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

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RATINGS: 562   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AKORN (129) - 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 (3181) - 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 (3151) - 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 (1737) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
From notes. Poured cloudy, with an amber color and tan, lacing head. Caramel, honey, oak, hints of dark fruits in the somewhat lacking aroma. Good ale, but not much else.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (962) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a hazy brownish copper with a large creamy beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, raisins, toffee, and oak. Taste is dried fruits, raisins toffee, dark sugar, mild warming alcohol, mild bitterness and some mild oak. Very flavourful and smooth for a big beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (651) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Old 8% bottle, over 1 year old plus cask aging. Pours reddish copper with off white head. The aroma is lightly oaked pale malts with a little toasted bread malts and a sweetness. The flavor is very similar with a very smooth maltiness. Modest but growing apple plum fruitiness with the light oaky maltiness. Very solid malt forward brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (3896) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle - Caramel, raisin, a bit of cherry and booze. Clear amber with a decent beige head. Wood, cherry, toffee and some booze in the finish. A nice easy going balanced strong.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (362) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Notes from 2011 -- Brewed in 2009, 2010 bottle. Nice dark brown color barely see-thru, half finger of head that is tan. Deep malty scent with toffee and raisin and a hint of alcohol. Very nice deep flavor, excellent creamy consistency. Complex mix of malt, toffee and trace amounts of hops. Would love to drink another, the flavor profile remained consistent throughout the entire bottle while tasting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
2012 bottle at 8% ABV. Served in a nonic. Lite amber with huge frothy offwhite head. A: caramel malt, bread, raisins, sugar. T: caramel and toffee, raisin, molasses, dark fruit. Complex and rich. Have it with a Heath bar.


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