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

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4.09/5
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935 Ratings
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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User Ratings & Reviews
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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%

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

A: Beautiful ruby chestnut color. Lacks the usual thick, glorious, textured Samuel Smith's head, sadly. A finger of head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Something sweet and cotton-candy-like, like where vague fruit meets caramel. I haven't smelled this in a beer before.

T: Sweet and delicious. Caramel with an extra boost into candy sugar territory. A hint of fruit? Some welcome booze. More and it would be distracting. As-is, it's noticeable but good. As smooth as most Samuel Smith's. I would rate this above average in taste, say a 3.5, but the particular brand of sweetness bumps it up a notch just for uniqueness. Otherwise though I would call it mild and not give it particular points for interestingness or complexity.

M: It's thick and heavy, if not quite syrupy, but there's a little bit of carbonation sting on the top of the tongue. Maybe that's the booze instead. Like it a lot.

O: It's nice. It's very substantial. It's sweet, which I like. It's potent and makes my face feel good and warm. As for value, it's way overpriced. I paid $12 for mine. For one 18.7oz. bottle. Not worth it. The taste is very good but not interesting enough to justify paying that price again. To anyone out there wondering, I do recommend you try it once, just so you know. But as others have said I doubt you'll buy it twice.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of cooler4life
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a half finger creamy light brown head that dissipates to a crater in the middle. Color is a cloudy murky swamp reddish brown.

S: Sweet malt, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dried cherries. Similar to the wafting aromas of grandma's fresh baked fruitcake.

T: Nuts, cocoa, spicy hops assault the palate first. The next flavors indicate a huge dark fruit (apricot, cherry, grape) backbone that is struggling to break free. Ends with a smoky oak essence.

M: Incredibly smooth and medium bodied. Creamy with a slight burn from the ABV. Really nice.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity and drinkability of this beer. Samuel Smith's is one of my favorite brewers and they did not disappoint with this one.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark amber/red in color with very little light tan head.

S: Cherry, malt, light oak, light vanilla, and some alcohol.

T: A sweet caramel malt/toffee flavor with cherries and a subtle, but present, oak flavor. Some light earthy notes in the end with a slight slight bitterness.

M: medium body with low to medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

O: Very drinkable, but not complex. I like it, but I don’t see myself buying another bottle.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An f'n crap shoot - infected, to an extent, both times i've had a bottle. A perpetual fate? The first was untouchable. The latter gave me something to work with.

The head sizzled from the get-go (oft times a bad sign) - little islands of flat foam lingered. Deep reddish amber liquid. What yeast made it from the bottle into the glass didn't create much haze.

Found myself smelling this a good 10 minutes before touching to tongue. Vibrantly cordial-fruity, slick caramelly, a touch leathery. Syrupy, dense, sweet stuff - like a mild barleywine or old ale. Really no hops or alcohol, but certainly malty later.

Even through its vaguely infect-ious, powdery tinges, I believe I was able to get a sense of what this is at its best. It's all old balls, nothing fancy or complex: mildly stale and cardboard dry, the slightest touch of lingering sweaty esters with subtle malt sticking to the teeth. Faintly warming perfumy alcohol. Round body out the ass, however, without residual malt sweetness you'd may anticipate accompanying.

More than probably any ale in memory, this seems meant to be sampled as warm as possible. This would maybe benefit from an additional year or two of aging, provided it started clean, of course. (What is happening that a 9% ale is becoming infected - an early invasion?)

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nice pint bottle into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown color that is topped with an off white head.

S Kind of a faint sweet fruit smell. Almost like fruitcake.

T This is pretty much fruitcake/maraschino cherries in a glass.Much sweeter then I was expecting. Also while the distinctive Samuel Smith's hardwater taste is there it is quite muted.

M medium body works well with this one. A surprising amount of alcoholic heat.

Overall this is a pretty good beer to have while celebrating the holidays with friends and family as it is essentially fruitcake in a glass. Should be interesting to see how this one turns out after some time in the cellar.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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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