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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
916
Reviews:
439
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
125
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121
For Trade:
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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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Photo of IpeeA
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of bmur112
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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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of goalie33
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, 2010 edition, 8% ABV in this particular 'vintage'. Hard not to pronounce this one's name in its native dialect, or at worst, with an Aussie inflection.

This beer pours a clear, dark burnt amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly, and yet silky beige head, which leaves a low ebbing ring of coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells relatively lightly of fruity, bready malt, a bit of hard toffee, brown sugar, some warming Christmas spice - mostly cinnamon and nutmeg notes - a touch of ethereal wood astringency, and earthy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, some soft vanilla and wood tannins, dark, fleshy fruit, a hint of lactic sourness, some earthy dryness that I'll continue to attribute to a quite understated noble hop presence, and very subtle warming alcohol.

The carbonation is sedate in its cheeky frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, nicely smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the oak-tinged caramel malt still the center of attention, though having picked up a bit of a dusty cellar character, with the large (for Anglos) ABV impressively well stowed.

Traditional Old World oak treatments sure seem laid back, compared to upstart New World versions (and those who would emulate them). Wow, where have I heard that before, cough, Australian, cough, red wine, wheeze... Anyways, this is a lovely, warming, but not boozy, strong ale, lots going on with the native grain, and piled on further in the barrel exposure. It's quite nice to be able, once in a while, to say that the dear sticker price was surely worth it.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, fruit, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of raisins, toffee, malt, and a hint of hops. Generally a well done flavor. Not overpowering. I sort of expected the flavor to be very thick and chewy, but it was surprisingly light.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One the whole, this is a solid, well-made beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark hazel,head puny,admit poor bad....Good aroma,sweet fruity,bread odor with a hint of smoke. The taste similar,reminded me of a quad. Maybe its considered a quad for all I know,but not as flavorful. Good sensation,tingles as it goes down. Definitely would have again especially with the right foods.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

The look on the body is a great dark ruby red, just clear enough almost looking like Stone's double bastard or other strong ales. Nice light caramel yellow head slightly creamy, but mostly foam s'not three fingers off the pour. Clumpy and thick solid top white le drinking. Sexy looking beer.

Slight earth and soil but mostly a good mix of hop green and punchy cinnamon spices. Basic, impressive, not going overboard just solid.

Very sweet with a big emphasis on brown sugar all over the palate. Feeling has some cotton mouth dry tannic sense, just a nice tolerable hint. Brown like sweet spices taking cinnamon and some slight nutmeg. Dark malt sense but without any roast or charring character. Texture goes to almost velvety smooth.

Overall this is a real nice and enjoyable beer. It is working well on a cold night like tonight for me. Not crazy about this one, but it is a very solids brew.

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

A - A finger of eggshell head that quickly dissipates. Dark red crimson. No lace.

S - Caramel, golden syrup, cooked apple and cinnamon.

T - Sweet malts, dried fruit, raisins, raspberry, spice, alcohol, oak, fruit cake and apple pie.

M - Very smooth moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O - A delicious warming ale. Another win for Samuel Smith.

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Photo of rangerred
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint.

Pours a very cloudy rusty brown. A small 1/2 inch head remains throughout. No lacing.

Smells quite like a whisky. Lots of oak with a little vanilla. A small amount of malt and dark fruit.

Taste is very smooth with oak and vanilla up front followed by some dark fruits. There is a lingering sourness throughout but not to the point of being overbearing. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

Overall this is a good, complex beer. I enjoyed reading about the production and extensive aging but at $10.99 per bottle, I'm not sure how often I will be revisiting it.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very thick kinda funky brown color with two fingers of head with fine bubbles that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: sour, dark fruits and a bit of apple zest
T: sour, very interesting, a bit intense, dark fruits, pretty complex but kinda odd too
M: intense carbonation tingle, a bit single through the middle, doesnt linger at all on the palate
O: an interesting brew, pretty sour and zesty, odd, a bit intense, needs to warm up a bit before it really hits its prime i think, gonna age a bottle for a year and see where we end up

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear Ruby Amber colour witha nice tight off White head that retains well and laces well.

S - Small amounts of malts and fruit bread, maybe a little liquor aromas.

T - Up front some nice smooth stewed fruits with some oak, the boozyness is non existent. The finish is a little bitter but for the most part this beer is delicate and yet bold with the wooden flavours.

M - Superb medium to full with low carbonation.

O - This is a top shelf brew albeit a little pricey.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle right into the chalice, can tell this is a classic ale right from the get go. Dark full amber in color with a khaki head of medium frame. It looks sexy as hell in the chalice! Big legs, no lacing.

A lot of fruit in the nose, sweet mixed fruit esters & caramel & toffee characters combine in a synergistic effect. Bready notes too & a descent amount of oaked booze. Big sweet & strong nose on this one.

Toffee, nutty, caramel, booze up front transitions into a apple cider like sweetness & soft mouthfeel midway through and a classic drying bitterness in the back. The three different phases stand out so differentiated from one another - yet transition smooth. Quite an experience sipping on this one. Full body, carbonated well, smooth & sweet.

Overall, loved the beer but hated the price. $11.99 for 550ml of beer. Won't be visiting this one again anytime soon, or at least until my wallet grows.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had been one that I wanted to try for quite some time. The beer poured out as a deep red color with a fizzy cream colored head on top. The head quickly vanishes and doesn't leave any lacing. The smell is of some soft earthy notes, nothing too extreme here... I expected the smell to be much stronger than it was. The taste of the beer is pretty good, not sour like I expected. There is some semi-sweet caramel flavors with some earthy malts and a light wooden barrel flavor in there too. The mouthfeel has a pretty good body to it, the carbonation isn't too bad. Overall this brew wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. It's a decent brew, but I'm struggling a little bit to see the hype.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich amber-reddish hue with little to no head. Nice color, but the head is practically nonexistent.

S - The smell is very rich with a medley of dried fruit--prunes, raisins, and pears. Vanilla is also there.

T - The taste follows the nose. Lots of the dark-colored stone fruits along with caramel.

M - Very thin and lightly carbonated. Pretty smooth.

O - The overall mellow sweetness and light carbonation cover the alcohol, making it a very drinkable beer, even at 9% abv.

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Photo of trixdout
2.82/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I just realized I saw the brewed date and it was 2010. At first I thought the brew could have been an one off bad one, but the brewed date is from last year. Correct me if I'm wrong and if so beer mail me, but a beer from last year regardless of the 8.0% abv won't be that good. Now on to my review....

Appearance - reddish brown color with NO head whatsoever. I got a thin centimeter thick head with very very little to no carbonation at all. (I was surprised to have no head and I vigorously poured it into a duvel tulip glass.) Not sure what went on here.

Aroma - I get at first a strong raspberry scent, some caramel and raisin, toffee, and even some vanilla scents all through and well balanced, and get some oak with some alcohol coming through.

Taste - I got raisins, some sweet caramel, oak as well as the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - no carbonation like a beer should have, oily, light bodied, watery mouthfeel on the finish. not dry at all.

Overall - I got another one of these and I'm going to try it in a few days or weeks. if it's different than I will know it was just that one bottle. If not then this beer, brewed in 2010, definitely lost its carbonation over time.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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