Yorkshire Stingo | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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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 Prometheus75
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 lemmy187
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Doonzman
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had

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Photo of cuy50
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Beerbuddha
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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


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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 Griphon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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


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Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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