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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:
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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,271
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
935
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
131
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 935 |  Reviews: 451
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  A murky dark amber copper body with continents of bubbles encompassing the bottom of the glass.  A puffy layer of dark khaki head that quickly escapes into the murky abyss leaving behind a khaki swirl. 

S:   Nose delivers a robust bouquet of roasted toffee, salty caramel apples, rum raisins, musty oak, cinnamon, brown sugar, banana but bread, clove, thick candy syrup, plums, and fruit cake.  Spicy alcohol aroma stings the nostrils. 

T/M:  Thick syrupy feel that has a touch of carbonation and a rich heavy malt base. Roasted malts reign supreme with sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel apples and spices enveloping the palate.   Rum and old oak along with dried/burnt hay bring a welcoming earthy hop flare to the richly malted mixture. Finish is wet with a touch of dryness slowly creeping up.  Aftertaste of fermented plums. 

O:  This reminds me of sitting around a warm fire in the woods. A great warming sensation and a very well hidden ABV. A strong beer that is easy drinking, complex and refined.  I have instantly became a fan of Samuel Smith. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep orange infused copper color with a very thin quick to faid off white head atop.Deeply fruity and cakey in the nose along with brown sugar,and sweet alcohol.somewhat sweet on the palate but not over done,brown sugar and dark fruits, and light green apple stand out the most,the alcohol plays a role as it warms.It's an English strong ale,it's some what sweet, but also refined and not in your face.

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

550ml bottle poured into a large snifter. "Brewed in 2010" printed on the label.

A: Pours a deep ruby red, good clarity. Bubbly white head settles shortly into a thin, wispy crown. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Caramel and bread pudding amongst a medley of fruits: raisins, figs, plums, grape skin, fruitcake. Very slightly vinous, touch of spicy alcohol character. Sherry. Fleeting milk chocolate. Vanilla and oak on the nose too. This one really takes time to open up, but once it does there’s quite a bit of complexity.

T: Faint treacle and toffee up front. Oak tannin and vanilla follow. Fruity aspects take over after that. Fig, plum, raisin, and perhaps raspberry. Malt tastes return with impressions of chewy caramel and bread pudding. Very faint acidity in the background. Definite vinous aspect with a strong spicy, sherry-like taste at the back end. A bit of rum in there as well. Dry and rather quick finish of bread crust, bread pudding, faint chocolate, and oak.

M: Thick body, though it doesn’t feel heavy in the mouth. Chewy, full, and very smooth. Not much in the way of carbonation, though it doesn’t need it. Delightfully warming, it feels more potent than the 8% abv.

O: This is a definite go-to as a Holiday beer or a fireside sipper. There are elements of it that remind me of a good whiskey. If there is anything really to critique, it's that the oak comes on just a tad too strong.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this after hearing alot. Pours a beutiful color of cherry amber colors but zero/head retention and the aromas of caramel malts were faint. Great oaky flavor, lots of caramel but not much else. Its a solid beer but the oxidation barrel age flavor is there which i expected from a long barrel aged beer. Apple, aciditc type flavors on the back. Its solid but didnt live up to hype. Id be happy to drink any time but wouldnt seek out.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny brown body. Thin froth of head.

Nose is rich caramel toffee.

Flavor is smooth, sweet, rich and decadent. Toffee, figs, caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and coating.

Overall, an excellent sipper. ABV is well masked with little or no warming or burning.

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

Clear cherry amber – paler than expected – with loose than head that’s soon film.
Sweet tea, vanilla, candied orange peel and a bit of iodine – intriguing.
Honey grahams, vanilla cream, some tannic notes, with thick toffee and maybe some baked apples and a mild woody EKG end.
Apricot finish and whiskey linger.
Medium, very soft, round, some chew, no burn at all.

Velvet hammer! Smooth and subtle strong ale flavors in a silky body; fruit and a sweetness like rock candy or simple sugar stick out over anything else, with the oak pitching in at just the right level. Top strong ale, deserves its reputation. Must compare to Fuller’s Vintage.

As a side note, too much sugar and not enough hops to be called an English Barleywine, imho.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Smith pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a nice copper color with a large slowly dissipating tan head. The smells are plum full of malts goodness, lots of toffee, some molasses and a little caramel, wonderful. The feel Is medium to heavy. The taste is malts greatness, loads of toffee, caramel, a little bitterness, good stuff.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 935 ratings
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