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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

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a considerable amount of murkiness. A fingernail of beige is covering the top. I smell a considerable amount of light malt and sweet oak. I taste a blend of heavy lighter malt and sweet oak. The mouth is very dry, warm with alcohol, and slightly chewy.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 2008.

A gorgeous beer. Color is a thoroughly hazed burnt red/orange color, very much like a fiery autumn leaf. The head is a light tan color, or dirty white, and it's creamy and holds on forever.

Aroma is boozy, fruity and spicy, pretty much in that order. There's a lingering candy-like sweetness pervading all that, almost like snorting a line of SweetTart dust.

A pretty "wet" beer in flavor, in that there's lots of sweet, even saccharine juicy fruits here, at least up front, and that trademark English mustiness as well. Then it dries out quickly on the back of a powdery/chalky sort of flavor/feel. The alcohol creeps through, adding a nice warmth, dancing on the edge of medicinal, but pulling back before it gets to be too much. Toffee-like buttery flavors come in underneath, subdued but very much there. Hints of wood and white wine, in the flavor for sure, but especially in the dryness of the finish.

An interesting and enjoyable beer...perhaps a little too sweet and not as robust/grounded as I'd hoped for, but it is complex, and I feel like by the time I'm at the bottom of the bottle, after it's warmed a bit, some different impressions will shine through...and another bottle a year down the road will likely be quite different than this. Stingo is a beer to practice vertical tastings with, no doubt.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Portion of a 500ml bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a one finger cream shade.

S: There's a lot of sweet caramel and brown sugar which I half expected. What really struck me is the strong vanilla qualities the aroma also provides.

T: This has a lot of vanilla to open the flavor profile. After a bit, raisin/caramel sweetness gives way to a balanced, dry mineral finish. Really pleasant, and complex to boot.

M: I really like the creaminess of this one. The body is of medium texture, and it coats the tongue smoothly.

O: This had a level of richness to it that many of the imperial stouts I had that day lacked. It's not super easy to drink, and it's kind of pricey, but it's a great one to savor slowly.

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Photo of KajII
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with some red highlights and a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that diminished rather quickly, leaving behind basically nothing in the way of head or lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums & cherries), a mild odor of oak cask and a light alcohol tinge.

The taste was malty sweet with a touch of caramel and toffee from the get go, progressing with a moderate fruitiness, a hint of oak and a light alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a nice candi sweet taste left lying on the palate for just a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry yet syrupy texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and delectable brew. It possessed a very nice balance, which obviously helped in hiding the high ABV that this beer possesses. On top of that it was the first brew I have had from Samuel Smith's that was over 5% ABV...

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Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo. Poured dark mahogany with nice red edges. Puffy, creamy off-white head. Minimal lacing on the dimpled mug. Flattish, sticky mouthfeel that is kind of thin. Malty caramel and some crystal malt, but everything is glossed over with a vanilla-oak flavor. Its very pleasant, but I wanted more hops or something to pop out. In all, it is a very nice beer, but left me kind of disappointed.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008, and poured into a pint glass on Oct 12 2009.

A: Love the way this beer looks. Brownish red, but definately more amber flashes when held up to the light. One finger of dirty-white head on the initial pour, but leaves a faint layer as I drink. Very little lacing on the sides.

S: I could smell this beer the second I opened the bottled. The aroma jumps out and is slap-you-in-the-face good. Very fruity, with oak and vanilla rounding out my initial impression. As it warms, I get more of the alcohol nose I was looking for in the beginning.

T: Fruity-sweet, with not as much oak as I expected. Alcohol and spices linger long after each drink, allowing me to savor the flavors.

A really easy beer to enjoy fresh, but I am excited to try to cellar this one for a while. The price tag makes this one I won't be able to enjoy often, but as I finish this glass I am definately glad that I got to experience it. Sam Smith has never disapointed me, and with great beer like Stingo I don't see how they ever can.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a few fingers of tight tan head, so pour slowly.
Leaves substantial lacing. The coloring is similar to a ruby port. Lots
of toffee, vanilla, and oak in the nose. A little boozy, but it's fresh and meant to be aged, so some booziness is forgivable. Little touches of candied fruit if you look for them. Flavors of oak, vanilla, and candied fruit. Tastes like an old ale to me! The mouthfeel is remarkably soft,with gentle carbonation. Not all I hoped it would be, but I will try it again in a year.

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Photo of cooncat
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a std. pint glass right out of the refridgerator.

The pour produces an amber/chestnut colored brew, with some cloudiness. Definitely not filtered. Nice sized head, given the higher alcohol content; creamy, foamy and will give you a nice mustache. Head reduces to a thin cap, and minimal lacing adorns the glass.

The nose is rich and sweet; malty and filled with fruit flavors, like dark fruit (raisins, plums and dark/tart cherries). Perhaps a touch of floral hopiness present in the nose.

Taste follows the nose pretty close. Lots of dark fruity tastes, and huge sweet caramel maltiness. A little on the dry side, the carbonation is higher than expected; thus the mouthfeel is lower than expected. Still, this is an excellent brew, with dangerously high drinkability. Even at 8%, I could see having several of these (slowly) over the evening.

Samuel Smith is noted for its classically styled brews, and this is another fine example. Definitely worth seeking out. I think the wonderful flavors will keep on increasing as this beer warms. "Get you some .... !"

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy amber/rusty red with a nice, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is thick, malty and awesome. Lots of sweet malts, some bourbon and a nice mix of malty fruitiness and sweet cake give this brew a rich nose.

Taste started out a little thin, some fruitiness and malts, though it was not very sweet, had an almost sour aftertaste during the first glass. But this brew really grew on me, thick maltiness emerged as time went on, giving this brew a very complex taste, a tad sour, a bit bitter and very complex in the mats: lots of dark fruits and dark sweets make up this brew, has a lot of different characteristic of dark Belgian brew, English barley wines and English pale ales.

An interesting brew and another must-try brew from Sam Smith.

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Photo of Otesanek
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into one of those weird-shaped dogfish pints. 1/2" blonde head, lingers a long time. Murky reddish-amber-brown, tiny beaded very active carbonation keeps a solid cloud-cover. Appearance is hurt by the murkiness a bit. Smells like a nice oaky-tart caramel apple, with a little white pepper pungency. Flavor is biting and delicious, lightly tart with the white pepper coming in dusty and spicy. Alcohol definitely shows, but not in a bad way really, just noticeable. It finishes with a tannic dryness. Mouthfeel is really great, the carbonation is right on, keeps things light, goes down easy. Finish is nice and dry thanks to the oak and tartness. Drinkablity is very high even at 8%, the brits are really good at making these easy to put away beers, this is a great old ale.

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Photo of glid02
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head tries to dissipate before settling into a medium-sized pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with good amounts of mostly sweet but slightly tart fruits. The tartness is nothing near an American Wild, rather it's fruit aromas without being sweet.

Tastes very similar to how it tastes. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front followed shortly by fruit flavors echoing the aromas above. As it warms the oak influence shows itself but it always stays in the background. Ending is mildly bitter and a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without much problem and could see myself having another.

Overall, I believe this is my first English Strong Ale, and the flavors were a bit of a shock as I was expecting more of an English barleywine. Once you become acquainted with with the fruit flavors this turns into a decently complex beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Zorro
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed burnt orange colored ale. There is a small tan colored head.

This is a powerfully aromatic ale it hits you the moment you open it. There is a STRONG candied fruit smell here. Candy dates, pineapple, cherry, and a raw tobacco scent. This smells strongly of pipe tobacco. There is a rum and grape smell here. About the most aromatic beer I have smelled in at least a year, maybe more. Can't think of a beer I can compare it directly to, this isn't a DIPA. Pliny the Younger and Three Floyds Dreadnaught are the only two on the same level of complexity.

Starts out sweet and sour spices with a mushroom after taste. Tobacco appears in the flavor. There is some vanilla in here and some fig but the flavor isn't as good as the scent.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. It is hurt some by that slight sour taste.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown orange color with a foamy 1 finger tan head that was very bubbly and faded quickly leaving the murky brew with a layer on top that looked like a swamp; light came through around the edges when held up to light, but sadly this beer leaves no lacing, which I is guess is on par for the old ale/strong ale style - too bad it looks like a flat beer in the pint glass.

Smells of wet bread, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, herbs, toffee, raisin and other dark fruits, rum, light yeast and sweet oaky notes that resemble wine; it's a nice sweet nose, but not as powerful as I was expecting based on the ABV listed.

Tastes like it smells, but with more complexities including caramel, sweet malt, wet wheat bread, red wine like a merlot, brown sugar, herbs like tea, toffee, molasses, nut, raisin, date, sour apple and other dark fruits, rum or some other sweet alcohol, light yeast, oak barrel or slight charcoal, floral hops, pepper and other light spices that slide over the tongue with a slight bitterness that leaves the mouth dry and clean; this beer has mild heat that adds a sweet pucker to each sip. Very interesting flavor, as it seems to change with each sip and after half a glass seems more metallic and less sweet, and it goes down drier and crisp with each swallow - this is a very nice drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with a medium chewy body, zero carbonation like drinking apple juice, and a crisp dry feel after it washes down. The oak notes and alcohol show through at times, but are not a distraction and actually add nice flavor to this beer which was very nice to sip and enjoy.

A very interesting beer that I found very tasty and enjoyable. Is it a perfect 100 like Draft Magazine rated this, no; but is this a damn good beer and an excellent example of this style, yes. Check it out, it was very good.

Bottle Note: this was brewed in 2009 and aged in Oak casks for over a year.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get the impression that this is what real English Stong Ales have tasted like for years prior to the current craft beer movement.

A hazy crimson color shows a great creamy head that doesn't overwhem with size (is true that this doesn't matter?) but impresses with staying power and lacing as it forms the perfect blanket over top the beer. Not sure about the haze but the look is otherwise very handsome and inviting.

Deep and candied aromas of cherries, figs, dates, prunes, grapes, dates, and all other dried fruits that you can fit into a fruit cake. Dark and toasted malts give impressions of toffee, molassas, and English biscuit sweetness. Rum-like alcohols give power to the sweet and fruity nose, similar to barleywines.

Flavors begin to mimic the nose but are interrupted by a muted intensity and a pungent tartness. The beer is definately not as sweet as the aromas suggest but the fruit flavor comes through along side of a sturdy malt and toast flavor.

Creamy up front with a soft, delicate, and masculine maltiness. Barrel aged tannins creep in with a sharp astringency that remainds me of grape skins. The beer struggles to remain malty towards the end with a subtle dryness that eventually out does the astringent woodsy, powdery texture.

The beer is really close to legendary status. The wood stave aging seems to rob the flavor and body just a bit too much. This doesn't kill the beer but it does knock it off of the pedistal.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep red, orange highlights. Foamy white head disappates to quarter finger.
S- Smells of raisin, plum, caramel.
T- Taste isn't as deep as I would've expected. Raisen, plum, caramel, warming alcohol in the finish.
M- Body is quite a bit below average for english strong ales. Carbonation is medium.
D- A decent beer, but probably not worth the price tag. Decently drinkable at 9%.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is always nice to see new beers from the brewers at Samuel Smith. This is a strong ale aged in barrels. This is a rose colored beer, with a good amount of white heading that lasts a long while. As the label indicates, I get smells of prunes and Christmas pudding. More of the same in the flavor, with some mild alcohol notes and a bit of sweet molasses. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced, with the alcohol never seeming hot. A sipper of a beer too, this is one to sit in front of the fire to sip and enjoy. This is a stellar beer from Samuel Smith, and perfectly fits the criteria for what I look for in a strong ale. I highly recommend laying a fwe of these down to age in the cellar. I can imagine a little time would do wonderful things to this beer. Cheers

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Photo of flannelman808
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I have seen this one out west... and I think the first time I have tried the "english strong ale" style oddly enough.

A: pours a medium brown with a burnt orange tinge to it. Topped with a light tan colored head which doesn't carry much retention, though has light to medium lacing.

S: Smells a bit boozy and reminds me of something else I have had though I can't put my finger on what just yet... Rumcake sort of flavors along with Oak come through in the bouquet.

T: Oak certianly has a big effect on the beer and seems to have had a drying effect on it and take over front and center. In the background I get a kind of toffee icing rumcake quality. As it warms more flavors begin to develop... milk chocolate orange.

M: acid rain

D: medium

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2008. Released in 2009. Bright cherry red with generous orange edges and an attractive crown of khaki colored cream that reached three fingers at its apex. The foam seems a bit crackly and isn't making much of an impact on the sides of the snifter.

The nose is primarily caramel-like, is musty-earthy (in a good way), and features plenty of fruit on the order of ripe apricots and mushy apples. No appreciable alcohol is a plus, as is more power with head dispersal and warming.

My plan was to review Yorkshire Stingo on the one year anniversary of its release, which was August 1, 2010. For those who are unaware, that date is Yorkshire Day in Merry Old England. Obviously, that didn't happen, due to my forgetfulness, so today is the day.

This English Strong Ale (or English barleywine, if you prefer) is not as deep or as complex as expected. It's still good beer, but Samuel didn't knock it out of the park... or whatever the cricket equivalent to that statement is. Warming is helping to some extent, just not enough to increase the taste score.

Flavors include English toffee, toasted bread crust, a generic fruitiness, bitter tea leaves, a few staves worth of oak, and a tiny splash of port wine. The alcohol isn't completely masked, but is nearly so. In the end, this a pleasant sipper that isn't quite knocking my socks off.

Yeah, this is English beer, but the body/mouthfeel still needs some help. It's way too thin for the ABV and is most likely the result of too little malt. More ballast would help this ale in any number of ways. The carbonation stays in the shadows, which is fine.

My hope was that Yorkshire Stingo would give Fuller's Vintage Ale a run for its English big beer money. 'Twas not to be. The Fuller's beer is amazing and is well worth the purchase price. This one is merely good and is surpassed by any number of Samuel Smith Old Brewery offerings.

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Photo of bashiba
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty and cloudy orange/brown with the thinnest of heads.

The nose is very dark and fruity with an almost belgian quality, hints of dates, raisons, and oak are all evident.

The flavor is mild with a heavy malt backbone and sweet dark fruit flavors along with toffee, tobacco, and a light mild spicyness, has a light almost minty bit of hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and almost a touch syrupy.

A nice complex old ale, but didn't knock my socks off, especially with such a high price.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy amber, thin head of light tan that manages just a partial cover after a bit of setup.

Aroma - apple cider aroma but lighter and less sweet. The fruitiness is also different with more of a barleywine caramel citrus lean. Kind of disappears after setup.

Taste - malty, caramel and sweet graininess. A balancing nip of bitterness and oak on the swallow, some noticeable and complementary abv warmth. A fine finish of warmth and wood, toasty malt and fading, drying light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - an element of smoothness somewhat interrupted by the crsipness. Medium-plus on the body.

Overall - a nice evening sipper, has as touch of elegance to it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Euro pint. Poured a nice copper color with a two finger off-white head. No lacing was apparent. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a slight oak hint. The flavor of this brew was sweet and had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a nicely flavored brew that was quite refreshing. This was a very nice offering from Samuel Smith. Too bad it is a limited release...

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Photo of jbonapar
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery, so i had to try this interesting sounding beer. Aged in Oak Ale Casks for over a year! Sweet..Literally.

Poured a hazey copper/red with a wonderful head.
Smells on some dark fruit and a nice oaky almost peaty overtone.

Taste is very interesting. A Mix between a belgian strong ale and a nice British ale. Dark fruits meld with a hard minerally water bite. Slight oak in the flavor. a nice lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue but is balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

A very nice ale indeed!

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for a while. Being a fan of nearly all Samuel Smith brews, I had high expectations for this bottle given the price. I was not disappointed.

Being a British strong ale, my bottle of Stingo poured with mild carbonation and a nice tan head which settled shortly after pouring. The color is a gorgeous reddish amber, clear as a bell. I decanted carefully, given the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma smells of fruitcake, faint winter spices and toffee. A whiff of gentle fruit and caramel. No hint of hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is excellent -- more body than I had expected, but very pleasant. Complex malty flavor, transitioning from an oaky vanilla flavor to sweet candied fruits with an edge of mild hoppy bitterness. After a few sips, the ABV is perceptible but not overwhelming. It might just be me, but there is a bit of a brown sugar aftertaste that's slightly intense. Perhaps I'm drinking this a little too quickly.

I think it's a good idea to drink this slightly below room temperature, but much cooler than that and you'd miss out on a lot of the interesting flavors. Overall, this is a fine British strong ale. It's just slightly sweeter than I had hoped, but well worth the price. I have to wonder what setting aside a bottle or two in a cool dark place could do to enhance things a bit further.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 8/28/09
Sam Smith
Yorkshire Stingo
8% English Strong Ale
550ml into oversize wine glass

Appearance= Beer pours a deep redish brown. Not opaque. Solid 1 finger off white head, that dissipates quickly. Good lacing but it doesn't cling to the sides.

Smell= Sweetness on the nose. Dark fruits?

Taste= Sweetness, a nice flavor though. Fruits and oak come through. Figs?

Mouthfeel= Active carbonation balances out the sweetness. If it was thicker, this beer would be gross. Nice lingering flavor in the mouth.

Drinkability= A sipper, not a quaffer. Good flavor, good nose, good mouthfeel. This is the kind of beer you get when you want to mix it up a bit.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Foodtown for 8 bananers, much better than the $15 I've seen thus far. Into a big snifta watching Eastbound and Down season 2 finale.

Into the snifta Yorkshire spits forth a dirty city faucet water brown with some dark browns, maroons, and deep tans, cloudy looking liquid, becomes a dark cess of brown in the glass, with special guest, vanilla cream head 1/2 inch. Semi glosses of lace stick abroad. Scents include big apple, caramel(slight), some darker fruits, and oaky attributes, not really, the oak is quite muted. Comes off like a dubbel with some old ale qualities. Toasted before roasted malt, caramel, apple, plum drippings, nuts, Chocolate whispers, and a hint of oak/wood. A first time with this type of barrel (beer barrels?) but it comes off old world style, which I dig. Feel is mediumish with the slightest carb to keep it alive. I drank the whole thing, mommy! Ima pick up more while the getting is good...

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.08 out of 5 based on 899 ratings.
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