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

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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,508
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
962
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 962 |  Reviews: 464
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 RyanTheLion13
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 psumjl269
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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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Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 962 ratings