bigtaster (777) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large light brown head, muddy brown cloudy body. Nose has horse blanket, funk, hay, brown sugar, light dried fruit. Medium body, medium sweetness off the bat, some complex caramel flavors with some dried fruits, dates, dried banana. Light sweet finish that still has a refreshing note to it. Just a few hints of funk in the finish. Complex, delicious and balanced.
hopbag (136) - - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinking one cellared more than usual -- brewed 2011, this is 2014. Dark candy fruit. A little boozy like fruitcake. Some oak but not too much. Prickly carbonation. Pretty red glow. Moderately sweet. English yeast character is pleasant, blending into the booze fruit. Tart and drying finish.
jbuskirk (567) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I believe this is the first English Strong Ale I’ve had that’s been aged. I must say, Samuel Smith has a winner. While this ale doesn’t produce a lot of head, the copper-brown color is lovely. Stingo’s smells are candy-like and fruity. Oak, dark fruit (especially fig), spice, and toffee form the flavors. For a Strong Ale with 9% ABV, Stingo is exceptionally smooth. Despite the rich flavors, the body is damn mellow. This is a dangerously drinkable holiday treat. You won’t realize how quickly you’re draining it until it’s nearly gone.
HuskerTan (717) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Slightly sweet, alcohol, dark fruits, toffee, raisins, bready, malty, woody, chlorine.
A- Amber color, hazy liquid, tan head.
T- Raisins, toffee, oaky, slightly sweet, alcohol, bready, fruits.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- I consider Sam Smith to be one of my favorite breweries. This one was pretty good but maybe the biggest letdown from them so far. The flavors weren’t as deep as I expected and at $12 for bottle it was certainly not worth the price as far as I am concerned. Let me say that it is far from being bad but not what I’ve come to love from Sam Smiths.
mike_77 (3784) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown colour. Aroma has raisins, caramel and a bit of wood. Carbonation is quite high. Flavour has lots of sweet dried fruits, including dates and raisins. Some woody dryness. A shame that it’s too gassy.
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear coppery-amber with a resilient white head. Aroma is barley sugar, red berries. Flavor is barley sugar, biscuit, red berries, caramel. Finish is very herbal, somewhat earthy, and woody as well. Medium to full body, velvety mouthfeel and weak to average carbonation.
czar (5352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours unclear bright copper with a reviving light beige cap leaving nice lacing. nutty fruity caramel, toffee and berries - malt depth, earthy and citrusy hops, orange marmelade and lightly buttery apricots - never overwhelming - actually gives this english brew more character and authenticity; touch of maple syrup, soft and well rounded oaky notes, bit of dirt, clean english yeast. light carbonation, medium body - oily, assertive grassy-peppery-earthy-citrusy finish. nice staving action. chewy and quite nice.
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mr_Pink_152 (1648) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
550ml bottle from Melbourne Bros Stamford. Deep golden colour with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel and wood. The taste has warming sweetness almost brandy.