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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
925
Reviews:
446
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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127
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126
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of Joerwat
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

served from a bottle in a Sam Smith "Guinness-style" pint glass

Nose: Strong musty maltiness, as you'd expect; touches of caramel and dried fruit, cherries perhaps? it's barely there
Taste: surprisingly crisp, touches of fruity tartness, the malt is far less present, an old oakiness.
Finish: finishes in short order, with the tartness going last.
Overall: as usual, Sam Smith has made a beer that typifies the style. A fantastic Old ale, but perhaps not quite as strong a flavor as I would have expected/liked
a great example of the style, but not much more

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged about two years. Maybe two and a half.

Dark caramel color with a cap of half an inch of bone white head. Retains well with a few popping bubbles. No real lacing.

Musty English malts with lots of figgy dark fruit notes and a slathering of gooey toffee. Light oakiness imparts a woodiness. Date, raisin, fruit, brandy, apple, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and creme de cacao. Earthy hints, like tobacco. Very nice nose.

Toffee, vanilla, oak, raisiny grape, date, Cognac, fig, bready malts, some buttery flavors, and dried tobacco leaf. Hearty, like a good strong English ale, with a slurpy mouthfeel filled with textured carbonation. Delicious plummy flavors add to the sweeter malt notes which spring up everywhere. Robust, and not candied. Keeps an easier drinkability. The body is merely medium, but it feels a bit fuller than that. Alcohol tries to peak, but the aging has really mellowed that out. This drinks great, and I recommend laying down a bottle or two for a few years for yourself.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Dark red amber, a bit of a haze. Thick tan head. Great retention in this.

S- Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol, and a hint of the oak.

T- Caramel malty sweetness, with a bit of raisin. There's a little woody, almost charcoal attribute as well.

M- Semi-full body, but very smooth. A little alcohol burn as well.

O- Great. The oak aging really adds depth to the beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed rich Garnet brown color with a three finger head. The head has a life of it's own as it rises about the rim of the glass like bread would rise in a pan. Thick lacing left around the glass with every sip, and sticks around for the life of the beer.

The aroma is full of toasted bread, sweet fruit, and some sour citrus.

The flavor is rich with malty sweetness with hints of caramel and a balance of soft fresh brown bread. There is a bit of that classic buttery diacetyl as one would expect from an English ale. Hints of smokey Jamaican rum from the alcohol and oak barreling hit the palate as well.

Medium bodied with a mix of syrupy slickness on the tongue. But there is a balance of mild carbonation in the semi dry finish. The alcohol and smokiness from the oak does linger on the palate for a while.

I must say I was very impressed, with complexity of this ale. Again Samuel Smith's has yet to disappoint. And with an ABV of 8%. this ale makes a great addition to colder months of the year.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy, two-finger, eggshell colored head. Fantastic retention. Huge rings of lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of caramel malts, candied sugar, buttered bread, chopped wood, and leather. Inviting.

T - Rich sweet malt tastes of raisin, date, toffee, and butterscotch. Oak comes in around the mid-palate to offer a welcome bitterness and prevent cloying. Oak more of a kiss than a wallop. Some mild/earthy English hops way in the background, providing a "musty cellar" quality. A strawberry fruit ester comes out as it warms. Hint of buttery diacetyl in the finish. Delicious.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, with a creamy, silky mouth feel. The creaminess works wonders with sweetness of the flavor profile bringing an almost pillowy delicateness. Moderate carbonation.

O - A definitive English Strong Ale. Rich and flavorful, with a damn near perfect mouthfeel and that lovely touch of butter common to many a British Ale.

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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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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay- I had a 2010-brewed 8% version, so I will have to update upon acquiring a new 9% variant. It has a thin, cream-colored head, a definitely opaque orange-brown appearance, a few visible bubbles on the side of the glass, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- heavy, overly-sweet brown bread crust, sugar, caramel, and pungent malt. Taste is also rich and bold- an almost intolerably sweet and cloying barley malt, bread crust, sugar, brandy wine, and hop bitterness (although, this is low). Mouthfeel is heavy and prickly, and Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo (2010- 8%) finishes rich, sweet, and intense. It’s not for everyone, and it’s expensive, yet I still love it.

RJT

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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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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a snifter chalice.

Brewed in 2012. Best before 2015. 8% ABV marked in the bottle.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color forming a big, solid, thin bubbled beige head. Good retention and some few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Sweet, malty and fruity. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts and oak. Strong notes of grapes and dry dark fruits too. Remarkable bubblegum in the nose. Strong British character. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the very end

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, candy sugar, caramel malts, oak, brown sugar, grapes, raisins, brown bread and tutti-fruit bubblegum. In overall, a slightly sweet taste

M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet malts and wood in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Another British masterpiece from Samuel Smith

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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have here a bottle that was released in 2009, but brewed in 2008 (it's that year of cask-aging)... poured into a mug at cellar temperature.

A one-finger, fizzy tan head on a pretty clear reddish-brown body. Somehow the deep hue seems slightly purple to me.

The aroma is extremely brandy-like, and there's most definitely a mix of vanilla, caramel, and raisins, too. It's a killer combination. Very reminiscent of dark fruit cake. It actually smells almost exactly like a brandy-soaked dark fruitcake which I had last winter.

It tastes like rich butterscotch and toffee with some lingering raisin and cherry sweetness. A sweet and bready beer.

The feel isn't overly hefty, but fairly full-bodied.

I think this is the oldest beer I've ever imbibed, and it was quite, quite good. This Stingo stuff ain't too shabby.

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3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 925 ratings.
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