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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2009

Source:500 mL bottle from Midtown.
Glass:Guinness pint glass.
Appearance:Ruby red pour with a two finger tan head.
Aroma:Sweet bread, caramel raisin and candied fruits.
Flavor:Heavy candied fruit and caramel with hints of vanilla and raisins. Oak is muted, but present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:This is Sam Smith’s best beer. Loved it, and want to get more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle as partial payment for babysitting the step-son of one of my best friends. Pours out a nice ruby-brown with a decent tan head and some nice highlights and lacing. Aroma is oak, raisins, some breadiness and a wee dram of bourbon. Flavor is oaked bread with dark fruit and that same very mild astringency that I find in every Sammy Smith beer but that never deters me from enjoying them. (Except in India Ale) Another solid winner from the brewer, though not nearly worth the price point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle. Brownish pour. Sweet, bready aromas with some golden raisins and woody notes. Flavor is smooth and malty. Best Sam Smiths I think I have ever had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle, shared by Jason at Tylers Bottle Shop. Big, woody and sweet aromas with some dark fruit and a little booze. Flavor is sweet, oak, and malty. Pretty much whatever, not really worth sinking out except for a tick.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Hell, this bitch is delicious. Lots and lots of malty sweetness with hints of bourbon on the nose. Flavor is also pretty sweet with some bourbon notes showing through, but a mellow and hoppy finish balances it incredibly well. No idea what this is or why I like it so much, but it’s badass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Cloudy and somewhat still mahogany pour. Sharp and somewhat boozy aroma, settling into a thick blend of wood, port, and sweet caramel scents. Body is a bit thin, I suppose, but it’s certainly not too far off the mark for the style. There’s a nice malt presence to tie everything together, a sweet and chewy core, but the oak and dessert wine really do dominate. It’s quite pleasant, and I think Douglas is right that it compares favorably to an older Fullers. Nice, but I’m not sure I’d spring for it again at this price.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber/orange pour, plenty of carbonation with a caramel, sweet cherry and whiskey aroma. Flavor is definite oak, vanilla, dark berries and a plenty of malt. Finish is dry and also woody with a little noticable alcohol, (although well balanced). Good, but I probably won’t but it again.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2009
500 ml bottle from the Boise Co-op drank with friends at Jordan’s pad, costly at 11 bucks but nice. Anyway, pours a clear copper color with a large white head. The aroma is sweet; sherry and oak, lots of malts and caramel. The flavor is nice; a sweet sherry an caramel mix, strong malty backbone, oak flavors. Slightly sour from the aging process. Like a Fullers Vintage Ale. Very good. Distinctly English.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4225) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Clear orange/brown pour, creamy off-white head. Caramel malt, oak, sweet bread, some hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Good beer, nothing to write home about though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (apricots), with notes of toffee, pear syrup, sherry. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pleasant, easy-going, malty brew.


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