Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire StingoSamuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo
932 Ratings
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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Photo of kodt
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 550 ML bottle that I purchased for $10.99 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago. My friend Bill reportedly bought it for something like $3.49 at the same store a few weeks before that. I guess that they wised up on the price since it really should have been the higher of the two amounts. "SB12I1" stamped on the neck of the bottle, whatever that might mean. Also the following printed near the bottom of the label: "Aged in Oak Ale casks Matured for over a year." 8.0% Alc./vol. Poured, of course, into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Brief light brown head that dissipated down to a ring around the top of the beer within a few minutes over a great looking slightly opaque dark caramel body. 4.0

S Nicely sweet malt goodness which has a molasses type quality with a minimum of hops. I like this smell since it is inviting and interesting. 4.5

T The smell proved to be a good indicator of the taste with the welcomed added feature of the oak in the taste. Sweet, light molasses sweetness of the malt with only a hint of hops and, as suggested, a nice oaken woody softness that is really nice. I cannot imagine that this can be improved. 5.0

M Nice and big with a syrupy stickiness, thickness, but softened, as mentioned, by the oak ale casks. Very good indeed. 4.5

D Well this is a big beer but the drinkability remains good for me since it is so delicious. If it did not cost $10.99 a bottle I probably would be buying many more of these. 4.0

Notes: A rival for Nut Brown Ale for my favorite Samuel Smith beer. I am very impressed by this one!

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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 Tilley4
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Arrogant Bastard pint glass...

This pours an extremely murky reddish brown with virtually no head... A small one if any... Extremely murky.. Looks very much like a cask ale to me which should be an awesome thing...

The aroma on this is just lovely... Absolutely one of the best smelling brews ever... The woody oakiness mingled with the raisin-like fruitiness and sweet maltiness work perfectly here... This beer is loaded with character and complexities in the aroma category..someone said something about Christmas pudding and they nailed it... This would make an excellent Christmas ale... There's a spiciness here that reminds me of spice cake and a sweetness like the boiled custard that goes over it... Magnificent...

Perhaps the most pronounced oakiness of any oak aged brew I've ever had... This is just a magnificently crafted beer...the deep sweet malty aspects along with that dark fruitiness has this one making me love it... Its a perfect sipping beer to relax on my patio and watch the hickory chips work their magic on my chickens...the vanilla and oak and sweetness mingle together perfectly...hints of booziness here and there... Very very nice...

Could I see myself ordering one of these in a smoky English pub? Damn skippy... A perfect beer for the style in my opinion... Very well done SS...

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Lightly chilled. Poured carefully from a 550mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Largely clear, somewhat pale, rose madder body topped by a slender buff color head which persists leaving a wake of light soapy lacing in its wake with every sip.

Aroma reminds me of an old ale at first - lots of toffee, a hint of treacle, notable oak, caramel, light fruity esters, and above all - rich lingering malt.

Raw sugar, faint molasses - brings to mind a rum on the palate, but this is balanced by some lighter fruit notes - dates, fresh green figs, and a some other dried fruit element. Malt comes on mid-palate lending a lightly toasted flavor accompanied by an almost vinuous tanginess that seems to come from the yeast interacting with the wood. Finish includes very weak smokiness, vanilla, and alcohol - but all in all is rather brisk despite the sweetness.

Creamy, almost oily in fact, but still medium-light bodied which really boosts the drinkability.

Sort of a more "sessionable" version of an old ale - one of the first examples of the style I recall reviewing, but this seems like a excellent point of departure.

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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No idea what a stingo is, but this bottle caught my eye and I bought it on impulse.

550mL into an imperial pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear amber w/ a 1-finger beige head that settles to a thin film, no lacing, some fine carbonation rising from the bottom.

Unique, subtle aroma. Sweet fruit and a floral, almost perfumy essence I can't quite identify. Vaguely reminds me of rose petals.

Taste is both bitter and fruity with a slightly minerally quality. Floral hops with a bitter, slightly numbing finish. A general spiciness I can't identify. Dryness from the oak becomes more prevalent as it warms to room temp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Perhaps the best thing about this beer. Utterly drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, certainly a good beer but I'm not sure it was worth the $14 I paid for it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008

A - Muddy brown, burnt orange with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared.

S - Candied fruits, raisins, oak, sweet caramel, toffee, cherry, apples, grapes. Wonderfully complex.

T - Raisins, cherries, nice strong dose of oak, sweet with toffee and caramel, pears apples. Very fruity. Complex and port or cognac like.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a slight alcohol warming.

D - Very complex and tasty. I love all the fruits present.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo. Poured dark mahogany with nice red edges. Puffy, creamy off-white head. Minimal lacing on the dimpled mug. Flattish, sticky mouthfeel that is kind of thin. Malty caramel and some crystal malt, but everything is glossed over with a vanilla-oak flavor. Its very pleasant, but I wanted more hops or something to pop out. In all, it is a very nice beer, but left me kind of disappointed.

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

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 Warren2621
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 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 teromous
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The back label says "Brewed in 2014" but I don't see any bottle date or import information. The ABV is listed as 7.6% on mine. The neck of the bottle has "SK26N1" printed on it.

Appearance: The body of the beer is opaque with a brown appearance. There are hints of red and orange. The head is short and has a very light khaki appearance that is nearly white. It doesn't have very good head retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a fairly strong buttery caramel aroma with toffee and sweet malt. There is a bit of a brown sugar aroma too.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with just a touch of a butter and a light bread crust finish. It is a sweet tasting beer but not one that is sickly sweet. Instead it is a bit like a lightly sweetened tea. Like tea it also has both earthy and woody qualities in the aftertaste. There is also a bit of a strawberry flavor in the aftertaste. I should note that while this beer is oak aged it doesn't have a strong oak flavor but it is easy to tell that there is a definite character that this contributes to the beer. As the beer starts to warm up a bit the fruity flavor at the end does not get stronger but has greater depth. It starts to develop a bit of a prune flavor. The alcohol is barely even noticeable in this beer although as it warms up it tiptoes in the background.

Mouthfeel: I mentioned that the beer does not taste sickly sweet and one thing that really helps the flavor is the lack of texture in the beer. It is not a thick or heavy beer but rather a lighter bodied beer. It has a rather dry finish which is nice for such a sweet tasting beer because it finishes very clean.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It has a high alcohol content and it is aged on oak (as per the bottle) yet instead of being heavy handed it takes a very elegant approach. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. The overall profile of the beer is very balanced with a sweetness that does not overpower the earthy qualities which in turn do not overpower the light fruity finish which is not too strong as to ruin the next sweet sip. The whole beer just works well in harmony. It would make for a good holiday or special occasion beer.

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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 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.

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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 stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 932 ratings
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