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

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RATINGS: 656   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tekstr1der (332) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Immediately one of my favorites, after already-high expectations from the rest of this brewer’s lineup. Slightly cloudy mahogany pour in a tulip, holding a clingy finger of dense foam. The aromas of raisin, prune, and caramel seem a mix of elements from my two favorite styles: dopplebock and belgian quad. Indeed, I already know this is a favorite before tasting, but the flavor only reinforces the sweet, ripe-dark-fruit flavors and clean non-cloying finish. Wish I’d bought more than one. Back to the store...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (6743) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 27, 2015
Poured a clear medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is sweet malt, light spice, rich red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a rich alcoholic bitter, smooth fruity light liqourice palate. Full to medium bodied with soft carbonation. A real winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3781) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to s_Hartshorne, cheers Shane. Ruby amber beer with small head. Aroma of toffee and malts. Taste is malts, toffee, some spice and fruity. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (5819) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle from s_hartshorne cheers Shane; clear amber pour with a thin beige head, aroma has dark fruits and some wood, taste has red fruits, sweet caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martpez (91) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 Bottle into pint glass. Sweet and alcoholic beer. The sweetness apparently comes from the oak casks used that are more the a century old and used to carry fruit, raisins and treacle toffee. However the more likely reason is the interesting addition of cane sugar. This is probably the reason for its light natural fizz. Its a dark ruby colour with some natural sediment. The flavour is that of a traditional strong British ale with the added date flavour. It is very pleasant and tasty but I can imagine it getting sickly after a while. The taste is very smiler to dates followed by the strong dry flavour you expect of a beer of this strength. Very much worth trying and gets you very pleasantly drunk. Giving you a nice warm glow after a single pint. Its perfect for the festive season. Score: Aroma 8, Appearance 2, taste 2, Palate 4, Overall 14. -------� Since trying it I have learnt to taste beers better so now having it for a second time I’m impressed. It tastes less sweet for some reason, and it has a silky smooth texture. Very nice. Its actually an incredibly beer, with the alcohol perfectly balancing the sweetness. It has a Belgium beer like warmth to it as well. The Main thing to it is that its unique, there is nothing quite like it. That said it gets sickly sweet

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (390) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2015
slight malt and oak aroma. light brown and hazy in color with little head. taste is malty, hints of raison and plum, slight oak flavor, faint sourness

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodbod (141) - SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle from the Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer. Pours a beautiful red-amber with a frothy head. Nose is a bit too boozy, but with rich sweet malt. Palate is rich, sweet, creamy, with caramel malt. A long powerful finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle shared at The Cad’s 10 year get together. 29/03/2015. Thanks to whomever brought this one. Reddy / caramel brown coloured pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is honey malts, plum, caramel. Flavour is composed of sweet sticky caramel malts, toffee, honey, little earth. Palate is sticky sweety, moderate carbonation, viscous. Lingering raisin and caramel and oak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (1448) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle. 8%. A clear deep amber colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of toffee, some fruitcake, raisin, slight red berries, a little orange, subtle oak and treacle. Taste is similar of toffee, fruitcake, treacle, raisin, some brown sugar, subtle prune, a little vanilla and some oak. Medium bodied and a slightly oily texture. A sweetish, warming, oaky, vanilla finish. Feels like a Christmas beer this, full of spices, fruitcake flavours and some alcohol warmth. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1380) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
Aroma is toffee, biscuit, toffee, caramel, mineral water, licorice and deeply roasted malts . Taste is rich sweet malts, caramel and toffee. A light earthy hop note with pleasant ground water body. Appearance is a slightly hazy amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.


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