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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891
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4.08
pDev:
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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very thick kinda funky brown color with two fingers of head with fine bubbles that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: sour, dark fruits and a bit of apple zest
T: sour, very interesting, a bit intense, dark fruits, pretty complex but kinda odd too
M: intense carbonation tingle, a bit single through the middle, doesnt linger at all on the palate
O: an interesting brew, pretty sour and zesty, odd, a bit intense, needs to warm up a bit before it really hits its prime i think, gonna age a bottle for a year and see where we end up

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Picked up a 550 mL bottle of this at a local store. Poured into a pint glass in two parts.

Appearance: Dark to medium brown in color. Almost burgundy. Two finger beige head with decent retention.

Aroma: Subtle toffee and oak upfront. Not very aromatic at first, but opens up throughout the glass. Some raison and plum notes here too. A sharp alcohol note makes its way in toward the end as well.

Taste: Caramel and plum upfront provide some sweetness. Toffee always pretty noticable here. The oak hits near the end, but is rather astrigent and harsh. The more I drink the more the alcohol really comes through.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not that crisp or smooth. Much more well suited for sipping.

Drinkability: The alcohol was really smooth and well hidden at first, but half way through the glass hit hard. I was all set after one.

Overall, I was dissappointed in this offering. Nothing really stood out as great and the blend of flavors seemed inconsistent. For the price tag, this was one and done for me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cross between dark cherry/raspberry with a firm smooth 1 finger beige colored head that displayed moderately good retention with light raspberry hues. The lacing was clean while the visible effervesce appeared rapid and strong.

S: The nose was light with watery whiskey scents being the most pronounced against a stale malt backing. The barrel aging is noticeable here with light oaky cask notes of alcohol soaked wood, and a light sour malting. Honestly have to say wasn't to impressed here, maybe a bit of aging would of made this a bit more rounded, but as is was average at best.

T: The initial flavor opens with a tart, sourness of stale grains and a semi-tart raspberry fruitiness. A dry alcohol touch of water and whiskey provides an alcohol spicing that gets progressively warmer and more noticeable as you proceed. Warm apple cider and toasted sweet grains with dried honey bread are also evident while the alcohol stays with you to the very end, spicy in nature with a dried warm fruitiness of cooked pineapple. The warming sensation of the drink certainly takes over with noticeably boozy cask notes while the complexity lagged behind. Decent, but nothing that would make me go wow or rush out and buy again, honestly Sam Adams had a longshot version of an old ale I thought was heads and tails above this and much better priced. Yorkshire stingo comes in at $12 a pint, which in no way influenced my perception of the drink, but may for the casual drinker who gets sticker shock.

M: syrupy slick with a medium consistency. A boozy warming sensation of alcohol spicing linger on well after the swallow.

D: I rated drinkability was average, a bit boozy with a limited complexity and particularly didnt make my tongue dance with excitement. Didn't go down as easy as old ale should at 8.0%. I might be in the minority here but this was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Part of my cellar clearance. Room temperature bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber body with a finger of creamy off-white head that retains poorly. The final result is a thick collar with a scattered film on top of the brew. No lacing that sticks, but it leaves some nice sheets of bubbles down the sides when I take a sip.

S: Caramel, toffee, butter, candied dark fruit (dates, figs, plums). Molasses and brown sugar, as well. The sweetness is lightly tempered by oak.

T: Butter, caramel, toffee start off. The mid-taste is flavored with candied dates, figs, plums, and brown sugar; but the sweetness is held in check by tannins and a light spice. The oak pulls into the finish, which reveals hop bitterness I couldn't pick up in the aroma. Unfortunately it's still heavily sweet and I find it hard to drink.

M: Medium-bodied; slightly chewy and quite flavorful. Finishes with a light astringency. Unfortunately the carbonation is low enough that the beer begins to get very syrupy and throat-clotting very quickly.

D: Not worth $12. On top of that, I found it pretty hard to finish before I was even a third of the way through. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nice pint bottle into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown color that is topped with an off white head.

S Kind of a faint sweet fruit smell. Almost like fruitcake.

T This is pretty much fruitcake/maraschino cherries in a glass.Much sweeter then I was expecting. Also while the distinctive Samuel Smith's hardwater taste is there it is quite muted.

M medium body works well with this one. A surprising amount of alcoholic heat.

Overall this is a pretty good beer to have while celebrating the holidays with friends and family as it is essentially fruitcake in a glass. Should be interesting to see how this one turns out after some time in the cellar.

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Photo of Premo88
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic glass

L: murky dark orange/brown; very soapy looking head of tan, about 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch; the bubbles are really big, and the foam is whispy ... NOT thick; no stick off the whispy head and no lacing

S: very old ale-like -- malty for sure, some sweeter/lighter bread notes but also the old-ale raisins/figs

T: much like the nose but with a mish-mash of things you can't smell, most notably a twang from the oak-ale casks ... at least I'd swear that's what I'm tasting, just a hint of oak/wood in there; first sip is a really good mix of the bit darker old-ale figs/raisins but with that sweet bready malt goodness of a lighter English ale

F: slick, not much carbonation, comes off a bit flat

O: I LOVE Samuel Smith's, but this brew is not my jams. in fairness, I might have a "bad one" (though there is nothing to suggest it -- bottle has SE28L1 printed on it, and i'm not finding the code translation anywhere) ... but a malty brew like this should age OK, right?

anyway, this brew is not worth it for me for the price. i'll pick up one at a place where i'll know it's fresh later on down the road to give it a fair second chance, but a 6-pack of Old Peculier or even a sixer of Anchor Steam Bock would taste about the same or better -- this brew simply doesn't pop, and i'm not a big old-ale figs/raisins fan to begin with.

sorry Sam Smith ... still love ya though!

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Photo of Phelps
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks: a cloudy, opaque amber-maroon with a fizzy head the color of beach sand. It flees after just a few seconds, becoming a ring and leaving little in the way of lacing.

Smells: treacly. Sweet raisins, bread pudding, brandy. Perhaps a bit of toffee and toasted bread. Not bad at all.

Tastes: like raisin, mostly. Very, very lightly roasted, the sweet malt reveals notes of toffee and raisin bread. Light notes of alcohol-ridden brandy poke their heads in the back. Maybe the lightest hints of oakiness in the back, but for a year of aging the amount that's here is just sad.

Feels: medium carbonation, medium-light bodied, but nicely mellow across the palate.

Drinks: I was recommended this by someone whose beer knowledge I greatly respect, but I can't see the allure. I can think of several better strong ales.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy brown with a large head.
Nose shows honey, cardboard, prunes, sultanas.
Sweet and rich flavours, vanilla oak, malt, sultanas, caramel. Dries out in the finish creating a slightly abrasive contrast to the initial flavours.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this one.
Hard to find, but its from the folks at Samuel Smith so expectations are high, especially since its 2-3 times the price of their other beers.

From my notes:
Poured from the bottle into a snifter. It pours cloudy, with noticeable sediment. A ruddy amber color, little to no head and thin lacing. Honestly, it looks like a darker shade of cherry 7-UP.
The 7-UP comparison is not unfounded, as there’s a residual sweetness to this beer as well. (Nothing as syrupy/sugary as a pop, however.) It’s more of a mellow, malty flavor, with only the slightest bit of oak/wood. This was a curiosity pick that wasn’t worth the price.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing. The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over. The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale but is it over hyped? There’s other beers by SS that I’d take over this.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, cloudy amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here. Looks tasty.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a strong hint of plum/raisin and alcohol warmth.

Taste is a bit sour for some reason with raisin/plum standing out the most on the tongue. Malt seems like it's toasted in some way.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and unappealing for some reason. Alcohol lingers in the mouth but the flavors somehow fade.

Could be much better. Thicker. It's certainly a strong ale but I wonder if this batch is off or something?

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Photo of brureview
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a very difficult beer to find. I was expecting more- a prominent raisin-plum taste and aroma.
The aroma was light- fig and mild plum.

The mouth feel was soapy and watery- I tried two glasses and this mouth feel was the same.

The taste was a mild plum and fig, Overall- disappointing. The bottle was brewed in 2011, perhaps a fresher bottle would have better. The Boulevard Collaboration 3- a Stingo-was far superior: more distinct fruit and tart.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. A new style tick for me in the process!

A: The beer pours a copper sort of color with a thin ring of off-white foam--there's no real head to speak of.

S: Smells quite sweet. Lots of white and brown sugar notes to start. Seems to be some toffee and a lot of sherry notes (including alcohol). I get some miscellaneous fruits, but raisins in particular.

T: Quite a lot of fruit on the palate. I get pears, apples, and raisins for the most part. Again, a strong sugar presence with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. The oak is well represented and there is a definite alcohol flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

D: Not sure why this one is so talked up, I thought it was pretty mediocre.

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Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruity and malty with alcohol and a bit of hops to balance. The appearance is hazy medium brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a good beer that somehow doesn't score that high. It just seems rather good at first and declines with time.

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Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Chestnut-copper with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, very little lace.

S: Nutty fruit bread, figs, citrus rind, toffee.

T: Nutty, grainy bread, raspberry, hint of a grainy astringency & leather (like a dried out Old ale).

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity.

D: It's intriguing, but not something I'd have pints of.

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Photo of montecristo2
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.

I have to say after reading the 100 review from Draft magazine, coupled with the positive reviews on this website, I was really interested in finding Yorkshire Stingo. I have always enjoyed Samuel Smith's other offerings, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight tan colored head.

Aroma is of some fruits and caramel. Feel like it could be more aromatic and I expected a greater aroma of dark fruits/figs/raisins but didn't get it.

Taste was of oak, and that is nice, but I didn't get the vanilla like other reviewers. Slightly astringent, as one reviewer said, and a VERY slight caramel flavor.

I bought two of these and am going to let the one sit. A bit expensive for a smaller bottle. Maybe it was temperature or it was shaken a bit in transport. I trust the other reviewers and am not willing to give up on such a reputable brewery!

Cheers!

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a clear amber with a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and a bit of hops. Medium to full bodied. Malt predominates with dark fruit. Some hops in the finish. Just a hint of the oak. I had really high expectations for this as I am a big fan of British beers, but I found it a bit lacking and overpriced.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark brown amber.

S: Malt, Band-Aids, honey.

T: Big toast flavor up front. Raisins. Rye. Caramel. Cinnamom. Soft booze. Star aninse. Bakers chocolate. Light oak note on the back end. It’s a beer that definitely evolves as it warms. Nice complexity.

M: The intensity of the profile plateaus early and holds a steady note throughout most of the sip. Lightly dry / oaky finish.

O: The nose was a major turn-off, but the complex flavor profile roped me back in. After a few sips the flavors in my mouth started to come through more intensely in the nose and it lost most of it’s band-aid character, which made it much easier to drink.

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Photo of rangerred
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint.

Pours a very cloudy rusty brown. A small 1/2 inch head remains throughout. No lacing.

Smells quite like a whisky. Lots of oak with a little vanilla. A small amount of malt and dark fruit.

Taste is very smooth with oak and vanilla up front followed by some dark fruits. There is a lingering sourness throughout but not to the point of being overbearing. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

Overall this is a good, complex beer. I enjoyed reading about the production and extensive aging but at $10.99 per bottle, I'm not sure how often I will be revisiting it.

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Photo of beerhan
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle, brewed in 2008.

Poured into a glass, ruby colored with some head. Looks like a nice solid brew.

Smells very sweet. Just like straight up sugar and candy and chocolate. Some caramel and bread shine through as well as oak.

Taste is too sweet. This is more of a dessert beer than anything else. Tastes very oaky and caramelly.

Feels very thick and rich. Not the easiest to get down but not bad by any means. Just a very unsessionable beer that is good but just not my thing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color and, strikingly enough, when held up to the light it is quite hazy and has the same orange-red hue of ruby-red grapefruit juice. The aroma smells of buttery, vanilla laden oak backed by umami notes that hint at rich aged malt (oxidized, nutty and like a dry sherry). The nose doesn't smell like it has much sweetness to it. There even seems to be a touch of tartness to the nose. The nuttiness seems to accentuate a dry, toasted maltiness, though this is fairly subtle. I don't know what I was expecting from this beer, but the nose is completely different from what I was expecting.

Somewhat light bodied, quite dry and a bit colder than I would prefer. The beer finishes with a rich, nutty, sherry-like character that lingers on the palate after my first sip. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as a touch of spiciness (that might be derived from the oak influence). There is a soft, quite oxidized, toasted maltiness here as well as a spicy flavor that reminds me of Bourbon (the oak influence no doubt). As the beer warms up a sweet, caramelized note starts to pick up a bit and interacts with the oak to boost a vanillin note in the flavor. I do like the relatively light texture and body that this beer has, though it is at the expense of a malt richness that could help add some balance to this beer.

Interesting, but not quite where I would have liked. It could actually use more rich malt character here as the oak really seems to dominate the flavor a bit more than I would prefer. Not bad, and certainly worth finishing if you are happy with just having a beer; and it is not like this doesn't have some interesting flavors in it though.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is dark grains, oak and a little candy.
The taste is earthy, dirt, and dark fruits. Mild sweetness.
The texture is medium.
Interesting.

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Photo of Luchman
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark amber/red in color with very little light tan head.

S: Cherry, malt, light oak, light vanilla, and some alcohol.

T: A sweet caramel malt/toffee flavor with cherries and a subtle, but present, oak flavor. Some light earthy notes in the end with a slight slight bitterness.

M: medium body with low to medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

O: Very drinkable, but not complex. I like it, but I don’t see myself buying another bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a two-finger, light brown head of creamy foam. It left a little sticky lace.

S - It smelled of toffee, caramel, grasses and a little boozy alcohol aroma.

T - Mostly tasted of caramel, toffee and bready malts. There was a very subtle grassy, hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This didn't "wow" me, especailly considering the high price tag. It just tasted like a malty strong ale with little to no complexity.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Review from notes.

Pours an impenetrable caramel color with a 2 finger off white head that fairly quickly dies down to a layer of foam on top. The foam eventually disappears altogether as the beer is consumed.

Smells of doughy yeast, some zest, citrusy hops, a bright english ale fruitiness and some toffee in the nose. I expected a little more barrel characteristics.

Taste has caramel, some vanilla, raisins, bitterness, and a pretty substantial hop presence.

Fairly dry. Well carbonated. A pretty sharp bite to it as well.

I barely wanted to finish the bottle. Perhaps aging would allow some of the hop presence to fade, and produce a better beer, but I was a little bummed by the lack of barrel presence.

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