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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, fruit, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of raisins, toffee, malt, and a hint of hops. Generally a well done flavor. Not overpowering. I sort of expected the flavor to be very thick and chewy, but it was surprisingly light.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One the whole, this is a solid, well-made beer. Drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy golden ruby color with a lasting two finger light tan head , some spotty lacong left behind , light to medium carbonation . Aroma of apple skins , raisons, sweet toffee malt , oak , burbon and a hint of horse blanket . Flavor is malty with a light anount of funk , yeasty , bready with a little more of the burbon type note coming through , rasins and at times hints of apple. Fairly bitter , malty , medium body with a slick mouthfeel , and a spicy hop finish . This was a strange brew for sure but the more of it I drank the more I liked it , not sure I would call it sessionable , but quite interesting .

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

L: Enjoyed in a standard pint glass, this thing poured a beautiful deep red amber color with a nice inch thick creamy head. Decent amount of lace and carbonation, and overall a very very appealing beer upon pour.

Smell: There is definitely a dark fruit smell to it that pops you right up front. It also has a pretty strong liquor smell to it which isn't so bad mixed with the fruity quality of the nose. Slight hint of oak as well.

Taste: The taste is what you would come to expect from an English Strong: Complex. The dark fruit is ever present, just like in the nose. Dark raisin and prune like flavors hit the tongue immediately. Then it slowly drifts into this delightful mix of nutty maltiness with a hint of caramel. The oak nut/earth flavor drifts well into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is a little prevalent at times. Perhaps a little too prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly and carbonated. A little prickly on the tongue. A chewy mouthfeel as well.

Overall: Gotta say, at the start of it I was a bit disappointed. However, like most complex beers it takes a few sips to come around to how good it actually is. The way the flavors work together going from alcohol/dark fruit to a malt caramel nuttiness was superb and truly left me wanting more with each sip. The alcohol is a little too prevalent perhaps but it's still one of the best English Strongs I've had. Sam Smith continues to impress me with their brews.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2009; 550ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy reddish-brown with a lingering 1/2 finger head
S: Reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum; sweet fruit & sweet malt.
T: Again, sweet malt & fruit. A bit of funk- I may have let this rest too long.
M: Medium-bodied; smooth.
O: Nice beer; I want to try another one that has a bit less age.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a large beige head that lingers for a long while. Hazy deep honey copper color. Strong aroma of apples (granny smith) and raisons and prunes. Taste is almost like a mellow port or fortified wine, but kinder on the pallate and much more easier to drink than a fortified wine. I'm not overwelmed or overpowered by the 8.0% alcohol, which is a really good thing because I don't generally like real boozy beers. This is a cool weather warmer too. I am drinking my Stingo at around 45-50 degrees F and it's making me warm - at this temperature many new layers of flavors like tea and pure vanilla extract surprise my taste buds. I wasn't sure I'd ever find a bottle of Stingo - I've been searching up and down the east coast US for several months - but I finally found it in Baltimore last week. If you enjoy a complex and rich full bodied beer experience, Stingo is worth hunting for.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2012. Just released so must be fairly fresh? 9% ABV.

A: Pours the deepest, darkest red imaginable. Clear; no sediment. Tall, fizzy and fluffy tan head. Head fades out slowly, leaving zero lacing but top notch retention.

S: Malty. Lots of caramel and toffee primarily. Decent bit of dark fruits, primarily raisin I'd say. Lightly floral and oaky too.

T: Yup. Plenty malty. Lots of toffee with a little caramel sweetness to back it up. Again with the light dark fruits (raisin). Some stale bread crust in the middle. Decent bit of oak everywhere but especially in the finish and aftertaste. Lingering prickly toffee and lots of oak between sips.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. Slightly higher carbonation than I expected.

O: Interesting and tasty brew. Lots of toffee. Not super overpowering, just the dominant flavor. Pretty decent complexity between the maltiness and the oakiness. Nice balance of flavor. Nothing stupendous but probably the best english strong ale I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 921 ratings.
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