flying_pig (937) - SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
550ml Bottle from Evil Eye Lounge (York - £6.00 approx.):
Strong smelling with good malts & toffee plus a nice alcohol edge to it as well. Plenty of ripe & sweet fruits, oak & vanilla featuring. A good smelling beer with a solid balance & the touches of alcohol only improve things, as does the sweetness from the fruits.
Caramel brown with an inch high, foamy head. Retention is excellent with zero movement over the opening minutes before settling a couple of cm high with nice lacing on the sides.
Again the sweetness kicks things off with some ripe fruits & vanilla plus the oak from the aroma & I could detect bread & malts with a great balance between flavours. The beer is rounded out with some toffee.
Smooth with an alcohol kick but not much bitterness. Some sweetness is present from the start. The balance of this one was good & despite the strength it was quite an easy one to drink.
Another very good Samuel Smith’s beer, strong from the start but it didn’t overpower & went down surprisingly easy with a good balance.
Sjohnh (163) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
When the British (or more usually, the English) wax lyrical about the warm beer of our "sceptred isle", this is the pinnacle of the ale in question. Even though it is best served cellar chilled than warm. It looks like any number of "real ales" served in good pubs up and down the country - brown with a faint hint of ruby, with a small off-white head. Little hop presence so limited immediate aroma, but with warming the aroma of a crisp, brown fruit pudding straight from the oven rises from the glass. Taste is amazing - aforesaid pudding, plums, raisins, toffee, fortified wine, and some herbs.
For those outside of the UK, wanting to know what English ale is all about, try this. Just don’t expect them all to be this good.
OllieBBommel (1077) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@home. Head: dark beige, shrinking fast. Colour: clear, copper brown. Aroma: complex, dried fruit, malt. Taste: at first sweet, some licorice, nice bitter. Palate: smooth and dry, malt body and dried fruit, low CO2, some yeast. Overall: very good.
Chad9976 (1175) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 550ml bottle into an English pint glass. I was brewed in 2010, bottled on 1/28/11 and cost $12.99 ($0.69 per ounce).
Appearance: Ugly rusty brown hue. Completely opaque with no visible carbonation. Pours to a small, beige, foamy head which completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: A cornucopia of dark and stone fruits, plus notes of sherry and cider.
Taste: I first had Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo over four years ago when it originally debuted. I haven’t had it since, though re-watching my review I can tell the flavor profile to the beer has definitely changed over time. Like any good English-style barleywine, old ale or “English Strong Ale” should, it’s aged and developed nicely. I’m not sure which style category it conforms to, though much like the rest of the brews from Samuel Smith’s Brewery, it’s complex, distinctive and quite enjoyable.
The first thing I notice about the palate is the huge fruit notes. Red apple, plum, fig, raisins, and dark cherry are all prominent flavors right away. I also noticed a strong, sweet flavor of butterscotch, though it faded quickly. Toffee emerges on the finish, along with some dark chocolate, giving it a taste profile similar to that of a barleywine, but not quite as intense. Whatever hop presence this beer originally had has definitely faded, though it’s not quite carbonated syrup either. In my original review I described it as being very cider-like and acidic, though that’s not the case anymore. While still plenty flavorful, I’d say the beer definitely peaked some time ago. If you see a bottle in the 2 to 3-year-old vintage I’d recommend giving it a try.
Drinkability: Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo definitely has the palate of a strong brew, though the drinking process itself it remarkably easy. The mouthfeel is calm, soft and smooth, but noticeably thick. I was surprised (and a tad disappointed) that the aftertaste finishes mostly clean with just a slight dryness. The 8% ABV gives it significant weight and a minor warming sensation, but at no point is there a distraction.
wimpyjoe (3862) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Angel Inn, Leeds. Clear light brown with a thick frothy head. It’s strong with a complex set of flavours of which toffee is the most dominant - in both aroma and taste. Has a fair bitterness with some dark fruits evident.
caesar (5118) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled @ de Molen, small sample. Clear amber color with some small debris floating around, short head. Aroma of caramel malt, spicy, some oak, vanilla, quite some buttery notes, sweet toffee. Medium sweet in taste, bit dry, slight hint of alcohol. A bit too buttery in aroma, but quite nice in taste.
flip_soeperman (598) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of butter and some metal. Taste is quite nice warm toffee with some vanilla. Typicall English beer.
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paologalloni (106) - ITALY - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
colore rame schiuma pannosa abbastanza persistente. aroma di malto e caramello già nell’ aroma si sente un leggero acido citrico che si ripropone in chiusura nel sapore. pulendo la bocca dai sapori del malto
Beerandhockey8 (228) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 22osish bottle to shaker. Pour is a deep copper with a thick white head. Nose is big malt, dark fruits, earthy. Taste is slight sour, medium bodied with a touch of sweetness. Finishes very crisp. Sam Smith has yet to disappoint.
Beerthoven (16) - - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed this beer. Haven't had any Sam Smith offerings in a while, but after drinking this it reminded me how good their beers really are.
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