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

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into glass. 7.6% ABV stamped on label. Label has brewing date of 2014. Bottle conditioned.
Amber brown colored, and cloudy body. Light tan, thin and bubbly head. Some spots of lacing.
Bread pudding aroma, with molasses/toffee, dried fruit (raisins and prunes), green tea, and oak barrel.
Taste of sweet malts, with raisins, dark fruit, toffee, tea (tannic), and oak barrel.
Medium, coating mouth feel.
Complex flavors, smooth but a tannic bite. Expresses well as a strong ale.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring it into a proper Sam Smith imperial pint really shows of the beauty of this, A huge, creamy beige head sounds off with cracks and fizzes as it slowly settles, clumpy at first, and finally in to solid but bubbly cap. The body of this beer is a copper rust. You can't see through it. Go ahead. Have a look.
A fruity, bready aroma is immediate. Followed by hints of wood and rum. A bit oaky, a bit musty.
Bready and fruity, as in rum soaked fruit. Dried apricots soaked in rum to be more specific. Even more specific, Turkish apricots. Weaving in and out are notes of caramel, oak, cloves from the yeast and a tannic sensation.
If there is a beer more even, more smooth or more fluffy, I haven't tried it. Even with the modest carbonation it doesn't come of as heavy or cloying. Finishes with just enough dryness to clear the palate and keeps it from becoming boring.

Double dry hop this beer with Galaxy and Simcoe and you have a winner.

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Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

From a large bottle, this brew is a lightly hazy redwood color. The head is cream colored and modest. The aroma is woody, with vanilla and raisins. Malty...lots of toasted, deep malt. I get lots of oak character. The taste is semi-dry with lots of wood and malt flavor. Smooth finish.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2014.

Hazy and amber/brown in color with a 1 1/2 finger very light tan chunky head.

Aroma of sherry, molasses, oak and light caramel with dried dark fruits.

Taste of dried fruit, toffee, raisins. Slightly sweet/tart.

Medium full in body and rather crisp yet creamy with a light burn.

A very good strong ale. Mellowed well by aging

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Photo of Arrowhead6R
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really great strong ale that goes down smooth. Caramal in looks and taste with a smooth finish and decent head. Aroma is sweet yet subtle adding to the complexity. A fine example of a strong ale and highly recommened.

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Photo of Holderness
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for five years.

L -- Pours a lovely deep amber with a thick, three-finger off-white head produced with gentle pour. Lots of visible effervescence. Great retention and lacing
S -- Sherry, oak, molasses, honey, medicinal herbs, berry, and a little earthen funkiness
T -- The flavors have really mellowed out a lot. No booziness or bitterness. Getting a good amount of molasses, oak, dark malts, grape skin, and digestive herbs. Maybe just a touch of oxidation
F -- Fluffy mouthfeel but the body is lighter than anticipated. Well carbonated, thanks to the bottle conditioning. Mild metallic taste on the finish.
O -- Certainly Sam Smith's most special offering, the sherry casks add a lot to the base beer. Pretty pricey @ ~$13/17 oz bottle


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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep ruby color with a two-finger foamy off-white head that has great retention long after the pour, beautiful color

S- aroma is highlighted by lively dark fruit notes of raisin, plumbs and fig, along with Christmas fruit cake, brown sugar, herbal tea, leather, caramel & honey

T- flavor follows aroma with a variety of dark fruit notes; raisin and plumb leading the way. Mid-palate gives some fruitcake-like malt and spice, along with some toffee sweetness. The finish has an herbal tea note before closing out with some earthy yeast and light oak on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly lively mouthfeel that continues into a semi-dry finish, abs is hidden very well

O- delicate yet packed with flavors of fruitcake, spicy yeast and a caramel sweetness, alcohol is barely detectable, delicious

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Photo of SABERG
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated "brewed in 2015" into the test glass.
A - A hazy cedar color, lovely carbonation moves relentlessly skyward. A thin off white cap lasts the duration.
S - Raisin, a bit of sweet malts, lovely wood notes
T - Strong malts blend with sweet wood notes, add some spice, clove, cinnamon, earthy hops
M - So delicate, soft water profile, gentle carbonation add to the pillowy soft feel,
O - What a delight this is, a big offering with a delicate touch. Quite well executed and worth seeking out

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work who found this at a local
place I frequent---been looking for this one----Thanks Randy!

This mighty fine strong ale pours a murky orange tinged brown color with a nice head of
off white foam that simmers to a thick ring, thin layer, and sports subtle light lacing.
Nose of toffee, plums, subtle oak, and light tea notes. Flavors hit the perfect note with
a nice toffee and plum note mingling with light tea and oak notes that are steeped in
raisin breaded malt flavors. Very nice mouth feel with a medium light carbonation that
keeps this one lively, medium body, and a subtly dry finish that is balanced with sweet
brown sugar notes.

A fine ale that I have sought after for years and finally have tried it----and behold, it is good.....
which is a good thing since I bought another 5 bottles without trying it until today.

Did I mention it was a closeout at 2.99 a bottle????? Fantastic ale at a fantastic price!

Excellence from an excellent brewery


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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours lightly hazed dark amber to auburn filled with streams of bubbles rising rapidly to refresh a 1/2" white foam cap with fair retention

S: smells like a rich and malty bread pudding next to a fresh cup of dark tea, some cubes of dark brown sugar and a bowl of dried fruit

T: Dark caramel coated bread pudding and a savory spice start the palate and a tea like bitterness provides some dryness and leads the bitter finish supported by some moderate oaky tannins that provide a light astringent touch

F: very creamy and almost mousse-like which lightens the body and gives it a luscious texture

O: works very well as an after dinner drink and also pairs nicely with roast beef and apple pie

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TeachChefs
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of igl
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryan4120
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - opaque brown with an amber glow around the edges. Minimal medium brown head.
S - dark fruits, raisin, malt, honey, earth, and oak. Complex but not very strong of a smell.
T - Follows the nose. Dark fruits and raisin notes up front followed by rich malt with notes of honey, caramel, earth, and oak - the oak is nicely present as it should be. Like most samuel smith beers, there's somewhat of a mineral note on the aftertaste - which might come from the stone Yorkshire squares they use - not necessarily a bad thing as I love and highly rate many of their beers, but just something to be aware of.
F - Medium body with a medium to light amount of carbonation.
O - This is a really nice English ale. Nice dark fruit and raisin notes with malt, earth, honey, caramel, and of course the oak throughout. The oak is pretty present which is appreciated. Samuel Smith is always really solid and this is no different.

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Photo of dcotom
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Deep, rich caramel-sauce color, with a bright white head that leaves some pretty lacing as it settles. Aroma and flavor are toffee-forward, with lots of pleasant sweetness on the palate. Raisin, prune, caramel, dark bread, and a hint of chocolate round out the flavor profile. Mellow smoothness from cask aging, with subdued tannic astringency on the finish. Fantastic stuff, this!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/22/17:

I purchased this in late 2014 but the bottle says it was “brewed” in 2013, not sure if that means that is when they started the wort or if it means that’s when they started the aging, or when they finished the aging (a year-long process). Either way, this was already old when I bought it and I gave it another two years and then some. Would like to review this right off the shelf some time.

Vintage 2013, aged until late 04/22/17: Deep copper to deep caramel, quite mirky with chunks resting on bottom. A fine, heavy, dense, foamy cap of creamy tan, with great retention, and walls of lace. In the bottle it smelled about like an old oatmeal stout, very sweet. In glass, so obviously aged, it’s plums, berries, caramel, dark chocolate, tiny amount of alcohol. In that order at first but fruitier aromas eventually die down. The palate is a return of all that tart, dark fruit. It’s verging on perfumy and spirity. Earthiness in the background throughout, with a mild chocolate and extreme toffee finish and a spicy booze retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, not quite syrupy, much hotter than expected, but in an even, non-burning way. Very fine, lower level of nonetheless tingly and active carbonation. This is my first English Old Ale, it reminds me somewhat of a Braggot.

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

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml capped/foiled bottle served in a tulip. SK2001 is on the neck, but I have no idea what that means.

Pours a dingy grayish brown with a moderate head and lots of carbonation. Head seems to persist a bit. Smell is oaky, boozy, vanilla.

Taste is not what I was expecting -- a bit of tartness and a bit of bitterness. More and more bitterness, but not of the hoppy variety. Maybe more like fruit skin bitterness. Just a hint of unripe grapes -- I think that's the bit of tartness.

Mouthfeel is interesting, somehow both flat and fizzy at the same time. It's also slightly sticky. Overall, not bad.

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