Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%.
Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smith’s date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (533) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
Deep bronze with nice fine lacing. Fruitcake, tea, some spices, light woodiness, some booze. Taste is medium sweet and tangy with a rich old ale finish and a tangy dryness. If anything the body is little light but a minor point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (723) - BELGIUM - APR 21, 2016
Amber/oranjekleurig bier met beige schuimkraag. Geur: vineus, wat oxidatie, wat sinaasappel. Smaak: rozijntjes, madeira, kandij, alcoholisch. Medium volmondig. Afdronk: bitterig – zoetig, warm alcoholisch. Leuk degustatiebier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NordicV (1959) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
Brunröd öl med ett bra beig skum. Doft och smak av karamell, frukter, övermogna och torkade, söt maltighet. Något för söt för min smak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erzengel (7928) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2016
*Old rating. Intense brown beginning. Dried fruit, smooth malt. Hints of wood sourness. The beer is complex and intense. Cake, dried plums, hints of alcohol. Long and intense malty aftertaste with a moderate bitterness. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Brewed in 2010, so, aged 5.5-6 years? Murky deep brownish plummy hue, like mashed dates, with a very small ivory head. Amazing aroma with loads of caramelly dates and plums, a bit of English muffin and light toast tones. Smooth malt driven flavor with loads of raisin/dates with a fruity sweet undertone. It’s like they brewed a quad using an English ale yeast, giving it that English muffin/light toffee nuance throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3016) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Amber brown pour. Not much head. Caramel, toffee rum raisins and oak and vanilla. Pretty thin mouthful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (2172) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Caramel aromas, nutty, some vanilla. Somewhat hazy burnt orange with a fairly lasting white head. Pretty sweet. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (882) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
550ml bottle. (8.0%ABV) Pours a hazy red-copper with a large, frothy, long lasting, beige head that laces nicely. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, (raisin, plum, fig, prune) caramel malt and oak. Sweet flavour of overripe fruit, caramel malt and oak with a slight alcohol burn in a dry finish. Medium body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (3502) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle (8.0% ABV) from Cork & Cask. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head. Faint lacing. Aroma of fig, raisins, honey and apricot jam. Flavour of tangy Earl Grey tea, oak and stewed berries. Barely a hint of alcohol. Medium body with a smooth, cask-like mouthfeel. Light carbonation prickle. A luscious, indulgent beer. Top quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
Appearance: nearly opaque amber-brown with one finger of medium dense ivory head, good retention and minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: raisin, stone fruit, toffee, slightly vinous oak. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild tart, mild alcohol. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, lively to moderate carbonation, lightly tart and warming finish. (4/5) “English Strong Ale”? That’s about as helpful a designation as “American Strong Ale” - which is to say, no bloody use whatsoever. Personally, I call this a barleywine - though it’s got elements of a quad or abt, as well. It’s not overly complex, but I have to say, I enjoy it. It doesn’t seem like the combination of sweet dark fruit and almost white wine vinous characteristics would work all that well, but in fact it does. In particular, the tartness on the tongue persists through the finish and stops the toffee malt from becoming mouth-coating or cloying - think christmas pudding with a not-too-sweet lemon sauce. (15/20)

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