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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

744 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 85
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of Greywulfken
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Greywulfken, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of thesoftspoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

thesoftspoon, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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!

yamar68, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jacobdensford
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

jacobdensford, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.4%

bbadger, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Musicjack
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Musicjack, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

ckollias, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of BourbonDork
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

BourbonDork, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.43/5  rDev +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.

SolipsismalCat, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ajs4bd, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -2.4%

jwat, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -2.4%

BillHilly, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4/5  rDev -2.4%

jhb138, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Hopswagger, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hanzo, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of SirIPAalot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev -2.4%

wo87810, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of webbcreative
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

webbcreative, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Sobertso
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Sobertso, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  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.

oberon, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of CampusCrew
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

CampusCrew, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of leagr
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

leagr, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

ghostwalker, Aug 08, 2012
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.