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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

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431
Ratings:
898
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
15.4%
 
 
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Photo of WhiteOak
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Copper color, expansive foam which settles flat.

S- Caramel malt, dark fruits, vanilla, yeast.

T- Diacetyl/vanillin barrel character, caramel, toffee. Sweet dried fruits: fig, date, raisin. Inviting, seductive, rich maltiness. Restrained, well integrated hops. Long, lingering malty finish.

M, D- Smooth, full, rounded flavors for a mid-weight beer. Nice, palate-coating viscosity. Perfect CO2. Wonderfully drinkable with very alluring flavors.

Comment: I consider "The Yorkshire Stingo" as a historical brewing artifact. This is what I believe a quality English brown ale was like 250 years ago, and drinking this is like a trip back in time. The methods, materials, ingredients are essentially a replica from that period, and the necessary economy then would call for the long-term reuse of expensive oak casks. These old barrels imparted a unique character, and I believe it to be shown skillfully in this brew. Good stuff!

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Photo of hardy008
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a large off white head with large bubbles and good retention. As is almost always the case with Samuel Smith beers, this one is beautiful when poured into a glass. Smells of sweet caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, oak, and alcohol. The taste is just like the aroma, except not as sweet as I expected. The caramel and toffee flavors are the stars here.

Has a sweet, sticky aftertaste, medium bodied, and properly carbonated. This is smooth, creamy, and easy to drink, even though the alcohol is somewhat noticeable.A good beer, but a bit pricy for what it is.

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Photo of Bitterbill
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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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for 550ml. Bought in Milwaukee, WI.

A: nice lighter copper color, the creamy, lasting head is what impressed me more than anything
S: very mild and well-balanced, hints of vanilla, toffee, very, very good
T: again, very well-balanced, great taste between malt and oak aged qualities, probably one of the smoothest oak-aged beers I've ever had, mellow and warming, warming alcohol taste in finish
M: great mouthfeel, rounded, velvety smooth
D: deceptively drinkable for a 8.1% beer

Probably one of the surprise beers I've had in awhile.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.66/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugh. Murky dark rusty color.

Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and stewed fruit.

Same on flavor plus yeasty alcohol bite.

full bodied with slightly bitter-sweet/ sour finish.

Can you believe this stuff? For the fat, clumsy, and unfocused character of this beer, it's a cardinal sin to pay what they are asking for this beer.

I am fully dismayed and bummed.

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Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo is an English strong ale, copper colored with two inches of beige head that has good retention.

The aroma is that of a malt bomb. Heavy, sweet caramel is prominent with a whiff of alcohol.

Well, the taste is not exactly a bomb, but it is fairly malty sweet with lots of dark fruit, there are also some sour notes as well.

The mouth feel is just barely medium bodied and carbonation is light. I was expecting something a lot heavier.

Drinkability is not bad. This is an 18.7 oz bottle, a 22 oz or 750 ml bomber would have been easily doable.

I am generally not very impressed by Stingo, and when the $10.99/18.7 oz price tag is factored in, it cannot be recommended.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy caramel brown with a thick creamy beige head that recedes slowly and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel malts, brown sugar and a surprisingly big wood presence. I'm also getting lots of booze-soaked plums and raisins.

The taste is even oakier with a sticky sweet dark fruits and caramel malts anchoring things underneath. The finish is sweet with toffee but still dry with lots of oaky tannins and spiciness lingering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but still seems slick and sticky nonetheless.

I'm definitely digging this one as it's definitely a very sweet beer but with a nice balancing job being done by the barrel character. Really nice beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
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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Photo of maggotbrain
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance: very attractive--brass colored, beige head, good lacing

smell: dates and toffee--rich and enticing

taste: lightly sweet, flavor generally echos the aroma. Good, but I expected it to be just a bit richer. Maybe with some age.

mouthfeel: slightly more carbonation than I'd like in a strong ale that makes the mouthfeel of this beer seem just a bit thin

drinkability: the easy going nature of this beer makes it very drinkable

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an impressive, almost Belgique head on this tea-colored strong ale. The nose is full and buttery, drenched with caramel, rum, pastry, and toffee. A touch of floral hops and fruity esters lend the softness of apricots, muscat, honey, and wisteria to an otherwise hard ale.

Powerful and rich, thick with raisins, honey, caramel, and sweet wine. Nicely oaked, quite buttery and even a bit coconutty. Complex and quite dense, balanced with a bit of whiskey heat and a lemony hop bitterness in the background. A lovely after-dinner brew. Thanks to Kris at Kris Wines for the bottle.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 09/07/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear burnt amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of oak and lots of sour notes (acidic) and molasses. Flavor is less sour, more sweet and sticky with molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet, sticky fruits (sour apple in particular). Not what I expected from this beer (the sourness) but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber-hued ody with a medium-small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A nose of caramel-coated, toasted biscuit tops provide a nice sweet-smelling scent accented by notes of dried fruits and spicy English hops.

Taste: Begins with a taste of sweet, luscious caramel with a deep, dark sugary tone to it along with some lightly toasty biscuit hints and a notable fruitiness coming across as raisins and dehydrated apricots ready for the trail mix bag. Mild spiciness and bitterness from the English hops. Only a minor perceived woody character seems to have been imparted by the oak staves. A bit mineral-laden on the back half. There's a little leftover malt sweetness on the otherwise lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a skosh above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! It's quite good, in fact, though, at the price tag of around eleven bucks per bottle (the real source of the sting-o), I don't see myself returning to it anytime soon.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, burnt toffee scent along with slightly fruity English yeast aroma. The taste is great! It has an incredibly malty flavor that screams burnt toffee and and oak aging. The oak compliments the warm malty flavor and adds a level of complexity in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is wonderful beer. I'm a big fan of English strong ales and barleywines. The oak aging is a bonus as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/brown amber color, some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose. Flavor is a mellow honey with a hop backbone. Pricey at $11.54 for a 550ml bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark coppery amber with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and fruity - mainly pear and banana - with just a hint of malt. Mouth-filling sassy flavor is malty and yeasty with a slightly bitter hoppy undertone and hints of banana, caramel and molasses. Texture is fairly rough and fizzy, and it leaves a somewhat bitter but not nasty aftertaste. Worth a try.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, picked up in Buffalo. Cracked it at Robs epic barleywine tasting.

Pours a lightly hazed orange, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a solid ring and layer, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, lots of caramel, treacle, raisins, pineapple and big fruit, strawberries, wood, quite earthy, interesting musty scent.

Taste is similar, light brett funk, touch of sourness, caramel middle, treacle, fruit, earthy, some wood character, raisin, pretty cool.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff. I wonder if they used something like the Wyeast Old Ale strain with some brett in it.

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Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, reddish orange with a short, creamy, white head that has an tinge of orange. No lacing but there is steady, light carbonation.
Smells of oak, orange peel, buttery toffee and sweet malt.
Taste starts off with the buttery toffee flavor as in the aroma followed by a malt sweetness and finishing up with an oak flavor and a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium to thick, a bit chewy, pretty dry with a continued, light carbonation.
Drinkability is OK to good. ABV is moderately high enough that I started to feel it at the end.

This is an interesting beer that was somewhat enjoyable though I don't think this is a style I would often choose. It fits a lot of the style components pretty well but seems to lack in the boldness of aroma & flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
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 bobsy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While technically not a barleywine, we cracked this open at our barleywine tasting. Big thanks to Eric for bringing over a bottle I've been after for quite some time.

Pours a rich russet with a thin tan head that dropped to a collar in a hurry. Interesting aroma, with nuts, earth, Christmas pudding and grapefruit. Flavour is bizarre, somewhat leathery with a cereal emphasis overlaying the notes that I'd expect to find in there. Some nut, earth and tree fruit. Mild bitterness, and a slight sharpness.

I don't think the bottle is bad, but this isn't my cup of tea. Its an interesting challenging beer, but not up to Sam Smith's usual standards.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought by viggo to Rob's great barleywine tasting - thanks Eric for this treat!

Pours a tangerine caramel color with lots of head, terrific retention as well wins this points in appearance.

Nose is musty, fruity, hints of apple, light wheaty grain notes (almost Weizen like).

Caramel and breadiness are met by a similar fresh green apples note - odd. Not very sweet, almost on the drying end of things, slightly tart, faint earthiness. Light body. Certainly a drinkable beer though an odd one to pin down.

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Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
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 lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my imperial pint glass, the beer was a cherry amber color with a medium-sized light tan head. It had an aroma of caramel and dark fruit. Taste of raisin, caramel, and a bit of late hops. Other than feeling a little sharp in my mouth, I very much liked this beer. I've always liked Samuel Smith; nice to see they're trying some different things.

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

Pours a dark copper color with a reddish tan head, decent retention and fair lacing. Aromas of brown sugar, pear, grape, light oaky quality. Quite fruity with an appealing malt backbone. Flavor has pear, apple, and some brown sugar. Caramelized sugars pop up on the midpalate and the finish brings a bit of earth and light warming sensation. Really nice flavors here, well balanced, strong but not intense. Full in body with creamy carbonation.

I was glad to try a more "extreme" version of an English ale, nice to see such a classic brewery staying creative. Though at 8% for a barrel aged ale, it is still decidedly English in comparison to strong American ales. The main difference here is it maintains balance despite its respective extremes and the drinkability is resultantly still very high. I am a fan of this one.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy crimson/brown color with light khaki colored head. Decent retention and good lacing. Scent is of traditional English cask brown ale (biscuity malts, roasted nuts) with hints of dark dried fruits, vanilla and oak, as well as faint spicing. In the taste, the dried fruit (raisin, prune) are more pronounced and balance with the biscuity and nutty flavors. The vanilla, oak and spicing are in the background and it finishes with a distinct shot of boozyness. Medium bodied, fully carbonated, semi-dry finish. Good beer, slightly too heavy on the dark dried fruit and booze for me to appreciate it. Complex, yes... well balanced, maybe not so much.

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

500ml bottle

Pours a wonderful warm color like stained wood, a small tan/brown head rest atop the brew. Rich but somewhat restrained initially in the nose. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, rum raisin and whiskey fill the bouquet as the beer warms. Creamy mouthfeel, a satisfying candy sweetness finished off by warming alcohol waves. Layered and complex, the wood flavors are interesting. A special beer for sure. Highly Recommended.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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