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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Balazs (785) - 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 (944) - 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 (646) - 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 (2925) - 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 (297) - 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 (1358) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Murky light brown with very slight white head. Aroma of apples, dark fruit, spiced cider. Medium body, fairly sweet and a bit chewy. Flavors of spiced cider. Warming alcohol mouthfeel. Hints of mustiness, raisins in the finish. Dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1998) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Pours a light copper color with a finger of egghshell foam. The nose is loaded with caramel, vanilla, cream soda and some oak complexity. The palate follows the nose with more earthy malt profile but a lot of smooth caramel, round oak, touch of leather, raisin and even a bit of oak tannins that mingle with the bitterness on the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Okay- I had a 2010-brewed 8% version, so I will have to update upon acquiring a new 9% variant. It has a thin, cream-colored head, a definitely opaque orange-brown appearance, a few visible bubbles on the side of the glass, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- heavy, overly-sweet brown bread crust, sugar, caramel, and pungent malt. Taste is also rich and bold- an almost intolerably sweet and cloying barley malt, bread crust, sugar, brandy wine, and hop bitterness (although, this is low). Mouthfeel is heavy and prickly, and Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo (2010- 8%) finishes rich, sweet, and intense. It’s not for everyone, and it’s expensive, yet I still love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1181) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Okay- I had a 2010-brewed 8% version, so I will have to update upon acquiring a new 9% variant. It has a thin, cream-colored head, a definitely opaque orange-brown appearance, a few visible bubbles on the side of the glass, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- heavy, overly-sweet brown bread crust, sugar, caramel, and pungent malt. Taste is also rich and bold- an almost intolerably sweet and cloying barley malt, bread crust, sugar, brandy wine, and hop bitterness (although, this is low). Mouthfeel is heavy and prickly, and Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo (2010- 8%) finishes rich, sweet, and intense. It’s not for everyone, and it’s expensive, yet I still love it. RJT


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