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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)
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a half finger tall beige head.The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles. There was minor lacing but some visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Upfront the taste is pretty sweet followed by a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of spices, toffee, oak, and plum.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of creaminess.

O: A little too much of a cloying sweetness for me. Alcohol is well hidden but not a sessionable beer for me.

The bottle I tried was brewed in 2010.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a dark amber/light brown. Very cloudy. Nice two-finger head--closer to white than beige. Surprisingly, very little lace is left on the glass.

The smell features lots of darker malt sweetness--much like molasses or maple syrup.

Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but that's because there's a solid dose of hop in the finish. Thick and slightly oily (from the alcohol). Lots of stone fruit flavors, particularly plum. The aftertaste has a mild sourness mixed in with the malt sugar and bittering hop balance.

Overall, this is a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol level is lower than some, yet it does retain all of the elements of a strong ale.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 11/26/09

Pours a hazy brown color with a creamy yellow stained head. Forceful pour reveals about a fingers worth of head but minimal retension. Smells of vanilla, oak, malt and the slightest amount of hops. Faint amount of lace clngs to the glass. Taste has a bit of hop bitterness upfront that blends right into a pleasant mixture of oak, vanilla, grain and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium, smooth feel with low carbonation. As it warms more caramel notes come out. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, Ale aged in oak ale casks, matured for over a year.

Gimme some sting.

In a nice Imperial pint glass, ruddy brown appearance, crimson highlights...thick, rich, creamy beige head, lace leaving...ni-i-ice.

Aroma: nuts and caramel, big into the malt, deep and rich, dark fruit and leather, burnished wood, brandy...gets bigger and deeper the more we sniff in. This is a barleywine in wolf's clothing, as it takes time to emerge, and reveal it's full flowering.

Taste: all that and more, rich roasted malt, full fruity flavoring,raisins, dates ,fig, cherries, port wine, deep and dark, intense alcohol levels (9% is a bit high for the Samuel Smith's brand) Feels like an English barleywine in almost every way. Full-bodied, full-flavored, and incredibly rich, long lasting finish, unending taste.
Dangittigang, so rich, sweet, deep, and delicious. Too, too tasty.

Damn! I have been waiting for a Samuel Smith's beer like this for, since forever...just wish it weren't so terribly expensive.

But, still, it's ridiculously tasty. Way too much goodness. Mmmm, give me more, give me more, give me more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle poured into a regular old glass. 2010 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Off-white head that lingers nicely.

Smell - Malty in the form of caramel. Oaky, unsurprisingly. Slightly acidic.

Taste - Nice caramel malt. Creamy at first. Bitter and astringent as it lingers. Oaky in the finish. I was expecting more of a lacto tang.

Mouthfeel - The oak is a little intense. Medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish. Astringent.

Overall - Good. Never had another of the style, so it's tough to compare. Nice English strong ale.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at West Lakeview liquors. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Poured with 2+ fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a hazy partial cap. Not much in the way of lacing here. Attractive slightly hazed coppery brown-red color with a touch of orange at the bottom of the glass.

S - Spices, sweetbreads, caramel apple, a touch of oak and vanilla, a bit of leather, and some light floral and slightly dank hops. I really dig the balance and complexity in the smell - it's not a style I usually drink but it's very nice.

T - The taste is more fruity, with sweet caramel, nuts, and rum-cake. Not as wonderfully complex as the aroma, but still quite nice. There are some light tannic notes in the finish, but not as much as I expected.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with some light carbonation tingle. Slightly gritty texture - perhaps from the oak aging. Well hidden 8%.

D - Gets a little too sweet after a while. This is going to take me hours to work through the 550ml bottle. There's some booze and oak when I burp that isn't super pleasant either.

I'm excited to see the English doing some barrel-aged brews, although I'm under the impression these are ancient beer barrels (?). This is definitely a mellow chill-out dessert kind of brew, so don't expect to be putting these back, even with the mid-level ABV.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

The look on the body is a great dark ruby red, just clear enough almost looking like Stone's double bastard or other strong ales. Nice light caramel yellow head slightly creamy, but mostly foam s'not three fingers off the pour. Clumpy and thick solid top white le drinking. Sexy looking beer.

Slight earth and soil but mostly a good mix of hop green and punchy cinnamon spices. Basic, impressive, not going overboard just solid.

Very sweet with a big emphasis on brown sugar all over the palate. Feeling has some cotton mouth dry tannic sense, just a nice tolerable hint. Brown like sweet spices taking cinnamon and some slight nutmeg. Dark malt sense but without any roast or charring character. Texture goes to almost velvety smooth.

Overall this is a real nice and enjoyable beer. It is working well on a cold night like tonight for me. Not crazy about this one, but it is a very solids brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a nonic. Beer is brown / reddish and kind of hazy. Forms a thin head that breaks made up of small bubbles with moderate carbonation. Tiny head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly caramel but overall light.

Beer is kind of oddly bitter, almost tannic. Its a big beer, just like the other one but its slightly more watery. Interesting mouthfeel overall. Its got some lead off sweetness and some a little bit of fruit flavors in the midpalate. Comparing it to the 1845, its not as flavorful and slightly less body. Both are good but IMO 1845 is better. I would drink this again but its so high in alcohol its not a recreation drink. Generally Sam Smith won't let you down and this is yet another example of a solid English ale. Would be interested to have this on cask someday.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, deep, ruby-amber coloring with a thin, off-white, ring of film. Aromas of rich, dark toffee, honey sweetness, old world fruits (fig and date foremost), and some earthy overtones. Flavors are bold and forward on a surprisingly thin body. Roasty first and foremost, with a toffee underlay that supports the earthy, old world fruit sweetness. Fig, raisin, and date all impart a subtle blending of rich and sweet that is kept balanced by the clean, thin body. Oaky highlights also add a rustic feel to the palate. Smooth, rich, sweet aftertaste blending all of the fruit and earth characteristics into a nice, balanced bouquet. Smooth, clean finish that is light and only slightly lingering.

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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 WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been eyeballing this one for a while at the store. Finally picked it up as I love the SSmith stuff. While most are really good, and some are fantastic, this SS beer is somewhere in between.

Pours a creamy looking copper, a bit hazed. Creamy-ish head, average lacing. It looks smooth and rich.

A faint oak aroma, but mostly i get caramel and biscuit.

Earth tones add a bit in the flavor. The caramel isn't as strong as in the aroma, but it's there. Light, sweet biscuit and some green woodiness. Nice flavors, yet all are a bit light. Nothing too strong here

Smooth feel to it. hides the abv quite well. Could use something on the end..spice, carbonation, bite..just to wrap things up.

Quite nice

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity and is also has a lot of sugar notes. The flavor is strong cherry with some toffee and caramel malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: loads of caramel, wood tones, and malt rise from the glass.

Taste: big malt presence with some toffee, wood tones, dark fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. The flavors linger on the tongue for a bit.

Overall: a great English ale that is easy to drink and full of flavor. Nice change of pace from the world of hop centric beers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith has a new product on the US market, but at a rather hefty $12.99. But it's aged in oak casks for one year, so that should spark some American beer geek interest. On to the beer:

Poured into a snifter, the beer holds a caramely dark orange color with adequate head, but limited retention. That soft Yorkshire yeast is noticable as it airs out to the nose. The overall aroma though, is lighter than anticipated. It sure is buttery....maybe with an edge of nuts and dried apricots.

Straightforward on the palate at first greetings, but the more the ale meets the palate, the more I appreciate the flavor. A kick of caramel and dried apricots. The carmel dries and the apricots gain intensity. Nutty. I'm not getting the oak notes, but maybe I'm not suppose to. There are a lot of bubbles in this one....more than I'd like...it's almost fizzy. The aftertaste is pleasant with a mix of yeast, nutty, and fruity flavors. As it goes down the throat, that's where and when the alcohol pinches you with its warmth.

Despite the price, Yorkshire Stingo delievers a beer unlike many of the beers on the US market. The folks at Yorkshire deliever again. I recommend sipping in small doses to stretch the bottle further.

Oh, before I forget, I found the oak everyone!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Foodtown for 8 bananers, much better than the $15 I've seen thus far. Into a big snifta watching Eastbound and Down season 2 finale.

Into the snifta Yorkshire spits forth a dirty city faucet water brown with some dark browns, maroons, and deep tans, cloudy looking liquid, becomes a dark cess of brown in the glass, with special guest, vanilla cream head 1/2 inch. Semi glosses of lace stick abroad. Scents include big apple, caramel(slight), some darker fruits, and oaky attributes, not really, the oak is quite muted. Comes off like a dubbel with some old ale qualities. Toasted before roasted malt, caramel, apple, plum drippings, nuts, Chocolate whispers, and a hint of oak/wood. A first time with this type of barrel (beer barrels?) but it comes off old world style, which I dig. Feel is mediumish with the slightest carb to keep it alive. I drank the whole thing, mommy! Ima pick up more while the getting is good...

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel, slight spice note, nice little hint of oak. The taste is malty, sweet, nice touch of caramel, some spice notes, cherries, slight oakyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink. Thanks Wes!

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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 LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque red brown. Light brown head that quickly dissipated. Malty, caramel, mild dark fruit aroma. Flavor is caramel malt and dark fruit up front, caramel malt with hint of whisky middle and a malty, spicy finish with a bit of hop bite. Nicely done. Close to an old ale. Will get this whenever available.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samual Smiths Yorkshire Stingo, Aged in 100 year old oak barrels for a year. Pours a hazed ruby in color with little head that recedes to a ring. I am immediately greeted with a complex aroma of oak, cedar, malt and a distant fruityness. In the flavor, English ale yeast with all due fruityness and faintly tart. Oak adds a subtle "wood" flavor to the beer, coupled with a more-ish finish makes this a fine drinking experience.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked one of these up at the Boise COOP over the weekend.... Paid a pricey $12... but I had to learn if it was worth it :-) Shared with my brother.

Poured into my Delirium snifter... Great sorta yellow tinged head.. nice lace and retention.. the brew is pretty hazed copper red color.

Nose has a bit of oak out front.. then a ton of great yeasty fruitiness jumps out of the glass... raising and dried cherries are up front.. no mistaking the oak though...

The flavor is wonderfully "English" (at least in my mind's palate anyway).. Again the oak hits at the beginning, then more of a very "cherry" flavor really blossoms.. I like it a bunch from the first sip.. caramel and maybe some vanilla.. but golden raisin helps a bit and then the some sour cherry.. this is sooo very interesting.. I'm having a hard time picking out any hops, but maybe some come as it warms... sorta grassy tends to get blown out by the growing yet lite sour elements.. the oak never really is overdone, instead it just sorta rides the other flavors as a light background player. Better body and carbonation than I was expecting... the flavor though is what makes me want another sip.... My only knock would be that honestly, about half a bottle was maybe a bit less than I would want by myself, but a full bottle probably would have been too much.

Wow.. I did NOT want to like this enough to spring for another bottle... but I will.... Thanks Matt for getting these in.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle, great late 19th century style label, by far the most expensive Sam Smith's beer, but I got a BevMo gift card for Christmas, so I picked this up,

A: Pours a beautiful Burton amber with a nice cask-like soft head with very good retention.

S: Complex and rich. A nice mix of dark sherry soaked cherries and mild lemon, bread pudding, almost Flanders Red like at times with the sour oak components. Light notes of cheese/funk and mild oxidation notes, but works wonders in the nose of this style of ale.

T: Definite English/Maris Otter type malt hits first. Delicious oak and acid flavours mid-palate. Some sweetness at the end with raisin and caramel candy. A contemplative effort.

M: Perfect. The carbonation is there, it hits, is crisp but dances on the tongue and glides away leaving you wanting more. Great complex aftertaste of oak and fruit. Smooth and silky throughout. Alcohol is non-existent.

D: This is fantastic beer. Man I wish this was $5-6 a bottle, but alas it's not to be. I can only see this getting more complex with time. I don't know how long it will last, but I'd like to be with it on the journey. Sam Smith's introduced me to English beers, and with this effort is reminding me that the English make some of the best beers in the world, especially with their strong/olde/barleywine type ales. This is a beer that harkins back 200 years to tradtional English brewing with true lactic character, minerality and complexity. A must buy even at the $13 price-tag, open up a book of Tennyson or Hardy and relax and reminisce on a cool winter evening.

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Photo of Zorro
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed burnt orange colored ale. There is a small tan colored head.

This is a powerfully aromatic ale it hits you the moment you open it. There is a STRONG candied fruit smell here. Candy dates, pineapple, cherry, and a raw tobacco scent. This smells strongly of pipe tobacco. There is a rum and grape smell here. About the most aromatic beer I have smelled in at least a year, maybe more. Can't think of a beer I can compare it directly to, this isn't a DIPA. Pliny the Younger and Three Floyds Dreadnaught are the only two on the same level of complexity.

Starts out sweet and sour spices with a mushroom after taste. Tobacco appears in the flavor. There is some vanilla in here and some fig but the flavor isn't as good as the scent.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. It is hurt some by that slight sour taste.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very nice to see this offering from Samuel Smith's in the Atlanta area. Really looking forward to this one. Aged in oak casks for over a year. I wonder what sort of casks they used, and if they were new or used previously? A whole year is long enough for some critters to infect the wood and bring a little sourness to the beer, which this has, even in new oak. This has a note of apples in the smell and taste, however and I wonder if a cider or scumpy barrel was used? Or a calvados barrel? This pours a slightly turgid reddish brown with a thin, creamy head that settles to a ring. The beer smells nicely of stored apples, a bit of brandy, and a bit of spice from the oak, and some sweet, rich bready malt on the end. The taste is lean and woody, with more of that apple fruit, dry oak notes, a touch of sherry vinegar, and some very dry crackery malt. Nicely taut in the mouth, this is a very pleasing old ale in my book, of a style not often seen on these shores. Very nice.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

55 cl short-necked brown bottle with an old-looking label in beige and red - black writing.
Looks kind of exclusive.

A: Pours hazy burgundy with a rather large off-white head. Slow dissipation leaves little lacing.

S: Rich sweet malt, a bit caramelly. Dark dried fruits. Some alcohol. Fruity in an English way. Faint vanilla - I'm guessing oak.

T: Sweet rich malt, almost syrupy. Fruits, dark dried as well as ripe red apples and faint citrus. Vanilla. Very English. Some alcohol.

M: Long aftertaste with mostly sweetness. Body is creamy syrupy medium to full and carbonation is moderate.

D: A nice beer, but I regret that I didn't put it in my cellar for a couple of years - no it's to alcoholic and a bit unbalanced. This will probably evolve into something great if cellared properly.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.
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