
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish amber with a pretty big and thick pale beige head with a surprisingly good retention. Nice lacings stick along.

S: A somewhat edgy, yet also round smell. Noticeable spiciness and stingy mix of alcohol and a hint of vinegar. But underneath this edgy character lies a beautiful and smooth malty foundation of dark bread, caramel, fudge and coco powder. Rich cherry-like fruitiness, raisins and nuts. The composition of rich sweet aromas and hints of tartness is definitely interesting, but I don't know if it's all together successful.

T: A pleasant taste, but still hard to really get a grip on. The maltiness is dense and has a rather bready character. Caramel, fudge and some chocolate notes delivers much of the sweetness. Plenty of nutty aromas. Vinous fruits (cherries, red apples). The sweetness is balanced by a rather noticeable tart note, which is actually quite surprising but very pleasant. The beer has distinct "aged" character and it is obvious that is has been barrel aged (dusty cellar, some wet wood and that general taste of oak barrel). In the finish, there is a mild bitterness and a prominent taste of alcohol. Raisins, some herbs and spices rounds it off.

M: Medium body with a smooth texture. Initially, the carbonation is a little bit too much, but it settles nicely.

D: Not bad at all, but it's not excellent. From such a great brewery I think I would have expected more, but still recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samual Smiths Yorkshire Stingo, Aged in 100 year old oak barrels for a year. Pours a hazed ruby in color with little head that recedes to a ring. I am immediately greeted with a complex aroma of oak, cedar, malt and a distant fruityness. In the flavor, English ale yeast with all due fruityness and faintly tart. Oak adds a subtle "wood" flavor to the beer, coupled with a more-ish finish makes this a fine drinking experience.

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Photo of tpd975
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours light orange with a rather small head.

S: Sweet malt aromas with notes of brown sugar and light booze.

T: Sweet candy malt, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Light oak from the barrel.

M: Medium in body, pretty nicely carbonated.

D: Not too bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of everetends
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. The bottle put me back $10.99, but I figured Sammy Smith's just oozes quality so its worth a shot. Served up in a mug because it just felt right.

A: Not a bad looking brew. Has a very nice brown color to it that has some really nice and deep red hues to it. Held to the light, it keeps pretty much the same color and I can't see through it. I don't know if it is because it is hazy or if it is just that dark. Its a mystery. Off the pour you get some off white or dirty white foam, but it quickly goes away. No sign of lace, but there is a good amount of carbonation bubbles stagnant at the top of the brew. Very interesting.

S: This is the best part of this beer. There is just a beautiful aroma coming from all that barrel aging. Its so pleasantly sweet and it is noticeable that this was not a whiskey aged beer. Its not as in your face or harsh, just very subtle and sweet. Lots of vanilla and wood coming through wonderfully. Behind that you get the malts, some dark fruits, and a touch of apple. Just so damned good.

T: Well, this is a bit underwhelming. The main flavor I am getting here is the vanilla from the barrel aging. Just a touch of wood is coming across. This does have a boozier flavor than expected but not too crazy to be fair. There is a bit of raisin, more dark fruit, apple skins and toffee coming across. Its good, but it could have more pronounced flavors of those that are there for sure.

M: Medium in body that seems pretty thin at times. Its much thinner than I expect and the carbonation level is pretty high and crisp. This does make this easy drinking but it just seems a bit weird considering the flavors and aromas. ABV is noticeable, slight burn in the throat and some warmth bubbling in the tum tum. Aftertaste is just some nice vanilla and booze.

D: This is much more drinkable than I expected. I was expecting a slow sipper but the flavors aren't as in your face as I was expecting and the feel and carbonation levels really keep it easy drinking. The beer is good, but its not amazing by any stretch. I guess I may have been expecting too much because I love Sammy Smith brews so much. With that said its still a good beer but I wouldn't pay that price again for this thats for certain. Still an enjoyable experience, just not all I built it up to be.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Euro pint. Poured a nice copper color with a two finger off-white head. No lacing was apparent. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a slight oak hint. The flavor of this brew was sweet and had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nicely flavored brew that was quite refreshing. This was a very nice offering from Samuel Smith. Too bad it is a limited release...

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Photo of jbonapar
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery, so i had to try this interesting sounding beer. Aged in Oak Ale Casks for over a year! Sweet..Literally.

Poured a hazey copper/red with a wonderful head.
Smells on some dark fruit and a nice oaky almost peaty overtone.

Taste is very interesting. A Mix between a belgian strong ale and a nice British ale. Dark fruits meld with a hard minerally water bite. Slight oak in the flavor. a nice lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue but is balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

A very nice ale indeed!

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.