Yorkshire Stingo | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep ruby color with a two-finger foamy off-white head that has great retention long after the pour, beautiful color

S- aroma is highlighted by lively dark fruit notes of raisin, plumbs and fig, along with Christmas fruit cake, brown sugar, herbal tea, leather, caramel & honey

T- flavor follows aroma with a variety of dark fruit notes; raisin and plumb leading the way. Mid-palate gives some fruitcake-like malt and spice, along with some toffee sweetness. The finish has an herbal tea note before closing out with some earthy yeast and light oak on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly lively mouthfeel that continues into a semi-dry finish, abs is hidden very well

O- delicate yet packed with flavors of fruitcake, spicy yeast and a caramel sweetness, alcohol is barely detectable, delicious

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Photo of SABERG
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated "brewed in 2015" into the test glass.
A - A hazy cedar color, lovely carbonation moves relentlessly skyward. A thin off white cap lasts the duration.
S - Raisin, a bit of sweet malts, lovely wood notes
T - Strong malts blend with sweet wood notes, add some spice, clove, cinnamon, earthy hops
M - So delicate, soft water profile, gentle carbonation add to the pillowy soft feel,
O - What a delight this is, a big offering with a delicate touch. Quite well executed and worth seeking out

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Photo of Griphon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work who found this at a local
place I frequent---been looking for this one----Thanks Randy!

This mighty fine strong ale pours a murky orange tinged brown color with a nice head of
off white foam that simmers to a thick ring, thin layer, and sports subtle light lacing.
Nose of toffee, plums, subtle oak, and light tea notes. Flavors hit the perfect note with
a nice toffee and plum note mingling with light tea and oak notes that are steeped in
raisin breaded malt flavors. Very nice mouth feel with a medium light carbonation that
keeps this one lively, medium body, and a subtly dry finish that is balanced with sweet
brown sugar notes.

A fine ale that I have sought after for years and finally have tried it----and behold, it is good.....
which is a good thing since I bought another 5 bottles without trying it until today.

Did I mention it was a closeout at 2.99 a bottle????? Fantastic ale at a fantastic price!

Excellence from an excellent brewery


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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours lightly hazed dark amber to auburn filled with streams of bubbles rising rapidly to refresh a 1/2" white foam cap with fair retention

S: smells like a rich and malty bread pudding next to a fresh cup of dark tea, some cubes of dark brown sugar and a bowl of dried fruit

T: Dark caramel coated bread pudding and a savory spice start the palate and a tea like bitterness provides some dryness and leads the bitter finish supported by some moderate oaky tannins that provide a light astringent touch

F: very creamy and almost mousse-like which lightens the body and gives it a luscious texture

O: works very well as an after dinner drink and also pairs nicely with roast beef and apple pie

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TeachChefs
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of igl
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryan4120
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - opaque brown with an amber glow around the edges. Minimal medium brown head.
S - dark fruits, raisin, malt, honey, earth, and oak. Complex but not very strong of a smell.
T - Follows the nose. Dark fruits and raisin notes up front followed by rich malt with notes of honey, caramel, earth, and oak - the oak is nicely present as it should be. Like most samuel smith beers, there's somewhat of a mineral note on the aftertaste - which might come from the stone Yorkshire squares they use - not necessarily a bad thing as I love and highly rate many of their beers, but just something to be aware of.
F - Medium body with a medium to light amount of carbonation.
O - This is a really nice English ale. Nice dark fruit and raisin notes with malt, earth, honey, caramel, and of course the oak throughout. The oak is pretty present which is appreciated. Samuel Smith is always really solid and this is no different.

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Photo of dcotom
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Deep, rich caramel-sauce color, with a bright white head that leaves some pretty lacing as it settles. Aroma and flavor are toffee-forward, with lots of pleasant sweetness on the palate. Raisin, prune, caramel, dark bread, and a hint of chocolate round out the flavor profile. Mellow smoothness from cask aging, with subdued tannic astringency on the finish. Fantastic stuff, this!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/22/17:

I purchased this in late 2014 but the bottle says it was “brewed” in 2013, not sure if that means that is when they started the wort or if it means that’s when they started the aging, or when they finished the aging (a year-long process). Either way, this was already old when I bought it and I gave it another two years and then some. Would like to review this right off the shelf some time.

Vintage 2013, aged until late 04/22/17: Deep copper to deep caramel, quite mirky with chunks resting on bottom. A fine, heavy, dense, foamy cap of creamy tan, with great retention, and walls of lace. In the bottle it smelled about like an old oatmeal stout, very sweet. In glass, so obviously aged, it’s plums, berries, caramel, dark chocolate, tiny amount of alcohol. In that order at first but fruitier aromas eventually die down. The palate is a return of all that tart, dark fruit. It’s verging on perfumy and spirity. Earthiness in the background throughout, with a mild chocolate and extreme toffee finish and a spicy booze retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, not quite syrupy, much hotter than expected, but in an even, non-burning way. Very fine, lower level of nonetheless tingly and active carbonation. This is my first English Old Ale, it reminds me somewhat of a Braggot.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml capped/foiled bottle served in a tulip. SK2001 is on the neck, but I have no idea what that means.

Pours a dingy grayish brown with a moderate head and lots of carbonation. Head seems to persist a bit. Smell is oaky, boozy, vanilla.

Taste is not what I was expecting -- a bit of tartness and a bit of bitterness. More and more bitterness, but not of the hoppy variety. Maybe more like fruit skin bitterness. Just a hint of unripe grapes -- I think that's the bit of tartness.

Mouthfeel is interesting, somehow both flat and fizzy at the same time. It's also slightly sticky. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle states - Brewed in 2014, 8% ABV
Look - Pours a dark and hazy ruby/mahogany color with a short ring of off white head, a thin ring of lace left behind.
Aroma - Rich dried fruit, leather, honey, mild port wine. Amazing aroma.
Taste - Tangy up front, fruit skins, juicy apricot and leathery bitterness. Dried fruit flavors towards the middle, hint of prune. Malt is incredibly smooth and bready for the most part with a quick note of toffee. Dry and lightly sweet finish like red wine.
Feel - Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry, no alcohol warmth.

Overall - Complex and delicious, phenomenal beer from a phenomenal brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing. The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over. The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale.

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Photo of mynie
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful label. Brand name is very appealingly English.

Pours a dark red bordering on brown. Small little wisp of a head. I poured it into a large pint glass but I think a goblet probably would have been a better choice.

Smells of fruity malt and strong, sticky caramel. The malt profile is similar to relatively old school Strong ales, such as a Arrogant Bastard, only with a much more subdued and English hop profile. I've never quite smelled anything like it, and a little strange at first, but I began to like it after a few sniffs.

Tastes smoother than the aroma. Caramel and fruit start things off, moving into a juicy middle with some nodes of black tea. The finish is sweet and alcoholic. The body is a little thin on the back, which weighs things down a bit, but overall it's nicely done.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The poured a murky brown color imwith mocha bubbles.

Smell - The beer had a pretty straight malty nosebwith some spice.

Taste - My first impression was the taste of leather. Prunes and dry malts followed shortly thereafter. Leather and mild sweet dark fruits lingered in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For the style carbonation was mellow leaving a nice coating sensation.

Overall - This 2010 vintage aged very nicely.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer #600!!

A- This is a very muddy looking brew, with rich light brown, copper/bronze, red and orange tones throughout. The head is small, off white and soap like bubbles permeating! The carbonation appears to be very refined and from what I can see, there seems to be a fair bit of it too! Retention appears to be quite good and the lacing is good as well....plenty of small bubbly goodness hangs around the glass after a good swirl. I also love how much stubborn yeast is layered in the bottom of the bottle....it doesn't want to come out but with a lot of work, I will be consuming it!

S- Dark dried fruits like fig/golden raisin and malted chocolate are immediately upfront....creamed coffee, yeasty bread, toffee/caramel malt sweetness throughout and the finish is robust, lingering and sweet as well. This makes me think it will be a sweet syrupy brew!

T- Full cream, yeast, milky chocolate, caramel, butterscotch and a touch of mocha are all dominant flavors right away without even thinking about it. Underlying hints of old rummy oak barrel, fig, buttery Christmas pudding....almost dessert like, but the finish makes sure that you taste the fine hop cones used to round it out. Overall a superbly blended flavor profile....UNBELIEVABLE!

M/O- This is full bodied, with exquisitely smooth carbonation and the booze is non-existent....now I've been aging this one for a good 4 years and like a fine wine, this one is worthy and I'm guessing, is much better with some age! Anyone who has this ought to try putting it away and give it a go down the road.....you will not be disappointed! My expectation was always high for this one and Sam Smith did not disappoint! Will most definitely seek out again, and I need a long vacation to Tadcaster!!

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Photo of n2pux
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesertFox24
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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