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

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 mattmarka1
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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 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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Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 969 ratings