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

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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
Ratings:
916
Reviews:
439
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
121
For Trade:
5
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fourstringer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550 mL bottle into a matchy-matchy Sam Smith pint with a moderately aggressive hand. A bit heavy on the pour, but no worries. Label states "brewed in 2011". This has been hanging around in the cellar for about a year.

A: Dark yellow-orange with 2 fingers of light caramel-colored head. Good retention. Still 1 finger at 2 minutes. Slightly cloudy. Light lacing.

S: Sweet mellow malt with fruity notes. Grape. Candy. Cola. Apple. There is an acidity that is not quite citric and not quite acetic.

T: Rather tangy, spicy, malty sweet & sour up front with a English hop bitterness on the finish. Semi-dry in the end. More tartness than I was expecting, but sour is good in my book. Some toffee and roasted notes appear late and linger. Little of the fruit I picked up in the nose. Malt. Sourdough. Rye. A lot of interesting malt here. Alcohol presence is appropriate for 9% ABV. Wasn't sure about my first few sips, but really into this now.

M: Moderate carbonation that briefly tingles strongly and rapidly fades away. Nice moderately full body. Great feel.

O: Really nice brew. I'm feeling the sting and it hurts so good. I had this a year ago, but can't say if it's improved with age. Certainly didn't suffer.

Cheers!

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2009, bottled in 2010, drank in 2011.

Beer was recommended to me by BA Kendo.

Poured into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter. First pour roused a decent inch or so khaki tinted foam, not much staying power very little lacing to speak. Beer is a hazy copper to light amber in color.

Aroma gives wafts of cherry, dates and plum right upfront. Then a lot of powdery malt, moss, earthiness. If you have ever poured boiling or near boiling liquid on slate or stone you know it creates a very tangible aroma, this beer carries that. So touches of chocolate and tart sour fruit in the back. So port wine and belgian dark ale aroma as it warms. Very complex and rich. A bit of cognac with a good swirl as it warms as well.

A surprising bitterness and apparent carbonation upfront, tart cherries, raisin and bittersweet cocoa in the middle with a souring tart and very oaky tannin finish. There is caramel and toffee upfront too with some touches of grape and a bit of a grassy/hay tone (English Brett?)

This beer has mouthfeel in spades, luscious depth, medium full bodied, oaky tannins that blend with tart characteristics and sweet caramel malts, finishes semi-sweet but balanced with carbonation, alcohol and tannins.

Absurdly drinkable for the 9% abv with loads of character and depth. There should be three in your beer cellar to surprise the next three guests in your home who have not tried this beer yet.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy copper brown with 2.5 fingers of cream colored head.

S - Toasted/burnt caramel, sweet nut bread, hints of oak wood, incredible aroma.

T - Dense toasted caramel malt, slight tart fruit notes, dark sweet bread, toffee, mild wood flavors.

M - Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Very complex nose and delicate but bold malt flavors. Truly enjoyable.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle right into the chalice, can tell this is a classic ale right from the get go. Dark full amber in color with a khaki head of medium frame. It looks sexy as hell in the chalice! Big legs, no lacing.

A lot of fruit in the nose, sweet mixed fruit esters & caramel & toffee characters combine in a synergistic effect. Bready notes too & a descent amount of oaked booze. Big sweet & strong nose on this one.

Toffee, nutty, caramel, booze up front transitions into a apple cider like sweetness & soft mouthfeel midway through and a classic drying bitterness in the back. The three different phases stand out so differentiated from one another - yet transition smooth. Quite an experience sipping on this one. Full body, carbonated well, smooth & sweet.

Overall, loved the beer but hated the price. $11.99 for 550ml of beer. Won't be visiting this one again anytime soon, or at least until my wallet grows.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml. brown embossed bottle with a short history lesson on back label and an inked bottling code on the glass. It pours a darkish honey amber-red with a finger of tan foam. Carbonation looks subtle but fine for the style.

The nose is malty and a tad spicy with some nice alcohol coming through as it warms. Notes of green apple, toffee, treacle, oak and spices give this brew a nice appeal. The flavor doesn't disappoint with good complexity and balance. It starts off sweet and malty with fruits aplenty. The fruit turns to toffee and treacle with a hint of bitter tobacco and a pleasant push of the alcohol, finishing on an oaky note. Nice and warming, especially as it warms considerably.

A medium plus body with complimentary carbonation give this brew a welcomed drinkability. It's a little on the expensive side but if your into Samuel Smith, you must try this one. I honestly think that some additional age on this brew would be a good thing, although it's more than good to go right now.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little cloudy... but great color... dark amber

Subtle on the nose... honey sweet and a bit musky

Love the flavor... malty... burnt caramel... a nice journey

Well balanced in mouth... medium/heavy in body... smooth and velvety... easy to drink

I am not a big fan of IPA's or other hoppy beers... I really like this style

This is right up there in my top ten

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Live review. Bottle states aged in 2010 and has been at cellar temp for about a year. Unsure of actual bottling date. 550ml poured into matching Sam Smith's tulip pint. Medium-amber body with a thick, frothy, and retentive beige head. Thick but slippery lacing.

Massive toffee and caramel nose; I don't even have to bring the beer to my face to catch a whiff of it. Closer examination reveals vanilla and oak along with a moderate level raisin and implacable generic fruitiness. A touch of grain husks.

Flavor is primarily toffee and caramel. Oak and vanilla are noticable as well. There's a slight "sting" that isn't quite metallic, which as a quick Google search tells me is related to the origin of the "stingo," go figure. It finishes with a bit of dry, toasted malts and just a touch of alcoholic warmness.

Medium bodied and slightly slick mouthfeel. It finishes slightly dry to balance out the malty and alcohol which could otherwise come off as cloying. Low-medium carbonation, about on par with stronger English ales.

If you like English strong ales or barleywines, this will be a treat. It's definitely worth a try and is a very good, if not mind-blowing beer.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new arrival in Portland; picked up a bottle at Beaumont Market. Gold foil-wrapped 550ml bottle, warmed from the fridge for about 30 minutes, poured to a standard pint. Watching the Ducks and Utes play on ESPN; a cool, rainy afternoon - perfect for an ESA.

Says the label: 'Ale Aged in Oak Ale Casks, Matured for Over a Year'. Brewed in 2008.

A: Deep caramel, a faint hazy unfiltered-ness. Starts with a good-sized mound of foamy fizz, well over a finger-high, but fades quickly to a thin cream and spittle of ringing bubbles.

S: Mild sweet malt, tinged with fruit (raisin) and oaky toffee. A whiff or two of rum. Quite interesting, if not terribly strong.

T: Man, that's nice! Oak casks lend a pleasant woodiness, enveloping a sweet toffee, spicy raisin pudding, hints of orange, hot buttered rum; if tasting like 'the Holidays' is such a thing, then Stingo captures that essence very well.

M: Smooth, velvety carbonation. Not a big body, but a sly coating mouthfeel. Long-lasting spiced tingle, warmth in the cheeks. Mellows and relaxes.

D: A wonderful strong ale; possibly my favorite yet from this venerable UK brewery. 8% strength and woody resplendence make this more of a 'sipper' than anything, but it's one I want again..and again. Will definitely pick up more, though lofty bottle prices (around $9, as I recall) prevent this from being the fall/winter staple it otherwise could be.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a quarter-inch, off-white head that thins out a little but remains full. Thick lacing.
Smell is bready, slightly buttery malts, with a little bit of hops. Some toasted notes, as well as some toffee and caramel. Figs and raisins as well.
Taste is more bready, buttery toasted malts. Hops are far more subdued than in the smell, being slightly grassy. More toffee and caramel, but again more subdued. Ample notes of oak. Fig and raisin. Malty and roasty on the finish, with a touch of salt.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body. Moderate level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I prefer lower ABV English Ales, but this one is a very good take on the style.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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