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

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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1326) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pours a orange brown with an off white head and sweet aroma of oak and fruits. Taste is sweet, nice oaky and fruit notes with toffee, caramel, raisans, and light alcohol with a long, warming oak finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4623) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, fruit, raisin, and toffee. It pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate raisin, light fruit, faint vanilla, and a touch of oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2197) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle, 8%. Clear dark brownish gold with white film,. Alcoholic, apple aroma, with a sweet, cherry thingy in it. Bitter, alcoholic taste, medium body, slightly carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (361) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Nose is caramel, lactose, candy sugar undercut by slight oak sourness and green apple, very faint smoke. Taste, is cream, caramel, treacle toffee, sticky dark fruits, a touch of smoke. The finish is oak with a little vanilla but with a strange watery note as well. It’s smooth but a little thin on the palette. It’s a really nice beer, which tastes good and shows the barrel nicely, but there is something not quite right, the taste does not bloom.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
375ml Bottle. The pour was a murky chestnut brown with some red highlights and a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that diminished rather quickly, leaving behind basically nothing in the way of head or lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums & cherries), a mild odor of oak cask and a light alcohol tinge.

The taste was malty sweet with a touch of caramel and toffee from the get go, progressing with a moderate fruitiness, a hint of oak and a light alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a nice candi sweet taste left lying on the palate for just a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry yet syrupy texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and delectable brew. It possessed a very nice balance, which obviously helped in hiding the high ABV that this beer possesses. On top of that it was the first brew I have had from Samuel Smith’s that was over 5% ABV... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (188) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy caramel color with a big fluffy off white head. Malty and mild oak aroma. Malt forward flavor profile with little if any hop presence. Faint hints of dark fruit and oak. Silky almost creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is nowhwere to be found in the taste. Very smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AKORN (127) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Unique aroma of grapes, sweetness, fruitiness and wine. Nice pour with good head. First few sips are a little strong then it mellows some. I taste the oak and toffee flavors, a little sweet and bitter with a heavy ale alcohol twinge mixed in there. Nice beer, glad I tried it, but nothing special.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3139) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 14, 2014
2012 Brew. Swietne i chyba jedno z lepszych piw z tego browaru. Butelka 550ml, kolor czerwono rubinowy, krwisty, piana mocna trwala i kremowa, bezowa. W smaku slodkie wino deserowe, macerowane sliwki i wisnie, biszkopty i karmel. Swietne zestawienie smakow wyrazne sa one i niebywale tresciwe. Zapach bzu i innych lakowych kwiatow, nawet jakby lawenda. Niesamowite zapachy wyczuwale, Klasyka klasyczne go i starego tradycyjnego browaru. Tylko polecac i sie delektowac. Czworka ze sporym plusem odemnie za to piwo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2014
550ml bottle at home. Pours clear amber to copper, thin white head. Aromas of caramel, oak, raisins and a light booze note. Taste had more of the same, full-bodied and rich with it. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (1675) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
550 ml bottle. Pours a clear darkish mahogany with full head. Aromas of toffee, toasted malts, light oak, and alcohol. Boozy, bread like flavor with hints of spice and copper.


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