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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
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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

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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy rust red, with a khaki colored foam head. The head fades to a thin sheet, but sticks around.

S - Caramel, toffee, slight brown sugar and malty.

T - Very malt forward, with lots of caramel and toffee. Very slight woody flavor.

M - I can feel the wood more than taste it. Slightly boozey, but a fairly clean profile.

O - A really amazing beer, very complex, and kind of the style example.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

I see this bottle all the time, but I had no idea there was a hotel (an inn rather) named the Yorkshire Stingo. There is even a picture in the book of this place. The portrait is from 1770. I hope the beer isn’t that old! This beer is also made in very small batches, with only 2,000 cases sent out each year. Maybe that’s why this bottle is so expensive. Most of the Samuel Smith beers are cheap, but this one is a bit pricey. Oh well, bottoms up!

In the Glass: It looks like a good, copper-colored IPA in the glass. I know it’s not an IPA, so I need to stop thinking hops here. But it looks good, healthy, and easy to drink in the glass. The lace is solid too, as it sticks to the glass all the way up when I swirl it around in the glass.

Nose: It has a clean, wet nose that makes me think of amber ales. Not sure I have had this style before… at least not that I remember. But I do know that EVERY Samuel Smith beer that I have had has just been OK. Nothing to write home about. I hope this one changes my mind.

Flavor: There is an explosion of flavor on the front of the palate, and then the beer turns sour as you swallow on the back of the tongue. There are a lot of bubbles, but the burst of flavor helps. When that sour kicks in… man, that sour is awesome. I didn’t expect that at all.

Mouthfeel: From the second this hits your lips your mouth is on a roller coaster of flavor. You get the immediate bubbles, almost like drinking/chugging champagne. Then you get that sour. I can’t get over how much the sour helps this beer. Perhaps that is part of the aging process, but who cares. It’s awesome! By the way, if you want a good sour beer, Harvey from Brugge in Broad Ripple, Indiana is great.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste has a subtle sour, but quickly drifts. There is a hint of bitterness, but it also quickly leaves the palate. Oh well, I will just take another drink. But be careful, this beer has a pretty big ABV. The 2009 (which this bottle was) has an ABV of 9.0%. Some other years, more recent years, are around 8%.

I like it. I like it a lot. Samuel Smith might have just found a way back in to my fridge!

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for the bottle
2010 bottling with a expiration date of June 2013

A-- Poured a clear ruby red. One finger of light orangey brown head. Settled to a film. Decent enough lacing. Unassuming looking beer.

S-- Soft oak, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, apple. Great nose to this.

T-- Red apple. Really reminds me of a cider. Soft vanilla, raisin, fig, toffee, and oak. Slightly sweet and coying.

M-- Light carbonation and lighter medium body. More like a lower ABV barleywine or Old Ale. Quite sweet but not over the top. Fruits really carry the sweetness well. No real notes of base beer just what the oak has done to the beer.

O-- More like drinking a pudding really. Slightly sweet but quite decadent. Slow sipper than just draws you in. Even though slightly thin the year in oak casks does wonders for the beer. Good stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: 10/12 Big bread pudding malt character. Dark fruits present figs. Light floralness.A hint of alcohol.

Appearance: 3/3 Pours big 3 finger Khaki pillowy head.. Color is deep red. Clear. Very little lacing

Flavor: Fresh bready malt flavors. Dark caramel, burnt sugar. Fruits raisins, figs. Light earthy character in finish. Medium low bitterness, balances nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel not sweet or cloying. Moderate alcohol in finish, warming afterwards.

Overall: This is a nice malty complex beer. That being said it was hyped up a lot to me and I’m not sure if it lived up to the hype. I expected a bigger body, the beer seemed thinned out with maybe sugar. Not sure what the barrel aging is doing, not picking up a lot of oak or wood flavors. There is some flavors I really like in it that I can’t quite put my finger on, it could be from the barrel but, I’m guessing it is the yeast flavors from the Yorkshire Squares. Really worth a try if you like big complex malty beers.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour delivered a finger of lemon cream colored head. Body is a solid brown through and through. Nice lacing noted during consumption.

Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits including figs and raisins, vanilla, a little booze whiff and some wood. Smells great.

A little understated in the flavor compared to the nose. Caramel, malt and dark fruit are all up front, with the vanilla, more malt and oak on the back. Finishes with a slight alcohol note.

This beer is medium bodied. Carbonation is present, and helps the flow of things, but doesn't make a big deal of itself. It is very smooth and the flavor masks the 9% ABV. Good stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. 2009 brew, BB June 2012. ABV is 9%. Copper to chestnut coloured beer, large off-white head. Strong sweetish malty and vinous aroma, notes of raisins, caramel and oak. The flavour is also malty, oaky and vinous, with notes of old sherry, treacle and raisins, tolerable hops in the finish. Harmonious, elegant and very enjoyable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color with some brownish hues. It poured with a quarter finger-high beige head that died down but never completely faded away and left thick wispy lacing floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel, toffee and fruits in the nose.
T: It has flavors of toffee and plums along with hints of spices in the finish. Hints of oak from the barrel aging are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The alcohol is very well masked and not very noticeable in the taste. This is not a bad beer to sip on a cold winter day.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dusky brown color. Two finger head formed then the cascading magic began...it was almost like a nitro pour was happening...after it settled a creamy, white head sat three fingers above a clear, amber body...very nice retention with sticky lacing left behind

S - A sweet nose composed of caramel, dark fruits, raisins, oak, vanilla and mild alcohol.

T - The caramel adds a lot of sweetness, but the beer never becomes overly sweet. There is toffee sweetness vanilla and oak that lingers in the background while the dark fruit comes out in the middle. Allot of flavor is packed into this beer. At the finish a bit of alcohol cleanses the pallet readying you for the next sip.

M - Medium / Full body. Smooth as glass. Just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

O - Yorkshire Stingo is a very complex beer that lives up to its hype. It is both a big beer and light and refreshing one at the same time. I goes down smooth each and is as close to a true to a traditional style British as you can get.

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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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