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

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo
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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a Dark amber with a light tan head died rather quickly.

Smell of caramel and malt with some spice.

Taste of malt and very sweet caramel along with whiskey overtones.

Mouthfeel starts syrupy then with malt sweetness and lastly an alcohol bite.

Drinkability very enjoyable the high gravity at 8% makes it a bit heady after a full bottle

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Photo of Offa
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent ale, rich, complex, but smooth.

Faintly hazy red amber, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is a lot of rich fruits, raisin, caramelised apple, lots of leafy earthiness, light spice, hint of sherry, hint of toasted whole wheat bread.

Taste is spicey fruits up front, rich and complex, with caramelised fruits, leafy-toasty after the up-front sweet-spicey fruitiness, then more leafy-toasty character, faint woodiness growing by the finish. Full, rich maltiness is balanced with nice hop character and it finishes balanced and dryish. Feel and body are full and slightly oily but not heavy, slick or truly oily. It is very smooth and yet complex.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately one of my favorites, after already-high expectations from the rest of this brewer's lineup.

Slightly cloudy mahogany pour in a tulip, holding a clingy finger of dense foam. The aromas of raisin, prune, and caramel seem a mix of elements from my two favorite styles: dopplebock and belgian quad. Indeed, I already know this is a favorite before tasting, but the flavor only reinforces the sweet, ripe-dark-fruit flavors and clean non-cloying finish. Wish I'd bought more than one. Back to the store...

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Photo of beveragesampler
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"The SS Stingo is a limited release product that was revitalized in 2009 after being lost for over 20 years.The 09 was brewed at 8% and the 2010 is brewed at 9%." This answers my question on the ABV%.

2010 Review
A: poured three fingers carmel colored head reducing to a frothy pillow top. deep opaque dark brown to amber. some sediment in bottom of glass at the end. which is OK becouse i need my vitamins.

S: intriguing and well balanced. roasted carmel, nutty, earthy with a subtle sweet aroma.

taste: creamy and smooth. light alcohol hint. earthy tobacco. roasted nutty and lightly sweet carmel and raisin. subtle citrus on finish. prominent malt backbone. mild oak characteristics.

M: pleasant, soft and fluid. light effervescence

D: excellent. 9% ABV i could easily savor a couple of these.

I agree that the 2010 stingo is nicely done and should rate at the top of its category. Once again i would definately recommend this beer. the brew is a wonderful drinking experience.

Cheers!
Jake

my 2009 review
my bottle was brewed in 2008 and released in 09
also an item of note; the bottle is marked at 8.0% ABV

A: poured into a SS pint glass. deep hazy amber in color with three fingers off white head. nice retention that reduced to a thin film. no lacing on sides of glass.

S: very inviting. dominate cranberrie and red fruits. toffie, rasin and earthy citrus.

T: creamy with a strong malt backbone. flavors are fairly complex. initially red fruit notes hit the toung then rolling down the sides of the toung rasin and some oakiness sets in. the finish is earthy, some citrus and subtle tobacco characters. hops ballance everything out and cleanse the palate, with little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, almost silky.

drinkability is exceptional. even at 8.0% ABV i feel i could drink several of these.

Sam Smith's continues to be amoung my favorite brewery's. This brew got a 100% rating at Draftmag.com , however i feel that it was not an impartial review. the label from my bottle looks identical to everyones pictures, so i dont understand why the beer is listed at 9.0% ABV when my label clearly says 8.0% ABV. if anyone has insite they can lend on the ABV, please feel free to share.

i would definately recommend this beer. the brew is a wonderful drinking experience.

Cheers!
Jake

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Photo of Auraan
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy, dark amber with a one finger off-white head that dissipated slowly to an off-white ring leaving little lacing. It looks excellent, yeasty and traditional. Scents of caramel, toffee, sour green apple, rich, dark bread, fruity esters, brown sugar, yeasty aromas and hints of oak. A wonderful, well rounded, rich, complex and alluring aroma. Truly excellent, showcasing the malt forward nature of the beer, the yeast and the oak cask aging. Flavor begins sweet, with caramel, toffee and honey, alongside some mellow notes of apple. Fruity flavors, including apple, but also dark fruit, raisin and prune mostly, appear in the middle and continue into the finish. Also appearing in the middle of the sip is a nice, bready malt flavor. Towards the finish and in the aftertaste there is a bit of oak and some faint wild yeast funk. A rich, complex combination of flavors, hitting all the notes I enjoy in a malty sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly drying, yet also sticky feel and light carbonation. A very easy to drink ale that goes down smooth and quick, hiding its ABV. Overall this is an excellent Strong Ale. It has a rich, complex and truly wonderous aroma and flavor profile combination, aided in drinkability by its mellow carbonation and semi-drying mouthfeel. The barrel aging makes this beer a complex, yet not overwhelming ale. A wonderful beer and well worth the somewhat steep price.

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Photo of ohbeer89
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Everything I love about Sam Smith's Winter Welcome, but more so. It has a sort of burnished, round, nutty quality that ties right in to the perfect mouthfeel that clings to every part of your palate. Enough coppery notes from what must have once been fuggles and goldings and some tannins from the oak give the beer structure and keep it from dissolving into a mushy mess.

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Photo of Impfan
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing like the Watney's Stingo of old. The color is a particularly refractive cognac/amber, and there are esters of raisin, plum, cherry, treacle, toffee, vanilla, plum pudding in hard sauce, and oak. The body is medium and oily, and the flavor and carbonation are very soft. It's a sweet brew, on balance, but never cloying, with just enough flowery hop dryness in the finish, and a lot of finesse.

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Photo of EROlsizzle
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flavors in this beer are just so spectacular and well-balanced, that I couldn't wait until my next one as soon as I finished the first. The barrel-aging imparts less of a flavor than in others, and it blends perfectly with the deep sweetness of the malt and the complex character. This is the type of beer I can see being the perfect choice for any season or mood.

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Photo of BWood
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Great look, taste, and feel. Good head that dissolves to a low but laces the glass. First time having this beer and I will definitely keep one in my beer fridge from here on out.

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Half a 550 ml into a pint glass. My first Stingo, bottled in 2010, so a few years on it. From open, pour, and throughout the first glass, the aroma is amazing. Very precise smell, won't forget it. Taste is so mellow and sweet, very smooth. Not much to not like about this. Cheers!

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Photo of Kris450
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heavy alcohol on the foretaste, but ends in a heavy but incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Has hints of oak, smoke and wood, similar to a scotch. Poured a half inch head, that disapated to a cream rim with no lacing left on the glass. Great beer. Very much enjoyed it.

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Photo of Radome
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brown color, maybe some red. Murky/cloudy. Off-white head was thick and fluffy. It faded to a paper thin layer and a thick ring around the glass. Great lacing.

S - Sweet malty goodness. Graham crackers, raisins, plums, prunes. No obvious oak, but there is an aged sherry note and a strong, sweet alcohol aroma.

T - Initially very sweet with brown sugar, graham crackers and dark fruit, all from the malt. Some oak in the background and lots of alcohol. The finish is surprisingly dry with some earthy hops. Very complex.

M - Medium to heavy body. Sparkling carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol not too hot.

O - This is a big, delicious beer. Very complex, but smooth, clean and refined. Outstanding!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the story behind this beer. There are so many barrel aged beers on the shelves today - everything from bourbon to chardonay - but this beer was aged in beer barrels! What a novel idea.

Served cool into the ol' Watou glass, Stingo is a hazy redish brown color with head that develops only when poured right down the middle. It settles quickly leaving no lace. This all seems about right for the style.

Aroma is classic English old ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits, brown bread, caramel, vanilla from the oak, and so on.

Flavor is intense too. This is one impressive beer! Samuel Smith has always been underappreciated and I think this one makes the strongest case for that. Dates, plums, raisins, caramel... all mingling together in an oakey wonderland. Sweet without being cloying, intense without going over the top, and full of nuances that make every sip a new discovery.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation. Really pleasant sipper.

Overall a fantastic beer! I need to go out and get some more!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had a Samuel Smith beer I didn't like. Big thanks to OneDropSoup for the 6 dollar hookup.

A - A solid half inch of head with a light pour and this beer is lively and full of carbonation. A pretty hazy amber with no sediment. Off to a great start.

S - Slight bourbon notes with a strong oak base and an underlying caramel sweetness. Strong and pleasant smell.

T - Wow very little if any actual ABV burn. All the flavors of wood, bourbon and caramel meld together in one of the smoothest old ales I ever drank even more-so than aged Hibernation ale. You get Sweet and then bitter oak and finishes sweet again with little hop or grain bitterness to speak of. Truly a one of a kind beer!

M - Even for 9 percent mouth feel is medium and creamy. The only part you notice the ABV is after the first glass!

D - Man if I ever saw this in a store at a reasonable price (6-8 dollars) I would pick it up so quickly. Sadly the only place close by is trying to squeeze 12 dollars a bottle for the rarity. Another solid brew by Samuel Smith. Thanks again OneDropSoup for the amazing beer!

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Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 550 ML bottle that I purchased for $10.99 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago. My friend Bill reportedly bought it for something like $3.49 at the same store a few weeks before that. I guess that they wised up on the price since it really should have been the higher of the two amounts. "SB12I1" stamped on the neck of the bottle, whatever that might mean. Also the following printed near the bottom of the label: "Aged in Oak Ale casks Matured for over a year." 8.0% Alc./vol. Poured, of course, into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Brief light brown head that dissipated down to a ring around the top of the beer within a few minutes over a great looking slightly opaque dark caramel body. 4.0

S Nicely sweet malt goodness which has a molasses type quality with a minimum of hops. I like this smell since it is inviting and interesting. 4.5

T The smell proved to be a good indicator of the taste with the welcomed added feature of the oak in the taste. Sweet, light molasses sweetness of the malt with only a hint of hops and, as suggested, a nice oaken woody softness that is really nice. I cannot imagine that this can be improved. 5.0

M Nice and big with a syrupy stickiness, thickness, but softened, as mentioned, by the oak ale casks. Very good indeed. 4.5

D Well this is a big beer but the drinkability remains good for me since it is so delicious. If it did not cost $10.99 a bottle I probably would be buying many more of these. 4.0

Notes: A rival for Nut Brown Ale for my favorite Samuel Smith beer. I am very impressed by this one!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle date with an 8.0% abv; slow-poured (per instructions on bottle; to avoid inclusion of the yeast in the bottle) into an Ommegang glass (somewhere between a footed pilsner and a tulip).

A: amber brown body, creamy beige finger of head

S: light, bright oakiness and darker, sweet toffee

T: some lightly boozed dark fruit, molasses and bread pudding; wood/oak notes and raisins

M: leans more toward sweet than dry; moderate carbonation, medium weight; great aftertastes

O: a great holiday beer - would go so well with Christmas goose or a Thanksgiving pumpkin or pecan pie; this is a real treat of a beer with a lot of flavors. I may have benefitted from this being an aged bottle - it was very mellow and easy-drinking.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

pours a deep burnished orange with a fizzy khaki head that settles quickly to a thin ring with a bit of random filminess. No lacing.

Nose is fruity with a bit of warm spice and alcohol. Cherry and vanilla, with a vague cinnamon/ginger note. Some orchard fruit (apricot, green apple) as well. very aromatic and suggestive of an aperatif. Refined and inviting.

Taste is fruity out of the gate, with fresh tart apple, black cherry, a hint of orange rind. Graham cracker-like malt and a touch of toffee. Herbal hops and some woodiness dry out the middle and hold through the finish with some cognac and whiskey notes lingering afterward. Very clean and crisp, with no overbearing sweetness or off-putting astringency. The fruity notes seem almost 3-D, if that makes sense. So close you can pluck them off the trees--apricot, apple, a bit of red grape, cherry, tangerine--but without the juiciness of the fruit itself, just their earthy, estery essences. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is lean, but not thin. Somewhat vinous. Smooth, but muscular, with an appropriate alcohol presence. Carbonation is moderate, and tingles on the back of the palate for a satisfying fullness.

Moreish, as the Brits say. A sipper, but one you'll go back to sip after sip looking for another nuance. I wish I had a fireplace and a fur rug right now. One of the best English ales I have had, right up there with Fuller's 1845. Remarkable.

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another of those barrel aged beers, I want to lay down and revisit later. It starts out with a beautiful pour, at least it did for me (in a british pub glass) with a fluffy tan to off white head. The sad part is the head dissipates all too quickly. The nose is the strong smell of whiskey all imparted from the oak this really was in a barrels for a long time, the label says a year, the taste says longer. The nose alone inparts warmth, with traces of vanilla, and malt, very mindful of whiskey or a fine scotch. The flavor is great but you better like spirts for this is the "taste". The beer has a wonderful whiskey
finsh aftertaste that lingers just long enough for my tongue to say take another sip. I looked forward to trying this beer for a while having seen it advertised last year but unable to find it. Its initial batch appears to have been made in limited supply. Now having had the opportunty to have had a try, I'll be heading out to the store tomorrow for more, if there's any left. If you like the warmth of alcohol and scotch by all mean try this beer, pricey (at $11.00) but worth it! One last note I purchased this bottle in Nov. 2011 the lable says it's 8% ABV description above says 9% ABV. ABV may have changed between 2010 & 2011 take note.

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read a review on this beer in Draft magazine. And the rating system at the Total Wine store gave this beer a perfect 100 rating.
Thought it was outstanding and a great compliment to the stuffed lobster dinner I was having.
But it did remind me of some of the regional offerings like the Yard's Revolution Series or the Harpoon Leviathan. Big alcohol and malty character. This is a style I really enjoy especially when I'm sipping just one from my oversive Duvel tulip with a great meal.
It was somewhat expensive at $12 for a 550ml bottle so I don't know that I'll be buying regularly but I'm glad I treated myself to one tonight for my birthday.

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Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a UK based beer shop; this bottle was brewed in 2007, BB 12/2009, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: this ale is aged in old oak barrels for more than a year before bottling! Also, the ingredients include cane sugar.

A: pours an ultra-elegant ruby-russet colour like a cup of lightly-infused black tea, coming with semi-lively but fine fizziness as witness to the natural work of bottle-conditioning, while the 2cm-thick, beige creamy froth retains the perfectly tight texture throughout the drink. Marvellous.
S: true to an English Old Ale (or old Barley Wine), the aroma features rich caramel-, amber- and/or brown-malts, underlined by a bucketful of complex, sour-sweet & also savoury fruitiness (to name a few: sour prunes, sour grapes, sour raisins, dried black cherries, black dates, dried Chinese hawthorn-fruits...), while a lightly lactic-sour woodiness as of oak-barrel ageing (not unlike its counterpart in Belgium - Flanders Brown Ale) provides a nice nuance in the background. Overall, the sour elements are so enjoyable and never astringent, providing a "refreshing" whiff even to help lighten the dense sweetness. (As the beer warms up a bit, an aromatic edge of Styrian Goldings is given away... or so I guess!)
T: a mouthful of rich preserved fruits comes almost "perfumy" (but not in the same fashion as any Belgian ale) yet a tad vinous as well, featuring a soothing flavour of dried-herb/licorice-flavoured red prunes with a restrained level of sourness slightly reminiscent of a (less sweet) Malmsey Madeira. The foretaste is laced with a fine touch of pale & amber malts (yes, like SS' Old Brewery Bitter!) and the kind of chewy woodiness & herbal sweetness that I usually find in the aftertaste of a well-aged Oloroso sherry. In the finish, the slightly powdery-textured hop bitterness tunes up a level (albeit w/o much hop aroma) with a fine spicy edge as well, rounding up the whole palate skilfully and satisfyingly.
M&D: being aged in SS' beer oak-barrels means that this is not the type of big, oaky/vanilla-ish, honey-ish or peaty whisky-barrel aged ales that are leading the beery fashion of late; rather, the oak-ageing here enriches the flavour in a conventional manner, where the sweet edge of malts is greatly softened by the attack of sour elements accumulated in the oak barrels through decades of service, showing the similar kind of smooth woodiness to the brewery's Old Brewery Bitter (not in the same way as Wadworth's 6X - more aromatic & sweet-woody, or Marston's Pedigree - more sulphurous). Importantly, through the ageing process, the alcoholic content has been totally tamed - what ends up in the glass is a truly mellow malt wine for my palate, benefiting a lot from the creamy carbonation, too. This "Old Barley Wine" has some really lovely finesse that requires patience to unwrap and fresh palate to appreciate. Just give it a try! (* Beware of the price, though, as I paid almost 6 quid for this bottle...)

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Photo of digr
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Brown liquid that pours to create a large 4+ cm head of light brown medium to large bubbles. The foam lingers for quite sometime (3+minutes) slowly breaking down.

- A most interesting smell, a slight hint of vinegar and fruitiness and a slight hint of mustiness with an overall toasted malty warmth. No real hop aroma.

T - Mild flavor, brown malt flavors and a mild hint of sourness, but only as an after thought. Just enough hops to balance the malt flavor complements the hind of sour. No notice of the 8% ABV.

M - good- appropriate for the drink. Medium - which works with the profile of the style. After a few moments there is a "dryness" left that makes you looking for the next sip.

D - Very. Despite the 8% ABV I found this 550 ml bottle disappearing quickly. I really like sours and old ales and this is a fine example of an old style brew that deserves plenty of modern attention!

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, slightly hazy with a creamy white tan head that bubbles down to a thin film rather quickly.

Caramel is the #1 flavor here, like those squares you use for cooking, but there is a lot more too this nose. Some nice black cherry, some decomposed earth, and a touch of sweet pipe tobacco.

Starts sweet with pumpkin spice and then transitions beautifully to waves of oaky caramel. The slightest hint of alcohol relents to a lasting tobacco finish. The oak is woven into every fruit and candy flavor.

Nice carbonation, want to go back for another drink to find more flavors.

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Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Smith pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a nice copper color with a large slowly dissipating tan head. The smells are plum full of malts goodness, lots of toffee, some molasses and a little caramel, wonderful. The feel Is medium to heavy. The taste is malts greatness, loads of toffee, caramel, a little bitterness, good stuff.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stingo means "old beer" that is sharp or strong.
Pours a golden amber brown with a decent head, and a little hazy.
Smells of butterscotch and raisins and a little horseblanket.
The taste is a bit acetic and astringent at the start, and then additional flavors of butterscotch and spice kick in, with a black/green peppercorn finish and a lingering note of vanilla and oak.
The mouthfeel is soft and full with substantial effervescence. It is a palate cleanser, but one that ends with a butterscotch candy coating.
This is a distinctive and unique beer that is very enjoyable and drinkable. It is sharp and somewhat strong as the name implies.

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Photo of CASK1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Been wanting to try this, and finally got the opportunity.

A - Complex aroma of bread crust, toast, toffee. Low earthy, spicy hops come through at the end. Moderate prune esters add to the complexity.

A - Dark copper color, somewhat hazy. Beige head with tight bubbles stays well.

F - Lots of complex malt: toasty, toffee, molasses, hints of roast. Hops peek through to balance nicely and help dry the finish. Hints of oxidation, but in a good way.

M - Rich and full. Low, pleasant alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol dries the finish.

O - Well-balanced and complex. Will get this again when colder weather sets in.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.
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