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

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RATINGS: 567   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.


3.3
   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 (6470) - 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 (5254) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
Radek’s bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Seems like an old ale, this is great for our North American geeky tastes. Big oak, above average mouthfeel. almost soured stops short of that. Some lace.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a nice light tan head. Toffee and caramel aroma with light oak, light vanilla, and a light fruitiness. Toffee and light dark fruit flavor with oak and raisins. Medium-plus bodied. Raisins, oak, and toffee lingers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Pours amber brown with a big tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and fruity spicy hop, as well as some sourness from the oak. Flavor is full of caramel and toffee, with slight nutty roasty finish. Very good.


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