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

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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

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Added by mdagnew on 12-22-2008

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Photo of teromous
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The back label says "Brewed in 2014" but I don't see any bottle date or import information. The ABV is listed as 7.6% on mine. The neck of the bottle has "SK26N1" printed on it.

Appearance: The body of the beer is opaque with a brown appearance. There are hints of red and orange. The head is short and has a very light khaki appearance that is nearly white. It doesn't have very good head retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a fairly strong buttery caramel aroma with toffee and sweet malt. There is a bit of a brown sugar aroma too.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with just a touch of a butter and a light bread crust finish. It is a sweet tasting beer but not one that is sickly sweet. Instead it is a bit like a lightly sweetened tea. Like tea it also has both earthy and woody qualities in the aftertaste. There is also a bit of a strawberry flavor in the aftertaste. I should note that while this beer is oak aged it doesn't have a strong oak flavor but it is easy to tell that there is a definite character that this contributes to the beer. As the beer starts to warm up a bit the fruity flavor at the end does not get stronger but has greater depth. It starts to develop a bit of a prune flavor. The alcohol is barely even noticeable in this beer although as it warms up it tiptoes in the background.

Mouthfeel: I mentioned that the beer does not taste sickly sweet and one thing that really helps the flavor is the lack of texture in the beer. It is not a thick or heavy beer but rather a lighter bodied beer. It has a rather dry finish which is nice for such a sweet tasting beer because it finishes very clean.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It has a high alcohol content and it is aged on oak (as per the bottle) yet instead of being heavy handed it takes a very elegant approach. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. The overall profile of the beer is very balanced with a sweetness that does not overpower the earthy qualities which in turn do not overpower the light fruity finish which is not too strong as to ruin the next sweet sip. The whole beer just works well in harmony. It would make for a good holiday or special occasion beer.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: muddy brown, thin tan head
S: oak, dark fruit...has that British smell
T: caramel malts, some oak
F: lighter in body than I thought, molasses on the finish
O: a good to very good beer, not as great as expected

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Photo of BdM
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chadbo
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitschiguy
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle given to me by a supplier.

Pours a nice medium brown with a red hue. Big fluffy and slightly rocky head. lasted all the way down to the bottom of the glass and left lots of lacing.

Nose is complex as you'd expect. Spicy with stone fruit, fruit cake, cherries, stewed apples and cloves.

Palate is complex and very full bodied with dark stone fruit, fruit cake, cherries, vermouth/sherry notes, apple pie and cloves.

Mouth is lovely - very creamy and full.

Overall this is a wonderful beer. Very well made, well-balanced, huge flavours and looks amazing. A real experience. This is a 'Stingo' a unique style of English Ale.

Highly recommended

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with an orangish red tinge covered by a thin white head. The nose leads with sweet malts, rich dark fruits like plum, cherry, figs and spice. The taste reveals a lot of the same along with the addition of an oaky aftertaste. There is a slight alcohol burn and an earthy funk that is finished with a slight bitterness. The carbonation is very mild and the mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but not cloying. I quite enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Selz202
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a champagne like head that goes away quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smells rich like a subtle port with raisins, oak and plum.

Tastes nearly as rich as it smells much like the nose with a little bitter on the back end and some sherry notes and caramel.

Medium bodied with a richness that covers over the alcohol. Very light carbonation.

Definately would be a familiar profile for a port or sherry drinker. Easy to drink but would do so in moderation with how rich it comes across, the bitterness on the back does clean some of the rich taste away.

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Photo of jrempel
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Martine
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1001 listed
My review awaits re-tasting. Balked again at the price!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich and rum-y aroma. Figs, dates, bread pudding. Leather, tobacco, raspberries too. Earthy oaky notes. Sarsaparilla and spices. Pumpernickel bread. Earthy funk and acidity is notable. Difficult to place any hop character.

Pours hazy reddish brown with a moderate sized off-white head. Fizzes away slowly. Lacing is there but not too sticky.

Rich and even bready-er than the nose suggested. French toast, slightly burnt. Lots of oak with just a touch of acidity. Figs and raspberries. Clove and cinnamon. Spicy alcohols become more evident as it warms. Burnt sugar. Steely bitterness. Fairly dry finish with lingering bread pudding, raspberries, and oak. Sherry notes for sure.

Medium full body with medium carbonation. Higher carbonation than other Sam Smith beers. Somewhat acrid on the palate, but in a way that balances the sweetness rather than being offensive.

A sherry drinker's beer for sure. Lots of complexity without being cloying. Tons of oak character.

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Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dd43
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can review this beer based on what I tasted. But I can't be sure that my experience is what Samuel Smith intended. I say that because there is a decidedly tart finish to this beer, almost like the cherry and baked apple flavors started to turn. This was a 2013 bottle being consumed in 2016, so perhaps it was past its prime. I didn't detect any oxidation, so that wasn't an issue as far as I'm concerned.

Flavors of boozy raisins and figs with a cherry apple tartness that does feel a little out of place. Caramel notes seem to be muted by the finish which is more sour than tart to be fair about it. There is a straight liquor note in the aroma that I'm not sure I would call bourbon but it's definitely.. something. Maybe it's more rum like? Because of the sweetness of those tree fruits and such.

This beer is an odd duck. I want a more recently bottled version to see how it compares. I will address what I find in this review if that day comes.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Cloudy amber-brown body, two finger white head.

Smell: Fresh bread, honey, dark fruits.

Taste: See above, but add rich caramel.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, slight alcohol burn.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, brewed in 2014, poured into a pint glass. Cloudy, copper color with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. Fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. More muted taste of fruit with some malt and more booze. Altogether, a very nice ale.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SanFranJake
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shockey
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HippieDave56
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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