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

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RATINGS: 560   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Sampled on 9/25/2009. This English Strong Ale pours a medium brown color from a 550ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and woody. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, hints of wood, oak and molasses. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. The cask aging character comes out as the beer warms. Some nice orange flavors as well. Nice balance. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle: Thanks Doug for sharing this gem. Pours a mahogany color with a nice proper puffy tan head. The nose is very earthy and woody with lots of caramel malt and light roastiness. The flavor is rich and pungent, very similar to an old ale, but a bit sweeter and more wood. Earthy hops and a robust body and tail. Very nice ESA, thanks Doug.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle poured in Trappist glass. Clear liquor like pour with small oily off white head, fizzy and no lacing. Oak aged quality with a real mellow palate, smooth rum texture. Some sweet bitterness towards the finish. A good drinker with some layered complex flavors, didn’t get much on the nose.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3318) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
18.7 oz bottle. Clear amber brown with a slim off-white head. Nose is rum raisin, currants, figs and toffee. Silky body with a numbing tingle. Taste is brittle, raisin and Bananas Foster. Dry oaky finish with a nice bitter prune aftertaste. Hits all the right notes for an ESA; very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011
2010-06-10, 9% ABV, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Beautiful red-amber color; generous head. Aroma of caramel, yeast, raisins. Strong body; dark caramel flavor, with an accent of liquorice and tar; less complex than last year’s release. Correct bitterness.

2009-08-24, Courtesy of Laurent Mousson, 8% ABV, 7-4-8-3-16=38
Dark amber color; hazy. Mature caramel aroma, lightly fruity (apples), chestnut honey, and with a very light alcohol note too. Dry mouthfeel, caramel flavor, woody, well built, with delicate vanilla and oak. Dry caramel final. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2009
lots of sweetness malts and a touch of tang toward the end. caramel flavor and a nice smooth wheat rich aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4211) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2009
The aroma is very sweet with raisins, caramel, alcohol, and yeast. The appearance is cloudy amber with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a rich buttery and caramel like finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Brewed in 2008; Tasted September 25, 2009. Never imagined I would see this style sitting on a shelf in Minneapolis. Murky orange color with a medium head that quickly vanishes. Big aroma of nuts, fruits (pear in particular) and a little bit of the musty cellar character common in Normandy ciders. The flavors start with a dry breadiness, raisins and yeast levels like a Belgian ale. Thick and chewy malt, yet very carbonated. A faint hint of the oak is there after it warms a bit, along with biscut and some spice. After getting close to room temp, I could have sworn I could taste stone, like the smell of granite or limestone just smashed apart. Really surprising brew that I wish was more easily (and cheaply) available.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours clear copper with a tan, fluffy 3- finger head. Rich aromas of darkish fruit and roasted malt. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is a bit malty, a bit treacle, a bit fruity, and rather balanced - though I’m not sure whether the bitter is from hop or oak. I think I get oak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
(bottle - 500 ml - 2008 vintage) Dark copper color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with a nice roasted note along with lots of dark fruits and sweet malts. Flavor is incredibly sweet and complex. Begins with a smooth and sweet malt mixing with lots of dark fruits. As it warms, I can definitely taste the raisins and the treacle. Finishes sweet and lightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden.


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