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:
925
Reviews:
446
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
126
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 925 |  Reviews: 446
Photo of cbei1261
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zfw
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, copper-amber color, fruity caramel smell with a hint of booze, and all downhill from there. The bottle indicated "Brewed in 2012", so this one should have been well conditioned. I get the fruit and caramel flavors other reviewers seem to love, but the finish is sour and unpleasant. Maybe this is an acquired taste, but, at the price, I don't plan to acquire it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KensWorld
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, bought back in October of 2014 and cellared till now. Pours a perfect looking cloudy Amber with 4 finger thick cream colored head. The head lingers for long time. The smell is unusual. It smells like Bourbon, I know it's not Bourbon aged but it still gives off that smell. Taste is totally unexpected. I was expecting a sweet malty English taste, what I got is a Saison. It tastes like a Farmhouse Ale. This is not bad at all but not what I expected. It has this semi sour funky yeast flavor. Very enjoyable. I hope this bottle is not infested or out of date? I'll read some reviews to see if it's so. Overall quit a different brew especially coming from England.

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

Photo of TheRamie
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of allenson21
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCuriograph
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing. The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over. The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale but is it over hyped? There’s other beers by SS that I’d take over this.

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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brewed in 2013, stamped SE23?1:
Pours a murky brown when held to light, lightly cloudy medium brown just sitting on table. Head is a reddish tan, and grows to little more than a finger on a moderate to light pour. A thick film of head lasts into the taste.

Nose is light and reminiscent of old ales, cola, root-y earthiness, licorice, hints of dark fruits and spiciness. As the beer warms I get a little spiced cider note on certain sniffs.

Taste is a muted copy of the nose, heavier spicy bite - like a ginger root. The dark fruits are the most muted, but maybe leaning to unsweetened/mildly bland date. The vacuum of the other flavors are filled with a dessert fruit bread/cake notes, as well as woody notes. The spice bite hits early with a little added punch from active carbonation, which actually might be more of the culprit. Despite this, the bready notes give this beer a slightly heavy body. The wood notes creep in past mid taste and grow into the finish with a light drying feel.

Not sure if this might be a little too old. They age it "at least a year" in barrels, so that would be probably 2014 sometime that process is over. I've had one other Stingo that I'd bet wasn't aged as long, but I likely had fresher. The flavors had a bit more pop and I'd like a little bit more of that from this beer - because the profile is enticing.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately one of my favorites, after already-high expectations from the rest of this brewer's lineup.

Slightly cloudy mahogany pour in a tulip, holding a clingy finger of dense foam. The aromas of raisin, prune, and caramel seem a mix of elements from my two favorite styles: dopplebock and belgian quad. Indeed, I already know this is a favorite before tasting, but the flavor only reinforces the sweet, ripe-dark-fruit flavors and clean non-cloying finish. Wish I'd bought more than one. Back to the store...

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky dark ruby color. The head is a quarter inch of off white foam that recedes into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is big and malty. There is ample caramel, cherry, raspberry, licorice, and oak. The taste has nice oak up front..much more so than in the aroma. There is more caramel and some nice toffee too. The fruit that is so present in the aroma is still there in the taste but is much more muted. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an almost watery texture. This is the only real knock I can give this beer. It would be more enjoyable to me if it were a little fuller bodied. Overall, however, this is a fine beer that I wish I hadn't neglected trying for so many years. I can see myself visiting this beer on occasion in the future. Well done, Samuel Smith.

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

2013 bottle poured into an oversized tulip glass.

I give this a vigorous pour and a frothy but creamy head emerges. The liquid is sort of a cloudy raisin color with light trickles of carbonation visible. The persistent head is a nice sight. 4.5

Quite the curiosity of a nose as it seems to cross elements of a Belgian quad and a dubbel. Raisin, plum and figs are prominent, but so too is a floral bouquet. Rich caramel shines too. 4

Interesting how the flavor seems to get away from the nose, as it's far less fruity than I was led to expect. Upfront flavors blend raisins and floral hops before giving way to an almost buttery caramel. Grassy notes close things out. 4

Lighter in body than I would have expected and desire, especially given the rich caramel and fruit aromas, plus there's more of a hop presence which again throws me for a loop. Still it has enough thickness and sweetness to linger pleasantly on the tongue and drink like something you'd want post-dinner. 4

First time with this style and I must say it's unique. Seems somewhere between a barleywine, old ale, and Belgian Quad, I guess. Perhaps lacking the body and bold flavors I expect from the greatest of these styles though. Still, as a beer that preceded so many, this deserves some respect for having standout qualities that would please today's consumer in need of aggressive flavors and feels.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 925 ratings.
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