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

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo
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87.5%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 927 ratings
Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,219
Reviews:
446
Ratings:
927
Liked:
811
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
10.76%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
126
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 927 |  Reviews: 446
Photo of igl
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryan4120
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of dcotom
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Deep, rich caramel-sauce color, with a bright white head that leaves some pretty lacing as it settles. Aroma and flavor are toffee-forward, with lots of pleasant sweetness on the palate. Raisin, prune, caramel, dark bread, and a hint of chocolate round out the flavor profile. Mellow smoothness from cask aging, with subdued tannic astringency on the finish. Fantastic stuff, this!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/22/17:

I purchased this in late 2014 but the bottle says it was “brewed” in 2013, not sure if that means that is when they started the wort or if it means that’s when they started the aging, or when they finished the aging (a year-long process). Either way, this was already old when I bought it and I gave it another two years and then some. Would like to review this right off the shelf some time.

Vintage 2013, aged until late 04/22/17: Deep copper to deep caramel, quite mirky with chunks resting on bottom. A fine, heavy, dense, foamy cap of creamy tan, with great retention, and walls of lace. In the bottle it smelled about like an old oatmeal stout, very sweet. In glass, so obviously aged, it’s plums, berries, caramel, dark chocolate, tiny amount of alcohol. In that order at first but fruitier aromas eventually die down. The palate is a return of all that tart, dark fruit. It’s verging on perfumy and spirity. Earthiness in the background throughout, with a mild chocolate and extreme toffee finish and a spicy booze retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, not quite syrupy, much hotter than expected, but in an even, non-burning way. Very fine, lower level of nonetheless tingly and active carbonation. This is my first English Old Ale, it reminds me somewhat of a Braggot.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2017-06-25
550ml capped/foiled bottle served in a tulip. SK2001 is on the neck, but I have no idea what that means.

Pours a dingy grayish brown with a moderate head and lots of carbonation. Head seems to persist a bit. Smell is oaky, boozy, vanilla.

Taste is not what I was expecting -- a bit of tartness and a bit of bitterness. More and more bitterness, but not of the hoppy variety. Maybe more like fruit skin bitterness. Just a hint of unripe grapes -- I think that's the bit of tartness.

Mouthfeel is interesting, somehow both flat and fizzy at the same time. It's also slightly sticky. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle states - Brewed in 2014, 8% ABV
Look - Pours a dark and hazy ruby/mahogany color with a short ring of off white head, a thin ring of lace left behind.
Aroma - Rich dried fruit, leather, honey, mild port wine. Amazing aroma.
Taste - Tangy up front, fruit skins, juicy apricot and leathery bitterness. Dried fruit flavors towards the middle, hint of prune. Malt is incredibly smooth and bready for the most part with a quick note of toffee. Dry and lightly sweet finish like red wine.
Feel - Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry, no alcohol warmth.

Overall - Complex and delicious, phenomenal beer from a phenomenal brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing. The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over. The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale.

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Photo of mynie
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful label. Brand name is very appealingly English.

Pours a dark red bordering on brown. Small little wisp of a head. I poured it into a large pint glass but I think a goblet probably would have been a better choice.

Smells of fruity malt and strong, sticky caramel. The malt profile is similar to relatively old school Strong ales, such as a Arrogant Bastard, only with a much more subdued and English hop profile. I've never quite smelled anything like it, and a little strange at first, but I began to like it after a few sniffs.

Tastes smoother than the aroma. Caramel and fruit start things off, moving into a juicy middle with some nodes of black tea. The finish is sweet and alcoholic. The body is a little thin on the back, which weighs things down a bit, but overall it's nicely done.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The poured a murky brown color imwith mocha bubbles.

Smell - The beer had a pretty straight malty nosebwith some spice.

Taste - My first impression was the taste of leather. Prunes and dry malts followed shortly thereafter. Leather and mild sweet dark fruits lingered in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For the style carbonation was mellow leaving a nice coating sensation.

Overall - This 2010 vintage aged very nicely.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer #600!!

A- This is a very muddy looking brew, with rich light brown, copper/bronze, red and orange tones throughout. The head is small, off white and soap like bubbles permeating! The carbonation appears to be very refined and from what I can see, there seems to be a fair bit of it too! Retention appears to be quite good and the lacing is good as well....plenty of small bubbly goodness hangs around the glass after a good swirl. I also love how much stubborn yeast is layered in the bottom of the bottle....it doesn't want to come out but with a lot of work, I will be consuming it!

S- Dark dried fruits like fig/golden raisin and malted chocolate are immediately upfront....creamed coffee, yeasty bread, toffee/caramel malt sweetness throughout and the finish is robust, lingering and sweet as well. This makes me think it will be a sweet syrupy brew!

T- Full cream, yeast, milky chocolate, caramel, butterscotch and a touch of mocha are all dominant flavors right away without even thinking about it. Underlying hints of old rummy oak barrel, fig, buttery Christmas pudding....almost dessert like, but the finish makes sure that you taste the fine hop cones used to round it out. Overall a superbly blended flavor profile....UNBELIEVABLE!

M/O- This is full bodied, with exquisitely smooth carbonation and the booze is non-existent....now I've been aging this one for a good 4 years and like a fine wine, this one is worthy and I'm guessing, is much better with some age! Anyone who has this ought to try putting it away and give it a go down the road.....you will not be disappointed! My expectation was always high for this one and Sam Smith did not disappoint! Will most definitely seek out again, and I need a long vacation to Tadcaster!!

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Photo of n2pux
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesertFox24
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjwarren
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Superb brew. Beautiful cloudy copper brown pour. Smell is sweet and boozy. Dark fruit and butterscotch. Makes you think it will be sweet. Taste is butterscotch, raisin, fig and a little boozy sweetness. Taste reminds me of a pudding. Feel is the best part. Despite there being some sweetness the finish stays dry. Velvety smoothness caresses your mouth. Delightful.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy copper colored with maybe a slightly orange cast; pours with effervescence reminiscent a draft with bottom to top clearing. Foamy off-white head with moderate persistence.
S: Sweet, medium malts, molasses, carrot
T: Again sweet,medium malts, biscuit, with a dark fruit note. Very smooth but effervescence dissipates rapidly.
M: Medium bodied, again with a very smooth feel. Definitely a "go to" drink.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Fairly hazy brown with amber edges. Beautiful and very durable head.

Flavors are fruits and burnt fruits and very delicate hops (noble?). Very good. Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Awesome.

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Photo of newdamage1
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kotzbauerm
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 927 ratings
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