Yorkshire Stingo | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,760
Reviews:
471
Ratings:
983
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
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130
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133
Trade:
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Reviews: 471 | Ratings: 983
Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours burgundy brown with a little fog. Head is a finger of khaki foam that retains okay. Aroma is roasty, toasty, caramely, nutty malts with a big kiss of whiskey. Whiskey carries a little heat. There are fragments of honey, molasses, toffee and bread in the aroma as well. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, caramely, nutty, bready malts with hints and whiffs of molasses, honey and oak. Mouth feel is medium-thin, but with a well-blended, smooth consistency. Overall, consistency is a little thin, but that makes it easier to drink. It still carries an impressive experience quality despite the slight thinness.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 550mL bottle.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.
Pours clear copper/amber beer with thick beige head, long retention.
Smell - dried fruits, caramel, sherry.
Taste - hard water, some barrel characters, hop note, toffee, dramatic lack of fruitiness - it seems rather faint for ESA.
Medium body and carbonation.
The beer didn't fit my expectations.

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Photo of KooVee
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coppery amber with a creamy beige head.

Aroma more subdued than expected, perhaps an aged bottle -- why don't they mark the age clearly in such a drink that is bottle conditioned and already aged at the brewery? Stone fruits, fruit cake, notes of Goldings, some alcohol.

Taste has plenty of oak, some hop bitterness still there but the body has thinned out and been replaced by strong wood notes, and again some warmth from alcohol. Dried fruits and dark sugar have left only a memory. A faint tartness at the edges. After all, pleasant once you understand this is already very mature. Oxidisation has not really taken over as fits the style and probable ingredients.

Overall, a sui generis ... lacks the brett notes that one feels should be there, having been preconditioned by knowledge of history and comparison to oud bruins or my own homebrewing experiments. I think that I want to taste this younger... once it is at this stage and dried out, some Brett Clausenii would sustain interest better. Even so, a very good subtle, oaky elder statesman to appreciate for its understatement.

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Photo of Nass
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beauty pours a wonderful streaming bubble carbonation. I am getting soft leather, raisins, slight vanilla, slight nougat, oak, molasses. This is better than I expected. I was fearing that this might taste similar to something like Fuller's Vintage Ale. Cheers! A-

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Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so close to eradicating The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody that old, forgotten bottles are beginning to surface from the depths. This one is marked as "Brewed in 2008" & it was one of the first releases here in the U.S. I purchased it in PHL when I was still fairly flush & traveling a good bit. It must have been just prior to my move into Chez Woody, where it has had a place in my kitchen reefer ever since.

From the Bottle: "The name Samuel Smith is a guarantee of excellence and purity"; "Fermented in stone Yorkshire squares at Yorkshire's oldest brewery est. 1758"; "Bottle Conditioned Ale"; "Ale aged in Oak Ale casks [&] matured for over a year"; "Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smith's date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually, the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in well-used oak casks in the brewery's underground cellars, deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours before bing furhter naturally conditioned in bottle. Allow time for yeast to settle before opening then pour gently."; "Brewed in 2008."; "[Picture Captions] - Oak ale casks in the underground cellars at Samuel Smith's small, independent brewery. Rousing during fermentation in stone Yorkshire squares to redistribute the flocculent Old Brewery yeast strain."

Based on their input, I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It quickly formed two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head on its own, but unbidden, it just as quickly faded to wisps, leaving little to no lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The nose was wondrous! The oak gave it a pronounced woody, vanilla quality and the fruits alluded to were of the dark, dried variety. It had a leatheriness along with a definite treacle & toffee quality. 8=O Mouth = watering. Mouthfeel was thick & dense, like a caramel/toffee treat melting in my mouth and on my tongue. I mention caramel since that was the initial flavor that I perceived, but as it began to warm, it blossomed with so many variegated flavors! The oak gave it a very leathery, woody quality & the treacle flavor put me in mind of Christmas pudding. The dried, dark fruits were likewise evident, melding into a decadent ale that I definitely want to revisit. Finish was veddy, veddy dry, a testament to the yeast's having done it job & done it well. I am sure that they did not intend for me to age it in the bottle for a decade, but c'est la guerre! It suddenly came to me about the finish - Sherry!

I have not had Sherry in many, many years, but this was quite evocative of it. We were in Marseilles, France for Christmas 1991 & my buddy, Kenny & I had secured a garret room for a few nights, thanks to my ability to speak French. The landlady was fascinated by us, our willingness to eat anything placed before us, including escargot & had us in her parlor to listen to a Miles Davis CD sent to me by my Pops. We ate a sumptuous repast, smoked cigars, listened to the CD & drank all sorts of alcoholic beverages, including Sherry as a digestif. Kenny passed in 2014, just after our 25-year reunion & I helped to scatter his ashes at sea from the fantail that November, but this remains one of my fondest memories.

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Photo of bret717
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

label says "Brewed in 2015," so I'm guessing bottled in 2016 since the label also indicates it's "aged for at least a year."

Look- hazy rusty orangish brown liquid with a tan head that settles slowly, leaving a thin coat on top of the beer; a bit of spotty lacing

Aroma- toffee, vanilla, tobacco, prunes, and a little bit of wood

Taste- follows the nose closely with slightly sweet toffee, vanilla, tobacco and prunes followed by a little woodiness and a bit of bitterness

Feel- medium bodied with light carbonation; surprisingly dry finish for a heavier and slightly sweet beer

Overall- nicely balanced malty ale that surprisingly refreshing for a stronger beer

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Photo of REVZEB
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was a very seperated experience for me, in that each aspect felt very different from each other. The look was hazy then quickly clearing goldenrod with white foam, inviting. The smell was sawdust and soapy, citrus hops, odd. The taste was wood forward, dogwood? But had some great supporting cast of vanilla, bitters, brown sugar, booze, hazelnut, figs and orange, interesting. The feel was the best aspect: boozy, bright, woody, hop texture and smooth shellac finish.

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Photo of OlaB
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light brown color with a medium top of beige head that dissolves rapidly. Aroma is of raisins,dates,figs,dark plums,caramel,nuts,vanilla and brown sugar. The taste start of sweet and malty ,with a strong flavour of dried and dark fruits,nuts and caramel . The balance between the flavours are done very well. The finish has a good amount of bitterness, that goes good with the sweetness and the malty notes in the back. A good and long aftertaste as well, and the alcohol quite hidden in the flavour. Moderate carbonation with a medium body.while the mouthfeel is creamy and oily.
A really delicious and enjoyable strong ale. This brewery always deliver.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a revelation Stingo is. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but from the description on the bottle label, I knew it was going to be something special. It's pricey ($11/bottle) but I suppose we're helping pay the rent for the one-year of aging. Some of the strong ales tend to be syrupy, heavy, laden. Not Stingo, it is unusually refreshing and lively, especially given it's profile (oak casks, aging, high alcohol). The flavor is extraordinary, with some bourbon-y elements no doubt from the casks. And it's got that signature Samuel Smith 'mustiness' that I attribute to the fermentation in those famous stone troughs. Highly, highly recommended!

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle (7.6%)
Reddish-brown, with quickly-dissipating off-white head.

Smells of raisins, figs, and hazelnut .

Taste follows nose, plus some hints of brandy-like flavor. Slight lingering bitterness on the finish.

Feel is medium light , and slightly oily. Some light, very fine carbonation, becoming apparent on the finish, creating a slight drying effect.

Overall, smooth, & easy-drinking. A pleasant experience.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 edition. Pours clear, tan in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is oak, tea, caramel, and burnt sugar. Medium-light bodied, low carbonation, and sweet. Tastes like an English ale. Smooth and soft. A nice sipper.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from just under fridge temp. Pours a nice dark orange with cream head. Nose is dried fruit and and cherries. Taste is ice bock like, malts, dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and really nice. Alcohol noticeable.

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Photo of stevoj
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Hazy, dark amber, high fluffy head, very creamy, clumpy lacing. Boozy aroma, raisins, molasses, Christmas pudding. Taste is sweet, alcohol burns a little, more plums and raisins. Sweetness lingers, with a little warmth. Really nice.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle, Gardiner Haskins, Bristol - Pours dark amber with a medium creamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Treacle toffee, burnt sugar, raisins, dark stoned fruit, marzipan. Taste - Sweet, smooth, burnt sugar, dark stoned fruits, marzipan, dark berries. Nice bitter finish with a little alcoholic warmth. Lovely Xmas pudding, strong ale.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into glass. 7.6% ABV stamped on label. Label has brewing date of 2014. Bottle conditioned.
Amber brown colored, and cloudy body. Light tan, thin and bubbly head. Some spots of lacing.
Bread pudding aroma, with molasses/toffee, dried fruit (raisins and prunes), green tea, and oak barrel.
Taste of sweet malts, with raisins, dark fruit, toffee, tea (tannic), and oak barrel.
Medium, coating mouth feel.
Complex flavors, smooth but a tannic bite. Expresses well as a strong ale.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring it into a proper Sam Smith imperial pint really shows of the beauty of this, well...beauty. A huge, creamy beige head sounds off with cracks and fizzes as it slowly settles, clumpy at first, and finally in to solid but bubbly cap. The body of this beer is a copper rust. You can't see through it. Go ahead. Have a look.
A fruity, bready aroma is immediate. Followed by hints of wood and rum. A bit oaky, a bit musty.
Bready and fruity, as in rum soaked fruit. Dried apricots soaked in rum to be more specific. Even more specific, Turkish apricots. Weaving in and out are notes of caramel, oak, cloves from the yeast and a tannic sensation.
If there is a beer more even, more smooth or more fluffy, I haven't tried it. Even with the modest carbonation it doesn't come of as heavy or cloying. Finishes with just enough dryness to clear the palate and keeps it from becoming boring.

Double dry hop this beer with Galaxy and Simcoe and you have a winner.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large bottle, this brew is a lightly hazy redwood color. The head is cream colored and modest. The aroma is woody, with vanilla and raisins. Malty...lots of toasted, deep malt. I get lots of oak character. The taste is semi-dry with lots of wood and malt flavor. Smooth finish.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2014.

Hazy and amber/brown in color with a 1 1/2 finger very light tan chunky head.

Aroma of sherry, molasses, oak and light caramel with dried dark fruits.

Taste of dried fruit, toffee, raisins. Slightly sweet/tart.

Medium full in body and rather crisp yet creamy with a light burn.

A very good strong ale. Mellowed well by aging

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Photo of Arrowhead6R
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really great strong ale that goes down smooth. Caramal in looks and taste with a smooth finish and decent head. Aroma is sweet yet subtle adding to the complexity. A fine example of a strong ale and highly recommened.

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Photo of Holderness
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for five years.

L -- Pours a lovely deep amber with a thick, three-finger off-white head produced with gentle pour. Lots of visible effervescence. Great retention and lacing
S -- Sherry, oak, molasses, honey, medicinal herbs, berry, and a little earthen funkiness
T -- The flavors have really mellowed out a lot. No booziness or bitterness. Getting a good amount of molasses, oak, dark malts, grape skin, and digestive herbs. Maybe just a touch of oxidation
F -- Fluffy mouthfeel but the body is lighter than anticipated. Well carbonated, thanks to the bottle conditioning. Mild metallic taste on the finish.
O -- Certainly Sam Smith's most special offering, the sherry casks add a lot to the base beer. Pretty pricey @ ~$13/17 oz bottle

84/100

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep ruby color with a two-finger foamy off-white head that has great retention long after the pour, beautiful color

S- aroma is highlighted by lively dark fruit notes of raisin, plumbs and fig, along with Christmas fruit cake, brown sugar, herbal tea, leather, caramel & honey

T- flavor follows aroma with a variety of dark fruit notes; raisin and plumb leading the way. Mid-palate gives some fruitcake-like malt and spice, along with some toffee sweetness. The finish has an herbal tea note before closing out with some earthy yeast and light oak on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly lively mouthfeel that continues into a semi-dry finish, abs is hidden very well

O- delicate yet packed with flavors of fruitcake, spicy yeast and a caramel sweetness, alcohol is barely detectable, delicious

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Photo of SABERG
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated "brewed in 2015" into the test glass.
A - A hazy cedar color, lovely carbonation moves relentlessly skyward. A thin off white cap lasts the duration.
S - Raisin, a bit of sweet malts, lovely wood notes
T - Strong malts blend with sweet wood notes, add some spice, clove, cinnamon, earthy hops
M - So delicate, soft water profile, gentle carbonation add to the pillowy soft feel,
O - What a delight this is, a big offering with a delicate touch. Quite well executed and worth seeking out

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work who found this at a local
place I frequent---been looking for this one----Thanks Randy!

This mighty fine strong ale pours a murky orange tinged brown color with a nice head of
off white foam that simmers to a thick ring, thin layer, and sports subtle light lacing.
Nose of toffee, plums, subtle oak, and light tea notes. Flavors hit the perfect note with
a nice toffee and plum note mingling with light tea and oak notes that are steeped in
raisin breaded malt flavors. Very nice mouth feel with a medium light carbonation that
keeps this one lively, medium body, and a subtly dry finish that is balanced with sweet
brown sugar notes.

A fine ale that I have sought after for years and finally have tried it----and behold, it is good.....
which is a good thing since I bought another 5 bottles without trying it until today.

Did I mention it was a closeout at 2.99 a bottle????? Fantastic ale at a fantastic price!

Excellence from an excellent brewery

Cheers

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours lightly hazed dark amber to auburn filled with streams of bubbles rising rapidly to refresh a 1/2" white foam cap with fair retention

S: smells like a rich and malty bread pudding next to a fresh cup of dark tea, some cubes of dark brown sugar and a bowl of dried fruit

T: Dark caramel coated bread pudding and a savory spice start the palate and a tea like bitterness provides some dryness and leads the bitter finish supported by some moderate oaky tannins that provide a light astringent touch

F: very creamy and almost mousse-like which lightens the body and gives it a luscious texture

O: works very well as an after dinner drink and also pairs nicely with roast beef and apple pie

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - opaque brown with an amber glow around the edges. Minimal medium brown head.
S - dark fruits, raisin, malt, honey, earth, and oak. Complex but not very strong of a smell.
T - Follows the nose. Dark fruits and raisin notes up front followed by rich malt with notes of honey, caramel, earth, and oak - the oak is nicely present as it should be. Like most samuel smith beers, there's somewhat of a mineral note on the aftertaste - which might come from the stone Yorkshire squares they use - not necessarily a bad thing as I love and highly rate many of their beers, but just something to be aware of.
F - Medium body with a medium to light amount of carbonation.
O - This is a really nice English ale. Nice dark fruit and raisin notes with malt, earth, honey, caramel, and of course the oak throughout. The oak is pretty present which is appreciated. Samuel Smith is always really solid and this is no different.

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Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 983 ratings