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

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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (711) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (3212) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1353) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (4446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle at Pruf’s in Seattle. Rich banana brown, sugary toffee. Nice English style barleywine. Tasty, sweet, nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (2441) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
50cl bottle at home. Hazy dark amber brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Raisins, ripe fruits, caramel, malts, some warming alcohol and spices. Very rich full flavoured brew. Nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1007) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Aroma - dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla Appearance - mahogany body. With 1" off-white head that settles to a foam. Taste - raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, and whippin’ oakened alcohol. Palate - medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, astringent alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rami_pl (1565) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 27, 2015
butelka, warka do ladne, klarowne, ciemnobursztynowe z rubinowymi przbelyskami piwo z niewysoka, acz ladna, kremowa piana. aromaty owocowo-slodowe, sa wisnie, sliwki, jest chleb, karmel i krakersy. sa tez juz w tle jakies nutki beczkowe faktycznie i miod. w smaku slodkawo, nieco w strone dubla badz quada. lekko winni, chyba nawte lekkie taniny. wanilii czy innych takich beczkowych nie czuje. goryczka niewysoka, wysycenie srednie z minusem, alkohol przyzwoicie schowany. pite z duza przyjemnoscia.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matbli (232) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle 550 ml, pours clear amber with strong, pillowy and long lasting creamy coloured head. Aroma of raisins toffee, vanilla and oak wood. Not very complex but pleasant aroma. In taste sweetness goes fluently over into some light bitterness with a slightly tart accent. Besides the sweetish beginning the ale is quite dry. When it warms up a little bit it gains additionaly some tannin a wine notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (1021) - SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bronze beer with a thin, white head. Malty, caramel aroma. Looks and smells unremarkable but taste-wise it’s the business. Malt, caramel, rich fruit with a touch of bitterness as well. A properly beefy, hearty beer. But for the strength I could drink this all day.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (3869) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2015
550ml bottle. Pours mahogany with good ivory head. Massive oak influence with berries and slight sherry warmth with a hint of aunty marjory’s trifle. A classic.


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