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:
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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
916
Reviews:
439
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
121
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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

This is a very traditional interpretation of the style. The beer pours a slightly cloudy slightly orangey amber color with an off white head that is on the small side. There is no lacing. The beer is bottle conditioned but there aren't clumps of yeast to be found, the beer is filtered pretty well considering. The nose is oaky, toffee, butterscotch liqueur, lots of caramel sweet malts too.

The beer is modestly carbonated, decently so for the style. The taste has a pronounced oakiness, an old fashioned toffee caramel flavor, with sweet malts permeating the beer. There is a definite ABV presence in the beer, a touch of throatiness, a slight sourishness and plenty of boozy retention in the aftertaste. This is a full bodied beer with a nice palate of flavors. This is more of a sipping beer, but it is good, complex, well made, and very drinkable.

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Photo of vinicole
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckeegan04
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NJB145
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy copper brown with 2.5 fingers of cream colored head.

S - Toasted/burnt caramel, sweet nut bread, hints of oak wood, incredible aroma.

T - Dense toasted caramel malt, slight tart fruit notes, dark sweet bread, toffee, mild wood flavors.

M - Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Very complex nose and delicate but bold malt flavors. Truly enjoyable.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I poured from a bomber into SA perfect pint glass. I was surprised, the beer pours a deep garnet, nice white head. The aroma is full of oak and molasses. Lots of oak up front, dates and some booze. The finish is drying. The body is medium, nice carbonation. I liked this beer, worth pursuing.

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Photo of bmur112
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of shand
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours out a hazy amber color with a tiny head. The aroma is fantastic, it's full of fruits, caramel, oak, and the mineral quality that threads together all of the Samuel Smith's beers. The taste is full and complex, with bright fruits, caramel, and oak comprising the bulk of the taste. There's a slight bit of roastiness, and a little bit of sourness as well. A whole lot of everything, all held together by the mineral water taste. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a very complex and interesting ale that's worth trying for fans of British ales.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the arrogant bastard of England!

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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip. brewed in 2011.

A: a dark orange, murky. almost more of a brown. slightly off-white head is very frothy. retention is great. tons of frothy lacing left behind.

S: definitely oaky. slightly vinous. there are some undertones of acidity. sweetness as well. you can tell this thing has been aged on some oak that wasn't cleaned out. I appreciate the added layer of depth.

T: sweet to start. almost sour. sweet notes are slightly nutty, chestnuts, as well as fruity, prunes. similar to the nose, there is a slight acidity. a little cidery. apples. woody. a little bit of heat towards the finish but it is very minor. finish is nutty and lingers long after the sip is gone.

M: carbonization is solid. medium/full bodied.

D: a little surprised that this body isn't a bit fuller, however still plenty of aroma and flavor. carb is spot on, nicely done with the bottle conditioning. a nice beer, but I was expecting a little more. if I went into it without any expectations I would have been better off.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

Nice Strong Ale, comparable to Fuller's Vintage and equal in many ways I think.

Tawny copper with brown highlights and a creamy brown head. Rich, malty smell with notes of wine, cinammon and brown sugar. Almost, but not quite, a Belgian character to it. Noticeable alcohol burn in the scent, especially as it warms.

The alcohol doesn't pack quite a punch in the flavour. Rich malt, caramel and a hint of spice. Very smooth, and almost fruity as it warms up.

Nice and smooth - low, natural carbonation. Let this one warm a bit and its very nice. My bottling was 9% ABV and you can feel it.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red, but with a glowing clarity that gives it a jewel-like appearance. Head is just over a finger tall - not particularly creamy, but it does hold its own.

S: Smooth malt scents, complemented by soft vanilla oakiness and a spot of raisin or perhaps more towards grape. There is a tartness to it that would leave me thinking more likely the grape, but it has that little bit of a raisin-sweetness, like somewhere in the middle.

T + M + D: The first sip of this took me back a little... there's quite a few flavours going on and it is most certainly robust! The malt profile, like many English styles, are modest in comparison to many American beers... smooth and creamy, but the oak aging has added a big flavour of vanilla and 'damp wood.' There's quite a tartness to it... almost even a bit sour, and quite intense as it breathes. It can become a little cloying and challenging to drink, and is more appropriate to be taken very slowly or shared with good company.

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

500ml into a tulip. Pours a dark translucent reddish copper. The head was of belgian proportion. Guess this is my first bottle conditioned english ale.

I'm expecting the aroma of a belgian as well but it doesn't have that common level of sweetness and of course the distinguished yeasts. It does have dark fruits and the wood is obvious, no hint of the alcohol. I smell a brown ale backdrop with minor burnt toffee.

Feels sharp on the tongue while still rich and creamy. Bready malts but not much in the dark fruits. Pronounced cask flavoring, peppery and quite dry in the finish. Alcohol comes forward with warmth.

I like this a lot but I was hoping to like it even more because I'm a believer in Tadcaster. I know, sounds kinda stupid since I give an A. Absolutely the most complex brew from England that I've ever had - bar none - in a good way. This is in the category of a sipper. Slip in a selective yeast and encourage some restrained phenols and this would be a first rate belgian.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jwinship83
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

550ml bottle drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. bottled in 09 is typed on the back label.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a darkish amber colored body with a decent sized eggshell colored head on top. the head has nice retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the nose starts out with plenty of caramel and biscuit malts and quickly moves into a small amount of nuttiness and vanilla (from the oak barrel). there is a small amounts of spicy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and biscuit malts i could smell. the vanilla from the barrel comes through alot stronger in the taste than the smell. the nuttiness i could smell is nowhere to be found. im able to taste some cherries, dates, and figs i couldnt pick up in the nose. there are some spicy hops at the end.

M- this is a solidly medium sized body with ample carbonation. there is a slight warming from the alcohol.

D- this one has lots in common with a barleywine. i think it was just OK. i dont think i will ever drop another $13 on a second bottle. pretty mediocre if you ask me. too strong to consider having another one.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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