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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

677 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 75
Gots: 56 | 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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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-17-2011 20:07:27 | More by bsuedekum
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-19-2011 13:43:53 | More by bacher468
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-09-2012 02:41:54 | More by JAHMUR
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nick76

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:29:21 | More by nick76
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-11-2014 16:13:53 | More by djrn2
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-27-2012 02:09:40 | More by t0rin0
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

07-06-2014 21:32:50 | More by KAF
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

07-14-2014 00:48:29 | More by randylangford
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jborg

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

07-01-2013 00:59:38 | More by jborg
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montecristo2

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:27:47 | More by montecristo2
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:00:38 | More by homebrewhawk
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beerhan

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 18:00:08 | More by beerhan
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:04:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:29:23 | More by zeff80
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vfgccp

New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:37:31 | More by vfgccp
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Luchman

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:32:09 | More by Luchman
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:02:34 | More by rangerred
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:31:08 | More by Blakaeris
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 17:03:23 | More by bobsy
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 18:23:48 | More by Viggo
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billshmeinke

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Review from notes.

Pours an impenetrable caramel color with a 2 finger off white head that fairly quickly dies down to a layer of foam on top. The foam eventually disappears altogether as the beer is consumed.

Smells of doughy yeast, some zest, citrusy hops, a bright english ale fruitiness and some toffee in the nose. I expected a little more barrel characteristics.

Taste has caramel, some vanilla, raisins, bitterness, and a pretty substantial hop presence.

Fairly dry. Well carbonated. A pretty sharp bite to it as well.

I barely wanted to finish the bottle. Perhaps aging would allow some of the hop presence to fade, and produce a better beer, but I was a little bummed by the lack of barrel presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 04:45:13 | More by billshmeinke
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought by viggo to Rob's great barleywine tasting - thanks Eric for this treat!

Pours a tangerine caramel color with lots of head, terrific retention as well wins this points in appearance.

Nose is musty, fruity, hints of apple, light wheaty grain notes (almost Weizen like).

Caramel and breadiness are met by a similar fresh green apples note - odd. Not very sweet, almost on the drying end of things, slightly tart, faint earthiness. Light body. Certainly a drinkable beer though an odd one to pin down.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 16:59:25 | More by ritzkiss
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GregSVT

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: The tastes are a bit muted compared to the nose. I get a bit of toffee along with some vanilla, caramel malt, and a hint of hops. The alcohol is pretty subdued in this one which makes it dangerously drinkable.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and the carbonation is big and bubbly which kind of interferes with the taste a bit.

O: While this isn't the best beer out there the nose and flavors are pretty complex due to the oak aging. I wouldn't spend the $9 again but I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 04:20:45 | More by GregSVT
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, reddish orange with a short, creamy, white head that has an tinge of orange. No lacing but there is steady, light carbonation.
Smells of oak, orange peel, buttery toffee and sweet malt.
Taste starts off with the buttery toffee flavor as in the aroma followed by a malt sweetness and finishing up with an oak flavor and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium to thick, a bit chewy, pretty dry with a continued, light carbonation.
Drinkability is OK to good. ABV is moderately high enough that I started to feel it at the end.

This is an interesting beer that was somewhat enjoyable though I don't think this is a style I would often choose. It fits a lot of the style components pretty well but seems to lack in the boldness of aroma & flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:45:30 | More by meatyard
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radek's bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Seems like an old ale, this is great for our North American geeky tastes. Big oak, above average mouthfeel. almost soured stops short of that. Some lace.A British version of Jolly Pumpkin. Lightly brown coloured body.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 20:58:38 | More by Sammy
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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