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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

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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Photo of TTAmod
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 19 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Picked up for $5.99 (!!!) on sale at my local beer place.

A: Nice brown/red color with a nice, thick off-white head and great lacing.

S: Some dark fruits, malt, a tad, tad bit of oak.

T: Whoa! This is a weird one! Starts off with dark fruit, then shifts to a really sweet tropical fruit. There's a maltiness and butter/toffee flavor throughout with the slightest hint of woodiness at the end. It's really an enigma...It's not bad at all, but it's odd. There is also a moderately hot alcohol taste that sticks around for awhile.

As it warms, it becomes sweeter and the alcohol and woodiness comes through a lot more.

M: Creamy, moderate-heavy body, and a little bit of carbonation.

O: I honestly don't even know where to start...This is one of the more interesting and complex beers I have had in quite awhile. It's definitely the best offering I've had from Sam Smith's so far. It's definitely an odd mix of flavors in my opinion, but the overall result is pretty decent.

I only picked this one up because it was $5.99. Normal price is $13.99. I really doubt I'd pay $14 for this, but it's DEFINITELY worth it for $6.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this one.
Hard to find, but its from the folks at Samuel Smith so expectations are high, especially since its 2-3 times the price of their other beers.

From my notes:
Poured from the bottle into a snifter. It pours cloudy, with noticeable sediment. A ruddy amber color, little to no head and thin lacing. Honestly, it looks like a darker shade of cherry 7-UP.
The 7-UP comparison is not unfounded, as there’s a residual sweetness to this beer as well. (Nothing as syrupy/sugary as a pop, however.) It’s more of a mellow, malty flavor, with only the slightest bit of oak/wood. This was a curiosity pick that wasn’t worth the price.

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

Serving Type - 18.7 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark caramal brown, very creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Oak, alcohol, malts, Dark fruits like rasin, plum, some cherry and spices also.

Taste - Oak and fruits are the main flavor. Oak mixes really well with the cherry to create a old ale, strong ale feel. Malts are dark and caramel-ish. Theres a hint of vanilla also.

Mouthfeel - Thick and coats mouth with plenty of malts and booze. Tounge gets hit with malts, dark fruits and oak. Palette gets the malts and oak. Aftertaste has fruits and caramel. Tounge is left dry.

Overall - Nice and strong beer from sammy smith. Has alcohol backbone which im not used to from sammy smith. This beer totally reminds me of a old ale, the oak, fruits, caramel, and its tasty. Its a little sweeter then i figured it would be but not overpowering. A sipper, and this bottle is enough for one sitting.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008, poured into a snifter on 08/22/2011.

Looks like an aged English strong ale: Tawny highlights on a slightly browned tobacco sunburst stained body under an initially bubbly head that soon falls to a creamy layer.

The nose of this particular bottle is a aged-English-ale-hunter's fantasy dream. Imagine blending figs, dates, and dark plump raisins in a ratio of 2:1:1, and heating them to a syrup and then dumping that mixture into a pot of English toffee. Next to the pot of toffee is a huge loaf of dense bread that has been freshly cut on an oak cutting board. What you would smell standing near this plethora of olfactory stimulants is something like what I smell in this beer. Awesome!

From as sweet as the nose was I was expecting a syrupy bomb of a flavor, but this beer instead shows an artistic restraint. Now I am pumped. The flavor is subtle in almost every way, and I imagine this accounts for the often average scores awarded this beer by bold-palated American beer drinkers. Patience, to appreciate this beer's flavor takes patience!

Instead of bold toffee flavors to start with, dusty plums and something quite like dried figs take the lead. They don't make it cloying as can sometimes happen with aged strong ales, and I love how the flavor is mostly fruits and toffee notes but isn't overly sweet. The toffee is subtle and has a taste that reminds me of the smell of toffee (which is less sweet than the actual flavor). With concentration I think I can pick up oak, but it is not bourbony or young in any way, and it might just be the aged malt flavors taking on notes of vanilla that my palate can't distinguish from oak. My only area of complaint with the flavor of this beer is that there is little aftertaste of any substance, but perhaps that is my American palate haunting me despite my efforts to balance it out with internationally-minded tasting. There is an extremely subtle aftertaste of caramel/crystal malts and brown sugar, but this is faint at best.

The mouthfeel is still holding up despite the 3 years this has survived since its brewing, but it is beginning to show slight signs of thinning with age. I would like to think this could stay together till around the 5 year mark with a reasonably full mouthfeel, but I lack the knowledge of aging to know with more than guesswork.

Conclusion: I hoped that I would enjoy this beer as much a I enjoy the idea of it... and I wasn't let down. I love this beer. It is mellow and complex and wonderfully subtle. Aged strong ales from England are for me some of the most pleasing drinkable liquids on this planet, and this beer is one of the greats. For me it trounces J.W. Lee's because it doesn't sway to far into the syrupy-sweet/headache area (although I respect that as I know many people love it). Thomas Hardy's still holds the gold medal in my book, but this, Fuller's Vintage Ale and Fuller's 1845 are all solid alternatives (which are still produced).

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

This beer pours a copper brown into the glass.

The smell hits me with leather, a touch of rich fruit and vanilla. If I were to lean one way, it would be leather easily.

Mouthfeel is thin, very thin. I don't think it takes away though overall.

Upon first taste, I get dark fruit and leather. Followed by vanilla and oak, finishes very dry.

Overall, the best Sam Smith's I have had. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stingo (or stinko as my wife refers to it) pours a lovely hue of rich cherry amber with an attractive cap of parchment colored foam. Head retention is quite nice and lacing is decent.

The aroma is very rich with a nice malt sweetness that is a mixture of caramel, toffee, brown and fruity sweetness. Notes of vanilla and a bit of woody spice are also present. Hop aromas seem to be absent.

The flavor follows the aroma quite closely with the same enjoyable malty character that has hints of caramelized sugars and dried fruits. There is a bit of earthy hop character in the flavor as well as vanilla and wood. All the different flavors are well integrated.

The mouthfeel is squarely medium with a pretty subdued carbonation. This beer is far from smooth though and has a decent amount of bitterness that helps counteract the sweetness of the finish.

This beer is very well put together and quite tasty, but perhaps my favorite aspect of it is that I am hardly able to perceive any of it's considerable strength. This beer goes down very easily, even as it warms. Definitely the best offering I have had from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Amber brown, one finger, off-white head, quickly dissipates.

S- Sour cherries, leather, malt, vanilla, slight chocolate.

T- bourbon, oak, nice mellow aged taste, doesn't overpower the palate, hints of vanilla.

M- Very smooth for an aged ale, decent carbonation, rather light.

O- A tasty beverage. It's a little steep in price but I'm pleased.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty brown with some reddish hues and a light tan head.

S - Some dark fruit esters as well as alcohol.

T - Dark fruits like prunes and raisins and some spiciness from the phenols. There is also a hint of toffee/roasted caramel flavors. The finish is mostly the alcohol kick and some remnants of the initial dark fruits.

M - Pretty thin body and some medium carbonation make it a nice feel on the tongue.

O - Not the best beer I have had, but pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2010.

A: Pours a slightly hazy brick red/almost brown color. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: An amazing aroma. Dark fruits of cherries, plums and raisins. Even some apples mixed in. Toffee and toasted malt. Like oak aromas. Just excellent.
T: Again, this is excellent. Dark fruits that follow the nose along with some tart apples. Toasted malt, brown sugar, and toffee flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Very smooth. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day long.

This is a great English Strong Ale. Right up there with Fuller's Vintage Ale, and without a doubt the best I have had from Samuel Smith. I can see this being a great warmer/sipper for a drab and cold night or a special occasion. Excellent and highly recommend.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2008, poured from a 550 ml bottle.

A hazy purplish or deep brown color with hints of orange hues around the edges. A nice full off white head on the pour that dissapates down to a covering sheet with small bubbles. Nice retention. The smell is awesome, sweet fruits like plum, dried cherries, and raisons come to mind. Not so different from certain wines in the aroma. So very aromatic and sweet on the nose that you can't wait to try it. Faint hint of oak and dark malts in the background, filling out the nose profile.

Pretty highly carbontated, which was unexpected at first but then is a pleasant surprise. Tastes of fruity esters come out and hit you in the face, all with a touch of oakiness from the barrel aging. The oakiness gives it just the right amount of edge to keep this from being cloyingly sweet. The fruits aren't necessarily all of the dried variety, and I'm surprised at how fresh this tastes after 3 years. The fruits are also backed by a very light but interesting floral hop taste that gives it a little bitterness, giving this beer some more complexity and a huge amount of character. The alcohol taste is hidden behind and in the sweetness, but is definitely detectable. It's warming however, which is always a good quality. The mouthfeel is unique in its high carbonation and crisp, dry finish.

Everything about this beer screams unique, so for that I rate it highly. It's a tad to sweet for me, but so interesting that I can't stop sipping it. The oak aging has done so well to calm the fruits down that this beer is a need to buy if seen. I think I got lucky in randomly finding it one day. Definitely worth a shot or two.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an imperial pint. Good amber color, touch of cloudiness, like one might expect from a cask draw. Healthy head which recedes leaving a thin layer of foam on the beer.

S: Bready notes initially, then pick up some raisin and toffee.

T: Lovely, rich old ale flavor. Dates, molasses, bread pudding.

M: A very pleasant thickness to this in the mouth. Carbonation is mild, but contributes nicely to the fullness.

O: Very nice. A sipper, but good through the whole bottle.

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

Looks like Jack Daniels. It's a pretty beer, without a ton of carbonation. Smells a bit like bourbon, along with the aroma of fruit cake. Tastes more winter warmer to me, but on the boozy side. I taste whiskey, vanilla, and Skor bar. I get the impression that cellaring is futile. Drink it now.

EDIT (not really!)- finishes like a Snickers bar. Yummers.

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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. Ahh..it'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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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 939 ratings
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