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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 shand
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours out a hazy amber color with a tiny head. The aroma is fantastic, it's full of fruits, caramel, oak, and the mineral quality that threads together all of the Samuel Smith's beers. The taste is full and complex, with bright fruits, caramel, and oak comprising the bulk of the taste. There's a slight bit of roastiness, and a little bit of sourness as well. A whole lot of everything, all held together by the mineral water taste. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a very complex and interesting ale that's worth trying for fans of British ales.

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Photo of sommersb
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 09-16-2013
Freshness: Brewed in 2010
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Samuel Smith tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Murky and copper in color, with a small cream-colored head. The retention is fair at best, with a low level of lacing.

Aromas have a sweetness of molasses, plus dark fruits such as dates, clove-like spices and a woody/musty character. Complex and pleasing to the nose

The taste is very nice and smooth -- sweet, but not cloying, with flavors of molasses, dark fruits such as raisins and figs, and dark brown sugar. Alcohol warming is evident but not overpowering.

For mouthfeel, I'd say carbonation is between medium and the high end, on a full and chewy body. The finish is somewhat sweet with the dark fruits and brown sugar notes mentioned previously plus an oak wood presence.

Overall a real gem; a delightful ale I recommend.

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Photo of davod23
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Stone Old Guardian glass.

The pour is a deep orange color, with a huge, billowing off-white head that stuck around for a little while. Beautiful. I have to give it a minute to let the head die down before getting down to business. This would be a perfect 5, but at the tail end of the bottle the head completely disappeared, and was unable to be roused. No lacing on the glass, which is another slight demerit.

Smell is quite nice, if a little understated. Such is the English way, I suppose. Sweet caramel, toffee, oak, and maybe a hint of alcohol. This is very nice.

Taste is also quite good. It's fairly sweet, with toffee and caramel notes leading the way. A woody, oaky component is noticeable. The finish is quite dry, but leaves a surprising orange zest component on the back of the tongue, along with a very slight zing of bitterness. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel could be much better. This wasn't bad by any stretch, but it was pretty thin. It could stand to be a fuller mouthfeel. Also, the lack of carbonation at the tail end of the brew made the beer seem a little limp.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel aside, this is a very quaffable brew. I could put back a few of these.

This is a very solid effort from Samuel Smith. I wasn't surprised that this was a good beer, as this particular brewery seems to put out nothing but solid (if unspectacular) brews. Worth acquiring, unless the $12/bottle price tag scares you.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle of 2012 vintage pours a hazed copper color with an ample off-white head. Modest retention and almost no lace.

Nose is raisins and minerals with a little bit of old wood, caramel, toast and fresh coconut flesh.

Taste is a smooth, fruity strong ale. More refined than most and goes down with incredible ease. The hard water gives it a little something for the complexity that most American Strong ales miss completely. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, though not a distraction at all. Its an excellent beer, bordering on great. I do have a problem with the pricing though, as mine was $14 for a 500 mL. Definitely worth getting once to try...maybe even another to put back for a few years - but as much as I like it, I will likely pass on it in the future. Just too much for my budget.

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

This poured a nice and thick orange beige head, that slowly became non existent unless swirled again. It smelled of toffee and dark fruit, with a slight hint of earthiness and alcohol. The most prominent flavor was the toffee flavor. A hint of raisin and a oaky/smokey flavor like tobacco and leather at the finish. It felt great in the mouth and went down easy leaving the alcohol presence behind.

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

Cloudy, almost dirty amber; nice, root beer like, beige head. Rich apple cider aroma and hints of sour dough. Very distinctive flavor; the oak is noticeable, spices, grapes, no bitterness, smooth and malty, excellent. Leaves the mouth a little dry, but no unpleasantly bitter. Overall outstanding.

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

I was eager to try this beer, picked it up at Quick six in West York, PA. Shared with tenderbranson69, poured chilled into a goblet allowed to gradually warm.

A - A mildly hazed dark honey amber like toffee w 2 fingers of ecru cap. The haziness is mild enough to allow observation of visible carbonation. The head is comprised of tiny beading and a film of lace collects on the glass

S - A sweet apple ester and caramel malt w/ slight vanilla note from the oak is apparent and the nose has a mild alcohol scent. The vanilla is present w/ a light cherry, tobacco odors and mild spice note

M - A sweet fruit texture w/ subtle tannin mild toasted notes and moderate carbonation w/ light alcohol tinge and a clean albeit oaked finish

T - The taste of lightly tangy fruit, red apples and cherry w/ tobacco and mellow oak. The flavors of raisins and caramel come to mind w/ a toffee like vanilla note from the oak w/ mild spices. The flavor is sweet w/ tinges of brown sugar adding a contrast to the tang of the yeast w/ mild currant taste in the finish

D - The beer is very enjoyable, I am glad I got to try this tasty oak aged english strong. Well worth a try, but probably won't be revisiting immediately. The flavors are great and I think sharing the 16oz is the way to go. I found the price to be slightly high, but I recommend trying this ale from Samuel Smith's

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

Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)

A - Poured a dark copper color with a tan head

S - Is of oak vanilla dark fruit and toffee

T - Follows the nose starts off with the oak and vanilla then the toffee comes through finishes with fruit flavors and a hit of alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body and higher carbonation to it

D - This is a wonderful beer and one that I'm surprised Sam Smith makes this is a big beer with a lot of good flavors working together making it very easy to drink worth picking up sometime to give it a try

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

A: Pours a medium dark brown, slightly translucent, with a foamy tan head. A few millimetres retains well, and leaves very nice lacing.

S: A bit subtle, but complex and malty. Light hints of vanilla and dried fruits. It's nice, and interesting, but difficult to pick out individual components.

T: Also subtle, but very pleasant. The dried fruit of the nose is present, along with a slightly spiced flavor, something like cinnamon. The fruit intensifies a bit through the finish. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth. It deserves to be drunk slowly and thoughtfully to get the full range of flavors.

M: Fairly high carbonation. Medium body, leaning towards full on the finish. The finish is just a touch dry.

D: Drinks very easily, though it's worth taking your time.

If you weren't paying too close attention, you could drink through this pretty quickly as a drinkable, somewhat average ale, though you might get hit by the 8% ABV. You'd miss a lot of the complexity by doing that, however. I'd buy it again, though I'm not sure I'll make it a regular purchase. It is, however, absolutely a worthwhile beer to try.

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

Poured from the classic Sam Smith 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brownish, reddish amber, really brown with red tones with an active ever-so-off white creamy foamy head. Good retention observed. Very picturesque pour.

Smells caramel sweet with loads of malt. Notes of fruit, but buried beneath the layers and hard (for me) to identify.

Tastes oaky sweet backed with a tasty malt. Some chocolate hints, and other fruits - maybe touches of raisins, apricots, and the like. But subtle. Light tasty hop at the finish.

Very light carbonation in the mouthfeel - mostly milky and creamy.

Lots of taste, and a very drinkable brew. This one will set you back a few bucks, but the splurge is worth it. Another top notch offering from the folks at Sam Smith.

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

Sampled on October 4, 2012.

It pours a medium to dark amber with a bottle-conditioned cloudiness and a moderate hjead that settles a little but sticks around.

On the nose there is black licorice in with that toffee and caramel with a very notable woody character thanks to the oak casks I imagine and I am not imagining it.

The body is creamy and full.

The taste is powerful with a barley-malted sweetness almost akin to a barleywine toward the front followed by a short-lived lingering finish. This tastes good now but it is one of those beers I should buy now and stash it away for a year or so and try it then.

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

Been waiting for Stingo to hit our shores for about a year now. Really excited to finally try this one. A 550ml bottle purchased for $9. Poured into my standard tulip glass. The ale appears a crystal clear bright crimson color with about an inch of off white head. Truly awesome looking when help up against a light. Nose and flavor consist of raisins, prunes, dried cherries, treacle, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, figs, slight alcohol, fruity. Dry with a medium to full body and rather light carbonation. Excellent stuff and quite easy to drink. All strong ale fans need to seek this one out.

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

Pours a dense, cloudy dark amber with a thick off-white head which recedes rather quickly but does leave lace on the glass as you drink. The nose hits with a malty-oaky bomb of white raisin and baked fruits with numerous bourbon, spice and ripe tropical notes throughout. The palate starts as a splended malty mix of Italian Christmas panettone and caramel latte leading to an oaky dryness before finishing sweet again with butterscotch and nutty notes. Highly complex and wonderfully sweet.

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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 popery
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oaky, warm, balanced. I'm not the biggest fan of Samuel Smith's beers, but this Yorkshire Stingo has won me over with its intense oak flavor. The beer pours pumpkin candle orange with a small head that disappears quickly. It smells sweet and oaky, like an old rocking chair at your grandmother's house. There are some nice earth and fruit notes lingering in the aroma as well. It reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer, more in the aroma than the flavor but both have that same pervasiveness, almost overwhelming oak note that I associate with JP's beers (and I say that with nothing but affection for oaky beers, particularly JP's). Of course, Stingo doesn't really seem to have been soured at all. The flavor is still quite dry, but there are hints of caramel malt pushing through. It tastes mostly of fruit and oak. The fruit flavors are citric, cider-y and a bit floral in a fruit-ish way. It's an excellent beer and I'm happy to have found myself a bottle. I may just have to go back and see if I overlooked any other beers from Sam Smith.

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

Ayye, nice to see the "stingo" term revisited!

It pours a clear chestnut-brown body with a ruby cast beneath a short head of creamy beige froth that holds really well given the strength, and leaves remarkable lacing about the glass (again, given the strength).

The aroma suggest rich caramel in both a golden and dark vein, and some dark fruitiness (raisin, plum).

The flavor displays the same rich caramel maltiness, but it's much drier, intertwined within thick fingers of vinous dark fruitiness (raisin, plum/prune, dried cherry, sour cherry) and a bit of woodieness with a hint of cocoa in the background. Leafy and floral hop flavors step in midway to help level it a bit, and a good bit of alcohol and some low-level bitterness keep in in check in the finish. A soft note of anise lingers.

Quite respectable! I need to get another bottle of this as I didn't quite get the whole show first time out! Worth seeking out!

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

550 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a mug.

A: This pours a deep mahogany-red color with a billowing finger and a half of slightly off-white head built by heavy carbonation and riddled with little brown specks of sediment.

S: Banana, sweet caramel and bread malts, various spices, and orange peel.

T: Sweet berries and dark fruits, spiciness, vanilla, oaky notes, breadiness and caramel.

M: It has a medium-thick body with heavy carbonation and a somewhat sticky finish.

D: Wow! All of the notes blend together so well in this delicious and complex brew. I wish Sam Smith took more chances like this.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Most folks, myself included, probably don't know that Stingo is an older word that means old ale or old beer. Seems appropriate for this beer, which is apparently aged for an entire year in Samuel Smith's famous Yorkshire Squares. I'm using a goblet for this one tonight, as a special beer deserves a special glass. Pours a murky and ruddy amber. Carbonation levels are pretty high, as there's a constant stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass. No real head on this beer, just bubbles on the outer rim of the glass. Aroma is rich, deep, and pungent. You can really pick out the oak, which adds a nice earth characteristic. The first taste is simply incredible. Flavor profile is stunningly complex, with loads of molasses, dark cherry, raisin, oak, and tobacco clamoring for attention on the palate. This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the mouthfeel balanced, as the heavy flavor profile and malt profile could easily become syrupy if left alone. Happily that's not the case here, though the heavy alcohol warmth makes this a sipping beer. Samuel Smith's has done it again, creating a textbook example of a classic English style - in the case of Yorkshire Stingo, the Old Ale. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Pours to a murky, molasses-brown with a thick tan head. Minimal lacing surprisingly.

Smell: Caramel hits me first, followed by some interesting fruit notions. Hops dont seem to make an appearance. Overall smell is very sweet and rich.

Taste: Rather similar to the smell, caramel at first. However the taste progresses to sweet vanilla, then finishes with subtle, fruity hops. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. Fair amount of carbonation that seems to fit the style.

Drinkability: The enjoyable dark, sweet, fruit flavors are nicely paired with the subtle bitter finish. This really is something that can only be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of SudReyCzar
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional On All Levels. Glad I Was Able To Experience This. Balanced, Tasteful And Smooth! Find One, You Won't Be Disappointed. I Highly Recommend Everything From This Masterful Companies Offerings. Will Not Disappoint! At Least Not Me or My Taste Buds. A1+

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Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.09 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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