1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

751 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 751
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 87
Gots: 70 | 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)
View: Beers (27) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo Alström Bros
Ratings: 751 | Reviews: 393 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.3%
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 -1.2%
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 strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaveStroud
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.6/5  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.

Photo of thesoftspoon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

Photo of jacobdensford
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Musicjack
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Photo of BourbonDork
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jhb138
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SirIPAalot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of webbcreative
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.