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

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697 Ratings

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 77
Gots: 59 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +2%

I love Samuel Smith – so glad I found their cask-aged ale, though I wish it wasn’t $15. Oh well, I’m grateful to have found it, anyway.

Bottled over a year before the date of this tasting (bottled on February 16, 2011). Plus, it sat in a cask for over a year before that; says “Brewed in 2008” on the back label.

A: One hell of a head on this one – a thick, powerful blanket of foam rises up, reverse-cascading from the body to a full four fingers. This foam is rich and bubbly, looking like the sugary foam on top of a root beer float. Minutes go by and the head relaxes, deflating to leave some abundant lacing. The body is a rusty red, essentially blood red/orange; I love the way it looks. Awesome appearance.

S: Oak, caramel, smoke, whiskey, peat, and all the vanilla and toffee scents I’ve come to love from Samuel Smith. It’s one of the most mature, most complex, most satisfying British nose I’ve ever come across. The wood-aging is so apparent that it literally breathes life into every whiff – spicy Scotch whiskey, fiery and strong. Absolutely divine.

T: Tastes just like Hershey’s chocolate syrup at first: that sugary, chocolaty, slightly burnt flavor. Soon enough, it moves to a thicker, more astringent profile of peaty Scotch, raisin, toffee, and bold cinnamon and pepper. At times, it also has a sour character, like lactic acid or fresh cherries. The cask comes through via oak humidor, coffee, nutmeg, gingerbread, and dark plum and fig; the description “Christmas pudding” on the back of the bottle is an excellent explanation, though I’d add fruitcake to that character as well. Bitter with some hoppy British pines and mineral water, too. The aftertaste is fruity, a bit like cough syrup, with some woody vanilla.

M: Feels cask-aged, with a slick and full body. It covers the mouth in an oily residue.

O: Complexly delicious! Yorkshire Stingo is just what I thought it would be, only more pungent in its alcoholic tendency. Cask-aged British ales should definitely be a part of my drinking routine from now on.

05-11-2012 03:44:39 | More by BarryMFBurton
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

On ratebeer.com this beer has a score of 98. I really like this beer! When I'm not having a hoppy beer, this would currently be my 1st choice! It def has a raisin taste but not overpowering. Product of UK, etoh 8%, aged in an oak casks for over 1 year, makes this beer unique. I haven't had a beer similar to this one yet. I bought my 1 pint bottle at Whole Foods for $12.99. My Whole Foods is close to Churchky so they def have a great selection.

05-03-2012 15:54:18 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-15-2012 04:46:39 | More by bigbeerfan
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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Dark amber almost reddish, body looks bold but with rich carbonation, head is not too impressive but dissipates slowly but not many traces are left behind on the glass, color is light brown and a permanent layer remains on top of the beer.

S: Balanced aroma, mainly barley and fruity, maybe some dark fruits like prunes can be identified and some hops are present but not in first line, also alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

T: Flavor is complex, nothing easy to process but this is not an easy style, it has fruits, high alcohol, malt and hops, the good thing is that is well balanced and generates a full flavor beer.

M: Complex, balanced beer, sensation is as should. Start sweet and a little bitter at the end changing slowly on the pallet, for a long ending.

This is an excellent beer.

04-11-2012 03:54:23 | More by karait95
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-07-2012 01:59:14 | More by cisteve
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New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-06-2012 04:23:07 | More by smi
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1.28/5  rDev -68.8%

Thanks to the staff @ IBS

Reviewed from memory

Pours an admittedly not unattractive amber with reasonable head and lacing.

Smell is a vile conglomerate of Belgian yeast and the English barleywine malt and hop profile I hate so much.

Taste is much the same, amber malt sweetness coming through more so.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent and even here those Belgian esters are rearing their ugly head.

Overall: Distinctly unpleasant beer, even independently of the price. Brings out the worst aspects of both Belgian and English brewing. Didn't really get a sense of the barrel. I really hated this beer deeply and drainpoured the vast majority of the bottle.

04-05-2012 11:16:52 | More by danieelol
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

550ml bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy copper brown with 2.5 fingers of cream colored head.

S - Toasted/burnt caramel, sweet nut bread, hints of oak wood, incredible aroma.

T - Dense toasted caramel malt, slight tart fruit notes, dark sweet bread, toffee, mild wood flavors.

M - Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Very complex nose and delicate but bold malt flavors. Truly enjoyable.

04-04-2012 22:50:41 | More by StaveHooks
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-04-2012 01:09:26 | More by Falcone
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-02-2012 15:36:34 | More by EROCK75
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%

550ml bottle served into standard pint glass

BBE June 2012

A- Chestnut brown body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head has good retention and lacing considering abv.

S- Hint of almonds, some madeira cake sweetness, milk chocolate but a more vinous raisin like note comes through to take slight domination as i fill my lungs

T- Hint of Christmas pudding richness alongside the sweeter madeira cakelike note balances with some toasted malt and this almost sour vinous raisin note coming through in the finish providing surprisingly excellent balance. Very smooth indeed, no hint of alcohol

M- Its full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D- More balanced than expected, didnt expect this almost sour raisin vinous like note at all. Lovely sweetness provides excellent complexity. Dangerously drinkable!!

04-01-2012 22:57:46 | More by seanyfo
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-29-2012 17:49:18 | More by gleemonger
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5/5  rDev +22%

03-24-2012 19:24:11 | More by Dweedlebug
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

03-23-2012 06:04:40 | More by ChrisPratz
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-22-2012 21:08:28 | More by szmnnl99
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-21-2012 03:03:00 | More by EinWeizenbitte
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-17-2012 02:42:25 | More by JohnnyP3
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-10-2012 22:13:22 | More by bark
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-10-2012 02:43:43 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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4.18/5  rDev +2%

A - pours a cloudy rust red, with a khaki colored foam head. The head fades to a thin sheet, but sticks around.

S - Caramel, toffee, slight brown sugar and malty.

T - Very malt forward, with lots of caramel and toffee. Very slight woody flavor.

M - I can feel the wood more than taste it. Slightly boozey, but a fairly clean profile.

O - A really amazing beer, very complex, and kind of the style example.

03-04-2012 17:59:02 | More by enfield249
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-29-2012 08:24:32 | More by Ultraman9000
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-27-2012 04:56:02 | More by LukeONeill
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-27-2012 01:48:18 | More by jstewart1130
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

I see this bottle all the time, but I had no idea there was a hotel (an inn rather) named the Yorkshire Stingo. There is even a picture in the book of this place. The portrait is from 1770. I hope the beer isn’t that old! This beer is also made in very small batches, with only 2,000 cases sent out each year. Maybe that’s why this bottle is so expensive. Most of the Samuel Smith beers are cheap, but this one is a bit pricey. Oh well, bottoms up!

In the Glass: It looks like a good, copper-colored IPA in the glass. I know it’s not an IPA, so I need to stop thinking hops here. But it looks good, healthy, and easy to drink in the glass. The lace is solid too, as it sticks to the glass all the way up when I swirl it around in the glass.

Nose: It has a clean, wet nose that makes me think of amber ales. Not sure I have had this style before… at least not that I remember. But I do know that EVERY Samuel Smith beer that I have had has just been OK. Nothing to write home about. I hope this one changes my mind.

Flavor: There is an explosion of flavor on the front of the palate, and then the beer turns sour as you swallow on the back of the tongue. There are a lot of bubbles, but the burst of flavor helps. When that sour kicks in… man, that sour is awesome. I didn’t expect that at all.

Mouthfeel: From the second this hits your lips your mouth is on a roller coaster of flavor. You get the immediate bubbles, almost like drinking/chugging champagne. Then you get that sour. I can’t get over how much the sour helps this beer. Perhaps that is part of the aging process, but who cares. It’s awesome! By the way, if you want a good sour beer, Harvey from Brugge in Broad Ripple, Indiana is great.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste has a subtle sour, but quickly drifts. There is a hint of bitterness, but it also quickly leaves the palate. Oh well, I will just take another drink. But be careful, this beer has a pretty big ABV. The 2009 (which this bottle was) has an ABV of 9.0%. Some other years, more recent years, are around 8%.

I like it. I like it a lot. Samuel Smith might have just found a way back in to my fridge!

02-27-2012 01:44:00 | More by rickyleepotts
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

500 ML bottle
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for the bottle
2010 bottling with a expiration date of June 2013

A-- Poured a clear ruby red. One finger of light orangey brown head. Settled to a film. Decent enough lacing. Unassuming looking beer.

S-- Soft oak, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, apple. Great nose to this.

T-- Red apple. Really reminds me of a cider. Soft vanilla, raisin, fig, toffee, and oak. Slightly sweet and coying.

M-- Light carbonation and lighter medium body. More like a lower ABV barleywine or Old Ale. Quite sweet but not over the top. Fruits really carry the sweetness well. No real notes of base beer just what the oak has done to the beer.

O-- More like drinking a pudding really. Slightly sweet but quite decadent. Slow sipper than just draws you in. Even though slightly thin the year in oak casks does wonders for the beer. Good stuff.

02-26-2012 12:26:08 | More by mulder1010
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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