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

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4.09/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,240
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
933
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
128
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 933 |  Reviews: 449
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

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a deep, muddy reddish brick brown with a thin cap of beige head that leaves melted archway lace as it recedes.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, dark orchard fruit, bourbon soaked raisins, barrel wood and floral hops.

Tastes of roasted caramel apple, candied dark fruit, tangy marmalade, soft oak and more flowery green hops.

Feels smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with soft, sturdy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Like an English quad.

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Photo of jakea
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 933 ratings
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