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

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RATINGS: 570   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2009
55cl bottle at Mallaskukko. Dark ruby amber, thick foamy beige head. Nose is faint rust, alcohol, mucho figgy fruitiness, little oak and vinegar, even funkiness, faint pumpernickel too. Flavor has buttery oak, vanilla, dried figs, caramelly malts, drying woody finish, amontillado sherry, some herbs, faint rosmarin. Medium to full bodied, a tad coarse carbonation. Oak is in very good balance, good n’ soothing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 Brewed in 2008. Nose is slightly sour with subtle oaky aromas and dried fruits. A good amount of bite on the palate and a dynamic finish, again on dried fruits and dough/toast like a champagne. Has really fleshed out over the last 6 months.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
550mL bottle, Brewed in 2008, from Beverage Warehouse in L.A. Clear reddish orange with a two finger light beige head, decent retention. Tangy cherries and old wood up front in the aroma, sweet caramel and raisins behind, with just a tinge of spicy hops and alcohol. Flavor was much the same, with the sweet and sour blending nicely, though it does go more towards the sweet, despite even the alcohol presence. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3, sourness at a 2. Light fizzy carbonation with a thinner body than I’d hoped. Not bad, and would buy again if it weren’t $10.99 or $11.99--I don’t recall what I paid

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Murky light umber color with a moderate light caramel colored head. Interesting aromas, with caramel, raw grains (corn silage), light berries and herbal hops. Butterscotch flavors seem to dominate. LIght oak and lightly tart berries wander about in the middle. Lightly acidic in the finish and quite dry. Again some light berries and hints of oak in the linger. Perhaps I was expecting more, but this one fails to impress. I keep waiting for something to wow me, but I’m left feeling tired and bored.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, malt and sugar. Taste is a sweetness, dark fruit and alcohol. Very smooth ale that I was glad to get my hands on. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Pours cloudy amber with 2 fingers of head. The aroma is here is very malty, but has a distinct belgian yeast aroma. In fact, I would say this has more in common with Orval than an English Ale. Nevertheless, there is a hoppy presence which carries a citrus note to clean some of the malty, yeasty aromas up. The flavor profile is malty with caramel and some tropical fruit. A very interesting combination for an English Ale. I also get some vanilla which likely comes from the barrel aging. This also has an very rich, creamy mouthfeel. There’s terrific depth here. A very enjoyable beer to savor. Very pricey, however.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Pours coppery with a beige head. Aroma sweet malt and flowery hops. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle 500 ml Vintage 2008
Appearance: light haze on brown base with lightly tanned top , fragmental lace. 3+
Nose: nutty , malty , slightly spicy feel , touch of plum with alcohol drop on top.
Flavor/Palate : mid full bodied, brown sugars on plum, some fruity hints , bit caskey with sweetness below. Oak like tops , some leafy – alcoholic theme on sides.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. Pricey at $12. Murky bronze pour with a tan beige head. Aroma is spicy and floral with candy notes, sweet malts, potpourri and herbs, and oak. Taste is sweet malts, oak, spicy and floral hops, toffee, light caramel, candyish fruit and spices. Body is light-medium with an above average , prickly carbonation. Finishes with more spicy hops, softer caramel, toffee, fruit notes, oak, sweet malts, herbs and soft alcohol. Unique and tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Poured muddy brown with a tan head. Sweet spicy aroma. The taste was quite sweet, almost too sweet. Lots of caramel and raisins, some spices like nutmeg and clove. Nice oaky accent to it. Very nice, but hard to swallow the $10 a bottle price tag.


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