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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Ratings: 927 |  Reviews: 446
Photo of GregSVT
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: The tastes are a bit muted compared to the nose. I get a bit of toffee along with some vanilla, caramel malt, and a hint of hops. The alcohol is pretty subdued in this one which makes it dangerously drinkable.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and the carbonation is big and bubbly which kind of interferes with the taste a bit.

O: While this isn't the best beer out there the nose and flavors are pretty complex due to the oak aging. I wouldn't spend the $9 again but I would recommend it.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial nonik pint.

A. Seriously nice-looking clear ruby copper colour. Little head to speak of and it disappears very quickly.

S. I'm liking this already. Rum, brown sugar, figs, raisins, all kinds of dark fruit both fresh and dried.

T. More of the same plus a little cassia bark maybe? There's a slight oaky astringency and a very nice, subtle bitter finish. Just enough to let you know it's there and no more, but it's the sweet fruit and toffee flavours that stay with me in the aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied, almost no carbonation in the glass but a slight prickle on the tongue.

O. A very nice beer indeed, but not one for every day. Now that I've drunk half the 550ml bottle in order to review it I'm getting out the cheese and some crusty bread to go with the rest of it.

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

Murky, rusty chestnut color, with a thin beige head.

Caramel, malt and spice dominate the aroma, highlighted by apple cider and dark fruit; fig?

The flavor is action packed, with such favorites as caramel, molasses, dark malt (almost burnt), coffee, spices (including pepper), and rum soaked fig.

Mouthfeel is luscious and creamy like liquid caramel. Body is surprisingly light for this style, as is the semi-dry finish.

Incredibly well-balanced, had to save my nickels, but it was well worth the wait.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2009. Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear, deep burnt red body, with a two finger light tan head. Good retention and fairly good lacing.

Rich aroma of oak up front, followed by dark fruit notes of dates and raisins. Some caramel malt follows.

Very tasty, bordering of sweet, but not cloying. Deep caramel malt and oak combine with rich, dark fruit. Earthy light hop note, but not bitter.

Fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. An excellent brew by almost any standard. Highly recommend.

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

Brewed in 2009.

A: A dark amber color with a thick tan colored head.

S: Sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, wood and alcohol.

T: A big sweet caramel malt falvor. The flavor is very smooth up front and then there is a warm alcohol and dark fruit (almost dark cherry) flavor in the finish. There's also a touch of oak.

M: The mouthfeel is quite good. Very smooth and full bodied. The finish is warm.

O: This is good quality beer. I'll definitely look for this again.

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

I love this brewery, so i had to try this interesting sounding beer. Aged in Oak Ale Casks for over a year! Sweet..Literally.

Poured a hazey copper/red with a wonderful head.
Smells on some dark fruit and a nice oaky almost peaty overtone.

Taste is very interesting. A Mix between a belgian strong ale and a nice British ale. Dark fruits meld with a hard minerally water bite. Slight oak in the flavor. a nice lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue but is balanced by the sweetness of the malt.

A very nice ale indeed!

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

550ml bottle, code SG07J1, bottled July 7, 2010. Picked up on discount at $6.99. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours red/brown with a one finger light beige head that recedes to a foamy island and ring leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is strong and complex and features rich raisins and dates, figs, plums, cherries and other fruits, plenty of oak and vanilla, caramel, toffee and bread, culminating as what I can best describe as a "creamy" and sweet aroma. Very inviting.

Flavor is also full of dark fruits, dark raisins, dates, figs, plums, cherries, a lot of toffee and caramel, some chocolate, a bit of earthy hops and some noticeable alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and starts creamy but that is quickly wiped away by some strong scrubbing carbonation.

This is one I have eyeballed for quite some time but the normal $11 price tag always kept me away. However, as soon as it went on sale I had to pick up at least one and now that I’ve tried this delicious brew, I’ll be back for more.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008

A - Muddy brown, burnt orange with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared.

S - Candied fruits, raisins, oak, sweet caramel, toffee, cherry, apples, grapes. Wonderfully complex.

T - Raisins, cherries, nice strong dose of oak, sweet with toffee and caramel, pears apples. Very fruity. Complex and port or cognac like.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a slight alcohol warming.

D - Very complex and tasty. I love all the fruits present.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo

Appearance: dark brown, small fluffy head, and good lacing.

Smell: pear, other fruits, and nut.

Taste: oak dryness, faint fruit, and malt flavorings without the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: dry and medium.

This is very dry. The other flavors are nicely balanced and provide plenty of taste while not being powerful in the true english ale style.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber with a one finger head that doesn't linger too long before diminishing to a foamy head that forms a nice lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Definitely a bit bready with some yeastiness and a light amount of caramel and oak.

T: A little bit lighter on the yeasty but it's definitely present along with a light amount of caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of toastiness.

M: Feels similar to a good Belgian with not a whole lot of carbonation but definitely a big creamy feel.

O: Overall quite good, the alcohol is barely present, which at 9% ABV makes this a little dangerous if you're not paying attention. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of sneakybird
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't familiar with this beer, but picked it up on a whim. The bottle proclaims that the beer has been aged for "over a year" in oak barrels, some of which "date back more than a century". There's a lot about the barrels, but very little on the beer residing within. I was actually expecting a stout or something and was surprised by a English strong ale.

The beer pours a dark, muddy copper with some ruby highlights. There's a finger of off white/light tan head that fades to a thin film. Some of the muddy/cloudiness is probably my fault for disturbing some of the yeast sediment. The aroma is lovely and strong. Dark fruit up front, plum and raisin; with fresh baked banana bread behind.

The dark fruit flavors come through in the taste, though somehow not as strongly as in the aroma. There's a good amount of caramel malt and earthy hop flavor there to balance. No alcohol warmth. I would call the body medium to heavy, but very smooth; it clings to the glass like a wine. The carbonation is pretty high, but not over the top.

I split a 550 mL (lousy Brits) probably 70/30 with my wife and was able to knock back my... 13 oz. or so pretty quick, so this is a nice, easy drinker. As the carbonation dies down and the glass warms up, it feels less like a beer and more like a nice brandy. A very nice surprise with this beer.

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Photo of 7ate9
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2008
a murky dark brown with fluff white head with nice lacing.
a bit restrained nose of dried fig dates caramel a bit better as it warms.
Taste also seems a bit restrained but carries all the same ideas as the nose with some more emphasis on dark brown sugar. Finishes a bit bitter which is kinda nice keeping it from being cloying. now that I drink a bit more I don't know how much I like that bitterness actually. Maybe I just want it straight sticky sweet. alcohol warmth is noticeable at the throat in a mighty pleasing and comforting way.
viscosity is high but not over the top and carries a light and proper carb.
This was the only sam smith I had yet to try. Their oatmeal stout got me on to the style. I like this one. It's good. It's all there, but i suppose not as pronounces as I'd like it to be. Something leaves me wanting more. Perhaps the lacking finish. For an ale like this I want the gooey comforting caramel fig to sit with me at the back of the palate for some time after a gulp. Instead the bitterness is there with just a hint of brown sugar holding on.'s pleasing nonetheless

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy cream head over a translucent red body. Head retains decently and laces well.

Smells vaguely stouty, some malt and a trace of vanilla, but not much else... really smells like almost nothing.

Taste is interesting; malt first and foremost, and a bit of hops at the finish. Pretty standard and British, not out of place for an English or Irish stout, but more complex and refined, and stronger. There's some light fruit (fig?) in here, too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite so.

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Photo of bobhits
2.25/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appears with light just slightly dakrer than yellow pouring from the bottle, leaving me less than impressed, what did I buy? In the glass a SLIGHT haze, and a mix of ruby and orange color. A light beige head forms, with impressively sticky lacing given the oak that is supposed to be here.

A strong amber beer aroma, mixed with oak and vanilla, with a sharp citrus hop finish. After sitting out the citrus melds in and there are hops but they are hard to really discern from the oak and malt.

I am not sure what style or hell what I’m drinking here. This brings out notes of a strong ale in body and certain characteristics I can’t really describe and I associated with such styles. The oak reminds me of some bourbon barrel aged ales where the oak notes seem out of place, the vanilla doesn’t blending, and the use of hops just don’t’ make senses.

Well carbonated, the body is rather nice for 9% and it is far more drinkable than expected.

I don’t get this beer at all. The oak flavors are off putting. The hops and the malt don’t work at all with this oak. I would like to read what others think but this is perhaps one of the worst uses of oak I’ve had. As it warms it just is too sweet, and the oak doesn’t work anymore than to start. I don’t get this love at all. Value is a part of this score at 12 bucks it really doesn't help anything!

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottling

Appearance; Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an impressive head; not a lot of lacing though the retention is good

Smell: Christmas pudding, toasted brown bread, vanilla and raisins

Taste: Opens with a rich blend of caramel, raisins, vanilla, nuts and spices - like a liquid crème brûlée; by mid-palate, the earthy hops and oak staves add complexity; after the swallow, there is a nice tannic character that offsets the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy with a slight sense of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Just a whit shy of an English Barleywine, this is an excellent brew that has a lot of complexity

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Photo of nickhiller
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: red brick brown colored, cloudy, thick pour creates only a wisp of head

S: smells like Chimay Bleue, English malt breads (malt loaf and Christmas pudding [I just read the label which specifically calls out Christmas pudding (!) so I guess I was on to something]), raisins, strong minerals are like sniffing the inside of a vitamin bottle, dark fruit and a dash of oak

T: pretty much everything from the nose, also caramel, a strong oak aftertaste

M: basically no carbonation, nice warming finish

O: Loved the oak and was surprised by the nose.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle, drank April 2011

A: Dark brown amber.

S: Malt, Band-Aids, honey.

T: Big toast flavor up front. Raisins. Rye. Caramel. Cinnamom. Soft booze. Star aninse. Bakers chocolate. Light oak note on the back end. It’s a beer that definitely evolves as it warms. Nice complexity.

M: The intensity of the profile plateaus early and holds a steady note throughout most of the sip. Lightly dry / oaky finish.

O: The nose was a major turn-off, but the complex flavor profile roped me back in. After a few sips the flavors in my mouth started to come through more intensely in the nose and it lost most of it’s band-aid character, which made it much easier to drink.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown orange color with a foamy 1 finger tan head that was very bubbly and faded quickly leaving the murky brew with a layer on top that looked like a swamp; light came through around the edges when held up to light, but sadly this beer leaves no lacing, which I is guess is on par for the old ale/strong ale style - too bad it looks like a flat beer in the pint glass.

Smells of wet bread, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, herbs, toffee, raisin and other dark fruits, rum, light yeast and sweet oaky notes that resemble wine; it's a nice sweet nose, but not as powerful as I was expecting based on the ABV listed.

Tastes like it smells, but with more complexities including caramel, sweet malt, wet wheat bread, red wine like a merlot, brown sugar, herbs like tea, toffee, molasses, nut, raisin, date, sour apple and other dark fruits, rum or some other sweet alcohol, light yeast, oak barrel or slight charcoal, floral hops, pepper and other light spices that slide over the tongue with a slight bitterness that leaves the mouth dry and clean; this beer has mild heat that adds a sweet pucker to each sip. Very interesting flavor, as it seems to change with each sip and after half a glass seems more metallic and less sweet, and it goes down drier and crisp with each swallow - this is a very nice drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with a medium chewy body, zero carbonation like drinking apple juice, and a crisp dry feel after it washes down. The oak notes and alcohol show through at times, but are not a distraction and actually add nice flavor to this beer which was very nice to sip and enjoy.

A very interesting beer that I found very tasty and enjoyable. Is it a perfect 100 like Draft Magazine rated this, no; but is this a damn good beer and an excellent example of this style, yes. Check it out, it was very good.

Bottle Note: this was brewed in 2009 and aged in Oak casks for over a year.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; murky bronze in color, unfiltered. White head with pour retention and quick dissipation, no lacing. This looks quite alcoholic.

smell; Samuel Smith nutty malts and deep sweet aromas with much alcohol. Rum like.

taste; woody and malty, a bit sweet with a tannic bitterness in the finish. Rum and dark chocolate coated raisins and burnt walnuts. Slightest bit of hops in the aftertaste but mild with a creamy bitterness.

mouthfeel; quite thick but loose at the same time. Spikey carbonation and alcohol burn on the tongue with a warm soothing finish. Quite chewy without being syrupy.

overall; quite a nice beer for an occasional drink. I'm new to the style so I have no others to compare with at this time but it was delicious and warming.

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Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great looking liquid, deep orangey gold, completely opaque with a yellow half inch foamy head showing moderate carbonation.

Aromas of dried fruits, raisin, prune, toffee, oak, a ibt of a sourness on the ending that seems to emulate from the oak.

Nice beer. Thick and creamy with great level of carbonation. Good complexity with layers of toffee, malt, oak, vanilla, date, fig, raisin, and prune. Slightly dry finish with decent length. Sharp and brisk malts with a bit of acidity in the middle. Easy sipper.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A brownish/copper color that was cloudy and hazy. Orange highlights abound at the bottom of the glass. An off white, mostly creamy, smooth head with nice size and above average retention with an easy pour. Adequate lacing is left behind.

Smell - A malt dominated nose with characteristics of dried, dark fruits. The "woody" aroma is very pleasant and fits in perfectly. I got a dried apple chip type smell in there also. Very sweet!!! It does kind of smell Christmas-y with the dried dark fruits.

Taste - With the taste, I once again obtained the dried, dark fruit along with a Bourbon flavoring mixed with the "woody" tones. Malty tones that seem to be somewhat toasted. Some relaxed flavors of caramel and toffee. Well balanced. Rather sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Chewy, dry and smooth. Some welcome alcohol warmth teetering on a slight burn at the back of the throat. Covers the palate justly until the next sip.

Drinkability - Another solid effort from Sam Smith's. A very enjoyable beer. One for sipping. It filled me up, so the drinkability is not as high as some others from the brewery. Rather sweet also. I would have it again with ease, but it's not a brew I would want on a regular basis. A few times a year would be nice though. It's worth a try.

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

A hazy reddish-brown color, nice head that dissipated slowly into a sheen and left good lacing.

Smells fruity and malty, with good light and medium fruits, pears, peaches, plums, apples, raisins, and just a touch of hops.

Tastes sweet and fruity for sure. Much like the smell, there's light and mid fruits, a little raisin, plenty of bready malts, and just a touch of detectable hops, and maybe a little bit of caramel and/or toffee.

Smooth and medium body, moderate carbonation, great sweet fruity aftertaste.

It's a pretty good beer, you won't find me complaining anytime I have one of these to drink!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color and, strikingly enough, when held up to the light it is quite hazy and has the same orange-red hue of ruby-red grapefruit juice. The aroma smells of buttery, vanilla laden oak backed by umami notes that hint at rich aged malt (oxidized, nutty and like a dry sherry). The nose doesn't smell like it has much sweetness to it. There even seems to be a touch of tartness to the nose. The nuttiness seems to accentuate a dry, toasted maltiness, though this is fairly subtle. I don't know what I was expecting from this beer, but the nose is completely different from what I was expecting.

Somewhat light bodied, quite dry and a bit colder than I would prefer. The beer finishes with a rich, nutty, sherry-like character that lingers on the palate after my first sip. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as a touch of spiciness (that might be derived from the oak influence). There is a soft, quite oxidized, toasted maltiness here as well as a spicy flavor that reminds me of Bourbon (the oak influence no doubt). As the beer warms up a sweet, caramelized note starts to pick up a bit and interacts with the oak to boost a vanillin note in the flavor. I do like the relatively light texture and body that this beer has, though it is at the expense of a malt richness that could help add some balance to this beer.

Interesting, but not quite where I would have liked. It could actually use more rich malt character here as the oak really seems to dominate the flavor a bit more than I would prefer. Not bad, and certainly worth finishing if you are happy with just having a beer; and it is not like this doesn't have some interesting flavors in it though.

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

550 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Magnificent amber-copper-red color, with decent clarity (a slight cast of haze), and a moderately thin beige head with good retention.

Aroma-Rich and fruity, like christmas fruit cake-toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, plums, cherries, stewed prunes, raisins, oak, and lush alcohols. Inviting and intoxicatingly delicious.

Flavor-Buttery toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light molasses, lightly fruity (raisins), with a firm, dry finish from dark alcohols. Some light oaky flavors. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel-Full, chewy body, moderate to moderately light carbonation. Smooth and silky.

This is an awesome sipping beer-delicious and easy drinking for a beer of this heft. Love it.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 550 mL bottle. I think this was around $12.
A: Poured a dark amber with a good creamy head that died to a steady collar and film.
S: Orange extract pops out at first, fruity pineapple and apple cider, very slightly acidic, a slight rosemary hops, a nice mild wood character. Really good.
T: Milder than the smell, with a taste of mostly apples and cider, creamy caramel, and a mild woody gin finish. Very nice and mild.
M: Moderate body with a frothy/creamy consistency until a quick cleanse.
O: Really good. This is a great English Strong.

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 927 ratings
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