Yorkshire Stingo
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Strong Ale - English
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Ranked #3,393
4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: 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 these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.

Not suitable for vegans.
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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Eglinton and Laird LCBO in Toronto, June 5, 2021 for $5.70. Has been refrigerated continuously till pour (June 11, 2021). My second beer of the day, following a Wicked Awesome IPA

Poured into a 22 oz weizen glass, which is at room temp. Only glass I have larger than 20 oz.

Look - Dark brown, nearly ruby. Light (less than a finger) head that recedes to nothing in no time at all. No lacing. Typical of the style.

Smell - I pick up something sour that I can't quite put my finger on. That said, it doesn't transfer over to taste. Otherwise, some caramel, baking spice, a nice maltyness and a dark fruityness tying together.

Taste - Love the flavour. More of the smell, sans the sour taste. More caramel, baking spice and maltyness up front, with raisin and mulberries on the back end and a slight dryness in the after taste.

Mouthfeel - Fantastic. Feels like it coats my mouth similar to a good whisky, without the alcohol burn. Reminds me of Innis and Gunn's Vanishing Point, in a good way. I've been sipping it for 51 minutes now, and have loved every second.

Overall - It's a great beer. It gains character and depth as warms to room temp.

Jun 11, 2021
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle served cool into a chalice. LCBO purchase for about $5.70 CDN. Has been on my wants list for 5 years.

Appearance - Clear, ruby hued beer with a finger plus of frothy, soapy head that recedes pretty quick leaving no lacing behind.

Smell - Some dark fruits, raisin, plum, maybe some orange marmalade aroma. There's spices maybe cinnamon and nutmeg hints of wood. It shares similarities with Fuller's Vintage Ale, but they are quite different beers.

Taste - Dark fruits, some toffee and caramel, hints of molasses, some rich spices mixed again with something in the realms of orange marmalade. Woodiness is in there, maybe even butterscotch. Bitter, but not assertively so. A very layered beer.

Mouthfeel - Some heat from the booze, but medium-full bodied and lightly carbonated, a sipper in the same way a doppelbock would be.

Overall - Very tasty beer that I'm not glad to have tried, complex and improves even more the closer it gets to room temperature.

May 04, 2021
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an older vintage - brewed in 2014. Holds up well to passing time. All of the different layers of flavors are present - fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, festive pudding and a slight oak quality. In additional on the nose there is a pungent dark fruit, balsamic acrid note that is typical with these older English ales (JW Lee Harvest). Very creamy body. Simple and smooth drink. Good value for the money. Think I paid $11 for this which isn't terrible.

Mar 09, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy mahogany brown pour with big foamy off-white head. Lasts awhile and leaves great lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee. Toasted malts and sugars.

T.F: Follows the nose. Semi-sweet and malty. Toasted grains, brown sugar, and toffee. Caramel and baked raisin. A bit of plum and spice. Earthy... oak, nut, and vanilla. Smooth carbonation. Medium bodied and sticky. More oak, fruit, and sugars to finish.

O: A very mellow beer. Nice flavors that are pleasant but don't blow you away. A good beer to sip and enjoy.

Feb 11, 2021
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TerryMills from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not exactly what I expected , similar to a lot of sours it has a cherry/balsamic bite up front with a clean crisp finish..

Not my style but a very drinkable berr

Nov 13, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light carbonation with an above average body.
Aroma is malt, brown sugar,dark fruit heavy on the plum, prune bread
Taste is plum, prune bread,yeasty doughy bread.
This is a delicious well made beer. Not a knock a few back type but goes great with a rich dessert or heavy meal

Mar 08, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Brownish red in color with a tan head and some lacing. Smells of dark fruit, raisin and alcohol. Taste has a lot going on vanilla, raisin, malt, cinnamon and caramel. Mouth feel is very soft and light, unique feel to it. Very good

Feb 27, 2020
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale brewed in 2017, aged at least a year in oak barrels. Clear amber color. 3-finger tan head which lingers for several minutes. Oak, maple and dark fruit flavors and aromas. Despite the visibly apparent carbonation, it doesn’t feel very carbonated. Boozy, sweet finish.

Feb 05, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550mL bottle coded SD26Q1 (Brewed in 2017 printed in small font on back label) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy darker amber in color with red orange highlights and khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing. The aroma is faint with toffee, dark sugar and dark fruits. The taste is semisweet caramel (burnt sugar), prune, leather and oak before a dry, mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average to slightly more carbonation. Overall, very good. Complex and rich with a variety of flavors. This bottle sat at room temperature at my LBS until recently, so not the best conditions. Fresh or properly cellared would both be of interest to me.

Dec 14, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage

Appearance - Crimson colored body with tan head

Smell - dates, orange peel, toffee, orange marmalade

Taste - toffee, orange peel, oak, orange marmalade, dates

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, orange & dates upfront, orange marmalade on the finish, hint of oak as well

Overall - decent beer here, nice flavor with the orange marmalade and hint of oak. At the price Point, likely won’t revisit but a decent beer.

Price Point - $7.99/16.9 oz bottle

Nov 30, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Quite dark ruby-chestnut, very slight haze (bottle-cond, most sludge left in bottle). Pours with 5mm pale tan head. 550ml bottle, and be aware that even with the head easing back, the beer below is no more than 1mm below the rim of a trad Imperial pint glass.
S- Quite rich, liquorish (whisky/brandy/kirsch?), basicly 'full of spirited promise'!
T- dry, kirsch (cherry), and perhaps a brandy note in there too. I'll read the lable afterwards!
F- Full on puddingy winter-warmer Xmas beer. 'You won't be sessioning this brew (for long)'
O- Very good, great for winter. One to slowly savour, and would go well with your Xmas dinner, or indeed most forthright foods/meals. Zero out of place with this one.

Now I'll recheck the lable to see what I got, and what I missed. Highlights:
- aged in oak casks (some 100+ years old).
- aged for at least a year
- [aging] derives 'fruit, raison, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slightly oaky flavours'.
- contains cane sugar; for the final bottle fermentation?
- 'Stingo' it is a word for a strong beer, perhaps regional English?

BB: Apr-2020. Bought from BeersOfEurope.

Nov 01, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

De Gastrobar Al Andalus. En copa Ikea de pinta inglesa. Viendo Dark 2x08. Brutal feel, que oculta totalmente abv e invita a trago largo.sabor maltoso, mineral y con ligeras notas a madera. Buena pero demasiado cara para lo que ofrece (12€) Mientras a bebes no llegas a flipar pero al final terminas echando en falta mas

Jul 10, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an amber tinge, no head, and no carbonation.

Smells very malt forward, with a bit of balsamic, cherries and alcohol.

Tastes of malt, brown sugar, figs, raisins and dark fruit.

Medium body almost no carbonation.

Drinking in Redding, June 7th, 2019.

Jun 08, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

May 09, 2019
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Dec 28, 2018
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KooVee from Finland

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Dec 22, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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-

Nov 06, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Nov 03, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Sep 24, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Sep 11, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jul 27, 2018
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Jul 06, 2018
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mikeinportc from New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jun 25, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

May 26, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

May 19, 2018
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