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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Ratings: 932 |  Reviews: 448
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of fx20736
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Mahogany reddish brown with a 1 finger khaki head leaving nominal lacing.

Aroma of raisins soaked in Amontillado Sherry.

Mouthfeel: solid, well constructed.

Taste: Vinous sherry, toffee with a heavily toasted caramel malt. some alcohol ester and a brush stroke of bitterness.

Notes: drinks like a fortified wine, complex, woody, fruity. A sipper, a Winter warmer.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for a while. Being a fan of nearly all Samuel Smith brews, I had high expectations for this bottle given the price. I was not disappointed.

Being a British strong ale, my bottle of Stingo poured with mild carbonation and a nice tan head which settled shortly after pouring. The color is a gorgeous reddish amber, clear as a bell. I decanted carefully, given the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma smells of fruitcake, faint winter spices and toffee. A whiff of gentle fruit and caramel. No hint of hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is excellent -- more body than I had expected, but very pleasant. Complex malty flavor, transitioning from an oaky vanilla flavor to sweet candied fruits with an edge of mild hoppy bitterness. After a few sips, the ABV is perceptible but not overwhelming. It might just be me, but there is a bit of a brown sugar aftertaste that's slightly intense. Perhaps I'm drinking this a little too quickly.

I think it's a good idea to drink this slightly below room temperature, but much cooler than that and you'd miss out on a lot of the interesting flavors. Overall, this is a fine British strong ale. It's just slightly sweeter than I had hoped, but well worth the price. I have to wonder what setting aside a bottle or two in a cool dark place could do to enhance things a bit further.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased from "Le Souffleur de bières" and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : deep red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty and roasted aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel and oak flavors, with dry and bitter finish and alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English strong ale.

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

Brewed in 2009; 550ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy reddish-brown with a lingering 1/2 finger head
S: Reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum; sweet fruit & sweet malt.
T: Again, sweet malt & fruit. A bit of funk- I may have let this rest too long.
M: Medium-bodied; smooth.
O: Nice beer; I want to try another one that has a bit less age.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new Sam Smith beer, named after, I presume, the English country dance tune. I served it in a Chimay chalice. It made for a murky brown pour, with a very modest head. The aroma is a very good Old Ale scent, with lots of malt, little hops, and a hint of iron acidity.

Very good flavor as well! Lots of good caramel maltiness, but it's well attenuated so the sweetness is not cloying, despite the strength and very moderate hopping. It has a great aged flavor too it--a little bit of oxidation, a hint of hops past their prime, and a light acidity, less than I expected from the nose but still certainly present. There's not much oak character, so I presume the casks were pitch-lined first; it does have oakiness but it's subtle. The body is a bit thin, but that's what you expect from an aged beer.

Personally, I rate this as a very good beer--it tastes like a well-aged strong beer. I've cellared many a strong ale, and many have come out far worse than this. Very good addition to the Sam Smith line-up!!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

Nice flow of a malty strong ale, a bit perfunctory maybe given how special this was supposed to be...

Presentation:550 ml custom brown capped and gold-foiled-bottle. Old fashion typographic oval front label, with the the name of the brew and brewery branding in soft cream, red, and dark colors. Back offers an illustrated insight into intent, background, and history of the brewery. Notes vintage 2010, and shows 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Clar deep amber/crimson pour with a fair creamy 1/2" head, medium retention, with a fair surface memory and some lacing initially.

S - Softy fruity... and malty, slightly subdued early on, then more so with a nice lingering sense of soft fruity caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose with some early shines. Malty touches, caramel, toffee, woven with a soft fruity sense that emerges, sweet floral hints with a softly bitter hint woven back to a rummy boozy touch.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation working rather well… Smooth flow with an insinuation of astringency that nicely never quite arrives.

O - Nice flow, a touch short of the promised nuances but rather pleasing.

Notes: Hurt by hype, and surely by the Stingo of the price… Plenty more outside that will jump ahead of this one in terms of p/q ratio… It has a nice flow, Strong English Ale… Old Ale kind of thing, but was a bit subdued if reliable given the overhyped expectations.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of NJBeerguy
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another of those barrel aged beers, I want to lay down and revisit later. It starts out with a beautiful pour, at least it did for me (in a british pub glass) with a fluffy tan to off white head. The sad part is the head dissipates all too quickly. The nose is the strong smell of whiskey all imparted from the oak this really was in a barrels for a long time, the label says a year, the taste says longer. The nose alone inparts warmth, with traces of vanilla, and malt, very mindful of whiskey or a fine scotch. The flavor is great but you better like spirts for this is the "taste". The beer has a wonderful whiskey
finsh aftertaste that lingers just long enough for my tongue to say take another sip. I looked forward to trying this beer for a while having seen it advertised last year but unable to find it. Its initial batch appears to have been made in limited supply. Now having had the opportunty to have had a try, I'll be heading out to the store tomorrow for more, if there's any left. If you like the warmth of alcohol and scotch by all mean try this beer, pricey (at $11.00) but worth it! One last note I purchased this bottle in Nov. 2011 the lable says it's 8% ABV description above says 9% ABV. ABV may have changed between 2010 & 2011 take note.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of gpogo
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear reddish amber body with a small cream head that dissipated quickly to a light foam covering and ring.

A- Sweet dark fruits and brown sugar. Notes of caramel. Light earthy hops poke through, but are quite faint.

T- Sweet malt body. Definite notes of brown sugar and dark fruits. Heavy caramel and toffee. Almost a bit too sweet for my taste.

M- Medium heavy body with light carbonation.

D- I accidentally purchased this. It was rather tasty, but a bit pricier than I would have liked.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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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