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


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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Muddy, pulpy orange-red body, thin off-white ring of carbonation. Yeasty nose, chalky, with sour oak and leafy must. Sour body with peachy fruit notes, caramel, and musty, cobwebby oak. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 10, 2009
550ml bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a clear amber with a finger of tan head. Malty aroma with some carmelized sugar and a bit of hops. Medium to full bodied. Malt predominates with dark fruit. Some hops in the finish. Just a hint of the oak. I had really high expectations for this as I am a big fan of British beers, but I found it a bit lacking and overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2740) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Hazy amber pour with a thick off white head. Sweet malt, vanilla and oak aroma. Sweet tangy malt taste with touches of vanilla oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hike20 (38) - Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
750ml bottle poured into a snifter. I tried this one at a recent beer tasting and liked well enough to bring one home for a better tasting experience. Pours an pleasing burnt orange with a thick and bubbly head. It doesn’t stick around long though and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice, reminds me of cinnamon and baked apples. The oak conditioning also comes through in the aroma. The flavor is very intense, initially very sweet but then balances out some. I get the expected oak, with caramel, raisins and a hint of cinnamon too. The finish is only slightly bitter. Mouth feel is nice, not too heavy or light. Slightly oily with mild carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy tawny with a large, frothy light brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hop (herbs, grass), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of oak, plum, cherry, and cask. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity, and moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Great beer. Pours a cloudy orange, with a slick off-white head. Aroma is typical of a cask UK bitter. Flavor is sweet, with hints of caramel, citrus, some dried fruit, and a touch bready. I’m not picking up as much of the oak as the bottle description would suggest. Palate is medium and smooth. Overall a highly drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Poured amber brown, caramel, wood, dark fruits, little alcohol, slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3910) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
550ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Murky light brown with a big beige head. Nose is golden raisins, toffee, and a fair amount of oakiness. Flavor is quite fruity with some light bitterness, caramel, and contrasting sweetness. Finish light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2009
550ml bottle, with thanks to Gregis for sharing. Pours a mostly clear lighter brown, iced tea kind of thing, with a decent off-white head. Aroma is dried and ripe dark fruits, with some oak, toffee, and a little caramel. Flavor is more of the same, lighter and a little thinner, but coming off the Marshal Zhukovs, that’s a given. Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing Greg!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4419) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Slightly sour aroma. Oaky. Caramel as well. Fruit tastes. Very sticky beer all around. Interesting. Lots of carbonation. Much sweeter than I’d expect an English ale to be.

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