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

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935 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:
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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,272
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
935
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
131
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 935 |  Reviews: 451
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by TimmyP, thanks Tim!

It pours a cloudy maybe murky medium brown colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving a ring around the glass and some spotty islands in the middle.

The smell is fairly light but with very good caramel malt notes and maybe some hints of vanilla.

The taste is delightfully malty. Lots of caramel malt sweetness and a brown sugar like sweetness with some notes of vanilla hanging around in the background as well as a light touch of oak/wood. Little bitterness to be found and not needed at all but what's there tastes like light bits of dark chocolate. Nice. And tasty.

Mostly medium bodied but at times feels like right on the edge of full bodied. The carbonation is on the light side and works well with this one and most examples of the style.

Drinkability? Some warming ensues after the first few sips, most welcome with the temps outside being in the single digits, but other than that, it is hidden pretty well. I like it a lot and if you like malt forward brews as much as I do, you will favour this one. A firm thumbs up from me.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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

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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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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 935 ratings
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